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Iain, Jamie and Sam from The Giant Brain bring you the latest in Boardgame and Tabletop Gaming News

    Brainwaves Episode 104 - Cash Money

    Brainwaves Episode 104 - Cash Money

    Iain and Jamie are back behind the mics to bring you the hottest tabletop gaming news. This episode they cover finances of the industry, new conventions, current conventions running into porblems, and when chess robots attack! All this, and more, on episode 104 of Brainwaves. 

     

    Headlines

     

    Record Sales for Wizards of the Coast and the hobby at large

    https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/51714/record-sales-quarter-wizards-coast

     

    WOTC New Studio

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2022-07-25-wizards-of-the-coast-opens-austin-based-studio-skeleton-key

     

    ICv2 hobby game sales

    https://icv2.com/articles/markets/view/51774/hobby-game-sales-up-one-third-2021

    https://icv2.com/articles/markets/view/51813/new-hotness-supply-drives-board-games

     

    Ben Riggs

    https://twitter.com/BenRiggs_

    https://misdirectedmark.com/2022/07/21/mastering-dungeons-the-secret-history-of-the-secret-history-of-dungeons-dragons-author-ben-riggs/

     

    Games Expo announces new industry event GIC

    https://www.gic-uk.co.uk/?fbclid=IwAR2nhOXFqojC-Y-wKyxiYeex41WnwvUkDpc-ImRapSox-S3iBO66ldlXaAA

     

    Gencon abuse statement

    https://twitter.com/Gen_Con/status/1554587874867253248?s=20&t=swN7rUwADtQgqQTWCXCCog

     

    Loan Shark Games

    https://twitter.com/LoneSharkGames/status/1554212020802555904?s=20&t=gQh2m0wQCX8Qlmt815ypVA

     

    Gencon SB1 statement

    https://twitter.com/Gen_Con/status/1554799362198347776?s=20&t=H2U5z1zHnoDzq5GXhje4rw

     

    Updates

     

    Diana Jones Award

    https://twitter.com/nonagondice/status/1555053993004601345?s=20&t=1f2MEPyDGzNfSYMR5h0GzQ

     

    Mythic Games ask for understanding

    https://gamefound.com/projects/mythic-games/darkest-dungeon-the-board-game/updates/4

     

    Red opera and Sirens RPG writer discusses Jamison Stone

    https://www.dicebreaker.com/companies/apotheosis-studios/interview/apotheosis-rick-heinz-interview-jamison-stone-satine-phoenix

     

    News

     

    Geeknson

     

    North Star Games rebrands, new strategic direction

    https://www.northstargames.com/blogs/northstarnews/northstar-announces-a-rebranding-and-a-new-direction

     

    Pokemon Cards Stolen

    https://www.polygon.com/23282208/pokemon-trading-card-tcg-stolen-police-collectibles

     

    Patreon Shoutouts

    James Naylor

    https://naylorgames.com/

    Shaun Newan

    game-a-lot.fun/en

    facebook.com/gamealotboardgames

    Our Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/thegiantbrain

     

    Support Us

    https://giantbrain.co.uk/support-us-new/

     

    Metallic Dice Games

    https://metallicdicegames.com/

    Promo Code: ROLLWITHBRAINS

     

    Tabletop Scotland

    https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

     

    Tabletop Gaming Live

    https://www.tabletopgaming.co.uk/information/tabletop-gaming-live

     

    Brainwaves Survey

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNQNsyyVPpZAkkIhA7Yc3-k5sJwvy3_vDL9_37qR6SZFxuGA/viewform?usp=sf_link

     

    Outro

     

    Chess Robot breaks kid’s finger

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2022/jul/24/chess-robot-grabs-and-breaks-finger-of-seven-year-old-opponent-moscow

    Our Links

     

    Thanks very much for listening. If you like what you’ve listened to then the best way to help us out is to share the podcast and drop us a review and rating on itunes.  You can also follow us on

     

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    • 30 min
    Brainwaves Episode 103 - Crowdfunding Crisis

    Brainwaves Episode 103 - Crowdfunding Crisis

    Iain is trying to fit the entire studio in a fridge to escape the cool weather, while Jamie goes for a more practical solution. Resolving their differences they won’t let the hot weather stop them bringing you the latest tabletop news. This episode they cover firings, delays, and game kidnapping (sort of). 

