Archive | September, 2017

Orion’s Gate: Star Wars Stat Blocks

Using the Orion’s Gate rules (version 1.2.0) I’ve constructed some Star Wars stat blocks. Imperial Fleet TIE Fighter Squadrons (as Scouts, 1 pts) [Have 6] Move 10″, Cruise 15″, Ram -, Range 6″ Accuracy 6, Strength 0, Evasion 13, Toughness 7 Components: (None) TIE Fighter Squadrons (as Fighters, 2 pts) [Have 6] Move 8″, Cruise 12″, Ram 12″, […]

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Coming Full Circle: One-hour Wargames

Back in February 2010, after having researched wargames on several online forums, I ended up purchasing my first set of wargaming rules. It was a book by Neil Thomas called Ancient & Medieval Wargaming. I breezed through the book and loved it! I was intrigued enough to buy another couple of books that month: Field […]

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One Page Starship Rules: Orion’s Gate

I recently ran across a set of one-page starship rules called Orion’s Gate. It’s no longer supported by the author, but reading through it, it really seems to do all the things I really want in a lightweight ‘beer & pretzels’ style starship wargame, namely: Easy to pick up even if you haven’t read the […]

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Ancient & Medieval Wargame Rules By Complexity

Here’s an an analysis of several leading wargame rulesets for Ancient and Medieval wargaming, ranked from least complex to most complex. Ancient and Medieval Wargaming (AMW) by Neil Thomas https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/32404/ancient-medieval-wargaming 2 hours playtime; Weight: 1.00 / 5 Buy at: https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Medieval-Wargaming-Neil-Thomas/dp/0750945729 Resources: Ancient and Medieval Wargaming http://theminiaturespage.com/rules/boards/msg.mv?id=1117 http://prufrockian-gleanings.blogspot.com/2013/01/ancient-and-medieval-wargaming-amw-with.html http://timsbattles.blogspot.com/2012/08/first-play-test-of-neil-thomas-medieval.html One Hour Wargames by Neil Thomas https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/170298/one-hour-wargames 1-2 […]

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Notes on 60mm Frontage Standards for Wargames

Memorializing a note that when wargaming with Robert, we have standarized on 60mm frontages for bases. This works well with almost all rules for figures at the 25mm, 28mm, and 1/72 scale. 15mm scale would then use 40mm bases. See a discussion here on 60mm and potentially using 25mm or 1/72 plastic figures as the […]

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Texas Broadside: Wargames in October

Not something I’ll be doing this year but something cool to have on the bucket-list radar. Doing wargames on the Battleship Texas! http://www.beerandpretzelwargaming.com/texas-broadside.html http://www.beerandpretzelwargaming.com/saturday.html Among other interesting things, there is a multi-game L’Art de la Guerre Tournament. L’Art de la Guerre (The Art of War) is a French wargame that most say is the best […]

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Long-Term Middle-earth Campaign Roadmap

If I am able, I would love to intermittently play Middle-earth campaigns for years to come, and sequence them in such a way that over time we traverse sequentially the most interesting time periods for RPG adventures. Here’s a roadmap: T.A. 1640 The Heroes of Arnor — Mercenaries for Lord Elasander, ally to Arthedain, last […]

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Palantír Quest & Adventuring in the 4th Age

One of the campaigns I really want to run someday is ‘Palantír Quest’, a 1994 campaign module published by Iron Crown Enterprises for the old MERP rules for Middle-earth. I’m fortunate to have a copy (this is pretty collectable; copies on eBay run $150-$200). Here’s the cover. The interior has some amazing, black-and-white line art. Great […]

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