This Week in 40K Podcasting – 03/08/2013 – 03/14/2013

Welcome to another “This Week in 40K Podcasting,”
Here is this week’s top 5!
The Overlords – Episode 122 ***Explicit***
Highlights:  This week, Jason, Ciaran, and Adam opened up the show with some announcements and news where they covered a bit about the upcoming Salute 2013.  Next, each of the guys covered what they have been doing lately in gaming and the hobby.  This included a very brief look at the new Chaos Daemons Codex.   Jason then had an interview with Commissar Random, straight from Japan.  They discussed a bit about the state of the hobby there in Japan, how the GW hobby itself is not that much of a big deal there in Japan, and the Robot Modeling hobby being huge there.  Up next, the boys sat down and discussed ‘Creating a Background’ for your army.  This included their processes for creating background stories and information for their armies and special Characters.  They also discussed how their army composition and paint theme can reflect a theme.  Then, Ciaran led a conversation about Buildings in 40K.  This was a detailed look at the current rules from the rulebook and some explanations of their implications and uses in a game.  This also included a clarification on Emplaced Guns and Gun Emplacements confusions in 6th Edition.  They also answered some questions from their fans on the topic of Building in the game.  To close out the show, Liam and Trevor joined the show for a segment on the Horus Hersey era armies.  The boys not only talked about some of the rules that Betrayal brought us but also discussed some ideas for themes and bits to spruce up your army for the proper time period and how to create a Legion army.  
Opinion:  The guys turned in a really good show this week, and I really enjoyed the conversation on Buildings.  I have to admit, my gaming group rarely uses the rules for Buildings, so a good refresher course was well needed for me.  Hearing from Jon was awesome too, we miss you man!  And the show topped off with some great tips for making a Horus Hersey army.  Overall, my top pick for the week! 
40K UK – Episode 65 ***Explicit*** 
Highlights:  This week is another 4+ hour show, covering part two of their coverage of the ‘Battlefield Birmingham’ tournament.  First was the detailed review of day two of the event.  This included a refresher on what they took to the event and a blow-by-blow review of each of their second day games, which included mission descriptions, deployment, and every detail of the match.  At the end the boys gave an overall evaluation of the event, including the venue it was held at, the terrain, the missions and scoring, and much more.  They also discuss how this event really served as practice for the ETC this year.  Then, Franco had an interview with Matt Robertson, who participated in the ‘Battlefield Birmingham’ tournament and they discussed his disgusting triple Heldrake/Ork list that went 5-0 at the event.  They talked about how he developed the list into its current form and the tactics he uses with the list, including the possibility of adding the new Daemons to his army.  Then, Dave, Franco, Adam, Matt, and Gareth have a sit down and discuss Adam’s Daemons list that he won the ‘Battlefield Birmingham’ tournament with.  Now, this was for the old Codex, so a lot that is in here is no longer valid, but still interesting to hear.    
Opinion:  Overall, I am overwhelmingly happy that the boys broke this show up into three separate shows instead of a 10+ hour monster of a show!  Thank You!  This week’s show brings to a conclusion a great review of a cool event.  Overall, these three shows are dripping with tactics and strategy on the UK circuit.  I highly recommend this one, but catch the other two as well!
The 11th Company – Episode 154 
Highlights:  This week the boys clocked in with a massive 4+ hour show full of BAO and Chaos Daemons goodness.  They opened up the show with ‘This Week in Gaming’ where they covered the games they have been playing lately.  This included their personal reactions to the Daemon’s Codex, the BAO being won by Lizz Foster and some of the confusion and pitfalls of running a major event like the BAO, and Neil’s defeats at the Indy Open with is mess around list.  Next, in ‘Tactical Terrain’, Eric, Alan and Anthony reviewed their experience at the Bay Area Open.  Each of them went over the lists that they took to the event and discussed their games briefly.  When available, Eric had an interview with an opponent from that game, which included some first impressions of the new Daemons Codex.  Then, in Segmentum Obscurus, Kevin and Alan are back and took a good solid look at Foot Eldar in 6thEdition.  They cover what units best make up a Foot ‘Dar army and some of the tactics to running it.  The boys closed out the show with their quick impressions of the new Chaos Daemons Codex.  They discussed how the Xenos Codices seems to be getting the upper hand on Marine codices in 6th, some of the major changes to the Codex, and its overall winners like the Great Unclean One, Slaanesh and more.    
Opinion:  The boys turned in a pretty good show this week, with a very Bay Area Open feel to this week, and why not, as something very historic happened there.  I really enjoyed hearing from several participants of this great event and I’m quite jealous that I have nothing close to this good in my area.  There was a great segment in the middle on Foot Eldar and hearing their first impressions on Codex Daemons was worth the wait.  I am really looking forward to a full review of the Codex here soon! 
Imperial Vox Cast – Episode 92 ***Explicit***

