CWF Game Cast Episode 52: Neil Shuck & Meeples & Miniatures

Host Tom Barbalet’s records this very special episode featuring one of the most influential and all-around great guy in the world of gaming podcasting. Tom interviews the one, the only, Neil Shuck of Meeples & Miniatures (M&M).

The two adopt a View from the Veranda format. They discuss a myriad of topics. Tom gets answers to all the subjects we’ve been dying to learn about. Neil tells all about his gaming history, how Meeples & Miniatures was born on Jan 2007, how Henry Hyde of Battlegames Magazine and Neil formed their incredible friendship, why the View from the Veranda started, who some of the notable M&M listeners are, and why Neil whispers on his show.

Both Tom and Neil reminisce about the early days of miniatures gaming. Warhammer 40k Rogue Trader, Warhammer Fantasy, the original Space Hulk, and Blood Bowl all receive mentions. Neil lists early gaming podcasts that influenced him such as Solo Wargaming, All About Miniatures, The Dice Tower, Boardgames to Go, and of course It’s Time for Games by Richard Denning who also wrote article(s), which appeared in the old Wargames Illustrated (before Battlefront acquired the magazine).

A little bit of time is spent discussing Warmachine, the early days of the CWF Game Cast (episode 1 debuted 8/17/2006), Neil’s accent, and listener feedback. Neil mentions how listener feedback helps to encourage him to continue podcasting.

The conversation ends and the Music to Game By segment is back with Bailey Records’ “Darkrider Returneth” from Stratos’ album Cybernet Official Roleplaying Soundtrack.

As always we conclude with a message from our sponsor,, contest sponsor Battlegames Magazine, our Creative Commons license and contact information (find us on Facebook and Twitter).

We hope you enjoy this episode of the CWF Game Cast and are eager for your feedback (both positive remarks and constructive criticism). Send it all to cwfgamecast at wargamingforums dot com. Find us on Facebook, Twitter, or Xbox Live with gamertag cwfgamecast.

The intro song is “Downtown” by Matthew Ebel. Please give his other music a listen at

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