Combat Phase

In this final installment of our 3-part series we give our thoughts on the hobby over the past year. Themes, business practices, media for games, fan support, etc. We rank our top 5 game systems played in 2014, our goals and (more realistic) resolutions anc close with the happy hobby wishlist.


We'll be taking next week off for the holidays and are recording at our megabattle on Dec. 28th so thanks everyone and have happy holidays and happy new year!



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We launch right into part 2 of the 2014 Year in Review (May - December). Next week we will have part 3/3 where we deliver our thoughts and best/worst of the year as well as hobby goals and resolutions for 2015.

Will we keep them??? Probably not.



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We have some brief news, Kenny did a 5000 pt Storm of Magic game then two days later tried out the new Warhammer magic rules - recapped.

We launch into a hefty year in review across the entire hobby. We look at how we received our games, formats, materials, release schedule, kickstarter, digital, mini board games, harbingers of things to come we didn't see at the time...

January - April 2014

There will be a part 2 and possibly 3.



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We talk news, Adepticon, hobby, games played and will be played, and discuss some still going Black Friday sales options for miniwargamers. Then we have a sudden surprise drop-in guest Adam (Voxxman) Tremblay from our favorite good-natured northern neighbor, Canada, to talk hobby inspirations from all walks of life. I mean, all!



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We talk news, hobby and games played. Our conversation tonight is addressing the debate on when Kickstarter is no longer a Kickstarter. That is, has the function and use of KS turned into pre-sales and how is this affecting alternative model lines vs. self-contained games? We look at the evolution of mini wargaming with crowd funding and discuss where it is now, lessons learned, and predictions. Worry not; it's not all negative, some back and forth. 

Share your thoughts on your Kickstarter experiences with us on Facebook or Twitter.
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We talk news, hobby and games played. Kenny recaps quickly his team 40K tournament experience at GameHole Con then we are joined by Black Library author, Chris Wraight, to talk his fantasy, 40K and Horus Heresy Novels. Enjoy!

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We talk news, hobby, games played and Robert brings us up to speed on his amazing 24 hours of gaming marathon last week for Extra Life charity. Next we play the audio from David Guymer on his latest book for the Warhammer End Times: Kinslayer. Kenny has Glottkin at time of this posting but you'll have to wait until next week to hear about it, muhahaha!

Note: audio at beginning of Guymer interview was on old machine so there is a switch after about 5 minutes to much clearer and slightly louder audio, FYI. Don't abandon ship just yet.



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We talk news, hobby, games played and discuss living card games. David Guymer from Black Library joins us for a Warhammer Fantasy Book Club to discuss Headtaker, the skaven character novel. Loved it! You go read-laugh now!


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We talk news of nurgle and end times and hobby before games played includes Kenny's wrap-up of Screw City GT 3,000 Pts. Monster Mash! Then we are joined by Shawn Hook (40K group) and Ben Cone of WiscoDice (Fantasy) to talk advice on keeping a gaming group engaged and growing with the millions of factors affecting game play interests these days. Skype wanted to garble the end of Conesy's audio so we ended before that.

Then Kenny plays about 25-30 mins of audio from Screw City which includes post-game interview with round 1 opponent Sean Troy who won best general and a few chats along the way.
**Audio may be loud briefly at beginning of new file so FYI.

We talk news, hobby, games played and launch into a discussion on tournament legal, limitations and saying screw all that and make it your game, even if you feel like the scene is pushing you in a direction you don't care for.

Wall o' Wonder: Gama World

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We talk news and a sick Robert finally keeps his trap shut once in a while:) Kenny recounts this past weekend's End Times: Nagash megabattle with 16,000 pts of awesome.



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We talk news, games played, hobby and then explore list building for any game as a means of gratification aside from playing. Do you make lists to be creative but refrain from buying every model that comes out? Let us know.

Then Robert educates us on the very important Extra Life coming up again this year in October. 



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We talk impulse buying, FLGS new orders and stocking and customer rewards then launch into a discussion about dead games and getting a little life out of them.
Wall of Wonder: The Hills Rise Wild!


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We talk news, games played and hobby then we are back with 2014's conversions across the hobby. The fine gentlemen below join us with different tips, resources and inspirations for you. Enjoy!


