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Tabletop Gaming Podcast based in Glasgow, Scotland. We play D&D, Pathfinder, Magic: The Gathering, Warhammer: The Age of Sigmar and a plethora of board games!

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Update Kickstarter - 21/07/18

Role Quest is now 111% funded! There is still time to back it - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/herculesgamestudios/role-quest

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In this edition of our Independence Day feature Ben is joined by Alex and Phoebos of Hercules Games Studios in our first ever international conference call - Scotland, England and Greece! Alex and Phoebos chat with Ben about their current Kickstarter campaign for Role Quest, a game of role playing, guessing and improvisation currently sitting at over 80% funded with 22 days to go!

Together they also discuss the need for gateway role playing games, being a games deisgner on Kickstarter, and how to ensure that the backers have a great Kickstarter experience inlight of recent controversies!

 

Happy Listening,

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

Links

Role Quest Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/herculesgamestudios/role-quest

Hercules Games Studio - https://www.after-london.com/hercules-game-studios

 

Credits

Presented by Benjamin Porter

Post-production by Charlotte Porter

Recorded using SquadCast

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This week Josh is joined by Tom Mannering and Ewan Bowers for an episode dedicated to Magic: The Gathering. Together they discuss the recent M19 pre-release event that they attended at ComiCrazy in Paisley and we introduce a new segment of the show, 'What's in the Booster Packs?!' - pretty much 'What's in the Box?!' without a box. Listen in as they explain what they would do with the cards in the packs, the mechanics and lore of the game, and share their own experience of playing Magic over the years. 

Happy Listening

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

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In this week's Independence Day episode Ben and Josh are joined by Steve Jackson of Steve Jackson Games! Not only has Steve Jackson been in the board games industry for over 40 years, he is also the creator of some little known games such as Munchkin and GURPS. 

Together they chat about the changes in the tabletop gaming industry over the past 40 years, Steve's design process and the importance of theme in game design. They also talk about Steve's next Kickstarter release, The Fantasy Trip, a re-release of his 1970's RPG, the other Steve Jackson and squid rabbits!

Happy listening,

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

 

Links

Steve Jackson Games

Fantasy Trip - The Fantasy Trip.com

2019 World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin

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In this week's Regular Show episode Josh and Ben update everyone on our plans for Patreon, give shoutouts to our newest patrons and make some Tabletop Scotland competition announcements - spend 2 hours at the Geeknson Table with The Unlucky Frog to celebrate our 1st birthday! 

They also discuss their first play through of the Warhammer Age of Sigmar Soul Wars and Josh updates us on his current Pathfinder campaign!

Happy listening,

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

Links

Unlucky Frog Competition

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars Unboxing

 

 

 

 

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In this week's Independence Day Episode Ben and Josh are joined by Matt Machell of Realms Publishing to discuss RPGs, including his most recent endeavour The Queen's Men (think Elizabethan spies through the lens of Gareth Marenghi's Dark Place!). They also discuss 60's pulp TV drama, historical fiction, and the shifting attitude in the social conscious towards RPGs and board games in general.

Happy Listening.

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

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Links

Realms Publishing

RPG Now - Realms Publishing

 

Honourable Mentions 

Critical Role

UK Games Expo

Jason Statham's Big Vacation

Shadows of Estern

Ice Cool by Brain Games

Spire by Grant Howitt

Mountain Witch RPG

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Psstt! This episode contains spoilers. You have been warned...

In this week's episode Josh and Charlotte, minus Ben who has succumb to his hayfever, chat with Dave Wright, the Convention Overlord of Tabletop Scotland. Together they chat about how things are progressing, and to make some announcements - inlcuding some announcements involving our goodselves! Dave also gets very excited about GenCon 2018 too.

Listen in to find out more about what's in store for Tabletop Scotland in September including events, RPGs, tournaments, demo zone, playtest zone and much more!

 

Happy Listening! 

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

Links:

Tabletop Scotland : http://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Tabletop Scotland Facebook Group Chat: https://www.facebook.com/groups/TabletopScotlandChat/

 

Honourable Mentions: 

Coiledspring Games

Asmodee Games 

Iain McAllister - The Giant Brain 

GenCon

Mark Cooke of AireCon

 

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In this week's Independence Day episode Ben and Josh are joined by Mark Mackinnon of Dream Big Games - and gosh golly, do they lower they tone?! As well as discussing Wreck and Ruin, they also discuss Can you Guess Poo? and other toilet related subjects. This is also the first episode where Charlotte has had to slam the censor button (thanks Josh!).

