Thoughts about wargaming, RPGs, books, poetry, law and whatever else comes to mind. Conrad Kinch lives in Dublin where he shambles towards eternity accompanied by the long suffering Mrs Kinch, the Kinchlet twins and one very demanding cat. A columnist for Miniature Wargames magazine, he writes fiction, gaming material and bad poetry. His first novel “The Fox Wife’s Tail” is available from Amazon.
In this episode of Send Three & Fourpence, I share some short tips about what to look for when choosing, buying or better yet making terrain for your RPGs and Wargames. You can leave a message at https://anchor.fm/conrad-kinch or you can record something and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or find me on Twitter at @aquestingvole.
The sixth episode of Send Three & Fourpence.
The siege of Badajoz was unquestionably a dark day in the history of the British Army. On the 6th of April 1812, Wellington's army which was besieging the French garrison launched an all out assault on two breaches that had been made in the walls.
The result was hellish. The attackers suffered 4,800 casualties, but successfully stormed the town. After the storm, the officers lost control of their men and the town was sacked. Three days of murder, rape, robbery and looting followed before order was restored.
Zack White of "The Napoleonicist" podcast has argued quite convincingly to my mind that the sack was, if not officially sanctioned, considered an acceptable risk. The loot that would result was thought of as a necessary inducement to convince men to storm the town in the face of determined opposition and lacking an appropriate siege train.
You can listen to Zack make his arguments here.
At the end of the episode, I pose a question - "Knowing what Wellington knew at the time and knowing the likely result for the civilian population, would you have ordered the storming of Badajoz?" I'd be interested to hear what you think.
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In which I hold forth on Vivandiere and Cantiniere and why they definitely weren’t prostitutes. And why Lady Macbeth annoys me. You can see some pictures of my Vivandieres at the link here (http://joyandforgetfulness.blogspot.com/2012/06/vivandieres-why-i-hate-lady-macbeth.html?m=1). You can watch that Victoria Wood sketch here. https://youtu.be/1qK80wVXZ9w
Gamers often give out about how game rules have loop holes in them or that they need more editing. I think we’re being a bit hard on them. This was mainly prompted by an episode by Dave of @d_percentile. Also it is late, I need to be up for work in four and a half hours and I can’t sleep. So I recorded a podcast.
Episode 4 of Send Three & Fourpence
A lot of us are locked up in our homes at the moment and don't have access to our normal wargaming outlet. However, we do have access to video conferencing technology that makes it possible to play wargames (and boardgames) remotely.
I've been playing like this for a couple of years, when time allows, and have picked up some tips on how to make your remote wargames run a bit more smoothly.
If you'd like to see some pictures of my setup and description of our latest game, you will find it on my blog Joy & Forgetfulness.
Other blogs mentioned in this episode.
Winter of '79
Battle Game of the Month
The fourth episode of Send Three & Fourpence.
What is the difference between the Criminal and Civil Law?
What is the difference between “being prosecuted” and “getting sued”?
What does “beyond a reasonable doubt” mean?
Why do the police investigate some breaches of the law but not others?
In this episode we will be finding out the answers to some of these questions and learning a little bit about the basics of how law works.
If there’s something significant that you think I’ve missed you can leave a message at https://anchor.fm/conrad-kinch or you can record something and send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This episode is a collection of thoughts on handling violence in RPGs. Mostly prompted by discussion with Menion over at the “Confessions of a Wee Timorous Bushi” Podcast. https://open.spotify.com/show/0NF1sMhWGIllBFS2u2w14G?si=bWSoVh4qQYeJk2Ild5YtIg
The inaugural episode of Send Three & Fourpence. This episode is a review of the free product Scarlet Heroes Quick Start Kit by Kevin Crawford. Available for free at https://www.drivethrurpg.com/m/product/127458. This is my first podcast and my first attempt at using anchor. In it I say “eh” more often than Dara O’Brian and struggle with the intricacies of the medium.