Episode #85 – Watch The World Burn

What kind of madness posesses a games company to take one of its longest running, most successful titles – and rip it usunder in a brutal maelstrom of change? In this episode we go on a quest for answers as we travel to the End Times and back to see just what Games Workshop has been up to with their recent moves in the Warhammer world, and what will come when the dust settles.

Simon Addicott also drops in for a Batman Miniatures game update, and we have a special guest from across the pond in the form of Warhammer veteran Ben Curry to talk shop with!

Intro & Show News (00:43)

  • - Episode sponsors: BattleFoam – Protect your army! & Audible – Grab a FREE audio book today! (For details on how to sponsor an episode, check out the “Show Support” page here.)

Hobby Update (46:54)

  • - X-Wing wave 7 prepares to launch <Link>
  • - Privateer Press previews the upcoming Warmachine Reckoning <Link>
  • - GW unleashes their Execution Force <Link>
  • - More Imperial Knights march into the battlefields of 40K <Link>

Warhammer Fastasy Battle: The End? (01:05:17)

  • - A lot has changed in the Old World over the last year, with many Warhammer players looking on in confusion as their beloved game setting burns around them. Ben Curry from the Bad Dice Podcast joins us for an in-depth discussion about the End Times series of expansions, the current state of Warhammer, as well as what to fear or look forward to as we approach the upcoming 9th edition launch!
  • - The Bad Dice Podcast <Link>

Deep Strike (02:22:53)

  • - We tackle the latest in tough questions from the miniature gaming industry.

 

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Episode #84 – Sure Bets

Like dropping a fat stack of chips on a seemingly solid poker hand, there’s always an element of risk and uncertainty when it comes to riding the crowd funding wave as a project backer. In this episode, we help you strengthen that gamble by chatting about the ins and outs of sites like Kickstarter and what qualities to look for when investing in a gaming project. Reece from Frontline Gaming drops in to chat about their recent Kickstarter success, as well as give us the lowdown on the upcoming Las Vegas Open event and other fun projects in the miniature gaming wheelhouse.

And remember – what happens at the End, stays at the End!

Intro & Show News (01:14)

  • - Episode sponsors: BattleFoam – Protect your army! & Audible – Grab a FREE audio book today! (For details on how to sponsor an episode, check out the “Show Support” page here.)

Hobby Update (42:44)

  • - Spartan Games announces Halo licence <Link>
  • - Privateer Press reveals the next generation of Warmachine Colossals <Link>
  • - PP launches Steamroller & Masters 2015 formats <Link>
  • - 40K Harlequins begin their deadly dance <Link>
  • - Warhammer End Times book 5 news <Link>

Industy Interview: Reece Robbins / Frontline Gaming (01:18:31)

  • - The brains behind the massive Las Vegas Open wargaming convention – Reece joins us for a great chat about the event, general 40K tournaments in the US, what Frontline Gaming has been up to, and the success of their latest joint venture gaming table accessory, the FAT mat!
  • - Frontline Gaming <Link>

Crowd Funding (02:12:26)

  • - Kickstarter, Indiegogo,.. you’ve probably heard the names. In recent years, crowd funding has taken the gaming industry by storm and thrown open the doors to a whole new generation of content creators eager to share their wares with the general gaming public. We revisit some of the most successful crowd funded gaming projects in recent history, some of the failures, and give some general advice on what to look out for and expect for anyone planning on becoming a project backer.

Community Update (02:53:51)

  • - We drop a few bits of news pertinent to our show community, as well as some information for any budding contributors out there!

 

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Episode #83 – War Crimes

Game cheats are an age old scourge to competitive events of any variety, and even the miniature gaming hobby has seen its fair share of controversies over the years. In this day and age of sometimes extensive gameplay coverage over media platforms, the liklihood of something out of the ordinary being spotted grows higher and higher – but is it all bad? In this episode we discuss the potential risks of cheating in the miniature gaming hobby, as well as the impacts it can and has had in various competitive arenas.

Intro & Show News (00:59)

  • - Episode sponsors: BattleFoam – Protect your army! & Audible – Grab a FREE audio book today! (For details on how to sponsor an episode, check out the “Show Support” page here.)

Hobby Update (46:42)

  • - The majesty of Smaug revealed by Games Workshop <Link>
  • - Warhammer End Times upheaval continues <Link>
  • - New 40K starter set & base size controversy <Link>
  • - Tyranids latest arrivals <Link>
  • - GW Advent Calendar surprises <Link>
  • - Fantasy Flight Games merges with Asmodee Group <Link>

The Dark Side of Competitive Gaming (01:22:05)

  • - It’s a sad fact that where competition exists, so too do the unsavoury sorts that take their form of competitiveness too far in order to gain advantage. We discuss the impacts that cheating can have on miniature gaming tournaments, how to look out for it, and what to do if you’re ever unlucky enough to see it happen!

