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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Ruckdog’s Report Episode 1

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As discussed in Episode 22 of the MBS Podcast, Ruckdog’s Report has been spun off from the main show to allow for expanded discussion! Join Ruckdog for the first episode of the newly independent Ruckdog’s Report, as he discusses gaming spaces.
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Area Bombardment in DW 2.5

Area Bombardment in DW 2.5

For the next post in my series on DW 2.5 mechanics, I’m going to address something that I’ve seen some folks have confusion about: Area Bombardment. This firing option is somewhat unusual across the ORBATs, and as a result it isn’t used as often by most players. I suspect that, in turn, leads to a lack of familiarity with the rules governing this potentially very potent attack option. Heck, this is a rule that I messed up during my first game of 2.5! So, lets dig in…

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MBS Newsletter #38

MBS Newsletter #38

Greetings!

Before we get into the usual routine with the newsletter, I have to address The Big News from the last month or so: The closure of Spartan Games. This came as shock for many (including myself), and has been a big topic of discussion. The main discussion thread on the MBS forums is here:

http://www.manbattlestations.com/forum/index.php?topic=1733.0

I also wrote my own detailed thoughts on the MBS blog:

The Sinking of Spartan Games

This has been a saddening and disappointing development for the entire wargaming community, and has also seen a lot of effort by fans all over the Internet to document the rules and other downloadable content that Spartan carried on their website. There have also been quite a few new members joining the MBS forums as a result; welcome to all of our newcomers!

And with that, we are back to the regularly scheduled newsletter. Since the last newsletter, Episode 22 of the MBS podcast has gone live!

Episode 22

In this episode, Greg and I start off with a discussion of the pros and cons of the movement systems used in various naval games. Later, we discuss a recent trend in miniature gaming, where companies release linked ground and naval games.

Also, don’t forget to stop by and vote in the monthly poll, which is discussing the utility of card-only expansions for miniatures games:

http://www.manbattlestations.com/forum/index.php?topic=1763.0

There have been a lot of new files added to the resources threads that are stickied at the top of the sub-forums for the varous Spartan Games. If you have any files (official or unofficial) that you would like to uploaded, feel free to post them or email them to me (ruckdog@manbattlestations.com).

In the Video Games section, there has been some discussion about the new Battlestar Galactica video game:

http://www.manbattlestations.com/forum/index.php?topic=1760.0

FALL CAMPAIGNS

There has been some discussion about starting some on-line campaigns for the various Spartan systems this fall. There is a discussion thread about it in the General Discussions forums, so if you are interested in participating and/or helping to organize one of the campaigns, stop on by!

http://www.manbattlestations.com/forum/index.php?topic=1729.0

That will do it for this month’s newsletter. Until next time!

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Episode 22

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Greetings! In Episode 22 of the MBS Podcast, Greg and Andy start off with a discussion of the pros and cons of the movement systems used in various naval games. Later, they discuss a recent trend in miniature gaming, where companies release linked ground and naval games.

Naval Mechanics: Movement: 49 Min

Linked Naval/Ground Gamest: 1 Hr 30 Min

Ruckdog’s Report: 2 Hr 6 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

Litko AeroSystems

Star Trek Attack Wing Card Expansions

Star Wars Armada Wave 7
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Carriers in DW 2.5

Carriers in DW 2.5

This post is going to be the first in what is intended to be a series; now that we’ve had the DW 2.5 rules in our hands for a couple of months, I wanted to go back and take a closer look at some of the elements of the rules that have changed from DW 2.0, and ponder the effects those changes may have on the game. This first is all about carriers! More specifically, I’m going to be looking at the changes made to both the carrier rules and the SAS/SAW rules.

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