The Army of the West

It took about seventy-five dollars and a month of painting, but I now have one full army ready to go for Dragon Rampant.  Naturally enough, as a human army ripped from the tapestries of 13th century Europe, this force could stand in good stead as a Lion Rampant army as well,...

On D&D: The Humility of the Truly Talented Tenth

There are two kinds of smart fellers in this world. Maybe more.  For the sake of today’s analysis of the culture of D&D, let’s lump the smart fellers into two groups, anyway. The first group contains the smart fellers who know they are smart, who make being smart their...

Solace: A Film Review/Warning

In the last two minutes of this film we learn that Anthony Hopkins’ character, ostensibly the good guy, murdered his young daughter. Now you don’t have to watch it. You’re welcome. The plot of this film revolves around a cat-and-mouse game between a psychic FBI investigator and an even...

This Is Huge – Gamechanging

The full ramifications of this little fact have yet to be explored. Probably because the bulk of the D&D crowd plays linear, story-line chasing, games that think too small to include such concepts as player-created megadungeons. In Brian’s case, the dwarven faction is mining in the hopes of finding...

Revolting People

Today, over on the channel, we offer up a bit of a rarity – a fourth generation warfare miniature wargame.  Sure, part of the motivation behind this particular installment of the Joy of Wargaming was tweaking the noses of Corporate Entertainment by lampooning coverage of violent unrest as “mostly...

Sci-Fi Parade

In addition to some fine 2mm terrain, the good guys over at PicoArmor offer a small but well-crafted line of 15mm sci-fi figures.  They have plenty of modern 15mm figures as well, and we might take advantage of those in the future.  For the present we’ve got some future...

On Chainmail: The Play Is the Thing

Chainmail: Rules for Medieval Warfare really isn’t that hard. It has an undeserved reputation for being byzantine and difficult to parse and put into practice.  A reputation that, now that I have a dozen games under my belt, makes a lot more sense. Chainmail is a game written to be...

A Few Initial Thoughts on ‘A Fistful of Lead’

I like it. Late last year I finally got around to ordering a couple of titles from the Wiley Games lineup. Having missed out on the hardback omnibus fantasy project, and curious about how Jay Wiley handles procedural, by which I mean random table generated, dungeon generation, my first...

Back to the Grindstone: A New Joyous Season

Today resumes broadcast of the best miniature wargaming channel on YouTube.  The Joy of Wargaming ends the long dark drought with a preview of what’s to come in 2022.  A few new wrinkles have been added to the lineup, but you can expect a host of games new and old, and...

Long Form Interview

Late last year, The Chronicles of NotJay, a tabletop wargame show, had your humble host on for a long-form interview regarding the state of the hobby and what’s been shaking within the House of Wargaming.  If you are of the tabletop gaming persuasion, it is well worth a watch.  You might...