Cigar Box Battle with Chris Ward – Wargaming Recon #183

Chris Ward is the Creative Manager & Blog Administrator for Cigar Box Battle and half of the team behind their incredible gaming mats.  Cory their Content Manager & Gamer Guru couldn’t make this episode..

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Origin Story

Find out has two long time gamers and friends help fill a void in the hobby with their ideas and talents, almost as cool as Batmans Origin story, and more meaningful to wargamers.

The Mats

Chris goes into detail in how the mats are made, desgined and where the ideas are plucked from!

  • Circle Mats

One of the newer offerings of mats, we get to learn more about the popularity and reasoning behind the design.

  • Plush Mats

Some think they are shaved off the back of a rare goat, well youre wrong. Chris gives us the skinny on how these awesome mats are made and where on earth they come up with the idea!

Cigar Box produce a bunch of mats that are licensed to specific battles and rule sets.Are the suitable for Across a Deadly Field or Sam Mustafa’s Blucher?

  • What’s next?  

Listen to Chris divulge some info on whats new!

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Reminders
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  • Read the Episode Guide for sneak peeks at future episodes.
  • Next Episode is 184 releasing on May 29 2017

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Joshua Shoobridge edited the audio for this episode and wrote the show notes.

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Havoc 2017 – Wargaming Recon #180

Havoc is one of the longest-running historical wargaming conventions in New England, 2017 is its 33rd continuous year. This year we record LIVE from Havoc! The best thing about it – it went smoothly!

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5 Convention Pet Peeves – Wargaming Recon #179

You know what really grinds my gears? What gears you ask? Well the GEARS OF WAR(gaming conventions). Join Jonathan today as he vents his mind in regards to what can improve our beloved gaming cons.

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1 – Unnecessarily Difficult Experiences

It shouldn’t be like searching for the Ark of the Covenant to find where you are supposed to be gaming. Failing to number tables for GMs, mentioned in the TotalCon 2017 ep, is a prime example, This is a simple fix and very easy to avoid. Other things would be inadequate gaming space, having the con in hard to find locations, when your GPS says “good luck” when you put in the address is a bad sign.

2 – Registration problems

You should not be able to pre-register for games that are full. Opening pre-registration for hotel rooms and/or the convention too far in advance also falls into this category. Just like a fat person getting small clothes before they lose weight, when the time comes you just don’t know if it will fit.

3 – Unclear rules

The con should have a clearly stated and found code of conduct/terms of service/policies. They should at least state what is or is not allowed and also how monetary transactions are to occur. By this I mean they should say how much a ticket costs, payment methods, etc. If Moses could present 10 rules to the Hebrews, con organisers could come up with a handful of common sense guidelines.

4 – Lack of gaming variety/too much variety

It is annoying when a con has 5 games using a single system/time period to the detriment of all else.  It is also annoying if there’s a lot of different games that don’t cover any of the most popular systems/time periods. Clumping similar games/periods together such as all the WW2 games in a Saturday afternoon slot can be another problem. This tends to rely more on the GMs submitting the games as they submit what they like and when they can run the game.  The con does have a responsibility to intervene. Not everyone can be at the con all weekend or can play in that Saturday afternoon.  You need spread things out. Just like vegemite, it is better if its spread lightly and evenly.

5 – No Attendee Feedback

Every con should strive to provide the best customer service it can. Nobody is perfect and even for those that are great they can benefit from feedback. Every con should have some method for attendees to easily provide feedback. This can be as simple as a SurveyMonkey survey online, feedback forms at the con, or posting on social media. The con needs to take that feedback to heart, think about it, and make any necessary changes.  Don’t be like comic store guy from the Simpsons – “worst feedback ever….”

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Patreon backers get the newest episodes FIRST

Don’t want to wait?  Support Wargaming Recon through Patreon. It costs as little as $1 per per month. That is less than a cup of coffee.
Thank you to:

  1. Patrick
  2. Chris Parker of Day of Battle Games
  3. Kyle from Vermont

$55 away from next Patreon Goal

Reminders
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  • Read the Episode Guide for sneak peeks at future episodes.
  • Next Episode is 180 releasing on April 10 2017

itunes-subscribe


Many thanks to Jeremy Kostiew, Troll ITC’s logo designer, for our amazing logo. Check out his portfolio at MightyNightGaunt.com


Contact Wargaming Recon

We hope you enjoy this episode of Wargaming Recon and welcome your feedback. Send it all to:

Credits
Matthew-Ebel-Logo

Downtown” by Matthew Ebel is our theme song. Please give his other music a listen at www.matthewebel.com.

Joshua Shoobridge edited the audio for this episode and wrote the show notes.

License

This recording is licensed under a Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 3.0 license.

Disclosure

This post may contain links to products or services with which I have an affiliate relationship. I may receive commissions or bonuses from your actions on such links.

rest-in-peace
Wargaming Recon is dedicated to the memory of long time listener Andrew who helped to give the show its name.  I ask all listeners to join me in a moment of silence in Andrew’s honor.