Whose Race Is It Anyway? Perkins & Manganiello at D&D Live 2019 Enter The Game Table podtastic D&D prize draw! D&D’s Mike Mearls & B. Dave Walters chat with The Game Table Inside the Intel/Acer deal with Meta High School Esports Matthew Lillard, WizKids, and making cool enhancements to our tables

Whose Race Is It Anyway?

Dave Jansen stops by The Scrapyard to dive deep on 8.2 and the state of the raiding scene just as Mythic Eternal Palace gets set to drop.

With a fresh Race To World First kicking off, we look at the controversy around Method and Red Bull falling out, wanting to see more guilds being involved, and what we hope the right way to run this all might be.

Plus we enter a big old rabbit hole around the lore of the expansion and where we think, and where we hope, things will take us as we head toward the next expansion.

Google Assistant now on Sonos here in Australia

Alexa not doing it for you? Now you can ask Google to help you out via your Sonos speakers instead. The new features landed in an update on Tuesday night.

Alexa has been available since last year for Sonos One and Sonos Beam speakers. And while you can’t have both at the same time on the same single speaker, if you have more than one of either, or both, or whatever combo, you can have both Alexa and Google Assistant in different parts of the house and they can work together relatively seamlessly.

AIS gives Aus Women’s Cricket an Apple Watch edge

As the Aussie Women’s cricket team get ready to destroy the English in the Women’s Ashes Tour (after a 2-0 drubbing in the warm up one-day matches), it’s interesting to see they’ve worked with the Australian Institute of Sport to get some custom tech to help hit peak performance.

Apple Watch has been put to use to track training load, sleep, heart rate, and even mood, to ensure every cricketer is training at the right level. This means they can operate to well defined training ‘budgets’, which also tells them what’s too much so they avoid strain and overworking.

“We can analyse player data in real time and put interventions in place to manage player fatigue and mitigate the risk of injury,” says performance coach David Bailey. “Since the team has worn Apple Watch and shared activity, we’ve seen players become more accountable and engaged in the training process, more motivated by the data, and have more fun along the way.”

‘Saviors of Uldum’ is the next Hearthstone expansion

Is it time already? It’s the sign of a healthy period for the game when a new expansion sneaks up on us rather than us desperately wishing for new cards to shake up a stale meta.

Instead, Saviors of Uldum arrives like an exciting surprise! Yay!

And carrying on the Year of the Dragon storyline, after the villains steal Dalaran we see the League of Explorers return to save the day.

Massive kudos to the wonderfully dry-as-a-dead-stick delivery from Hadidjah Chamberlin. An almost British quality deadpan!

So far we’ve seen three big new aspects of the expansion:

  • Reborn: restores a minion to life with 1 health after it dies
  • Plague: a massive board wide spell effect of some kind
  • Quests: new quests that change your hero power when completed

The new set will keep rolling out lots of new cards and info over coming weeks, as is the usual routine.

Plus the set will launch on/around August 7, 2019.

Perkins & Manganiello at D&D Live 2019

Chris Perkins and Joe Manganiello sit down with The Game Table for a conversation at D&D Live 2019.

We explore the nature of D&D being an improv game that has long-term continuity, and how the stakes are raised when there’s an audience. How Chris feels about being a celebrity in his own right now. And how D&D actually is a game where we spend a lot of time ‘playing’ it on our own between sessions.


A fantastic and fun conversation with two of the most prominent D&D names around. One embedded within the art of the game for decades, the other one of the games most prominent super fans who has a character that is now becoming canonical (Arkhan the Cruel).

Enter The Game Table podtastic D&D prize draw!

Thanks to Wizards of the Coast and Good Games Australia, we’re giving away the two latest D&D books plus some D&D Live 2019 tidbits as part of the launch of The Game Table podcast.

Byteside has just launched The Game Table, our podcast covering all things tabletop. The opening series of episodes has been interview after interview with cool folks we sat down with at D&D Live 2019 in Los Angeles. So we’re running a special giveaway to big up our favourite RPG to celebrate!

The prize pack features the following books and extras:

  • The new Acquisitions Inc sourcebook, thanks to Good Games Australia
  • The new Ghosts of Saltmarsh campaign book, thanks to Wizards of the Coast
  • An exclusive sticker sheet from D&D Live 2019 with a bunch of shiny stickers around the Descent Into Avernus theme of the show

D&D’s Mike Mearls & B. Dave Walters chat with The Game Table

Mike Mearls, Dungeons & Dragons Creative Director and lead developer on the 5th Edition rules, and B. Dave Walters, storyteller, writer, Dungeon Master, Maze Arcana cast member, and co-host of Geek & Sundry’s Ask Your Black Geek Friend, sit down with Seamus for another episode of The Game Table.

Another of our great D&D Live 2019 sessions, we explore why being geek has become perfectly acceptable in the mainstream, and what the 5th Edition rules have done so well to open the hobby up to so many new players.

Inside the Intel/Acer deal with Meta High School Esports

This week we’re taking a bit of a dive inside the new sponsorship deal between Intel and Acer and the Meta High School Esports program, owned and operated by Adelaide Crows Football Club.

These are global companies getting involved in an Australian grassroots esports operation, so it seemed an interesting opportunity to talk to all involved about why it’s happening, what it means for Meta and the value for Intel and Acer.

So I spoke to reps at all involved – Intel, Acer, Meta, and the Crows, plus I also had a chat with one of the teachers at a school that participates in the Meta program to get a sense of how this league is impacting on some of the students too.

Kate Welch & Pat Rothfuss on making characters and the easy way to be a good DM

Another D&D Live 2019 conversation for you! Today it’s Kate Welch, Game Designer at Dungeons & Dragons, and Patrick Rothfuss, bestselling author.

Both play characters in the Acquisitions Incorporated universe of games, Kate as Rosie Beestinger in the ‘C Team’ game, and Patrick as Viari in the core Acquisitions Inc liveplay games.

We discuss the art of making characters and that morphs into a discussion on the easy choices you can make on the path to being a great DM.

Deborah Ann Woll and Xander Jeanneret from Relics & Rarities

Seamus chats to Deborah Ann Woll and Xander Jeanneret, two great performers from the Relics & Rarities liveplay D&D show. Deborah is the DM and regularly brings other celebrities who have never played before onto the show to join in the action.

We talk about actors and their secret D&D games, their journey with D&D over recent years and what its like to share what can be revealing game experiences with an online community.

Apple’s War For Privacy

Exploring Apple’s growing efforts to defend privacy, not just as a question of better securing our data, but in stopping it from being collected in the first place.

It’s more than rhetoric. It’s not just a feature anymore. It’s becoming its own service and it could make the whole web a better place for everyone – not just people who own iPhones.