Happy New Year everyone! Iain did some interviews down at Dragonmeet 2019 (not 2020 as he says repeatedly throughout) and now you can hear them as well. He spoke to giants of the UK RPG podcast scene The Smart Party and some of the indie board game publishers. Hope you enjoy! 

Loke Battlemats

https://lokebattlemats.com/

Ruined Sky Games

https://www.ruinedsky.com/

The Smart Party

https://smartparty.wordpress.com/

Hercules Game Studios

https://www.after-london.com/role-quest

Play For Keeps

https://www.playforkeeps.games/

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The plans for the award show have gone awry so Iain and Jamie retreat to RPG corner to discuss their nominations for the year in games. 

Best Short Game

Tortuga 1667

https://facadegames.com/products/tortuga-1667

Cockroach Poker

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/11971/cockroach-poker

Tabletop Scotland

https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Best Rulebook

Villagers

https://www.sinisterfish.com/games/villagers/

Bargain Quest

https://www.renegadegamestudios.com/bargain-quest-landing-page

Paul Grogan - Gaming Rules

https://gaming-rules.com/

Shut up & Sit Down

https://www.shutupandsitdown.com/

Best Original Screenplay - An Award for Story in Game

Roll Player

https://www.thunderworksgames.com/

Dune

https://www.gf9.com/

Best Blacklist Game - we've played but isn't released yet

Magnate: The First City

https://magnategame.com/

Riftforce

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/291859/riftforce

Best Production/ Most Overproduced Game

Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay: Starter Set

https://www.cubicle7games.com/our-games/warhammer-fantasy-roleplay/

Root

https://ledergames.com/root/

Best Visual Effects - An Award for Art in Games

Chronicles of Crime

https://luckyduckgames.com/games/chroniclesofcrime.html

Root

Unlucky Frog

https://www.unluckyfrog.com/

More Games Please

https://www.moregamesplease.com/

Most Innovative Product

Chronicles of Crime

Icarus

https://www.renegadegamestudios.com/icarus

Dicebreaker playthrough of Icarus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRmf9ZmUm40

Best Director (Publisher)

Big Potato Games

https://bigpotato.com/

Renegade Game Studios

https://www.renegadegamestudios.com/

Best Game (we've played this year that wasn't released this year)

Scrawl, Big Potato Games

Cockroach Poker

 

 

These sound effects were used in this episode

https://freesound.org/people/FractalStudios/sounds/363093/

https://freesound.org/people/humanoide9000/sounds/466133/

December 9, 2019

Episode 40 - Wrapping Up

Brainwaves HQ is undergoing a bit of a revamp in preparation for our awards show. With the news room inaccessible and construction everywhere Iain and Jamie do the cast themselves. On this show they cover world champions going away, Uno politics and boardgames in old age. Removing themselves to the crackling fire of RPG corner they cover a couple of recent announcements before looking back on the year for The Giant Brain. We hope you will pour yourself a glass and join us. 

Headlines

Go Champion retires

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/nov/27/go-game-master-quits-saying-machines-cannot-be-defeated

Uno has a political problem, apparently

https://www.mattelgames.com/en-us/uno-nonpartisan?fbclid=IwAR2Xq48AfxqKziEUOUnOwS97uRQCTWEwL0N-RhYirid7uqaUdF9N7cQnGSk

Edinburgh led study looks at boardgames 

https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1442675-playing-board-games-keeps-you-mentally-sharp-in-later-life/?fbclid=IwAR02POvkG_Jcawg9xQGiznA4V_g8KbamLw26y4QRUfvjKAnC1Mvr5OVFCoI

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191126140413.htm

 

RPG Corner

The One Ring is cast into the flames

https://www.cubicle7games.com/unexpected-tor2-update/

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/44616/dispute-ends-cubicle-7s-the-one-ring-publishing-agreement

Chaosium sail the Rivers of London

https://twitter.com/Chaosium_Inc/status/1200793820826423298?s=20

 

The Year in Review

Uk Games Expo

https://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/

Tabletop Scotland

https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

Art Panel at Tabletop Scotland

https://unluckyfrog.podbean.com/e/tabletop-scotland-2019-seminar-the-art-of-tabletop-featuring-ralph-horsley-andy-hepworth-jon-hodgson/

Dragonmeet

https://www.dragonmeet.co.uk/

Jamie and Peter’s pieces

https://giantbrain.co.uk/2019/10/05/watch-the-skies-diary/

https://giantbrain.co.uk/2019/09/04/warcry-review/

Patreon

https://www.patreon.com/thegiantbrain

 

Exec Producers

Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

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

 

Outro

Monopoly but more
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/295178/monopoly-longest-game-ever

Barkham Horror April Fools becomes real
https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/12/2/barkham-horror/?fbclid=IwAR1IOJszClZVC9nzHtlTADJ5FXiBJUDyTYUVwgZ8O_uwUcs9PJSZ1l50J08

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Iain has big plans for the first Giant Brain convention but Jamie is not so sure. Luckily our convention correspondent Mark Cooke is back from Essen with lots of excellent advice. This episode the team cover abuse allegations, industry deaths, awards and more. Iain’s been working on something in the basement and it proves very useful when getting to the core of what convention organisation is all about. No interns were harmed in the making of this episode.

Headline

Industry distances itself from JR Honeycutt after abuse allegations

https://www.thefandomentals.com/abuse-allegations-lead-board-game-industry-to-distance-itself-from-prolific-designer/

https://medium.com/@victoria.mann11/coming-forward-to-move-forward-8608e9c27e74

Esther MacCallum Stewart - https://twitter.com/neveahfs

Chad Jensen dies

https://twitter.com/HeavyCardboard/status/1195355111612129281?s=20&fbclid=IwAR1srh307usDj-jSIhVeh4YVK6ci9Gu08BgBES_2XhS8Tce_JTGbBbZzaB4http://www.dicetowernews.com/the-board-game-community-loses-chad-jensen-designer-of-dominant-species/61302

MTG has made it into National Toy Hall of Fame (USA)

https://www.toyhalloffame.org/toys/magic-gathering

News

MTG player asked to remove card in support of trans rights 

https://dotesports.com/mtg/news/autumn-burchett-told-to-remove-cards-supporting-trans-rights-at-magics-mythic-championship-vi

Gw profits soar

https://www.cityam.com/games-workshop-shares-soar-as-profits-beat-55m/

Amazon Alexa now plays Ticket to Ride

https://www.amazon.com/Days-of-Wonder-Ticket-Ride/dp/B08178MR5M

Catan World Explorers

https://www.catan.com/game/catan-world-explorers

 

Exec Producers

Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

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

 

Outro

DnD Cluedo

https://www.geeksaresexy.net/2019/11/08/theres-a-dungeons-dragons-version-of-clue-now/

 

Mark Cooke and Airecon

Twitter: https://twitter.com/aireconuk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aireconuk/

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

Website: https://www.airecon.co.uk/

 

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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
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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
 
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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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