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A Warhammer 40K podcast about giving you tips, strategies, and analysis you can use in about an hour.

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Ep28: Attacker or Defender
01:02:00

It's not 4th Edition anymore, so missions no longer have a formally-declared "attacker" or "defender", but the struggle is still real- which one are you? Identifying your role during a game is paramount, as it determines whether you need to play aggressively or try to conserve your forces, whether you need to hedge your bets or swing wide, whether you need to aim for the long game or try to blow the opponent out before they can do anything. Misassessing your role can lead to an ignomious defeat, so you want to make sure to know which side of the fence you're on during games.

In this episode, we look at what the attacker and defender roles mean, how to tell which you are, and when the roles can reverse themselves (as well as what to do when that happens.) We talk about the tactical and strategic implications of being on both sides and give some specific examples of different matchups and how to explain each of them within this framework.

Plus, standing in for Josh this episode we have a very special guest, Justin Whitton of the Northwest Mercs. We also have the first of our Patreon-exclusive episodes up, an interview with some TOs with tips for running your first event; this special episode will eventually be posted for public listening, but supporters of the podcast get it ahead of time as a special bonus.

Music: Dankmus
Art: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Jun 17, 2019
Ep27: Playing Fast
01:01:18

Winning games is, of course, important if you're playing competitively, but before you get to that stage there's something else that you need to do- finish your games. 8th Edition tends to be significantly slower to play than previous iterations of the game and a lot of players are struggling to complete six turns these days, even to the point that tournaments have had to institute time policies. How do you dodge the enforcement on that sort of thing without finding yourself too rushed and making mistakes? These week, our hosts give you the strategies and tips you need to speed up your games while still maintaining quality play.

We talk about direct physical aids such as time clocks, of course, but also other tools you can use to speed things up such as measuring devices, trays, and more. We also discuss mental tools you can use to speed your play as well as ways to help you allocate the time you have more efficiently. Plus, a few asides on the worst time-wasting habits that we see in tournament players and why you should avoid them at all costs. If you're looking for a timely episode on a timely subject, look no further!

Music: Dankmus
Art: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Jun 10, 2019
Ep26: Archetypes- Knights
01:00:44

Big, stompy robots; ever since the edition began, way back when we were still just little bitty babbies playing with the indices, Knights have been a boogeyman for players of all sorts, and following their codex release they have been a legitimate competitor on the tournament scene. But what is it that makes Knights so strong? In this episode, we go over the basics of a Knight army- be it pure Knights or the much more common mixed version that includes support from other Imperial factions. We talk about their options and stratagems that you should be aware of as well as some of the most common variants you'll see and why people run them.

More importantly, though, we talk about the weaknesses of the Knight list and how you can prepare yourself to beat them, focusing especially on their performance in ITC missions. From keeping pace with them on the primary to taking advantage of their tendency to bleed secondary points, we discuss the ways in which you can easily out-score a Knight army and even look to methods to wipe them off the table entirely if the situation permits. Being a hundred feet tall has its advantages, but it does make it miiiiiiiiiighty difficult to reach all the way down to the ground and tag Home Base, after all.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Jun 03, 2019
Ep25: Playing From Behind
01:06:31

We'd all rather win games than lose them, but sometimes things don't go as smoothly as we want. So how do you keep in when things start to go south, and how do you recover from mistakes or bad dice? This week In the Finest Hour looks at playing from a losing position and how you can maximize your score as well as your chances of pulling out that victory.

 

We also look at how to handle bad matchups, risk assessment, how to shift your priorities and playstyle, and more in this underdog episode.

May 27, 2019
Ep25.5: Bay Area Open Hottake
11:10

This week we have Shaylynn hosting a very special interview with... Sean? It's a quick look at how the tournament is going and how things are looking for the payers involved.

May 25, 2019
Ep24: Tournament Tips
01:07:48

Going to a tournament can be an intimidating experience, but it doesn't need to be- and whether you're a veteran of dozens of events or someone who is considering making the leap for the very first time, we have some tips for you. Not the usual sort, where we tell you obscure rules or strategies for most effectively taking out your opponent's super-cool flavor-of-the-week army, but things that can help you, the person going to the tournament, be more comfortable and happy over the course of the weekend. Not only will it make you happier with the event as a result, it will help your performance as a whole- after all, if you feel like complete shit you're not going to be playing to your highest standard.

