November 11, 2019

Episode 38 - Selling up!

What’s this? Iain is considering selling the Brainwaves HQ? As they consider the offer they invite the real estate magnate James Naylor to join the team and cover this week’s news: legends dying, profits falling, lawsuits concluding, mashups, acquisitions and much more on this weeks Brainwaves. 

Headlines

Frances Tresham dies

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Tresham_(game_designer)

Hasbro Profits Fall

https://www.belloflostsouls.net/2019/10/dd-weak-hasbro-sales-propped-up-by-dungeons-dragons.html

https://seekingalpha.com/news/3507616-hasbro-minus-7-percent-tariffs-sting

Gygax v. DeSanto lawsuit wraps up

https://www.belloflostsouls.net/2019/11/dd-gail-gygax-was-being-sued-by-the-producer-of-transformers-until-this-week.html

 

News

Critical Role animated series picked up by Amazon!

https://twitter.com/CriticalRole/status/1191778691979735041

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/criticalrole/critical-role-the-legend-of-vox-machina-animated-s/posts/2674520

Hasbro Mashups line

https://www.target.com/s?searchTerm=hasbro+mashup+games&category=0%7CAll%7Cmatchallpartial%7Call+categories&tref=typeahead%7Cterm%7C0%7Chasbro+mashup+games%7C%7C%7Cservice&searchRawTerm=hasbro+mashup

WOTC Acquires Tuque Games

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/44397/wizards-coast-makes-acquisition

Cards Against Humanity opens boardgame cafe

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/44359/cards-against-humanity-to-open-chicago-board-game-cafe

Kickstarter Union Update

https://twitter.com/ksr_united/status/1189656841376141312?s=20

Outro

Immersive Monopoly show
https://www.thestage.co.uk/news/2019/immersive-monopoly-show-to-run-in-london-in-2020/?login_to=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thestage.co.uk%2Faccounts%2Fusers%2Fsign_up.popup

One Page Dungeon

https://watabou.itch.io/one-page-dungeon

Patreon

Lucky Sparrow Games Cafe

https://www.facebook.com/luckysparrowgamescafe/

James Naylor

Magnate official site / KS email sign-up: https://magnategame.com/

Boardgamegeek link: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/258242/magnate-first-city

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Magnateboardgame

Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/magnateboardgame/

James’ twitter account: https://twitter.com/naylorjames

 

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October 28, 2019

Episode 37 - Wizard Brains

Iain and Jamie are joined by magic man Richard from We’re Not Wizards. Together they cover actual Kickstarter Fraud, Kittens getting their hands on lots of money and visas being denied for Essen. In our Brainstorm they look at online communities and discuss whether they should all be amalgamated into one. All this and more, on this week’s Brainwaves.

 

Headlines

Carbon Copies on KS

https://twitter.com/GreyGnomeGames/status/1184308826822057984?s=19

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hoard/dungeon-hoard

https://www.thegamecrafter.com/crowdsale/dungeon-hoard

Exploding kittens in the money 

https://www.pehub.com/2019/10/tcg-invests-30-mln-in-tabletop-game-company-exploding-kittens/?fbclid=IwAR334eeJoD2wtOQiwHwKwbLUUqFtEZ4W3p5lded8Gm7rNV6edt2ED3JRWjQ

Iranian Game Designers denied visas

https://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/95673/iranian-publishers-denied-visas-germany-spiel-19
https://www.instagram.com/p/B3tTjBiD5Sb/ - Letter to EU

