Thursday 17 June 2021

Yarkshire Gamer Podcast Episode 8 - Simon Hall - Mortem et Gloriam


Well this episode came out last Friday and in all the excitement and general chaos of Yarkshire Gamers real life I forgot to post it up on the original Yarkshire Gamer information portal, the blog 🤦. So here it is, if you haven't picked it up already the episode can be listened to directly via the embedded player below or via any major Podcast Host. If you follow me on Podbean (it's free !) you will get a notification of the episodes as they are released, just in case I forget 😆

With 9 episodes (including the Pilot) in the bag the Podcast has come a long way in the 3 or 4 months it's been around. Thanks for listening and following it's much appreciated.

Episode 8 sees me going a long way south of Sheffield, in fact we've gone as far as Cape Town in South Africa.

Simon Hall is a self confessed Big Gamer who also has had a very successful time writing rules, initially as one of the team on Fields of Glory before more recently publishing his own set of Ancient / Medieval rules Mortem at Gloriam.

Over the course of the show we cover many topics, Simon admits to owning over 60,000 figures and claims not to me mostly a collector on the Venn Diagram of Wargaming. We discuss Wargames skills in business (something I touched on in the last episode with Nick Skinner).

The Big Game section covers some great huge games from my guests past, a WW2 Normandy landing on a 30ft square Judo Mat and a huge WW2 Eastern Front game where the Russian and German Commanders were locked in a room with only a phone for communication !

For a lad from "that place over the hill" (Simon was born in Burnley) he does pretty well on the quiz and despite his protestations that the final mark should be out of 19, he got 75% from 20.

For the Big Topic I talk to Simon about his Mortem et Gloriam rule set, although they appear Competition Based as many Ancient style rules do, I chat with Simon about how they were developed for Big Games and go through a couple of the most interesting mechanisms in the set. If I sound like a fan boy its because I like the rules. Dont worry as a Yarkshireman if I didn't I'd tell thee !

Mortem et Gloriam is avaliable from the site below and other major gaming retailers,

The next episode should see me go on the Road for a trip to the Big Game Figure Manufacturing Legend that is Elite Miniatures.

In the meantime if you missed the previous episode with Nick Skinner of Toofatlardies where we talk about the WW1 set If the Lord Spares Us it's available now on the Utubes accompanied by lots of pretty pictures.



The Yarkshire Gamer


  1. Ken,
    Great chat as usual and really enjoyed it. Over the years I have played WRG, Shock of Impact, FOG, Hail Caesar and Sword and Spear but always felt that they were missing something. Looks like I need to check out the MEG You tube channel.
    Thanks again, keep up the great work
    Ian F

    1. Thanks Ian, the thing that interested me was more that Simon uses them for Big Games, understandably Simon has concentrated on the competition points scene which is where most Ancients players are. We are on a big run of Italian Wars games at the moment but I hope to have a go with the YG team soon.