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…

27 Comments on Time called on the Veranda

  1. Such a shame, but totally understandable.

    I enjoyed the rambling nature of your chats, all the best to both of you in your ongoing ventures.

  2. Well it is a great shame but understandable. Thank you both for the enjoyment that View from the Veranda has brought.

  3. But now we’ll never know about points systems!

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

  5. Alan Charlesworth // January 7, 2014 at 00:28 // Reply

    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.


  6. 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?


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

  8. 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

  9. It’s like your parents getting divorced all over again….. 😦

    A great run of shows. Thank you both for all your work.

  10. I’ve asked if we can discuss points systems on the regular show, the answer was ‘yeah lets do that, add it to the list’

    however the list of things to talk about is getting rather long at the moment 😉

  11. 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!

  12. Maybe invite Henry onto the regular show as a guest? Quarterly or once/twice a year? It could have a ‘Miniature Wargames with Battlegames’ focus.

  13. Ian Hamilton // January 10, 2014 at 12:46 // Reply

    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!

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. Such a shame, but inevitable I suppose. Thank you to both of you for some very enjoyable hours listening.

  17. Commanderroj // January 13, 2014 at 20:32 // Reply

    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!

  18. ian miller // January 20, 2014 at 23:33 // Reply

    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!!!

  19. Steve Severino // January 22, 2014 at 01:41 // Reply

    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!

  20. Andreas W // July 3, 2014 at 14:07 // Reply

    Ah nooo, I’ve just listened to your 3 first ones and really enjoyed them a lot. Crap. Anyone know if these podcasts are available somewhere else for download?

  21. The Problem I ran into with the VftV site is that whenever I click a link I get a 404.

  22. Yeah, I also only realized it after someone on Facebook complained about it two weeks ago or so.

    I started uploading the VftV episodes to google docs just in case. 🙂 If you need episodes 8 to 12 RIGHT NOW you can contact me via facebook and I can give you a download link.

  23. I cancelled the Libsyn account for the VftV feed, which is why those episodes are no longer available to download from the VftV site.

    If you like, I can post the missing episodes into the Meeples & Miniatures feed. However, it will only be a couple a month, as I don’t want to exceed my current monthly upload limit with old content.


  24. Andreas W // July 12, 2014 at 18:52 // Reply

    After digging around the internet a bit I found episode 4, 5 and 6 over here: http://podbay.fm/show/252000001 but not more. I would really like to download the other shows.

    Thanks for trying to help me Sigur but I´m one of those “won’t get a facebook account, hashtag or twitter account guys”. Don’t really know why, just sick of all new shiny things that lasts for a couple of years and then dies out. Maybe it’s cause im turning 40 soon also…

    Anyway I really liked just listening to you guys talking about wargaming and our perspective on it. I’ve been playing Warhammer Fantasy and 40K on and off since the rouge trader edition and the first plastic space marines but lately I’ve started to turn more and more to historical games, kind of tired of all codex changes and “not really worth knowing fluff” but it´s a Jungle out there! so your shows is like a “oh theres a game called that, oh you can battle that period with those rules and this is what you think of it” lovely show. Feels like listening to two friends that talks about the stuff I would like to get to know. I’ve also aquired a copy of “Sharps practice” after hearing you talk about it but boy is it hard for a Warhammer only guy to grasp these rules, and no armylists with points in the back either 😉

    So thanks for the shows and thanks for the other “Meeples and Miniatures” podcasts.

    Greetings from Sweden

  25. Andreas W // July 15, 2014 at 10:53 // Reply

    Spouse and kids at toystore, time for episode 4 and painting some orcs (from 1991) and some old wargamesfoundry pewter vikings 🙂 Thanks Neil and Mike!

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