Highlights:  This week, Bill and Carl from the Independent Characters took a first look at the new Chaos Daemons Codex.  They opened up the show with what they have been up to lately in gaming and the hobby.  Up next, Bill and Carl moved on to their first look at the new Chaos Daemons Codex starting with how it compares to the Chaos Space Marine Codex and how well the two work together.  They then cover each of the alignments of Chaos and their benefits, the Daemonic Instability rule, their Warlord Traits, and the interesting things in the Warp Strom Table.  They move on to discuss the new deployment rules for the army before looking at some of the top HQ units from the book, including the Heralds.  They moved on to highlight the Troop choices, discussing the points cost drop on the models and their move to a more hoard style army.  They then moved on to push through the rest of the Codex, sorted by god of Chaos, and hit on some of the highlight models.  This included the great Soul Grinder! 

Opinion:  Overall this was a good first look at the real Codex.  As the Independent Characters had a rough week this week, if you need your extra dose of Carl, and don’t we all, you can find him here.  I did find myself wanting for a bit more in this review, but it was clear they tried to get in as much as they could under a short timeframe.  So for what it was, it was pretty good. 

The Independent Characters – Episode 74

Highlights:  This week the boys had some issues recording for their scheduled time frame.  So, what they did was released a pre-recorded ‘Warrior Lodge’ segment for this week’s show.  Carl opened up the show with a few announcements and a few ‘thanks’ before moving on to the ‘Warrior Lodge’.  This time, Carl, Addon, JR, and Jason sit down to discuss several hot topics.  Their first topic was one of my favorites, eBay wins and losses, which included some great tips for what to watch for when buying on eBay.  They moved on to discuss what they called the Third Army, which is terrain and fortifications in games of 40K.  Specifically they talked about the Bay Area Open and what they learned about fortifications in tournaments.  Next, the boys discussed the deployments and missions of 6th Edition and give their overall opinion on them and shared some great stories.  Next, they took a look at the internet and its effect on the game.  Is the internet a good or bad thing for 40K?  They covered the topics of Net Listing, Rankings, Tournaments, Podcasts, Community building and much more.  They closed out the segment with some fun dice superstitions! 

Opinion:  First, I am glad to see the guys got their technically issues straightened out, and that we will not go wanting for this great show.  Now, as for this week, despite being much shorter then we have grown accustomed to, this was still a lot of fun.  It covered on a lot of topics I enjoyed, from the adventures with eBay to the double edged sword that is the internet on our hobby.  Check it out!

Honorable Mentions– All great podcasts that just missed this cut this week, but you should still check them out, in no particular order:
Signals from the Frontline ***Explicit***  BAO Feedback and reflections, List reviews, rumors and ramblings!
Jaded Gamercast – Episode 118 ***Explicit***  Daemons of Chaos Codex Review!
Skaredcast – Episode 37  Current Meta in 6th Ed and building lists for it Tyrant’s Due – Episode 40 ***Explicit*** News, Rumors, Titanforge and a Codex Daemons Review

Battle Plan Roll 6s – Episode 17 ***Explicit***  Codex Daemons Review

Hitting on 3s – Episode 20 ***Explicit***  Fantast Talk, KR Multicase Kickstarter, Space Hulk, DSR Interview, and much more!

6’s to Hit – Episode 21 ***Explicit***  Best and Worst Gaming Moments!

So, that is it for This Week in 40K podcasting, thanks for reading. Got a podcast all about 40K, or mostly 40K that I am not listening to? Let me know about it, and let me know about it.  Also you can find me on My YouTube Channelfor Battle Reports, Tactics, Reviews and more! Disagree with my review? Post comments for that too!

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