We talk what to bring, what to wear, what to eat, how to talk to people, what to drink (or not to drink), how do avoid hurting yourself more than necessary (even if you're into that), and most importantly of all how to save yourself some dough when making that tournament run. If you've ever considering going to a tournament, this is an episode that you'll most certainly want to give a listen.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

May 20, 2019
Ep23: Archetypes- Flyers
57:56

What's the deal, with Flyers? [/Seinfeld] In this first episode of our new series, we take a look at some of the major list archetypes that are in the meta right now and discuss how they function, what makes them strong, where they can fail, and what impact they have on the game. And what better starting point for the game right now than everyone's favorite boogeyman for two full years and running, Flyer Spam?

We get you started with a crash-course in how the flyer list operates, the units it typically fields, and talk about some of the variants of the list that you typically will see. We also discuss the list's challenges in the meta as well as its strengths and look into why flyers benefit so much from many of the quirks of the format. And, of course, we round things out with tips for how to overcome the list if you're struggling to beat it- plus another round of listener questions from our Patrons and announcements about several upcoming tournaments where you can meet us.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

May 13, 2019
Ep22: Improving Your Competitive List
01:08:45

So you've gotten your list together and done a bunch of practice games and taken it to a tournament, but you're not happy with how it's performing. How do you identify the flaws in the army? How do you know when it's the army underperforming, rather than you making mistakes? And even once you've figured out what you're lacking, how do you add those things in without compromising the core functionality of the army? These questions are at the heart of list design, and they're problems that every player grapples with sooner or later- and in this episode, we hope to give you a leg up when confronting them, or at least an arm across.

We talk about the kinds of failings lists can have, discuss how to identify your core concept (and what to do if you don't have one), and elaborate on how each of the hosts follows their list iteration process as well as comparing and contrasting their strategies for army design. We talk about list assemblies and how they can aid your process as well as how to determine when a list is a failure, and why that's not necessarily a bad thing. And, of course, we discuss the two dread symptoms that have been the bane of many a general- It's Only 5 Points disease and Battleforce Syndrome.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

May 06, 2019
Ep 22.5: CTC Hottake
10:16

Once again the yin-yang duo drives into a hottake where we get to hear the on-site tournament experience of the CTC!

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

May 06, 2019
Ep21: Assessing Skill Levels
01:12:29

There is a whole spectrum of skill levels of players who play Warhammer 40K, from ones who have to be reminded how shooting attacks work up to the folks who regularly win Major events. Knowing where you are on the scale is a lot more than just a feather in your cap, though- it can guide the kinds of learning that you need to do to improve your game and give you a more realistic assessment of where your failings lie (as well as how you can overcome them.) However, it isn't always easy to self-assess like that, so in this episode we try to give you a guide to a few ways you might go about making a more-objective guess at where you sit in that spectrum and what kind of players are keeping you company.

Of course, 40K doesn't just have one skill that governs everything you do in the game, so we also spend time talking about the kinds of skills that contribute to your game performance- and some of them may be the sorts of things that you might not even think of as skills, but are still absolutely vital to how you do at tournaments and absolutely trainable. If you are considering the many ways in which you might pay your billz, this episode will have something for you in it.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Apr 29, 2019
Cross-Talk 01- Interrogation by Newbies
41:51

The Good Host steps in to take one for the team, inviting Alex (player returning from 5th edition) and Mike (completely new) to ask her all of the hard getting started in present 40k questions. 

This episode is the first in the Cross-Talk series that features the behind-the-scenes thinking our hosts have about list-building, Spring FAQ findings, Codex drops, Meta-analysis, and other such important aspects of the 40k experience that just don't phase neatly into a regular episode. These are generally speaking shorter than our main topics (half an hour to an hour) and will be available to our patreons immediately. These episodes will be made public a month after their patreon air-date. This one is free for all to view so that all listeners can get an understanding of the format and experience and decide if Patreon is the right route for them.

