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This is the story of an old guy once a young nerd in the mythical 1980s, who fell in love with the fantasy genre and miniatures and D&D and Warhammer and Shadowrun. Before YouTube and podcasts and Twitch. Back when role playing games and miniatures and twenty-sided dice were part of an underground geekdom. This podcast is all about sharing and discussing things I find interesting in the expanding multiverse of tabletop gaming and keeping myself progressing in the hobby.

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This is the story of an old guy once a young nerd in the mythical 1980s, who fell in love with the fantasy genre and miniatures and D&D and Warhammer and Shadowrun. Before YouTube and podcasts and Twitch. Back when role playing games and miniatures and twenty-sided dice were part of an underground geekdom. This podcast is all about sharing and discussing things I find interesting in the expanding multiverse of tabletop gaming and keeping myself progressing in the hobby.

    Episode 28 – Watch Out For The Devil: Interview with Vince Venturella!

    Episode 28 – Watch Out For The Devil: Interview with Vince Venturella!

    This episode’s conversation is one of my favorites so far, it’s definitely full of surprises for me and has some pretty in-depth conversation about role playing games from a gentleman I had no idea was so into rpgs! Our guest today is none other than the creator of the YouTube series Hobby Cheating, the worldwide award-winning miniature painter and hobby guru Vince Venturella. To kill all of your expectations right up front, I specifically invited Vince onto the show to NOT talk about his miniature painting. His entire YouTube channel is dedicated to miniature painting and Warhammer wargaming. I asked him to come on the show to discuss his love of Dungeons & Dragons and I’m telling you, I had no idea what I was getting into. It’s an awesome conversation, we talk about movies and books, oysters, running D&D marathons, how being fired from his first job had a significant impact on his life, we discuss genre-mixing, rpg horror campaigns while playing adolescent characters, writing and publishing his own games, mind-blowing collaborative character creation rules, pump up the volume, being a positive force in the hobby at large, loving the act of teaching and just loving the communal artistic hobby we all share. And all kinds of other stuff!







    Vince Venturella on YouTubeVince’s InstagramVince’s Facebook







    Time Stamps00:00:00 – Opening & Sundries00:06:28 – Interview01:21:50 – Hobby Progress01:27:00 – Section Charlie







    In Section Charlie where I highlight someone or something interesting I want to share, I shoutout another podcast – the Havoc Cast! It’s an excellent, laid back, entertaining and informative podcast featuring hobbyists from the wargaming and rpg gaming worlds and I love Dan’s “20 Odd Questions” format.







    https://thelonelyhavocs.comhttps://www.facebook.com/lonelyhavocs/https://www.instagram.com/thelonelyhavocs/







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    Show Notes







    Wuthering HeightsBrent WeeksRyan Dancey article on taking over TSR officesVentureland GamesPump Up The Volume







    Show Transcript (excluding interview content)







    BEWARE THE DEVIL: Interview with Vince Venturella







    All right, welcome to episode 28 of Tabletop Alchemy, my podcast about D&D, Warhammer, miniatures, skirmish games and all the cool stuff that has to do with the miniature-based or role playing-based tabletop hobbies! How is everyone doing today?! I hope this episode is finding you in good spirits, feeling strong, feeling inspired, feeling creative, feeling positive about the future. 







    Let’s talk about change for a minute, and fear. That’s right, we’re jumping right in. So my little pre-ramble – to borrow a technical term from Dan Adam over on the Paint All The Minis Paint Ramble – is inspired by my current situation, which isn’t at all remarkable, but still, it brings up certain notions. Fear, as the philosophers tell us, is just the experience of experiencing the unknown. Change, as in change in our lives, our daily routine,

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 27 – Hobby Renaissance? Interview with Wyatt Turk, JackOfClubsPainting!

    Episode 27 – Hobby Renaissance? Interview with Wyatt Turk, JackOfClubsPainting!

