Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Cold War Commander - East Germany vs. West Germany, 1968

I got to play a game of Cold War Commander yesterday at the Hangar. We used Microarmor to do a small 1968 clash between mixed forces from West Germany vs. East Germany.

 West Germans - a pair of Leopards, four M-47s and 6 squads of Infantry riding in HS-30s. Backed up by a small battery (3 tubes) of 155mm US provided artillery.
West German HS-30
East Germans - T-55s led the way, supported by a pair of vintage JS-IIs, backed up by BRDM-1s (with Saggers) and BTR-60s carrying a mix of East German infantry, and some weapons teams (12.7mm HMGs).
BRDM-1 with AT-3 Sagger

We fought over a forested area, with a lovely scenic pond in the middle of the battlefield. The M-47s were caught in the open by the T-55s, but the higher training and initiative of the West German tankers proved too much for the godless communists.
JS-II - Josef Stalin would be proud.

The pair of JS-2s tried to get the jump on the HS-30s (and destroy them before they disgorged the infantry) but the West Germans were again too fast, and they deployed out of the APCs. The East German infantry came up behind the Stalin tanks, and there was a lot of death on both sides. In a moment of terror - the West German scouting element (a couple of long range patrol infantry scouts, with a dog and some binoculars) were brutally gunned down by DDR machine gunners.
Leopard-1 - a later model, but still a lovely tank.
In the end it looked like the decadent West won the battle. More should follow as Scott and I vowed to play more of this great ruleset, and more frequently.
M-47 - in Curious "Battle of the Bulge" movie livery.


Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Gaming at GwC Headquarters

I have a little bit of time off, so am planning to do some relaxing and spend some quality time with the other staff members of GwC (Wife, Daughter, 2 cats).

My relaxing, of course, includes gaming! I have the following planned:

  1. Play a game of Napoleonics using Shako II rules (Dec 18).
  2. Run a game of 1980s armored combat using Cold War Commander and micro armor (Dec 20).
  3. Run a game of The Sword and the Flame, using 28mm figures (Dec 23).
  4. Play Battles of Westeros (the game I got through the BGG secret santa program).
  5. Play C&C:Napoleonics (purchased through GMTs P500 program).
  6. Continue to prepare adventure and characters for MarsCon old school D&D gaming (as reported on in Valley of the Old Ones).
  7. Continue to support prep for Williamsburg Muster.
Reports on all activities will, of course, be presented here at Gaming with Chuck.  Watch this space!


Monday, December 6, 2010

Valley of the Old Ones - Week of Encounters Completed

The one thing I have been working on, gaming wise, has been the launch of a new blog dedicated to my (occasional and sporadic) roleplaying activities. It is based on a new fantasy campaign world that I have been thinking about for a while.

Both the world setting, and the blog are called the Valley of the Old Ones.

The whole thing, rather old school (intentionally) in feel, is based on some disturbing and exciting deep dark secrets, but those are not for print (at least not in the light of day), but rather for the players to discover in the dark dark places of the realm.

In preparation of this world for unveiling at MarsCon '11, I have done up a starter adventure and a bunch of pre-generated characters, and began the "Week of Encounters" challenge to get me to write up seven different encounters that will entice others who are thinking about my gaming world. Those encounters are:
  1. The King's Highway
  2. The Fell Beast of Riven Moor
  3. Captain Lu d'Ross and Caerilla Ne Quolda
  4. Terror of the Stoatmen
  5. Living Skulls of the Purple Marsh
  6. Horrors of the Red Swordsmen
  7. The Staff of St. Varina

Board Games and Miniatures - moving through a patch of "rough going" right now

I have not been writing concerning board games and miniature games lately, however I am excited to be able to try out a few new ones coming up at Williamsburg Muster.

In the meantime, please enjoy this notice of big changes in the Dr. Who universe.