I've put together a short Thank You episode following the Yarkshire Gamer Podcast winner in the Best Podcast category in this year's Little Wars TV Caesar Awards.
Here is a link to the audio show
And if you prefer some pictures as you listen here is the Utubes version.
And if you would rather read the episode below is a "rough" scripts version.
About 18 months ago I started to listen quite heavily to a lot of Historical Wargames Podcasts, sure I had dabbled in the past, the odd Meeples and Miniatures episode here and there, nothing heavy you understand just recreational.
I have a long commute so I consumed a lot quickly, I had lost my music groove, I got fed up with talk radio with its endless politics so I went to my true love Wargaming.
But after not too long a thread started to emerge, it was all about the Skirmish, which is fine if that's your bag, but it wasn't mine. I heard repeated comments on different shows like "you can't do that in 28mm" , "a unit of 12 figures carrying a flag is a colour party" , "a good wargame must take no more than 2 hours and fit on a 6 x 4 table" , "Waterloo is impossible in 28mm" etc etc.
It was all about the Skirmish, Gangs of Rome, Bolt Action, Frostgrave, all cool games I'm sure but not my cup of tea, as I listened more and more I started to think "am I the only one ? Am I the last Big Game Gamer on earth !" I knew I wasn't as many of my friends Game in the same style but it was an eye opener.
It was a slow build but I specifically recall an episode of Sean Clarks wonderful God's Own Scale Podcast (to avoid any doubt I love Sean and his Podcast) when he was interviewing Pete Berry from Baccus and the topic of "You can't do that in 28mm" came up again and Pete went on a bit of a rant about a 28mm 8 inch WW1 British Howitzer that he had seen in a magazine and how stupid it was to have that weapon in that scale etc etc.
That Howitzer was mine. Fuelled by some particularly fine Malt Whisky I decided to put a post on Twitter suggesting I do my own Big Game Podcast. I drifted off in a haze following the Peaty fall down juice and forgot about the whole thing.
I woke the next day to find my notifications on the Twitters had gone mad, there was some support for the idea including my mate Sean Clark encouraging me on.
I looked into it and quickly worked out the basics of recording, editing and releasing a Podcast, so on the 19th February I put out a Pilot Episode. Half an hour of just me talking, explaining what I wanted to do with the show and setting myself 5 episodes to see how it went. Would anyone be interested, could I produce something that was worth listening to, on the 18th February I had no idea. The 5 episode idea was based mostly around my Podcast hoster who made you pay after that number of episodes (one eye on the brass as always 😁).
It was a leap in the dark but I had been around with a blog for the best part of 10 years and was active on Twitter Facebook, YouTube and other Wargames Forums as Yarkshire Gamer so at least someone knew who I was.
I recorded the first episode with Chris Breeze and Gareth Lane and it was just like chatting with some mates down the pub. I had decided on a 4 part format for the show (Introduction, Big Game Chat, Quiz, Big Topic) and to a large extent it worked, in fact the show continues in roughly the same format today.
I edited it all together into a complete episode, without accidentally deleting large chunks of audio and launched it into the World Wide Web. The response was amazing, I smashed all my expectations and loads more people listen into that episode than I ever dreamed would.
I went on to complete the 5 original episodes in about 3 months. I will always be grateful to those guests from the first five shows, Chris and Gareth, Richard Harris from Legendary Wargames, Dr Chris Brown, Colin Ashton and of course Mark Freeth from the Wargames Holiday Centre. They all agreed to come on the show before anyone had heard an episode, they had no idea what they were letting themselves in for but they came along anyway, so once again thank you guys 👍
The show has always been centred on Big Games, like the one from Gerry Elliott my guest from Episode 21, he has 100,000 10mm figs.
The show has never been about, this type of gaming is better than another. If you play Bolt Action there are loads of Podcasts dedicated to that genre of gaming, 40K too has hundreds of shows, all much more popular than mine. This Podcast was there for people who play, enjoy or simply aspire to playing Big Games.
It wasn't and isn't "my bit of the hobby is better than yours" it was "this is my bit of the hobby, I really enjoy it, I want to tell you about it because I've had some of the most enjoyable times gaming this way, have a look, try it, you might enjoy it".