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/

Get in touch with the show

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Iain and Jamie are joined by journalist Owen Duffy this week to cast their eyes over the gaming papers and see what is worthy of your attention. Amongst news of review bombing, Kickstarter guidelines and boardgame inspired TV shows the gents manage to sit down for a chat about the state of boardgame journalism. 

Headlines

Kickstarter new guidelines

https://www.kickstarter.com/honest?fbclid=IwAR3-yno3b1KjdZhaY3TUokueyFan-2PckwDFit7NXJo1E5h_nZ17oOd6rKk#framing

Watch the skies in a box

https://www.stonepaperscissors.co.uk/games-purchase/watch-the-skies-megagameinabox

Review Bombing on Boardgamegeek

https://www.geeknative.com/66873/angry-geeks-manipulate-barrages-board-game-geek-rating-in-protest/?fbclid=IwAR1w3yFITkDFhmXVCKm1RVZWDoQIQ_mjDH8mkugwr0aRQvppWVuFNrY9sGM

Tarrifs Update

https://icv2.com/articles/columns/view/43524/rolling-initiative-good-bye-lee-garvin

News

Cyberpunk 2077 is getting a Tabletop prequel

https://www.techradar.com/news/cyberpunk-2077-prequel-is-on-the-way-in-tabletop-rpg-board-game-form

Ticket to Ride TV show

https://deadline.com/2019/06/ticket-to-ride-propagate-asmodee-entertainment-developing-tv-competition-series-based-on-board-game-1202639225/?fbclid=IwAR0cuA5_ZsnRSIQGFB2ZQwtO8srRSWCGERowYki6HTV4OANFUil253ooOK8

D&D becomes more audio accessible

https://twitter.com/Wizards_DnD/status/1144280363285528576?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1144280363285528576&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.belloflostsouls.net%2F2019%2F07%2Fdd-for-all-library-of-congress-makes-dd-more-accessible.html

Archaeologists dig up Roman boardgame

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-48745656?fbclid=IwAR0aFZKiE-DZNgF5oakDhk28ef3ElZRGEtZ6ik0uP129rzFMOBC2twD2hUM

Outro

Monopoly Voice Banking

https://gizmodo.com/the-new-monopoly-has-a-voice-controlled-ai-banker-that-1835593536

Patreon

Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

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

Owen Duffy

https://boardgame-book.com/

https://twitter.com/BoardGameBook

https://twitter.com/owen_duffy

Get in touch

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Iain & Jamie have gotten out the Necronomicon this week to summon themselves another roving reporter back to the fold. Garbed in his best cultist outfit Peter Hopkins from Drawn to the Flame joins the team to discuss Lewis Chessmen found in drawers, Origin Awards, Contrast paints and more! In the Brainstorm this week the 3 acolytes discuss seperating art from artist. 

Headlines

James Mathe Dies

http://www.jamesmathe.com/

https://wreckandruingame.co.uk/james-mathe-a-tribute/?fbclid=IwAR0uUPttcfeN4KfIvG6YfJrBODOHsX5IxcNXiw96vCEV4iwf1PJ1_pSYMKE

http://oneblogshelf.blogspot.com/2019/06/tribute-to-james-mathe.html

Lewis Chessmen

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-chess-piece-set-go-auction-12-million-180972352/

Origins Awards

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43425/origins-awards-2019-winners

 

News

Contrast Paints

https://citadelcolour.com/

Asmoplay

https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/43404/new-asmoplay-program-launches-july

https://b2b-media-production-ana.s3.amazonaws.com/filer_public/2a/97/2a97dbf9-4b47-4b7a-8954-1635e26a5a9d/ana_bestsellers_03192019_web.pdf

Magic & Netflix

https://media.netflix.com/en/press-releases/netflix-and-the-russo-brothers-join-forces-with-wizards-of-the-coast-for-first-of-its-kind-animated-series-magic-the-gathering

Cmon Physical Store

https://geekculture.co/cool-mini-or-not-grand-opening-of-the-new-cmon-play-singapore-store/

Patreon

Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

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

Drawn to the Flame

https://www.facebook.com/drawntotheflamepodcast/

Get in touch

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The team are back from UK Games Expo and whilst everything was fresh in their minds, sat down to wax lyrical about the games they had seen at the convention. Our special guest is our honorary member of The Giant Brain, Rich Stokes: long time friend of Iain and the show. We cover a wide range of games and products from ones so new they barely have a name to the behemoth that is Games Workshop.

Do let us know what you saw at the show and if you think we missed any gems.

Chapter 2 - Strudle Games

https://twitter.com/RomanRybiczka

 

Watch the Skies 2 - Second Sight

http://www.megagame-makers.org.uk/megagamet-wts.htm

 

Villagers

https://www.sinisterfish.com/

 

Flat Pack Forces

https://flatpackforces.com/

 

Team 3

https://www.publishing.brain-games.com/team3

 

Seminars

Smart Party

https://smartparty.wordpress.com/

 

Paul Grogan - Gaming Rules

https://gaming-rules.com/

 

Megacity Oceania

https://www.wearehubgames.com/our-games/megacity

 

Big Book of Battlemats

https://www.gamingbooks.co.uk/shop/big-book-of-battle-mats.html

 

Folded Space

https://www.foldedspace.net/

 

Contrast Paints

https://www.games-workshop.com/en-GB/detail?N=3815391097+3891072176

 

Periodic

https://www.geniusgames.org/

 

Get in touch

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UK Games Expo is on the horizon and the crew are setting sail to this promised land. Joining them on the good ship Brainwaves is a man who is no stranger to the Expo himself: Mr. Rory Sommers of the Polyhedron Collider Crew. 
Before they get to chatting about the convention we cover the latest in Tabletop news including the potential impacts of the US/China trade war, Elder Scrolls getting into some plagiarism and all the news from D&D live. Do get in touch and let us know what you are looking forward to at Expo! 
 
Headlines
 
U.S. Tarrifs
CMON Profits
Elder Scrolls
 
News
 
DND Live
 
Dice Tower Awards
 
Rule & Make studio folds
 
Expo Buildup
 
Iain
 
Big Potato
Escape the Dark Sector
Gaming Rules
 
Jamie
 
Watch the Skies
Bosk
Namiji
 
Rory
 
Dice Hospital
Dust in the Wings
Magnate: The First City
Megacity: Oceania
Oathsworn
 
Patreon Shoutouts
 
Rory & Polyhedron Collider
 www.polyhedroncollider.com 
Twitter: @roryjsomers or @PolyhedronC
Instagram: @roryjsomers
 
Get in touch
 
 
Iain and Jamie are delighted to welcome home their space based roving reporter Janice Turner from Wren Games. The crew cover legal rustling on the Great Western Trail, companies producing less games and Aliens returning to the tabletop. In our Brainstorm we turn to the subject of Kickstarter and seek sage advice from Janice who has been down that road in the not too distant past and has a background in project management.
 
Headlines
 
Indie Game Studios sues Plan B Games
 
AEG pledges to make Less Games
 
Steve Jackson games releases stakeholder report for 2018
 
News
 
Alien films return to the Tabletop 
Asmodee launches Aconyte fiction arm
 
Steamforged games gains steam
 
Origins Award Nominees announced
 
 
 
Another Kickstarter Suspended
 
Previous campaigns
 
Brainstorm
 
Janice's articles
 
Outro
 
Patreon Shoutouts
Executive Producers: Lucky Sparrow Games Cafe
 
Guest Links
UKGE: Hall 2, Stand 624
Kickstarter Link:  www.ks.wrengames.co.uk 
 
Get in touch

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