Saturday, October 31, 2009

19th Century Imaginations - Furstenberg mapping project

This is the first, rough, map of the Balkanian country of Furstenberg.

The surrounding countries include the Confederated Cantons of Rumpwhistle, the Empire of Vulgaria, Trans-Turkylvania, Kingdom of the Three Sicilies, and others.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sci Fi Nemesis of the week - Plants

Just for giggles, I've been thinking of a sci-fi type wargame where plants play a very strong role.

Years ago, when Warhammer 40,000 Rogue Trader first came out, we played a lot of the scenarios (I think there are at least a hundred in the rule book, with a bunch of modifiers, in a scenario generator system). One of them involved some competing squads of bounty hunters tracking a high value target through a violent and dangerous alien jungle. Lots of weird plants and animals. It was fun. Could be again.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

SciFi bug hunt - questions, questions

Ganesha Games' "Song of Mutants and Death Rays" is high on my 'to acquire' list of miniatures rules.

One of the things I am thinking of doing with it is a Humans v. Giant Insects type scenario. Not bad for either (1) 1950s style atomic horror gaming, or (2) post apocalypse (remember the giant cockroaches from Damnation Alley? cool!). One of the issues will be finding suitable looking models for both the Humans and whatever they are going to be fighting. Today, there is a pretty big movement amongst SciFi miniatures manufacturers, and there are some very nice options out there. Almost too many.

But what to use for bugs? And what to use for humans? I am thinking (seriously) about 15mm Sci-Fi, but that seems a bit premature considering I just got lured back into 6mm, by Future War Commander. We'll see.


Bio-Hazard from King's Sleep

King's Sleep - a gamer's blog from the UK, has posted (among other good stuff) some really cool warning signs useful within a sci-fi setting.


BattleLore grows and grows and grows

BattleLoreMaster - a Fan site for Battle Lore, has pointed out that Fantasy Flight Games (the publisher) has announced three new supplements coming out before the end of the year.

First - Heroes - out now. Comes with figures (foot and mounted) for four different heroes, and rules to use them (along with artifacts and equipment cards).

Second - Dragons. Out this fall - covers three different types of dragons, and comes with minis. Looks real good.

Third - Creatures. Will also include cards, rules and minis. Also out this fall. Will cover Giants, Elementals, and a Hydra (at least). Apparently the Hill Giant and Earth Elemental (previously available as special releases) will be present, but also with a new Giant and a new Elemental.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Chuck's Greyhawk Webpage

Wow - my old Greyhawk Campaign website (on Geocities, back in the 90s) disappeared a number of years back (2002? 2003?). Little did I know that all (or most) of those old sites were saved by the Web Archive Project. So, I took a look, and lo and behold, there is a live Archive of my old Greyhawk campaign website.

It is not perfect - some of the images and linked pages are missing (curious), but most of it is there. I've since scraped it all, and am in the process of reformatting it for publication in a better format. I planned at one time to include lots of individual maps of countries, towns, geo-features - maybe I'll get around to it in the next 20 years or so. Also, the posting of military information in terms that a Wargame can make use of (DBA? BattleLore?)



Tuesday, October 13, 2009

What am I shopping for at Fall In?

This thread at The Miniatures Page is about what people are planning on shopping for at Fall In. Here is my entry -

-Perry Plastic French Nappies

-15mm RCW infantry, wearing Schlem (either Tin Soldier or PP)

-Some rules from Ganesha Games ("Mutants & Deathrays" and "Song of Deeds and Glory")

Lots of free-range shopping. 100% organic, and hormone-free.

Handing out Williamsburg Muster flyers. :)

We'll see how much I hold to that after the convention. (watch this space)

Monday, October 12, 2009

Glorantha Wargaming Report

Over at BigRedBatCave the author of that blog has a very nice report on a Glorantha battle between the Lunar Empire and a Barbarian horde consisting of Bison Riders and Sable Riders (Praxian nomads).

Great photos (take a look at the link above).

The rules used were the new War of the Ring rules, which look pretty cool. I haven't gotten a copy of the rules myself, but the reports sound good.

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