     

    Headlines

    Petersen Games lays off staff and looks in trouble

    https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid02cacbYSJYE2SL9bDBvPRozqhKJq78HkSBuA2ri1Ni2ynNhG4CdUExNrK2popjVywnl&id=100001129599199&m_entstream_source=timeline

    https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2892101/petersen-games-out-business/page/1

    https://discord.com/channels/653652846167851008/997763650674765865

     

    Darkest Dungeon KS in trouble

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1162110258/darkest-dungeon-the-board-game/posts/3557431

     

    Roll20 unites the party

    https://blog.roll20.net/posts/roll20-onebookshelf-are-uniting-the-party/

     

    Updates

     

    Spiel des Jahres 2022 announced

    https://www.dicebreaker.com/topics/spiel-des-jahres/news/spiel-des-jahres-2022-winner

     

    NuTSR continues to be awful

    https://twitter.com/NoHateInGaming/status/1549479240390901760?s=20&t=pD9lcvwoAVsSDkcdIqHOBw

     

    Zak S vs Gencon to proceed

    https://www.geeknative.com/144035/washington-court-of-appeals-allows-zak-s-case-against-gen-con-and-peter-adkison/

    https://www.geeknative.com/130984/court-appears-to-dismiss-zak-s-gen-con-lawsuit/

    https://giantbrain.co.uk/2021/05/17/episode-73-double-time/

     

    News

     

    Magnus Carlsen doesn’t care about world championships

    https://kotaku.com/magnus-carlsen-world-chess-championship-2023-1849199392

     

    Modiphius SRD

    https://icv2.com/articles/news/view/51687/modiphius-offers-2d20-world-builders-program

     

    Pokemon Reality TV Show

    https://www.dicebreaker.com/games/pokemon-trading-card-game/news/pokemon-tcg-reality-show-casting-call

     

    Patreon Shoutouts

    James Naylor

    https://naylorgames.com/

    Shaun Newan

    game-a-lot.fun/en

    facebook.com/gamealotboardgames

    Our Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/thegiantbrain

     

    Support Us

    https://giantbrain.co.uk/support-us-new/

     

    Metallic Dice Games

    https://metallicdicegames.com/

    Promo Code: ROLLWITHBRAINS

     

    GeeknSon

    https://c.trackmytarget.com?a=ifg7uc&i=udc8f0

     

    Tabletop Scotland

    https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

     

    https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/contact-us/volunteering/





    Outro

     

    Wordle board game

    https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid02cacbYSJYE2SL9bDBvPRozqhKJq78HkSBuA2ri1Ni2ynNhG4CdUExNrK2popjVywnl&id=100001129599199&m_entstream_source=timeline

     

    Our Links

     

    Thanks very much for listening. If you like what you’ve listened to then the best way to help us out is to share the podcast and drop us a review and rating on itunes.  You can also follow us on

     

    Discord: https://discord.gg/3bMx2HK75r

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thegiantbrain

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    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegiantbrain

    Website: https://giantbrain.co.uk/

    Email: giantbrainuk@gmail.com

    • 27 min
    On Stage with Tabletop Scotland

    On Stage with Tabletop Scotland

    In our most recent On Stage Iain is joined by David Wright and John Harper, two of the team behind Tabletop Scotland. Tabletop Scotland is a convention held in Perth, Scotland and is back after a couple of years due to one thing and another. They chat about the inception of the convention, attracting a diverse audience, the state of the hobby in Scotland, and a wide variety of other topics before taking questions from the audience. 

