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THE Podcast of Naval Wargaming! The show focuses on naval miniatures gaming, but also discusses board games, video games, history, and pop culture related to ships of all types.
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Aug 6, 2017

Greetings! In Episode 21 of the MBS Podcast, Greg and Andy discuss some of their favorite book series where naval combat plays a central role. Later, they take a look at the most popular naval miniatures scales for historical minis and the pros and cons of each. major changes that have been made in the 2.5 edition of Dystopian Wars. Then, Andy discusses his experiences at Historicon 2017 in this month's Ruckdogs Report!

Naval Reading: 13 min

Naval Miniatures: 1 Hr 12 Min

Ruckdog’s Report: 1 Hr 54 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

Honor Harrington

Star Carrier

Horatio Hornblower

The Destroyermen

GHQ Models

Topside Minis

Panzershiffe

 

Jul 4, 2017

Greetings! In Episode 20 of the MBS Podcast, Greg and Andy discuss some of the major changes that have been made in the 2.5 edition of Dystopian Wars. Later, they take a look at the boardgame They Come Unseen from Osprey Games, and Andy ruminates on edition changes in this month's Ruckdogs Report!

DW 2.5 Initial Look: 31 min

They Come Unseen Review: 1 Hr 23 Min

Ruckdog’s Report: 2 Hr 8 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

DW 2.5 Changes

Spartan Games

They Come Unseen

Osprey Games

 

Jun 11, 2017

Greetings! This month, Greg and Andy are very excited to welcome Mr. Jonathan Parshall to the show to discuss the Battle of Midway, which happened 75 years ago this month. Jon is the webmaster of CombinedFleet.com, the foremost web resource on the Imperial Japanese Navy. He also co-authored the book Shattered Sword: The Untold Story of the Battle of Midway. Later, Andy recounts the experiences he had escorting veterans of the Battle of Midway to commemorative events in the Washington, DC area!

Jonathan Parshall Interview: 12 Min

Ruckdog’s Report: 1 Hr 21 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

http://www.combinedfleet.com/

US Navy Midway 75th Celebration

Shinnentai's Naval Miniatures

Shattered Sword

 

May 1, 2017

Greg and Andy are back for Episode 18! In this episode, they discuss the origins of the various different types of warships in history, and how they have influenced our favorite naval miniatures games. They then take a quick look at some recent updates in the realm of naval video games, before moving on to do an in-depth review of Grand Fleets 3rd Edition from Majestic 12 Games!

Types of Naval Ships: 40 min

Naval Video Gaming Update: 1 Hr 49 Min

Grand Fleets 3rd Edition Review: 1 Hr 59 Min

Ruckdog’s Report: 2 Hr 46 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

US Navy Ship Classifications

Majestic 12 Games

Grand Fleets 3rd Edition

GF3 Stat Calculator

World of Warships

BFG Armada

BFG:ER

War At Sea Expansions

 

Apr 4, 2017

Greg and Andy are back this month with an update to a topic they last discussed way back in Episode 2: Class B Naval Games! Next, they take a look back at the history of MBS, which turns 5 years old this month. Later, they talk about their favorite Hollywood movies that feature naval combat, and Andy rounds out the show with an event report on Adepticon 2017.

Class B Games Update: 34 min

MBS At 5 Years: 1 Hr 12 Min

Naval Combat At The Movies: 1 Hr 28 Min

Ruckdog’s Report: 2 Hr 15 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

The Admiratly Trilogy

In Harm's Way

Naval Command

The Way Gate

Adepticon

MBS Painting Contest Voting


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Mar 2, 2017

Episode 16 is here! This time around, Greg and Andy are joined by Dale to talk about the shooting mechanics used in a few popular naval miniatures games. Later, the trio dig into a detailed review of Star Trek Ascendancy. Finally, Ruckdog discusses his process for choosing a faction in a minis game.

