CWF Game Cast Episode 60: Local Events Roundup

Host Jonathan J. Reinhart begins as usual his week in gaming. He updates the happenings in the monthly Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition he plays with Drew McCarthy and his friends. Jonathan updates listeners on the status of his Flames of War army. Dispatches from headquarters are shared announcing a big move for Jonathan and his wife. The move, with details TBA, will minimally disrupt the podcast. On the plus side, Jonathan should have a small but dedicated space for assembling and painting miniatures. The monthly painting social held at Battleground Games & Hobbies in Plainville is recounted. It is a great way to get some painting done, hang out with some painters, and maybe learn a thing or two. Jonathan describes the fantastic dinosaur model that Michael Salzman created for use with Warhammer Fantasy. This event was a good chance to work on models for Black Powder.

Local events are highlighted for listeners. Gaming events run by Adler Hobby in Hollis, New Hampshire along with those by Battleground Games & Hobbies (Abington and Plainville locations), and The Whiz on Rte 9 East in Westborough are detailed. Events range from Flames of War, Warmachine/Hordes Rotterhorn League, Magic: The Gathering CCG, Please check with the individual venues/event sponsors for more details.

A bulk of the show is devoted to the Mailbag. Listener feedback, mostly focusing on Episode 59, is shared. Jonathan reads some of the feedback covering opinions on digital format magazines including some from Jasper Oorthuys, big boss of WS&S Magazine, and Henry Hyde, editor of Battlegames Magazine. Andrew Malcolm and Mike Blake have their feedback included in the show. Gordon informed us that he will be playing this show in Adler Hobby, so if you hang out at Adler Hobby you will be able to listen to this show while you game.

The Hobby Bunker in Malden will run a game day in August (check out the pdf flyer). It will feature The Battle of Olustee using the Black Powder rules and will be run by the Boston Trained Bands club. Mike Paine, also from Huzzah Con 2011, will run a pulp zombie game too.

The newest issue of Wargames, Soldiers & Strategy (issue #55) is briefly discussed based on Jonathan’s first glance at a few of the pages in the magazine. He highlights two areas he would like improved, one turns out to be a problem with using the iPad to read the magazine digitally, and mentions the positive reviews for issue 54. Check out our review of that issue in CWF Game Cast Episode 59: Wargaming Magazine Extravaganza.

Continuing with the magazine discussion, Battlegames Magazine issue #26 is reviewed. Check out all of our Battlegames related content. The exact score is 78% or 31/40 even though Jonathan says “7 out of 10 stars” in the show.

A brief discussion of game stores, good and bad, ensues prompted by a recent episode of WWPD: News From the Front. Editor’s Choice Winner Battleground Games & Hobbies is one of two local stores, the other is The Whiz, given as examples of great game stores.

The new Name Our Podcast Contest 2 is mentioned. Submit your name suggestions via e-mail to One person (you can enter more than once) will win a prize basket including a t-shirt with the new name, some digital downloads, and a few other prizes. This is an ongoing contest ending when a new name is chosen.

The Huzzah Con T-Shirt Giveaway, shirts courtesy of Dean Emmerson and the Maine Historical Wargamers Association, lasts until the last shirt is given away. The first 5 people to e-mail win a FREE Huzzah 2011 Viking Dawn T-shirt. The available sizes are 1 XXL and 4 Larges. Include your t-shirt size and mailing address in the e-mail. Take a peek at this picture of Jonathan wearing the con t-shirt.

The show winds down with the the Music to Game By segment with Bailey Records’ “Techno-Criminal Subcultures” from Stratos’ album Cybernet Official Roleplaying Soundtrack along with the Battlegames Magazine promo.

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.

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8 Comments on “CWF Game Cast Episode 60: Local Events Roundup”

  1. Tilman

    Good call on the issues with WSS. After listening to your enthusiasm about digital copies (and receiving an adequate device finally) I subscribed to the magazine and ordered right away the latest back issue. Have to admit, I was rather disappointed by the quality which wasn’t up to zooming in. So, quite possibly, I triggered the whole revamp in calling Jasper Oorthuys on this, he reporting back to me in just a few hours and doing a general update. After this great deed of customer service digital copies of WSS are much more enjoyable.

    Anyway, love the show and keep checking for updates regularly.

    Cheers from overseas

    1. Jonathan J. Reinhart Post author

      Hi Tilman. I know this is a little off topic but I want to compliment you on your blog and the models you painted. They look FANTASTIC! May I say they make mine look like something that spent a long time in a sludge factory? I love your blog’s aesthetic. The little touches make the difference. Guess who will be following you. :)

      Thank you for the kind words about the show. You’re the second person to tell me that they subscribe or purchased something as a result of this show. It is nice to know you’re happy with WSS. It is a great magazine, which I’m experiencing some technical difficulties of my own with. That’s most likely an issue with my own device so please don’t let it reflect on WSS.

      If you wanted to send Jasper, or Guy, an e-mail telling them how you became a subscriber as a result of listening to my show that would be awesome. If you wanted to that is. I think it is important for companies to know of the impact from independent, and amateur, podcasters such as myself (and Neil Shuck and WWPD, etc). It comes in handy when they look at places to sponsor, or contests to sponsor, too.

      Hope you’ll enjoy the next issue I’ll be releasing. My friend Drew joins me to talk about things gaming. A big show will be recorded at the end of this month when he and I jointly interview Derek Lloyd, owner, and Chase Laquidara, manager, of Battleground Games & Hobbies. That is the local game store I play at, which has two locations (and may be working on a third). Should be fun to peek behind the curtain of a successful game store.

      Thank you for listening and thank you for your comment.


      1. Tilman

        Many thanks for your kind comment on my blog. Glad you like what you see, though I’m really not playing in the upper classes (or even willing to). Would love to see what you’re painting, cause I always enjoy other people’s work, regardless what they think about it themselves!
        Also thanks for the heads up on the next shows’ contents, Jonathan. Much appreciated.
        Actually, I told Jasper right from the start that your review had led me to subscribing. I referred in particular to you mentioning the zoom function – which was in fact spoilt by the original downsized version.

        Anyway, keep up the good work.


          1. Adrian

            The cannon looks great Jonathan! It’s going to be a shame when a flood of Hessian Grenadiers overrun it and you have to take it off the table.

            “Battleground Games & Hobbies. That is the local game store I play at, which has two locations (and may be working on a third).”

          2. Jonathan J. Reinhart Post author

            Adrian, that’s the word on the street. I’m hearing the dream of a Boston-ish store was never given up and may happen within 3-5 years. When I interview Derek and Chase, to be recorded on the 28th and released after, I’ll try to get it straight from the horse’s mouth.

            You do know that in order to get to the artillery battery that you’ll have to get through a bunch of crackshot, but perhaps disorderly, militia? And then you can overrun the artillery and get fat off the land allowing my riflemen to create gaping holes in the craniums of your bratwurst-loving mercenaries. Pow-pow. :)

          3. Adrian

            I’m not concerned about it; as unwashed, half drunk rebel militia I believe your guys are all going to have the “Unreliable” and “Wavering” special rules as their defining characteristics. Have you ever blown the seeds off of a dandelion puff? I imagine that’s what it will be like.