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Play by Post / Re: Anyone interested in a Storyboard game?
« Last post by Arissara on Today at 06:08:23 AM »
What is the game about? I'm looking for a game to play it offline.
Role Playing Public Radio Podcast / Re: Question regarding the Patreon
« Last post by Arissara on Today at 06:03:42 AM »
I also talk about the Patreon as well.
General Chaos / Re: Kickstarter: Cool Stuff
« Last post by Gorkamorka on Today at 05:03:46 AM »
Goblinscomic, one of the better DnD webcomics is running a kickstarter to do an animated series.
General Chaos / What Wargames are you playing?
« Last post by CADmonkey on October 22, 2017, 07:38:38 PM »
I was going to post something in HAY GUYS HAVE YOU SEEN THIS THING, but I thought that I was posting a bit much about wargames in that thread and since the RPPR crew are talking about wargames on thier podcasts, I'd start a new thread:

Here's a podcast interview with Jon Tuffley, the proprietor (and sole operator) of Ground Zero Games: Meeples & Miniatures Episode 230 Ground Zero Games

The interview begins at about 36 minutes in.

GZG published a number of sci-fi tabletop wargames rules in the 90's: Full Thrust (starship fleet action); Dirtside (6mm ground combat);  and Stargrunt (25 mm ground combat), and sells miniatures for all of those game lines and others.  I own copies of all of Tuffley's rules and have played a lot of Full Thrust, and even after all these years FT is still my favourite sci-fi fleet action ruleset.  And pdfs of their rules can be downloaded for free from the GZG website, there's a link on the podcast blog post.

As discussed in the podcast, GZG is a rare long-time survivor in the wargaming industry who (unlike other companies that have come and gone over the years) haven't tried to become "the next GW" and burnt out as a result.

One thing I'd like to hear about is people's introduction to wargames and their experiences in the hobby.

I began wargaming in '84, shortly after my friends and I discovered rpgs.  There was a hobby store in the local mall which sold rpgs, wargames, dice & miniatures in addition to models & model making supplies.  While browsing the rpg shelf, we noticed notice some little boxed games with names like OGRE, G.E.V. and Car Wars nearby.  I was immediately hooked on Ogre/GEV and one of my friends was smitten by Car Wars.  I've played plenty of other wargames since then, both hexmap and miniatures, but you never forget your first love, and I still get in a game of Ogre at least once a year at a local gaming convention.

Since first playing Ogre/GEV and figuring out that Car Wars was just too damned complex, I've played a fair number of wargames.  I haven't kept track of hours played, but all told I'm probably more of a wargamer than a roleplayer.

I've gotten into historical wargames, but mostly of the WWI/WWII variety, and mostly of the microarmour (6mm) and naval wargaming scales.  For a while in the 90's I played quite a lot of Spearhead, a WWII microarmour game, until the day the president of the club walked in wearing a "2nd Waffen SS: European Tour" t-shirt and a shit-eating grin, and that was the end of that gaming club. >:(  I haven't played much in the way of WWI/WWII skirmish games, though I did pick up a copy of Crossfire, a very interesting looking skirmish game with a unique initiative/action system form the author of Spearhead a while back, but I haven't actually had the chance to play it.

In sci-fi wargaming, I've played a fair number of games.  As I said above, I've been an Ogre/GEV fan for over thirty years, somewhere in storage I have a full set of Ogre Miniatures from the early aughts, and I'll probably be buying the new Ogre Minis when they come out too.  As mentioned above, I've played GZG's Full Thrust, a game which really has everything I want in a sci-fi fleet action experience.  There was a fellow who used to run FT at local conventions and the FLGS downtown regularly, and I got into his games quite regularly for years there.  I never got into 40k, but I have played a bit of Epic, the microarmour scale version of 40k.  The sci-fi wargame I've played the most would have to be Heavy Gear, a mecha game from a little gaming company out of Montreal called Dream Pod 9 (I've also played Battletech, but never really got into it).  The 1st & 2nd editions of Heavy Gear had gorgeous artwork & mechanical designs and a very well fleshed-out setting; I had a lot of fun playing it, particularly the skirmish/Gear duelling rules.  Unfortunately, the local HG scene fell apart after DP9 put out a new edition which most of the existing playerbase (myself included) hated, and which also failed to attract a new, sustainable playerbase.  These days, I'm not wargaming as much as I used to.  I get in some games every year at CanGames, the local & long-running gaming convention, and I've been demonstrating and organizing games of Mobile Frame Zero, a mecha skirmish game where you build your giant robots (and the terrain) out of lego.  MFZ is heavily influenced by the sort of "Real Robot" anime that I'm a fan of, and the creators are unrepentantly clear about their politics (tl;dr: no space nazis).

I never got into fantasy wargames.  That's purely a matter of taste, the look of fantasy just doesn't appeal to me as much as sci-fi.

So what's your wargaming story?
General Chaos / Re: What Vidja games are you playing?
« Last post by CADmonkey on October 22, 2017, 04:45:54 PM »
Finally created a steam account so I could get the new Ogre game:

It's an adaptation of Steve Jackson's first game design (and my first love in wargaming), a hexmap-and-counter wargame of armoured warfare in a future where everyone has tacnukes and the battlefield is ruled by enormous, multi-gunned, AI controlled tanks.  It's a faithful adaptation of a game that's "easy to learn and hard to master", as an old review once said.

Here's some reviews:

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I've yet to dive into multiplayer, but when I do (and maybe I'll start playing other games as well) I'm cadmonkey1973 on steam.
RPGs / Re: Eclipse Phase
« Last post by clockworkjoe on October 19, 2017, 02:39:09 PM »
We will probably do some more crazy exoplanet gatecrashing after EP2 comes out with full chargen rules.
RPGs / Re: Eclipse Phase
« Last post by Gorkamorka on October 18, 2017, 04:29:12 AM »
Exoplanet for use in your gatehopping game

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General Chaos / Re: HAY GUYS HAVE YOU SEEN THIS THING (Forum Shout Out Thread Thing)
« Last post by CADmonkey on October 15, 2017, 05:23:09 PM »
Harry Dean Stanton's final role:

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LUCKY follows the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist and the quirky characters that inhabit his off the map desert town. Having out lived and out smoked all of his contemporaries, the fiercely independent Lucky finds himself at the precipice of life, thrust into a journey of self exploration, leading towards that which is so often unattainable: enlightenment. Acclaimed character actor John Carroll Lynch's directorial debut, "Lucky", is at once a love letter to the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton as well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection.
General Chaos / Re: Kickstarter: Cool Stuff
« Last post by CADmonkey on October 07, 2017, 03:43:07 PM »
So this recently popped up on my tumblr dashboard:

Consentacle: A Card Game of Human-Alien Intimacy
In Consentacle, you and a partner squirm your way to a mutually satisfying Human x Alien romance... with or without the benefit of verbal communication! You'll need to divine the other's desires in order to build trust, play your cards right, and transform mutual trust into starry satisfaction. How tingly will your interplanetary liaison feel in the end? Will your encounter leave one party sweaty and exhausted, the other hungering for more? It's up to the two of you to find out... together!

It's already funded, but they're still short of the stretch goal for a Consentacle comic book, and there's only two days to go.
General Chaos / Re: Image Thread
« Last post by CADmonkey on October 07, 2017, 11:15:08 AM »
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