Shooting Mechanics: 32 min

Star Trek Ascendancy Review: 1 Hr 32 Min 

Ruckdog’s Report: 2 Hr 39 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

Hawk Wargames

Star Trek Ascendancy

 

MBS 2017 Painting Contest

Feb 7, 2017
Episode 15

In Episode 15, Andy and Greg are back INNNNN SPAAAACE! Joined by Damion from the Hot LZ podcast, in the first segment they take a look at the background history and factions for the Dropzone/Dropfleet universe, created by Hawk Wargames. In segment two, Greg, Andy, and Damion delve into a a detailed review of the latest Class A space gaming goodness, Dropfleet Commander! Also in this episode is an interview with Eric Louchard of Antimatter Games, and Ruckdog talks tournament preparation.

Dropfleet/Dropzone Background & Faction Overview: 54 Min

Eric Louchard Interview: 1Hr 50 Min

Dropfleet Commander Review:  2 hr 14 Min

Ruckdog’€™s Report: 3 Hr 35 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

Hawk Wargames

The Hot LZ

Deep Wars 

MBS 2017 Painting Contest

 

Jan 2, 2017
Episode 14

It's time for Episode 14, the first episode of the MBS podcast for 2017! Following up on their discussion from Episode 13, Greg and Andy tackle the concept of boarding in space naval games. They are then joined by Josh Linde, aka Spartan Linde, to discuss all the cool Spartan Games events coming to this year's Adepticon. Later, Greg and Andy review the game Deep Wars by Antimatter Games. And finally, they round out the episode by discussing their gaming New Years resolutions!

Space Naval Boarding: 27 Min

Spartan Linde Adepticon Interview: 1Hr 24 Min

Deep Wars Review:  1 hr 43 Min

Ruckdog’€™s Report: 2 Hr 20 Min

2017 Naval Gaming Resolutions: 2 Hr 28 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

 

Deep Wars 

Adepticon

The Way Gate Blog

2017 MBS Painting Contest Rules

Dec 5, 2016
Episode 13

Lucky Episode 13! For this episode, Greg and Andy tackle the concept of boarding in naval games, and then do their second Naval Gaming Year in Review. Later, Andy chimes in with some lessons from Pearl Harbor that are applicable to naval gaming, and then Greg and Andy round out the episode with a discussion of the DW Kickstarter!

Naval Boarding: 29 Min

Year In Reveiw: 1 hr 13 Min

Ruckdog’€™s Report: 2 Hr 14 Min

DW Kickstarter Discussion: 2 Hr 23 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

Poseidon's Warriors

Dystopian Wars Kickstarter

Sails of Glory

Dropfleet Commander

Attack on Pearl Harbor: Strategy, Combat, Myths, Deceptions, by Alan Zimm

 

Nov 9, 2016
Episode 12

Episode 12 is live! Greg and Andy round out their first year of podcasting with an interview of Ken, the Yarkshire Gamer, about his massive Project Jutland. Later, they review Sails of Glory from Ares games, and then finish off with a brief discussion of Dropfleet Commander, the new hotness from Hawk Wargames!

Yarkshire Gamer Interview: 30 Min

Sails of Glory Reveiw: 1 hr 36 Min

Ruckdog’€™s Report: 2 Hr 23 Min

Dropfleet Commander Discussion: 2 Hr 31 Min

 

==Links Discussed in Show==

 

 

Yarkshire Gamer's Blog

Sails of Glory

Dropfleet Commander

D6 Generation

Oct 1, 2016
Episode 11

This month, Greg and Andy welcome William and Micheal back to the show to recap how the Firestorm Armada events went at the Nova Open. Later, Greg and Andy discuss Firestorm Armada Task Force and Dystopian Wars Fleet Action, the two new "fast play" games from Spartan Games!

NOVA Open Recap: 40 Min

FSA TF and DW FA Discussion: 1 Hr 18 Min

Ruckdog’€™s Report: 2 Hr 27 Min

 

==Links Discussed in Show==

NOVA Open

The Ops Center

Spartan Games

PoweredPlay Gaming

 
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Sep 5, 2016
Episode 10

Star Trek turns 50 years old this month! In celebration, Greg and Andy discuss combat in the Star Trek universe, as seen in the various TV series and movies. Later on, they do a full review of Star Trek Attack Wing. And finally, Greg and Andy discuss their experiences at recent conventions they attended!

