Frontline Gamer talks to Rob Lane about the switch from BaneLegions to Mierce Miniatures

Frontline Gamer apparently didn’t have to hide in dumpsters last time to get their interview, but I have it under good authority that at some point to get this one they had to dress up as an anthropomorphic mudskipper. This time they’re talking to Rob Lane and the switch from BaneLegions to Mierce Miniatures.

From the interview:

Frontline Gamer talks to Rob Lane about his decision to switch from BaneLegions to Mierce Miniatures, and the announcement of Darklands the game. There might even be 5 exclusive concept sketches thrown in there for good measure.

Frontline Gamer interviews Jake Thornton about DreadBall

Frontline Gamer had to hide in back alley dumpsters and trail Jake Thorton for weeks, learning his habits, studying his timetable and finally pouncing when the time was right to get this interview. You should go read it.

From the interview:

Frontline Gamer interviews Jake Thornton about Mantics upcoming fictional sports game, DreadBall, which is currently coming to the end of its successful Kickstarter campaign.

Wee Gamers interrogate Matthew Sprange from Mongoose Publishing

Wee Gamers sat down and had a chat with Matthew Sprange from Mongoose Publishing about all the fun stuff they’re working on currently, mostly focusing on the Judge Dredd Kickstarter.

The SJS of Wee Gamers pull in Judge Sprange to interrogate him about the Mongoose Judge Dredd kickstarter and what else Mongoose Publishing are up too.

Gamer Goggles talks with Andy Hopp from Low Life Miniatures

Gamer Goggles recently sat down and had a chat with Andy Hopp from Low Life Miniatures and they videotaped it so everyone else could see.

From the video:

We spoke with Andy Hopp about his Low Life miniatures Kickstarter. Why because its success means a lot of cool things for you. We manage to talk a little bit about the Kickstarter and the future of Low Life; Mini rules, Stretch Goals, anthology, and more. Did I mention Aurora steals the interview again?

Meeples & Miniatures ep 93: interview with Jake Thornton about Dreadball

Meeples & Miniatures now has episode 93 of their podcast available for your listening pleasure. In this episode:

With the Kickstarter campaign for Dreadball in full flow, I manage to catch up with the designer, Jake Thornton, to chat about the inspiration and design of the game.

Whilst the majority of the show is about Dreadball, we also take some time to talk about how Jake got into gaming and discuss some of his other game designs, including the Dwarf Kings Hold series and Project Pandora.

You can download the Podcats from the Meeples & Miniatures website, or its available from iTunes.

Boosted Damage interviews John Cadice from Soda Pop Miniatures

Boosted Damage sat down and had a talk with John Cadice of Soda Pop Miniatures and they thought you’d like to listen in on the conversation.

Boosted Damage’s Jon Webb sites down with Soda Pop’s creative director John Cadice to talk about their release of Relic Knights, along with the kickstarter accompanying it.

John gives us the run down of the game and some tasty hints of what is to come down the pipe.

Enjoy the show.

Play Unplugged TV 2-26: Interview with Eric Johns of Wyrd

Play Unplugged continues their seemingly never-ending (a good thing) interview series from GenCon with one with Eric Johns of Wyrd.

From the interview:

Up and at ‘em soldier! Sgt. Murder brings you his last interview from Gen Con Indy 2012. His guest this time is Eric Johns of Wyrd Miniatures. Eric gives Play Unplugged fans the skinny on Malifaux’s shift to plastic miniatures and their newest game (another Kickstarter success) Evil Baby Orphanage.

Alien Dungeon – Interview Video on Fanticide

Alien Dungeon put up a video interview they did wherein they talk all things Fanticide.

From the interview:

Many people have asked us about the reasons behind coming up with a new game like Fanticide, the world of Nowhere, how to get involved, and many other great questions pertaining to Alien Dungeon. So we thought we would sit down and have a chat with you all about it!

Check out the video and if you have more questions, be sure to email us and ask for our next installment!

Play Unplugged TV 2-25: Interview with Erik Mona of Paizo

Play Unplugged continues their interview series from GenCon. This time it’s with Erik Mona of Paizo Publishing.

