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A rotating cast of gnomes (from Gnome Stew, the award winning gaming blog) gather every two weeks to discuss table top gaming topics from their articles and elsewhere. Will we be good enough to avoid being thrown in the stew?
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The Tabletop Games Blog is about all things board, card, dexterity and other modern games. Every week there is a new review and a topic discussion piece, all of which are also released in audio format on the podcast. Additionally, there is the Let me illustrate podcast series where board game artists answer a catalogue of 17 questions about themselves.
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Dice Voyeurs

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Here at Passionerdly, we are gamers and dice collectors. Dice Voyeurs is our show where we invite our friends around for dinner and dice reviews. Every other week, we will select and give our thoughts on a set of dice or a dice accessory. Links to purchase any reviewed items will be included in each show’s notes and an accompanying entry will be posted on our blog.
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We are a podcast and blog focusing around Privateer Press's Warmachine and Hordes Tabletop game. IronCast is the combined might of two previous podcasts from Boise and Twin Falls, Idaho.
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Well met! The Experience Quest is a TTRPG variety podcast hosted by Sarah and focused on the experiences of players, gamemasters, and creators. With an emphasis on Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) 5th edition Sarah discusses her experiences running and playing the game. Episodes featuring guests bring fresh perspective and incredible tabletop role-playing tales! What quest will you embark on next? Enjoy the episodes at your own pace, in any order, and check out the companion blog for more content. ...
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Welcome to the Pixel Perfect Podcast! A fortnightly podcast dealing with video-gaming and related news. Hosted by Chris, Mike. Rob and Liza; we delve into even the most philosophical topics surround our favourite hobby. Come have a listen, we are sure you wont regret it! We discuss the latest gaming news, events, other podcasts, releases and developments in the industry from the point of view of the consumer. We are after all the end market so who best to spout opinions about enjoying the co ...
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Historical simulation games, conflict simulation games or war games - call them what you will. There is certainly a huge following of this genre and there is an endless list of these games already on the market, with many more coming out each year. Many people are put off by the idea of replaying a real conflict from history, but of course, these t…
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An actual play of Shadowdark RPG! The Adventurers of Perenval encounter Filthy Pete, and the truth begins to unravel. Shadowdark RPG by The Arcane Library https://www.thearcanelibrary.com/ City of Brass by Frog God Games https://www.froggodgames.com/products/18135?variant=42700448202921 Miguel Johnson https://www.youtube.com/c/MiguelJohnson Michael…
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Once upon a time in a magical village where artisan dragons worked at the butcher's to sell meat, the ironmonger to make metalware or in enchanting shops to bake bread, it was your role, as a Flamekeeper, to find the perfect shop for each dragon. You would visit these shops to gain items or enchant the shops to grow your reputation. Only the best F…
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I keep hearing people talk about replayability in board games. I've talked about the topic a few times in the past. I've also clarified the difference between variability and replayability. However, as the topic keeps popping up from time to time, I thought I'd share some more of my thoughts. After all, I think replayability is an important criteri…
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This week I interview Father Aaron from "The Dungeon Minister." We discuss donning the collar to enter the D&D hobby to help others, gaming with family and the glories of BECMI D&D. The Dungeon Minister https://www.youtube.com/@TheDungeonMinister/ 1983 Starter Set D&D (BECMI) - https://www.nobleknight.com/P/2147840928/Basic-Rules---Player-Manual-12…
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The Brainwaves team are back to bring you the best in tabletop gaming news. This cast covers callous corporations, soaring crowdfunding, fantastically diverse awards, and D&D on stage? Headlines Hasbro Financials https://boardgamewire.com/index.php/2024/02/13/magic-dd-maker-hasbro-lost-over-1bn-in-q4-predicts-wotc-revenue-decline-in-2024/ https://i…
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The mountains provided great vantage points for both sides. We could easily see what the enemy was doing, but so could they. Providing air support was going to be impossible because of the terrain, but we were still considering paradrops to get troops far into the enemy's territory. It would all come down to tactics, because we had only been given …
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Anne Isaksson is a 2D/3D artist living in Stockholm, Sweden. She has a bachelor's degree in 3D graphics from the Luleå University of Technology and a degree in 2D game art from Future Games. She has worked in the 3D industry and as a freelance 2D artist. She is currently a full-time concept and board game artist at ION Game Design. Read the audio t…
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I know it's not true for everyone and playing games by yourself is certainly something a lot of people really enjoy, but for me, playing board games with friends or family is very important. I always look forward to the next time I meet friends, be it online or in person, for game night. I get really excited when my wife or daughter says that they …
