Jaded Gamercast Kickstarter!!

 

Two Jaded Gamers who host one of the longest running miniature gaming podcasts in the world. Help us bring the party to AdeptiCon!

Boasting a backlog of 200+ episodes along with reams of bonus content, Jaded Gamer Cast is one of the most prolific miniature gaming podcasts in the world. Our first episode launched on November 2, 2010 and since then we have been releasing new episodes every week.

Lange and Nathan, the hosts of Jaded Gamer Cast, provide commentary on some of the biggest miniature games in the world, from the biggest miniature game publishers with an irreverent style. Someone has to take the piss out of them and it might as well be us.

What is AdeptiCon?

What is AdeptiCon? I’m glad you asked, disembodied text. AdeptiCon is one of the largest miniature gaming conventions in the world. They have more games available and more participants for all of these games than most other competitors. Basically, AdeptiCon is THE premiere miniature gaming event.

Because its size, AdeptiCon attracts tons of different podcasts, vloggers, and Black Library authors (some of whom we’ve closed out bars with).

Okay, but why?

The philosophy of Jaded Gamer Cast has always been to provide all of our content free. Free to our listeners and free from advertisements. We simply don’t want to profit on this podcast in any way (we’re like the Mother Teresa of war gaming podcasters). This philosophy hasn’t changed and we continue to be dedicated to generating new weekly content that is free for our listeners.

This philosophy has proven problematic with all discussions of Jaded Gamer Cast merchandise.

Suddenly, a wild solution appeared.

Errr…sure.

We are going to sell branded merchandise to help us both get to AdeptiCon. That’s the short answer.

What’s the Long Answer?

I am really starting to get tired of your shit, disembodied voice.

The long answer is that AdeptiCon provides an opportunity for us to create a MOUNTAIN of additional, bonus content. We are hoping to collaborate with every. Single. Podcast. All of them who are present, and can stand our particular flavor of bitter. We want to do interviews with Black Library authors. We want to party with our fans and maybe, if we’re sober enough (HA!) even play some games at this giant gaming convention.

Buying some Jaded Gamer Cast merch is a long-term investment in more Jaded Gamer Cast content. You get to look awesome. We get to make more podcasts that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to make. Everyone wins.

When will this Content be Available?

Content will be out after AdeptiCon (March 19 – 22, 2015). Duh. Rewards will start rolling out ASAP – we’ll be putting our T Shirt orders in soon after the end of the Kickstarter and amassing the supplies to get the other merch done up. The goal will be to have all rewards to backers (or ready to ship) by the time we go to AdeptiCon.

The Merch!!

A note about shipping: If you want more than one reward level (you awesome Jaded Gamer) send us an email and we will tell you which level and how much to pledge at.

Merch
Merch

Stretch Goal: $2000 – The Shot 2nd Edition (backers get to vote) At Adepticon

Do you remember the time that the Jaded Gamers and That Teri Girl looked for the most revolting shot they could find, made it, drank it and posted it on the internet for everyone to enjoy? As a thank you we’ll do it again, with a twist. YOU pick the shot. We make it. We drink it. We film it. Ugh.

And this time we will even record the audio!!!

Stretch Goal: $2200 – Objective Marker Shot glasses – Available Add-On

Make your objective based games ones to never remember. Everyone has fun if you don’t remember how it ends.

Stretch Goal: $3000 – Live Hangout for Backers w/Nathan & Lange

Now that Lange and Nathan can make it to AdeptiCon, we’re hosting a celebration on G+! All backers invited, we’ll take questions and be generally entertaining. At least as entertaining as you’ve come to expect us to be.

Stretch Goal: $5000 – Hot Pepper Battle Report from Nathan & Lange

Because you love watching us suffer, we present a hot pepper battle report. Before talking about what happened that turn, we’ll eat the hottest peppers we can find. For you.

Stretch Goal: $7500 – Jaded Gamercast Rap-Sody (Rap Single)

DJ Turbo Pascal and N-Jigger drop the realest rap single of our time.

Risks and challengesLearn about accountability on Kickstarter

Since this Kickstarter has two aspects to it, merch and AdeptiCon, I’ll handle these separately.

On the merch side of things, there are relatively few risks. All of the glassware is being purchased from local suppliers and being hand etched by our Asian sweatshop; Teri.

