Hexes & Bows: Return of the Podcast

Hey everyone!

I wanted to take a moment to apologize for not posting new episodes or content these last two weeks. Life is very hectic (in the best of ways) right now, and we were on hiatus for at least one of those weeks due to Extra Life United.

Our very own Hansard deserves a shoutout for playing games hard and earning a seat in the top 10 finalists at the Extra Life United tournament. He brings home $4,500 for his local children’s hospital! Great job, Hansard! We’re proud of you!

Now that schedules and personal obligations are set, we’ve got lots of plans coming to H&B that we want to share with you!

The podcast will be returning to its regular Monday release with the exception of tomorrow. Joe, Tim, and Hansard recorded an awesome episode that will be published shortly!

We’ll also start welcoming guests onto the show! The creators of Shattered Dawn on Kickstarter will be joining us April 6th to discuss their game! On April 20th, we’ll be welcoming miniature painter Iron Tusk Painting to share his work and some tips!

Speaking of Kickstarter, do check out Squarriors: TCG! We spoke of them back during episode one of our podcast. The project is live and funded in the first 12 hours! Creators Ashley Witter and Ash Maczko will be livestreaming April 6th to answer questions, so be sure to tune in!

Our next livestream of Dungeons and Dragons will be on April 16th at 1pm so come hang out, relax, and enjoy a roleplaying adventure with Grohl, Taliel, Makaria, and Teak as the mysterious Fey Queen visits the Material Plane in Neverwinter!

Thanks so much for listening! We can’t wait to make more tabletop related content for you!

H&B Podcast Episode 005: When is a Quest Not a Quest?

Did someone say roleplaying? Yes! Hexes & Bows Podcast finally starts roleplaying with special guest Chris from Car Bomb Podcast!

We’re joined today by variety podcaster Chris from Car Bomb Podcast (check out their show here!).  Us Americans are taught a thing or two about Tim Hortons and the paranoia and curse of playing “roll up the rim.” We also get a little serious and inquire about making roleplaying games more accessible by using American Sign Language.  While we don’t have any real answers, please inform us if you or someone you know plays any sort of TRPG while using ASL, we’d love to learn more!

This week Kickstarter recommendations include Companion’s Tale, Innocents, and Shore of Anaverde Card Set. Be sure to listen to learn more about these interesting games!

Now, we know we’ve been talking about roleplaying on the show, but tonight we finally begin! Sit back and listen to the stories of a group of NPC townsfolk kibitzing and kvelling in the Scroll and Bottle tavern hidden above a bookstore.  What happens when the city of Galter’s Mayor decides to squander away all of their taxes on a giant, singular diamond?


 

If your adventuring party does something silly, crazy, ridiculous, or just obscene to local NPCs, let us know! We’d love to share your experience as if your party traversed through the city of Galter!

Thanks for listening!

Be sure to follow us here on WordPress, Instagramand Twitter: we love hearing your comments and seeing what you’re playing!

Don’t forget to give a listen to Car Bomb Podcast for a variety of topics from geek to gaming to movies to music and so much more!

H&B Podcast Episode 004: 50 Shades of Gaming

Today’s Hexes & Bows Podcast episode is a little special.  Mr. and Mrs. Gnome have a solid heart-to-heart conversation about the influence of gaming in a relationship.

There are plenty of ways to get past hurdles in a relationship, but one of the best ways, at least for Joey and Tara, is discovering new board games and other games to play together.  Cooperative games are incredibly important in this geeky couple’s relationship and aided them in building stronger communication skills while deepening their 10 year relationship.

We also go a little deeper into how Dungeons and Dragons offers a deeper connection than other games have and the importance of storytelling and using your imagination.

Let us know what games you enjoy playing with your significant other! We’re always looking for new games to try out!

