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Gift Ideas

December 6th, 2019

Tis the Season! Ben and Josh run through their ideas for gifts for the gamers in your life this Christmas.

 

Mentions

Forbidden Planet Glasgow

Artisan Dice

 

Glasgow Games Festival Round Up

November 24th, 2019

Ben and Josh reminisce on their experience of Glasgow Games Festival 2019. 

Topics covered:

News and Announcements

- Games Workshop's Sisters of Battle release and the issue of Board Game scalpers (01:49)

- Marvel Champions: The Card Game by Fantasy Flight Games (13:32)

Glasgow Games Festival (16:20)

- Dungeon Mayhem by Wizards of the Coast (24:30)

- Magnate: The First City by Naylor Games (27:45)

- Villagers by Sinister Fish Games (32:41)

- Black Orchestra by Philip DuBarry (35:58)

- Root by Cole Wehrle(39:36)

 

 

Things That Ben Hates

November 10th, 2019

Ben, Charlotte & Josh kick off this week's episode with the introduction of the Unlucky Frog Discord Server and recent Patreon updates! We also introduce our newest segment; Things That Ben Hates.

Topics Featured:

Patreon & Discord updates (02:47)

Villagers by Sinister Fish Games (06:18)

PARKS: The Board Game by Keymaster Games (08:24)

Tom & Josh's Pathfinder Crossover Game (18:45)

Things That Ben Hates: Charm (27:47)

 

Links

Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/UnluckyFrog

Discord Server: https://discord.gg/3RTArQf 

Roundtable Review | 1066: Tears To Many Mothers

November 3rd, 2019

Ben, Charlotte and Josh are back together to bring you the first every Unlucky Frog Roundtable Review of 1066: Tears To Many Mothers by Hall Or Nothing Productions.

Together they share their thoughts on the game's presentation, theme and gameplay!

We'd love to know your thoughts. What did you think of the game?

 

 

Board Game Crate Unboxing | August & September

November 1st, 2019

Special Double Feature!

Somewhat delayed unboxing for the months of Aug and September...but as they say better late than never!

Remember use the code unluckyfrogisawesome in order to get 5% off your subscription at boardgamecrate.com

** Special thanks to Halton on the Discord Server for suggesting putting the audio for the Board Game Crate videos up on the podcast feed.**

 

 

Getting Under The Lid | Featuring Dan Jolin of Senet Magazine

October 26th, 2019

This week Ben and Josh are joined by Dan Jolin of Senet Magazine, a new, independent publication which celebrates the craft, creativity and community of board gaming. Together they discuss the magazine's current kickstarter campaign.

Topics:

Essen Spiele 2019

Senet Magazine

Tussie Mussie by Elizabeth Hargrave 

Tristan Hall of All or Nothing Productions

 

Links

Senet Kickstarter -  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/456190758/senet-magazine

Con + 2 featuring Jayson Green

October 12th, 2019

This week Josh and Tom are joined by Jayson Green from Con + 2 to discuss their online RPG convention, along with all manner of tabletop stuff, including;

The Critical Roll Wendy's one shot controversy

Tilt Five Holographic Table Top Gaming Kickstarter

Con + 2 giveaways

Links:

https://conplus.live/

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tiltfive/holographic-tabletop-gaming

 

1 Survives | Featuring Stevie Allan of Tip The Table Games

October 6th, 2019

Josh and Charlotte are joined by Stevie Allan of Tip The Table Games to discuss their current Kickstarter campaign for their horror themed card game, 1 Survives! 

Topics featured:

Essen Spiele (02:06)

Games Workshop/Marvel partnership (03:42)

Wingspan European Birds Expansion (05:07)

1 Survives Kickstarter Campaign (09:19)

 

Links:

Kickstarter - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tipthetablegames/1-survives-classic-horror-card-game?ref=nav_search&result=project&term=One%20survives

 

Tabletop Scotland 2019 Seminar: World Building | Featuring Matthew Dawkins, Benn Graybeaton, Klara Horskjær Herbøl, Bill Heron & Kevin Young

September 30th, 2019

A key step in any game design process is determining where the game is set.  If indeed it has a setting.