Deep Strike (02:25:25)

  • - We tackle the latest in tough questions from the miniature gaming industry.

 

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Episode #82 – Night Knight

From childhood comics, to campy TV fistfights, to the raw vigilante action hitting our cinema screens over the last decade, there is little doubt that the Dark Knight has a place in many of our geeky hearts. With this year being the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader, Simon Addicott returns to the show to guide us through the streets of Gotham City as we explore the Batman Miniatures Game!

Intro & Show News (01:31)

  • - Episode sponsors: BattleFoam – Protect your army! & Audible – Grab a FREE audio book today! (For details on how to sponsor an episode, check out the “Show Support” page here.)

Hobby Update (01:11:10)

  • - X-Wing miniatures faction Scum & Villainy announced <Link>
  • - Fantasy Flight readies the Star Wars Armada <Link>
  • - Imperial Assault on the way <Link>
  • - The Lord of the Undead returns! <Link>
  • - The Warmachine & Hordes World Team Championship <Link>

Batman Miniatures Game: Review (01:53:45)

  • - Command one of the most famous criminal bands in Gotham City to expand your territory and control the underworld, or stop their evil plans with the Dark Knight and his allies. We review this great miniatures game by Knight Models!
  • - Game rules (free download) <Link>
  • - Gameplay video overview <Link>

Deep Strike (03:09:51)

  • - We tackle the latest in tough questions from the miniature gaming industry.

 

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Episode #0 – Zero Signal

Today, on our show’s 6th(!) anniversary – take a journey with us, back to where it all began…

80+ episodes in, it can be a little tough to jump into a podcast as a new listener. But if you want to do just that, then this is the episode for you!

In this episode, your hosts Luke Retallack and Mike Basc introduce you to World’s End Radio. Just what is this show all about? What is miniature gaming and why do we love it so much? What kind of stuff is out there, and who are the main players in this industry of ours? We discuss all of the above, as well as a healthy amount of general gaming fun and hobby banter. Want to get stuck in at the beginning? Buckle up, because this – is The End!

This is The End (02:12)

  • - What the heck is World’s End Radio? Where is this mysterious place? Why do you guys sound so odd? We answer all of these questions, chat a bit about the origins of the show, and drill into a bit of background on each of the hosts.

An Introduction to the Miniature Gaming Hobby (01:11:34)

  • - There are lots of different aspects to love when it comes to the miniature gaming hobby. We chat through the main components relevant to newcomers, and take a look at what elements personally appeal to us the most.

Miniature Games Industry Overview (01:48:41)

  • - Once upon a time there was a finite selection of options when it came to a niche hobby like ours, but in recent years – the miniature gaming industry has virtually exploded with new life. In this segment, we discuss who the big (and not so big) entities who produce these games are, as well as what many of them are known for doing well.

 

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Episode #81 – Room with a View

Man caves. Fun forts. Lad lairs. Call them what you like – they’re an absolutely essential part of many gamer’s home hobby environment. In this episode we open the doors to our own games rooms and chat about what makes them special, as well as some tips and direction on how to improve your own. There’s also loads of activity to catch up on, from interstate contests, to new armies, to crazy model releases. We’ve got your regular miniature gaming fix right here!

Intro & Show News (00:59)

  • - Episode sponsors: BattleFoam – Protect your army! & Audible – Grab a FREE audio book today! (For details on how to sponsor an episode, check out the “Show Support” page here.)

Hobby Update (01:17:30)

  • - X-Wing miniatures Wave 5 details <Link>
  • - Malifaux reaches a Crossroads <Link>
  • - GW unleashes the wolves <Link>

Building a Better Games Room (01:38:33)

  • - The pride and joy of many serious gamers is a fully functional, decked out games room. We take a look at the essentials you should work on when putting one together, as well as some ways to pimp it out to the max!

Deep Strike (02:36:03)

  • - We tackle the latest in tough questions from the miniature gaming industry.

 

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Episode #80 – Half Measures

The winds of change are blowing once again, this time throughout the universe of the 41st millenium. In this episode we open the book on the new 7th edition of Warhammer 40,000 and muse on the impacts it brings to the world’s most popular dark future miniature game setting. Tune in also for our regular segments on miniature games industry news, activity, and related amusement!

Intro & Show News (00:52)

  • - Episode sponsors: BattleFoam – Protect your army! & Audible – Grab a FREE audio book today! (For details on how to sponsor an episode, check out the “Show Support” page here.)