Star Trek Combat: 58 Min

Landlubber’s Musings: 1 Hr 57 Min

Star Trek Attack Wing Review: 2 Hr 2 Min

Ruckdog’€™s Report: 2 Hr 59 Min

Gencon and Tacticon Experiences:3 Hr 9 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

Star Trek Attack Wing

 

Jul 31, 2016
Episode 9

In Episode 9, Greg and Andy go after a topic both of them have been looking forward to for quite a while: naval videogames! Later, they do an in-depth review of Fantasy Flight's Star Wars Armada miniatures game. Finally, Greg asks Andy a few questions about his impending trip to Gencon!

Naval Videogames: 52 Min

Landlubber’s Musings: 2 Hr 10 Min

Star Wars Armada Review: 2 Hr 17 Min

Ruckdog’€™s Report: 3 Hr 29 Min

Andy's Pre-Gencon Thoughts:3 Hr 35 Min 

==Links Discussed in Show==

World of Warships

Eve Online

Silent Service

Sins of a Solar Empire

Galactic Civ III

Civilization

Star Wars Armada

Gencon

 

Jul 4, 2016
Episode 8

In Episode 8, Greg and Andy tackle the subject of naval boardgames. These are games that either focus on naval combat exclusively, or have naval combat as one of their key components. Later, they take a look at space carriers, examining the origins of the idea and how the concept of carrier operations is integrated into some of our favorite space naval games!

Naval Boardgames: 47 Min

Landlubber's Musings: 1 Hr 30 Min

Space Carriers: 1 Hr 39 Min

Ruckdog'€™s Report: 3 Hr 0 Min

 

==Links Discussed in Show==

Axis & Allies

Star Trek Fleet Captains

Battleship Galaxies

Leviathans

They Come Unseen

Breaking the Chains

Chris Weuve Interview on Space Carriers

May 30, 2016
MBS Podcast Episode 7

In Episode 7, it's MBS...IN SPAAACE! Greg and Andy are joined by Josh and Phil from the Firebase Delta podcast to discuss Firestorm Armada, the awesome space naval combat game by Spartan Games. The first segment is a roundtable discussion on all things Firestorm, while the second segment is a full review of the game. In Landlubber's Musings, Greg discusses space combat as described in several sci-fi book series. For his segment, Andy discusses the Battle of Jutland. He then interviews Seth, who had the privilege to participate in a Jutland commemorative game at the US Naval War College.

Firestorm Armada Roundtable: 17 Min

Landlubber's Musings: 1 Hr 24 Min

Firestorm Armada Review: 1 Hr 33 Min

Ruckdog'€™s Report: 2 Hr 27 Min

Jutland Interview with Seth:2 Hr 33 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

Firebase Delta Podcast

The WayGate Blog

Firestorm Armada Official Website

Naval War College Jutland Game Report

 

May 3, 2016
MBS Podcast Episode 6

For Episode 6, Greg and Andy have Mike and Bill on to discuss all the awesome Firestorm Armada events they are organizing for the 2016 NOVA Open. Later, Greg and Andy do their first review of a Class C game, Axis and Allies War at Sea.

NOVA Open Firestorm Armada Interview 27 Min

Landlubber’s Musings: 1 Hr 12 Min

Axis & Allies War At Sea Review: 1 Hr 20 Min

Ruckdog’s Report: 2 Hr 15 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

NOVA Open

Ops Center Blog

Axis &Allies Forumini

2016 MBS Painting Contest Winners

 

Apr 12, 2016
MBS Podcast Episode 5

For Episode 5, Greg and Andy talk about all things Adepticon! They start off discussing the organized play events they participated in, and then move on to the pick up games and all the awesome sights and sounds of the biggest event in miniatures gaming.