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An actual play of Shadowdark RPG! This week the heroes do battle with the beasts that attacked the foresters. Shadowdark RPG by The Arcane Library https://www.thearcanelibrary.com/ City of Brass by Frog God Games https://www.froggodgames.com/products/18135?variant=42700448202921 Miguel Johnson https://www.youtube.com/c/MiguelJohnson Michael Gelfhi …
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The Women's Suffrage Movement in the US started small, very small in fact, in a tiny hamlet in New York State. Over time, it spread from state to state across the whole country as its following grew. Their fight for equal rights culminated in the ratification of the 19th Amendment after a seventy-year battle. However, while this monumental achievem…
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There is a type of board game that I absolutely love. In fact, I've always loved it. Economic simulations somehow activate a certain part of my brain that is really stimulating. These games not only activate my brain's reward centre, but their competitive nature and the element of bluffing all scratch the right itches for me. In this article, I wan…
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This week I interview Daniel Norton from "Bandit's Keep" who suggests the ideal starting point to learn Dungeons and Dragons remains the Basic Set from 1981! Bandit's Keep https://www.youtube.com/@BanditsKeep The 1981 Basic Set of D&D https://www.nobleknight.com/P/2148063188/Dungeons-and-Dragons---Basic-Set-B-X-Edition-POD The Crown Tavern by Royal…
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There. It was done. The mosaic was complete. It was tiny, about the size of a full stop. However, under the microscope, it glistened and glinted, it sparkled and shined. It was a wonderfully symmetric arrangement, forming the overall shape of a circle, intersected into various quadrants. Yet, it was more than just geometry and scientific fascinatio…
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An actual play of Shadowdark RPG! This week the discover many hidden clues about the Barony of Lornedain, then track the bloodstained trail of woodsmen into a dark forest. Shadowdark RPG by The Arcane Library https://www.thearcanelibrary.com/ City of Brass by Frog God Games https://www.froggodgames.com/products/18135?variant=42700448202921 Miguel J…
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It’s the team of Iain and Jamie this episode to bring you all the best, and worst, in tabletop gaming news. From Funko selling off their best asset, to Mojo award winners, we have all the latest breaking news. Headlines Funko sells game division https://boardgamewire.com/index.php/2024/01/17/funko-just-sold-its-board-games-assets-and-prospero-hall-…
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I know that many of us play board games to have fun. Whether we enjoy lighter or heavier games, it's all about spending time, either alone or with friends or family, getting away from the day-to-day worries and immersing yourself in another world for an hour or two or three. Yet, there are games that are set against the background of a very serious…
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This week I interview Travis Miller from the Grumpy Wizard Blog and ask him about the "open system" in classical tabletop roleplaying games. Grumpy Wizard Blog https://grumpywizard.home.blog/ Grumpy Wizard YouTube https://www.youtube.com/@grumpy_wizard_blog The Crown Tavern by Royaltyfreesounds. "Adventure" by Alexander Nakarada. Come and join our …
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We were on our way to the city's main station to board the bullet train to Kyoto. Travelling on the Asakusa underground line towards Ikebukuro, we had just passed through Kasumigaseki and arrived at Ginza station. We were nearly there. It was Next Station: Tokyo by Matthew Dunstan from Blue Orange. Read the full review here: https://tabletopgamesbl…
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An actual play of Shadowdark RPG! This week the adventurers continue to explore the underworld beneath Lornedain. Shadowdark RPG by The Arcane Library https://www.thearcanelibrary.com/ City of Brass by Frog God Games https://www.froggodgames.com/products/18135?variant=42700448202921 Miguel Johnson https://www.youtube.com/c/MiguelJohnson Michael Gel…
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The Brainwaves Team are back from our festive hiatus. Every two weeks we bring you the best in tabletop gaming news from the controversial to the down right strange. This episode we cover Hasbro’s unwanted Christmas present, Wizards in AI art trouble (again), Tabletop Mentorship programme expanding, and can you guess what Iain thought he would neve…
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The snowshelf reached from horizon to horizon in all directions. We were in the Valley of the Ancient Ones, which was a frozen region, pounded by deadly storms, but which had made space for a single, lone city. It was summer and time for the guilds to go on their annual pilgrimage and explore this tundra. As one of the leaders, you were about to ta…
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Let's be honest. Most of us in the hobby buy games that we play once or twice or in rare cases, three or four times. In fact, the term "shelf of shame" is a thing, describing games that people have bought but not yet played. The thing is, these games sit there unplayed for months on end and may never see the welcome sight of a table, let alone a bo…
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This week I interview Todd from Hexed Press and ask him to break down precisely what "hexcrawling" is and how to use it in our games. Hexcrawling 101 by Hexed Press https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLziM9Uia5X2loq5OUwbR87m6dz0lBVaWT&si=ehmAMheTMdn7C0Rj Cooke Expert Set B/X D&D - https://www.nobleknight.com/P/280/Expert-Rulebook-1st-3rd-Printings-E…
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Announcing the annual Top Table Award is always a pleasure and an honour at the same time. Choosing and deciding the order of the top 5 games I reviewed in 2023 is never easy. There usually isn't much between the games and they are all great for their own reasons. So, irrespective of which one won the coveted award, all of the games are worth a clo…
