2015 in Review – Wargaming Recon #149

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Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon 2015 is covered in more depth. Highlights from 2015 podcast season plus Patreon changes are revealed too! This is FINAL new episode of 2015.

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Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon 2015 Games Played/Activities

  • Prison Architect
  • Kerbal Space Program
  • Tropico 5
  • Ultimate General: Gettysburg
  • Live streamed games and me painting a Flames of War Fuel Dump

Highlights of 2015)

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Only 535 listeners away from reaching 30,000 listeners for the year. As soon as that happens I’ll make a charitable contribution to:

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Listener Mail

Via our Facebook page:

  1. Thanks to the Earth Station One podcast for airing our promo.

Via the Web:

  1. Jacksarge’s Wargames Ramblings blog said “Jonathan is very enthusiastic about his subject – I especially enjoy it when he has Henry Hyde on the show.”

Do you have questions, comments, or constructive feedback? Then please share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, or via e-mail at jonathan@wargamingrecon.com.

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I’m stunned and terribly saddened to hear of the passing of longtime listener Andrew. He helped to give the show the name Wargaming Recon. Andrew was a kind soul who selflessly gave of himself to help those around him. Despite being legally blind he taught children how to wargame.

Wargaming Recon has lost a good friend in his passing. I ask all listeners to join me in a moment of silence in Andrew’s honor.

Do You Like Wargaming Recon?

If you like what you hear and you use iTunes to get our content we ask a favor of you. Please consider reviewing us on iTunes & Stitcher Radio.

iTunes is one of the most popular ways for listeners to find podcasts. Why not help a potential new listener find our show and help grow the hobby?

Review us on iTunes

Stitcher Radio is fast becoming a popular way for listeners to find great podcasts. Help a would-be listener find Wargaming Recon by leaving your review.

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PATREON
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Patreon backers get newest episodes FIRST

Changes are coming January 2016! Patreon backers will support the show on a monthly basis instead of per episode. It should work out the some financially. This new method is more transparent and easier for all when budgeting.

As a thank you to those backing the show on Patreon I will be releasing episodes to them before anyone else can get the episode.

Don’t want to wait? Why not support Wargaming Recon through our Patreon. It costs just $1 per episode roughly $2 per month. That is less than a cup of coffee.

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Thank you to:

  1. Dave & the Wargames @ BattleShades Facebook group
  2. Jamie @DrakePoldragon on Twitter.

Announcements
Wargaming Recon LIVE Page
Jonathan is recording Wargaming Recon LIVE for your viewing pleasure. You can watch the live streaming episodes through our brand new LIVE page.

It shows the live streaming recording, a calendar of upcoming live recordings, and it features a chatroom for you to chat with other listeners and with Jonathan!

Please visit our LIVE page to be an active part of the community.

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The Maine Historical Wargamers Association (they’re the people behind HUZZAH “Historical Wargaming for New England” are a new sponsor for the show. So grateful for their support. Please be sure to go to Huzzah May 13-16, 2016 at the Doubletree Inn in South Portland, Maine. I’ll be there doing a LIVE podcast recording.

Episode Guide Tells You What’s in the Pipe

Some Reminders:
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Many thanks to Jeremy Kostiew, Troll ITC’s logo designer, for our amazing logo. Check out his portfolio at MightyNightGaunt.com


Penny for Your Thoughts

We hope you enjoy this episode of Wargaming Recon and welcome your feedback. Send it all to:

Our Theme Song
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Our intro song is “Downtown” by Matthew Ebel. Please give his other music a listen at www.matthewebel.com.

This recording is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.


Miniature Wargaming the Movie – Wargaming Recon #148

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Miniature Wargaming the Movie is the one documentary wargamers have wanted all their lives. Director Joseph Piddington discusses the film and the Kickstarter project to help fund this exciting project.

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Kickstarter Backer Levels

  • $8 USD-Your name added to backers list on website
  • $15 USD-Digital copy of film
  • $23 USD + shipping-DVD copy of film
  • $38 USD + shipping-Bluray copy of film
  • $77 USD + shipping-Special edition signed DVD & Bluray and exclusive edition H.G. Wells 28mm model
  • $154 USD + shipping-Exclusive Google Hangout for a Q&A session with the filmmakers
  • $385 USD + shipping-You & a guest get tickets to the film’s UK premiere
  • $1,538 USD + shipping-Become an Exclusive Producer for the film

Stretch Goals (as of 11/21/15)

  • 20 minutes of extra footage
  • Digital download added to all physical copies of film AND Special Edition Macrocosm Dwarf model

Do you have questions, comments, or constructive feedback? Then please share it with us on Facebook, Twitter, or via e-mail at jonathan@wargamingrecon.com.

rest-in-peace
I’m stunned and terribly saddened to hear of the passing of longtime listener Andrew. He helped to give the show the name Wargaming Recon. Andrew was a kind soul who selflessly gave of himself to help those around him. Despite being legally blind he taught children how to wargame.

Wargaming Recon has lost a good friend in his passing. I ask all listeners to join me in a moment of silence in Andrew’s honor.

Do You Like Wargaming Recon?

If you like what you hear and you use iTunes to get our content we ask a favor of you. Please consider reviewing us on iTunes & Stitcher Radio.

iTunes is one of the most popular ways for listeners to find podcasts. Why not help a potential new listener find our show and help grow the hobby?

Review us on iTunes

Stitcher Radio is fast becoming a popular way for listeners to find great podcasts. Help a would-be listener find Wargaming Recon by leaving your review.