Mark also shares his experience of dissecting his earlier Wreck and Ruin campaign and how this led to his recent successfully funded campaign. They also chat stretch goals, teaming up with Award Winning Miniatures Painter, Michael Mordor, demoing at UK Games Expo and calling out internet trolls.

Also, they pose the question of our generation; 100 hundred duck sized horses, or 1 horse sized duck?! What would you choose?

We hope you enjoy listening, and are not too disgusted!

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

Links

Wreck and Ruin Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1358316989/wreck-and-ruin-post-apocalyptic-vehicle-miniature

 

 

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June 24, 2018

Episode 61: TTRPGs

In this week's episode, Ben and Josh wax lyrical about tabletop role-playing games. Ben reflects on the D&D one-shot he played as part of Scot's stag, whilst Josh catches us up on the latest goings-on from his Pathfinder campaign. Ben also bemoans the loss he suffered during his last game of Age of Sigmar 1st Edition.

 

Happy listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team

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Due to a slight technical hitch our regular Independence Day episode has been delayed. In the meantime listen in to our thoughts on Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions  by Playfusion, which Ben and Charlotte were lucky enough to demo at UK Games Expo. 

We hope you enjoy, 

The Unlucky Frog Team

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June 17, 2018

Episode 59: Twitching

This week Ben and Charlotte take the reigns of the Regular Show. Together they discuss their week in Tabletop including playing Arkham Horror LCG: Paths To Carcosa, Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire and Zombie Doctor, and catching up with Tristan and Francesca of Hall or Nothing Productions whilst on a whistlestop tour of Manchester. They also discuss recent announcements from CMON and Monolith about how they will be utilising Kickstarter in the future, as well as the Unlucky Frog's plans for using Twitch for live streaming and how it can be used to benefit the Tabletop Gaming Community.

We hope you enjoy listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

Links:

Episode 36: Lifeform (Mark Chaplin & Tristan Hall)

 

Honourable Mentions:

Elisar of Capital City Games

24 Hour Board Game Marathon 

Iain McAllister (The Giant Brain)

Warhammer Glasgow

Games Workshop Manchester

Glasgow Shadespire Meet-Up

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In this week's Independence Day episode Ben is joined by Luke Gbedemah of Muster App, an app that is designed to be the Steam of Tabletop. Luke explains the need for Muster as a means of bringing together tabletop gamers in terms of locality and shared interest. Together they also discuss he game design process, interpretation of other people's intellectual property, and borrowing concepts and ideas from existing pieces of work. 

We hope you enjoy listening,

The Unlucky Frog Team

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Muster App - https://www.musterapp.co.uk/

 

  

 

 

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June 10, 2018

Episode 57: Sweaty Yeti

In this week's episode Ben, Josh and Charlotte discuss appropriate Yeti care and  their post UK Games Expo cool down/melt down which has included copius amounts of gaming. Josh also shares his experience of setting up his very first twitter account, and the gang reminisce about Haba Hotel.  They also discuss recent news by Fantasy Flight Games about Android: Netrunner, speculation about upcoming games from Wizards of the Coast, and Ben gets excited about the announcement of Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soul Wars.

We hope you enjoy!

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

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Ben and Josh are joined once again by Iain McAllister of The Giant Brain for the continuation of our UK Games Expo round up!

 

We hope enjoy listening, 

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

Mentions

Boardgame Console by Wizama

Taiwan Boardgame Design

Games Workshop

Arkham Horror: Paths to Carcosa and Forgetton Age by Fantasy Flight Games

Pathfinder Playtest by Paizo

Holding On: Troubled Life of Billy Kerr by Hub Games

Village Attacks by Grimlord

Board Games Crate

VoteMe by Redwell Games

Old Hellfire Club

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In this week's edition of Independence Day Ben is joined by Matt Coward of the University of York. Matt chats with Ben about his current piece of sociological research into the tabletop gaming community, discussing the wider issues of inclusivity and diversity. They also discuss grave robbing, cliche'd themes and games that explore death. 