News

Another boardgame tablet hits KS

https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/15/20915213/gameboard-1-rob-wyatt-atari-vcs-tabletop-gaming-digital-board

https://luckyduckgames.com/games/chroniclesofcrime.html - Chronicles of Crime

Glasgow Uni academics trying to make family law board games

https://www-legalcheek-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.legalcheek.com/2019/10/the-glasgow-uni-boffins-trying-their-hands-at-designing-law-themed-board-games/amp/?fbclid=IwAR2R95RynYziGLsdlHms7pb8GxfcT6UzOgdPgY6Riz0ted44jz2uOJ7cyrc

https://www.geniusgames.org/ - Genius Games

https://www.facebook.com/groups/393090567800456/ - Juniper Green Board Games

Brainstorm

https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=sporadically%20board&epa=SEARCH_BOX - Sporadically Board

https://www.facebook.com/moregamesplease/ - More Games Please

Outro

Hallmark Monopoly

https://www.countryliving.com/life/entertainment/a29519551/hallmark-channel-monopoly-board-game/

 

Jimi Hendrix, Acid and Risk

http://blog.siriusxm.com/graham-nash-over-the-years/

 

Exec Producers

Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

https://www.facebook.com/luckysparrowgamescafe/

 

We’re Not Wizards

https://werenotwizards.podbean.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Werenotwizards/

https://twitter.com/werenotwizards

 

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October 14, 2019

Episode 36 - Creaking Brains

That sound isn't the Brainwaves HQ starting to strain under the weight of all the new interns, no it's the sound of Creaking Shelves recently installed by our latest guest Matt Evans, we really must get professionals to do this kind of thing. Matt joins us to discuss Kickstarter Unions, cash prizes, fast food RPGs, discuss "Killer Games" and much, much more.
 
Headlines
 
Kickstarter Unionisation
 
Keyforge Cash Prizes
 
Wendy’s RPG
 
KFC Dating Sim
 
News
Gamesfest
 
Sunken Sailor
 
Monolith Go Beyond
 
Mattel release Braille Uno
 
Meeples Like Us
 
Unbroken Update
 
Brainstorm
Deception vs. Mysterium
 
Outro
 
Guest Links
 
Contact Us
Email – giantbrainuk@gmail.com
September 30, 2019

Episode 35 - Future Flight

Iain & Jamie are back from their vacation with a longer cast than normal to catch up on all the tasty boardgame news. They are joined by Glenn Ford of Man O’Kent Games to cover Kickstarter Unions, CMON time machines, trucks full of dice, when RPGs go wrong and much more! 
 
Headlines
 
 
 
Kickstarter in the Firing Line
CMON goes back in time
 
Fantasy Flight Games looks to the future
News
 
Dice hit the road
 
Stores given grants by Wizards
 
Evil Dead 2 springs back to life
 
 
 
RPG Corner
Kamigakari ks goes sideways
Fandom acquires Cortex from Margaret Weiss Productions
 
Monte Cook games releases consent guide
 
Outro
Belgian Monopoly takes the piss
 
Ms. Monopoly
 
Dollop episode: Landlords game
 
Patreons
Lucky Sparrow Game Cafe
 
Funding Article
 
Man O’Kent Games
 
Contact Us
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September 16, 2019

Idle Thoughts - Episode 2

We are taking a little break this week from our regular cast but rest assured we will be back in two weeks time with all the usual Tabletop News from near and far. This episode was recorded before Sam was lost in 'the incident' and covers Keyforge, Scrawl and Dungeons & Dragons. 

This episode was made possible by the kind sponsorship of all our patrons. 

This week on Brainwaves we are bringing you a series of interviews we conducted at Tabletop Scotland. This convention took place in Perth on the 24th and 25th of August, 2019. We spoke to the sponsors of the convention, various retailers, exhibitors and some friends of the show. We hope you enjoy. The links below are in the order they appear on the cast. 