All tshirts are being locally sourced and printed. Basically, the only way the merch won’t be produced is if a Kaiju attack levels our city, killing us and destroying our suppliers. Since the government has never publically acknowledged the existence of Kaiju, the official risk matrix is low, even if WE KNOW BETTER.

For AdeptiCon and the content we will create there, the same Kaiju threat exists but there is an additional layer of risk. With Lange and I both flying to AdeptiCon, there is a very real chance that the plane will crash, forcing us into an ʺAliveʺ type situation of cannibalism. Lange is hoping Nathan dies first because, let’s be honest for a moment, Nathan would make FAR better eating than Lange.

The only serious risk is that a catastrophic hard drive failure wipes the content before we have a chance to back it up, but with the power of Google and Dropbox, we’ll be backing up all raw content as we create it.

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FSA: Core Fleet Review

In case you haven’t noticed by now this website sometimes has blogs on it written by the hosts that are focused on the topics or games that we are excited about in that particular moment. If you listen to our podcast you know full well that I am utterly sold on Firestorm Armada 2.2.0 and cannot get enough of the game, models, and new releases. In these dark times of Games Workshop releases it’s not hard to understand why…

My fervor has apparently been infectious as I see more and more people posting that our excitement has prompted them to buy a fleet and begin painting. This also brings about the inevitable questions about list building and a general thirst for information about tactics and quirks that make each fleet unique. Well… here it is… Firestorm Armada: Core fleet Review

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How to create a Space Marine Chapter

This is a subtle art.

So as you might suspect it’s something that gamers tend to screw up in dramatic fashion. There are many steps that one needs to consider when undertaking this sort of monumental endeavor; not the least of which being the name of your Chapter. One of the most common mistakes that gamers make is to think up a name first. In truth this is one of the Last things you should be considering before taking into account things like Lineage, Combat Tactics, Theme, and Colors. So what is the first thing you need to consider? What primary trait should you be taking into account before you name your Chapter “The Green Devils” and start making up shit to fill in the missing parts?

Lineage

The first thing you should consider is your Chapter Lineage. This is easily the most important factor and will influence every other aspect of your Space Marine army. The reason why this is an afterthought for most gamers is simple… they want to be unique. The idea of creating something that is derived from existing canon can make gamers feel like they are not the pretty little snowflakes that they feel they need to be. This is a strange but well known part of nerd culture that I won’t get into now, however the point remains the same… gamers have a strong impulse to be unique.

Having worked in a Games Workshop for years I was forced to listen to scores of gamers explaining to me just how awesome their own created chapter is compared to every other. However, when asked what Founding Legion was the source of their geneseed most would either shrug or explain how it was a mysterious mystery. Which was really just another way of saying, ‘I haven’t put that much thought into it.’ I’ve always liked to refer to these types of Chapters as Bastard Marines. So as I said before, this is an important decision that will shape your chapter. Do not make it lightly but at the same time do not ignore it. Examine the traits, Primarch, and themes of the Founding Chapters and make your choice according to those details.

This guy actually called his Chapter "The Genocidals"... Hitler is not one of the Primarchs...

This guy actually called his Chapter “The Genocidals”… Hitler is not one of the Primarchs…

Now it’s safe to assume that you have done this properly and chosen a Founding Legion to be the progenitor of your Chapter. If you fucked this up somehow… just stop reading. Now that this is completed you can move on to the theme of your Space Marines!

Theme & Tactics

Once again, this is something that must be taken into account when creating a Space Marine Chapter. Why? Because it will help to form everything else that will complete your new chapter. Do you think that the Space Wolves first chose their name and then just randomly decided to have a debilitating Furry fetish? No. Their name was derived of what was known, or what would be known, as defining features of either their chapter or their Primarch. And yes yes, I know that the original Founding Chapters were created before their Primarchs were found, but in some of these cases the Chapters names were changed due to these qualities. Also the Emperor see’s all, so of course he named these Chapters with knowledge of their primarchs and the traits of their geneseed.

Remember though that theme is not another word for Fetish. As much as Games Workshop loves the idea that every Space Marine Chapter has to fill every spare space on their armor with the symbol or theme of the army, does not mean that you should do the same. If you want your army to be themed around Chaplains for instance, and you plan to make all your characters Chaplains, this does not mean that you should give every single Sergent, Terminator, and Dreadnought a Crosius. I say this because I once tried to do exactly that myself and half way through the conversion realized how fucking stupid it was.

