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Dicing With Design: Role Playing, Wargaming, Card games & Board Game Design

The Dicing with Design podcast is all about games design: how they're created, designed and played. We talk everything games design, from role playing games, to wargaming, to collectible card games, to board games, to video games. We'll dissect what makes a good game, and what makes a system terrible to play. We're planning to create out own game over the course of the podcast, designing live on-air, and alongside the games design chat, we'll be talking general gaming news and views. We play a lot so there's plenty to talk about! Check out our site at www.dicingwithdesign.com and get in touch with us there, or on twitter at @gamercolin @joejprince or @grantsensei . Let us know what you think!

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Ep 2 (repost) – It’s all about the cardboard… Fetishising Over Smallworld & Other Board Games

It’s Episode 2 and we’re talking Smallworld, board game design, online gaming and, for some reason cardboard… What’s We’re Talking This is a live episode, recorded after Grant and I met up for a few drinks and a lot of games. Mostly, we played Smallworld, with a couple of games of Dwarves of King’s Hold […]

11 Mar 2022

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Episode 19 – World Building Part 2 (repost)

00:00:00 Introduction00:00:35 Martin Vaux joins us to talk Lords of War – a Kickstarter update00:19:55 Martin tells us how he went about creating a world for the game.00:51:15 The GM of our When Worlds Collide Campaign joins us to discuss how he created a world for us to game in.01:31:05 Outro and contact detailsThe post Episode 19 – World Building Part 2 appeared first on Dicing With Design: Role Playing, Wargaming, Card games & Board Game Design Podcast.

2 Mar 2022

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Episode 18 – World Building Part 1 (repost)

00:01:45 Updates – RAEX games, kickstarter, Once upon a time, B movie, Battlestar Galactica, Lords of War, Blackbox Games, Sedition Wars, DreadBall, Pro Wrasslin’ Battle Royale, Drive Thru RPG, XCOM00:15:00 Joe tells us about developments on the Warpack fantasy battles system – Warpack, Warhammer Fantasy Battles, The Wheel of Time.00:27:15 World Building: Playing games in popular culture settings, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit.00:38:10 World Building: Specific gaming settings – Legend of the 5 Rings, Eclipse Phase, Eternal Contenders, When Worlds Collide.00:59:40 Contact Details and Outros.In this episode Joe gives us an update on the developments to his forthcoming fantasy battle game, Warpack. Then we get into a discussion about world design – playing in literary and cinematic worlds, custom gaming worlds and building games worlds from scratch.The post Episode 18 – World Building Part 1 appeared first on Dicing With Design: Role Playing, Wargaming, Card games & Board Game Design Podcast....

25 Feb 2022

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Frostgrave, Stargrave, Silver Bayonet, & the Worlds of Joe McCullough

Frostgrave is one of the most recognisable games in the tabletop miniature wargame hobby. It's also one of the most popular outwith the Games Workshop Empire.On this episode, we're joined by the architect of the frozen city himself - Joe McCullough. We're going to talk about the lay of the land when this miniature agnostic fantasy skirmish game was released back in 2015, and speculate on the key factors behind its success.Joe's no one-trick pony though, and his scope extends well beyond Frostgrave. Stargrave may sound similar in name (and certainly shares a few core mechanics), but this sci-fi skirmish game is much more than just "Frostgrave in space".Then there's Rangers of Shadow Deep - a solo and cooperative game that became a firm favourite during the year of global lockdowns that was 2020.More often than not, Joe has appeared to release games in the right place and at the right time. One notable exception, however, is Oathmark. This mass fantasy battle rank and flank game was undoubtedly subdued by its Spring 2020 release date - a point in time where very few people could actually play it. Joe offers his thoughts on that as well as how the game might recover from this setback going forward.One of the reoccurring themes of this conversation was that of miniature wargame terrain. Frostgrave and Stargrave in particular benefit from their tables being extremely busy. But does this create a barrier for players with no existing terrain collection or no budget? Joe tells us about many players using simple wooden blocks or polystyrene packaging to build their frozen cities and intergalactic outposts, and why it doesn’t need to look “real” to capture the imagination.You can keep up with Joe on his blog The Renaissance Troll where he posts updates on his games, his hobby, his painting, and his thoughts in general. You’ll find the official range of Frostgrave miniatures over at North Star Military Figures, if you want to go down that route, as well as a raft of other games and supplements on DriveThruRPG.We’re also looking for future guests or co-hosts for this podcast and if you’re interested in coming on, we’d love to hear from you. Head on over to the podcast section of the website, fill out the short form, and we can get the ball rolling from there!