From the interview:

Gen Con Indy 2012 coverage just keeps on coming! Gen Con had so many awesome interview opportunities that we are still posting new content over two weeks after the event! In this episode of Play Unplugged TV, Enrico Nardini interviews Paizo Publising LLC‘s Publisher (try saying that five-times-fast) Erik Mona. Enrico and Erik discuss all things Paizo in this two-part interview. Topics include Pathfinder Battles: Rise of the Runelords prepainted miniatures, Paizo’s relationship with Reaper and WizKids, thoughts on D&D Next, and future Paizo releases. We pack a ton of content into an almost 20 minute interview. Enjoy!

Play Unplugged TV 2-23: Interview with Curt Covert of Smirk & Dagger Games

Play Unplugged was really busy while at GenCon. Here’s another interview they did. This one’s with Curt Covert of Smirk & Dagger Games.

From the interview:

Sgt. Murder had just finished playing a demo game of Run for Your Life, Candyman! at the Smirk & Dagger booth, when he bumped into the man behind their mayhem: Curt Covert. Curt took some time out of a busy day of gingerbread man dismemberment to share news of the latest releases from Smirk & Dagger with the Play Unplugged audience. You could call it a “covert” operation!

GrogHeads Interview with Designers of GMT’s “A Distant Plain”

GrogHeads recently conducted an interview with the designers of A Distant Plain by GMT and wanted to share it with everyone.

From the interview:

GrogHeads.com has an interview with Volko Ruhnke and Brian Train, the designers of GMT’s upcoming game about Afghanistan, “A Distant Plain”.
Additionally, the gents have agreed to stick around and ask some questions in the forums afterwards.

Throne of Angels Relic Knights week – Interview with John Cadice CEO of Soda Pop

Throne of Angels had themselves an interview with John Cadice, CEO of Soda Pop Miniatures, wherein they talked all things Relic Knights.

From the interview:

We start off Relic Knights Week with a great interview with CEO of SodaPopMiniatures and one of the three creators of the Relic Knights universe, my friend John Cadice.

John gives us some history of SodaPop, fills us in on some background of the RK Universe, a bit about gameplay and what we may see later on when the game goes live.

Play Unplugged TV 2-22: Interview Laura Tommervik of Wizards of the Coast

Play Unplugged put up another of their video interviews from GenCon. this one is with Laura Tommervik from Wizards of the Coast talking about the Rise of the Underdark.

From the interview:

A dark force is rising in the world of Dungeons & Dragons! Luckily we have a guide to help us navigate through the dangerous dark elf uprising. Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini meets with Laura Tommervik, Sr. Brand Marketing Manager at Wizards of the Coast to discuss upcoming releases and the future of D&D. Laura relates lore pertaining to the Rise of the Underdark (WotC’s current world shaking event featuring the insidious underdark dwelling drow), the future of D&D Next, and everything in between.

Gamer Goggles Interview With Hyacinth Games From Gen Con 2012

Gamer Goggles put up a video interview they did with Hyacinth Games recorded during GenCon 2012.

From the interview:

Matt And Anton talk about Wreck Age. We cover game mechanics, background , and the new kick Starter. We even go into a little detail about the elements they are adding to the game.

Play Unplugged TV 2-21: Interview with Daisy Nanton of Wargames Factory LLC

Play Unplugged has another of their GenCon interviews up online for your viewing pleasure.

From the interview:

At ease disease! Play Unplugged’s Sgt. Murder loves miniatures! The more, the better. One company making tons of miniatures at a great price is Wargames Factory LLC. They were at Gen Con Indy 2012 offering some great deals on boxes of figures including a new line of pre-painted World War II figures and the greatly anticipated Zombie Vixens! Sgt. Murder talks with Daisy Nanton to get you the important intel.

Play Unplugged TV 2-19: Interview with Brian Shotton and Keith Lowe of MERCS

Play Unplugged posted up a video interview they did with Brian Shotton and Keith Lowe, makers of MERCS, while at GenCon.

