Episode 25

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Greg and Andy are back in Episode 25 of the MBS Podcast with their second annual Year in Review! During their discussion, Greg and Andy touch on such topics as the health of the Class A naval game market, the continued viability of X-Wing and Star Trek Attack Wing, the sale of Hawk to TTC, and the fall of Spartan.

Year in Review Part 1: 47 Min

Year in Review Part 2: 1 Hr 39 Min

 
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MBS YouTube: Carrier Harder!

MBS YouTube: Carrier Harder!

A new video has been posted to the MBS YouTube channel! This time around, I have a WoWS match I played recently in the Tier IV Japanese carrier, Hosho.

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Fleet Commander Impressions

Fleet Commander Impressions

Hi all! Here is Landlubber’s impressions for the game Fleet Commander. This has been reposted from the MBS forums. See the original post here).

Forum member BrdingPrty1 and I have met up a couple times in the past few weeks to try out his copy of Fleet Commander, by Capsicum Games.

This won’t be a full review, as we only were able to play a couple of games, but I wanted to put down my initial impressions of the game and share a few pictures while it’s still fresh in my mind.
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Dystopian Age Model Previews

Dystopian Age Model Previews

As I discussed in my previous post, Warcradle made a big announcement last Friday about their plans for the future of the Dystopian Wars setting, which is now being heralded under the banner of the Dystopian Age. Unfortunately, I got so carried away with my discussion of the main points presented by Warcradle that I didn’t get around to sharing my thoughts on all of the neat model previews and artwork that was also shown! So, that will be the focus of this post. The images you see below come courtesy of Alex Mann, who graciously gave me permission to use the screen caps he took from the Warcradle video for his blog. You can find them in his original post if you haven’t been there to read his thoughts already!

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The Dystopian Age

The Dystopian Age

Greetings! Yesterday, Warcradle Studios published a video and a blog post detailing their plans for the Dystopian Wars setting, which they aquired from the fire sale that resulted from the shuttering of Spartan Games. The blog post and video are both very well done and chock full of information, including hints at major changes in the background, previews of new models, and some expounding on the company’s philosophy behind how they are handling the games and settings. I recommend that you make time to go and have look for yourself, but I will be summarizing what I see as the main points from their presentation and addressing them in detail below. In addition, Alex Mann has put together an excellent reaction post of his own over on his blog, and that too is well worth a read.

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MBS Newsletter #39

MBS Newsletter #39

Greetings!

After a brief hiatus, the MBS newsletter is back!

In the latest episode of the MBS podcast, Greg and Andy discuss trends with naval gaming components, and the basics of custom 3D printed minis from Shapeways:

Episode 24

Also, Andy has put out the first couple of episodes of the newly independent Ruckdog’s Report. In Episode 2, he and Dale are discussing all things Star Trek:

Ruckdog’s Report Episode 2

If you haven’t yet, make sure to stop by the forums to participate in the monthly poll! This month, we are asking all of you to tell us about your most memorable gaming moments from 2017:

http://www.manbattlestations.com/forum/index.php?topic=1861.0

In the Dystopian Wars section of the forums, there has been some interesting discussion on the changes hinted at by Warcradle:

http://www.manbattlestations.com/forum/index.php?board=2.0

In the Firestorm sub-forum, Wanjajoral has been continuting to plug away at his Firestorm Taskforce cards project:

http://www.manbattlestations.com/forum/index.php?board=34.0

There has also been a lot of great work being shown in the Showcase sub-forum from the likes of Easy E, Whyarecarrots, and Brimat. Stop by and take a look at their amazing work!

http://www.manbattlestations.com/forum/index.php?board=10.0

Did you know? There is now an MBS YouTube channel! So far, it is focused on the World of Warships video game, but there are plans to expand the scope of the content to include other video games as well as tabletop subjects:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvlzG-E4-V_Ow9fTj21g9ZQ

And finally, don’t forget there are still campaigns being discussed for both Firestorm and Dystopian Wars! They have not started yet, but if they are of interest to anyone out there make sure to head on over and let everyone know!

http://www.manbattlestations.com/forum/index.php#c17

Until next time!

Regards,
Ruckdog & The Man Battlestations Forum Team

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Episode 24

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Greg and Andy are back in Episode 24 of the MBS Podcast! For the first segment, they discuss the recent trends with components (markers, dice, templates, etc) in naval gaming. Later, Greg and Andy discuss Shapeways and the impact it has had on the gaming hobby in general and naval gaming in particular

Naval Components Discussion: 35 Min

Naval Command Review: 1 Hr 22 Min

 

==Links Discussed in Show==

Litko Aerosystems

Shapeways 
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Ruckdog’s Report Episode 2

Ruckdog is back with the second episode of the newly independent Ruckdog’s Report! This time, he is joined by Dale, who was on the MBS Podcast back in episode 16 when he helped Greg and Andy review Star Trek Ascendancy. This time, Dale and Andy discuss all of the big news that has been happening with Star Trek over the last 6-7 months, including the new expansions for Ascendancy, the launch of Star Trek Discovery, and The Orville, which may just be the best Star Trek series that isn’t a Star Trek series. Oh, and some side-conversations about 40k might have snuck in there too. Thrill as Andy can’t figure out if we are talking about Star Trek or Star Wars! Chill as both Dale and Andy struggle (and ultimately fail) to come up with Seth Green’s name! It’s all there and more in this month’s Ruckdog’s Report!

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Episode 23

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Greetings! In Episode 23 of the MBS Podcast, Greg and Andy discuss the big news about Warcradle purchasing US, DW, and FSA from the dearly departed Spartan Games. Next, they dig into the first ever MBS Faction Showcase, which is dedicated to the Fortune Hunters from DeepWars, by Antimatter Games. In the second segment Greg and Andy review the Naval Command ruleset, from Rory Crabb games.

Fortune Hunters Faction Showcase: 54 Min

Naval Command Review: 1 Hr 21 Min

 

==Links Discussed in Show==

The Fortune Hunters

Naval Command Rules

Warcradle Studios
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Thoughts on DW Flashpoint Campaign Maps

Thoughts on DW Flashpoint Campaign Maps

One of the neatest new additions to the DW 2.5 book is the Flashpoint Campaign system. As the book describes it, this system provides a framework for conducting an expansive map-based campaign that will allow players to gain and lose territory, and which forces players to consider matters of supply and logistics. The campaign section of the rulebook also makes numerous references to materials that were to be provided in the future through the Spartan website, including other campaign maps and secret mission briefings for the various participants. Unfortunately, none of these materials made it out the door before Spartan shut down, so that means that we players will need to get a bit creative in order to actually run a campaign with the Flashpoint system. This post will examine one of those aspects that players will need to make on their own; the campaign map.

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