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Guild Ball is the game of medieval fantasy football from Steamforged Games. The Century War has wracked the land, and all that forges the fractious nations of the new Empire together is the blood-sport of Guild Ball, brought together by the scheming Guilds. Will you play the slippery Fishermen, the arcane Alchemists, or the suspicious Union? Read some articles, listen to some podcasts, watch some videos, and maybe you’ll find out which is best for you!

MoM’s Podcast #68

Posted by on 11:59 pm

  MoM’s Podcast #68 — A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast Topics:   Time Stamps: 0:02:30 = DieCon Masters 0:30:00 = Off the Scrap Heap (Feora1 and Ashlynn) 0:57:30 = List Selections in Tourneys   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:13:36 — 33.7MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Hacking the Cortex: Men Sana In Corpore Sano

Posted by on 10:02 am

Last week, Josh Simpson asked a question about staying sharp and on your feet for the duration of a long day of tournament games. There are a number of factors involved, and I’ll be looking at them all over the next little while, but today I’ll be looking at one of the least discussed – what you should eat on the day of a tournament to maximize concentration. The work done by the brain accounts for 10-20% of the body’s energy consumption (Though, notably, still requires 800,000 times less than the world’s best supercomputer, and does twice as many FLOPs). Neurons are in a constant state of metabolic activity, continuing to do work even while you sleep, and spend a whole lot of energy shooting lightning at each other. You think by making lightning inside your skull. It was awesome to me as an eight year old, and it’s still awesome now. In order to do all of that hard work, the brain requires glucose. Glucose is the only thing which the brain burns for energy, and low levels of circulating glucose are associated with loss of concentration and memory function. As such, on the most basic level, to maintain the ability to think clearly through a day of Warmachine, you need to keep a steady level of glucose. The best foods for this are complex carbohydrates. They are long chains of sugar molecules which the body breaks down into glucose over time, meaning there is a steady release of energy. You want to start the day with a good breakfast containing a lot of these, so turn to natural foods – bagels, bananas, porridge, or muesli. Or some combination of the above. You want to add some protein to the mix as well, and just for sheer deliciousness I suggest a Canadian Breakfast – fried banana, bacon, and pancakes. It has all of the above, and is way more awesome than I could ever have predicted (For best results, make the pancakes yourself and use less processed ingredients ). It’s also important to maintain your levels of blood sugar throughout the day. Spiking high or low isn’t just for dice, and very high or very low blood sugar also impacts your concentration. Low blood sugar deprives the brain of energy, while high blood sugar causes insulin production to spike, pulling sugar out of the bloodstream for storage. To avoid low blood sugar, snack throughout the day. Your best foods here are nuts and dried fruit, and (depending again on the amount of processed sugar involved) chocolate. Dark chocolate is best as it is generally less processed. Many of us turn to foods with a lot of processed sugar in them for an energy kick, but because they trigger insulin production, they’re a bad long term prospect. The initial high wears off fast, and high insulin levels mean that you’ve probably worked yourself closer to a crash. Because of that, I’d recommend avoiding sweets and soft drinks as your energy fixers. To add to the Bad News for soft drink drinkers, they reduce the amount of pure water you tend to drink, which can lead to dehydration. Don’t get dehydrated. Shockingly, water is best. You need about 1.5 L over the course of the day, and it’s best to...

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Board Game Spotlight: CLASH !!

