Episode 92 - IA:2 and The Assault on Escalation

Episode 92 is our final show of 2013 for The Independent Characters. We wrap up the year talking at length about Escalation and Stronghold Assault. In particular we discuss the communities reactions to these two supplements and how we are treating them here in our community. 

In additon to that, we have a copy of Imperial Armour 2 (Second Edition): War Machines of The Adeptus Astartes. This is Andy Hoares first IA book since returning to Games Workshop. We take a close look at it and ultimately tell you if we think this book is worth buying or not. We end that discussion with our patented "Bang for your Buck" rating of the latest release from Forge World. 

What they heck, we also include our regular segment of The Workbench and Tabletop discussion. Now with more Hobby Progress!

Speaking of Hobby Progress. Don't miss signing up for the 2014 Hobby Progress Challenge! It starts soon and all details can be found in the links below.

Have a Happy Holiday and an Amazing New Year! We will see you in 2014!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro
  • 0:09:05 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:34:50 - Stronghold Assault and Escalation
  • 1:21:00 - Imperial Armour 2 (Second Edition): War Machines of The Adeptus Astartes
  • 1:47:15 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_92.mp3
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Episode 91 - Horus Heresy: Massacre - Part Two

In Episode 91 we continue our coverage of Horus Heresy 2: Massacre! In the first part of our coverage we went into depth about the Legions involved in the book and how the story played out. In Episode 91, the second part of our coverage, we are going to talk a little bit about the Mechanicus and Titan Legion Forces, and then go into depth about some of the rules, characters and campaign that round out this book.

Our regular segment of The Workbench and Tabletop discussion that takes place as well. And last but not least, we bid a fond and thankful goodbye to Geoff as he leaves the co-host responsibilities behind. This won’t be the last we see of him of course, but he will no longer be the second chair of the show going forward.

We hope you enjoy!

Time Stamps:
  • 0:00:00 – Show Intro
  • 0:09:50 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:48:50 – Horus Heresy 2: Massacre (Part 3)
  • 1:20:20 – Horus Heresy 2: Massacre (Part 4)
  • 2:00:50 – Titan and Mechanicus Forces, Final Thoughts, Farewell Geoff and Show Closing

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_91.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 1:20pm PDT
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Episode 90 - Horus Heresy: Massacre - Part One
Episode 90 of The Independent Characters takes a very close look at Forge Worlds latest release, Horus Heresy 2: Massacre! As with the previous entry in this series, the tome is so massive we need two episodes to cover it all. Part one of our coverage will be taking a look at the story that has brought us to this point in The Great Betrayal so far, as well as in depth coverage of the four Adeptus Astartes Legions covered in the book. Namely, The Salamanders, The Word Bearers, The Iron Hands and The Night Lords.

Word of Horus’ treachery escapes Isstvan III and now the Legions loyal to the Emperor mobilise to make Horus and those who follow account for their crimes. However the depth of the betrayal is yet to be revealed. 

Aside from our usual Workbench and Games Played segments, we have an interview with Reece Robbins to discuss The Las Vegas Open Tournament as well as his Kickstarter with Tablewar called The MegaMat!

Time Stamps:
  • 0:00:00 – Show Intro
  • 0:07:00 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:44:10 – Interview with Reece Robbins
  • 0:59:10 – Horus Heresy 2: Massacre (Part 1)
  • 1:58:25 – Horus Heresy 2: Massacre (Part 2)
  • 3:00:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_90.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:23pm PDT
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Episode 89 - The Extended Warrior Lodge

Episode 89 was supposed to be part one of our two part Horus Heresy 2: Massacre coverage, but due to a delay in receiving the copy of the book, we have had to fill some time. Rather than make you wait for this episode, we had some guests come on the show and do an extended Warrior Lodge segment, which includes some prizes for people who have left iTunes reviews towards the end there!

Of course we cover hobby progress and (lack of) games played. Last but not least, Carl gives us an editorial on healthy relationships and how they intersect with your 40k gaming.

It’s a short episode this time around, clocking in at just about two hours. But our Horus Heresy 2 coverage will begin with episode 90 in two weeks!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 – Show Intro
  • 0:07:00 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:44:00 – The Warrior Lodge
  • 1:53:20 – Editorial, Final Thoughts and Show closing

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_89.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:00pm PDT
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Episode 88 - Battlefleet Gothic

Episode 88 of The Independent Characters is all about Battlefleet Gothic. While all of the specialist games by Games Workshop have been cancelled, we have had this on our schedule to talk about for quite some time. So now that it has been cancelled, we figure why not talk about it!?

We have played a bit of Battlefleet Gothic lately, and while we are no experts at it, we are happy to share our experiences and talk about some of the ins and outs of the game.

As usual, we talk hobby progress and games played. But in addition to that, Geoff has a very important announcement at the beginning of the show that all our listeners should hear.

We hope you enjoy!

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 – Show Intro and Special Message
  • 0:18:20 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:59:30 – Battlefleet Gothic: Part 1
  • 1:46:30 – Battlefleet Gothic: Part 2
  • 2:17:30 – Show Closing and Final Thoughts

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_88.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:19pm PDT
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Episode 87 – Apocalypse Redux

Episode 87 of The Independent Characters has us revisiting Apocalypse! Now that 6th Edition has come about and the new version of Apocalypse has been released we take a look at how it actually plays. To help us do so, we are having one of the most experienced players and GM’s of Apocalypse in Northern California! Anthony runs Norcon and regularly plays Apocalypse as one of his preferred methods of 40k. He and his group (The G3 Group) have tons of experience with massive games.

We spend quite a bit of time talking about the rules changes for this new version and the Fires of Sidonia Apocalypse game some of us participated in at Endgame Oakland a few weekends ago.

In addition to that, we finally release our Forbidden Lore Segment for Death of Integrity with Guy Haley!

But wait, there’s more! Even with all of that, we have a new edition of The Warrior Lodge, with a whole new host of topics to discuss. This episode is not only about Apocalypse, but it is Apocalypse sized!

We hope you enjoy!

Time stamps:

  • 0:00:00 – Show Intro
  • 0:15:30 – Workbench and Games Played
  • 1:20:20 – Apocalypse Redux
  • 2:12:50 – The Warrior Lodge
  • 3:02:50 – Show Closing and Final Thoughts
  • 3:07:00 – Forbidden Lore: Death of Integrity with Guy Haley

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_87.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:08pm PDT
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Episode 86 - Double Force Org

Episode 86 of The Independent Characters is full of some great hobby content. With Geoff on holiday, we have Justin stepping in to talk about hobby progress and games played. A recent games-day at Carls house led to plethora of games being played we can talk about!

The main topic of the show focuses a discussion around the much maligned Double Force Org. We talk about our experiences and thoughts about it and whether it deserves the negative reputation it has been given.

Additionally, we were lucky enough to have both Jason and Jon from The Overlords Podcast while they were out here in California visiting. We took Jon on a tour of the local game stores and then Carl has a discussion with them in which we focus on the differences and observations between US Gaming (or at least California!) and gaming in the UK.

We had originally intended to have our Forbidden Lore with Guy Haley this episode, but we are moving that to Episode 87 due to a scheduling conflict. We know you were waiting for it, so were we. But it will be available soon!

Time Stamps

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro
  • 0:14:25 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:55:05 - Double Force Org
  • 1:26:30 - The Overlords visit The Boiler Room
  • 2:16:00 - Show Closing and Final Thoughts

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_86.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:32pm PDT
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