That applies whether you’re designing a new game, writing a setting for an existing game or home-brewing a variant for a published game.

This seminar goes through that process and touch on how our panel approach it in each of their designs.

Our panel will be chaired by Tom Mannering from Unlucky Frog – 

  • Onyx Path Publishing writer and developer Matthew Dawkins
  • Modiphius RPG writer Benn Graybeaton
  • Onyx Path Publishing writer Klara Horskjær Herbøl
  • Modiphius RPG writer Bill Heron
  • Inspiring Games game designer Kevin Young

Tabletop Scotland 2019 Seminar: The Art of Tabletop | Featuring Ralph Horsley, Andy Hepworth & Jon Hodgson

September 30th, 2019

The Art of Tabletop seminar consists of a panel of artists who have worked on some of the biggest games in the industry and some of the smallest too. Together they discuss the art that goes into making the games we love come to life, defining your own artistic style and representation in tabletop art.

Our panel are –

 

Tabletop Scotland 2019 Seminar: Tabletop With Children | Featuring Juniper Green Board Gamers

September 18th, 2019

Jennifer and Eric from Juniper Green Board Gamers invite you to chat with them about “Tabletop With Children”.
They talk about their experiences of introducing the hobby to their children and other children too. Other topics such as “Should you let the child win?” as well as the effect that board games can have on mental well-being and other developmental benefits.

Tabletop Scotland 2019 Live Event: Tales from the Aletheian Society Live Show

September 18th, 2019

 

 

Tales from the Aletheian Society is a serialised comedy-horror audio drama about the
misadventures of a society of Victorian occultists.

You can find out more about them on their website – https://www.hunterhoose.co.uk/

May contain actual or implied violence, frequent mild swearing and reference to dark occult themes.

 

No One Expects the Spanish Inquisition | Featuring Elaine Lithgow of DigiSprite

September 15th, 2019

Ben and Tom are joined by Elaine Lithgow of DigiSprite to discuss some of their current projects. Elaine also chats about the Warhammer Age of Sigmar RRG that she has been working on for Cubicle7!

Topics Featured

Kickstarter Staff Union Contravorsay (2:10)

Steamforged Games Dark Souls Expansion (9:40)

DigiSprite (15:35)

Warhammer Age of Sigmar RPG & Warhammer 40K Wrath & Glory (22:42)

 

Links: 

Cubicle 7 - https://www.cubicle7games.com/

DigiSprite - https://digisprite.co.uk/

 

Tabletop Scotland 2019 Seminar: How to Games Master a Roleplaying Game | Featuring Tom Mannering and Ryan Trotter

September 13th, 2019

Tom Mannering, former Scottish Pathfinder Society “head honcho” and newly spawned Unlucky Frog, will guide you through the mysteries of running RPGs.

Topics to be covered include –

  • Prep techniques. How to prep and how much prep is too much?
  • Winging it. How to do that and when to do it.
  • Camera time. How to keep all of the players engaged.

A Roll In The Hay With Unlucky Frog | Tabletop Scotland

September 10th, 2019

This week Ben and Tom catch up on the week that was including Tabletop Scotland and Tom's Pathfinder crossover Campaign!

Featured topics

Pathfinder Crossover Campaign / Miniatures in Role Playing Games (05:14)

Games Workshop Announcements (13:08)

- Age of Sigmar Ossiarch Bonereaper

- War in Rohan Supplement

- Raven Guard Master Shrike Model

- Warcry Expansion

- Gotrek Gurnisson Model

Tabletop Scotland (35:39)

 

Mentions

Tyler Mengel 

Drawn to the Flame

Brainwaves Podcast 

 

 

Warhammer Records

August 18th, 2019

This week Josh and Tom discuss the bizzare and shortlived Warhammer Records - Games Workshop's attempt to get into the music industry!

 

Topics featured:

Asmodee Releases Schedule: Wreck & Ruin by Dream Big Games and Lifeform by Hall or Nothing Productions. 

