Due to the other stuff going on in my life, I pre-recorded this podcast, so it doesn't include some important things I'd like to talk about.  I'll get to those next week!
 
Companies mentioned:
 

Last week was #MechWeek2020.  Because I decided it was.  First time ever.  Decidedly underwhelming, I know, but whatever.

So I have a chat about mechs, and why I think they're awesome, even when they're stupid.

Farsight (Warchest)

Monsterpocalypse

Catalyst Game Labs (Battletech)

Weta Workshop (GKR: Heavy Hitters)

There's been a lot of chat about miniatures-agnostic games, lately, so I instead take a look at game-agnostic miniatures instead, this week.
 
Manufacturers mentioned are:
 
 
I also mention GW, FFG and Corvus Belli, but you should all know where to find them, by now...
 

I completely forgot to post this week's podcast on Monday!  No idea how that happened.  Won't happen again.  But episode 8 will be up on Monday.

A shorter episode, now, as I chill out a bit.

Do we take our games too seriously sometimes?  I ponder where such things can lead, why we shouldn't let it and look at a few new and emerging products that aim to help us keep a sense of proportion when we play with our dolls.
 

TRIGGER WARNING: Race

Yep.  We're going there.  I'm going to talk about race and wargames and you can't stop me.

Manufacturers mentioned:

Pulp Figures

Guildhall Studio

Corvus Belli

Miniatures Building Authority

When GW announces a new edition of Warhammer 40,000 it's hard for anyone else to get a word in edgewise in the tabletop miniatures wargaming world.

In this episode, we look at why this is the case, why people play 40k at all, and how this affects small creators fighting for a slice of the pie.

I'll add links to the relevant manufacturers mentioned in the podcast at some point...

TRIGGER WARNING: sexual content, child exploitation

This week's discussion is about "chibi" - where it comes from, what its original purpose is and how that purpose is being misunderstood and misapplied by miniatures creators and what that means for wargames.  Does "cuteness" have a role in making miniatures wargaming more accessible to people outside the traditional market?  Or is it just making us look even weirder than people already think we are?

With endless new Kickstarters popping up every week, how is this affecting the market for tabletop and miniatures wargames?

After a brief look at a selection of current, recent and failed Kickstarter projects, I review the benefits Kickstarter has brought to gaming as well as the negative impact it has had.

In this (first) week's discussion, I talk about what I will and won't include in the news and, briefly, why not.  I also talk about my plans for the podcast every week and every month and invite my listeners to join me if they feel so moved.

Manufacturers mentioned in this week's news are:

Alternative Armies

Artel W

Bad Squiddo Games

Brigade Models

Eagle Figures

Footsore America

Fox Box

Galladoria Games

Khurasan Miniatures

Lasercast

Microart Studios

Miniatures Scenery

Puppets Wars

Reaper Miniatures

Tabletop Art

The Plastic Soldier Company

TTCombat

Uncertain Scenery

Vanguard Miniatures

Victoria Miniatures

Wargames Atlantic

Well, is it?

After a much (much) shorter news section, I discuss at length the legal, ethical and moral question of ripping of GW's "grimdark" aesthetic.

Companies mentioned in this episode are:

Mortian

Puppets War

Vanguard Miniatures

Anvil Industry

Wargame Exclusive

Kromlech

Mantic Games

and, of course,

Games Workshop

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