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Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Apr 25, 2019
Ep20: Analyzing Your Opponent's List
01:07:28

The first thing you probably do at a tournament, after sighing dejectedly at the terrain you'll have to play on once again, is take a look at the army list your opponent hands you- but how much do you actually know about what it says, and which parts of it are important? This week, we take a look at how to understand what's in an opponent's list and what parts of it are going to be critical to the game; we might not be able to help you parse the Full Text Battlescribe Nightmare (no human can, it is a riddle in an enigma in a conundrum), but we can give you some pointers on what the likely candidates for your concern are as well as what kinds of questions you'll want to ask yourself (and your opponent) about what is there. From there, you can build a battle plan and break down what their battle plan is, hopefully with the end goal of coming out of the match victorious.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Apr 22, 2019
Ep: 19.5 Dallas GT Hottake
20:14

Shaylynn shunts in to assist Josh with another hottake episode: this time featuring the Dallas GT! 

The aforementioned rising star of 40k is Philip Junghans. Look out for this guy!

Apr 15, 2019
Ep19: Netlisting
56:53

Netlisting- it's a subject that evokes a lot of strong feelings from some people, but at the end of the day it's really just one more resource that you have access to when writing an army list. In this episode, we take a look at the pros and cons of using netlists- when they can inspire you and guide your list development, but also when they can limit you and stunt your growth as a player. When should you start using netlists? When should you avoid them? How can you move past netlists, and what sort of players will do best (and worst) with them? Plus, we also talk about customizing netlists, knowing the role of the player (both in achieving success as well as in crafting the list), and why it's not as easy to win a tournament as just picking up Brandon Grant's army and going to town with it.

 

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Apr 15, 2019
Ep18: Analyzing Mission Series #2- ETC
50:20

With Sean on vacation, it's a struggle between Good and Evil as Josh and Shaylynn take over things for a week with a very special episode. Ridvan (aka Skari of SkaredCast) is on with our special guest in the next installment of the Analyzing Missions series as he talks to us about the European Team Championship format at length. Skari was vice-captain of the Canadian ETC team in 2018 and has been a consistent attendee in previous years, doing his nation proud, and with some help from Josh (who has attended as a freelancer for various teams) the three of them dig into the ins and outs of what is so unique about ETC. Being a team format, there naturally are a lot of differences from the usual style of play- indeed, ETC has developed a meta all its own and one that canny teams have learned to exploit, whether by dictating positions on the team, knowing the terrain, playing to the unusual style of missions that are used for it, or simply by having prior experience with all of these things firsthand. If you're curious about the ETC and what it means for the game as a whole, or are attending a similar event (like ATC or CTC) yourself, you'll want to check this episode out!

Skari's Stuff: SkaredCast

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Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Apr 08, 2019
Ep: 17.5 Adepticon Hottake 2019
34:44

Joshua does the boots on the ground and Shaylynn provides some air-support while Sean is busy getting lost in the webway. 

That's how we do Adepticon Hottakes! Josh shares the latest in 40k gossip as well as setting descriptions so you can have the most informed convention experience should you choose to go at a later date!

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Mar 30, 2019
Ep17: Tempo Part 2
58:55

A subject too big to cover just once! This week we revisit tempo and really dig into the subject further- what is tempo, and what does it represent in the game? How do you tell it apart from other gameplay mechanics? Why is it so important to winning? We pick apart the big and the small parts of it and break them down into digestible chunks. We talk about how tempo happens in each of the major phases of the game, starting with your own and proceeding to your opponent's- plus, we talk about negative tempo, how to avoid it, and how to deny your opponent tempo.

 Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Mar 18, 2019
Ep16: Summoning
01:06:40

Sometimes we like to talk about broad, general subjects- but sometimes, we like to get down to the nitty-gritty. This week on In the Finest Hour, we discuss summoning; coming off the back of an LVO top 8 finish, Josh obviously has a lot to say on the subject, so we dig in deep to the Daemonic Ritual ability and look at it in detail. What the ability does, stratagems that interact with it, units that enhance it, and of course the many units you may want to bring in using it. We talk about why summoning is useful, and what kinds of lists can take advantage of it as well as the things you need to make it work and some of the common pitfalls involved with players who try to incorporate summoning.

Of course, if you're coming from the other side of things, we also talk about the limitations of summoning and ways that you can beat armies that use it as well as how a summoning-focused list can fall apart and common archetypes that give it trouble.

