Greg and Andy are back with another episode packed full of naval gaming goodness! First up, Andy interviews Claude and Marcus, two History Professors at the US Naval Academy who have started a wargaming initiative to instruct Midshipmen. Next up, Greg and Andy are joined by...another Andy! Andy B. joins our hosts all the way from Texas to review the new hotness from Osprey Games, A Billion Suns!
USNA Interview: 28 Min
A Billion Suns Review: 1 Hr 11 Min
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Once again, Greg and Andy are joined by Rob as they talk about all things naval wargaming for Episode 51 of the Man Battlestations Podcast! This episode features not one, but two great reviews. First up, our hosts discuss the new board game Devil Boats from Compass Games, which highlights PT boat combat in the Pacific. After that, they dig into Victory At Sea, the great new WWII fleet combat game from Warlord Games.
Devil Boats: 44 Min
Victory at Sea: 1 Hr 11 Min
After more than 5 years of podcasting, we've reached Episode 50!!! Thanks to all of you who have listened to us over the years.
This episode, Andy and Greg are joined once again by Rob to discuss the last few episodes of Mandalorian Season 2. Beware, there are spoilers!
Greg and Andy are back to close out the year with the final ep of 2020! As is their tradition, they look back over their gaming experiences from 2020, and then talk about some of the things they are looking forward to in 2021.
For Episode 48, Greg and Andy have Rob on to talk about his store, Fight's On!, that sells all manner of interesting accessories for both naval games and air combat games. Rob has graciously provided some discount codes to listeners of the show, which you can find below!
Prior to starting the interview, however, Greg, Andy, and Rob went down a bit of a rabbit hole while discussing Disney's Star Wars TV show, The Mandalorian. You can find this discussion in the second segment of this episode, but be warned; HERE BE SPOILERS!
Link to Fight's On!:
Special Fight's On! Codes for MBS Listensers (Valid through 12/31/20):
"MBSchaff" for 20% discounts on the naval chaff cloud markers
"MBSmine" for 20% discounts on naval mine markers
"MBSmissile" for 20% discounts on seaskimming missile markers
In this very special edition of Ruckdog's Report, Andy has Stickman, The Paper Fleet Admiral, and Kim, his Mom, on to talk about the Kickstarter campaign for their new game, Paper Fleets. At only 11 years old, Stickman is ready to make waves in the naval gaming scene!
Paper Fleets Kickstarter Page: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/paperfleets/paper-fleets?ref=discovery&term=paper%20fleets
Stickman Games Website:
Greg and Andy are back for a somewhat abbreviated episode, where they talk about some exciting new developments in the world of Star Wars gaming! Greg has been playing a fair bit of the hit new video game Star Wars Squadrons, and give his impressions of it. Andy then discusses some of the new developments for Fantasy Flight Games' Star Wars Armada, including the new Clone Wars-era ships that are coming in the near future.
Greg and Andy are back with two great segments for Episode 46! First up, the discuss some naval related books they have been reading lately. Later, they have Max and Marcus on from Warlord Games to talk about the recent launch of Victory at Sea, and what might be coming down the line for that game!
Naval Book Review: 45min
Victory At Sea Interview: 1hr 19min
Ruckdog and Landlubber are back with another jam-packed episode of the MBS Podcast! First up, they discuss Command and Control mechanics and Fog of War in naval games. In the second segment, they discuss Oak & Iron, the new Age of Sail game from Firelock Games!
Greetings! After an extended hiatus, Ruckdog and Landlubber are back with a new episode! They start off by catching up on what they've been up to over the last 7 months. Next, Landlubber asks Ruckdog some questions about his recent deployment. Finally, they discuss a few upcoming releases that they are both excited about.
After an (unintenionally) long delay, Episode 43 of the MBS Podcast is here! Greg and Andy catch up a bit, and then spend a little time looking back at 2019 and looking forward to what 2020 may have in store!
This will unfortunately be the last episode for about 6 months, due to Andy's upcoming deployment. MBS will be back and better than ever starting in June/July 2020, so see you then!