     

    Tabletop Scotland

     

    David Wright Twitter

     

    John Harper Twitter

     

    It’s Good to Give Charity

     

    Penumbra Charity

     

    Juniper Green Boardgames

     

    Common Ground Games

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Brainwaves Episode 102 - Political Popcorn

    Brainwaves Episode 102 - Political Popcorn

    Jamie’s been away in the nation's capital and comes back to find Iain covered in popcorn and watching the latest developments in UK politics. Dusting Iain off and getting him behind the mic, the team cover the latest in tabletop news: Wizards employees form justice group, and awards doubler, Keyforge resurrected, Jamison Stone updates, DMs Guild partnerships, and more on the latest episode of Brainwaves.

     

    Headlines

     

    Wizards for Justice

    https://twitter.com/WizardsJustice/status/1541600178616016896

     

    Indie Bundle for Abortion funds

    https://twitter.com/rolistespod/status/1543697219320250368?s=20&t=rjP_GHhEDn9LpREYiQaOPQ

    https://itch.io/b/1375/ttrpgs-for-reproductive-rights

     

    Cardboard Edison Awards

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PFlo4LYFm_iixwlB3g6khuy1JNeAVUM3UTpKU85NQXk/edit

     

    ENNIE award nominations

    https://ennie-awards.com/2022-nominations/

     

    Keyforge acquired by new studio Ghost Galaxy

    https://keyforging.com/ghost-galaxy-acquires-keyforge/

     

    Updates

     

    Jamison Stone back, sort of

    https://www.dicebreaker.com/topics/dungeons-dragons/news/dungeons-and-dragons-5e-apotheosis-jamison-stone

    https://apotheosisstudios.com/team-bios

     

    Zak S aside

    https://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/comments/vqn43u/announcement_new_rule_no_zak_s_content/

     

    News

     

    Yu Gi Oh creator found dead at 60

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-62076080

    https://www.polygon.com/23198148/yu-gi-oh-creator-manga-kazuki-takahashi-death

    DMs Guild partners with Roll20

    https://medium.com/oneblogshelf/dungeon-masters-guild-announces-partnership-with-roll20-6fab717dde91

     

    CMON news

    https://www.tabletopdaily.com/2022/07/01/cmon-merges-rpg-and-graphic-novel-imprints-under-guillotine-press-brand-promotes-francesco-nepitello/

     

    https://cmon.com/press/cmon-acquires-trudvang-lexoccultum-ruinmasters-from-riotminds

     

    Alice is Missing optioned

    https://twitter.com/SpenserStarke/status/1542198093315067904?s=20&t=Tbv4CMBSg3k5uMCXWOEKFA

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/alice-is-missing-movie-1235173092/

     

    Patreon Shoutouts

    James Naylor

    https://naylorgames.com/

    Shaun Newan

    game-a-lot.fun/en

    facebook.com/gamealotboardgames

    Our Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/thegiantbrain

     

    Support Us

    https://giantbrain.co.uk/support-us-new/

     

    Metallic Dice Games

    https://metallicdicegames.com/

    Promo Code: ROLLWITHBRAINS

     

    Geeknson link

    https://c.trackmytarget.com?a=ifg7uc&i=udc8f0

     

    Tabletop Scotland

    https://tabletopscotland.co.uk/

     

    Outro

     

    Scientific paper board game

    https://twitter.com/wisegoldfish/status/1542399727869874177?s=20&t=7iPmyfOZe7ed3DzNwKYdSg

    https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14324/RFA.06.1.14

     

    Our Links

     

    Thanks very much for listening. If you like what you’ve listened to then the best way to help us out is to share the podcast and drop us a review and rating on itunes.  You can also follow us on

     

    Discord: https://discord.gg/3bMx2HK75r

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thegiantbrain

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giantbrainuk/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegiantbrain

    Website: https://giantbrain.co.uk/

    Email: giantbrainuk@gmail.com

    • 36 min
    Brainwaves Episode 101 - Backing Up

    Brainwaves Episode 101 - Backing Up

    After the highs of the big 100, Iain and Jamie are back behind the mics to bring you the latest tabletop gaming news. This time out we cover a new player in the field of crowdfunding, Kickstarter’s community board, the Diana Jones Award, a whole slew of updates, and Monopoly Summer Camp. 