18 Feb 2022

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Top Warhammer Alternatives for Tabletop Fantasy Battles

Big units of troops marching across a scenery packed 6 by 4 table – there’s no aesthetic quite like it. For most of us growing up, there was only one option when it came to fighting out mass fantasy battles and that was Warhammer. And whilst the Old World is returning at some point in the future, there really is no need to hang around waiting on that day, whenever it might be. There are plenty of good Warhammer alternatives you can pick up and start playing today.For starters, there’s absolutely nothing to stop you from playing whatever edition of the game you own or liked the best. There are also projects like The 9th Age and Warhammer Orchard Edition which remain lovingly supported by their own respected communities.Then there’s Kings of War by Mantic games. This is perhaps the most famous and popular of the Warhammer alternatives out there on the market today. You can use your old and existing miniatures to play this game, or buy from Mantic’s ever-increasing range of original units and figures.On a previous episode of the Tabletop Miniaure Hobby Podcast we heard from Joe McCullough who’s most famous for games like Frostgrave, Stargrave, and Rangers of Shadowdeep. Joe has also created one of the big Warhammer alternatives out there though, in the form of Oathmark. Have a listen to our episode with Joe to find out more, or, check out our roundup of miniature agnostic games.A lesser-known (but still definitely worth checking out) game is Mayhem by award-winning game designer Brent Spivey. Brent is known for a popular sci-fi skirmish game called Rogue Planet. Mayhem is his mass fantasy battles contribution and lends itself particularly well to dropping down to 10mm or even 6mm scale wargaming.Warpack – A Diceless Mass Fantasy Battle GameOn this episode, we’re adding another option to the ever-growing list of Warhammer alternatives. It’s called Warpack, and we’re going to hear all about it from the game’s creator, Joe Prince of Prince of Darkness Games.Here, we’ll learn about the game’s mechanics and structure. This includes its use of a deck of playing cards rather than dice to work our way through the tactics and turns. We’ll also find out a bit about the motivations and inspirations that lead Joe to create Warpack, and, naturally, we’ll chat a bit about Games Workshop.You can get a copy of Warpack by supporting Joe on his Patreon, and you can also follow him on Twitter at @JoeJPrince.

13 Jan 2022

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What’s the Appeal of Tabletop Wargaming? | Dicing With Design Episode 33

What draws people in to the tabletop hobby? Is it the collecting and painting of miniatures? Or the actual gaming? Or is it the storyworlds and “fluff”? The post What’s the Appeal of Tabletop Wargaming? | Dicing With Design Episode 33 appeared first on Dicing With Design: Role Playing, Wargaming, Card games & Board Game Design Podcast.

26 Sep 2018

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Games You Love, Games You Loved | Dicing With Design Episode 32

Find out which games helped introduce us and win us over to the miniature and tabletop world. The post Games You Love, Games You Loved | Dicing With Design Episode 32 appeared first on Dicing With Design: Role Playing, Wargaming, Card games & Board Game Design Podcast.

19 Sep 2018

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First Contact With Tabletop Wargaming & Miniatures | Dicing With Design Episode 31

Colin and Matthew discuss their respective introductions to miniatures, Games Workshop, and tabletop wargaming in general. The post First Contact With Tabletop Wargaming & Miniatures | Dicing With Design Episode 31 appeared first on Dicing With Design: Role Playing, Wargaming, Card games & Board Game Design Podcast.

12 Sep 2018

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Introducing, Hostile Worlds

Hey folks! I wanted to tell you about another show we’ve been working on, called Hostile Worlds. It’s a documentary drama crossover show, set in space, which aims to take the humble science podcast and inject a bit of fun. We’ll be piloting our ship around the most dangerous places in the universe, trying not to freeze, boil, blow ourselves up or succumb to any of the other grisly fates that await any daring (or stupid) space explorer. If you’re into games and geekery, then this might be right up your street! You can subscribe on the Hostile Worlds website. Enjoy! What’s Hostile Worlds All About? Join us on a journey to some of the most inhospitable, humbling, and frighteningly beautiful places in the known universe. Hostile Worlds is podcast that helps you explore alien landscapes all from the comfort of your headphones. From the freezing hydrocarbon oceans of Titan, to the scorched, suffocating wastes of Venus – we’ll take you on an immersive audio tour to all the places you’d die to see… and places you’d die if you saw. You’ll join the crew of The Tardigrade, an all-purpose vehicle that can float, fly, dive, and dig through any environment in the universe. There, you’ll learn all the facts you’ll ever need to act as THE space exploration authority down your local pub on a Friday night. Hostile Worlds is a unique documentary/audio drama hybrid – brought to you by the folks at ThePodcastHost.com The post Introducing, Hostile Worlds appeared first on Dicing With Design: Role Playing, Wargaming, Card games & Board Game Design Podcast.

28 Aug 2017

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Episode 30 – Pro Wrasslin’ Battle Royale

Live Kickstarter special! In this episode Joe tells us all about the Kickstarter for his game, Pro Wrasslin’ Battle Royale. Find out how to help bring this fast furious card game of champions to your tabletop. You have until March 30th (Wrestlemania weekend!) to help make this happen. Go to the Kickstarter here: http://kck.st/1ETJE0B The post Episode 30 – Pro Wrasslin’ Battle Royale appeared first on Dicing With Design: Role Playing, Wargaming, Card games & Board Game Design Podcast.

10 Mar 2015

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