Review us on Stitcher Radio


PATREON
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Patreon backers get newest episodes FIRST
As a thank you to those backing the show on Patreon I will be releasing episodes to them before anyone else can get the episode.

Don’t want to wait? Why not support Wargaming Recon through our Patreon. It costs just $1 per episode roughly $2 per month. That is less than a cup of coffee.

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Thank you to:

  1. Dave & the Wargames @ BattleShades Facebook group
  2. Jamie @DrakePoldragon on Twitter.

Announcements
Wargaming Recon LIVE Page
Jonathan is recording Wargaming Recon LIVE for your viewing pleasure. You can watch the live streaming episodes through our brand new LIVE page.

It shows the live streaming recording, a calendar of upcoming live recordings, and it features a chatroom for you to chat with other listeners and with Jonathan!

Please visit our LIVE page to be an active part of the community.

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The Maine Historical Wargamers Association (they’re the people behind HUZZAH “Historical Wargaming for New England” are a new sponsor for the show. So grateful for their support. Please be sure to go to Huzzah May 13-16, 2016 at the Doubletree Inn in South Portland, Maine. I’ll be there doing a LIVE podcast recording.

Episode Guide Tells You What’s in the Pipe

Some Reminders:
Screen Shot 2015-07-18 at 4.02.23 PM

Screen Shot 2015-07-18 at 4.05.10 PM

itunes-subscribe


Many thanks to Jeremy Kostiew, Troll ITC’s logo designer, for our amazing logo. Check out his portfolio at MightyNightGaunt.com


Penny for Your Thoughts

We hope you enjoy this episode of Wargaming Recon and welcome your feedback. Send it all to:

Our Theme Song
Matthew-Ebel-Logo

Our intro song is “Downtown” by Matthew Ebel. Please give his other music a listen at www.matthewebel.com.

This recording is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.


Holiday Gift Guide 2015 – Wargaming Recon #147

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Shopping during the holidays can be confusing and stressful. If you need a present for the gamer in your life look no further! Jonathan shares gift ideas for every size wallet.

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Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon 2015 Live Blog

Today is the Extra Life 24hr Game-a-thon where gamers all over the place play games for 24 hours to raise money for kids in need. I am playing to benefit the Boston Children’s Hospital. They’re one of the most amazing hospitals for kids in all of the United States.

Some kids suffer from scary illnesses like cancer and cystic fibrosis. Not all of their families can afford the treatments. Extra Life is a charity that raises money, which goes to kids hospitals so that those kids receive the treatment they need and their families never get a bill.

This will serve as a live blog of my activities during the event. Additionally, I will be using social media and other outlets to share what I’m doing.

Hope you enjoy the ride.

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The film The Gamers (affiliate link) is highly recommended by Mike Pondsmith as an advisory tale for those wishing to write for RPGs.  He says “a really well done game is a cool toy you get to play with and then hand it over to someone else.”Gamer's_Cover

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“I was never trying to explore or exploit a market niche I thought I could make money from.  It came from my passion.”-Jeffrey Talanian

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“Build on a plot line or theme that you’re passionate about…because you have this passion about this topic or plot line the passion will come through in your writing.”-Mike Curtis

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“If you’re going into digital development start by learning paper.”-Mike Pondsmith

It gives you the necessary foundation to move on.

“Anybody can code but you guys are gonna build world.”-Mike Pondsmith

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Good things can be a result of simply getting your foot in the door.  Have to read everyone else’s stuff to have an informed opinion of the company and to be sure it is a good fit all around.

Be sure to know the company’s products and how you will jump off from there.  You’re golden if:

  1. You can get the stuff done
  2. Know the material
  3. Meet the deadline

 

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Do your research.  Look at what is done by existing designers and companies and give your spin on it.  Keep your pitch short to be not more than two or three pages long.  If it is too long they’ll be turned off by the quantity.

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“I’ve hired people over the years at Talsorian because they did stuff [by putting it on the net].”-Mike Pondsmith

“People in the industry are always looking for talent.  It’s better if they approach you.”-Mike Pondsmith

“I had been designing campaigns and adventures for my friends since I was 10 years old.  Never imagined myself getting into game design.”-Jeffrey Talanian

A recurring theme is being a RPG writer won’t make you rich.  Have to do this because you love it not because you want to be rich.

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“If you don’t mind sleeping under your desk for a little while you can make more money writing for digital but you’ll have no life”-Mike Pondsmith

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“We’re working on a video game version of Cyberpunk….imagine a science fiction scale Witcher.”-Mike Pondsmith

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“Castle Zagyg is basically Castle Greyhawk with the serial numbers filed off”-Jeffrey Talanian

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The panelists are here!

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Starting to fill up here.  Two industry guests have arrived and four other people in the audience.  Should be a fun panel covering a topic of which I am not familiar.

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Getting ready to go live with the live stream. Hope you enjoy!

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This game teaches babies that items don’t go away simply because they can’t be seen. We show the bees to my daughter. Then they get put in the beehive. We ask her “where are the bees?” She then has to find the bees and take them out.

Bees jingle or make crinkly noises. Can you tell she loves this game?

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Catherine, my 9 month old, decided to try Prison Architect for herself. What do you think? Do I have a future gamer on my hands?

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Now it is time for some Prison Architect. This game will make an appearance in my live stream later today.

An added challenge is playing while my 9 month old daughter sits on my lap. She likes to play with daddy’s computer too.

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Began my day at 8am playing Angry Birds 2 on my iPhone 5s. Beat the final boss of the first stage, which allowed me to move on to the second level. Very exciting!