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In a bit of a tangent, Seamus chats with Jason Murray about the state of Transformers toys these days and how things have evolved over their 35 year history.

Do you have a rare gem hiding in your closet? Should you be buying the newest toys? And what’s been going on in the cartoons?

Find Jason on Twitter: @jm77

Transformers Collectors Club Australia on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transformerscca/

And their club website: https://tccaus.wordpress.com/

This week on The Game Table we catch up with Nathan Cocks, ex-videogames journo turned boardgame junkie, as he brings us up to speed on the health of the boardgame industry over the past few years.

Nathan brings around 20 suggestions for great games you could hunt down that you may not have heard of – avoiding the obvious stuff like Catan and Ticket To Ride, digging into the deeper stuff out there that is amazing fun for all sorts of different kinds of experiences.

Plus we drop a few tips on sites and Australian events to help you dive deeper into the boardgame scene.

Click through to see links to many of the boardgames mentioned during the show!

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).

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

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.

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.