From the interview:

It’s back to boot camp at Gen Con Indy 2012! Sgt. Murder inspects the MERCS Miniatures booth and gets some recon on their newest releases ISS and Texico. You’ll have to excuse Murder in this one. He get’s a bit overzealous at times and really hogs the frame!

A chat with Corvus Belli about Infinity

Among my chats at GenCon, I was able to talk with the fine fellows over at Corvus Belli about Infinity. Their new Spec-Ops book is creating a lot of buzz. And honestly, Infinity has been a game I’ve been looking to get into. Personally, I just find the models absolutely gorgeous. So I was really looking forward to getting to see the game as well as talk with the designers about it.

The crew:
Left to right: Carlos Llauger, Richard Wagener, Gutier Losquinos

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A chat with Tom Anders from Impact! Miniatures about what makes a good Kickstarter

Another one of the fine gaming industry individuals that I had the pleasure to talk to while at GenCon was Tom Anders of Impact! Miniatures. The main topic of conversation was Kickstarter. Impact! has started 9 projects up on Kickstarter with only 1 failing to be funded. However, that “failure” turned into a success as the non-backed model was integrated into their Urban Achievers set, which was funded successfully.

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John Cadice from Soda Pop Miniatures talks Super Dungeon Explore and Relic Knights

Another one of the great people I talked to while at GenCon was John Cadice, creative director and owner of Soda Pop Miniatures. He was kind enough to talk to me about the latest expansion for Super Dungeon Explore and of course, Relic Knights.

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Play Unplugged TV 2-18: Interview with Bryan Pope of Mage Wars

Play Unplugged has up another video interview. This one with Bryan Pope of Mage Wars.

From the interview:

Ten-hut gamers! Sgt. Murder is back for for Gen Con Indy 2012 madness! This interview features Bryan Pope, the creator of Mage Wars. After two years of demoing their game at conventions, playtesting, and getting fan feedback, Mage Wars is finally being released at this very show! Bryan Pope briefly discusses the trials and tribulations of bringing Mage Wars to market, their release at Gen Con, the game’s future releases, and organized play.

A talk and demo with On The Lamb Games

While at GenCon, I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of people, but few showed as much hospitality as the group from On the Lamb Games. I had the pleasure of talking with Emily Fontana (Supreme Ruler of the (Brushfire) World) and then playing a demo of said Brushfire game with Nick Hedge rules-writer for OtLG.

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Play Unplugged TV 2-17: Interview with Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games

Play Unplugged has a video interview up they did with Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games.

From the interview:

Play Unplugged’s non-copyright infringing Sgt. Murder is on the scene at Gen Con Indy 2012! His first victim, Eloy Lasanta of Third Eye Games. Fans my know Eloy as the creator of excellent indie RPGs such as API, Wu Xing, and Part Time Gods. Eloy discusses his latest project Mermaid Adventures, an RPG geared for players of all ages with kid friendly themes.

Back home from GenCon

Well, what a wild ride that was. But we’re back home and actually had some sleep and now the task of catching up on all the weekend’s news is ahead.

As for GenCon, itself, it was a great time and I want to thank all those I talked to over the long weekend. I had a great time hanging out with the guys from On the Lamb Games, and Infinity and talking with Fantasy Flight Games and Impact! Miniatures and Catalyst Game Labs as well as everyone at CoolMiniOrNot (of course), including the great guys from Soda Pop Miniatures, and Secret Weapon Miniatures, and Blackball Games and of course talking with Mr. Mike McVey of Studio McVey.

I hope I didn’t miss anyone.

Anyway, stay tuned to this post for links to my conversations with and some demos of the games by the people listed above. Plus, there’s still the links to our photos from the convetion. We’ll pin them all here, so you can still find them as we work on that aforementioned news backlog.

