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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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Jun 16, 2024

Well, it’s finally happened. Atomic Mass Games has made an announcement that many of us were expecting for a while now: Support and Development for Star Wars Armada is officially coming to an end. Here is my reaction.

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Jan 21, 2024

After a longer than expected break, Andy is back with another episode of the MBS Podcast! As is traditional, he is taking a look back at 2023 as well as looking foward to 2024.

Sep 17, 2023

For Episode 85, Andy is joined by a new co-host, Chris. Chris is Andy’s local “partner in crime” when it comes to the game that is the focus of this episode: Star Wars Armada. After years of collecting but not playing, Andy has been playing a lot of Star Wars Armada over the last year, and a lot of those games have been with Chris! The two of them touch on the changes that have happened to the game and its support over the last few years, and prognosticate on the game’s future.

Links discussed on the show:

MBS Website: https://www.manbattlestations.com/index.html

Star Wars Armada official website: https://www.atomicmassgames.com/swarmada/

Support the show! Please consider purchasing some classy custom dice or a hand-painted mini over at the MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/manbattlestations/

Jul 16, 2023

For episode 84, Andy is joined by a new co-host, his friend Matt. The two of them have a great discussion with Jack and Paul, the masterminds behind Eurydice Games, the publisher of the dexterity-based starship combat game FlickFleet!

Links discussed on the show:

MBS Website: https://www.manbattlestations.com/index.html

FlickFleet Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/494071814943020

Eurydice Games GameFound Page: https://gamefound.com/creators/eurydice-games-ltd

Eurydice Games Website: https://eurydicegames.co.uk

Support the show! Please consider purchasing some classy custom dice or a hand-painted mini over at the MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/manbattlestations/

May 28, 2023

For episode 83, Andy is joined by returning guest (and MBS Forum member) Kelly. The two of them discuss the challenges and opportunities involved with 3D modeling and 3D printing, and how that has impacted the naval gaming hobby.

Links discussed on the show:

MBS Website: https://www.manbattlestations.com/index.html

Support the show! Please consider purchasing some classy custom dice or a hand-painted mini over at the MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/manbattlestations/

May 21, 2023

For episode 82 Andy is joined by MBS Forum Member Kelly for the monthly(ish) Hobby Update and Community SITREP!

MBS Website: https://www.manbattlestations.com/index.html

Support the show! Please consider purchasing some classy custom dice or a hand-painted mini over at the MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/manbattlestations/

May 2, 2023

Ep 81 Details

For episode 81, Andy has managed to secure an interview from Mr. Mike Hutchinson himself, the designer behind A Billion Suns from Osprey Publishing. Over the course of their discussion, Andy and Mike discuss the development of ABS, what lies ahead for the game, and what projects Mike is working on at present. Those new projects include a fantasy battles game he is Kickstarting, as well as a world-first announcement of a new naval game!

Links discussed on the show:

-      Hobgoblin Kickstarter Page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/electi-studio/mike-hutchinsons-hobgoblin

-      Mike’s Podcast, Rule of Carnage: http://ruleofcarnage.com/

-      A Billion Suns homepage: https://abillionsuns.space/

MBS Website: https://www.manbattlestations.com/index.html

Support the show! Please consider purchasing some classy custom dice or a hand-painted mini over at the MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/manbattlestations/

Apr 27, 2023

In this episode of Man Battlestations, Andy is joined by John G. and John C. from Topside Minis! This is the first time that Andy has had the two Johns on the show since episode 30. They discuss the new upcoming projects from Topside, including a new boardgame and new markers printed directly on clear acrylic.

Links discussed on the show:

https://topsideminis.com/

https://www.facebook.com/topsideminis

MBS Website: https://www.manbattlestations.com/index.html

Support the show! Please consider purchasing some classy custom dice or a hand-painted mini over at the MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/manbattlestations/

Apr 7, 2023

Eric "EasyE" Farrington joins Andy "Ruckdog" Rucker for another episode! This time, Eric gives us some updates on what he has been working on for Castles in the Sky, and along the way they dicuss game design, the naval gaming market, and more!

 

Links discussed in the show:

Blood and Spectacles Blog: http://bloodandspectacles.blogspot.com/

Castles in the Sky in the Osprey Store: https://ospreypublishing.com/us/castles-in-the-sky-9781472844965/

MBS Website: https://www.manbattlestations.com/index.html

Support the show! Please consider purchasing some classy custom dice or a hand-painted mini over at the MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/manbattlestations/

Mar 31, 2023

In Episode 78, Andy is joined by Eric "EasyE" Farrington to do the first Hobby Update and Community SITREP of 2023! Join them as they talk about what they have been up to lately when it comes to painting and playing. Later, they talk about all the latest happenings around the MBS website, and finish up with some new releases they are excited about.

Mar 23, 2023

Episode 77 of the MBS Podcast is here! This time, Andy is interviewing Mr. Sebastian Bae, a professional wargamer who has done gaming work and analysis for the US Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Their conversation touches on the differences between professional gaming and hobby gaming, Sebastian’s design process, how one can get involved in professional gaming, and last but certainly not least, Sebastian’s upcoming board game “Littoral Commander,” available for pre-order now!

Links discussed on the show:

Littoral Commander order page at the Dietz Foundation: https://dietzfoundation.org/product/littoral-commander-the-indo-pacific-copy/

The Georgetown Wargaming Society YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw0nVuQu5KoHv0kFiC9yX4Q

Sebastian’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/SebastianBae

MBS Website: https://www.manbattlestations.com/index.html

Support the show! Please consider purchasing some classy custom dice or a hand-painted mini over at the MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/manbattlestations/

Feb 16, 2023

Andy is joined by Rob to review Spruance Leader, the Cold War-era solitare naval game by Dan Versson Games!

MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/manbattlestations/

DVG Website: http://www.dvg.com/

 

Feb 1, 2023

Andy has a very special guest on for an interview on Episode 75 of the Man Battlestations Podcast! Mr. Dale A. Jenkins is a former naval officer and businessman, who has just published an account of the last days of diplomacy between Japan and the United States and the start of the Pacific War! His book, titled "Diplomats and Admirals," is available now on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/manbattlestations/

Diplomats & Admirals on Amazon:

https://www.amazon.com/Diplomats-Admirals-Negotiations-Misjudgments-Powerful/dp/B0BMSKP9C7

Dale A. Jenkins' Website:

https://daleajenkins.com/

Jan 27, 2023

Andy is back with the first episode of the MBS Podcast for 2023! In this episode, he takes a look back at 2022, and discusses some things he is looking forward to in 2023.

Dec 17, 2022

Josh Linde returns to the MBS podcast after a long absence to discuss the plans for his upcoming Schaumburg Prime Offensive event being held at Adepticon! The event will feature a three-round tournament using the A Billion Suns rules. 

Links Discussed

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/5346201365485685/

A Billion Suns: http://abillionsuns.space/

Adepticon 2023: https://www.adepticon.org/

Josh's Blog: http://thewaygate.blogspot.com/

Dec 13, 2022

Andy has Alan S. on the show to discuss the recent game he ran at Milleniumcon, held outside Ausin, TX. 

Links discussed on the show:

Milleniumcon's Website: https://www.millenniumcon.info/

BGG Page for AH's Midway: https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/2250/midway

Heart of Texas Wargamers FB page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/399197067945312

 

Nov 27, 2022

Andy is joined by returning guest Rob for this month's Hobby Update and Community SITREP! Andy and Rob discuss what they have been painting and playing, then look at the most recent activity across the MBS community. Finally, they take a look at a few recent product releases from Warcradle, Warlord Games, Brigade Models, and more!

Do you have a product you would like to see featured on the show? Do you have a question about this episode or a suggestion for a future show? Let us know by emailing us at: podcast@manbattlestations.com

Links Discussed on the Show:

MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ManBattlestations

Texas Broadside convention: http://www.txbroadside.com

Nov 8, 2022

Andy is back with another episode! In a bit of a departure from the usual fare at MBS, Episode 70 features an interview with Michael "Mick" Farnworth, who has a new book on modelling and painting Vietnam-era wargames that has just been published by Military Miniature Press. During their discussion, Mick and Andy discuss the challenges of book writing and publishing, as well as the content of Mick's new book and why a naval gamer might be interested in picking up a copy.

Note: Andy was provided with a review copy of Mick's book.

Links Discussed on the Show:

Mick's Painting Guide Facebook Group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/136386787001968/

Military Miniature Press Store Page for Modeling and Painting Vietnam Wargames:

https://militaryminiaturepress.com/product/modeling-painting-vietnam-wargames/

MBS Etsy Shop:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/ManBattlestations

Oct 31, 2022

Ruckdog is back with a solo review of Castles in the Sky by Osprey Games! What does Andy think of EasyE's latest rule set? Have a listen and find out!

Castles in the Sky: https://ospreypublishing.com/castles-in-the-sky?___store=osprey_usa

MBS Etsy Shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/ManBattlestations

 

Oct 27, 2022

After a hiatus over the summer due to Andy being deployed, the MBS Podcast is back! Greg and Andy discuss what they have been reading, painting, and playing over the summer, spend a few minutes talking about the Kenobi TV show, cover some highlights of what has been posted on the forums recently, and touch on a few major new releases and pre-orders. Greg also makes a very special announcement...

Apr 17, 2022

Greg and Andy are back with another episode of the Man Battlestations Podcast! This time around, they do a bit of a retrospective on the history of MBS, which has  now been online for 10 years!

Apr 7, 2022

A little later than planned, Greg and Andy are back to talk about all the things they got up to in their gaming hobby during the month of March! Also discussed are new releases and the latest MBS Community SITREP!

Mar 28, 2022

This episode, Greg and Andy discuss their experiences with a new (to them!) virtual gaming tool, Tabletop Simulator! In this episode, they discuss what TTS is, how it works, what they like and don't like about it, and even mention a few alternatives if TTS isn't your thing!

Links discussed on the episode:

https://store.steampowered.com/app/286160/Tabletop_Simulator/

Feb 28, 2022

It's that time again! Greg and Andy are back with the monthly hobby update. After discussing what they have been painting, playing, watching, and reading lately, it's on to the Community Sitrep. They finish up with a disucussion of some exciting new products!

Links discussed on the show:

Tower of Skulls by Richard Frank: https://www.amazon.com/Tower-Skulls-History-Asia-Pacific-1937-May/dp/1324002107

Warcradle Annuncement on March Releases:

https://blog.warcradle.com/blog/march-releases-the-union-are-set-to-make-quite-the-splash-with-the-enterprise

Combined Arms from Warlord Games;

https://us.warlordgames.com/collections/combined-arms

Brigade Models Uruguay Faction:

https://www.brigademodels.co.uk/Blog/2022/02/libertad-o-muerte/

MBS Forum Poll on TTS: http://www.manbattlestations.com/forum/index.php?topic=3104.0

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Feb 14, 2022

For Episode 63, Greg and Andy have Jason Weiser on for an interview! Jason is the founder and Editor-In-Chief of Military Miniature magazine, a new publication that is focused on the American wargaming hobby.

https://militaryminiature.com/

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