Games Discussed

World of Warcraft, Settlers of Catan, Elder Signs, Dungeons & Dragons, World of Darkness, Dead of Winter, Forbidden Island, Once Upon a Time, Descent, Arkham Horror, Apples to Apples, Cards Against Humanity, Secret Hitler, Masquerada, 

Additional Reading

  • Gamer Love by Gnomedic, details games to try out with your love and the importance of sharing a common hobby to help strengthen a relationship

 

Atlantis Miniatures – Review

As a tabletop gamer who loves accessories, I find it increasingly difficult to find miniatures that are both highly detailed and affordable. Reaper Miniatures offers the standard go-to for miniature figures for tabletop roleplayers and while the affordability is there, the lack of diversity makes the figures quite tired after years of staring at a catalog of the same minis.

Then there’s things like Hero Forge (I’ll review that next!), where you can get detailed, customizable, 3D-printed miniatures. This is SUPER awesome, until you look at the price.  At $30 a miniature (for the premium plastic), that’s an awfully steep price when you’re a Dungeon Master trying to maximize visualization on your table.

You can also use the official Dungeons and Dragons or Pathfinder miniatures. They come pre-painted and run $10-$15 per a blind box which usually contains four minis.  The downside? They’re pretty awful looking.

So, what else is out there?

Atlantis Miniatures.

I came across this company randomly on Facebook and was immediately impressed by their digitally rendered models. The detail in every miniature was intricate, giving every single creature a distinct personality.

goblininfantry2_preorder_grandeThe Goblins Infantry set is what drew me in.  For years, I’ve been visually assaulted with little goblins, usually green in color, large, weird smiles, oblong bodies, and hardly imposing; annoying, yes, but imposing? No. The Atlantis Miniatures goblins are JACKED! They bench press 450 and eat iron shields for breakfast! Seriously, look at those abs!

There is so much detail in each miniature goblin that you almost want to take the time to name them, give them personalities, and make an NPC sheet for them! The Orc set is no different! These are vicious looking orcs, menacing even! Plus, there’s a female orc model!

On top the of Orcs and Goblins sets, Atlantis Miniatures also offers creatures such as animals and monster creatures such as the gorgeous looking Ettin (seriously, I want it so bad!) and the Wyvern.  The 3D models are just stunning, full of detail and personality. But, the biggest question I wanted to know: do these miniatures look as good in person as they do online?

The answer?  Yes, so far!orcfemale_render_grande

I immediately ordered the War Bear to replace my druid’s current bear form model (taken from one of the D&D board games). Needless to say, after over three weeks of waiting (they were kind enough to offer a coupon for the delay in shipping, they usually ship much faster than that, even across the pond), I cut open the plastic package and felt the truly awesome power of the mini in my hand.

It wasn’t heavy like pewter figures, but it was much heavier than a rubber or plastic one.  The details were sharp, deep, and very defined.  I could make out all of the individual clusters of hair on the bear, along with deeper details in the teeth, tongue, and claws.  The only place that did not really have a lot of detail were the feet.  The claws were disappointingly flat.  However, that is not a reason to dismiss this mini. I ended up covering the feet with terrain material.

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Priming the mini was easy.  I used a fine, grey primer that stuck to it and dried quickly with no issues.  I then coated the bear in a thin layer of beige, not quite sure of what I wanted to do just yet.  When it came to washing, I did notice that the crevices of all the details were so deep that they soaked up most of the wash.  Deeper areas ended up pooling, so I had to thicken up my wash with paint.

Dry-brushing was a breeze! With all the nooks and crannies, I wish I hadn’t needed to pain the miniature bear black (sloth bear!) because the fur is just so detailed that you could really go nuts with different layers of fur-coloring!

I ended up using hot glue (couldn’t find my plastic glue) to secure the bear to the large round base that came with the mini. It stuck, no problem.  A little wood glue and some terrain materials finished the figure off rather nicely (I’m a novice, especially with basing, but this was big enough and easy to manage).