 

Daniel Taylor Woodworking

https://www.instagram.com/dtaylorwoodworking/?hl=en

 

Inspiring Games

https://www.inspiringgames.com/

 

Unlucky Frog

https://www.unluckyfrog.com/

 

The Boardgame Book

https://www.boardgame-book.com/

 

DMB Games

https://dmbgames.co.uk/

 

Murphy’s Vault

https://www.murphysvault.com/

 

Dice Roll Cafe

https://www.facebook.com/DiceRollCafe/

 

Geeknson

http://www.geeknson.co.uk/uk/

 

Bez

http://www.stuffbybez.com/

 

Iain (Unpopular Mechanics)

https://twitter.com/UnMech

 

Lucky Sparrow Games Cafe

https://www.facebook.com/luckysparrowgamescafe/

 

Handiwork Games

https://handiwork.games/

 

Campaign Coins

https://campaigncoins.com/

 

Jon Hodgson Maps - Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/jonhodgsonmaps

 

Paul Bourne

https://www.facebook.com/paul.bourne.77

 

Juniper Green Board Gamers

https://www.facebook.com/groups/393090567800456/

 

Redwell Games

http://redwellgames.com/

Arcane Blaster Casters

https://twitter.com/battleboargames?lang=en

 

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August 19, 2019

Episode 34 - Golden Gnomes

Iain has been trying to bring the Brainwaves garden under control but much to his annoyance has found the place overrun by wrestling Gnomes. Laying the blame squarely at the feet of Robbie Munn, Robbie joins Iain and Jamie on the cast as penance for his out of control Sumo Gnomes. We cover more awards, Golden Bell/ Unbroken Kickstarter, hirings, mergers and lawsuits. In Brainstorm we tackle the weighty issue of problematic themes in games. 

Headlines

Golden Bell/ Unbroken Kickstarter

https://boardgamegeek.com/article/32704614#32704614

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1227872561/unbroken-a-solo-game-of-survival-and-revenge

Ennies

http://www.ennie-awards.com/blog/2019-ennie-winners/

Diana Jones Award

https://twitter.com/dianajonesaward?lang=en

https://bullypulpitgames.com/

https://dreadthegame.wordpress.com/about-dread-the-game/

 

News

Ross O’Connell joins Alleycat Games

https://twitter.com/moregamespls/status/1159892361373192197?s=20

https://www.moregamesplease.com/

https://www.alleycatgames.com/

Wil Wheaton Sues Geek & Sundry

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/wil-wheaton-sues-geek-sundry-web-series-profits-1229358?fbclid=IwAR3J00V-aN3_Il0u-4AKp5dgwPd4lGGtHrTZI-C7zhwN60OAnJX0HNPWt58

Genius Games acquires Artana Games

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43789/genius-games-acquires-artana

Pokemon Cards sell at auction

https://goldinauctions.com/1999_Pokemon_1st_Edition_PSA_GEM_MT_10_Complete_Se-lot51339.aspx

 

Brainstorm

https://ospreypublishing.com/undaunted-normandy

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3076/puerto-rico

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/01/style/board-games-cancel-culture.html?action=click&module=Editors+Picks&pgtype=Homepage&fbclid=IwAR0KN7lxmzlKmLpF-fenlAG7ugSWPw2sqPloJFgUfOeJGVAuY4cp6KDN-o4

Outro

Monopoly Socialism

https://intl.target.com/p/parody-monopoly-socialism-board-game/-/A-76151691

Bar bill paid with Monopoly money

https://www.thinkspain.com/news-spain/31696/irish-tourists-use-monopoly-money-to-pay-bar-bill

Tabletop Scotland

https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/thegiantbrain

https://www.facebook.com/luckysparrowgamescafe/

Our Guest - Robbie Munn

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Gumley

Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/gumley/?hl=en

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PeculiarityUK/

Website - http://www.peculiarity.co.uk/

Email - peculiarityuk@gmail.com

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The team dare to roll and welcome the excellent Mike Barnes back to the cast. This episode we cover the announcement of the Teburu smart board, along with how to pronounce it, Spiel des Jahres winners, deaths of some giants of the industry, Digital innovations and much more. In Brainstorm we turn our attention to the biggest conventions and ask if there are just too many games.
 
