Monday, 9 January 2017

1st Bio-Tech (sci-fi)

1st Bio-Tech.

In Miniature Wargames Issue 390, I presented a Sci-Fi article concerning an alien incursion in a small town environment. The article had a background narrative and a set of rules. It also ran three linked scenarios, that followed 'C' company from 1st Bio-Tech, as they initially entered the town and then progressed to various objectives to defeat the Alien incursion.

 
 

This blog post gives access to the rules part of that article as a free download and covers a new simple AAR, done in a narrative style (because the mechanics are covered elsewhere - links below). There is also some discussion on creating a town environment in hexes.

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Tank on Tank (L'nL)

Tank on Tank,

Designed by Peter Bogdasarian and published by Lock 'n Load, Tank on Tank is a fast play tactical World War Two game with a small footprint, low unit density and easy to learn rules.

 

This article looks at the system and components as presented in the recent second edition re-issue, which split the game into two modules, one covering the West Front late war and the other covering the East Front with a late '43 to '44 order of battle.

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Saturday, 24 December 2016

Black Powder and One Hour Wargames

Black Powder and One Hour Wargames

Not that I imagine either rule set needs any introduction, but for the sake of formality, Black Powder (Warlord Games) rules cover 1701 - 1898, bringing fast play to large tables in which units are generally battalions / regiments, organised into brigades, with three of more brigades on the table per side. One Hour Wargames (Neil Thomas) are a collection of minimalist rules, covering nine periods and supported by  thirty scenarios, which only need a playing area of 3' x 3' and have between four and six units per side.

 
               
This post is going to take one of the Neil Thomas scenarios and play it with both of these rule sets. How does the minimalist approach of OHW compare against a longer rule set in terms of the game, period flavour, complexity, realism and engagement etc? 

Being something of a Christmas special post, I will by trying something new by combining a text write up, interspersed by video clips.

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