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Despite the problems with shipping, the customer service and response times were wonderful. Dan was very pleasant over e-mails and resolved the issue promptly.  The miniature itself looked identical to the 3D rendered image presented on the website.  I was so pleased with how well this handled paint, the stability and heftiness of the figure, and the amount of detail overall that I placed an order for the goblin infantry set, forest trolls set, Minotaur, and cave troll.  Overboard? Probably. But they were on sale and this simple little War Bear miniature sold me on their value.

The cost is something that may turn people away (the War Bear was about $15USD with shipping, other minis cost between $8-$75+), but when you’re stuck between the crummy, lackluster quality of mass-produced official miniatures or the old tired-but-true Reaper models, paying a little more for a quality product was completely worth it in my eyes.

Atlantis Miniatures receives 9 out of 10 for quality, customer service, creativity, and delivery.

You can order and pre-order Atlantis Miniatures from their website here.  They are also launching a Kickstarter featuring Dwarven models!


Let me know if you’ve ordered from Atlantis Miniatures before! What do you think about their product? Does the pricing scare you off or would you like to see them produce more creatures ?

H&B Podcast 003: Roll to Seduce the Centaur

Edit: SoundCloud is being silly and stopping the episode at the 50′ mark. We recommend listening to this week’s episode on iTunes or TuneIn! Sorry for any inconvenience!

Another awesome episode of Hexes & Bows is out today! (Be warned, there’s a bit of nsfw language use in this one!)

Fill your ears with the sweet, sultry voices of Gnome, Tim, Hansard, and first time co-host, Tara (aka Mrs. Gnome!). There’s plenty to talk about today, with topics ranging from roleplaying in non-roleplaying games, zombies, zombies, zombies!, and Gnome’s personal favorite topic of late 80s / early 90s childhood board games!

This week’s Kickstarter Spotlight showcases the very cool, very large game by ODAM Publishing called The Shared Dream. Listen to the podcast, see if it interests you, then head to their Kickstarter page and pledge! Act fast, because by the time this posts, the game has only 2 days left (but it’s already been funded!).

Is there a game you’d love to dig up from the attic or repurchase in order to play again? Let us know in the comments!

Games Discussed:

Dead of Winter, Pandemic, ODAM: The Shared Dream, Elder Signs, Lego games, COD, Pretty Pretty Princess, Mall Madness, Parasite Eve, Resident Evil, Zombicide, World of Warcraft, Lord of the Rings, Vampire the Masquerade, World of Darkness, Dream Phone, Crossfire, Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?, Perfection, Cards Against Humanity, Lotteria

The Clickables!

*Dear Listener ❤

We apologize for some of the audio and for some conversations stepping over others. We were trying a new thing with the microphones and it did not work out. We’re still learning the game, so thank you kindly for your patience and understanding!

Sincerely,
The Hexes & Bows Podcast Team

P.S. Also, don’t stick metal things in electric things. Don’t do it. We aren’t responsible if you do. -.-

H&B Podcast Episode 002: Roll Baby Roll

Animorphs, dice superstitions, successful Kickstarter campaigns, and Mayor Dick Hammond!

On this week’s episode of the Hexes & Bows Podcast, Gnome, Hansard, Joe, and Tim talk about the geeky culture of dice superstitions! It’s real (it’s not) and it effects all kinds of games and gamers! We also discuss some interesting Kickstarter tabletop gaming campaigns as well as set the stage for our roleplaying campaign at the end of the episode!

For more information, articles, stories, podcasts, and live D&D games, head to www.hexesandbows.com! Follow us on Twitter @hexesnbows and be sure to leave a comment about the various topics mentioned in this week’s podcast!

Thanks so much for listening! See you next week!

Games Discussed:

Mega Man the Board Game, Tak: A Beautiful Game, Noisy Person Cards, Star Wars Dice, Dungeons & Dragons

The Clickables!

Valentine’s Day Digital Deals with Asmodee

Nothing says, “I love you,” more than a quality tabletop gaming session on Valentine’s Day. 

This time around, skip the hassle of setting up a complex game and use that time to snuggle with your beloved on the couch and pass around your handheld device!

