Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon 2014

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The Extra Life is a charity with the purpose of helping ill children. There are many children out there who suffer from scary diseases. On a daily basis these kids deal with diseases like cancer and cystic fibrosis to name two.

Some of those kids have families who cannot afford to pay for the potentially life-saving treatment. What happens when they can’t pay? I’m sure you can guess. This is where Extra Life steps in.

Extra Life raises funds for children’s hospitals so that kids can get their much needed treatment regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Rich or poor…they receive the treatment they need.

I have a little cousin named Gracie. Gracie was born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). It is an awful illness. At the most basic level causes the body to make lots of incredibly thick mucus. This gunk clogs up organs like the pancreas, intestines and lungs. People suffering from CF don’t live as long as you and I. Many of them die very young.

Every so often Gracie needs to go to Boston Children’s Hospital where they remove that gunk. It is unpleasant and also necessary. Boston Children’s Hospital goes above and beyond to care for Gracie and to do it in a way that makes the unpleasant more pleasant. They just GET kids and families. They know how to help.

There’s many children’s hospitals across the US just like Boston Children’s Hospital. Each of them needs our help. This is why I’m fundraising for the Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon. All funds raised from my participation are earmarked for Boston Children’s Hospital.

Y-O-U can help too. Here’s how:

  1. DONATE to the Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon (it is tax-deductible).
  2. Spread the word to your family and friends. Use social media! Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest are some ways you can promote this charity.
  3. Be a participant in this year’s 24hr Game-a-thon.

On October 25th I will game for 24 hours. A small group of people will game with me. Throughout the day you can find me live tweeting at Troll in the Corner with Ben Gerber (the guy who got me into this several years ago). The Wargaming Recon Facebook page and Twitter account will share photos and blurbs about my progress. I may even take some live video.

Playing games may sound carefree and fun. It is fun but it is also a lot of work. On November 24th Episode 127 of Wargaming Recon releases. It is devoted to everything that happened at or is related to the Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon on October 25. If you don’t get to see the live tweets and Facebook updates or if you just want more info, then Episode 127 is for you.

As I write this I can tell you that I have raised $160 of my $200 goal. With your help I can reach my goal and together we can help kids in need.

Please consider DONATING to the Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon.

The Great Wargaming Survey – Wargaming Recon #123

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The Great Wargaming Survey

Karwansaray Publishers and their magazine Wargames, Soldiers, and Strategy launched The Great Wargaming Survey in July 2014. Almost 7,800 wargamers responded to the survey. Jasper Oorthuys, Managing Editor Publications of Karwansaray Publishers, discusses the survey in this episode.

In this episode Jasper:

  • Explains why the survey was created
  • Shares how they distributed the survey
  • Dives into the statistics behind the responses
  • Tells some survey results

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Steven MacLauchlan and Flames of War – Wargaming Recon #122

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Steven MacLauchlan and Flames of War

Steven MacLauchlan is the former Digital Content Manager for Battlefront Miniatures (maker of Flames of War) and is also the head honcho at the WWPD: News From the Front podcast. Steven returns to the show to discuss Flames of War and his life after Battlefront.

Listeners may recall that Steven first appeared on Episode 50: WWPD News From the Front and Steven MacLauchlan.

In this episode Steven:

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Hobby Bunker Game Day 2014 – Wargaming Recon #121

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Hobby Bunker Game Day 2014

Boston Trained Bands hosts a successful annual game day at the Hobby Bunker in Malden. Jonathan attended their fifth annual game day in 2014. Listen to this episode to learn what games were played, what games wowed the gamers, and 5 reasons why game days are important.

  1. Help promote the local wargaming community
  2. Allow wargamers to find each other and form bonds
  3. Gives wargamers a chance to grow the hobby
  4. Introduces wargamers to games they don’t normally play
  5. Supports Friendly Local Game Stores (FLGS)

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Wargaming With Kids – Wargaming Recon #120

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Wargaming With Kids

Jonathan shares tips for adults hoping to get kids into wargaming. These are also useful for wargaming parents looking to find a wargaming event at which their child can play.

  • Simplify the rules
  • Fun is the goal
  • Durability is important

Mike-Paine

  • BONUS: Whenever you see the name Mike Paine as a GM at a game day or a convention you NEED to sign up to play in Mike’s games. He is a superstar GM and he’s fantastic with kids. He always says that his games are for kids and adults who will play nicely with kids. Whenever I see his name at a con I immediately sign up for his stuff. Plus he’s an all around nice guy.

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Henry Hyde Wargaming Author FIXED – Wargaming Recon #119

THIS IS THE FIXED VERSION. PLEASE DOWNLOAD THIS VERSION OF EPISODE 119 AND NOT THE OTHER. WE REGRET THE ERROR.

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Henry Hyde Wargaming Author

Henry Hyde comes back on the show for his third appearance. Henry talks about his book the Wargaming Compendium, wargaming, and what he’s been up to.

In a special segment after the show Henry and Jonathan discuss Jonathan’s Ancient Rome inspired imagi-nation campaign the War of Latinian Expansion. Jonathan is blending computer gaming with traditional tabletop gaming.

He used the Plastic Soldier Review website to choose his 1/72 scale HaT Industrie models and 1/72 scale Caesar Miniatures. The HaT models cost under $10 USD for almost 50 infantry from the Hobby Bunker in Malden, Mass (or their online storefront). Caesar Miniatures’ boxes are only slightly higher at $11.95 for 40+ infantry also from the Hobby Bunker.

1/72 scale HaT Industrie & Caesar Miniatures Imperial Romans mixed together.  Can you tell which belong to which manufacturer?

During the show Jonathan mentions the controversial Episode 113: Are Painted Minis Essential to Miniatures Wargaming? and Henry surprises Jonathan with his thoughts on the topic.

Before the show concludes Jonathan makes a VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT. His wife and he are expecting their first child! The baby is due the beginning of February 2015. Jonathan looks forward to having a little one to introduce to the hobby.

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