Category: rules

Who Cares What Non-Wargamers Think About Wargaming?

Karwansaray Publishing recently dropped a link to a low effort “scientific study” that used data collected by said publisher to reveal some surprising things about wargamers.  Did you know competitive people prefer competition games, and cooperative people prefer collaborative games?  You might have thought this, but thanks to the...

Cha’alt 28

The Blackraven action has shifted to the alien planet of space weirdos some call Cha’alt.  And that means it is time for some eye-candy.  Here we see the Cult of the Spicy Wyrm, ambushed by the ragtag band on the right.  For some reason, Cobalt-15 brought the MSB along...

Shots Fired!

Related to yesterday’s post regarding people who have been playing AD&D wrong for decades – a club of which I was a solid member of for decades myself – Jeffro offers up a little look at what we’ve all been doing wrong for lo these many years: Why this...

Not the Flex You Think It Is

Continuing thoughts about Rule Zero and yesterday’s post about Theseus’ RPG. Item #1: If you only ever used a third of a game, have you ever really played the game?  You might have been playing something, but was it really the game you say it is?  How much of...

Rule Hero > Rule Zero

 The problem with Rule Zero: Is not that it isn’t true, it’s that it guards an army of lies. How many planks can you remove from AD&D before you’re not really playing AD&D any more? No one talks about this....

Not Even Joking

Inspired by a deeply cogent comment left at “The Joy of Wargaming”:  Tabletop role playing games, properly played, ARE wargames. Let me take my troll face off and address your comment with more sincerity.  When RPGs branched out from the wargame hobby, they left a lot of money on...

Hawaiians Rise Up

Looking to give Tribal a shot, and scratch pre-contact Hawaiian warfare off the bucket list. These fellas are 15mm, and ordered from Eureka Miniatures.  They are clean sculpts, perfectly proportioned, and near as I can tell, historically accurate. The figures are looking good but I don’t have enough of...

Nightwatch – Spawn Matrix

 Nightwatch: Terror and Treasure in the Dark Corners of the World has proven to be a delightful little solo wargame that has kept your host occupied for hours.  Almost four of them so far, and I’m finally starting to get the hang of all the basic rules.  One thing that...

Nightwatch: The Solo Wargame

  This is a game about killing monsters. All kinds, anywhere, any time. So speaketh Patrick Todoroff, the scribe behind Nightwatch.   This little gem of a wargame is a solo wargame that features a fairly simple core mechanic upon which you can bolt all kinds of weird and wonderful special...

Nightwatch Roster Sheet

  My first Nightwatch. Since nobody else is going to do it, allow me.  If you’re ready to play Nightwatch, a solo fantasy skirmish game by Stalker7, then you’re going to want to use a more compact and efficient character sheet than those in the book.  They are fine.  They...