In Episode 110 of The Independent Characters we talk about the process of building missions in Warhammer 40k. Whether you want to create (or leverage!) the ultimate 40k Tournament Missions, or make a really exciting and fun narrative mission for your event or friends, this is the episode you want to listen to

We enlist aid from some of the best in the tournament scene at the moment to delve into their different (but somewhat similar) philosophies on mission design and what makes for a balanced experience. Reece Robbins (of The Las Vegas Open and Frontline Gaming) and Mike Brandt (of the NOVA Open and NOVA Open Charitable Foundatin) both join us to give us some insight into how the missions for their respective events were developed.

As usual we have our Hobby Progress and games played, which is quite extensive as we participated in a few events over this period of time!

That's not enough you say!? Ok then - how about we throw in a long interview with none other than Black Library author, and probably secret Chaos agent, Aaron Dembski-Bowden for good measure!? This is an amazing interview with insight into many things Black Library and his latest novel The Talon of Horus (on sale now!) without any spoilers.

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:07:45 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:33:45 - Developing Missions in Warhammer 40k
  • 1:27:35 - Interview with Reece Robbins (Las Vegas Open)
  • 1:45:00 - Interview with Mike Brandt (NOVA Open)
  • 2:11:35 - Interview with Aaron Dembski-Bowden
  • 2:46:20 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode110.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 2:25pm PDT
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Episode 109 of The Independent Characters is a listener suggested topic from our forums titled "From Diapers to Dicebags". In it we explore gaming and having kids. We look at how you can continue to game when you become a new parent and all the way through them leaving.

To help us out with this we have also enlisted the aid of several of our kids and a special guest SRM, from our forums!

As usual we have our Hobby Progress and games played, which is quite extensive as we participated in a few events over this period of time!

This episode may not be for everyone (yet!) but we think there is some good information in here! We hope you enjoy!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:20 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:56:50 - From Diapers to Dicebags
  • 1:52:40 - Interview with SRM
  • 2:10:25 - Interview with Carls daughter Tabitha
  • 2:25:35 - Interview with Adans son Jake
  • 2:38:35 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_109.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:31pm PDT
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Episode 108 - Show of Force: The Greater Good

Episode 108 of The Independent Characters is all about The Tau! We cover it with our patented (not really) Show of Force approach. This time it's Show of Force: The Greater Good. We talk about everything Tau, from the history and details of the race, their reliance on futuristic technology and weaponry. We go inside the background, rules, supplements and excitement of the youngest race in the Warhammer 40k Universe!

We will discuss our experiences playing the Tau and how they perform on the tabletop in comparison to their backstory. To help us through all of this, we have brought in Jason McCurry of our local gaming group. Tau were his first army, and although he isn't actively playing them right now, he helps walk us through the confusion of marker drones, and ethereals!

Additionally, as recommended by Reece Robbins, we have Israel Sanchez to walk us through playing Tau in the competetive environment.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:30 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:52:00 - Show of Force: The Greater Good (Part 1)
  • 1:52:50 - Show of Force: The Greater Good (Part 1)
  • 2:22:45 - Interview with Israel Sanchez about Tau
  • 2:56:15 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Ep108.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 4:17pm PDT
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Episode 107 covers Imperial Armour 4: The Anphelion Project Second Edition!

We talked about the first edition of this book way back in Episode 37 and we are revisiting it now that it has been updated. Get all the ins and outs of the new edition as well as an interview with Branden from Smells Like Wargaming!

I would like to take a moment to thank my co-host of many years, Geoff, for all of his service with the show and being a great friend. I will miss you as you move back to Virginia and I wish you the best!

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:04:20 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:40:20 - IA4 The Anphelion Project 2nd Ed (Part 1)
  • 1:13:05 - IA4 The Anphelion Project 2nd Ed (Part 2)
  • 1:41:25 - Interview with Branden from Smells Like Wargaming
  • 2:02:30 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Ep107.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:31pm PDT
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Episode 106 has us barely standing the heat in The Boiler Room. The Air Conditioning at the studio is broken and things get pretty hot. You can tell we start losing our minds. However, before we do we spend some time discussing Hobby Progress and swapping armies.

We also include a discussion Justin and Carl had with Chelle, Carl's wife, about her Eldar (The Chelledar) from Dave Paints. We talk about how she has gotten into 40k, what appeals to her about it, and Justin offers her some advice on playing. This was originally intended to be released as bonus content while Carl was on vacation, but we held on to it until now.

Last but not least, we have a Warrior Lodge segment with Aaron, Bryce and Jason. We discuss our impressions of 7th edition now and talk about specific changes to the game.

We hope you enjoy Episode 106!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:35 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:32:15 - Swapping Armies Discussion
  • 0:59:00 - The Chelledar: A discussion about eldar with Chelle Tuttle
  • 1:33:15 - The Warrior Lodge
  • 2:20:50 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode106.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 11:25pm PDT
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Episode 105 - Campaign Redux

Episode 105 sees us returning to the subject of Campaigns. It has been about four years since we discussed them in depth and in that time we have learned a lot about running and playing in them. We have special guest Mike with us to talk about his experiences working at Endgame Oakland and running events there.

