Little Wars FM
Board Game Design with Volko Ruhnke

Board Game Design with Volko Ruhnke

March 26, 2021

This week on Little Wars FM, Tom and Greg sit down with legendary game designer Volko Ruhnke. Published by GMT Games, his innovative COIN series includes popular titles Fire in the Lake, Andean Abyss, and many more. We talk about inspiration for new project, his rule design process, and what he's working on next. Then we ask Volko to look into his crystal ball and forecast future trends in board gaming. Finally, we brainstorm ways to promote more crossover between the miniature gaming and board gaming wings of the tabletop hobby. It's a fascinating, in-depth discussion and we want to thank Volko Ruhnke for joining us on the show! To learn more about his games, you can visit GMT Games at http://www.gmtgames.com and you can follow Volko on Twitter @Volko26!   

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge

The Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge

January 28, 2021

Little Wars FM talks to the creator of an annual, international painting event--the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge. Curt Campbell shares the origins of the idea, how it works, and why some playful peer pressure might just be the motivation we all need to tackle the mountain of unpainted miniatures on our desks. But even if you don't want to join in the event yourself, you can still go to the official event blog to see daily photos of all the miniatures being completed!

Visit http://thepaintingchallenge.blogspot.com to follow along and see some fantastic figures. Our thanks to Curt for joining us today and sharing his journey with the Analogue Hobbies Painting Challenge!

Miniwargaming: A YouTube Trailblazer

Miniwargaming: A YouTube Trailblazer

December 17, 2020

Today on Little Wars FM Greg interviews Matthew from Miniwargaming, one of the oldest and largest miniature tabletop gaming channels on YouTube. Back in 2007 when Matthew and Dave started their channel, YouTube was in its infancy and their decision to build a professional business around video content for wargaming was a huge leap of faith. Over a decade later, they've grown exponentially and blazed a path for all the tabletop channels that followed in their steps, including our own channel, Little Wars TV. Matthew joins us to talk about the early challenges of Miniwargaming, what life is like as a full time content creator in 2020, and what opportunities are still ahead in the years to come. If you've ever considered making YouTube videos on your own--or you want a peek behind the curtain of a major channel's operations--this is a can't miss episode! And for a closer look at what the team at Miniwargaming is doing these days, be sure to visit them at http://www.miniwargaming.com 

Bringing Wargaming to the Classroom

Bringing Wargaming to the Classroom

November 12, 2020

It's a "back to school special" in the latest episode of Little Wars FM as Steve sits down to talk with high school history teacher Jared Fishman of the Hackley School! Jared is a long-time wargamer who integrates historical wargaming, simulations and role-playing into his own curriculum and sees colleagues increasingly doing the same. Now, with the support of the Historical Miniature Gaming Society, he's poised to lead a new initiative seeking to help fellow educators far and wide replicate what he's done at Hackley -- something that may have long-lasting positive effects on history education and historical gaming. We hope you enjoy this episode!

The Future of Wargaming (according to Osprey Games)

The Future of Wargaming (according to Osprey Games)

September 17, 2020

We talk to Phil Smith, the head of Osprey Games, about the future of wargaming and how he sees the tabletop hobby evolving. How does Osprey develop new games? Why are there so many skirmish wargames these days? What's his favorite Osprey Game that doesn't get enough attention? In ten years will all rule books be "digital only?" We explore all these topics in more with Phil Smith. Enjoy the show! 

 

Welcome to Little Wars FM!

Welcome to Little Wars FM!

September 3, 2020

In this quick introduction to the show, we'll briefly explain why we started Little Wars FM, what you can expect to hear on the show, and how frequently new episodes will air. This is a premium podcast supported by our patrons. and if you enjoy the sampling of episodes we make public, we encourage you to visit us on Patreon for access to every episode available! This show is a companion podcast to our YouTube channel, Little Wars TV, where we play historical tabletop wargames to fight the great battles of military history and test alternate strategies.

Enjoy the show! And if you do, be sure to subscribe to both the podcast and to our YouTube channel for a fun exploration of wargames, history, and the occasional dram of fine Scotch. 

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