If you haven't yet, also check out our new sponsor, Mindtake Miniatures- the owners are good personal friends of the show and if you're looking to pick up an army on the cheap or have some old minis that you're never going to find a use for, they can help you out with both sales and consignments.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Mar 11, 2019
Ep15: Get on a Team!
01:03:13

What's the number-one most important thing to improving your 40K game quickly? No, it's not studying lists, or learning target priority, or move-blocking, or any other game skills- it's getting your sad little self on a team! In this episode, we talk about teams- from tiny little two-person teams that you form to travel to tournaments to the big teams that dominate the ATC and ITC circuts, it's no surprise that all of the very best players in the game are on one. Teams give you access to a wealth of resources that you can't find by yourself, and for the truly competitive player they are an absolute must.

Whether it's about list help, travel plans, forewarnings of meta shifts, practice partners, borrowhammer, or just plain old-fashioned camaraderie, the benefits of a team are many- but we don't just talk about why you'd want to be on a team, we also go into how to get on a team, and if there isn't one in your area, why not form one? Two heads is better than one and three is better than two, so get your act together and get yourself a team.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Mindtaker Miniatures
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Mar 04, 2019
Ep14: Ladies' Night
01:05:31

What happens when you accidentally knock two-thirds of the show's hosts into the warp? Aside from assorted cursing in tongues older than mankind itself, you get a 40K Ladies' Night!

Shaylynn Allen, Lady of Titan and The Good Host, takes over the center chair this week and is joined by Eleanor Byler (of Team Doll Wars) and Jessica Bowman (of Team Warhammered ) in a very special episode of In the Finest Hour. All three Ladies delve straight into the social contract- a critical component of the competitive experience that is perhaps the most important thing in keeping players coming back. The three of them get into the details of why such a simple thing can get so complex to deal with, and how it intersects with players' emotions and assumptions as well as how to untangle those connections. The ladies also talk about how to address conflict within your gaming experiences so that everyone can walk away from the table content with the experience and ready for another game.

The second part of the episode shifts gears as the three of them lay out the good, bad, and ugly realities of being a woman wargamer. A vast majority of the time, things are fine and fun- but when the go south they can reach depths both grim and dark. The hosts also give tips for how to better interact with, and better attract, female wargamers to your own community as well as some do's and don'ts of being around them. (Hint: asking whose girlfriend they are right off the bat is not a good start.)

As promised, the mentioned events and links:
Jessica's RTT- Command Zone Games & Hobbies Warhammer 40K Tournament (link)
Eleanor's GT- Clash Of The Titans 40K (link)


Episode Music: Dankmus

Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow

Sponsored by: Vreda Forge

Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/

Directed by: Sean Morgan and Shaylynn Allen

Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Feb 25, 2019
Ep13: Sacrificial Units
01:01:30

Ask not what your army can do for you, but what you can do for your army. In every game we inevitably end up losing some of our units, but in a lot of cases that's not such a bad thing- and in this episode, we look at the roles that sacrificial units can play in your army and how best to make use of them. We talk about how to get yourself in the right frame of mind so as not to be upset about those losses, ways and reasons to sacrifice something, and the most dreaded and worthless of all phrases: "m a k i n g  y o u r  p o i n t s  b a c k".

From speedbumps to tempo, from objective-holders to shields, and from board control to assassination runs, we cover all of the ways you can make your little spacemans die heroically for you in battle. "Your life is the currency of the Emperor- spend it well."

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

Feb 18, 2019
Ep12: The Command Re-Roll
01:09:54

The simplest stratagem in the game, and arguably the most important as well. This time around, we dedicate an entire episode to the humblest of strats in the game and one that everyone has access to. Although it may not seem like much, especially if you haven't played earlier editions of the game, the Command Reroll strat is incredibly important and can be a matter of win-or-lose in innumerable situations. In this episode, we talk about those many uses, how it existence changes the game, and why you need to be thinking about how our when you use this critical stratagem.

 

We also talk about when not to use it, the math of what portion of an attack sequence you should use it on, how it affects other stratagems, and much more.

Feb 11, 2019
12 LVO 2019 Hottake
31:02

Sean and Shaylynn talk LVO 2019. Josh sensibly decided to sleep instead.

Feb 09, 2019
Ep11: Target Priority
01:01:47

Remember when I said I'd kill you last? I lied.

This episode is all about choosing your targets- what you can afford to ignore and what you can't, what needs to die and what can wait until next turn. While the movement phase might be the phase that can win you the game, that's hard to do unless you're getting rid of the units in the enemy army that can prevent you from winning. And since you can't kill every unit in their army simultaneously (since it's not 7th Ed anymore), that means picking and choosing your targets carefully to get rid of the ones that can do you the most harm.