    Today we chat with Wyatt Turk, otherwise known as Jack Of Clubs Painting on Twitch, Facebook and YouTube. He provides quick tutorials on his YouTube channel and lessons for hire via Patreon. He’s badass with an airbrush – and in fact he drops one of the best quotes ever describing his relationship with his airbrush, but I’ll let you get to that naturally in the interview – but his overall painting quality is stupendous while still being accessible, meaning he paints up entire armies at an amazing tabletop standard but then can show you exactly how he achieves his signature look. He’s also a strategist and hardcore tournament Warhammer40k player, we talk about sour beers, journeyman painters versus initiates and masters, we discuss how fast you can learn how to get better at miniature painting online, having something to show for your time, we talk about Warhammer40k 8th edition, gaming schedules, Ultramarine fandom, using spreadsheets to help with turning around fully painted armies in record time, competitive gaming, how important it is to know what you want to get out of the hobby, keeping up with the speed of the meta, tetrad color wheels, airbrush gunslinging and his secret love of Blood Bowl!







    Jack Of Clubs Painting on TWITCHJack Of Clubs Painting on FACEBOOKJack Of Clubs Painting on YouTube







    Time Stamps00:00:00 – Opening & Sundries00:05:11 – Interview01:37:19 – Closing







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    Show Notes







    The Long War podcastHell’s Reach on YouTubeRichard Boylan on YouTubeWarhammer40k 8th editionDead Sky Black SunDan AbnettTetrad color wheel tattoo bottleMike Haspil Spiky BitsKenny Boucher Next Level Painting







    Show Transcript (excluding interview content)







    HOBBY RENAISSANCE: Interview with JackOfClubsPainting







    Welcome back to another episode of Tabletop Alchemy, one of many podcasts about our awesome hobbies which include Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, miniatures, skirmish games, storytelling, art and movies and books and whatever else strikes our fancy. That’s right, this podcast is Fancy!







    I don’t know what that means. But welcome back anyway! This is episode 27 and you can find it on most podcast apps, you can catch the YouTube version on YouTube, you can find show notes and links to every episode and my Instagram and my Facebook and my email address, all the good stuff is at my hub so to speak which is simply a href="http://cryinmo.

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Episode 26 – Everyone’s Got Something To Offer: Interview with Ryan Smith @DungeonMapster!

    Episode 26 – Everyone’s Got Something To Offer: Interview with Ryan Smith @DungeonMapster!

    Today we chat with Ryan Smith a.k.a. DungeonMapster. On Instagram and Patreon he’s @ dungeonmapster and I’m sure you can infer from his screen name what type of content you might find on his websites. But in addition to illustrating maps for D&D and Pathfinder and other fantasy-based role-playing games, we talk about audio books, world of warcraft, pathfinder versus dnd5e, meeting friends online, playing rpgs online, we discuss tips for running faster combat, the importance of discovering what you like to do creatively, how to deal with players unwittingly murdering your campaign storyline, voice acting during role playing and even making young adults choose what they want to do fo life at the age of 18!







    DungeonMapster on PatreonDungeonMapster on Instagram







    Time Stamps00:00:00 – Opening & Sundries00:05:00 – Interview







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    Show Notes







    Matt Collville on YouTubePathfinder RPGCarrion CrownTwo-minute TabletopDark Matter by Blake CrouchDaemon by Daniel SuarezPatrick RothfussMike Schley







    Show Transcript (excluding interview content)







    All right, all right, all right! Welcome back to another episode of Tabletop Alchemy! In fact, welcome to a sort of milestone even! This is episode 26! Now that probably doesn’t mean much to you, but it means a little something to me. This marks exactly 26 weeks of continuous episodic release since the debut episode – it’s actually the 27th episode of we wanna count episode 0 but that was only like 10 minutes long, so I don’t count that. So, for me, consistently producing a podcast for half of a year, that’s a little milestone for me. And it’s thanks to all you guys anyway, so high fives all ‘round!







    All right, I’m CryinMo and this is in fact a podcast about tabletop gaming with an emphasis on miniatures, Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, Frostgrave, storytelling, fantasy and sci-fi, basically all the cool stuff surrounding our shared hobby interests. Usually my guests and I discuss games we play, hobby techniques, life philosophies and motivational tips and tricks. My goal is to provide you with something fun and cool to listen to while you work on your own hobby stuff. Or, you know, like some of us, sit around thinking about working on our hobby stuff.







