H&B Podcast Episode 008: Did Someone Say Kickstarter?

In this week’s episode of Hexes & Bows Podcast we wrangle up almost the full cast and dive headfirst into Kickstarters we’re super excited for! We also touch on our recent C2E2 adventures, chat about Star Wars roleplaying games (hey, it was May 4th, we had to!), and lay out some plans for the future of Hexes & Bows!

The Clickables

Games Discussed

Star Wars Destiny, Star Wars RPG, Rakuen, Dungeons and Dragons, Overwatch

H&B Reviews: Adventure Scents

Ever wonder what a barnacle-laden, booty hauling pirate ship really smells like? Then check out our podcast review of Adventure Scents by Jennifer Howlett!

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If you’d like to buy some Adventure Scents for your next tabletop session, head to their website here!

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Scents Reviewed:

Final Review Score:

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H&B Podcast Episode 006: Ambience and NPCs

Jumping back into the swing of things, Joe, Tim, and Hansard spearhead this week’s episode of the podcast!  The cast discusses a rather satirical Kickstarter called, Satanic Panicsetting the mood at the gaming table, and the creative thought processes behind making NPCs.

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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!

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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!

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!

Things a’Brewin’

A big hearty welcome to you, traveler! Of all the domains to stumble on, this is the one you decided to sift through! For now, I’ll be brief.

We here at Hexes & Bows are just beginning our adventure into the world of content creation. While our podcast is still in production, you can watch our live Dungeons and Dragons campaign on Twitch! We typically play one Sunday or Saturday a month for 5-8 hours straight!

If you take a moment to follow this blog (and I insist that you do!), you’ll soon find articles, editorials, instructionals, photography, and storytelling entries written by members of Hexes & Bows.  Stories may be independent or, they could intertwine with our current tabletop campaign and provide additional insight to the characters in our world!

There are plenty of adventures to be shared, traveler, and I do hope you’ll return to share them with us.

Thank you for stopping by and may the glow of your device be ever radiant!