Over the course of the episode, we talk about getting rid of threats to your threats vs. getting rid of threats to your victory conditions, how your target priority should change over the course of a game, and when you should shift priorities based on bad rolls. We discuss how to deal with reactive stratagems and abilities that your opponent can use against you and how to get around them as well as advice on how to choose the order in which you activate your units, both of which can be critically important in destroying targets effectively. Plus, we cap it all off with a short lesson on knowing your math and overcommitting versus undercommitting- and if you'd rather not do that math yourself, you're in luck, because we have a couple of links created put up by helpful individuals that can do the math for you!

http://www.dice-hammer.com/#!/damage

My preferred calculator for quick-and-dirty stuff. There's some features it's missing (like "rending" style effects), but if you're just running some raw math on things it's handy. This is probably your best bet for comparing options, since it lets you set up multiple "armies" to contrast them.

http://mathhammer.thefieldsofblood.com/

Doesn't let you compare, but provides more in-depth stats on a single unit or weapon. Provides not just the average, but also the distribution on things, which is great for understanding your chances of getting different results.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge
Our Patreon: In the Finest Hour
Website: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen

 

Feb 04, 2019
Ep10: Hordes vs. Elites
58:31

There's a lot of talk about 8th Edition being a "horde meta," but what does that actually mean for you as a player? In this episode, we explore the relative strengths of both horde armies and elite armies, and how they each function on the tabletop. From movement to board control to objective-holding, both armies can perform a lot of impressive tricks- but if you're going up against them, you're going to need to fight those strategies very differently.

As usual, we also have a nod to our tempo episode as we consider how to fight each of them as well as more discussion of weapon types and how each of the two armies achieves saturation with its respective profile- all of these separate topics are fundamentally related, as it turns out. Plus, an opportunity to hear about each of the hosts' Closet of Shame.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen
Jan 28, 2019
Ep09: First or Second?
01:01:02

In every game, at some point, we have to make that fatal decision: do you want the first turn, or the second? Which will benefit your army more? Which is better when it comes to playing the mission? Can you survive letting the other guy get the first hit in, or do you need that edge in firepower and maneuver to make your plan work? This week on the podcast we explore the myriad factors that go into making that decision, including the terrain on your table, the missions (and secondaries) you are playing, your opponent's army, your personal playstyle, and more. We also look at when you should mix up your decisions and how to look at it from the perspective of your opponent and what they want/need out of the matchup.

Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen
Jan 21, 2019
Ep08: Tempo
59:43
Tempo, tempo, who's got the tempo? This week on In the Finest Hour we explore a concept that isn't talked about a lot but is pretty fundamental to the game, namely tempo. If you don't play many other games you may not even know what tempo is, exactly, but you've most certainly felt its effects during a match- whether it's because you always seem to be getting the wrong charges off or because you always seem to get onto those objectives a turn too late. Tempo, in short, is the ability to control the pace and flow of a game of 40K and the back-and-forth action that typically defines the main conflict of most games.
 
From defining tempo within the context of the game, we go on to explaining how it's typically used and how lists can take advantage of it- as well as how to reverse it and when it's okay to sacrifice it in favor of other things. It's a deep dive into a subject that a lot of people may not be familiar with, so pull on your wetsuit and let's get ready get educational.
 
Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen
Jan 14, 2019
Ep07: Saturation- Threats vs. Targets
55:41
This week we've got an important topic to lists of every kind- namely, the difference between giving your opponent a target for their guns and overloading them with things they have to shoot at. Most players recognize, on some level, that having just one of a unit (like vehicles) is often not a great plan, but it's not just because of issues with redundancy in a list- it's also about the kinds of units you give your opponent to shoot at. We talk at length at the various kinds of targets you tend to see on the tabletop as well as the different kinds of weapons that you tend to see for handling them.
 
However, as every coin has two sides, we also look at when you can have too much of something in a list, and why you would want to avoid that- more isn't always better, as it turns out. Our hosts discuss the costs of saturation, and the limits of what you'll want to put in a list as ways to play against lists that try to achieve hyper-saturation with one or more types of units.
 
This week also is the introduction of our new List of the Week feature, where one of our three hosts gives a brief shout-out to an army list that they recently found that was interesting, unique, or exceptionally well-crafted. Spoilers: this time around, it involves a lot of daemons.
 
