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RPGs / Re: Bundle of Holding thread
« on: January 27, 2018, 05:55:33 PM »
So there is a Car Wars Bundle up now, no doubt drumming up interest in the upcoming new edition of Car Wars.

The core of this bundle of holding is the Car Wars Compendium from 1998, a collection of rules & supplements from the 80's, reprinted when SJG produced a new boxed set.  So if you're nostalgic for 80's-90's gaming, or curious about this chapter of gaming history, this is a relatively cheap way to scratch that itch.

Now, personal anecdote time: Back around '98-'99, I picked up the Deluxe Edition box:

Which contained the compendium, counters, maps, etc. that are in the 'starter collection' of this bundle; plus, as the box says, a Bonus Supplement worth at least $10.00! (that's in 1998 USD).  And this is the supplement I got:

That's right! Car Wars Tanks, rules for adding tanks, artillery, electronic warefare and nuclear weapons to your game of Car Wars!

Now I think most of us on this forum have at least heard of, if not experienced firsthand, the phenomenon of supplement bloat, but this has to be one of the most hilarious examples.  The steps that led up to the release of this supplement were all perfectly reasonable: Car Wars originally was just about cars, there were no rules for other vehicles.  But the game was popular and people wanted more diverse vehicle choices, so rules for motorcycles, trucks, boats, aircraft and pedestrians were released.  And eventually, having exhausted other possibilities, SJG released what I like to call the non plus ultra of Car Wars.  Because once the tac-nuke armed tanks show up, your game of machinegun-toting armoured hot rods is over.

General Chaos / Re: What are you reading?
« on: January 26, 2018, 04:33:09 PM »
Visited the Canadian Centre for Architecture today, they have a bookstore:

CCA Loot: Bag #1 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

CCA Loot: Bag #2 by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

General Chaos / Re: Best Internet Vidyas
« on: January 09, 2018, 03:14:06 PM »
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General Chaos / Re: What Wargames are you playing?
« on: January 09, 2018, 02:48:01 PM »
Finally got a chance to play Dracula's America - 4 player brawl. I got my ass kicked due to high risk attacks and poor rolling. Still fun though - interesting rules and fun gameplay.
Cool, will you be doing a battle report game?

General Chaos / Re: What Wargames are you playing?
« on: January 07, 2018, 05:27:15 PM »

this pleases me
Thought you'd get a kick out of that. :)

In personal wargaming news, I had scheduled another MFZ:RA demo/game day at the FLGS downtown, but it was bitter cold in Ottawa yesterday and (understandably) none of the regular players showed up, but a couple of Magic players from the front room came over for some demo games.  Here's a photo from the end of the first round of the second demo game I ran:

2nd Demo Game by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

General Chaos / Re: What Wargames are you playing?
« on: December 28, 2017, 05:43:30 PM »
what a lame-o

It was wierd, he's a nice person (We're still facebook friends & I've invited him to my next MFZ demo) but for whatever reason, he has this blindspot where he doesn't think twice about exploiting terribly written, game-breaking rules; until people tell him to his face that he's ruining their fun, and then he's genuinely distressed at finding that out.

Jason is going to start a Konflikt 47 campaign this month. Should be fun!

Looking forward to hearing about it!

And also, another machinegun themed article in this month's issue of WI is about the development of WWI fighters and has a sidebar about the Ross Interruptor Gear*, a type of interruptor gear which had the feature that it could be disengaged in flight, allowing the pilot to fire his machinegun at it's full rate, with the possibility of shooting off his own propeller!

*mistakenly called "Sychronising Gear" in the article.

General Chaos / Re: What are you reading?
« on: December 26, 2017, 11:27:38 AM »

Christmas Books by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

Already started two of them.

General Chaos / Re: Image Thread
« on: December 16, 2017, 05:08:15 PM »
Yo Dawg, I Heard You Like Mecha:

I just couldn't resist.

Blade of the Immortal, live action:

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Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, he knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change him in ways he could never imagine. Based on the acclaimed Eisner Award winning comic book series from Hiroaki Samura, and the 100th film by legendary master director Takashi Miike!

General Chaos / Re: What Wargames are you playing?
« on: December 02, 2017, 04:46:40 PM »
Here's an interview with Mike Hutchinson, the author of Gaslands: Meeples & Miniatures – Episode 235 – Gaslands.  The interview begins at about 45 minutes.

