Time called on the Veranda


Henry Hyde and I don’t get the opportunity to meet face-to-face very often, so when we do, it’s time to chat about all manner of things.

One such opportunity arose at the Warfare show last November, and (surprise, surprise) our “10 minute” chat lasted for the best part of an hour.

One of the things we discussed was the future of the ‘View from the Veranda’ podcast. We started these back in May 2009 as an occasional chat about all things gaming. We always wanted to produce them on a more regular basis, but scheduling time for them was something of an issue – always problematic when Henry was Editor of Battlegames, and even more so now he’s editing a monthly publication.

This was the crux of this particular part of our chat: what were we going to do about VftV? I think it became apparent after not too many more minutes that not only did we both face challenges simply finding the time to record a show, but we were also thinking that perhaps the show had run it’s course in it’s current format.

So, bearing all that in mind, Henry and I have decided not to record any further episodes of the show. The show feed will be available until the end of January, when the monthly subscription will be cancelled. The URL is due for renewal during the first quarter, and this will not be renewed.

So, after 13 shows, with a total of 39,708 downloads, its time to say goodbye. Henry and I would like to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone for listening over the years, and for all the comments and feedback that we’ve had.

Happy gaming, and pass the banana oil…

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19 thoughts on “Time called on the Veranda”

  1. NOOOOOOOOO! One of the very few gaming podcasts that I still enjoy. So long winded it is great for an extended painting session

  2. The end of an era :-(
    Very sorry to hear that you and Henry won’t be doing any more of these shows. However haphazard the production schedule, i was always excited to hear when a new episode was available. Many happy hours spent listening to you both. Many thanks for all the time you put into the 13 episodes. I am sure I will re-run these again in the future.

    All the best.


  3. Really disappointed to read this news. I know change is a constant, but these ‘rambling’ conversations were very enjoyable, and I’ll miss them. Any chance of us coming up with a possible format solution for you both to keep the VftV podcast going?


  4. Sorry to hear, but understandable. The real downside is that we will never hear a discussion with Henry on point systems!!

  5. it started well but to be totally honest it had turned into a bit of a Henry Hyde fan cast .with over half the show being what Henry Hyde is at lately and constantly plugging his mag book or just himself .people can say what they like but go listen to the first two and last two shows.

    no harm but if im listening to a war gaming podcast ,i don’t want to feel like an unwilling stalker lol

  6. Gutted! I’ve really enjoyed each of the shows and it will be a great shame there won’t be any more. Thank you very much to both of you for the shows we have been able to enjoy!

  7. Devastated! This ‘occasional’ podcast was sheer delight. It was like overhearing two old farts in a pub having a deep conversation on the love of their lives. I almost, (only almost) felt like buying the two of you a pint of your favourite beer. So from this old fart, “Farewell and thank you for the hours of entertainment.” Oh! And Henry – you must consider the podcast a roaring success – I bought your bloody book!

  8. Thank you very much for doing these podcasts, they brought me a lot of pleasure listening and really contributed a lot to the painting of several of my armies!

    Perhaps in the future doing more podcasting together will seem like a good idea?

    Anyway, thank you again.

  9. I can only say what I’ve already said on the VftV comment thread: It’s a pity. I really enjoyed the show and it played an important part in my comeback to miniature wargaming. It was a unique format and it will leave a big gap.
    However, I’d like the idea of inviting Henry over to M&M occasionally.

  10. It was always a joy to listen to VftV on an day off, kids at school/play group, wifeo at work and me doing some rare painting/modelling. one less joy, but fortunately Meeples is going strong! hooray for Neil!

  11. thank you neil & henry its been fun listing some of the best wargames banter ever i will miss it very much.
    make sure henry is on meeples more often!!!

  12. Sorry to hear this excellent, free-wheeling show has run its course. You guys were always fun to listen to. Thanks for some great output over the years, and keep on trucking with M&M!

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