Iain McAllister  (He/Him)
Associate Writer and Podcaster

Iain McAllister lives in Dalkeith, Scotland with his wife Cath and their two dogs, Maddie and Gypsy. He has been a keen member of the local gaming scene for many years setting up and participating in many of the clubs that are part of Edinburgh's vibrant gaming scene.

You can find more of his work on The Giant Brain which publishes a wide range of articles about the hobby including reviews, previews, convention reports and critique. The Giant Brain is also the home of the Brainwaves podcast, a fortnightly podcast covering industry news that Iain hosts with his friend Jamie Adams.

 

Iain McAllister
Associate Writer and Podcaster
 

 

Articles & Podcasts By Iain McAllister

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Beyond the Veil - The Arkham Horror Card Game: Essex County Express
Up Your Game T thegiantbrain Updated August 15, 2019 456   0
This is a series of articles looking at the individual scenarios of Arkham Horror, starting with the Dunwich Legacy expansion. These will be my impressions after playing through the scenario at least once and will be focusing on the mechanics and how those reinforce the story elements of a given scenario. These articles will contain extensive spoilers and assume a familiarity with the terms and mechanics of the game. Please do not read on if you have not played the scenario in the title yet.
The Arkham Horror Card Game: Miskatonic Museum
Up Your Game T thegiantbrain Updated August 08, 2019 589   0
This is a series of articles looking at the individual scenarios of Arkham Horror, starting with the Dunwich Legacy expansion. These will be my impressions after playing through the scenario at least once and will be focusing on the mechanics and how those reinforce the story elements of a given scenario. These articles will contain extensive spoilers and assume a familiarity with the terms and mechanics of the game. Please do not read on if you have not played the scenario in the title yet.
Brainwaves Podcast - Rolling Smart
Podcasts & Videos T thegiantbrain Updated August 07, 2019 292   0

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Fortnightly podcast bringing you the best in Tabletop gaming news.
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Richard Berg, CMON announces smart tech, Terraforming Mars Digital Studio shuts, Bezier Games digital, D&D in U.S. prisons,
The team dare to roll and welcome the excellent Mike Barnes back to the cast. This episode we cover the announcement of the Teburu smart board, along with how to pronounce it, Spiel des Jahres winners, deaths of some giants of the industry, Digital innovations and much more. In Brainstorm we turn our attention to the biggest conventions and ask if there are just too many games.
Beyond the Veil – The Arkham Horror Card Game: Dunwich Legacy - House Always Wins
Up Your Game T thegiantbrain Updated August 08, 2019 643   0

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This is a series of articles looking at the individual scenarios of Arkham Horror, starting with the Dunwich Legacy expansion. These will be my impressions after playing through the scenario at least once and will be focusing on the mechanics and how those reinforce the story elements of a given scenario. These articles will contain extensive spoilers and assume a familiarity with the terms and mechanics of the game. Please do not read on if you have not played the scenario in the title yet. Still here? Excellent let’s go.
Nudge Board Game
 
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Board Game Reviews T thegiantbrain Updated July 29, 2019 934   0

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The local pub has been synonymous with games for as long as we’ve had alcohol to drink and the wherewithal to put tokens on boards. From backgammon to cards, games have always had a place in watering holes across time and geography. Many companies have tried to make games that would take their place alongside such timeless classics as Chess and Poker, and Nudge Games are coming onto the scene with their first product, also called Nudge, to see if they can’t crack that particular nut.
Dunwich Legacy
Up Your Game T thegiantbrain Updated July 21, 2019 1061   0

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This is the first of a series of articles looking at the individual scenarios of Arkham Horror The Card Game, starting with the Dunwich Legacy expansion. These are my impressions after playing through the scenario at least once and will be focusing on the mechanics and how those reinforce the story elements of a given scenario. These articles will contain extensive spoilers and assume a familiarity with the terms and mechanics of the game. Please do not read on if you have not played the scenario in the title yet. If this is your first contact...
Brainwaves - Robot Corner
Podcasts & Videos T thegiantbrain Updated July 25, 2019 364   0

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Fortnightly podcast bringing you the best in Tabletop gaming news.
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Robot AI takes on Poker, Plagiarism, Diana Jones Award, Stygian Fox, Destination Fantastic, Professional DMs
Wrecking his way into Brainwaves HQ Mark Mckinnon from Dream Big Games joins Iain and Jamie on this week’s episode. Together they tackle plagiarism, the rise of the robots, oddly shaped awards, the meteoric rise of Kickstarter and the interns have finally finished off the new RPG corner! 
We've Got the Fear
Articles T thegiantbrain Updated July 17, 2019 1036   0
Convention season is upon us once more. Gencon and Essen are on the horizon and following close behind them are thousands of new releases. Our news feeds will be flooded by tantalising tabletop treasures, but with so many shiny baubles how do we avoid just buying the game that gets the biggest advertising splash, the most shoutouts on social media and the biggest names showing it off?
Brainwaves Podcast
Podcasts & Videos T thegiantbrain Updated July 17, 2019 628   0

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Fortnightly podcast bringing you the best in Tabletop gaming news.
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Megagames
In this special episode Iain and Jamie are joined by John Mizon of Southwest Megagames and Mr. Megagame himself Matthew Bambridge to discuss everything about this increasingly popular type of game. We go in deep to what makes megagames tick from the history of the genre to the recent arrival of products like Vampire: The Masquerade, Bloodlines. We hope you enjoy and would like to thank John and Matthew for being such excellent guests. 
Brainwaves Podcast
Podcasts & Videos T thegiantbrain Updated July 13, 2019 784   1

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Fortnightly podcast bringing you the best in Tabletop gaming news.
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Kickstarter Guidelines, Review Bombing on BGG, Cyberpunk 2077
This episode Iain and Jamie are joined by guest reporter and actual journalist Owen Duffy. Together they dive into this cast's news including new Kickstarter guidelines, review bombing on BGG, Cyberpunk 2077 coming to tabletop and much more! In our Brainstorm discussion we pick Owen's brains about the state of boardgame Journalism.
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