End The Turn – Episode 9 – Gaming Gadgets

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This is quite old, we recorded it in November with the intention of releasing it earlier, stuff happened that meant it’s being released now!

Liz was at the UK, Ireland & South Africa Magic Judge conference. She’d also played Scythe for the first time. Read her review here. You’ll be pleased to know she know owns it.
Dave had played a number of games – Splendor, Tsuro Of The Seas, Bomb Squad Academy and Betrayal AT House On The Hill.

Focus for this episode is gadgets, accessories and other stuff we use to enhance our gaming experience.

Dice Trays – All Rolled Up Dice Tray – http://www.allrolledup.co.uk/catalog/product.html?fold=grey-dungeon-dt&file=grey-dungeon-dice-tray and UK Games Expo 2016 winner – http://www.allrolledup.co.uk/uk-games-expo-success/
ARU in general –
Numenera ARU – http://www.allrolledup.co.uk/numenera-and-the-strange-taru/
Modiphius Conan ARU – http://www.allrolledup.co.uk/age-of-the-cimmerian/
Dave’s Wipe Book – http://a2ndchapter.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/dry-wipe-notebook.html
The Noteboard – http://thenoteboard.com/
Liz’s Square Hex book – https://squarehex.myshopify.com/collections/square-hex-pads/products/a5-gamers-notebook

Portals / Applications

Lone Wolf – Hero Lab – http://www.wolflair.com/index.php?context=hero_lab
Realm Works – http://www.wolflair.com/realmworks/
Obsidian Portal – https://www.obsidianportal.com/
Scabard – https://www.scabard.com/

Online play via Roll20.net – https://roll20.net/

Dice Towers –
“Fancy” Dice Towers – http://e-raptor.pl/Dice_Towers and http://www.uniquedicetowers.com/store/index.php

Tables –
Geek Chic Tables – The Sultan – https://www.geekchichq.com/collections/game-room-tables/products/sultan-deposit
Geek’n’Son Tables –
Denis – http://www.geeknson.com/portfolio/denis/
Henry – http://www.geeknson.com/portfolio/henry/

Playmats galore – Companies like – https://www.inkedgaming.com/ + http://www.deepcutstudio.com/ + http://www.gamemat.eu/en/

Other games referenced –
Rippers – https://www.peginc.com/product-category/rippers/
All Flesh Must Be Eaten – http://www.edenstudios.net/allflesh.html
Fiasco – http://bullypulpitgames.com/games/fiasco/
Seasons – http://en.libellud.com/games/seasons

Bottom line is that none of the gadgets are NEEDED to play the games we play but at the same time they can enhance the play experience.

Let us know your thoughts on the gadgets we’ve mentioned and if you have a must have gadget get in touch!

End The Turn – Episode 8 – Game Clubs

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Sorry for the serious lag since our last episode. Combination of Real Life and an unplanned change in webhost for the website etc contributed to the delay. Fingers crossed that we’re over that hump and are able to get things back on schedule.

Games Clubs & Communities

Specific Clubs Mentioned – ORC Edinburgh / DWARF Dunfermline / ENT Anstruther / Forth Magic Rosyth

How do you find them?

Lots and lots of websites around these days.

Finding Gamers – http://nearbygamers.com/ |  http://www.theescapist.com/findinggamers.htm | https://www.meetup.com/topics/gaming/
MeepleMapper – https://meeplemapper.com/
Google / DuckDuckGo – www.duckduckgo.com
BoardGameGeek – https://boardgamegeek.com/forum/85/boardgamegeek/europe
Tabletop Gaming Magazine – https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/board-games/clubs/
Your Friendly Local Gaming Store – http://www.findyourgamestore.co.uk/
Facebook – Tabletop Gaming DiscussionScotland Tabletop – Board Game Trading and Chat UK

What do you do if you can’t find them?

Build it and people will come (Field Of Dreams clip)
Use the connections you have to help you build it.
Spreading the word via Facebook Group / Twitter (using local hashtags) / BoardGameGeek (Fife Player search example) / Posters put in public spaces.
Venue selection is key.
Publicly accessible venue.
Venues cost money which requires some legal stuff like bank accounts and keeping paperwork.

Why are they important?

They advertise the hobby and encourage gaming.
Mostly games clubs have a regular schedule for people to get involved.
Games clubs are inclusive by their very nature.
Diversity of the hobby and exposure to lots of different games whether they be “classics” or the shiny and new.
Gives you that “try before you buy” opportunity.
Provides more options to try more games whether that be the new or those classics from the dim and distant past.

What else should you consider?

If you can’t find something local or entirely convenient then you’re going to have to be prepared to travel.
Make sure you understand and exhaust the existing club-base before starting a new club. If there are other clubs locally then ensure that both clubs have some sort of synergy to avoid conflict.

Games referenced in this episode –

Warhammer Fantasy RPG
Pathfinder RPG
d20 Modern RPG
d20 Star Wars RPG
Ticket To Ride / Ticket To Ride: Europe
Magic: The Gathering / Organised Play
Warhammer Fantasy

Reminder –

The internet has many ways of finding things.
Let us know if you can’t find anything then Get In Touch with us and we’ll see what we can do to help you.
Also, let us know what other options you know about finding gamers and clubs.

Glasgow Games Festival 2016 – A Dave Visit

So this was supposed to be an interview with Nick from Glasgow Games Festival but Dave failed this podcast…

So to try and make up for that failure I figured it was only right that I did a review of the event and try to cover some of the things Nick and I discussed in the interview-that-never-recorded-properly.  Plus do a bit of a retrospective on my attendance at the event itself.Continue reading

End The Turn – Episode 6 – RPG Length

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RPG Length – A no rapping zone.