Hobby Update (39:49)

  • - Fantasy Flight announces X-Wing Wave 5 <Link>
  • - Spartan Games launches Dystopian Wars 2.0 rules & models <Link>
  • - GW shows off the new 40K Orks <Link>
  • - News from the Privateer Press Lock & Load convention <Link>
  • - Kickstarter feature: Drakerys <Link>

New Warhammer 40,000: 7th Edition Review (58:59)

  • - It’s been 2 years, so what’s changed? We cover first impressions, discuss the product launch, and review which changes have impacted the game the most.

Deep Strike (02:41:42)

  • - We tackle the latest in tough questions from the miniature gaming industry.

 

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Episode #79 – Mechanize

Almost every miniature game has a “hook” of some sort in the way it plays. A noteworthy aspect of its rules system that creatively captures the elements of the game setting your imagination wants to escape to and breaks it down to a tabletop form. In this episode, we take a closer look at some of these often innovative game mechanics – and rate some of our all time top picks from the games we’ve played over the last decade or so!

Intro & Show News (03:41)

  • - Episode sponsors: BattleFoam – Protect your army! & Audible – Grab a FREE audio book today! (For details on how to sponsor an episode, check out the “Show Support” page here.)

Hobby Update (41:47)

  • - Infinity 3rd edition is coming! <Link>
  • - Dystopian Wars 2.0 new edition product wave <Link>
  • - GW spills the beans on 40K 7th edition <Link>

Best of: Miniature Game Mechanics (58:48)

  • - Luke & Mike launch into their “Top 10 Best Miniature Game Mechanics” list and get down to the nitty gritty about why some of these intricate rules systems rank as their all time favourites!

Deep Strike (01:44:14)

  • - We tackle the latest in tough questions from the miniature gaming industry.

 

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Episode #78 – Wiggy Wild

Saddle up, lock and load! In this episode, Luke & Mike venture out into the deadly lands of Wild West Exodus! To explore this fantastic new miniatures game, we have not one – but TWO awesome industry interviews!

In addition to all of our regular features, we catch up with our friend Craig Gallant (of D6 Generation fame) to chat about the content he’s crafted for the Wild West Exodus setting as well as his recent adventures in the writing world. We then pin down Romeo Filip from Outlaw Miniatures to chat about how the concept for the game developed, as well as all of the trials and tribulations of getting a brand new miniatures game and games company off the ground. It’s another 3+ hours of unmissable entertainment!

Intro & Show News (04:51)

  • - Episode sponsors: BattleFoam – Protect your army! & Audible – Grab a FREE audio book today! (For details on how to sponsor an episode, check out the “Show Support” page here.)

Hobby Update (47:07)

  • - The Warmaster Horus lands at Forgeworld! <Link>
  • - Loads of goodies on display at the Forge World open day. <Link>
  • - Launch of the 40K Astra Millitarum <Link>
  • - GW says farewell to social media <Link>

Industry Interview: Craig Gallant (01:11:23)

  • - Author of the Wild West Exodus novels “Honor Among Outlaws” and “Abundant Riches“, Craig catches up for a good chat about his writing work across a range of different games companies as well as his more recent involvement in helping to craft the background for the Wild West Exodus setting.

Industry Interview: Romeo Filip / Outlaw Miniatures (02:05:21)

  • - Mr Battlefoam himself – Romeo joins us to chat about everything Wild West Exodus, including how he brought the game to life conceptually, followed by the huge amount of work that went into getting it created and ready to launch on an unsuspecting populace!

Deep Strike (03:08:32)

  • - We tackle the latest in tough questions from the miniature gaming industry.

 

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Episode #77 – Scrub Up

In this episode, Luke & Mike talk about holding themselves and their opponents accountable by scrubbing up and improving on standards of ‘clean play’ during games. First however, there is a whole mess of recent hobby news and releases to drool over. Better grab that mop!

Intro & Show News (02:22)

  • - Episode sponsors: BattleFoam – Protect your army! & Audible – Grab a FREE audio book today! (For details on how to sponsor an episode, check out the “Show Support” page here.)
  • - Listener “shout-out”: Matt Brown.

Hobby Update (35:17)

  • - Imperial Knights land in 40K. <Link>
  • - A look at the new Warhammer Dwarf models. <Link>
  • - X-Wing hits hyperspeed with a 4th wave of new ships <Link>
  • - Privateer Press unloads the spoilers at Templecon <Link>
  • - Kickstarter feature: Drake 2 Horizons <Link>

Clean Play (01:28:54)

  • - It’s quite easy to fall prey to bad habits that create a messy situations in games – ones that are best avoided in order to improve enjoyment and potential misunderstandings with an opponent. We cover some of the worst offenders and how you can improve your precision and communication as a gamer to clean up your own play.

Deep Strike (02:25:30)

  • - We tackle the latest in tough questions from the miniature gaming industry.

 

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