Good interview by the sounds of things.  I didn't quite follow the description of the movement rules but they sound like they could be interesting.  The shooting rules sound like another variant on the Full Thrust beam cannon rules (though a little different from Axles and Alloys).  And I heartily agree with Hutchinson's comments about campaign rules and especially the Necromunda-style injury rules that people always say they want, even though no-one actually likes them in play.  I've tried running a few wargaming campaigns & leagues, and they all* fell apart when players found themselves falling behind with no possibility of catching up.

I have a copy of the Gaslands pdf now, and I'll be reading through the rules soon.

*with one notable exception: there was a Heavy Gear Duelling league which I repeatedly rebooted with new houserules as one of the players kept abusing the team creation rules and bringing utterly broken teams that ruined everyone else's fun to the games.  Years later, that munchkin player revealed to me that he had been a playtester on the HG Duelling supplement we were using, and had warned the publishers about all the loopholes he had found prior to publication.  But apparently he didn't see fit to discuss this with me as I was trying --and failing-- to get that duelling league started.  >:( ::)

General Chaos / Re: What Wargames are you playing?
« on: November 26, 2017, 04:39:15 PM »
And while I was at Fandom yesterday, I also picked up the December issue of Wargames Illustrated.  There was an article by the author of Gaslands that I wanted to read, but I think Ross might find some of the other articles interesting.  The theme for this issue is "Machine Gun" and there's an article about WWI machine guns which even has a sidebar about Zeppelin gunners!  And there's also an article about using WI's Django miniature in Dracula’s America!

General Chaos / Re: What Wargames are you playing?
« on: November 26, 2017, 12:08:01 AM »

Demo Setup by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

I was at Fandom II, the FLGS in centretown Ottawa, to run MFZ:RA demos today.  My friend Jon showed up, and since he's played a demo before I wanted to run something a little more like a full game for him.  I hadn't actually brought two full companies, and Jon hasn't built his own company, so we had a game that was basically just a larger demo: three frames each and one demo-style station to fight over in the centre of the battlefield.

The station was a cottage in the woods in which two genetic engineers who had developed a new strain of peach* were hiding out, waiting to defect to the free colonies or be captured by UMFL forces.

Jon, upon hearing my explanation, supplied the title for my battle report:

Bigger. Juicier. Plumper.

You can click that link for the full battle report I posted to the Mobile Frame Hangar forum, but here's a few highlight photos:

The Bright Seraphim by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

The Dragons by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

First Blood by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

4th Round by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

Awaiting Evacuation by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

*Fighting over peaches is a running gag from the first edition of the game, so I try to work peaches into the objective of all my demo games.

General Chaos / Re: What are you reading?
« on: November 19, 2017, 06:44:23 PM »
Just finished A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons, the personal memoir of Robert M. Sapolsky's summers spent studying a baboon troop in Kenya from the late 70's to the late 90's.  The book is mostly personal anecdotes about the baboons & other wildlife, local people he met & worked with and other personal adventures & misadventures.  It's not an academic book, Sapolsky doesn't describe his studies in much depth, but what he does mention is rather interesting.  When Sapolsky first set out to study baboons, he was looking for support for a theory which was rather controversial at the time: the theory that stress can affect one's health, and that constant stress can impact long-term health, which was not a widely accepted idea in the late 70's.

I've also just started reading The Hanging Of Angelique, the story of an enslaved woman convicted of starting the Montréal fire of 1734, allegedly to cover her attempted escape from slavery.  Angelique's story was summarized in Canada's Forgotten Slaves: Two Hundred Years of Bondage, a book I've mentioned earlier in this thread, and I'm looking forward to learning more about her story.


Gaming Loot by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

I might have bought these anyways, but I should give the RPPR crew their due: I only bought them after listening to the False Haven AP.

General Chaos / Re: What are you reading?
« on: November 12, 2017, 01:53:44 PM »

Book Haul by Bryan Rombough, on Flickr

Another 'Buck-a-Book Sale' at All Saints' Anglican Church, Westboro.  The pickings were a little slim this time, but I've now bought dozens of books at their sales and only read one so far.

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