Thursday, July 27, 2017

Needlepoint Armies

The blog is back.  Working on a set of basic rules that covers several periods of warfare. Wednesday night, we began with play testing a hoplite subset of the Ancient rules. Our combatants:
The Spartans

The Athenians
These 4 mm "miniatures" were made with Needlepoint mesh, punched card stock and craft wire. The battle was the Battle of Mantinea in 418 B.C. 
 The forces engage when the Spartans (top) exit the woods.

Initial play test resulted in a historically accurate re-creation of the battle. The Athenian general Laches was slain early in the fight and the battle turned into a major route of the Athenians. However, the rules while accurate were not fun to play. After a rules review, some changes in the rules were made. And the battle re-fought.  

This time it was an extremely close battle in which the Athenians won a narrow victory and we agreed the hour long rematch was fun and played much better. A few more tweaks and we may have a set of hoplite and ancient rules for the future.  

Friday, June 7, 2013

Map of the "One Kingdom"

A rainy day, some free time and a discovery in an old file cabinet. A map of my original and only campaign called the "One Kingdom".  And yes I was an original member of Judges Guild.  Thanks to Bob and Bill at JG I became a better fanzine publisher.  Such pleasant memories on a rainy day. Happy to share.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sad news

I just read that Allan Calhamer, creator of the game 'Diplomacy,' died this past week. 'Diplomacy' is among the seminal games of my life and many of the great names in gaming, such as John Boardman and Gary Gygax. Play by mail(PBM)gaming began for me with 'Diplomacy'. Among the first gaming magazine subscriptions I had was to Diplomacy World, that contained articles by many of the pioneers of game design. And, imagine a game that required no dice. I'm sure Allan will be missed by family and friends, but his work will live on and be played by gamers for generations to come. Thank you Allan Calhamer.

Interview with Random Wizard

This weekend I did an email interview with the Random Wizard blog on my gaming experiences.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Game proofed Dogfight cards

Ink Jet all in one printer (to make copies of the original "Dogfight" cards), glue stick, 4 X 6 index cards, old Star Trek:the Next Generation surplus cards, card protectors and some time and we now have basic game proofed cards.  

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

5 Hair roller Napoleonic armies in a tray Fini

                                     A bunch of these rubber hair rollers (above) became this (below)

For several weeks I have been scouring flea markets and yard sales for these old rubber hair rollers (as well as old games) in order to complete my 5 Napoleonic armies (French, British, Russians, Prussians and Austrians) with no success. So I decided to scrub down some of my  original hair roller DBA armies (specifically the 2 Hoplite armies, which I had duplicated with needlepoint plastic mesh ) to make enough stands to complete this project.

I learned a lot and I will NOT make any more hair roller armies (3mm scale). I have become a bigger fan of making armies from Needlepoint Plastic Mesh . Quicker and easier to make with either #7 or #10 plastic mesh. And, the material is easily obtained.

In the coming months, expect more pictures of these armies on the gaming table.