Thursday, 1 September 2011

Meeples & Miniatures Podcast - Episode 78

I'm guessing that by now quite a few of you may well have heard the Meeples & Miniatures Podcast (number 78) in which Neil Shuck interviews my good friend, Richard Clarke from TooFatLardies.

Meeples & Miniatures Podcast - Episde 78

Most of the discussion is about wargames rules writing and rules mechanisms, and Richard's attempt to build in "friction" and uncertainty into his wargames rules, including his World War One set "Through the Mud and the Blood". As you may also have noticed, these are also my preferred set for wargaming the Great War, although I do like using others from time to time.

If you've not listened to Neil's podcast before, it's a fantastic resource and episode 78 is a great place to start.

If you've not come across the TooFatLardies rules before, this is also a perfect place to start as Richard has a knack of explaining his design process and philosophy very clearly.

It's a really excellent episode, and highly recommended. Five out of five star shells.


  1. Thanks Sidney I will have a listen now.

  2. Never did a postcast before but listened to it while painting this evening. Very interesting and I enjoyed it. Richard is a good storyteller, I like his way of explaining things using examples.
    I (and our whole group) think M&B is maybe the most enjoyable set of rules we ever played. Eagerly awaiting the WWII set as that will get the (un)painted WWII figs out of the drawers immediately :-)
    We tried a lot of TFL rules and some work better than others but I'm also excited over the IABS3 that could put our 15mm armies we never use on the table.
    Thx, great tip!

  3. Thanks for the comments Guys. I always really appreciate the feedback!

    @Mike – Welcome to the world of wargaming podcasts!! I’ll warn you…they’re very addictive. Meeples & Miniatures is one of the very best. Some of the other really fun ones are The D6 Generation, What Would Patton Do, Role Playing Public Radio and View from the Veranda. I’d happily recommend all of those. On the TooFatLardies rulesets, “Sharp Practice” and “Mud & Blood” are very similar, but if anything “Mud & Blood” is a really smooth, polished set of rules. We play-tested it a lot before it was published, and it reflects Richard’s really detailed knowledge of the Great War. “Chain of Command” for WW2, the successor to “Mud & Blood”, should be fantastic. Once we start play-testing next year, I’ll hopefully be posting some AARs here, and possibly even painting up some figures. Really pleased you’re enjoying the Lard experience, Mike!


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