Category: rules

Matrix Lames

The topic of matrix games has been popping up on my radar a lot lately. For those of you who are uncertain about the term, allow me a brief introduction. A matrix game is a talky talky exercise adjudicated by a referee and structured in such a way as...

Experimental Wargaming

Today things fell into place for an interesting wargaming experiment. SPOILER ALERT FOR THE ONGOING CAMPAIGN! For those of you not playing along at home, Mondays we post an update to a Chainmail campaign in which the Broman Empire seeks to reclaim a powerful artifact from a tomb located...

Chainmail and Dragon Rampant: Two Great Tastes

A commenter over at The Joy of Wargaming asked which ruleset is better, Chainmail or Dragon Rampant.  There is no easy answer to that question, but there is a great blog post of an answer. The two titles are both fantasy mass-battle games, but they do very different things and serve...

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...

Chainmail Quick Reference Sheet

If ever there was a wargame that cried out for a quick reference sheet, Chainmail is it.  Find yourself a girl that looks at you like Gary Gygax looked at unique subsystems, fren. And yet, after literal minutes of searching, I couldn’t find hide nor hair of a QRS...

GADD About Miniature Wargames

Hi, everyone.  My name is Jon, and I suffer from Gamer ADD. Well, not so much ‘suffer from’, as ‘revel in’. How can you not, when we have the pleasure of being born in the right time and at the right place to enjoy this late-stage golden-age of the...

Clever Scenario Design

Wargaming videos make a fine soundtrack for painting sessions, and every once in a while you stumble across a bit of genius you can’t wait to steal.  This wonderful battle report from House of Hengist Comics Wargaming Channel struck me as a novel sort of game, and one of...

Gaslands – A Few Thoughts On City Streets

 My Gaslands set up is a little unusual in that all my fights take place on the streets of Midville, USA. This leads to two big differences between the games shown on The Joy of Wargaming and most other videos – two differences that largely balance each other out. ...

It Begins

Remember when I said the following? [W]hen a critical mass of people adopt [the lost art of Gygaxian campaign play] for their own table, you can expect a deluge of smart-boy posts from the Usual Crowds staking a claim to have “always known” about the glories of real-time and...