Greg and Andy are here once again for another episode of the MBS Podcast! This time around, they are discussing the seeming explosion of new naval games that have recent arrived or have been announced. This then leads into a discussion about the ups and downs of the naval gaming market as a whole.
Set Condition 1 Throughout the ship! Greg and Andy are back for Episode 38 of the MBS Podcast, and this time it's a Battlestar Galactica blowout! First up, Andy interviews Andrea, one of the main designers for the new Battlestar Galactica Starship Miniatures Game. Later, Greg and Andy do a full review of the game.
Interview with Andrea Angiolino: 39 Min
BSG Starship Miniatures Review: 1Hr 15 Min
=Links Discussed In the Show=
Attention all hands, Episode 34 of the MBS podcast has arrived! This month, Greg and Andy discuss the changes that come with game editions, focusing on X-Wing 2.0 and Dystopian Wars 3.0. Later, they discuss a few of their favorite naval history books in a new segment called the MBS Bibliography!
Edition Changes: 32 Min
MBS Bibliography: 1 Hr 23 Min
=Links Discussed In the Show=
Greg and Andy are back with Episode 33 of the MBS podcast! This month, our hosts return to the Naval Game Mechanics topic to discuss Critical Hits and their role in Naval Games. Who doesn't like a good, old-fashioned Magazine Explosion now and then? Later, they do a review of the Solitare/Co-op board game Nemo's War by Victory Point Games, which is based on the Jules Verne novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Critical Hits: 45 Min
Nemo's War Review: 1 Hr 32 Min
=Links Discussed In the Show=
Better late than never, it's Episode 32 of the MBS podcast! In this episode, Greg and Andy sit down with Derek, the creator of Sky Relics. Derek provides some insights into the full story on the game's creation, some background on its setting, and the pros and cons of running a successful gaming Kickstarter. Later, Greg and Andy discuss the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of their own experiences as Kickstarter backers
Sky Relics Interview: 34 Min
Kickstarter Experiences: 1 Hr 30 Min
=Links Discussed In the Show=
Episode 31 of the MBS podcast has arrived! This episode, Greg and Andy discuss the pros and cons of "defined" movement systems (i.e. using a grid of hexes or other shapes) in naval games. Later, they talk about some of the amazing miniatures that are being produced that are not tied to a specific game or rules system.
Defined Movement: 33 Min
Games-Agnostic Minis: 1hr 14 Min
It's time for Episode 30 of the MBS podcast! This episode, Greg and Andy interview the "Two Johns," the fine gentlemen behind Topside Minis, and discuss all of the neat things they have planned over the next year. Later, Greg and Andy review World of Warships Blitz, the mobile version of the World of Warships game for Mac/PC.
TSM Update Interview: 52 Min
WoWS Blitz Review: 1hr 34 Min
Dale is back on Ruckdog's Report to discuss The Expanse, an awesome book and TV series! They first do a spoiler-free discussion of the setting as a whole, and why you might want to check it out if you haven't yet. After a spoiler warning, they then discuss the impending Season 3 of the TV show, and how it might adapt some of the events from the books. Finally, after yet another spoiler warning, they have a no-holds barred discussion of everything, up to and including the most recent book, Persepolis Rising!
Greetings! This month on the MBS Podcast, Greg and Andy tackle two great topics. The first is Ship Miniature Identification; how do you tell what ship is what and who it belongs to on the table? Later, our hosts discuss space combat in the Star Wars universe, and why it seems like Star Destroyers always seem to be exploding!
Ship Miniature Identification: 44 Min
Star Wars Space Combat: 1hr 23 Min
This time around, I take a look back at some of the games from my collection that came out between 2010 and 2012. Was this a "golden age" of sorts for naval gaming?
In addition to the audio format, I've also posted a video version to the MBS YouTube channel!
It's time for the next Ruckdog's Report! This time around, Andy is discussing the challenges associated with trying to manage multiple content "streams." How does he decide what to post on the MBS Blog vice covering on an episode of the MBS Podcast? How does he figure out what should be in the next MBS Youtube video? Tune in and find out!
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
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!
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
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