Warhammer 40K Kill Team Campaign and Space Marine Codex release

Oblivion by D-Rok on Warhammer Records

Dungeons and Dragons Offical Roleplaying Soundtrack by Midnight Syndicate 

 

Wil Wheaton Hasn’t Punched Someone

August 11th, 2019

This week Josh and Tom are joined by Iona to discuss the latests news, lawsuits and their own gaming shenanigans.

Featured Topics:

Further details on Marvel Champions (01.20)

New Kill Team starter set (03.45)

Wil Wheaton vs. Legendary Geek & Sundry lawsuit (06.24)

Iona's gaming shopping list (13.24)

Trial by Trolley (16.51)

Kill Team campaign update (19.06)

Pathfinder update (24.42)

Warhammer Fantasy RPG (31.06)

Honourable Mentions:
 
The Crafting Jones - https://thecraftingjones.com/

Destroying our wallets, one expansion at a time - GenCon 2019

August 4th, 2019

This week Josh and Tom pour over the various releases coming out of GenCon, update everyone on their Kill Team campaign and announce a new member of the Unlucky Frog Team.

Featured Topics:

New team member (01.27)

Marvel Champions (05.35)

Arkham Horror - Final Hour(10:16)

Aeronautica Imperialis (13.06)

Lizardmen Blood Bowl team (15.54)

Warhammer Underworlds - Beastgrave (17.08)

Cool Mini Or Not news (20.46)

Magic the Gathering - Commander 2019 (24.10)

Parks (26.24)

Pathfinder 2nd edition (28.41)

James Bond Legendary (32.58)

Kill Team campaign update (37.44)

Brain Goop

July 28th, 2019

This week Josh and Tom catch up on the latest tabletop releases, Tom's office gaming club and our Kill Team campaign. 

Featured Topics:

Age of Sigmar Warcry (02:05)

Legendary Revelations (06.25)

Munchkin and Josh insulting Bronys (10:55)

Machi Koro (14:34)

Unstable Unicorns (17:38)

Coup and Tom's gaming club (19:15)

Kill Team campaing (26:02)

 

Mentions

James Frew & The Old Hellfire Club

Tabletop Scotland 2019 preview

July 21st, 2019

This week Josh and Tom are joined by convention overlord David Wright to get the latest on Tabletop Scotland 2019. Josh also takes the opportunity to confront Tom about how his character is being mistreated in their Pathfinder campaign.

Mentions

We're Not Wizards

Geeknson

DMB Games

 

LINKS

https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Isle of Cats | Featuring Frank West of City of Games

July 7th, 2019

This week Ben and Charlotte are joined by Frank West of City of Games to discuss a variety of issues ranging his current kickstarter campaign for Isle of Cats, his rationale for the game design, and of course, his love of cats and desire to adopt all the cats!

Featured Topics:

Tabletop Scotland (01:53)

Glasgow Games Gathering (04:46)

Sushi Roll by Phil Walker-Harding/Gamewright Games (06:13)

Fury of Dracula 4th Edition by Wizkids Games (10:46)

Wingspan by Elizabeth Hargrave/Stonemaier Games (20:11)

Isle of Cats by Frank West/City of Games (25:55)

 

Mentions

We're Not Wizards

One Free Elephant

Bad Cat Games

Dream Big Games

Cardboard and Coffee

 

Links

Isle of Cats Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tcokgame/the-isle-of-cats

City of Games Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CityofGamesHQ/

City of Games Twitter: https://twitter.com/CityofGamesHQ

 

Happy Listening!