We of course talk Hobby Progress and games played. We also have a short interview with Dave Taylor about his work for the Nova Foundation Charity Organization (Part of The Nova Open), AND we announce the two winners of the first half of the 2014 Hobby Progress Challenge. You can hear that part right at the end of the interview with Dave Taylor.

We hope you enjoy Episode 105!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:50 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:34:40 - Campaign Discussion (Part 1)
  • 1:17:35 - Campaign Discussion (Part 2)
  • 2:02:10 - Interview with Dave Taylor and Winner Announcement
  • 2:14:35 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_105.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 12:34am PDT
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Episode 104 - Show of Force: The Primordial Annihilator

Episode 104 of The Independent Characters has us returning to our Show of Force segment. This time the subject is The Primoridal Annihilator, or demons to those who don't dwell in the dark corners of the galaxy! We go into great depth about Demons, how they play, some of our favorite units, and how they are supported in the game of Warhammer 40k!

As usual we have an extensive Hobby Progress and Games Played segment, which has Josh, our resident Demons expert joining us as well.

The two interviews we were supposed to include with this episode unfortunately both fell through, we hope to have those interview in the next week or so and release them as a supporting download of this episode.

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:08:50 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:56:20 - Show of Force: The Primordial Annihilator (Part 1)
  • 2:02:10 - Show of Force: The Primordial Annihilator (Part 2)
  • 2:37:35 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Ep104.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:01pm PDT
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Episode 103 - Dataslate: Technology and 40k

Episode 103 is a new format for shows, in which we cover topics that are perhaps not lengthy enough to warrant an episode entirely on their own, but can be strung together into several segments. We refer to these as Dataslate episodes.

In this episode we have a discussion of the use of Technology and 40k. From Facebook, Blogs, to apps and tablets. We discuss how we have used these various pieces to improve our gaming experiences. We then have a short review of Games Workshops Altar of War book.

We follow all of that up with two interviews. One with Dave of Dave Paints. This is the commission painter who has painted Carls wifes Eldar. (The Chelledar) The other interview is with Reece Robbins as we discuss the upcoming Bay Area Open. This has some significant changes and news recently. So if you are interested in going, you aren't going to want to miss this.

Of course we have our usual Hobby Progress in which we have... actual Hobby Progress!

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:05:50 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 1:06:30 - Technology and 40k
  • 1:51:45 - Interview with Dave Paints
  • 2:15:45 - Interview with Reece Robbins
  • 2:27:20 - Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_103.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 7:51pm PDT
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Episode 102 of The Independent Characters has us returning to our coverage of Horus Heresy 3: Massacre for our second part of the two part coverage.

First Geoff returns to talk about Hobby Progress and games played with Carl. We will see how that has gone. We also touch slightly on 7th Edition here and our initial impressions. But that's not what this show is about...

We spend time discussing the mechanics of the Legions represented in this book as well as an overview of the Titan Legions involved and the Mechanicus forces.

Then we leap over to discuss the two (yes we said two!) different campaign styles of play that are in this book. Anything that has us playing the game in different ways strikes our interest and this is no exception!

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:02:30 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:42:45 - Horus Heresy Book 3 - Extermination: Units and Army List mechanics
  • 2:07:05 - Horus Heresy Book 3 - Extermination: Campaign Play
  • 2:33:40 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_Independent_Characters_Episode102.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 8:20pm PDT
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Episode 101 of The Independent Characters focuses on Forge Worlds latest release, Horus Heresy 3: Extermination! This is part one of our two part coverage of the latest amazing book, and conclusion of the Istvaan Trilogy. 

In this episode, we go into depth about the lore surrounding Horus Heresy 3. This includes what happens immediately after the events of Massacre and other actions that take place in the neighboring systems. We then discuss the four Space Marine Legions represented in this book. Talking about their history, their disposition of forces during the Horus Heresy and some eximplary battles they have taken part in.

Geoff joins Carl for this episode and we will find out if he has completed any hobby progress in the intervening time since Episode 100 as well...

We also have an interview with Justin Tan of Arcane Factories about their Kickstarter project which is halfway through its cycle at the time of this release. For some reason audio quality for calls to Canada really suffers when doing these Skype calls. So we have tried to clean it up as much as possible. Please bear with the audio here as Justin has some information which may be of interest to 40k player, and in particular Sisters of Battle players!

We hope you enjoy this episode!

 

Time Stamps:

  • 0:00:00 - Show Intro and host introduction
  • 0:04:00 - Workbench and Games Played
  • 0:31:30 - Horus Heresy 3: Background and Theaters of War
  • 1:31:40 - Horus Heresy 3: Legion Discussion
  • 2:43:00 - Interview with Justin Tam of Arcane Factories
  • 2:56:00 - Final Thoughts and Show Closing

 

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Direct download: The_ICs_Episode_101.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 9:39am PDT
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