    You can find every episode and it’s show notes at cryinmo.com as well as my email and social media links. If you’d like to support the show, leaving comments or a rating on whatever app you use and just sharing the podcast are two of the most helpful things you can do and are always much appreciated. And of course I doff my cap to my monthly patrons over at patreon.com. You can also stream a video version of each episode on YouTube as well, at youtube.com slash cryinmo if that platform is more to your liking. 







    So today, boys and girls,

    • 1 hr 35 min
    Episode 25 – King of the Vampires: Interview with Bartek from Borgnine’s Painting blog!

    Episode 25 – King of the Vampires: Interview with Bartek from Borgnine’s Painting blog!

    Today we’re traveling to Berlin! And we’re gonna talk with the King of the Vampires – my words, not his – Bartek Stachurski from Borgnine’s Painting blog. He was great fun to talk with and I’m telling you, Halloween is one of the very best times … to wait until midnight … then head over to his Instagram and web site and revel in all the gory glory of his incredibly cool – and massive! – undead army of vampires and zombies and Shadespire warbands and Blood Bowl teams! Also, the other very best times to head over to the blog is … all the times that aren’t Halloween. Bartek is a master of grimdark and conversions and he also conducts world building and storytelling for his army units and characters. We chat about his tutorials on painting and converting models and perseverance and gamer wives and zombie weddings and motivation and just the pure love of the hobby.







    Borgnine’s Painting on InstagramBorgnine’s Painting Blog







    Time Stamps00:00:00 – Opening & Sundries00:03:00 – Frostgrave game #2 report00:11:33 – Interview01:10:10 – Hobby Progress01:13:46 – Section Charlie







    In Section Charlie, where I share something or someone cool I’ve come across on the internet, I highlight some of my favorite horror movies that maybe aren’t super well-known. Some of them are, for sure, but maybe some will have slipped under your radar.







    It Follows https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkZYbOH0ujw







    Let The Right One In https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICp4g9p_rgo







    Frailty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mW6TlPMHXgk







    The Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Fv3gU-ed7Y







    The Orphanage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUZQgqxIZ6s







    Chronicle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UD0DshFbmxA







    The Gift https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19zskSsKgXE







    Split https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84TouqfIsiI







    Severance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQ4e1558QY0







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    Show Notes







    What We Do In The Shadows TrailerBartek’s Kiril’s Retinue (Sepulcheral Guard)Bartek’s The Faceless (Stormcast conversion)Perilous DarkFrostgravea href="https://www.amazon.com/Starbucks-Classic-Hot-Cocoa-Ounce/dp/B00FKBUSW4/ref=asc_df_B00FKBUSW4/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198093725926&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=6224233014155564815&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9031044&hvtarg...

    • 1 hr 26 min
    Episode 24 – Grimdark Worldbuilding: Interview with Ana from Gardens of Hecate!

    Episode 24 – Grimdark Worldbuilding: Interview with Ana from Gardens of Hecate!

    This episode we dial up Croatia to talk with Ana Polanscak from the Gardens of Hecate blog. Ana is a true artist, something of a Renaissance woman maybe – she sculpts and converts miniatures, she paints miniatures and creates stand-alone works of art, she writes stories and her main endeavor currently is using skirmish games to create a fully immersive storytelling experience. My words, not hers.







    Ana’s work is pure grimdark in a strangely classical art way – I don’t know anything about art genres and time frames and periods or classifications, so I’m just being my normal inept self when it comes to describing her work and don’t worry, I’m uniformly inept DURING the interview as well. So I’m consistent if nothing else, dammit! Oh, and that’s the key thing I find so exciting about Ana’s work – it’s her consistency of vision, her sense of aesthetic is so thorough and all-encompassing, when you see any part of her blog or her work, you just feel like you’re peering through a small window at a much larger, fully formed world. I suffer from a lack of true personal vision – I see all kinds of styles and aesthetics and processes and methods and finishes and I can’t ever settle into one thing in order to focus on creating something super specific, and, as you can probably see from the guests I have on the show, I’m always subconsciously impressed with – and perhaps even a touch jealous of, let’s be honest – folks that have true singularity of vision.