    Roe Vs Wade

    We are providing links here to help those needing assistance in the states and looking to donate to causes that can help. Thanks to our Discord community and Tiffany Leigh on Twitter for providing some of these links.

     

    Planned Parenthood

    https://www.plannedparenthood.org/

     

    Donate to Abortion Funds

    https://secure.actblue.com/donate/supportabortionfunds?refcode=social

     

    More info on local Abortion Funds

    https://twitter.com/helmsinki/status/1540339667874332672?s=20&t=pawlCg5RyYxm838zZ-7MGA

     

    Information on getting abortion pills

    https://twitter.com/HealthMayday/status/1540337772979838981?s=20&t=pawlCg5RyYxm838zZ-7MGA

     

    Tiffany’s thread with more links

    https://twitter.com/tiffanyleigh/status/1540353746261053441?s=20&t=pawlCg5RyYxm838zZ-7MGA

     

    Headlines

     

    Backerkit enters the crowdfunding arena

    http://backerkit.com/crowdfunding?ref=announcement_twitter

     

    Kickstarter elects community council

    https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/welcome-to-the-members-of-kickstarters-community-advisory-cou

     

    Diana Jones Award Nominees

    https://twitter.com/DianaJonesAward/status/1536713946190708736?s=20&t=pq2TK-_iX_WfOgOb55THrw

     

    Updates

     

    Satine Phoenix & Jamison Stone

     

    Comicbook article, great summary of everything so far

    https://comicbook.com/gaming/news/dungeons-dragons-satine-phoenix-jamison-stone-bullying-mistreatment-wizards-of-the-coast-origins-game-fair/

     

    Origins Statement

    https://www.belloflostsouls.net/2022/06/origins-issues-statement-following-satine-phoenix-and-jamison-stone-controversy.html





    Sirens:Battle of the Bands info (linked this last cast but in the excitement of episode 100 forgot to mention it)

    https://twitter.com/Miss_Jess03/status/1534572319687180293

     

    Syrinscape Statement

    https://twitter.com/syrinscape/status/1537917141193633792?s=20&t=l7kBzucxupUBATR8v5EjdA

     

    Embracer responds to Saudi investment

    https://embracer.com/release/ceo-comment-on-the-announcement-of-the-directed-share-issue-to-savvy-gaming-group-2

     

    Union updates

    https://twitter.com/BellevueMOW/status/1536430640395980801?s=20&t=W2pQAj635cWlgkmd2YSz6w

     

    Kinderspiel announced

    https://twitter.com/SpieldesJahres/status/1538810051577753600?s=20&t=ykR1lrplQWrxOcLWUgmVTA

     

    News

     

    Maureen Hiron dies

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maureen_Hiron

     

    Dragonwake KS

    https://www.spielbar.com/wordpress/2022/06/12/23281/

     

    https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/2887715/dont-mess-original-designer-kickstarter

     

    GW Finances

    https://www.tabletopdaily.com/2022/06/14/games-workshop-reports-9-revenue-growth-in-fiscal-2022/

     

    https://investor.games-workshop.com/2022/06/14/year-end-trading-update/





    Patreon Shoutouts

    James Naylor

    https://naylorgames.com/

    Shaun Newan

    game-a-lot.fun/en

    facebook.com/gamealotboardgames

    Our Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/thegiantbrain

     

    Support Us

    https://giantbrain.co.uk/support-us-new/

     

    Metallic Dice Games

    https://metallicdicegames.com/

    Promo Code: ROLLWITHBRAINS

     

    Sir Meeple

    https://sirmeeple.com/collections/the-giant-brain

     

    Outro

     

    Monopoly Summer camp

    https://www.dicebreaker.com/games/monopoly/news/monopoly-summer-camp

     

    Our Links

     

    Thanks very much for listening. If you like what you’ve listened to then the best way to help us out is to share the podcast and drop us a review and rating on itunes.  You can also follow us on

     