Mike Butcher
Steve Herner
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We talk news, games played and hobby then we are back with 2014's conversions across the hobby. The fine gentlemen below join us with different tips, resources and inspirations for you. Enjoy!


Mike Butcher
Steve Herner
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Ep 65 - NOVA Open 2014 report

On a dark and stormy night (no, really!) we talk news, hobby progress and Robert regales us with news of the amazing 2014 NOVA Open in the DC area.
Wall of Wonder returns: Trinity Battleground


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We talk news (mostly the End Times for Warhammer), hobby progress and games played. Kenny asks your advice about timed games and deploying a horde army without sacrificing the insane number of bodies.

Robert has a wonderful interview with Octavius Villar from Play it Painted talking about his show, Ninja goodness and how the internet has impacted the hobby (the good stuff, not the flame wars and bitching). 

Kenny is joined by BL author David Annandale again to discuss most recent Horus Heresy 30 novel, Damnation of Pythos.


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We talk news, Nagash! and the End Times (though WD leaks came a day after recording), then Robert fills us in on Gen Con news and shrinks Kenny's head about Gen Con and crowds of gamers.


Photo credit: stolen from online (thanks!)


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Note: Nagash news broke after we recorded so look for more next week.

We talks news, hobby progress, games played and launch into a revealing discussion about armies we have not yet played against. Ran out of time to do Warmachine/Hordes so that's for a future episode.


Let us know what armies you actually haven't played against (or played if you're a veteran).



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We talk hobby progress, games played, news and launch into the great debate: can one play a miniwargame without appreciating the fluff? 

Alex Huntley of Warploque Miniatures joins us from the UK to talk about his exciting new game and unique designs of AreWorlde. 



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We talk news, hobby and games played before we are joined by Chris Brandt, the mastermind behind Nova Open in DC-metro area who preps us for this amazing con.



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A very special Combat Phase intervention We talk news, games played, hobby and launch into our feature on coping with bad dice luck like Kenny is perpetually plagued with. Also ending sentences in a preposition. Robert helps Kenny to soldier on and actually helpful tips emerge from the conversation. If you have poor dice luck, this is the segment for you! Wall o' wonder: Frag Enjoy!
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We talk games played and news surrounding an interesting controversy and thus are putting campaigns discussion off so we can play Sanctus Reach and give some feedback. Kenny interviews a gaming group on thoughts on 7th ed so far from game stor owner, hobby community organizers and current and returning players. Robert is joined once again by the fascinating and busy Chris Birch from Modiphius about many projects including Achtung! Cthulhu.


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We talk games played and news surrounding an interesting controversy and thus are putting campaigns discussion off so we can play Sanctus Reach and give some feedback. Kenny interviews a gaming group on thoughts on 7th ed so far from game stor owner, hobby community organizers and current and returning players. Robert is joined once again by the fascinating and busy Chris Birch from Modiphius about many projects including Achtung! Cthulhu.


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We revisit the Monogamer vs. Omnigamer/Game whore discussion again where Kenny represents those of us having to choose playing maybe only a few games due to time constraints or availabilty or whathaveya. 

As we try to close the show we get distracted by Robotech and future Robotech possibilities.
Wall o Wonder: Star Wars RPG (current)


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We talk the evolution of Chaos in the Warhammer and Warhammer 40K universe over the past decades. Chaos has made a corrupting impact on our lives in the GW mini tabletop game, RPG, fiction, video games and even a motion picture. From the pulpy big hear and nose chains to a darker corrupting force fueling hordes of Northmen to the subtle, sinister menace being unveiled in the Horus Heresy, we love our Chaos.

Check it out, reminisce and share your thoughts with us on Facebook. Enjoy!
Wall: Inferno
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We talk ... ourselves and our updates for all our new listeners joining us over the past few months. Robert clarifies some Ork News. Kenny reports his time at Blood in the Sun 4 this past weekend and we have 5 audio brief intereviews with some players at BitS4. 

Next we are joined by Maht and Matt prepping us for Malifaux event extraveganza at Nova Open 2014 coming this summer.

