Welcome to the end of the world!
World’s End Radio is a fortnightly podcast covering all aspects of the Games Workshop wargaming hobby and worlds beyond. Each regular episode of the show runs for around 90 – 120 minutes and covers topics ranging from Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer 40,000, The Lord of the Rings, Specialist Games, tactics, painting, tournaments, news, reviews and general hobby discussion. We also plan to produce the occasional “bonus” episode which falls outside of our usual recording sequence and these will tend to revolve around special events and live material out on the road. The hosts of the show are Luke Retallack, John “JJ” Layfield and various special guests.
Aside from the ever present apocalyptic themes of all of the Games Workshop games, the show earns its name from the fact that it is recorded and produced from the most isolated hobby community capital on the planet, in Perth – Western Australia – literally the “end of the world.” Despite our remoteness Perth has one of the most active and exciting hobby scenes around, with heaps of great hobbyists, games clubs, stores, and a packed tournament calendar with some real quality events. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to drop us a line and we’ll show you what the rest of the world is missing!
Every episode of World’s End Radio is completely free to download. All that we ask of our listeners is that if you like the show – please send us some feedback and/or leave us an i-tunes review. If you would like to support the show further, you can find more information on the “show support” page. We greatly appreciate anyone who takes time to contribute in any way, and thanks for listening!
About the hosts
A Perth boy born & bred, Luke Retallack launched into the world of tabletop wargaming back in 1990 at the age of 10 after being introduced to Heroquest and Warhammer Fantasy Battle. Since then Luke has spent most of the time he’s been wargaming actually working in different games and hobby stores, and up until 2007 spent around 9 years working for Games Workshop in various roles. Now when he’s not painting or gaming the majority of his time is spent on the show, running tournaments and building the WA hobby community through the WestGamer website.
Luke’s favourite game is Warhammer Fantasy Battle (though that may change, depending on what day of the week you ask!) and his favourite army is the Orks in Warhammer 40,000.
John Layfield (more commonly known as “JJ”) started out in the wargaming hobby in around 1993 by playing the old Space Hulk GW board game with his brother and cousin after moving to Perth in Australia from merry old England when they were kids. Now all (somewhat) grown up and happily married, JJ lives in Perth spending loads of time working with Luke as a WestGamer moderator and tournament organiser – that is, when he’s not out dominating the local Lord of the Rings tournament scene!
JJ’s favourite game is Blood Bowl and his army of choice is Warhammer 40,000 Space Marines.
A podcast is basically like “internet radio”. Shows you can download from the internet and listen to at your own leisure. The name was originally born from the combination of the words “iPod” and “broadcast”, but podcasts are not limited to being recorded and played only on Apple iPods – in fact any computer, stereo or portable .mp3 player can do the job. There are several great hobby podcasts out there, so check out our “friends to the end” page for some we recommend.