Headlines
 
Mike Brunton & Richard Berg die
CMON announces smart tech
 
Spiel des Jahres winners announced
 
News
 
 
Bezier Games digital 'try before you buy'
 
 
D&D in U.S. prisons
 
40k Eisenhorn series in development
 
Outro
 
 
Who Dares Rolls
 
Contact Us
 
 

Wrecking his way into Brainwaves HQ Mark Mckinnon from Dream Big Games joins Iain and Jamie on this week’s episode. Together they tackle plagiarism, the rise of the robots, oddly shaped awards, the meteoric rise of Kickstarter and the interns have finally finished off the new RPG corner! 

Headlines

 

Plagiarism accusations hit popular boardgame site

Reddit thread

https://www.reddit.com/r/boardgames/comments/c972ja/katies_game_corner_accused_of_plagiarism/

Punchboard Media Statement

https://www.punchboardmedia.com/home/2019/7/5/punchboard-media-statement-on-plagiarism-regarding-katies-game-corner

Robot AI takes on Poker

https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/11/20690078/ai-poker-pluribus-facebook-cmu-texas-hold-em-six-player-no-limit

Diana Jones Award

http://www.dianajonesaward.org/

 

News

7 Tabletop Games fund a day

https://icopartners.com/2019/07/crowdfunding-and-tabletop-games-2019-mid-year-update/

Lewis Chessmen Update

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2019/jul/02/lewis-chessman-bought-for-5-sold-at-auction-for-735000?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3fqPtmUHRAlaqTC0pWv-EJyMS5BIoD_05bpuG1o5Mnb5MMes0GvBqNZHM#Echobox=1562079543

 

RPG Corner

Stygian Fox

https://www.geeknative.com/67426/kickstarter-suspends-campaign-putting-rpg-publisher-stygian-foxs-future-in-doubt/?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer69ae6

https://www.facebook.com/StygianFoxPublishing/posts/2030144697090649

Destination Fantastic

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/destinationfantastic/destination-fantastic

Professional DMs

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2019-07-08/how-to-be-a-professional-dungeons-dragons-master-hosting-games?utm_medium=social&cmpid=socialflow-twitter-business&utm_content=business&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=socialflow-organic

...and finally

There Will Be Games

https://therewillbe.games/

Tabletop Scotland

https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Our Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/thegiantbrain

Our Guest - Mark McKinnon, Dream Big Games

https://wreckandruingame.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/dreambiggames/

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In this special episode Iain and Jamie are joined by John Mizon of Southwest Megagames and Mr. Megagame himself Matthew Bambridge to discuss everything about this increasingly popular type of game. We go in deep to what makes megagames tick from the history of the genre to the recent arrival of products like Vampire: The Masquerade, Bloodlines. We hope you enjoy and would like to thank John and Matthew for being such excellent guests. 

Intro to Megagames

Off cast John recommended this video as a good primer for the genre

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IlqTWTiiN8

Shut Up & Sit Down

https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/videos/susd-play-megagame-2-pt1/

https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/videos/watch-skies-2-pt-2/

Becky Becky Blogs

We mention Trope High in the cast

https://www.beckybeckyblogs.com/

PAXsims

https://paxsims.wordpress.com/

Megagame Coalition

These are where you will find the games running at Gencon

https://megagamecoalition.com/

Southwest Megagames (John Mizon)

https://www.swmegagames.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/swmegagames/

https://twitter.com/swmegagames

Mr. Megagame (Matthew Bambridge)

https://www.facebook.com/Mr-Megagame-463462707524380/

https://www.instagram.com/mr_megagame/?hl=en

https://www.megagameassembly.com/

Other megagame creators

Megagame Makers: https://megagamemakers.uk/

Penine Megagames: https://www.penninemegagames.co.uk/

Horizon Megagames: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HorizonMegagames/

True North Megagames: https://www.facebook.com/groups/truenorthmegagames/

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