Thanks and as always, enjoy!

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We talk Privateer Press and Ork news then look at the range of wargaming publications, finally giving our review of White Dwarf Weekly and Warhammer:Visions, as well as No Quarter, Ravage and a few others.

Wall: Warhammer Invasion (card game)

Contest winner announced.


Note: Participate in contests to win free stuff...there's no excuse not to! *wags finger*

Also, see our page on Facebook

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We were blessed to be joined by Dan Abnett to discuss his fantasy book Riders of the Dead. Dan will certainly be back. Just, enjoy!

Wall o' Wonder: Battlefield Evolution

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Ep 52 - 40K 7th edition

We talk games played and news - ORKS IS COMIN' ! then share thoughts and first impressions of new 40K 7th ed. Share your thoughts with us on Facebook.


Also this is the last week to post on ep 50 thread on Facebook page to win a 40K art print.


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Ep 51 - The Horus Heresy Weekender 2014 Recap


A jet-lagged Kenny talks about his experience and news at the Horus Heresy Weekender this past weekend in Nottingham. Check out photos in twitter feed @kennylull or some on our Facebook page.

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Ep 50 - The Odd Couple (Our 1st birthday show!)


Robert and Kenny talk news then muse on our differences in opinion on the hobby. We debate casual vs. tournament gaming, fiction, gaming groups and other hopes and dreams for the next 50 episodes.

Thanks for sticking with us through our first year and 50 shows and as a reward be sure to post in the Facebook thread announcing this ep 50 to win a collector's ed. 40K print of Blood in the Machine art cover. 

As always please tell your friends about us and leave a review on iTunes. 


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We talk some games played then Deadzone! Robert lets us all in on the secret of this little terrain-laced game and why he enjoys it so much. 

Wall o' Wonder: Dark Future

Notes; is updated and on new server.

At 10,000 downloads someone wins a numbered collectors 40K print! Watch our Facebook page to be entered.


Next ep is 50 and our first anniversary (plastic!) so join us for some fun.


Warhammer Fantasy Book Club in May will be Riders of the Dead by Dan Abnett so if you want to join us on the show drop us a line.


As always please leave a review on iTunes and follows us on Twiitter!

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We talk news and games played with a large focus on new 40K rumors (at time of posting rumors now refer to as 6th Ed Revised) before being joined by Grant Handsome Guy Fetter, TO of Blood in the Sun 4, who tells us all about why his tournament rocks. Then we welcome Guy Haley back from Black Library to discuss his three HH works (don't worry, there's more coming up!) and he takes the rapid-fire question test.

Wall o' Wonder: Warmaster!


Enjoy! Someone who listens to this episode wins a copy of Lords of Mars by Graham McNeill.



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We have a star-studded show tonight with painting superstars. First we speculate, gestuclate, pontificate (OK, maybe not) about games played that WOOD ELVES NEWS?!?! 

Brandon Palmer of GMM Studios (that guy at Adepticon with the amazing displays beyond mere mortal kenning and Shawn Gately of Blue Table Painting tell us all about a host of options for whatever your painting needs (and time table) may be. 

Ep 50 is coming up so send us your demands, er, suggestions.

Over 9,000 downloads and at 10,000 someone wins a limited ed. 40K cover print!

Enjoy, please share and leave us a review on iTunes.

plus check out their YouTube channel

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We're joined this week by two gamers who have played several games of Wild West Exodus and fill us in on a rather informative interview. Robert and Kenny give first impressions of new IG (Astra Militarum) codex and ways to defile Ogryns as pop culture icons.


Wall o' Wonder: Silent Death



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Kenny is back from Adepticon and in a stupor (when is he not?!) but goes through the highlights of Adepticon, games, swag bag and fun times. For time purposes only include the interview with BL authors Graham McNeill, David Annandale and Andy Smilie. We then talk to Combat Display Cards for Kickstarter.



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We have some games played!!! News from Forge World Horus Heresy and Warmachine Vengeance has new book smell.


Self-proclaimed Hobby Hillbilly Corey Lenigar joins us for this newest installment of Warhammer Fantasy Book Club. This time we go to the Time of Legends series for the Blood of Nagash: Neferata by Josh Reynolds. Spoilers!