GenCon Photos Day 1
GenCon Photos Day 2
GenCon Photos Day 3
GenCon Photos Day 4
Interview with Catalyst Game Labs
Demo of Dust Tactics
Interview with Outrider Hobbies
Interview with Mike McVey
Interview with On the Lamb Games and demo of Brushfire
John Cadice from Soda Pop Miniatures talks about Super Dungeon Explore and Relic Knights
Talking with Tom Anders of Impact! Miniatures about what makes a successful Kickstarter campaign
A chat with Corvus Belli about Infinity
A look at Wrath of Kings at GenCon

A chat with Bryan Wade from Outrider Hobbies

One thing everyone needs eventually is a way to carry around their minis that’s more than just that old shoebox. Bryan Wade of Outrider Hobbies is there to get you quality bags for transporting minis and was kind enough to talk with me here at GenCon. Continue reading

Play Unplugged wants to know who you want to hear from

Play Unplugged is headed to GenCon next week and wants to know who you want them to interview. What sort of people do you want to hear from? Let them know.

From the update:

Play Unplugged fans, we need your input! Which companies should we interview at Gen Con Indy 2012?

Play Unplugged Interview: D. Vincent Baker (Apocalypse World, Dogs in the Vineyard)

Play Unplugged recently did an interview with game designer D. Vincent Baker. See what he had to say.

From the update:

Play Unplugged’s Paul Carboni interviews Apocalypse World and Dogs in the Vineyard creator D. Vincent Baker.

Wee Gamers part II of their interview with Ambush Alley Games

Wee Gamers put up the second part of their interview with Ambush Alley Games.

Wee Gamers were very fortunate to get an interview with Shawn Carpenter from Ambush Alley Games. In this second piece he talks about the games he created and what 2012 holds for Ambush Alley Games. There are a few nice snippets in here.

Wee Gamers interviews Ambush Alley Games

Wee Gamers did an interview with the fellas of Ambush Alley Games. You can check out the interview on the Wee Gamers’ website.

From the interview:

Wee Gamers were very fortunate to get an interview with Shawn Carpenter from Ambush Alley Games, the creators of Force on Force and Tomorrow’s War which are published by Osprey Publishing. In this piece he talks about how the game and the company came about.

Four A Miniatures Blog Update Interviewing Andy Coleman

Four A Miniatures is a new blog and to start out, they had themselves an interview with Andy Coleman.

From them to you:

Four A Miniatures has a new blog and to kick things off I’ve featured an interview with Andy Coleman, owner of Four A.

The blog also features a showcase of the range at present and also has one or two previews of upcoming releases.

Anatoli’s Game Room has an Interview with Robert Faust, writer of Brink of Battle

Anatoli’s Game Room sat down and had a chat with Brink of Battle writer Robert Faust. See what they had to say.

From the interview:

Robert Faust, writer of the “Brink of Battle” skirmish rules sheds some light on the background of the rules, upcoming projects and gives you an insight into the venture of selfpublished rulebooks by answering 32 questions.

Play Unplugged Interviews Simon Berman on the Iron Kingdoms RPG

Play Unplugged did an interview with my former boss from when I was moderating the PP forums, Simon Berman, about the new IKRPG coming out this fall.

From them to you:

Simon Berman (community coordinator and staff writer at Privateer Press) discusses the upcoming Iron Kingdoms RPG with Play Unplugged’s Enrico Nardini.

Review of Freeblades from DGS Games

So over the weekend I went to DieCon here in Collinsville, IL. I figure, I live a mile and a half from the Convention Center, I might as well go. :p
Anyway, while there, I got a demo of a new game that’s out called Freeblades from DGS Games. The game was popular at the con. They’d had something like 4 or 5 scheduled demo sessions for the convention. When I did mine on Sunday, they’d done more like 15. I also had a nice talk with one of the guys from DGS Games, Adam Fennema, one of the creative minds behind the game. Below are pictures of their set-up at the Con, as well as a couple from my demo. Below that is a review of the game as well as a small report from the demo. I hope you enjoy it.

And now for the review:

This past weekend was DieCon here in St. Louis (well, Collinsville, specifically… about a mile and a half from my house, actually. But I digress..). I had a wonderful time, but one of the highlights would have to be the demo I received of DGS Game’s Freeblades, a rather new fantasy skirmish game. The demo was given by DGS Games’ Adam Fennema and I want to thank him for the opportunity to try his game and to give me the opportunity to learn about it along with the company. Continue reading