Asmodee Digital is offering a fantastic sale on their games for the holiday this week! From now until February 19th, you can purchase the following digitized board games for your iOS and Android devices, as well as on Steam:

iOS & Android:

  • Colt Express – $2.99
  • Mr. Jack – $2.99
  • Mysterium – $4.99
  • Pandemic – $2.99
  • Potion Explosion – $2.99

Steam:

  • Colt Express – $4.99
  • Mysterium – $6.99

Happy gaming and happy Valentine’s Day!

H&B Podcast: Episode 001

It’s here! It’s here! Hexes & Bows finally has a podcast!  Grab some lunch, pop in those earbuds and come hang out with Gnome, Hansard, Tim, and Joe in their very first podcast episode!

Today we discuss our first experiences into the tabletop gaming world, which games we love and hate, and how games influenced our lives growing up.

Games Discussed

Gloom, Star Wars FFG, D&D 5e, Pathfinder, World of Darkness, Arkham Horror, Checkers, Chess, Risk, Mastermind, Vampire the Masquerade, VtM: Bloodlines

Cool Stuff Mentioned


What are some games you played growing up? What games do you play now? Let us know in the comments!

Meet the Cast

Podcast Team

17190959_1224222267693352_4483168509959382449_nName: Joey “Gnomedic” Barranco
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
H&B Position: Producer, Writer, Podcaster
Profession: Paramedic, Writer
Favorite Tabletop Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill
Favorite Video Game: Final Fantasy VIII
Favorite Movie: UP!
Favorite Book: Dragons of Autumn Twilight
Biography: Gnome is a paramedic, writer, gamer, and geek extraordinaire. He studies Technical Communication and Media Analysis at Arizona State University (and is looking for employment opportunities! *hinthintwinkwink*). When he’s not being a real-life healer, he plays one in various games like Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Dungeons & Dragons, and more! Gnome also writes videogame reviews for Brutal Gamer and Marooners’ Rock, juggling the rest of his time livestreaming on Twitch, making YouTube videos, running a D&D campaign, and volunteering with Extra Life to raise money for sick and injured kids at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
Interesting Fact: Too tall to be a gnome, too short to be a human.

Follow Gnome on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Twitch | YouTube | Extra Life |

timName: Tim McLaughlin Jr.
Location
: Greenfield, MA, USA
H&B Position: Podcaster
Profession: Audio Engineer, Writer, Artist
Favorite Tabletop Game: Mutans and Masterminds
Favorite Video Game: Dragon Age: Inquisition
Favorite Movie: Big Fish
Favorite Music: The Mountain Goats, Josh Garrells
Biography: Webcartoonist, pastor-in-training and thrice-failed church planter, freelance artist/writer, husband, father, and audio engineer. Let’s do this.
Interesting Fact: I can’t wear watches because anything digital or analog that stays consistently close to me dies within a couple days. If I put them away shortly thereafter, though, they generally recover.

Follow Tim on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Twitch | SoundCloud| Extra Life |
Tim’s Web Comic: Fatebound | Redbubble | Tumblr 

joeName: Joe “DaddyGamer” Siemsen
Location
: Minneapolis, MN, USA
H&B Position: Podcaster
Profession: Freelance Video Editor, Animation & Motion Graphics
Favorite Tabletop Game: Star Wars FFG, LotR CG, MTG, D&D
Favorite Video Game: Uncharted 4, Mass Effect 2, Chrono Trigger, Legend of Dragoon, LoZ Twilight Princess, Final Fantasy IX
Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Favorite Book: Kingskiller Chronicles
Biography: In a moment of particular brilliance realized that he could combine all of his major passions into one! Locking himself away in the den he went to work. Almost breaking under the pressure of self criticism he was finished… Thus Daddy Gamer was born! Aside from that I make videos while trying to manage a family, I seem to be doing alright so far.
Interesting Fact: I lost 4 baby teeth in the 8th grade

Follow Joe on social media: Twitter YouTube | Facebook |

16864216_10154461472208434_241830407975789077_nName:”The Hansard”
Location
: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
H&B Position: Podcaster
Profession: Aspiring Super Villain
Favorite Tabletop Game: Mansions of Madness
Favorite Video Game: Chrono Trigger
Favorite Movie: Fight Club
Favorite Book: Dune
Biography: Canadian, tea drinker, aspiring super villain.
Interesting Fact: Hansard probably is an NPC.