 

Kickstarter Has Rules Now…

June 30th, 2019

This week Ben and Josh discuss Kickstarter's newly released guidelines for marketing projects in an honest and transparent fashion - check out the release here https://www.kickstarter.com/honest?fbclid=IwAR2OdqxwgHwMUTKww5YXkQibtvL-4HfHXhz38JLlFVxqOrs_t_PyBdiYaQA#framing

 

Featuring

Clip Cut Park by Renegade Studios (03:37)

Isle of Cats by City of Games (07:34)

Pandemic: Rapid Reponse by Zman Games (08:36)

Stranger Things Dungeons and Dragons Starter Kit (11:38)

Jaws - The Board Game by Prospero Hall (12:37)

Kickstarter Guidelines (16:49)

 

Thanks for Listening

 

 

24 Hour Board Game Marathon | Featuring Dan Apsey

June 23rd, 2019

This week Josh and Charlotte are joined by Dan Apsey of the 24 Hour Board Game Marathon taking place on the 27th of July to raise funds for Cots for Tots.

 

Featured Topics 

Citadel Contrast Paints by Games Workshop

Asmodee Releases / Board Game Book 

Sorcerer by White Wizard Games 

Isle of Cats by City of Games 

 

24 Hour Board Game Marathon

- Cots for Tots Charity

- Convention Come Downs

- How to take part & Live Streaming

- Events and Tournaments (inc. Atmosfear!)

- Board Game Raffle 

 

Sponsors

The Board Game Book

Modblok

Atomic Comics

Wotan Games

Paul Grogan (Czech Games Edition)

Henchmans of Swaffam

Board Game Crate

Inside The Box

Big Potato Games

 

Links 

JustGiving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/the24hourboardgamemarathonyear2

Cots for Tots: https://www.grandappeal.org.uk/wards-services-and-departments/neonatal-intensive-care-unit/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/The24hourboardgamemarathon/

Youtube Page: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqpEC8oVxYttnK-gKEyjso48GItRNmJ_o

 

 

UK Games Expo Review

June 9th, 2019

Ben, Josh & Tom share their experience of UK Games Expo 2019!

Featuring:

Thursday - Night Press Event (02:12)

  • Team 3 and Snowman Dice by Brain Games
  • Ticket to Ride by Days of Wonder
  • Letter Jam and Sanctum by Czech Games Edition 

 

Friday (06:30)

  • Games Workshop Citadel Contrast Paint Range
  • Drawn To The Flame Live Podcast
  • Warhammer Community Preview
  • The Menance amongst Us by Smirk & Dagger

 

Saturday (34:51)

  • Horticulture Master and Mini Garden by Mozi Games
  • Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms by Modiphius Entertainment
  • Lifeform and 1565, St Elmo's Pay by Hall or Nothing Productions
  • Tales of Glory by Ankama Games
  • Stuff by Bez
  • Village Attacks by Grimlord Games
  • RPG Controversy 

 

Happy Listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

 

 

 

 

UKGE Bonus Feature | 1565, St Elmo’s Pay by Hall or Nothing Productions

June 6th, 2019

Josh is joined by friend of the show Tristan Hall of Hall or Nothing Productions to chat their upcoming releases 1565, St Elmo's Pay and Lifeform whilst at UKGE 2019!

Happy Listening!

 

The Unlucky Frog Team

UKGE Bonus Feature | Stuff by Bez

June 6th, 2019

Ben is joined by friend of the show, Bez Shahriari of Stuff by Bez to chat about her experience of UKGE 2019!

Happy Listening!

 

The Unlucky Frog Team

UKGE Bonus Feature | The Everrain by Grimlord Games

June 6th, 2019

Ben is joined by Adam Smith of Grimlord Games to chat about their upcoming release, The Everrain at UKGE 2019!

Happy Listening!

 

The Unlucky Frog Team

 
 

UKGE Bonus Feature | Pathfinder 2nd Edition by Paizo

June 6th, 2019

Tom was fortunate to blag an interview with Eric Mona and Jason Bulmahn to chat about Pathfinder 2nd Edition at UKGE 2019!

Happy Listening!

The Unlucky Frog Team

UKGE Bonus Feature | Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms by Modiphius Entertainment

June 6th, 2019

Ben was fortunate enough to chat with Chris Birch from Modiphius Entertainment about their upcoming release Elder Scrolls: Call to Arms whilst at UKGE 2019!

Happy Listening!

 

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

UKGE Bonus Feature | The Crafting Jones

June 6th, 2019

Ben caught up with Sally Jones of The Crafting Jones to talk about her experience of UKGE!

