Thursday, 22 August 2019

21st August Games

Greetings

Reasonable turnout last night, with a gust all the way from New Zealand: Mark B used to wargame in the Southend area and is visiting family at present. Andy P ran his new sci-fi game for Mark L and Steve S, while I ran the postponed ACW naval game for Steve H and Mark B. Rob and Alan played Kill-Team.
Mark didn't do too well in the ACW game but was able to pick up the rules and I've agreed to send him a copy under a separate cover.




We'll go ahead with the same games next week as there are others waiting to play the ACW naval game.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 15 August 2019

14th August Games

Greetings

We were rather split up this week; Mike, Steve B and Gary were playing a card game, and Eamon and Finn were playing Battle Cry in the bar area. Andy P ran his play test for a new sci-fi game (which I gather went well and only requires some minor tweaks to the rules at this stage) whilst Steve H and I were trialling his recently received Triplanes and Tripods game at the opposite end of the main hall.


This last game has been developed from the popular Wings of Glory WW1 and WW2 aerial game to permit the war planes of the period to combat various Martian fighting machines. The base game comes with WW1 aircraft so I took a rocket armed Nieuport 16 (used for observation balloon busting in WW1) against one of the 'smaller' tripods. We got in two games = in the first I was 'crispy crittered' by the heat ray, and took significant damage whilst trying to bring the rockets to bear in the second game. Great fun and I look forward to playing this again.

 
Next week Andy will run a further play test of his new game, and I'll run the ACW naval game which I've held over from this week as Matt couldn't get down.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 8 August 2019

7th August Games

Greetings

Numbers down again due to holidays etc but we were able to put on two games this week. Mark ran his Lord of the Rings game with his Rohirrim and Rob's Wildlings (from another more recent TV series involving games and thrones), masquerading as Dunlanders on this occasion. I am unable to report on this game as I was introducing Matt to the joys of World War 1 naval combat, using the Line Ahead rules I found a few years back. My Austro-Hungarian and Italian dreadnought fleets clashed for the first time in a looooong while and it seems the work paid off as Matt enjoyed the game and picked up the rules very quickly. We inflicted damage to each other's fleets but there was no outright victor at close of play, rather like the real thing.



Next week, Andy P has asked if we could play test a set of sci-fi rules he is working on. I've agreed to bring along my 1/600 ACW naval ships for some water-based dodgems mayhem.

See yer soon

Neil

Monday, 5 August 2019

31st July Games

Greetings

Fairly quiet last night - Dave K ran his Batman game for Mark, Rob and Steve S, while I played Battle Cry with Matt. The scenario was First Bull Run/Manassas depending on which side you support. Suffice to say Southern honour was upheld ad the Yankees sent scuttling back to Washington (can you guess which side I was on?).



Next week, Mark will run a  Lord of the Rings game, and I've promised Matt a WW1 period naval game.

See yer soon

Neil

Thursday, 25 July 2019

24th July Games

Greetings

A bit down on numbers on a very hot and sticky night; Dave K ran his Batman game for the Steves and Mark, whilst Andy P, Rob and I played Wildlands. This is a search and destroy fantasy game (feel free to disagree, Andy!)  which relies on a card hand specific to the group in question for movement, combat and other actions. Takes a bit of getting used to but an interesting system.



Next week, Dave K will run the Batman game again - I haven't decided what to bring yet, although Memoir 44 or Battle Cry suggest themselves. I'm open to requests from members for specific games.

Also, Steve H and I are running the Fury from the North, Viking raid game as part of an Anglo-Saxon Discovery Day ay the Southend Central Museum this coming Saturday 27/07/19 from 10 until 5. This is a nice tie-in with the opening of the Prittlewell Princely Burial exhibition at the museum and will also feature arts and crafts together with a display by the Temes Vikings re-enactment group, with weapons displays if the weather permits. Please pop in if you have time as the exhibit itself is worth seeing.

See yer soon

Neil

Friday, 19 July 2019

17th July Games

Greetings

Pretty good turnout last night - Mike was playing Battlefleet Gothic with Dan in an Eldar vs Imperial Navy clash and apparently got a hiding, whilst Dave K ran the first test of his new Batman skirmish game for Steve S and H and Mark. I ran another Ludis Gladiatorus game for Andy's P and H and Rob as previously agreed. Another fun, messy game as ever with some discussion concerning the up scaling of the game to 54mm for show purposes, it looks like this might actually go ahead . . .



Next week, Dave K wants to run the Batman game again, while Andy P has offered to run his Wildlands game. I'll bring along something as backup.

See yer soon

Neil

Friday, 12 July 2019

10th July Games

Greetings

Fair turnout last night. Steve S ran a new Viking Raid board game for Mark and Andy P, whilst I ran Ludis Gladiatorus after a very long layoff for Matt, Rob and Paul. We got in two games despite some truly dismal attack dice, but great fun all the same.



Discussion turned to the possibility of running the game on the show circuit using some 54mm plastic figures I've had for some time. The hex mat and the figures aren't a problem, but preparing new character cards and the arena walls have proven something of a stumbling block to date. Rob tells me he could make the walls relatively easily, so I've agreed to rough out a design for consideration. The character cards are more of a matter of design but not insuperable.

I've agreed to run Ludis Gladiatorus again next week to try out some other Gladiator types and I understand Dave K has a new Batman game he wants to try.

See yer soon

Neil