==Quick Reference==

Adepticon Organized Events: 36 Min

Landlubber’s Musings: 1 Hr 16 Min

Adepticon Games of Opportunity : 1 Hr 22 Min

Ruckdog’s Report: 1 Hr 55 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

2016 MBS Painting Contest Entry Forum

Topside Minis

Adepticon

Majestic 12 Games

Battlefleet Gothic Armada

Battlefleet Gothic Leviathans

Mar 1, 2016
MBS Podcast Episode 4

For Episode 4, Greg and Andy do their first ever interview, with John C. and John G! These two fine gentlemen are responsible for a company called Topside Minis (you may have heard of them!). In the second half of the show, they do their second game review, on Halo Fleet Battles from Spartan Games.

==Quick Reference==

TSM Interview: 26 Min

Landlubber's Musings: 1 Hr 1 Min

Halo Fleet Battles Review: 1 Hr 5 Min

Ruckdog's Report: 2 Hr 18 Min

Adepticon Preview: 2 Hr 23 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

2016 MBS Painting Contest Entry Forum

Topside Minis

Halo Fleet Battles

Adepticon

 

Feb 1, 2016
MBS Podcast Episode 3

For Episode 3, Greg and Andy take another look at the Naval Miniature Game market and talk about Class "C" games. In the second half of the show, they discuss aircraft carrier operations and how they are represented on the tabletop!

==Quick Reference==

Class C Game Overview: 18 Min

Landlubber's Musings: 1 Hr 6 Min

Carrier Operations: 1 Hr 10 Min

Ruckdog's Report: 1 Hr 55 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

2016 MBS Painting Contest Entry Forum

Modcube

Specialist Games Forums

Axis & Allies Forumini

Grand Fleets

Dystopian Wars

 

Jan 11, 2016
MBS Podcast Episode 2

For Episode 2, Greg and Andy take another look at the Naval Miniature Game market and talk about Class "B" games. After that, it's the first MBS Podcast Game Review! Greg and Andy take a look at Dystopian Wars from Spartan Games.

==Quick Reference==

Class B Game Overview: 26 Min

Landlubber's Musings: 1 Hr 18 Min

Dystopian Wars Review: 1 Hr 22 Min

Ruckdog's Report: 2 Hrs 18 Min

2016 Gaming Resolutions: 2 Hrs 24 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

Modcube

A Call to Arms Starfleet

War Rocket

Star Navy 5150

Deep Wars

Grand Fleets

Star Blazers Fleet Battle System

Dystopian Wars

 

Dec 7, 2015

The first full episode of the Man Battlestations Podcast! In this episode, Greg and Andy take a look at the Naval Miniature Game market and talk about Class "A" games. Later, they look back on 2015 and discuss the major news in the naval gaming hobby over the last year.

==Quick Reference==

Class A Game Overview: 23 Min

Landlubber's Musings: 1 Hr 18 Min

2015 Year in Review: 1 Hr 24 Min

Ruckdog's Report: 2 Hrs 11 Min

Pearl Harbor Remembrance: 2 Hrs 24 Min

==Links Discussed in Show==

Man Battlestations

Spartan Games

Fantasy Flight Games

Whiz Kids

Ares Games

Topside Minis

Nov 23, 2015
MBS Podcast Coming Soon

Fellow Naval Gamers, it is with great pride and excitement that I am announcing Man Battlestations will be producing a naval miniatures gaming-themed podcast. The first full episode will be released on 7 December 2015, but in the mean time, you can check out what we are calling "Episode 0," which is sort of a preview show that serves as a way for the hosts to introduce ourselves and to lay out exactly why we are doing the show. Please take a listen and let us know what you think!

You can find Episode 0 here:

http://manbattlestations.libsyn.com/mbs-podcast-episode-0

Nov 23, 2015
MBS Podcast Episode 0

This is the inaugural episode of the Man Battlestations podcast! In this episode, Greg and Andy lay the groundwork for follow on episodes by introducing themselves and discussing the vision, goals, and format for the show.

==Quick Reference==

Host Bios:  4 min

Show Vision: 25 min

==Links Discussed in Show==

Man Battlestations

 

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