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Some might argue that board games are basically just toys. Some games add to that argument when they play on the toy factor by including one or more components that are basically just a gimmick. These components could easily be replaced by something else without affecting gameplay. Yet, some games are accused of capitalising on the attraction of gi…
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An actual play of Shadowdark RPG! This week the adventurers explore the underworld beneath Lornedain. Shadowdark RPG by The Arcane Library https://www.thearcanelibrary.com/ City of Brass by Frog God Games https://www.froggodgames.com/products/18135?variant=42700448202921 Miguel Johnson https://www.youtube.com/c/MiguelJohnson Michael Gelfhi https://…
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Another year is almost over - and what an eventful year it has been. It is time to talk about everything that has happened, the events I attended and the games I played, give you all an update on the financial state of the blog and maybe share some sneak peeks for the year ahead. So, here goes... Read the full review here: https://tabletopgamesblog…
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Whether we play competitive or cooperative games, we all expect someone to be the winner. Even if it's "the game" who wins in a cooperative game. In fact, there is usually a single winner or a team in team games. Most games will list one or multiple tie-breakers to decide who is the ultimate winner. So the idea of victory conditions has become seco…
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This week Jake and I discuss how to make an RPG character. Are backstories ok? How much? Also, Dwarves! Tips, tricks, guides, advice and ideas. The Crown Tavern by Royaltyfreesounds. "Adventure" by Alexander Nakarada. Come and join our games! https://discord.gg/YZkfWePb Mythic Mountains RPG logo owned by Mythic Mountains RPG.…
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Ho, ho, ho and a bottle of rum! That was the song that accompanied the small boat being rowed by a motley crew of scallywags. We were heading to our secret pirate treasure island to retrieve the loot we had stashed over many, many years. The problem was, none of us knew exactly where we had buried our spoils. We had packed plenty of shovels though …
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In this latest guest post, Samuel Webb, an experienced news reporter and copywriter based in Coventry, discusses why some X-Wing Miniatures fans are unhappy with the company that they claim is ruining this beloved Star Wars tabletop skirmish game. Read the full article here: https://tabletopgamesblog.com/2023/12/19/fear-leads-to-anger-x-wing-miniat…
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An actual play of Shadowdark RPG! This week the adventurers begin their investigation....with a tavern brawl. Shadowdark RPG by The Arcane Library https://www.thearcanelibrary.com/ City of Brass by Frog God Games https://www.froggodgames.com/products/18135?variant=42700448202921 Miguel Johnson https://www.youtube.com/c/MiguelJohnson Michael Gelfhi …
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This week, Hope Thompson joins us on the blog with her review of a game about the fashion show held in 1973 in Versailles, France that pitted newcomer American designers such as Anne Klein, Halston, Oscar de la Renta, Stephen Burrows and Bill Blass against the stalwart French designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Hubert de Givenchy, Emanuel Ungaro,…
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As you probably know by now, I absolutely love trick-taking games. I have long wanted to share this love with other people, but found it can be hard to teach trick-taking to people who have never come across it. Luckily, in recent months, I have found one or two games that are great for introducing people to trick-taking. They have allowed me to sh…
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This week Jake and I discuss what a dungeon is and answer the question "What can a dungeon be?" Are they even needed? Tips, tricks, guides, advice and ideas. The Crown Tavern by Royaltyfreesounds. "Adventure" by Alexander Nakarada. Come and join our games! https://discord.gg/YZkfWePb Mythic Mountains RPG logo owned by Mythic Mountains RPG.…
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The team are back after a longer break between episodes and the tabletop world has been busy. From more art theft, to awards, loads of updates, and unfortunate lawsuits Jamie and Iain bring you the best in tabletop news from across the world in the last Brainwaves of the year! Headlines Wizards steals more art https://www.dicebreaker.com/games/magi…
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The 60s in England were a time of new music trends and dramatic changes in fashion and art. Celebrities from around the world would flock to the country's capital London to immerse themselves in this wave of cultural changes. From there, these superstars would travel the width and breadth of the country using a train line catering to the well-off. …
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Ang has a chat with Bryan Steele about his work with Evil Genius Games and Everyday Heroes, along with all the other things he has been doing as a Professional Nerd for the last twenty-plus years. Links Evil Genius Games Warzone Eternal (still taking backer preorders until December 15th) Imaria (5E setting) Kickstarter Tales From a Professional Ner…
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I have previously looked at replayability in board games and I must admit, I still can't put my finger on why a game like Chess, which has no variability and no randomness, is so hugely replayable and remains interesting even after dozens of plays, while other games with variable setup, different factions and a large amount of chance are sometimes …
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