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GrogCast Season 6 Episode 8 – Zooming In On The Battle

GrogCast Season 6 Episode 8 – Zooming In On The Battle
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Lucky Friday the 13th of April 2018 ~

Mirth & Cyrano (aka “Chris” and “Jim”) join us to talk about what they played last week, what they preordered last week, and whether or not “ahistorical” results are desirable in a wargame.  We also discuss whether or not games about specific battles (Gettysburg, Stalingrad, Waterloo) are too “pre-ordained” in the way they’re scaled, as though they are “zoomed in” too far.

So we don’t talk so much about specific games as we do specific battles, but the still cover a handful of games, like Age of Eagles, and Tiller’s upcoming Eylau game, along with Paths of Glory, the COIN series, a few different DVG games, Panzer Corps, and some others.

And yes, we’re still shamelessly begging for some ratings on iTunes, in our quest to get enough ratings to show up on their podcast recommendations.

 


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GrogCast Season 6 Episode 7 – Tabletop to Digital and Back

GrogCast Season 6 Episode 7 – Tabletop to Digital and Back
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6 April 2018 ~

Ardwulf returns, and Doug & Jim join to discuss some of the big games we’ve played, along with tabletop games we’d love to see go digital, and vice versa.

Games we include?  Case Blue, Kriegspiel, all sorts of Tiller games (Auerstadt, Eylau-Friedland, Squad Battles, Sicily) and Tiller-on-the-tabletop (aka, the La Bat series), the In the Trenches series, GG’s War in the East, the Europa Series, GMT’s COIN series as ripe-for-digital-adaptation, Fields of Glory, Won By The Sword, General Staff, Gloomhaven, why there’s no realistic space combat sim, the States of Siege games from VPG, invading Normandy on your monitor (Frontline Normandy, Close Combat Longest Day, Panzer Campaigns Normandy) , and so much more.

And yes, we’re still shamelessly begging for some ratings on iTunes, in our quest to get enough ratings to show up on their podcast recommendations.

 


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GrogCast Season 6 Episode 6 – Interview With Brian Train

GrogCast Season 6 Episode 6 – Interview With Brian Train
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30 March 2018 ~

Game Theorist Designer Brian Train joins the GrogCast!

There’s a lot of discussion of Brian’s designs over the past 25 years, including longer discussions of Chile ’73, Tupamaro, Colonial Twilight, A Distant Plain, The Scheldt Campaign, Nights of Fire, and others.  We’ve also got our usual “What did you play this week” and a quick digression of what wargame words work in Scrabble.

What’s your favorite Brian Train design?

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GrogCast Season 6 Episode 5 – Walking Backwards Thru History, part 2

GrogCast Season 6 Episode 5 – Walking Backwards Thru History, part 2
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23 March 2018 ~

Brant and Craig dive back into their discussion of favorite games for each different historical era, and are joined by Max HeadroomJim O, who does love him some Napoleonics.  We start at WWI and back up to Napoleon and some games between him and the American War of Independence.

So yes, we cover a lot of ground, from Tiller’s Squad Battles and his other big 1914 WWI games (East/West Front), Khyber Rifles, Wooden Ships & Iron Men, System 7, Ultimate General, C&C The Great War, A House Divided, War! Age of Imperialism, Hundred Days Battles, Paths of Glory, Victoria II, Total War: Napoleon, Rule the Waves, Like Lions They Fought, Sails of Glory, John Company, Manouevre, Battle Cry (and double Battle Cry!), Columbia’s Napoleon, the original Kriegspiel, and others.  “What did you play this week” also includes Synthetik, Gloomhaven, C&C Napoleonics, and an unnamed 4X game still in playtest.

So WWI, late 1800s, the ACW, Napoleon, and going back to (but not quite including) the AWI – what are your favorites?

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GrogCast Season 6 Episode 4 – Getting the Kids in the Game

GrogCast Season 6 Episode 4 – Getting the Kids in the Game
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16 March 2018 ~

MetalDog returns, and James Sterrett hops on board for a discussion of getting the kids into the game.

What games?  Our weekly “what did you play” is always fun when Dr Sterrett stops by, since he does this for a living and tells us all about the current professional tabletop games he’s running in his instructional capacity, and 7 Wonders just won’t go away.

And for the kids?  Well, there’s a bunch of RPG discussion, but also games for the younger kids like Kids of Carcassonne and Jamaica before we move into Conflict of Heroes (with a Hoth expansion?!?) and different Star Wars tabletop games, along with Avalon, Wings of Glory (and a dinosaur?), Hollow Cell, and BSG.  Oh, and the ethics of joining a lynch mob, either in real life, or in Are You A Werewolf?  We also talk a variety of computer and console games for the kids, such as Minecraft, Mechwarrior, and Fortnite, but mostly its about how do we get the kids involved and keep the right level of sociability in what they play.

What was the first game you introduced to a kid?

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