Episode 11: Interview with Commission Miniature Painter HoundstoothMinis!

In this episode I interview Steven Vu a.k.a. Houndstooth Miniature Painting. We have a long conversation about all kinds of cool and interesting things, from favorite movies to favorite painting techniques. We especially learn a lot about the creative business and work of running a high volume commission painting service.

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Episode 10: First-time Dungeon Master Advice from a First-time Dungeon Master

In this episode I give some un-solicited advice to first-time Dungeon Masters (and Game Masters) to help you get through your first game and make it a success for both you and your players. Being a first-time DM myself, none of my tips are necessarily ones you should listen to, but they might be helpful all the same! I offer six tips to help run games for first-time players, covering topics like what size party you should start with; not sweating the rules; keeping the game moving; keeping description to a minimum; not bothering with player character depth at the beginning; and how you can (and should!) alter your plans for the game on the fly to avoid railroading players.

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Episode 09 – My First Interview: Meet Miniature Painter Darcy Bono!

In this episode, I conduct my first interview with the awesome miniature painter Darcy Bono who I met on Instagram after coming across her amazing Games Workshop Beastmen! We talk shop for almost an hour, finding out how she got into the hobby, painting and commission work.

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Episode 08 – Played My First Wargame in 25 Years!

This episode’s topic is all about the first wargame match I’ve played since getting back into the hobby! My brother Alessandro and I played our first game of Frostgrave, the skirmish game from Osprey Games and author Joseph A. McCullough. We had a great time and are slowly learning the rule set. We used all the terrain I had and we’ll need to make more, lol.

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Episode 07 – Cheap, Fast, High Quality – Choose Two!

This episode’s topic is just a big wide meandering ramble on quality vs price. I compare two model sets from Games Workshop and Northstar Miniatures, their quality vs cost and how and why we appreciate some things that cost more than others and when cheaper can be better. To be clear, I really like both of these companies and I’m not denigrating either one. We just often hear the phrase, “Games Workshop charges too much for their products,” but I guess I end up disagreeing for various reasons.

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