Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Sunday Miscellanea - Liar's Dice (1987)

Once more unto the breach . . . with a game of Liar's Dice (1987).  This one tends to be at the ready for times when we have more people than games to play and need to squeeze folks in.  However, last Tuesday, when I found myself at Taco Bell around lunchtime, it became the game of choice for Tom, Brian, and I.  Allow me to say up front that what talent I may possess for fibbing falls far short of what these venerable prevaricators can muster.  When the crowd is larger, I can sometimes slip through the web of their deceit but when just the three of us are in attendance, I am the last honest man in Bluffsville.

The description from Board Game Geek is as follows:
Liar's Dice is a dice game where each player is given five dice and cup to roll and hide them with. Players make successively higher declarations regarding the results of all the dice remaining in the game, e.g. "there are ten sixes". However, someone can always contest the bid. When that happens, all the dice are revealed and either the bidder or the caller loses dice, depending on who was correct. The last player with dice is the winner.

Okay.  I lied.  I won on this day and did so in grand fashion.  I even crudely Photoshopped the guy out behind Tom's right shoulder in the first picture but left him lurking in the third pic.  Serves you right for reading my blog.  I am a bad man.

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not covered elsewhere or wanting a particular focus.
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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Systems Saturday - (O)D&D

Over on, Randall let's us know "OD&D PDFS: What Do You Really Need to Play?"  Find out here.

Also, on, Ed pens "GM Advice: Want To Try Something New? Try Something Old!"  Learn more here.

Finally, on, (there are those that call him ) Tim Kask tells us "How I helped to pull the rope that tolled the bell for OD&D" here.

A look under the hood of various Games, Rules and Systems.
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Tabletopper Friday - Boardgames Abound

The last few years have seen a resurgence in public interest for boardgames and niche games are even seeing mainstream popularity.  Over on, in their business section, they tell us "This Board Game Designer Isn’t Sorry About Taking a Big Risk."  Learn more here.

Also, on, they give us "5 Much Better Alternatives To Famous Board Games" here.

Finally, on, they share "Best 3 Games with…..Tile Placement/Exploration" here.

Mostly about card games and board games,
unless they have a decidedly wargamey feel.
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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Nostalgia Thursday - Chainmail (1971)

Just last week, the offspring of the authors of Chainmail (1971) got together at Lake Geneva Games to play the classic Battle for the Brown Hills scenario.

The description from Board Game Geek is as follows:
Chainmail is a medieval miniatures wargame created by Gary Gygax and fellow Lake Geneva Tactical Studies Association (LGTSA) member Jeff Perren, a hobby-shop owner with whom Gygax had become friendly. The game was first published in 1971 by Guidon Games. That first edition also included a fantasy supplement, and is one of the oldest sets of rules for fantasy miniature wargaming.

Nathan Lyke (who took the first two photos) ran a Chainmail game last Friday at the Lake Geneva Games store with the Son of Gygax (Ernie) and Daughter of Perren (Victoria) in attendance, along with Tom Wham and some other friends playing. This is the 45th anniversary of the rules being published and what better place to play than Lake Geneva, birthplace of D&D which was guided by these minis rules!

Focusing on the roots of current tabletop gaming
with an eye toward the last century and before.
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Wargaming Wednesday - Star Wars: Armada (2015)

There's a bit of an upswing in the playing of Star Wars: Armada (2015) round the store lately, including an event this Saturday, July 23rd, at 1 pm.  For folks who might be curious and who would like to learn more, just stop in at Lake Geneva Games, 918 S Wells St, Lake Geneva, WI, 53147.

If you find X-Wing battles are fun, you'll probably love this next step up to fleet battles.  If you enjoy the strategies and tactics of Rebellion, this is scaled down from that.  It's that in-between stage where combat is king on a grand scale!

If you've played and loved naval combat wargames, you'll find this wargame very familiar as well.  Come check it out!

A closer examination of board and miniatures Wargaming.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Terrain Tuesday - Printable Scenery

Over on, check out the terrain they suggest you can make with their various templates for your 3D printers here.

In particular, they have some nifty buildings for a hamlet here.

Finally, be sure to see if some of their dungeon sculpts would fit in with your building plans here.

For purposes here, the term Terrain is used broadlyto cover
3D tabletop pieces made from foam, felt, and other materials.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

Minis & Modeling Monday - LGG Painting & Terrain Day

I want to make sure that everyone is aware that the fourth Sunday of each month at Lake Geneva Games is now an afternoon for Miniatures Painting & Terrain Building!

We'll have some of the game space set aside for painting and crafting and all that fun stuff . . .

We can even supply some basic supplies and starter minis for new comers to the process.  And you might even get some tips from others to help you along, if you like!

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