We hope you enjoy listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team

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Ben and Josh are joined by Iain McAllister of The Giant Brain for their UK Games Expo wrap up episode, part 1! Together they cover Thursday's Press Preview, Friday's Shadespire: Grand Clash, the JollyBoat comedy duo and the plethora of games that they demo'ed, listed below!

We hope you enjoy listening.

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

Mentions:

Sins RPG by First Falling Leaf

Ruthless by Alley Cat Games & Roland's Revenge

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions by Playfusion

The Gig by Brain Crack Games

Gladiatores by Bad Cat Games

Towers of The Sun published by Quality Beasts 

Doomsday Bots by Digisprite  

Dare to Dream by Turtle Dream Games

Fallout: Wasteland Warfare by Modiphius Games 

Ice Cool by Brain Games

UK Indie RPG League

Villagers by Sinister Fish Games

JollyBoat

Ominones Hieroglyphs by Yay Games

Legends Untold and Lord of The Hoard by Inspiring Games

Hero Master by The Noble Artist

Shadows of Esteren by Studio Agate

 

 

 

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In this week's Independence Day episode Ben is joined by Tom Pike of Themeborne Games to discuss his upcoming Kickstarter campaign for Escape The Dark Castle Expansion Packs, which is due to go live on Friday 1st of June! Listen in to hear about Tom's own gaming history and what brought him to this point. Together they also the need for gateway games, how to manage critical reviews, and how to create expansions that bring new mechanics and elements to a game whilst remaining true to the original game. 

For more information on Escape The Dark Castle and its expansions, check out www.themeborne.com 

Ben's review of Escape The Dark Castle will be available on our blog from Wednesday 30th of May. 

We hope you enjoy listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team 

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*This episode contains spoilers for Hunger Games and Game of Thrones*

This week Ben, Josh & Charlotte chat about their upcoming trip to UK Games Expo! Following on from our preview blog post we discuss what we are looking forward to seeing most at the event. We also discuss Games Workshops' announcement for Warhammer Adventures and the divisive nature of the books. 

This week's episode also contains a shoutout to our newest Patron, Tom Mannering, and we explain some of the updates we have made to our patreon goals!

We hope you enjoy listening

The Unlucky Frog Team

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In this week's Independence Day Episode Ben and Josh are joined by local lad, Owen Duffy, games writer for Tabletop Magazine, The Guardian and Ars Technica. Together they discuss Owen's day to day gaming, plans for UK Games Expo and upcoming board game annual/ guide, The Board Game Book, which is due to hit Kickstarter on Tuesday 5th of June! 

Shownotes

The Board Game Book is a gorgeous hardback book by top gaming authors looking at more than 100 of the year's best games, from family and casual games to strategy epics. Its Kickstarter campaign launches on June 5th, and you can get a copy plus a free PDF, and have your name listed in the acknowledgement pages, for a pledge of £20.

Find out more at:

 

We hope you enjoy listening, 

The Unlucky Frog Gaming

 

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In this week's episode Ben is joined by guest host Josh...wait...what?! That's right Josh has returned from his hiatus just in time or UK Games Expo!

In this week's episode Ben & Josh discuss the games they have been playing including Gloomhaven, and Magic: The Gathering expansion, Dominaria. They also chat about recent announcements for Warhammer: Age of Sigmar, Asmodee's intended sale and the Award Season in the run up to wards UK Games Expo, Origins Awards and Spiele Des Jahres.

This week's episode see the return of our 'What's In the Box?!' section, although in this instance it is 'What's In The Tube?!'

 

We hope you enjoy listening!

 

The Unlucky Frog Team

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In this week's episode we are joined by Erin Dean, videographer and author. Together Erin & Ben discuss her upcoming book, for The Love of Board Games, a collection of interviews with board game designers including: 

-Matt Leacock

-Jonathon Gilmour

-Wolfgang Kramer

-Richard Garfield

-Phil Walker-Harding

 

They also discuss instances of being star struck including an awkward encounter with Rodney Smith of Watch It Played in a bathroom at AireCon 2018!

 

Happy listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team

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In this week's episode, Ben is joined again by Scot Milne. Together they discuss what games they have been playing over the past week or so including Scot's recent Pathfinder campaign, Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire and Arkham Horror. They also discuss the reemergence of claims about the authenticity of Jakub Rozalsk artwork for Scythe and the fine line between plagiarism and homage, and discuss the online tabletop gaming community.