What say you to next time...Dan Abnett's Riders of the Dead?!




Corey at


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40K releases coming so fast; never get the payoff of actually playing these games??! Kenny is in a funk (and funky!), unable to keep up with hobby releases. Dr. Robert slaps the emo out of him and hopefully helps you, too.


Wall o" wonder: Vor: the Maelstrom 

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We talk news and brief hobby then owner John from Soda Pop Minatures talks the future of Super Dungeon Explorer and other exciting games, then we are joined by Hand Cannon Online and all-around swell trollblood guy Kyle Maxwell to talk why Warmachine/Hordes is a great game, the future and paying it forward. 

Wall o' Wonder: Chainmail



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Ep 41 - Mantic Games

We're joined by Andrew Sherman of Ohiohammer, Mantic Radio and probably half of the podcasts you listen to. He gives quite enlightening testimony to a rising Mantic Games and hgets us excited for things to come. 
Wall o Wonder: BattleLore and Battle for Westeros


Leave us a review on iTunes to win free stuff.


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Adam Tremblay of War and More Radio in Canada joins us hosers for a go at gaming communities over great, vast, cold distances and staying engaged while enjoying maple products and quality health care. Enjoy Adam's soothing Canadian voicebox.


Wall o' Wonder: Super Dungon Explorer

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Kenny is joined by Dwarf-nut Dave Witek of Garagehammer and After Ullanor fame. Robert sits this one out. We talk the new Dwarfs, compare old with new re: Runes and some units. Fun, inspiration for about 2 hours.

Kenny grills Dave at the end with a speed-test re: Horus Heresy, for the lit teacher in Dave. Enjoy the fun and don't judge, man:)

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Ep 39 - New Dwarf Bookfest & Robotech

We talk news including Privateer Press Play Day, Imperial Knights, Kenny ends up going way more into the dwarf book than he meant to (that's a special ep coming up soon, shh!) and then we talk.....ROBOTECH! Whether a part of your lost childhood or Kickstarter or Pallaidum RPG or all of the above, we love us some Robotech!

Wall o' Wonder returns: Flintlock!

Kenny has a light flu so we wish him well and chicken soup.

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Ep 38 - Chris Birch Modiphius talks new Mutant Chronicles RPG and Achtung! Cthulhu


We talk PPresss & GW news, Kenny tried the new dwarfs, then we are joined the lovely Chris Birch of Modiphius talking his new Mutant Chronicles RPG kickstarer, Cthulhu and what the future holds...

We talk news, dwarf pictures and wave 2 is on the horizon, Black Libray and Skull Island X gold, Steamroller 2014 and other organized play systems like Infinity and Dark Age, and Robert talks to us about trilablazing your own gaming universe.


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Kenny is back from Waaaghpaca 2014 and reports in. We talk the insanity of GW rumors and give first impressions of new Dwarf photos. Next ep will be after the White Dwarf new format drops and we'll go in depth on dwarf (what's available, at least) then. Dark Age shines in cool hobby ways and on the Wall o' Wonder.


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We talk the crazy GW streak of rumors and news to slap some sense into the Internet by calling our very own Come-to-Jervis meeting. Allen Boltgun Blount from BBBs podcast joins us for Warhammer Fantasy Book Club: Gotrek & Felix City of the Damned, which naturally discusses the franchise at length, first. Wrap things up with a Wall o' Wonder: Dropzone Commander.


Ep - 34 Hobby Disappointment? 7 Steps To Serenity & Black Library Interview w/ Greg Dann

Tyranid codex got ya down? Hobby rage?

Here's seven steps towards serenity.

Gregg Dann, cohost of After Ullanor, returns to talk a very long interview all about Black Library, from origins to events in UK to what the future holds.

Interview is lengthy but worth it!

We review the host battles Man o War and Epic Armageddon then discuss narrative gaming vs. tournament gaming. Wall o Woder: Succession Wars!

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We look at the entire hobby in 2013 review and list releases and our top 5 lists. Then we deliver a top 5 wish list for 2014. Have a listen and share your thoughts.
Wall o' Wonder: Dark Heresy 

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