    Ana’s a true author of grimdark, and her work is super inspiring to me not only in storytelling but in what you can do as a storyteller. She presents the idea, however consciously or unconsciously, that one can tell stories in unorthodox ways and all I can say is, if you’re a fan tabletop games combined with storytelling, this interview is for you, even if you don’t like grimdark itself as a genre.







    http://gardensofhecate.blogspot.comhttps://www.instagram.com/a_polanscak/https://www.facebook.com/GardensOfHecate/







    Time Stamps00:00:00 – Opening & Sundries00:05:05 – Tabletop Minions live stream reaction00:15:07 – Interview01:23:00 – Hobby Progress01:25:21 – Section Charlie







    In Section Charlie, where I share something or someone cool I’ve come across on the internet, I highlight the author and artist Clive Barker, just offering a few recommended selections from his short stories and novels for Halloween reading!







    The Last IllusionDreadThe Thief of AlwaysThe Great and Secret ShowWeaveworldhttps://www.clivebarker.info/news.html







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    Show Notes







    Rammstein Gothic Americana music Dungeon Synth Synthwave aos28 Mierce Miniatures rust tutorial Questor of Sigmar monstrous births act i a href="http://www....

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Episode 23 – Be Really Up Front About Your Weird Hobby: an Interview with Tim @bonus_action!

    Episode 23 – Be Really Up Front About Your Weird Hobby: an Interview with Tim @bonus_action!

    This episode I talk to a dude named Tim and who’s instagram handle is @bonus_action. Tim is an artist and designer and he produces for Instagram and his Patreon materials for use in Dungeons & Dragons, specifically custom magic items, traps and flavor tables. We have a fun conversation about both running and playing D&D, about being new to the whole thing, we talk about being creative and we actually laugh quite a bit during this one. He’s super cool, produces interesting content and has some great insights from his perspective about playing D&D.







    @bonus_action on InstagramBonus_action Patreon







    Time Stamps00:00:00 – Opening & Sundries00:06:36 – Interview00:57:12 – Hobby Progress00:59:03 – Section Charlie







    In Section Charlie, where I share something or someone cool I’ve come across on the internet, I highlight a previous Section Charlie alumni! A while back I mentioned a blog called Borgnine’s Miniature Painting and the dark artist behind that blog of nightmare Warhammer armies and warbands, Bartek Stachurski (apologies for my mispronunciation), has finally jumped full-on into the Gram! So check all of his grimdark stuff out @borgnines_painting (link below), and as an added bonus, expect an interview with him sometime before the end of October! Cause this is the Halloween month and there’s no better time to feature Bartek’s horrific conversions of vampire lords and zombie armies and custom rusted fallen stormcast, oh it’s a smorgasbord of epic grimdark proportions! https://www.instagram.com/borgnines_painting







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    Show Transcript (excluding interview content)







    Be Really Up Front About Your Weird Hobby: Interview with Bonus_Action







    Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye, this is episode 23 of CryinMo’s Tabletop Alchemy. I’m CryinMo and this is a podcast about tabletop rpgs, skirmish games, miniature wargaming, miniature painting, terrain crafting, Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, Frostgrave, fantasy and sci-fi art, and interviews with people who create and play in this tabletop gaming arena. Welcome to the show.







    How are you guys doing this week? I am treading water, doing the zen thing, trying to regulate my breathing, trying to force that panic down – I know you know what I’m talking about. We’re surfing Life, people! We’re surviving! We’re going toe-to-toe with existential angst and creative blocks and we’re overcoming those demons of sloth and temptations of Lazy-Boys, we’re mental warriors sparring with those rat bastard creative geniuses who keep making stuff that looks sooooo good! You know of whom I speak, those who launch their attacks via email with big beautiful graphics showing all the new products, the new sculpts, the new rule books, the new terrain, the new vehicles and models and dice and the dice’s esoteric, magnetically enhanced, gorgeously carved wooden vaults and the kickstarters and paint-makers and game table crafters – you and I, we lock blades with them every single day and I hope you are faring as best as you can against that incredibly cool onslaught of … to be frank … incredibly cool and awesomely artistic merchandise.







    The pile of Opportunity grows, my friends, it grows. Well, put up your swords, rest a while, let’s chill out together and get some hobby work done! That’s the hopeful purpose of this podcast at any rate, to keep you company while you work your hobby stuff, or, as I often like to say,

    • 1 hr 1 min

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