Link to reddit claim regarding Jakub Rozalski's artwork 

We hope you enjoy listening!

The Unlucky Lucky Frog Team

 

honourable mentions: Daryl Jones Glasgow Shadespire Group

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In this week's episode Ben is joined by Frank West creator of City of Kings. Together they discuss Frank's first introduction to tabletop gaming, his desire to create an experience similiar to a MMORPG in a tabletop format, and his current kickstarter campaigns City of Kings: Anicent Allies and Vedoran Gardens.

Frank will also be attending UK Games Expo, and GenCon so be sure to look out for him there!

We hope you enjoy listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team

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May 6, 2018

Episode 46: Dun-Con

In this week's episode Ben is joined by guest co-host Duncan Cowan of Tabletop Scotland. Together they disucss recent gaming exploits inlcuding Secret Hitler, Battlestar Galatica, Escape the Dark Castle & Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective. They also discuss the somewhat duplicitive practices of Space Goat Productions, and share tips on how to teach games to new players, or indeed, people with no prior experience of gaming.

We hope you enjoy!

The Unlucky Frog Team

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In this week's Independence Day episode Ben is joined by Darryl Jones of Splattered Ink Games to discuss his current project that has been a long time in the making! Dobbers: The Quest for the Key is a game for all the family, but that doesn't mean it can't challenge the veteran gamers amongst us. Darryl also shares his own history of tabletop gaming, passing that passion down to the next generation, and his visions for the Dobbers universe!

Dobbers: The Quest for the Key Kickstarter is now live - Check it out here! 

We hope you enjoy listening! 

The Unlucky Frog Team

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This week Ben is joined by guest co-host Mark Mckinnon, of Wreck and Ruin fame! Together they chat about:

  • Mark's recent Kickstarter campaign, and his plans to come back bigger and badder,
  • Mark's introduction to Warhammer Underworlds: Shadespire,
  • the growing trend of creator's backing out of Kickstarter campaigns 
  • Annoying gaming habits - are they your problem or the other persons?

We hope you enjoy listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

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In this Independence Day episode Ben is joined by the gang at Bermooda's End Games. Together Ben, April, Lauren, Daryk & Michael talk about their own gaming experience, legal wrangles of running your own business, and of course, their upcoming Kickstarter Launch, Are you Going to Eat That? Listen in to find out more!

 

We hope you enjoy listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team

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This week Ben is joined by co-host Tom Mannering for the weekly round up, and upcoming events.  Together they discuss the need for entry level gaming, International Tabletop Day, Arkham Horror LCG, as well as Tom's first foray into Lords of Waterdeep!

We hope you enjoy listening,

The Unlucky Frog Team

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Whilst at Conpulsion 2018 Ben caught up with Richard Denning of Medusa Games. Together they talk about the convention scene, the ins and outs of organising UK Games Expo, and his upcoming release Magnificent Flying Machines which Ben, Josh and Charlotte had the chance to play at Glasgow Games Fest. 

**Please note that there is a lot of background noise in this episode as it was recorded live at Conpulsion**

 

We hope you enjoy listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

 

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In the first ever Hot Of The Press feature of the Unlucky Frog Gaming Podcast, Ben is joined by Calvin Wong of the Ding and Dent Podcast and BoardGamePrices.com. Together they discuss the ongoing Boarders Tabletop Cafe Kickstarter scandal which is now potentially the largest case of defraudment in Kickstarter Boardgame history.

As both a journalist and patron of the cafe, Calvin shares with us his account of the ongoing situation and the impact it is having on the Tabletop gaming community in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.

 

We hope you enjoy listening. 

The Unlucky Frog Team

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Links referred to in this episode

https://www.boardgameprices.com/articles/boarders-tabletop-game-studio-defrauds-thousands-in-kickstarter-scandal

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/mightyboards/petrichor/posts/2146480

http://www.dinganddentcast.com/

 

 

 

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A collection of short interviews with exhibitors from Conpulsion 2018. Includes:

- David of the Dawn Duellists

- Calum, former event organiser 

- Keith McLeman of Cardboard and Coffee

- Matt Coward, Tabletop Researcher

We hope you enjoy listening! 

 

Thanks for listening, 

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

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Ben and Charlotte are joined by guest co-host Iona Craig, and together they share their experience of Conpulsion 2018. 

