Episode AT-3 (December 25, 2009)

Merry Christmas!
This week, I review the Battlegroups Online feature for Specialist Military Publishing’s Future War Commander, Blitzkrieg Commander, and Cold War Commander games. Other features include: WTF?!, This Week in Military History, and of course, this week’s wargaming headlines.

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TWIW Episode AT-2 (December 17, 2009)

In this solo episode, Ken Whitehurst presents this week’s news from around the world of wargaming, including items from Brigade Models, Privateer Press, Tabletop Gaming News, Smart Max, Forge World, Gale Force 9, and more.

This Week in Military History: December 16, 1944.

Fantasy Flight Games’ Horus Heresy: Dude.

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TWIW Episode AT-1 (December 10, 2009)

Like a phoenix from the ashes, This Week in Wargaming returns.
New host Ken Whitehurst presents this week’s news from around the world of wargaming, including items from Privateer Press, Games Workshop, Litko Aerosystems, Lock ‘N’ Load, Grindhouse Games, Taban Miniatures and more.

Joe Krause offers his commentary on the recent round of Games Workshop cease and desist letters.

Ken discusses the past, present, and future of the show, and
This Week in Military History: December 7, 1941.

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This Week in Wargaming Episode 35 “Yackface Joins us for Gen Con”

Special Guest: John “Yakface” Regul of DakkaDakka.com
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Gen Con Breaking News:

Adepticon announces Privateer Press and Flames of War tournaments and events to be held on site for next years Convention.

Privateer Press announces the “Next Big Thing” for Warmachine,
A “tactical action game where you play a warcaster controlling jacks”. There will be online multiplayer support for XBox 360, PS3, and PC. It is still early in development. The developer is WhiteMoon Dream Studios whose employees have worked on the first two Fallout games and Medal of Honor.
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Catalyst Game Labs Announces Release of Multi Part Plastic Mechs for Battletech
(Link down at TTGN)

Fantasy Flight Debuts several new games including

FFG Video Highlights Day 1

FFG Video Highlights Day 2

FFG Video Highlights Day 3

FFG Video Highlights Wrapup

ONI faction Army Box previews include pics of first vehicles for AT-43 and Zombies!!!

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COMPUTER GAMES

War in the Pacific Admirals Edition

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Close Combat Modern Tactics

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Movies and Media

Review: District 9 (Rotten Tomatoes Score 87%)

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Preview: Inglorious Bastards(new trailer)

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This Week in Wargaming Episode 34 8-9-09

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MINIATURES AND BOARDGAMES

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Privateer Press Announces Preview of “The Next Big Thing” for Warmachine during Gencon

Meeples and Miniatures doing weekly video review of Historical Miniatures Releases

Fantasy Flight Games launches video preview of Warhammer, Chaos in the Old world

Forge World Siege of Vraks 3 available for pre order

Arcane Legions Box Art Previews for Romans and Egyptians

Army Builder 3.2 available

Battlestar Galactica Pegasus Expansion, Rules Posted

Tumbleweed Tank Preview for AE WWII
And the 1936 Popular Science Article it is based on

AE WWII Occult concept art for SS Vampire

COMPUTER GAMES

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Empire Total War

MEDIA

GI JOE—-

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Sorry, but I could not help at least touching on this film as it released this weekend to tepid but not terrible reviews.

The Reviews

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This Week in Wargaming Episode 17 for 12-12-08

Time for another This Week in Wargaming, Episode 17 for 12-12-2008

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As allways it’s Troy McCauley from Samurai Gunslinger

and

Zac Belado from Tabletop Gaming News

And links to our topics follow:


IMW Babylon 5 minatures liscense to expire in 6 months

Warhammer 40k Battle Mission Confirmed

December 2008 Issue of Fictional Reality Available

Chimera Traction Engine Released

Crocodile releases Mummy Archers

Red Box Games December Releases Available for Pre Order

AE WW-II painted Greenman Preview

Forgeworld Inquisitor Teaser #2

Max Mini Releases Resin Hammer and Shield Combo

Battlefield Evo World At War Quick Reference Sheet Released

Baccus Basin System Announced

Jim Lab Releases new Spell Effects Tokens

Painted Previews of Incursion’s Awesome Zombie Models

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SamuraiGunslinger Podcast Review: The D6 Generation

THE D6 GENERATION

Site: www.thed6generation.com

Hosts: Raef “Hollywood”Granger, Russ Wakelin, Craig Gallant

Topic: General gaming podcast covering Wargames, Boardgames and Gaming Culture.

 

The D6 Generation has very quickly become one of the best examples of gaming and hobby podcasts by establishing a very unique style while providing a great variety of content.

 

The first thing anyone will notice when listening to the D6 Generation is it’s unique sense of humor. Each episode begins with the ‘rapid fire’ segment that is a frenetic and sarcastic lampoon of The McLaughlin Group in which Craig assumes the role of the host and fires a frenetic series of questions at his co hosts amidst a string of absurd, yet often hilarious nicknames. The questions always foreshadow the topics of the show and thus serve to warm up the audience while lightening the mood at the same time.

 

This sense of humor is definitely a matter of taste with some not enjoying it much while others talk of laughing painfully at some of the unexpected jibes. Personally I find it hit and miss on the humor but have come to expect the segment and look forward to it’s familiar presence at the start of each episode.

 

The show then continues with a number of standard segments including one or two major feature articles that provide detailed reviews of games from all wide variety of styles and genres. Another regular segment, Achievements in Gaming, details the gaming lives of the hosts and awards them with achievement points ( including the actual XBOX Live achievement ding) for each positive accomplishment. This feature would be dull were it not for the great sense of humor and camaraderie shared by the hosts. This sense of an extended family pervades the show and allows it to often transcend what could otherwise be dry material.

 

Another interesting segment of the show is the “Hollywood” minute. This is Raef’s opportunity to wax poetic about whatever topic happens to appeal to him at the moment. This brief look at the world through the randomly aimed prism of a gamers eyes is always entertaining. The brevity of the segment keeps it from taking away from the focus of the show, while the quick break from purely hobby related faire helps to keep the show moving.

 

Perhaps the best feature of the D6 Generation are the featured reviews themselves. As dedicated gamers Russ and the rest of the crew really go in depth on every game they discuss. I have personally purchased a number of games solely on the recommendations of the D6 Generation without hesitation because after listening to the review I feel as if I had already played the game.

 

The detail with which the games are reviewed is truly extensive and this could be a weak point of the show if you are not interested in that particular game or genre. Everything is looked at including, the quality of the printing, the clarity of the rules, the depth of strategy and feel of each game and most importantly how much fun the crew had playing it and why.

 

The only downside to the show is that with such detail the shows can run long and are often broken up into two parts. If you are not interested in the topics of that individual show you might not be willing to sit through that level of content, but you can be certain that if the content of one episode is not entirely to your likening that something in the next will be.

 

In summary The D6 Generation is an excellent show and highly recommended for those with wide tastes in gaming. If you have a narrow focus to your hobby then the show might not be for you all the time, and a quick review of the episode notes will let you know if  each individual show covers a topic you have interest in. Perhaps the best way to enjoy this show is to let the hosts voracious appetite for new and different games help you to expand your own horizons. If you look at it in that way, then you will look forward to each episode as much as I do.

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