Thursday, March 5, 2015

Nostalgia Thursday - Avalon Hill's General Magazine, Strange Dragons, & AD&D Character Sheet

Over on, catch up with the excellent Avalon Hill's General Magazine here.

Also, on, they recently took a look at "The 16 Strangest Dragons In Dungeons & Dragons" here.

Finally, the 2 Warps to Neptune blog uncovered an "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Character Sheet, Circa 1982" here.

Focusing on the roots of current tabletop gaming
with an eye toward the last century and before.
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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wargaming Wednesday - Wings of Glory, D&D Mass Combat, & Wargaming Room Plans

Over on, they have started the countdown clock on their "Wings of Glory Miniature Game – Giants of the Sky" Kickstarter project here.

Over on the Wizards of the Coast website, in the Unearthed Arcana column, they have shared some free Mass Combat rules for the new 5E D&D game system here.

Finally, on the Wargaming Workshop, there are some wonderful photos and plans for constructing a wargaming room here.

A closer examination of board and miniatures Wargaming.
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Terrain Tuesday - Dungeon Painter Online, 3D Printable Scenery, & Castle Kits

Over on you can find "Dungeon Painter Online" which is a way to create maps for the virtual tabletop here.

Also, on, they tell us about "3D Printable Scenery for Gaming" here.

Finally, on, check out their very cool "Castle Kits" here.

For purposes here, the term Terrain is used broadly
to cover 3D and 2D maps, foam, felt, and such.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Minis & Modeling Monday - EZPainter, Cauldron Scenery, & Citadel Paint Conversion

There is a new painting service on the rise offering 25% off on introductory jobs with five or more figures called EZPainter here.

Also on, check out the "Large Cauldron Terrain WIP Update (with Video!)" here.

Finally, there have been a few folks asking around about the best version of the Citadel conversion chart and I think the best one is on the Tale of the Painters blog here.

A look at prepping and painting Miniatures,
crafting buildings and paper Models,
and other non-terrain stuff for the tabletop..
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Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Sunday Miscellanea - Gandalf's Pipe, LEGO Pit of Carkoon, & the Game Tavern

Over on the Epic Fantasy YouTube channel for you can learn how to "Make a Wizards Pipe like Gandalf's." Enjoy.

Also, featured a LEGO diorama of the Great Pit of Carkoon from Star Wars here.

Finally, highlighted The Gamer Tavern, a very fine place to game that someone set up in their home here.

Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics on
not covered elsewhere or wanting a particular focus.
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Systems Saturday - Dragon Lairds (2007)

Some days of my life are just way too much fun.  Such was yesterday afternoon when I got the chance to play a game of Dragon Lairds (2007) with the two designers, Tom Wham and Jim Ward.  It's a humorously illustrated fantasy card game that features Hand Management and Set Collection mechanics.  There is a playing mat / board that comes with the game to help guide folks through the turns, the card availability, and the victory point accumulation.  The illustrations on the cards are so well integrated with the spirit of the game and actions of the cards, that it is a huge pleasure to play.

The description of the game on Board Game Geek is as follows:
In this cousin of Saint Petersburg, each player represents a monarch dragon clan, and attempts to assert herself as the Dragon Monarch by game end, by securing the most Royals (victory points). In order to facilitate this process, players will use their Geld (money) to hire Dragon Lairds (aristocrats) and buy Resources (buildings) and Commoners (peasants). You can use precious Royals (your victory points) to acquire Dragon Havocs, which empower you to do anything from getting extra cash, to stealing things from your opponents. The Havocs tend to be one-shot little guys, however, and are always discarded to the bottom of the discard deck, as far out of reach as possible from those cards that pilfer the discard pile.
At the end of each round, you accumulate the Geld and Royals that your acquisitions generate for your clan. At the end of the game, you additionally receive any Finale Royals on cards as end-game victory points.
From the Margaret Weis web site: 
Deep in the heart of an island continent, many years ago, was a long forgotten land of ancient Saureans… Dragons of all sizes and shapes, who had, through the generations tamed the foolish races of men, dwarves, and elves that lived among them. Over the centuries, they refined their techniques and now were trying to gain control over all the surrounding dragon countries. There could be only one Dragon Monarch, but who would it be?
At the start of the game, each player is given a dragon clan and chooses to play either the king or queen of that clan. The object is for your clan to score the most points in Royals by the end of the game and thus become the ruling Dragon Monarch.
The game is widely available but if you happen to be in town, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy (or two!) at Lake Geneva Games 918 S Wells St, Lake Geneva, WI 53147.  You could even give them a call and they'd probably ship one out to you, if that is more convenient, at (262) 885-1515.  If you happen to be coming to Gary Con, check with Tom and Jim and I am sure they can find a copy for you on-site that they will be glad to autograph for you as well.

This is a game where you benefit from knowing your intended end game but aren't locked into it.  Given the size of the deck and the need to go with the flow based on the cards available.  It behooves any player to control the trophy, known as the Saurian Cup, for at least a portion of the game.  If it can be acquired and held in the last turn, if can be very beneficial.  Above all, keep a close eye on the cards being collected by the other players and be sure to find ways to counter them, if you can, or at least limit the damage they can do to you.  You might not be a target but being prepared and expecting you will be can go a long way to staying in the hunt for victory.

A look under the hood of various Games, Rules and Systems.
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Tabletopper Friday - BGG @ Spielwarenmesse 2015

Over on the Board Game Geek YouTube channel, a bunch of videos are being uploaded from their trip to Spielwarenmesse 2015 in Germany.

Thus far, more than a few have caught my attention but below are three in particular I will be hoping to play someday.  First, Discoveries (2015) gives another take on the Lewis and Clark expedition.  Enjoy.

Also, Steam Ship Company (2015) looks like a nifty economic game.

Finally, The Magnates: A Game of Power (2014) came out first in Poland after a crowdfunding effort and now will be translated and produced for English speakers as well.

Mostly about card games and board games,
unless they have a decidedly wargamey feel.
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