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**NOTE**  I’m posting this for a friend of the show.  It looks like a pretty interesting game and I think everyone should check it out !!  –PA   Board Game Spotlight: CLASH! At the moment I have a project on up Kickstarter, it’s for the creation of a really fun steampunk fantasy card game me and my friends have been working on for the past 6 months called CLASH! I’m trying to take all my favorite elements from different games(I play everything from lords of waterdeep, to warmahordes, to l5r, to king of Tokyo) and put them together into a board game that’s strategically deep and challenging, while still being easy to learn and fun to play again and again. In the game each player will play as either the brave Champion of Hope, or the wicked Herald of Fear, in a battle for a location. Sometimes it will be a physical battle, and sometimes it will be about manipulating others to help you further your cause. The game is an asymmetrical card game because the goals of the hero and villain shouldn’t always be a mirror match. We’ve carefully play tested and designed a system where the Herald of Fear and his underlings try to destroy the location, while the Champion of Hope aims to stand in the way of evil, and protect innocence. The way this mechanic works is that each game the Herald of Fear will try to destroy the city by discarding the unique 10 card setting deck, while the Champion of Hope aims to foil the schemes of the Herald. What the Setting Deck allows us to do though, is add another variable to the game besides the individual characters and there 60 card decks. Each Setting Deck has a different special ability that will add a fun twist to the game depending which is used. With board games I don’t know about you, but I always love when a game comes with everything needed to play for two players. That’s why when designing this game we decided to include everything needed to jump right in with a friend. Another interesting feature of CLASH! Is that the combat is dice based, making for some fun times when luck swings either direction. If you’re interested in the game at all I’d recommend checking out the Kickstarter page, it has a game play video as well as a link to download the beta rules for free. You could really help the project by just sharing it with one friend you think might like it, or even sharing it on facebook. Thanks for all the support and feedback, -Jared Barry...

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Crippled System Episode 28: You’re killing me, Smalls

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Diecon quick recap*, Movies that shape your childhood*, Tweet/Email Thunderstorm*, Recommendations* *Random tangents thrown in Hosts: Brian G, Andy W, Nathan H, Jeremy S our youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/crippledsystem email us at podcast@crippledsystem.com Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! Follow @CrippledSystem Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:40:07 — 68.7MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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MoM’s Podcast #67

Posted by on 11:43 pm

  MoM’s Podcast #67 — A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast Topics:   Time Stamps: 0:02:50 = DieCon Hardcore 0:37:10 = Lightning Round   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:31:15 — 41.8MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Getting Into The Game: How To Play Hordes

Posted by on 12:34 am

This video is a simulation of the “Hordes Demo” experience that you might have at a gaming convention or a friendly-local-game store. In this video we cover what’s needed to play the game, an explanation of the stat cards, a Starer-Box Battle Report, and we go over things that weren’t covered during the batrep portion of the...

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MoM’s Podcast #66

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  MoM’s Podcast #66 — A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast Topics:   Time Stamps: 0:02:30 = Dojo 0:39:50 = Character Restrictions and List Building 101   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:31:03 — 41.7MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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PwMJ – Paint and Coins

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Hi PwMJ fans!  Another week has passed and another PwMJ is in the can.  We have moved the MoM posts to Thursdays (because about a dozen posts all hit on Mondays and I wanted to spread the love out through the week) but we are still your Sunday night live stream on Twitch.TV. This week I continue the work on my pink Boomhowler and set to work on Skaare1.  It’s a very democratic show as I got a lot of help from my live viewers on what and how to paint my new Cryx.  I think its going to turn out nifty.  John Spenser is my co-host again and we Release the Kraken, say Rahn a couple times, and I give out my super secret tech that landed me a 2-2 record in a local event.  I’m coming for you Keith!!! If you like the show, try the Facebook page HERE, or subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE!  Become a member of the PwMJ family and collect “Golden MenothJohn Loyalty Points” for the potential to receive awesome prizes! Here you go…enjoy your next 90 min with PwMJ....

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Miniature Minute #4: Morvahna the Dawnshadow

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In this installment of the Miniature Minute we take a look at the newly released Morvahna the Dawnshadow! A model so new that I have yet to play with her. (UPDATE: I’ve played with her a lot and I’ve only  won two games using her, and I realize that she’s not riding an elk.)

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MoM’s Podcast #65

Posted by on 11:59 pm

  MoM’s Podcast #65 — A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast Topics:   Time Stamps: 0:02:30 = Dojo 0:39:50 = Character Restrictions and List Building 101 1:03:20 = Play It Painted 2013 Update Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:13:20 — 33.6MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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