Over the first couple of months of 2023, I was steadily plugging away on some significant improvements to my Sword of Severnia fantasy battle game. I was itching to try out the latest version of the game. On Sunday, March 19, my friend Geoff Kyper and I gathered up our tiny painted heroes and finally got to play version 5.5 of Sword of Severnia.
It was a long, but fun affair. Geoff’s usual Elven army faced off against my Norse themed army which featured Krones (Vikings), Gnomes, Dwarves, Ice Trolls, Ogres, and a Giant. Although I took some pictures on my iPad, I haven’t gotten around to organizing and uploading them yet.
Geoff’s Elves pulled out a hard-fought victory, capturing Finnyar the Fearless (my Krone General) after his cavalry unit got outflanked and worn-down by the enemy. Despite some mistakes which I readily own up to (e.g. my experimental deployment of having my Gnome Lord’s Brigade face-off against the veteran Elven Spears & General), the battle ultimately came down to me fluffing my Krone General’s charge late in the battle (rolling zero Hits on 7 dice; a less than 1% chance). That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
Version 5 of Sword of Severnia is shaping up to be great. I’ve got a handful of minor tweaks ready to go for our next game. Hopefully, we can battle it out again soon.
2023 hasn’t been a great year of gaming to-date. The games we’ve played this year have all been a blast, it’s just that we haven’t played ENOUGH games. Regular Thursday Night game sessions have been a real struggle to coordinate. I’m optimistic that it will get better soon. We’re planning (fingers crossed) to get a 4-player board game to the table this week.
I’ve also failed miserably with respect to finding my painting mojo. Aside from some finishing touch work on a few models earlier this month, I’ve done nothing else and it gnaws at me. I’m thinking that I need to start PLANNING paint-nights starting in April and moving forward. Let’s see how that goes. I need to kickstart it somehow.
And the Ugly… Err… the Intriguing
I purchased a few books off Amazon over the past month. This includes New Tactical Games with Dice and Cards (by Reiner Knizia), Little Battles (by Ron Emrick), and lastly Wargaming Campaigns (by Henry Hyde).
I’ve lightly perused all of them but can’t provide any gory details. Knizia’s New Tactical Games book is something I wanted to get as an “idea-generator” for game design. It has a fair number of games in it, plus some discussion on game theory and combinatorics & probability. My initial gut-feel is “mildly interesting”, but I’ll definitely give it a deeper look.
Little Battles is a set of lighter, fast-play wargame rules that covers five broad periods (from Ancients all the way up to Modern warfare). There are actually 5 different sets of rules in the book, which are all built around a core framework. I didn’t know anything about this book until I stumbled across a brief mention of it on a blog/forum. Being a wargames rules-junkie, I decided to pick up a copy. My initial perusal showed some promise. My feeling is that these are fairly streamlined, straightforward rules. I’m not sure if they bring anything innovative to the table; I really need to dive in and check them out some more to determine that. Stay tuned.
I mentioned Henry Hyde’s Wargaming Campaigns book in a previous blog-post. It’s a giant brick of a book. It’s very detailed; definitely NOT light reading. It’s on my “read later” when I can carve out adequate time and the campaigning itch starts to get scratchy again.
BeQuest Miniatures has a new Shambling Bones Kickstarter for a range of old-school skeletons. This is a pretty new company and you’re either going to love or despise these miniatures. To me, they have an old school charm that’s neat and hard-to-find in today’s landscape of overwrought hyper-realistic minis. Check them out.
Restoration Games has a new pulp-themed co-operative game on Kickstarter called Unmatched Adventures: Tales to Amaze. I’ve resisted the other Unmatched games, which are generally 1-on-1 skirmishes. I’m not sure with my limited gaming time that I would pick that to play over my bevy of true miniature games. But I really like the look of this new thing because it’s multi-player and co-op, which fills a very different niche for me. I haven’t backed it yet, but man, I’m very tempted. And that Mothman mini is too cool!
Until next time… Peace out!