Episode Music: Dankmus
Icon Artist: Rylan Woodrow
Sponsored by: Vreda Forge
Directed by: Sean Morgan
Edited by: Shaylynn Allen
Jan 07, 2019
Ep06: Making Space
59:06

In this week's episode, we talk about the concept of controlling space on the board, breaking it up into several different forms and discussing how each of them can be used during the game as well as why they're important. Whether you're trying to stop reserves from arriving in your backfield, keep the enemy away from your gunline, or hold the center of the board to score objectives, controlling space on the table is fundamental to the game and it's a strategy that top tournament players use constantly.

As a reminder, this week is your final chance to donate to the CharityHammer marathon stream (CharityHammer.com) to help decide what list(s) Nick Nanavati plays this coming weekend. If you're looking for some great games from top 40K players streaming for two straight days, morning, noon, and night, I highly recommend you check it out. Viewing the stream is free, though we do ask that if you can afford to pitch in even just a few bucks please do so- all proceeds will go directly to Child's Play charities to help out children in hospitals.

As always, you can contact us at inthefinalhour@gmail.com, or send us a message through our Facebook group- we're happy to answer questions, get comments or criticism, take suggestions for future topics you'd like to see, or just talk about Warhammer for a bit. If you've enjoyed the show, please share it with your friends, like our page, or give us a review on your podcast service of choice.

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Edited by: Shaylynn Allen
Dec 31, 2018
Ep05: Analyzing Missions Series the First, ITC Champions 2018
01:15:35

Snowflake Jake has brought us all a wondrous gift on this Snowflake Day, an extra-special start to our new episode series on analyzing and understanding the many different mission formats out there. We're starting with what is the most common format for west coast USA players, the ITC Champions set; we talk about the six primary missions and how they should affect your list-building as well as discussing all eleven secondary missions in detail and which ones you should pick (or avoid) in different situations and lists. Jam-packed full of helpful holiday tips, this is our largest episode yet, so sit yourself 'round the old yule log and have a listen!

This episode also marks the beginning of our Patreon service as well as the attached Discord servers and Facebook group- for a small monthly donation, you can join our growing group of fans and chat personally with them as well as the hosts of the podcast about lists, meta, and more.

Good Host Shaylynn, a woman of her word, has kindly provided the ITC missions vs. deployment maps visual for all to enjoy and learn from: https://www.inthefinesthour.com/blog/itc-championship-missions-vs-deployment-maps. Incidentally, this also links you to our snappy-looking website where you can find a few more gems of Warhammer knowledge. 

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Directed by: Sean Morgan
Recorded by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: The Lady of Titan
Dec 24, 2018
Ep04: Writing a Competitive List
01:00:45

Struggling with how to put together a tournament list? Our three hosts talk through the processes they use to formulate a list and the tools they consider critical to succeeding with an army. From single-minded armies that do one thing brutally well to multifaceted generalist lists that bring a tool for every situation, we talk about how you can make your creation come to life.

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Directed by: Sean Morgan
Recorded by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: The Lady of Titan
Dec 17, 2018
Ep03: Getting Good Mileage Out of Playtesting
44:49

Playtesting is key to doing well at tournaments, but how do you ensure you're getting the most out of the time you spend there? Our three hosts discuss how they approach the process of playtesting, "hard" vs. "soft" games, and ways to mix things up to make sure you're learning as much as you can from your test games. Thanks to Dankmus for our music, and to Rylan Woodrow for the art.

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Recorded by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: The Lady of Titan
Dec 10, 2018
Ep02: Analyzing a New Codex
47:20

Codices have been coming out at a pretty breakneck pace this edition, and they're not done yet- this episode, we talk about the process of examining a new book to try and understand how the three of us pick it apart and zero in on the strongest units, stratagems, and other options. Thanks to Dankmus for the music, and Rylan Woodrow for our art. If you enjoyed the episode, please rate/review us on your podcast service of choice and share the episode with your friends.

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Recorded by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: The Lady of Titan
Dec 10, 2018
Ep01: Winning and Losing in the Deployment Phase
48:49

Have you ever lost a game before it started? You might have! In this episode, Sean, Shay, and Josh talk about how to deploy, how not to deploy, and how to take advantage of your opponent's deployment. If you enjoyed the podcast, please rate/review us or share us with your friends.

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Recorded by: Shaylynn Allen
Edited by: Joshua Death
Dec 10, 2018