Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Terrain Tuesday - Star Charts, Town Backdrop, & Isengard Diorama

Over on naasirka.weebly.com, "SectorMaker is a game aid for Far Future Enterprises’ Traveller5™ role-playing game that facilitates the creation of sector star charts with subsector names, world details, political allegiances and borders, and trade and communication routes" here.

Also, over on gf9-dnd.com, check out the first part of "Behind The Scenes - Town Backdrop" here.

Finally on miniscaping.com, have a good look at an Isengard diorama 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 30, 2015

Minis & Modeling Monday - Pre-Paint Touchups, Dark Vengeance, & the Evangeline

Three from YouTube this week with the first being from Arthur Hannan in the form of a "Tutorial: HOW TO touch up Pre-Painted collectible miniatures."  Enjoy.

Also, from Warhammer TV, a video on "Dark Vengeance modelling and painting part 1: Assembly."  Check it out.

Finally from Mini Terrain Domain, a modeling video titled "Mini Tour: The Evangeline" to soak in.

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 29, 2015

The Sunday Miscellanea - Boardgame Components, Shameful Dice, & Medieval Bread

Over on pastemagazine.com, a recent article was on "The 10 Coolest Boardgame Components" here.

Also on Topless Robot, they looked at "The 10 Most Shameful RPG Dice" here.

Finally on the Medievalists.net, they asked "Is it possible to accurately recreate a loaf of medieval bread?" here.

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

Systems Saturday - Hands in the Sea (2015)

There's a new game this year from Knight Works LLC called Hands in the Sea (2015).  Although some might believe the era of the Punic Wars may have been done to death, this one look interesting to me enough to highlight it here and look forward to playing and maybe owning it.

The description of it on Board Game Geek is as follows:
Hands in the Sea is a two-player deck building wargame on the First Punic War, between Rome and Carthage, 264-241 BC.
Each player has a starting deck of cards they use to perform various actions, up to two per round. Actions range from colonization, to naval movement, to battle, with most activity centered in and around Sicily and Sardinia/Corsica. Players may also purchase additional cards from their own custom decks, or from a set of neutral cards that either player may purchase. There are also Strategy cards that each player can purchase (one, max) that give the owning player some special advantage.
The game is played over the course of several turns, up to a maximum of twelve. At the end of each turn, players resolve random events, collect income and score victory points. There are several paths to victory, ranging from simply having the highest score at the end of the game, to capturing the opposing player's capital.
Inspired by A Few Acres of Snow, this game features several new elements, including navies, naval battles, cavalry superiority, mercenaries, field battles, sieges, manpower, strategy cards, random events, turn based scoring, bribery and tactical bonuses.
The name of the game is based on a quote from a Carthaginian commander, who claimed at the outbreak of hostilities that the Carthaginian control of the seas was such that the Romans would not even dare wash their hands in the sea.

Recently, it was look at more closely by Drive Thru Review.

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

Tabletopper Friday - RPG Champ, Choice Words, & Hedbanz on GameNight!

Over on bangordailynews.com, they tell us how the "Local winner of national role-playing game championship to lead competition at SnowCon 7" here.

Also on TheBoardGameFamily YouTube channel they review Choice Words.  Check it out.

Apparently, some bizarre surrealist directed the latest episode of Gamenight! where the gang plays Headbanz.  Enjoy.

Mostly about card games and board games,
unless they have a decidedly wargamey feel.
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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Nostalgia Thursday - Dungeon, the Board Game

Over on Gamers and Grognards, they've posted a brief retrospective on the "40 years of dungeon!" here.

Also on The Other Side, Tim Brannan admits "I am a Dungeon! addict" here.

Finally on my own photo albums, from day three (Saturday) of Gary Con IV, there are some photos of mementos brought to the convention by David R. Megarry, creator of the board game Dungeon!  See more on Facebook here and Google Plus here.

Focusing on the roots of current tabletop gaming
with an eye toward the last century and before.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wargaming Wednesday - Start Wargaming Today!

This week, three YouTube videos geared toward getting started with wargaming, miniatures and otherwise.  First, a video from the vlad48 YouTube channel titled "What is Tabletop Wargaming?"

Also, from the Teri Litorco YouTube channel, a video titled "How to start in miniature wargaming!"

Finally, a video from the The Dice Tower YouTube channel titled "Wargaming School, Lesson 1 - with Joe Steadman."  This one is the first in a series, so bookmark it to watch more if it strikes you as useful.

A closer examination of board and miniatures Wargaming.
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