Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wargaming Wednesday - War of the Ring Mega-Sized

While at the Nexus Game Fair, I had the chance to play War of the Ring (second edition) (2012) in a mega-sized version concocted by Steve Fratt of the Historical Miniatures Gaming Society Midwest (HMGS).  I've played in other Tolkien games of his at Little Wars, the HMGS Midwest flagship convention, but this one was a new experience.  Plus, I had only played the modern version of War of the Ring as the Free Folk, so being on Team Sauron was also a treat.  We had horrible luck on the battle dice but still managed to corrupt Frodo just on the precipice of Mount Doom, so all is right in Middle-earth.  There are more photos in a Facebook album here.

A closer examination of board and miniatures Wargaming.
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Terrain Tuesday - Public Domain Maps, Torchlight Fantasy, & Diorama Workshop

Over on, work continues apace identifying maps among the many images uncovered and digitized from "the pages of 17th-, 18th-, and 19th-century books."  Learn more about the ongoing project here and keep up on the tagged maps here.

Also, on, they have a line of dungeon terrain products that I think are merely being presented as old school rather than having a long pedigree.  They appear that they will fit with other systems and the accessories look particularly inviting.  See more here.

Finally, on, someone dug up a shared a photo from a 2002 article on "Celebration II : Mos Eisley Diorama Workshop" from "Indianapolis, IN - Sunday May 05, 2002 - Final Assembly."  Check it out 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, June 29, 2015

Minis & Modeling Monday - Textured Plasticard, Shriekers, & Questing Pics

Three from the excellent Lost and the Damned blog today starting with "Using Textured Plasticard On Your Bases" here.

Also, Mortis teaches us how to "Make Your Own Shrieker Mushrooms" here.

Finally, check out the many figures in the images from his "MortiS Quest highlights - 2012-14 (lots of dungeon pictures)" 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, June 28, 2015

The Sunday Miscellanea - All-Over Shirt, Wooden Cards, & GMing Dice

Check out the All Over Print Shirts of artists Claudio Pozas here and Eric Lofgren here.

Also, has some very cool hardwood playing cards here.

Finally, there is a sale on some nifty GMing dice here.

Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics on
not covered elsewhere or wanting a particular focus.
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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Systems Saturday - RPG Naval Combat, Sensory Heirarchy, & Old School Mechanics

Over on, they take a stab at "Naval Combat Rules for D&D 5th Edition (Part 1)" here.

Also, on, they suggest you make sure you are "Taking advantage of the sensory heirarchy" here.

Finally, on Gaius Ludus, they venture a "Deep Analysis: Rpg mechanics model and the Old School effective range."  Check that out here.

A look under the hood of various Games, Rules and Systems.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

Tabletopper Friday - Awesome Dad, Caverna, & Gen Con Releases

Over on, "Forget the iPad, this dad created a board game that took his son 4 hours to complete" here.

Also, on, "Anatomy of a Revision: Caverna" here.

Finally, on, "Gen Con 2015 New Releases" here.

Mostly about card games and board games,
unless they have a decidedly wargamey feel.
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Nostalgia Thursday - Dungeon Crawl, Shadowrun, and Chivalry & Sorcery

Did you know that over on, you can get the first issue of Dungeon Crawl Magazine for free, then maybe get some more here?

Also, on, Phil Reed shares how a "1993 Newspaper Article Describes the Shadowrun RPG" here.

Finally, from, they share an old article penned by Edward E. Simbalist in which he discusses Chivalry & Sorcery.  Read the full article here.

Focusing on the roots of current tabletop gaming
with an eye toward the last century and before.
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