Theme will line up side by side with Combat Tactics no matter how hard you try to separate the two ideas. In truth this is where it gets hard to build your own Chapter into something you feel is cool while at the same time trying to keep the actual tabletop composition competitive. No one wants to build an army of nothing Assault Marines then go and name their Chapter the Death Gophers.

Shadow Legion... Um, there are no Legions anymore bro.

Shadow Legion… Um, there are no Legions anymore bro.

This one, at first glance, isn’t a terrible idea. The gamer who created the Chapter explains their founding Chapter with some rationalization in terms of army composition, and also explains that the Chapter is a “Fast n’ Light” fighting force that specializes in stealth combat. He even goes so far as to say that he intends to add silencers to his bolters in order to really sell this theme. Have you noticed the issues with this yet? Firstly, there is nothing stealthy about a ten foot tall superhuman wearing the equivalent of a Ford Taurus for armor flying through the sky on jet engines. Also, I know it’s the 41st millennium and all but how exactly does one go about silencing a weapon who’s ammunition detonates upon impact? Lastly, white and neon green was a uniform option that was turned down by the Navy Seals a few years back… so yea, maybe you should mute those colors a tad.

Colors

Don’t get too excited… most gamers fuck this up too due to their Snowflake Syndrome as stated in the above comments. Let me say this now so that we can move forward: “There is nothing wrong with a color scheme that is similar to an existing Space Marine Chapter.” Too often people will stray so far away from primary colors when painting their Marines for fear of unwanted association with Chapters that do not conform to the image they have constructed. We all have Chapters we hate for no apparent reason and having similar colors to someone like… hmm, say… Blood Angels can be a terrible thing in the eye of gamers.

With that said… no, there are no “rules” for choosing a color scheme for your Space Marines. They are not “required” to resemble their progenitors in any obvious way. However, just like with Fashion, a little common sense and consideration goes a long way. Painting them your favorite color and simply adding highlights is no different than tossing on that old Metallica t-shirt with the mustard stain on it and heading off to a Wedding. It’s not just a question of color choices but also a question of lineage. For instance…

The Bright Blades Chapter... Apparently added too much bleach to their laundry.

The Bright Blades Chapter… Apparently added too much bleach to their laundry.

No, no, no, no, no… When reading the fluff of this particular Chapter we find out that the Bright Blades are apparently a Second Founding Chapter of the Ultramarines. This is a terrible choice considering the canon surrounding their founders. The Chapter that created the Codex, the Chapter the most recognizable color scheme, the Chapter that has easily the most stringent regulations for the creations of new Chapters… approves the Klu Klux Marines?

Hive Wardens... Looks like someone left a... ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz

Hive Wardens… Looks like someone left a… ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzz

Here is another great example of bad colors choices. Bland green with a random red helmet makes a for an utterly boring army. Just stop and take a moment to imagine this army on the table painted in this off green and black… Dull, am I right? In this case there were no references to the Founding lineage of this Chapter, but considering the obvious fiction associated with these Marines I would be forced to assume their geneseed comes from Ultramarines. Which just makes this all that much worse. Remember that Space Marine armor is as much a form of Heraldry as it is a way of telling your battle brothers apart from the Chaos scum they are fighting.

Names

Now that you have considered everything else it is time to consider a name for your chapter. This is where you DO get to let your Snowflake Syndrome shine freely as you cannot go off and call them Blood Angels or Iron Hands. This, however, does not mean that you should completely ignore the name of your Founding Chapter. Some of the best names are little more than simple rebranding of a founding. Prime examples include: Sons of Guilliman, Angels Encarmine, or Brazen Claws.

Desert Hunters. I would tease this gamer mercilessly about his Chapters love of hunting cakes and pies.

Desert Hunters. I would tease this gamer mercilessly about his Chapters love of hunting cakes and pies.

Firstly, try to avoid regional or climate related names for your Marines. Why? Let me ask you this first before I answer: “What makes these marines more suitable for Desert combat?” All marines have micro-climate control within their armor. It allows them to fight on any type of world and even within the vacuum of space. So how are the Desert Hunters any more suited than say, the Black Templars or Relictors? This was a name that was clearly thought up before considering the Theme of the army.

