Category Archives: Gaming

Episode 60: Hearthstone IV

Bastards of Kingsgrave’s Hearthstone crew returns to discuss the upcoming League of Explorers Adventure Mode.  We discuss all of the upcoming cards and come up with top lists for constructed, arena, and BOK’s arena game (Scorpions and Snakes). We chat about the recent Hearthstone World Championship at Blizzcon, tavern brawls, and the problems and challenges the game continues to face.

Notes: We assume everyone listening this time is familiar with the game, if you are not, check out our first two episode (the first introduces the game and the second covers arena drafting and strategy). We get into the full League of Explorers card discussion around 9 minutes in.

General top 7 list of constructed cards we came up with:

Brann Bronzbeard, Forgotten Torch, Keeper of Uldaman, Naga Sea Witch, Raven Idol, Animated Armor, Entombed


Episode 60 download link (right click and download).


Episode 57: Hearthstone III


AKA “The Ice Dragon” – Amin’s favourite new TGT card

Bastards of Kingsgrave returns with the third episode in our Hearthstone series.  We discuss many of the revealed cards for the upcoming Grand Tournament expansion. We chat about our favourite classes and play styles, including which gold heroes we have or are close to achieving.

Notes: We assume everyone listening this time is familiar with the game, if you are not, check out our first two episode (the first introduces the game and the second covers arena drafting and strategy). The draft of the “paladin dragon” arena deck did not make it into the aftershow; the deck went 3-0 before we sopped playing to recording the main show.

Episode 57 download link (right click and download).


Not actually drawn by Luis Royo

Episode 49: Hearthstone II


Scoring high on the arena and BOK arena tests, the MVP of the episode.

Bastards of Kingsgrave starts off the new year with a return to the growing gaming phenomenon that is Hearthstone, created by Blizzard. We review and rate the new expansion Goblins vs Gnomes. We also go explore arena strategy, covering terminology like Mana Curve, the Vanilla Test. and Quadrant Theory in the Hearthstone Arena context. We do a full Arena draft (Paladin) using these principles. To appease the requests from  the last episode, we do a “BOK Arena” draft in the aftershow, applying the famous snakes and scorpions game to Hearthstone.

Notes: Later this week, there will be a Youtube link here to a playthrough of the drafted Arena  deck, as well as our round robin play with the themed decks. We discover the true power  of Violet Teacher.


Final Arena Result

Second half of deck

Second half of deck

Episode 49 download link (right click and download).

Episode 36: Hearthstone

Amin’s favourite priest card

Bastards of Kingsgrave returns with another gaming podcast, this time covering the current gaming phenomenon that is Hearthstone, created by Blizzard. Joined by some experienced Vassals who have been playing since beta, we cover the upcoming expansion and debate the potential sexism in the game and gaming community.

Notes: This is the tournament article  we discussed. Hearthhead is the very useful website that Jerek is the site manager for.

Episode 36 download link (right click and download).

Episode 31: Mount and Blade Warband

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The second gaming related episode of the Bastards of Kingsgrave, we take a nostalgic look at the classic game Mount and Blade, as well as the multiplayer (PC Steam DRM) successor Mount and Blade: Warband. Guests hosts and “manhunters” David and MadScientist round out the panel of three for this episode.

Episode 31 download link (right click and download).


Episode 16: Age of Empires 2 – The Age of Kings


The first gaming related Bastards of Kingsgrave episode, this episode focuses on the classic RTS Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings. I am joined by guest host Dave, a good friend and fellow gamer. In regards to the current forms of AOK, we rave about the great fan expansion Forgotten Empires and rant about the release of AOK HD. Here is the promised page with old AOK screenshots and recorded games. Note: In the months since the release of this podcast episode, AOK HD has much improved (though it still has  problems) and is playable now. In fact, we do play it, and may do an updated podcast on it in the future.

Episode 16 download link (right click and download).