    Discord: https://discord.gg/3bMx2HK75r

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thegiantbrain

    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/giantbrainuk/

    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thegiantbrain

    Website: https://giantbrain.co.uk/

    Email: giantbrainuk@gmail.com

    • 33 min
    Episode 100 - Centenary Special

    Episode 100 - Centenary Special

    It’s the 100th Episode! In a very special live show Iain and Jamie welcome back Sam who has been hiding in the walls/ another dimension. They are joined by the interview legend that is Richard Simpson from We’re Not Wizards. Together they dive into the  murky waters of the latest tabletop news including the Jamison Stone controversy, Cake IP issues, dodgy funding, worth causes, and much more. When the news is all dealt with Richard takes over to interview the original Brainwaves team and ask questions on behalf of our audience. 

     

    Headlines

    Jamison Stone Accusations

    https://twitter.com/nerdytattooer/status/1534685504813383681?s=20&t=IBQQPoS5G5F9B2LFUW62zA

     

    https://twitter.com/Miss_Jess03/status/1534572319687180293?s=20&t=IBQQPoS5G5F9B2LFUW62zA

     

    https://twitter.com/StoneJamison/status/1534670144907186176

     

    Great British Bake Off IP issues

    https://www.dicebreaker.com/games/the-great-british-baking-show-game/news/great-british-baking-show-game-uk-release

     

    Iain mentions this KS which is not a fever dream

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jennsandercock/edible-games-cookbook-play-with-your-food





    Saudi Arabia invests in Embracer

    https://twitter.com/polygon/status/1534584822840147968?s=21&t=dp-23GJr13cUdHiotBcLlA

     

    News

    Hasbro fights back against activist Investor

    https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/18/hasbro-slams-activist-investors-proposed-board-directors-amid-proxy-battle.html

     

    UK Games Expo Numbers

    https://twitter.com/UKGamesExpo/status/1533537131397881859?s=20&t=vT_q2hTcDnZiHYZ7PXW5eQ

     

    Bundle for Buffalo

    https://itch.io/b/1396/bundle-for-buffalo

     

    Funforge comes off crowdfunding

    https://www.dicetowernews.com/article/funforge-financial-woes





    Patreon Shoutouts

    James Naylor

    https://naylorgames.com/

    Shaun Newan

    game-a-lot.fun/en

    facebook.com/gamealotboardgames

    Our Patreon

    https://www.patreon.com/thegiantbrain

     

    Support Us

    https://giantbrain.co.uk/support-us-new/

     

    Metallic Dice Games

    https://metallicdicegames.com/

    Promo Code: ROLLWITHBRAINS





    Outro

     

    Fluid physics of Cardboard boxes

    https://journals.aps.org/prfluids/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevFluids.7.044101

     

    Card game proposal

    https://www.bunburymail.com.au/story/7768232/crafty-card-game-proposal-by-south-west-man-video/

     

    Monopoly vote

    https://www.monopolytokenvote.com/en-gb

     

    Richard’s Links

     

    https://werenotwizards.blogspot.com/

     

    https://twitter.com/werenotwizards

     

    Our Links

     

    Thanks very much for listening. If you like what you’ve listened to then the best way to help us out is to share the podcast and drop us a review and rating on itunes.  You can also follow us on

     

    Discord: https://discord.gg/3bMx2HK75r

    Twitter: https://twitter.com/thegiantbrain

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    Website: https://giantbrain.co.uk/

    Email: giantbrainuk@gmail.com

    • 1 hr 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Oliver Kinne ,

Not enough Iains

This podcast has always been very informative. There aren’t many places out there where you can get boardgame news, so Brainwaves is one of those rare beasts. It’s always a pleasure to listen to and I love their decor as well. Try it out for yourself.

tmrn21 ,

News plus surrealism

Good mix of interesting news from the board game/ RPG world with added flights of fancy. I really enjoy the rubber band reality they create and the discussions are often insightful too. Thanks to the hosts.

AlexInEdinburgh ,

Great games news show

If you’re looking for a news format show about board games, RPGs and card games then you couldn’t do much better than this.

There’s news, discussion and just a little bit of comedy, delivered by a group of friends who have a real enthusiasm for gaming.

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