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For the Kingdom

A variant for Richard Borg’s Battle Cry covering the English Civil War, which will also be familiar to player of the Commands and Colors games and their variants.

The Swindon and District Wargames club was invited to run a game at the annual Devizes ‘Attack’ Wargames show. Given that Phil and I have fairly extensive English Civil Wars armies in 28mm we thought it would be a great opportunity to dust off the figures for a game.

I suggested that we keep the game simple, with the view to being able to run multiple games to conclusion on each day whilst being able to talk to anyone interested and perhaps getting them involved. There are a substantial number of rules readily available, but few really seemed suitable for these key criteria. I proposed to use a the Richard Borg mechanisms from Battle Cry and develop an informal variant for our English Civil War project.

To keep up the interest across the two days Phil suggested running the games as a series of linked battles in an ongoing campaign, and duly set to work creating a nice simple campaign system to generate the battles. Using the game’s banner board Phil created maps where forces were shown moving as battles were fought. The campaign system was elegant in its simplicity and allowed us to play over 12 games on the two days.

Lots of Warmers

I have a great autocorrect on my computer which likes to replace ‘wargamers’ with ‘warmers’.  If you do come across any items which I’ve posted which talk enthusiastically about warmers then you should probably assume that I was meant to be referencing wargamers…

If you do come across any errant warmers please by all means let me know.


More on Andy’s Nissen Huts

I mentioned the great 15mm/18mm Nissen Huts from Andy and I’ve now got some pictures and more details.

He has a few different models going into production, but the first one available.  Here are just a few examples from a recent All Quiet on the Martian Front game held at Andy’s house.




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Revisiting some old homemade board games – part 1

I suppose every wargamer has some rules in them, and every boardgames has a boardgames in them as well.

I’ve started reworking some old Mega City One Block War games I put aside a few years ago.  I’m working on a game where each person controls a block during the Block Mania incident and looking to cause as much damage on the other blocks before the judges intervene.

I appreciate that there is a game which covers this theme which came out over 25 years ago called Block Mania (with its expansion Mega Mania).  However this game has been long out of print, and when played took quite a long time to play especially with three or more players.  I wanted a game which had the same theme but was a different game which was a lot shorter (target 1.5 hours for 4 players), was fun without being overly complicated and had a lot of replayability.

I want the board to be able to fit easily on a 3 foot wide table, so have been playing with a playing area of 2 foot square though may extend it slightly to 2 foot by 3 foot (60cm by 90cm).  This way there will be space for the inevitable drinks as well as clutter for cards, rules etc. on a small kitchen table.

I was also looking for a modular system for the board to cater to the re-playability aspect.  This could be addressed in a multiple of ways;

  • simply have a double sided board
  • 4 large double-sided boards (approx 1 foot/30cm square)
  • free moving hexes (4 inches across)
  • multiple smaller squares (approx 4 inches square or 10cm)
  • Deck of cards for locations which are drawn from the deck to create the map.

Currently I’m playing around with the 4 inch square solution as it’s relatively easy to manufacture.

I also wanted the game to have various elements from the Judge Dredd stories, especially if they were relevant to the Block Mania theme.  To this end I looked at including;

  • City Def,
  • Gangs
  • Fatties
  • Judges

No doubt some will stay and new ones may be added.

I’m using a fairly basic worker placement mechanism to drive the core mechanics for each player with event cards causing the mayhem at a higher common level.

The danger of these type games where there is so much thematic ‘history’ available is to try to include everything into the one game.

The Case of the Disappearing Wargamers

I don’t get down to the club quite as frequently as I used to and a lot less than I’d like but I do generally make it in about twice a month for the Wednesday night sessions.  Over the last three months though I have noticed a very big change in the club.  Where in months past it wasn’t uncommon to get to the club after 7pm and be unable to get a table, even in the outer room, now it is normal to be able to arrive at 7.30pm and still get somewhere to play!

Now most clubs do fluctuate in size over time.  Swindon And District Wargamers has now been going around 18 years and following it’s rapid growth I would suggest that the club has been reasonably stable for the last 8 years with a brief influx a year or so ago when the Games workshop stopped gamers playing in their shop.

So who has stopped coming along?  Most of the old faithfuls on the historical side are still there.  We did lose a largish group of Roleplayers about 6 months ago, but more recently I have noticed a significant decrease in the number of Warhammer 40K players in attendance.  5 years ago they would have made up the majority of the games being played on a Wednesday evening, last week however there was only one game being played.  I’ve not been able to determine where they have gone to.  Have they moved to another club, or have they stopped playing all together?  I would hope that for the community’s sake they have found another club, since to suggest the alternative would not bode well for the long term well being of the hobby.  Lets hope that wherever they are that they are still playing.

Stuff for Sale

This is an ongoing list of stuff which I’m clearing out.  Let me know if you’re interested in anything.  Prices are item cost, postage is extra.  I prefer to post to UK.  I can arrange delivery to some of the local shows.

Atlas 1/43 German SDK251 – new still in box £10

Painted Chaos Beastmen army (GW 28mm)

Largish Lizard man Army (GW 28mm) various stages of painting.  Figures generally from last 15 years.

Painted 28mm Early Imperial Roman army 80 infantry (5 units 16), 20+ cavalry. Various manufacturers – unknown (but not Perry,  not Warlord, not Foundry) £120