In this episode we cover –

  • RPG Game Session Length
  • Story Arcs
  • Campaign Length

We both tend to use a 4 hour “slot” but actual gaming is 2-3 hours per session – faff level pre/during/post session

Sessions which are 2 hour / 12 hour / 24 hour “slots” are unusual and a different experience.

Story Arcs – split over 5 “sessions” on average. Campaigns are built from multiple Story Arcs with a story line going through each arc.

Story / Campaign building should have an element of structure / framework using the arcs to introduce and re-introduce plot hooks and characters. Arcs sustain momentum in a campaign.

Dave mentions Kilranthia again! Having to choose between the lesser of two evils over the campaign and the story arcs drove the direction the player’s decisions would take them towards the end game. Gave the players an element of control but demonstrated that there was a bigger storyline going on that whilst they were involved in it, there was an end game that would happen with or without their involvement. Sustaining player involvement even when they become “passive” in their attendance through outside of session discussions.

Liz mentions Of Darkness And Light, one of her favourite RPG experiences ever, where at the end of the story her character died to save another. Emotions!!!

One off / One shots are a different beast. They need to be something that can both be flexible but also need a bit more framework to handle the random elements.

Games that Dave and Liz think work better as oneshots over campaigns.

Dave’s never managed to get Superhero games to work as a campaign. WHY!?!?! After all they’re episodic by their very nature…

Campaign tangents / “player led choices” are a key part of any campaign. As a GM you need to be open to those tangents and avoid an overly prescriptive plan to ensure that everyone at the table enjoys the game.

  • What do you think of One Offs and Campaigns?
  • How long are your game sessions / story arcs / campaigns?
  • Are you a forward planner or do you “stumble” into campaign games?

Liz does the outros and gets a gold star!

End The Turn – Episode 4 – Kickstarter

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Episode 4!

We’re sticking around, we’re still both really busy but most of all we’re still podcasting about games and stuff.

So Kickstarter… For those unaware this is Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/about
This is Kickstarter’s Tabletop Games section – https://www.kickstarter.com/discover/categories/games/tabletop%20games?ref=category

Things referenced in the podcast:

Friendly Local Game Stores – UK Map – http://www.findyourgamestore.co.uk/
Pencil Dice Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/d20e/rpg-pencil-dice
Knights Of The Dinner Table – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/d20e/kodt-live-action-series
64 Ounce Games – Braille Sleeves for Card Games – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/64ouncegames/board-games-now-blind-accessible
Cool Mini Or Not Kickstarters – https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/coolminiornot
Pathfinder video game – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1675907842/pathfinder-online-a-fantasy-sandbox-mmo
Yogscast – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/winterkewlgames/yogventures
Doom That Came To Atlantic City – Cryptozoic – https://www.cryptozoic.com/articles/cryptozoic-saves-doom-came-atlantic-city-board-game – and original Kickstarter – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/forkingpath/the-doom-that-came-to-atlantic-city
Pillars Of Eternity – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/obsidian/project-eternity
Early Access – Battlefield 1 – https://www.battlefield.com/news/article/battlefield-1-play-first-trial-details
Reaper Bones – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1513061270/reaper-miniatures-bones-an-evolution-of-gaming-min
RimWorld – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/tynansylvester/rimworld
Sentinels Of The Multiverse OblivAeon – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gtgames/sentinels-of-the-multiverse-oblivaeon

Greg Stolze – https://www.kickstarter.com/profile/gregstolze/created
Unknown Armies RPG – http://www.atlas-games.com/unknownarmies/
Reign RPG – https://index.rpg.net/display-entry.phtml?mainid=7048

Patreon – https://www.patreon.com/
Greg Rucka – DC Comics – http://www.dccomics.com/talent/greg-rucka

Steve Jackson Games OGRE – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847271320/ogre-designers-edition

Edinburgh Playtesters – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1216664391711182/
Dundee Playtesters – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1127032203986407/

Dave references a post on his blog – A2ndChapter
Only Buy It If You’re Going To Use It – http://a2ndchapter.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/only-buy-it-if-youre-going-to-use-it.html

Let us know about games that you’re currently backing or if you’re a publisher that you’re launching.  Especially if you’re in Scotland!

Let us know on Facebook, on Twitter or even via email!

Interview – Kevin Young from Inspiring Games

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Dave had the chance to catch up with Kevin from Inspiring Games, talk about his history with the hobby and about some of the games that he’s working on as part of Inspiring Games.  Including the fantastic looking and sounding Legends Untold which is about to hit Kickstarter.

At the time of recording this Legends Untold was planned to hit Kickstarter on the 15th. The launch has been delayed slightly but rather than wait we wanted to get the interview out and show our support for Kevin and the rest of the Inspiring Games crew.

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Timeline: General Interest – A Dave Review

So what is Timeline: General Interest then?

Well it’s a guessing game where you have to work out when things happened in history.

Ok… so it’s kinda like Trivial Pursuit?

Not quite, every card has a year on it and you have to work out whether the event on the card you have happened before, after or in the same year as the cards already on the table.

Right, so you need to be good at history to play this then?

Nope. It’s as much an educational game as it is a quiz as it is a guessing game.

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Sentinels Of The Multiverse – A Dave Review

So what’s Sentinels Of The Multiverse then?

Well it’s a co-operative superhero card game where the players work together to defeat the bad guy in a location or environment.

Card game? So it is a deck building game or something?

Well no, it has pre-constructed decks that each superhero / villain and environment uses.

Ah so it’s more like Pandemic then?

Well not really no.  Unless being co-operative and having cards makes it “like Pandemic” that is.

Ok… Sounds like it could get complicated.

It’s really not that complicated, sometimes there’s a lot of stuff to track but in the main it’s pretty straightforward really.

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