Happy Listening!

 

The Unlucky Frog Team 

Complexcity | Featuring Sen-Foong Lim

May 26th, 2019

This week Ben and Charlotte are joined by special guest Sen-Foong Lim to chat about his upcoming release, Complexcity Sen-Foong has a vast and varied game design history having designed games such as Belfort, The Godfather: A New Don, Junk Art, and most recently Kingdom Rush! Together they chat about this year's Spiel de Jahres nominees and the intricacies of publishing and promoting board games. 

Topics Featured:

Spiel de Jahres nominees (2:57)

Elder Scrolls Tabletop Game by Modiphius Entertainment (15:38)

Sen-Foong/Complexcity (20:28)

 

Happy Listening!

Trade Wars

May 20th, 2019

This week Ben and Josh delve into the realm of global politics in light of the increasing tensions between China and USA, and the effect it could have on Board Game Manufacturing. 

Topics Covered: 

Carronade 2019 Bargain Hunt Charity Auction (02:12)

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Soulbound RPG by Cubicle 7 (04:36)

Origins Award Nominations (07:41)

UK Games Expo Award Nominations (20:04)

China - USA Trade relations and tariffs (28:50)

 

Happy Listening

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Links: 

Andy's Man Club Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/andysmanclubscotland/

Brothers In Arms - https://www.brothersinarmsscotland.co.uk/

Carronade Retrospective | Unlucky Frog Bargain Hunt!

May 13th, 2019

In this week's episode Josh and Ben provide their take on Carronade 2019! 

Topics featured:

Bethesda Plegarism Claims (02:00)

Link: https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/05/bethesdas-latest-elder-scrolls-adventure-taken-down-amid-cries-of-plagiarism/

Warhammer Age of Sigmar Sylvaneth Release delay (08:38)

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16IXC0xOjVk

Warhammer Contrast Paint (11:45)

Warhammer Fest Announcements (16:00)

Carronade 2019 (19:22)

Flea Market Charity Bargain Hunt Challenge (31:18)

Links:

Ben's Bargain Hunt contribution

 

Josh's Bargain Hunt contribution

 

Honourable Mentions:

Tyler Mengle (www.mengelminiatures)

Dave Zeb Cook

Mick Farnworth

Captain Jack's Locker

Scottish Wildlings

Carronade | Featuring Kenny and Doug Thomson of FDWC

May 5th, 2019

This week Ben and Josh are joined by Kenny and Doug of Falkirk District Wargames Club to talk about this year's upcoming Carronade show!

Back for it's 13th year, the show will be taking place at Graeme High School on Saturday 11th May 2019. For more information of traders, clubs, and games alongside the details for the painting competition and flea market can be found on their website.

Featured Topics:

Asmodee Novels Announcements (02:36)

Steamforged Investment (04:41)

Warhammer Underworlds Digital Version (14:03)

Magic The Gathering Cheating Controversy (15:55)

Carronade 2019 (22:22)

 

Happy Listening!

 

The Unlucky Frog Team

The Sex Lives of Fantasy Dwarves

April 28th, 2019

***We have tried to keep this episode as Spoiler Free as possible. We do refer to characters in the show as of Season 8, episode 2***

 

In this week's episode Josh, Ben & Charlotte discuss a raft a news items from the world of Tabletop Gaming. They also discuss their Game of Thrones Winter Deadpool, which may contain spoilers; consider yourselves warned!