Another good tip is to try to avoid having a dual descriptor name for your space marines when not using the color scheme as an identifier. This isn’t always true, but it does tend to be a failing point for many gamer made Chapters. For instance: Black Templars are a good example of this being used correctly. The name Templars on it’s own is a good name for a Chapter and works on many levels with the canon of WarHammer 40K. Screaming Templars on the other hand completely ruins the name as a whole because it’s too much information and the two descriptors have nothing to do with eachother. Howling Griffons as another similar example is a name where both words are linked to a singular idea. A single descriptor name for your Chapter can say everything you need to say and be cool enough to grab your opponents attention without spoon feeding them too much information.

The Instigators... a Chapter that I must assume is excellent when it comes to Shit Talk.

The Instigators… a Chapter that I must assume is excellent when it comes to Shit Talk.

Here’s a good example of a one word name that tells you all you need to know about a Chapter. It may not be the best image to associate with Space Marines, but it’s clear and perhaps indicates an aggressive theme, even if it does make me giggle a bit.

Lastly, try to avoid specific topics or ideas that do not work with the 40K canon:

Legion/Legio: There are no more Legions, hence the need for Space Marine Chapters.

Chess: You’d be surprised how many gamers will name their Chapter something like the Avenging Rooks or the Storm Bishops. Chess does not exist in the 41st Millennium.

Made Up: Don’t make up words. Just don’t. You sound like a Klingon Cosplayer.

Over used: One sure way to make your Chapter blend into the background is to choose and overused name for your Chapter. Words like Angels, Emperor’s, Fire, Death, Dark, Imperial, or Sons are all seen far too often already in the 40K canon.

There you go!

Now you are ready to begin creating your own Space Marine Chapter and have the knowledge to do it the right way.

You’re welcome.

Beautiful Soldiers

I will not deny that I have said some rather inflammatory things regarding Sanguinius, his various mutations, failings, comical personality, and absolutely laughable Chapter of rage monkeys. However, with that said, I will not deny that when it comes to iconic figures whose mere presence inspires those around him that ‘The Angel’ stands above all others. It’s not a surprise really… I mean… look at the guy.

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Jaded Gamercation!!

As many of you have probably heard… it is very likely that the 6th Edition of WarHammer 40K is going to be released on the 30th of this month. This poses an odd sort of problem for us here at Jaded Gamercast as we really would like to avoid simply filling airtime with chatter about what-ifs and speculation. Considering that Firestorm Armada is also on the horizion and that WarHammer Fantasy will also likely see a delay in new releases… frankly… there isn’t much to talk about.

Needless to say, we are very excited about what will happen on the WarHammer 40K landscape in the months to come. This means that you as listeners can expect Jaded Gamercast to return with a BANG after 6th Edition has been released. However, in the meantime we will be taking a short break. For the next two weeks we will not be doing a podcast and will be taking a little vacation. We will still be around and will be chatting on the Facebook group about every new development, so don’t tune out completely just yet!!

If there is anything that you’d like to hear us talk about on the return episodes, questions about the new edition, topics that you would like to add your own input on… well, you know how to get a hold of us.

Stay tuned!!

Welcome to Hogwarts

I can say with fair certainty that I have played a variety of different armies and scenarios in WarHammer 8th Edition. However it has taken me quite a while to really understand when and how to use Wizards in this new environment. My initial views have change drastically and my tactics have also been similarly adjusted to meet what I feel is the best way to build a competitive list that includes appropriate magic support. The truth is that there is no solid answer… instead you have to look at each army and take a few simple facts into account when building your list. As you might suspect… I have these points for you in bullets for easy of reading 😉

  • Can your Wizard fight?
  • Is taking a hero level Wizard appropriate?
  • Is taking multiple Wizards appropriate?
  • Do you have access to Loremaster?
  • What options do your wizards have access to?

Let me break these down a bit more…
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…because I know better!

“You guys should actually PLAY a game of Storm of Magic and Blood in the Badlands before you pass judgement on them.” -Some guy

“I am going to actually wait and read the new Chaos codex, by Matt Ward, before I decide to write it off and sell my armies.” –That dude

“Seriously bro, Maid in Manhattan is a pretty good movie. J-Lo actually gives a heartfelt performance.” -Her

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