I’ve been a big fan of using 1″ poker chips in RPG and wargames for years. Back in 2017 I pioneered the idea of Stoplight Damage™ and I sold sets of these tokens in my 5e Gamemaster Toolkit Kickstarter. Beyond their use in tracking damage in RPGs, I’ve also found them handy when differentiating squads of soldiers in 3+ player wargames. Need to differentiate your squad of six American WWII soldiers from the other two players with squads on your side? Just use sticky tack to affix 1″ tokens of the same color to your squad’s models.
Coming out in October 2022 is John Lambshead’s “Sci Fi Skirmish Scenarios.” It will include 36 scenarios and three linked campaigns plus tools to build your own wargame scenarios.
Weird War II (Click to Enlarge)
My Saturday campaign group has started an Urban Shadows campaign. Our setting we have dubbed the ‘Shadowgames Universe’ (or, as I have taken to thinking of it, the ‘Shadowverse’). It is a sort of Cthulhu / Dresden Files mashup cosmology. Part of what we discussed in creating this setting (since we have 3 GMs who take turns running things) is pulling in other urban fantasy type campaigns such as Solomon Kane, which can link to a grander campaign story, with everything tied together.
I was coincidently prepping some World War II wargame miniatures for an unrelated wargame, when it occured to me that there is an old Savage World setting book I have called ‘Weird War II’ which I think could also be a Shadowverse setting.
I recently had the pleasure of being a guest co-host on the Amon Sûl podcast where I discussed gaming and Tolkien and fielded some questions from listeners about violence in RPG games. Richard Rohlin and I also read and discussed Chapter 13 of The Silmarillion, “The Return of the Noldor.”
I’m excited to check out the rules! The new game from Marvel benefits from being spiral-bound I think, so check out my video on that topic.