Follow Hansard on social media: Twitter | Twitch |


D&D Team

IMG_9268Name: Joey “Gnome” Barranco
H&B Position: Dungeon Master, Teak

Info: Gnome guides his fellow roleplayers through epic adventures across the realm of Faerun of the Forgotten Realms.  The party began their story with the D&D 5e Starter Kit campaign, Lost Mines of Phandelver. After successfully completing the official adventure, the story continues in an alternate version of Neverwinter where anything is possible for the adventurers. Gnome also plays the lovable Teak, a mute, gnome druid of unknown origin who befriended Taliel months prior to their adventure in Phandalin. He often serves as the party’s off-tank and main healer, though, his methods may be a little… out there.

18360550_10154654273867843_1674794285_nName: Tony (Trout Knight)
Location: Chicago, IL, USA
H&B Position: Roleplayer, Beard Enthusiast.
Character: Grohl Thundermaw, Half-Goliath Fighter
Profession: Operator
Favorite Tabletop Game: Ticket to Ride. 10′ to Kill
Favorite Video Game: Final Fantasy VII
Favorite Movie: Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back
Favorite Book: The Last Command
Biography: In a wrestling match nobody bites like Tony
For there’s no one as burly and brawny
As you see I’ve got biceps to spare
Not a bit of him’s scraggly or scrawny
No one hits like Tony
Matches wits like Tony

My, what a guy, Tony!

Tony is an old school gamer and second to none nerd. Despite working full time and part time in school, that doesn’t stop him from one of his passions which in tabletop gaming. Like may others, he is a recovering World of Warcraft addict that could relapse at any time :D. Most of his gaming now consists of The Witcher III and Overwatch.
Interesting Fact: The nickname Trout Knight was bestowed upon Tony and he wear this title with pride.

Follow Tony on social media: Instagram

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Name:  Tara
Location:  An enchanted glass sphere
H&B Position: Roleplayer, Podcaster
Character: Taliel Anestacia, Wood Elf Ranger
Profession: Medical Biller
Favorite Tabletop Game: Pandemic
Favorite Video Game: Legends of Dragoon/Overwatch
Favorite Movie: Practical Magic
Favorite Book: Anita Blake series
BiographyTara’s geekdom started with a Harlequin Romance novel about a Fairy Queen, her personal character designs, RP via Rhy’Din on AOL (omg), creative writing, sketching/art and solo video gaming. This expanded into becoming a Marvel fangirl, Dark Horse enthusiast, and DC Comics’ side-chick which eventually lead to the rabbit hole known as World of Warcraft and the idea of MMOs. Still a solo gamer at heart she’s happy to share in the geeky world of nerdisms with others in the community.
Interesting Fact: Can’t play Crash Bandicoot without Janet Jackson’s 1997 The Velvet Rope CD playing.
Name: Chrissy Deluge

Location: Chicago, IL
H&B Position: Roleplayer
Character: Makaria, Tiefling Sorceress
Profession: EMT
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Past Cast Members: Cody Kohl as Jelal, Devon Kohl as Enzo, Crash Neubauer as Ricochet

D&D Live Stream on Twitch!

Greetings, adventure seekers!

Our next live stream of Dungeons and Dragons will be Saturday, January 28th at 2pm CST! 

Join Grohl, Taliel, Teak, and returning guest, Ricochet as they continue exploring the nooks and crannies of Neverwinter! With two weeks until their employment under Lord Protector Neverember, who knows what adventure they’ll uncover! 

You can catch up with our campaign sessions on YouTube!

Be sure to catch us live for a chance to alter the game! Our dice tremble by the possibility of your fate-altering reroll tokens!