Listen in as they discuss their thoughts and recommendations for Conpulsion 2019. They also discuss some of the things they were involved in and the people they caught up with including:

- Richard Denning of Medusa Games and UKGE

- Keith McLeman of Cardboard and Coffee, and his game Nuts and Bots

- Dawn Duellists, a historical european martials arts

- Dave Wright of Tabletop Scotland 

 

We hope you enjoy listening!

 

Thanks

The Unlucky Frog Team

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This week Ben is joined by guest co-host Craig. Together they discuss their recent Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Firestorm campaign, and announcements in relation to the Idoneth Deepkin. They also discuss in detail price creep on Kickstarter with reference to Beneath, Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game, and God Tear. 

We hope you enjoy listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

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Website: www.unluckyfrog.com
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/UnluckyFrog
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In today's Independence Day Episode Ben is chatting with Mark Cooke of AireCon, and very briefly by his co-host Charlotte! Mark talks about his own gaming history, the ups and downs of convention planning, and their plans for AireCon 2019 and beyond!

 

We hope you enjoy listening!

 

Thanks

Unlucky Frog Team

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April 8, 2018

Episode 37: Puddle Bane

In this week's episode Ben and Charlotte discuss their recent experience of Mystic Vale & Arkham Horror. They also chat about their plans for the Unlucky Frog Patreon, why they have decided to part with Fog of Love, and upcoming events that they will be attending over the upcoming weeks!

Link to our Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/UnluckyFrog

We hope you enjoy listening!

 

Thanks 
The Unlucky Frog Team

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This week Ben is joined by Mark Chaplin and Tristan Hall to discuss the current Kickstarter, Lifeform - which funded in 8 hours! Together they talk about their individual game design histories, their experience of Kickstarter and how they came to partner up as designer/publisher in this instance!

There is still time to back the kickstarter here.

 

Thanks for listening

The Unlucky Frog Team

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Ben is joined once again by guest co-host Charlotte for another exciting installment of the The Unlucky Frog Gaming Podcast. In this episode Ben and Charlotte discuss her recent visit to the Edinburgh Playtest Group, finally playing Arkham Horror: The Card Game, and Ben's recent Warhammer Age of Sigmar narrative battle.

 

They also pose the question how competitive is too competitive in gaming? Are you a competitive gamer? Do you only care about winning?

Please send your answers on a stamp addressed envelope...or, you know, let us know on Twitter and Facebook

 

We hope you enjoy listening,

The Unlucky Frog Team

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In this week's Independence Day episode featuring freelance artist Ralph Horsley! Ralph talks about his freelancing work with a whole range of clients including Wizards of the Coast, Games Workshop, Upper Deck, EA, Paizo, Fantasy Flight Games and Green Ronin! Together we also discuss how to get he got into fantasy art in the first instance.

We hope you enjoy listening

Josh, Ben & Charlotte

 

 

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This week's episode sees Ben and Charlotte discuss their recent gaming escapades including Age of Sigmar: Malign Portents painting competition & narrative campaign in Warhammer Glasgow, the campaign of Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective that has turned into a family affair, pokemon booster boxes and a trip down memory lane! They also chat about Adepticon 2018 and the big Games Workshop reveals made there, as well as upcoming events in Scotland's Capital City, Edinburgh including Conpulsion and Edinburgh Playtest Group!

We hope you enjoy listening!

 

Thanks

Ben & Charlotte

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In this week's episode Josh and Ben are joined by Bjorn 1 and Bjorn 2 to chat about their successfully funded Kickstarter party card game, Listit; A game for Mind Readers and List Lovers a like! Together they discuss the impact of their Carribean inspiration and Swedish sensibilities on the game creation and design. 

We also have the chance to play Listit live with the creators; a rare treat indeed. Listen in to hear their hijinks!

Listit Kickstarter can be found here

Please note that the audio quality is distorted in some places. 

We hope you enjoy listening in! 

 

Thanks

Josh, Ben & Charlotte

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In the second part of our AireCon review Josh and Ben chat about some of the things they got up to on the fnal day of the convention. Highlights include:

Football Rivals

Merchants of Medius by Pike Gaming

Fighting Fantasy

and much more, including a potential City of Kings and Age of Sigmar tie in! 

 

We hope you enjoy listening in 

 

Thanks

Josh, Ben & Charlotte

 

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