Here’s another, random, brain-dumping post of the sort that I do from time to time. Oftentimes I find that these type of posts help clear my mind of all the wacky hobby debris that has accumulated there. Hope you find something useful in my blabbering.
I’m a sucker for weird dice. Precis Intermedia sell these unusual 8-in-1 dice that combine the functionality of a standard D6 with averaging-dice, D2, D3, 2D6, +/- Fate Dice, Directional, and Yes/No + Conditional dice.
I just purchased a set of four dice yesterday.
There’s a range of cool uses for these in existing tabletop games and new game designs. Really can’t wait to get my hands on these and try them out.
Ravenfeast – Viking Age Rules
As a self-confessed wargames rules junkie I’m always excited when a new set of rules catches my attention. A few months ago, I became aware of a free set of Viking era wargame rules released by the guys at Little Wars TV. The rules are called Ravenfeast.
The title of this game sounded very familiar to me. Reading more about it, I came to realize that I had come across these rules many years ago on a hobbyist web site that’s defunct. They were written by a gentleman named Al Halden, a Pennsylvania wargamer, and were a variant of the One Page Fantasy Skirmish Rules written by John David Slor.
Perhaps even more interesting, I’m quite certain that my friend Kevin and I played a viking battle using these very rules during an HMGS East wargaming convention years ago. It makes perfect sense given that the games author was from Pennsylvania and a member of a local gaming club that does a lot of historical wargaming.
I recall that the rules were relatively simple, and the game was fun & bloody. If you’re looking for something light and simple to play, especially as a convention game or a way to introduce new/casual gamers to the wargaming hobby, these rules are worth a look.
Space Crocs & Lion Dog Cavalry
Warlord Games has some new releases available for pre-order this weekend. Two really cool things caught my attention:
<> Klegg – large, mercenary space lizardmen that resemble crocodiles with rifles. These models are frickin’ fantastic. Months ago, I said that I wanted to mix pulp sci-fi wargaming into the games that I play with my friends. I’m firmly in the “bring your own models” camp, playing games that take a broad brush approach to sci-fi, rather than a specialized mass-market game requiring its own models to play (i.e. Infinity, Kill Team, Gates of Antares, etc.). New releases like the Klegg are getting me more excited to make sci-fi games happen.
<> Komainu Lion Dogs – statue guardians of Japanese shrines that come to life, serving as cavalry mounts for Samurai warriors. I’ve seen something like these before, although I can’t put my finger on where. But knowing that Warlord makes these means they’ll be accessible. Do I need to add Lion-Dogs as a creature/mount option in Sword of Severnia? Maybe. These are appealing to me.