Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 120 – At The Sharp End & Dux Britanniarum: The Raiders

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m&m ep 120 1Welcome to episode 120 of the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast

In this show, co-hosts Neil Shuck & Mike Whitaker are joined by guest Richard Clarke of Too Fat Lardies to talk about At The Sharp End, the new campaign supplement for Chain of Command, and the new expansion for Dux BritanniarumRaiders

We hope you enjoy the show.

 

14 Comments on Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 120 – At The Sharp End & Dux Britanniarum: The Raiders

  1. Halfway through this episode. Concerning both difficulty of rules and transitioning from GW to historical games – In a Theory of Fun (please excuse the plug – reviewed here: http://www.geekygodmother.ca/apps/blog/show/40896610-a-theory-of-fun) Ralph Koster talks a lot about how games are comprised of patterns that give a jolt to the pleasure centre when you master them. He is focused on video games but I think the same applies to miniatures.

    When we get good at a particular set or family of rules, we get stuck in a feedback loop because being good makes us feel good. Unlike Pac Man where once you figure out the pattern you are likely to get bored, miniatures wargaming provides just enough variety to keep us going through the same general motions.

    When someone like the Lardies comes along and offers you something different that might be even better, the safest and easiest course is to stick with what you know. However as we have seen with CoC, once players try something new, they realize they can get more out of it than they first thought. This is where I think umpires or rather mentors or advocates come in – to lead players to try new things.

    Anyway enough blather from me and on to part two.

    • in the podcast you made reference to a book named Battle, do you have further details so i can hold of a copy.

      • Sid

        I think that you are referring to the series of books called Battleground Europe. These are a set of books designed as battlefield guides; they describe an action, give you period pictures and maps, and then give you information on how to find the battlefield in the present day.

        The series covers both first and second World Wars, and should be easily available from all good booksellers.

        Hope that helps

        Neil

      • fleetfootmike // February 25, 2014 at 10:00 //

        This book – http://troubleatthemill.blogspot.ie/2012/10/book-review-kenneth-macksey-battle.html

        It’s a fictionalised account of part of Operation: Bluecoat – well worth a read, as Macksey was involved in the real life battle, and has a very god grasp of how command works. You can pretty much read the book alongside the Chain of Command or IABSM rules and see how it’d be represented….

      • The author you referred to was Ken Maxie/Maxey?

  2. A big step forward is audio quality. There’s still some room for improvement, but it’s much better than in the past.

    The harsh sibilance that often accompanied Neil’s voice is gone. There are some breaths and plosive noise on everyone, but it’s fairly minor.

    There’s some background noise, and I wonder how much of that is from the mp3 compression? Your show is compressed more than most – maybe you can compress is a bit less. It will make the file bigger, but it might help the sound quality a lot. Take a 5 minute stretch of show and try a bunch of different encoding settings on it.

    Anyway, great show, and I don’t have to turn down the treble all the way anymore! Always good to hear from Mr. Clarke/

    • I suspect the noise may be partly because a lot of it was taken from my backup recording, which is MP3 compressed anyway. I’ll be investigating better options at my end.

      Breath/etc noises are much improved because I think all the presenters are now using these – http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/usb20-podcastvocal-microphone-a99jb – they may also contribute to picking up some background computer noise (I know for instance that the strip light in the room I use for recording hums like it never knew the words :D)

      • Since you are using desktop mics, (and not headsets, etc) you can use a pop filter, like this one: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/pop-filters/musicians-gear-pop-filter

        I’m nit picking though. This show was a lot better than in the past. The mic upgrade helped a lot.

        I also listen in a fairly extreme environment, my car. It’s a convertible (with the top up) on the freeway during my commute. It’s a very noisy environment, so I have the show on very loud, which will magnify any audio problems.

        When I listen at hone while painting, these issues I mention are much much less noticeable.

        Love the show, keep up the good work!

      • fleetfootmike // February 21, 2014 at 22:20 //

        Pop filter. Hrm. Now, if I knew where mine *was*… (above and beyond ‘in the pile of assorted recording stuff on or around the piano in the workshop…’)

      • I had a pop filter in the shopping cart with the Mic, but didn’t get it. Perhaps when I finally get my modeling / recording desk sorted out…

    • David

      Thanks for the comments ref compression rate – will have a look and see what my export is set to.

      Neil

      • Looking at tthe pop filter – I’m not an audio person but it looks like it’s something one could build oneself. I’m thinking of hose and a frame of some kind?

      • fleetfootmike // March 5, 2014 at 22:42 //

        Coat hanger and a pair of tights, yes 😀

  3. Those were the words I was looking for exactly! 😀

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