I've always been interested in what inspires gamers to break new ground and start another project. This series of articles is a brief overview of things which caught my eye over the last few months - some have already prompted me to try something new, some may lurk in the long grass until their time has come. I hope that something here grabs your attention and calls you to action!
I know a lot of people enjoyed the X-Com series of PC games; Bloggity-Blog-Blog put together a great tabletop version. It just remains for me to put together some suitable alien figures which will scale well with my 20mm moderns and this is an eminently achievable project.
I’m always on the look-out to integrate civilian pieces on my wargaming table. Ground Zero Games have again delivered for the 15mm Sci-Fi fan with these robust civilian vehicles. Dropship Horizon did a review a while back with some pictures.
I haven’t been bitten by the Dark Ages bug currently sweeping through wargaming circles. Gripping Beast’s box of 40 plastic warriors at a very reasonable price will surely make assembling your warband much easier.
I finally got around to reading the acclaimed Lions of Kandahar which details a daring Green Beret mission in Afghanistan where they led local Afghan troops against large concentrations of Taliban.
If special forces gaming tickles your fancy, give the Classified book from Ambush Alley Games a look.
Role Playing Game
Rather than recommend a fiction book this issue (because I can’t suggest you read yet another Joe Abercrombie book!) I'm going to suggest that you take a look at Apocalypse World, an indie RPG from D. Vincent Baker. This is the book that brought me out of role-playing retirement and back into a regular game night. Everyone in the group is inspired and energised by the rules and the setting. The GMing advice therein is amongst the best I’ve ever received.
I am severely behind the times on this one, but I got bitten by the Archer bug over the summer. This anachronistic spy comedy follows the extremely dangerous and self-obsessed Sterling Archer as he deals with his domineering boss (and mother), his equally competent colleague (and ex-girlfriend) and the dangerous game of global espionage. It’s a hoot!
I am waiting for someone to introduce me to 7TV, which looks like the perfect game to bring Archer to the gaming table.
Last year I threw the spotlight on the Lead Adventure Forum’s league. This time around, now that the Guild’s Annual Build has closed, I thought you’d be interested in taking a look. Everyone undertakes a project with several discrete blocks of work. Plenty of 20mm WW2 and moderns, but there’s also some spaceships and 6mm Cold War to feast your eyes on.