Topics Featured:

Magic: The Gathering War of The Spark Pre-release (02:41)

Bloodborne the Board Game by CMON (08:28)

Modbloks Kickstarter Campaign (11:38)

Vampire: The Masquerade - Heritage by Nice Game Publishing (12:39)

Kolosal Games Kickstarter Controversy (17:46)

Wizards of The Coast company Expansion announcements (20:36)

Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Hedonites of Slaanesh (23:33)

The Games we've been playing over the Easter Bank Holiday (26:39)

  • Chai by Steeped Games
  • Kana Gawa by 
  • Altiplano
  • Cockroach Poker
  • Unstable Unicorns
  • The Hartley Croquet 4 Nations Tournament 
  • Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Fyreslayers

 

Game of Thrones Winter Deadpool (43:16)

 

Happy Listening,

The Unlucky Frog Team

Game of Thrones Winter Deadpool

April 28th, 2019

***We have treid to keep this segment as Spoiler Free as possible. We do refer to the names of characters alive as of Season 8, Episode 2***

 

This segment is taken from our next upcoming episode, The Sex Lives of Fantasy Dwarves. Charlotte and Ben talk about their Game of Thrones Deadpool, and what they would buy with their winnings...

Robot Apocalypse

April 21st, 2019

This week Ben, Josh & Tom round up this week's Tabletop Gaming news including:

 

God of War Card Game by CMON (14:01)

Lord of The Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth by Fantasy Flight Games (17:27)

Retail release of Hellboy by Mantic Games (22:02)

Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Rise and Fall of Anvalor (25:00)

Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition Odyssey of the Dragonlords Adventure Book by Modiphius Games (26:34)

Critical Role Vox Machina Kikstarter (29:09)

Mensa Select 2019 Winners (32:38)

The future of A.I and apps in Tabletop Gaming (38:08)

 

Happy Listening, 

The Unlucky Frog Team

For Forks Sake | Featuring Mark Stockton-Pitt of Radical 8 Games

April 14th, 2019

This week Josh and Ben are joined by Mark Stockton-Pitt of Radical 8 Games to chat about his upcoming release, Forks; the game you win by embezzling your way to victory! They also discuss historical games and how to manage issues like colonialism and occupation in light of Scramble For Africa controversy.  

Topics covered

Sanctum by Czech Games Edition (03:15)

Cubicle 7 Warhammer RPG Starter Set (04:01)

Scramble for Africa by GMT (07:32)

Forks by Radical 8 Games (16:05)

 

Happy Listening, 

 

The Unlucky Frog Team

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Links:

Radical 8 Games: https://radical8games.com/

Radical 8 Games Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/radical8games/

Forks Board Game Geek Page: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/271288/forks

 

Diplodocus Maximum | The Golden Geek Awards

April 8th, 2019

This week Charlotte and Josh give us their take on the results of the Board Game Geek, Golden Geek Awards 2018 including: Root, Brass: Birmingham, Everdell, The Mind and Quacks of Quedlingburg.

Runtime:

New Asmodee releases including Summoner's Isle by Pecularity and Fantastic Flying Machines by Medusa Games (02:11)

Weta Workshop District 9 Kickstarter Cancellation (03:46)

Magic: The Gathering War of The Spark (05:37)

Krowd Funder: The Game by Riverhorse Games and other April Fools Pranks (07:52)

Koi Competition (13:00)

The Golden Geek Award Winners 2018 (14:48)

 

Happy Listening!

 

Honourable Mentions: 

Duncan Cowan from Tabletop Scotland

Kenny Li from Dice Roll Cafe

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Links:

Competition link: www.unluckyfrog.com/competitions

Confessions of a Game Designer | Featuring Joe Hopkins (Endangered)

March 31st, 2019

 

This week Ben and Charlotte are joined by Joe Hopkins, the designer of Endangered which is being brought to Kickstarter by Grand Gamer Guild on Tuesday 2nd of April! Together they chat about Joe's inspiration for the game design and theme, the current trend for conservation games, and what he is doing to protect the environment.

 

New and Announcements: 

Games Workshop Announcements at Adepticon (01:39)

District 9 Kickstarter Campaign by Weta Workshop (04:08)

Oceans Kickstarter Campaign by North Star Games (06:37)

Warhammer Doomseeker by Ninja Division (14:08)

Changes to Legendary game series by Upper Deck Games (16:03)

 

Featured Topic:

Endangered by Joe Hopkins (18:40)

 

Happy listening! 

 

The Unlucky Frog Team

 

Links

Grand Gamers Guild: https://grandgamersguild.com/

Joe's Twitter: https://twitter.com/AvgJoeGames