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Spartan Games Interview

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Spartan Games
Spartan Games

The D6 Generation has a great follow-up to their excellent Dystopian Wars review. They have an engaging interview with Neil Fawcett, owner of Spartan Games. Unfortunately, Neil has a cold and his audio is not very good for the interview but it is well worth the effort to listen. The D6G gang get Neil to spill the beans on a wide range of topics including the production process for the creation of the fantastic Spartan Games’ miniatures as well as news on upcoming products. Neil mentions, among other things:

  • That there will be 40 new ship miniatures for Firestorm Armada in 2011 along with a host of new alliance races.
  • They have 168 miniatures already designed for their upcoming Invasion ground combat game — but gave no release date.
  • He said that they have a full 2011 release plan already in place for Dystopian Wars and if you like what you’ve seen so far you’ll be ecstatic about what they will have later in the year.
  • Spartan will also release new tank combat rules for DW as a free download.
  • Lastly, he even mentions they have scaled down some Firestorm Armada minis to about 50% their normal size for testing with a large fleet level combat game.

Forward to 1:30 into the show to get right to the interview.

On a different note, the guys from The D6 Generation also announced they will be producing ‘less for more’ soon. This is a great idea they have to produce additional paid content downloads in between their normal shows. The new downloads will be shorter segments at a cost of just .99 cents. These guys do a great job and deserve some financial support so hopefully folks will grab these even just as a token of appreciation to the guys for all of their hard work. The main show will remain free.

Battles of Westeros — Review

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Battles of WesterosThe D6 Generation does it again! They have an excellent review of Fantasy Flight Games’ new Battles of Westeros board game. If you are not familiar with the title, it is a medieval fantasy, tactical wargame using a modification of the BattleLore system. It takes place in the world of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire). Forward to 2hr 32mins into the podcast to get right to the review.

It is a testament to the strength of this game that it is literally the first fantasy game we have ever purchased. Of course Game of Thrones is much more medieval fiction than it is fantasy and this emphasis comes across very well in the game. The D6G gang do a great job covering the game in their review.

FFG have the Battles of Westeros rulebook available for download as a PDF. They also have a FAQ and a scenario.

But a great review was not enough for the D6G. No, they also interviewed the game’s designer, Robert Kouba. It is an interesting and informative interview overall and if you like, you know, designer input, you’ll really, like, you know, enjoy it (listen and you’ll see what we mean!). Forward to 58min into the show to get to the interview with Rob.

[Updated: 25JAN11]

Epic: Armageddon — Review

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Epic RulebookThe D6 Generation gang have done a great review of the classic Epic: Armageddon. We agree with their review and Russ’ conclusion that Epic: Armageddon is a great game marred by lack of support and a lack of miniatures. But if you don’t mind doing some work you will find Epic: Armageddon worth the effort. It is still one of the best games for a sci-fi invasion or larger grand-tactical conflict. Fast forward to 2hr 38min into the show to get right to the review.

Craig mentions the excellent Epic: Armageddon Handbook 2008 from the TacticalWargames.net site. It is essentially the official rulebook with all errata (as of 2008) integrated into it. Also the original Epic: Armageddon rules and army lists are available, for free, from GW directly. NetEpic is the fan produced version of the early Epic V2 rules (this is basically a different game from Epic: Armageddon).

The World’s End Radio podcast also has an excellent review of Epic in their Episode #48 – Epic WIN. Forward to 0:47:31 to get right to it.

We like to use Litko Aero’s Small Artillery Strike Markers and Blast Markers for blast markers and the Mini Smoke Markers or Small Flaming Wreckage as destroyed markers.

[Updated: 23JAN11]

Firestorm Armada — Review

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Firestorm Armada

Well the fellows over at the D6 Generation wasted no time and have done an outstanding review of the new Firestorm Armada sci-fi ship combat miniatures game by Spartan Games. Forward to 2hr 24min into the podcast to get right to the review.

We agree with the D6G overall that Firestorm Armada has the potential to be an outstanding game. The only real negative we have seen so far in the game is that there seems to be no allowance for disparate fleets. To keep a solid balance the six fleets currently in the game all have a similar balance of support ships, capital ships, and carriers. None of the fleets focus heavily in one area such as smaller ships, wings, or large capital ships. We have not tried playing a disparate scenario yet so it is possible the system can handle it, but we suspect such a game would be considerably unbalanced. A race would probably need to be designed from the ground up to make such a unique composition balanced with the existing fleets.

If you have even the slightest interest in sci-fi ship combat give Firestorm Armada a look.

Also see Firestorm Armada — First Impressions and Spartan Games Interview.

[Updated: 7DEC13]

Planetstrike — Review

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The blokes over at World’s End Radio have done a very nice review of GW’s latest Warhammer 40,000 expansion Planetstrike. It is in Episode #23 – Planet Killers starting at 39:20min into the show.

Like many of the recent reviews on the Web, they cover the basics of the Planetstrike book, but they also go into detail about army options and strategies as well as terrain effects, terrain building and use of strategems. Overall a great show for those thinking about Planetstrike as well as for those who already have it.

Warhammer 40K 5th Edition Vehicles & Buildings — Podcast

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The guys at 40K Radio put together a nice tips and tactics segment on vehicles and buildings in Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition (Episode 15). The podcast goes over the changes to the vehicle rules, how vehicles are now handled in 5th Edition, the new buildng rules as well as tips and tactics for their use. Fast forward to 46min into the show to get right to the topic.

Warhammer 40K 5th Edition Review — Podcast

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The gents over at the 40K Warcasting podcast have done a nice show on Warhammer 40K 5th Edition (Webisode #6). They go over the rules and what is new from 4th Edition. Skip ahead 9min to get right to the review. At the 1hr 15min mark they go over the impact of 5th Edition rules on the various armies.

Also see, The D6 Generation 5th Edition show.

Guide to Playing Tau — Podcast

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The gents over at the 40K Warcasting podcast have done a nice show on playing the Tau in Warhammer 40K (Webisode #3). They go over army composition, unit selection, and tactics. If you play Tau, or play against them, give this show a listen. Fast forward to about 40min into the show to get right to the discussion.

Guide to Playing Imperial Guard — Podcast

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The gents over at the 40K Warcasting podcast have done a nice show on playing the Imperial Guard in Warhammer 40K (Webisode #2). They go over army composition, unit selection, and tactics. If you play Guard, or play against them, give this show a listen. Fast forward to about 34min into the show to get right to the discussion.

This Week in Wargaming — WH40K 5th Edition Review

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The This Week in Wargaming podcast has a good show that covers Warhammer 40,000 5th Edition. It features, amoung others, Jon “Brimstone” from Warseer.com. The show is a good overview of what is new in 5th edition and the impact of the changes. Also interesting are the opinions on the impact of the changes on tournament play as well as the recent FAQ updates to the various codices. If you wish to skip right to the 40K material forward to about 30 minutes into the show.

Also check out the D6 Generation 40K show.