Brainwaves Episode 65 – Stormy Weather

It’s a solemn week for the team in Brainwaves Episode 65 as they dive into all the controversies surrounding comments made by well loved designers. We spent a bit longer on this than we normally would, but we felt it deserved the coverage. 

Over the rest of the cast we update you on Dragonlance, looking at counterfeit games, conventions moving again, and taking a long overdue trip to RPG Corner. 

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Video for Kickstarter campaign Pingyao: First Chinese Banks

Screencapture of what we were talking about

Daniele Tascini

Capture of the original words from Tascini

Hans im Gluck Statement

Rolling Dice interview

Previous form mentioned in the piece

Phil Eklund

New Ion Games Statement

Eklund’s post alluding to lawyers

and the update

Jeff DeBoer

Grabs of original posts from Rodney 

Parallel Games statement

Wehrlegig Games

Braincrack Games

Funagain Games


Dragonlance Saga comes to an end

Origins and Uk Games Expo move

Counterfeit Games found in Zaavi

Uno Anniversary

RPG Corner

DnD Scouts

RPGs to the Rescue

Jasper’s Game Day

The Bundle


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Exec Producers: Lucky Sparrow Gaming Cafe

Shaun Newan

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Metallic Dice Games


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4 Responses

  1. nannyGOAT says:

    Thanks for crediting us, boardGOATS, for the stuff about counterfeit games. You are absolutely right, “Co-mingling” within Amazon stock is a big problem, but if you can demonstrate it is a fake, where Amazon is the seller you can mostly get your money back.

    Another big problem are the online auction houses though. Sellers with unidentifiable names set up shop, sell a load of counterfeit stuff cheaply, then close and reopen under a new name. These are easy to spot when you know what you are looking for, but if you don’t, especially if you are buying for gifts.

    The Zavvi case was unusual because it was a relatively reputable company with a large quantity of fake of different items, which, as you pointed out, calls into question the origin of their stock. The initial denials suggest that either they were trying to front it out, or that they believed their stock was genuine and did not initially question its provenance. This may suggest the company themselves were a victim of some scam, but I suspect we will never know.

    In my head, there are two types of problem here: The full-price fraud, and the cheap, obvious knock-off. Both are very wrong, but in the first case, the buyer is the main victim. In the second case, the buyer is getting what they pay for (i.e. rubbish for peanuts) and it is mostly the publisher and society as a whole that suffers. Some people feel that the first is a more serious offence, but the damage to a company’s production reputation damaged in this way is very hard to rebuild. This is especially true when some people playing the game, say family of the buyer, don’t realise it is not a genuine copy.

    • Always want to give proper credit for the stories we come across. I think you are spot on with the two different issues. I’ve since spoken to someone who was involved in trying to get money back from Zaavi and it sounded horrendous. Going to be doing some digging ourselves.

      • nannyGOAT says:

        That’s great; would be really interested to hear what you come up with. Really enjoyed the podcast, especially the way you approached the car-crash surrounding the Tascini Affair and the other incidents.

      • Glad you enjoyed it. Took us a while to untangle that but we never want to shy away from the hard news.

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