With six pieces of news plucked from what was a huge range of options (it's like the industry has woken up from lockdown), I look at:
 
and
 
Then I unpack what each of these can teach us about the methods of brining a new game to the market.

This week I noted news from:

Wargames Atlantic 

Wyrd Games 

TTCombat 

Warlord Games 

And this inspired me to take a look at how wargames miniatures manufacturers have approached the question of materials technology over the last thirty years, how it's changed and why; and to look ahead and ask how the new push for desktop 3d printers is going to change the market for wargames miniatures.

CONTENT WARNING - This is one of those episodes that needs a content warning. There is reference to war crimes, genocide and other nastiness.  And a little strong language.

I was all set up for a nice episode about miniatures manufacturing and how I was expecting to see things shift over the next few years.  And then AK Interactive and their book, Condemnation, happened.

On the plus side, it was genuinely nice to hear from more than one patron - and non-patron listeners - who wanted me to cover this and hear my take on the issue.

If there's a topic in miniatures wargames that you'd like to me to cover, do let me know.  I try to make sure that these issues are covered when there is at least an oblique connection to the latest news.

CMON's Massive Darkness 2 Kickstarter concludes with $3.8m in funding, while Core Clash scrapes in at $46k, and New Osaka has "successfully" funded at about $10k.  Oh, and if that weren't enough giant robots, there's also Galaxy Hunters* which is about one-third of the way towards its funding goal.

But rather than talk about Kickstarter, I'm interested in miniatures board games.  For some reason, they rub me up the wrong way somehow and I'm not sure why, because on the surface they seem to make a lot of sense.  So I take apart what my problems might be and reflect, as ever, on what that means for Precinct Omega.

 

*Incidentally, is it just me, or is a game that involves killer mercenaries being hired by mega corporations to hunt down and kill invasive mutants just a teeny-weeny bit dog-whistley?  Perhaps I'm just becoming over-sensitive.  Not sure.

When this article popped up last week, it predictably set the twittersphere alight.

Having asked for thoughts on my Facebook page, I thought I'd take some of those and address the different aspects of the story that people have settled upon and, of course, give you the questionable benefit of my own opinion.

Steamforged Games has killed Guild Ball as a product, pretty much effective immediately.
 
This is a story positively packed with industry significance and I couldn't possibly cover it all a half-hour slot, although I do my best.
I'm back!  If you thought you missed an episode last week, you didn't.  I was away on holiday and decided to spare myself the stress of recording.
 
This week, I decide to look closer at three new-ish comers in the miniatures wargames market in the UK, and to explain how I think they're going about their business, how they are each different but how they are all, in their own way, doing things "right".
 
 
Do you have any minis from these companies?  If so, what are they and what do you think of them?
CONTENT WARNING - SEXUAL THEMES
In this week's news I look at new releases from:
 
 
What these three have in common are problematic content and themes involved in their new releases. How should consumers identify, deal with and respond to problematic themes in their hobby? And how should manufacturers deal with the issue of what is, ultimately, a leisure game about warfare?

So, Plast Craft Games looks like they're going under.  How did this runaway success and tabletop tech leader get into such trouble?  Well... I can't pretend I really know, but I'll take a good guess in this week's episode.

There was some excitement recently over a falling-out between venerable miniatures wargaming forum, The Miniatures Page, and respected historical game design partnership, Too Fat Lardies.
 
You know this stuff always gets my little grey cells pumping, so I thought I weigh in some factual, legal and philosophical analysis.  But it's not just theoretical.  This is a question with some significant import in how Precinct Omega will do business in the future.

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