Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Games

With so much buzz on the net about 40k 6th edition coming out some other new releases are being over shadowed.  There are three new games that I am interested in playing and wanted to share so thoughts about each games.

Empire of the Dead:

This game has been released by West Wind Productions.  It is a skirmish game with a Steam Punk/ Horror setting.  I have played a few games with my buddy Tim and really enjoyed the game.  What turned me on about the game was the model count.  We played the game with only 5 to 6 models on each side.  I also don't have to purchase specific models from the company.  I can play this game with any miniatures and you can build your army to match your miniatures.  It is a WYSIWYG system.  Now all the really cool miniatures I have collected over the years can be used for something.  If you get a chance check out the FREE Quick Start Rules, you might like it.  West Wind Productions

Bolt Action:

Warlord Games is going to be releasing a rule system for their Bolt Action miniatures ironically called Bolt Action.  The rules are scheduled to be released in September.  There is not a lot of information on the net about these rules however my FLGS has a copy of the rules.  We also had some representatives from the company put on some demo games.  If you are not familiar with Bolt Action miniatures, well they are WW2 miniatures.  The demo games consisted of 20 miniatures on each side and a few tanks.  The game has some great mechanics and with Warlord releasing plastic miniatures the game is affordable.

DropZone Commander:

Now this game is very exciting to me.  It is a 10mm Science Fiction game.  I don't have a lot to share about this game because there is not much out about the game.  There web site has some information, just enough to get you excited, however nothing very specific.  I am excited about the game because it is small scale Sci Fi.  I am a big fan of EPIC and this game might be a great alternative to EPIC.  You never know, it might replace EPIC for me, I doubt it but you never know.  At this time you can preorder this game and their product line.  It is schedule to ship on July 23.  You can find a lot of information on their models, which look great, and some back ground information.  Check out their web site, DropZone Commander

Now at one point in my life I would have never noticed these new games being release.  I would have been just as preoccupied with the release of the new edition of 40K.   However, my relationship with Games Workshop is that of a divorced couple.  We have a lot of great memories however we don't get along.  I am just not happy with the direction GW is taking with their games and business decisions.  So I am constantly looking for alternative games to play.  The three I just wrote about might be the games for me to replace some of the GW games I play. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

6mm Flames of War

When I started playing Flames of War, first edition, my gaming buddies talked about playing the game in 6mm.  We started collecting GHQ miniatures and it never got off the ground.  I continued to collect miniatures and pushed this project to the bottom shelf of games I want to play.  Well, time moved forward and project slipped further away. 

The other day playing at my local friendly game shop one of the guys mentioned playing Flames of War in 6mm.  My eyes lite up and I jumped all over it.  We talked about it for some time and we decided that we would follow the rules only changing the movement distance, cut it in half.  Our goal was to create more of a visual change to the game and put more tanks on the table.  We decided to create 3000 point lists of nothing but tanks to see how the game plays.

My buddy purchased a pile of German tanks and I pulled out a pile of my Sherman tanks.  We both painted up our armies and put them on the table.  We then put them on the table and played our game.

Our table looks plain because we didn't have a lot of 6mm terrain and I ended up using some of my EPIC buildings as line of sight blockers and other terrain features.  My plan was to take pictures of the game as we played however I got caught up in the game and just forgot to take pictures. 

The game played like we thought it would, it played just like Flames of War.  I felt it looked better on the table at this scale.  We do need to make some additional changes.  The one that stood out during the game was the command ranges, the tanks were just to far apart and got lost in mixed units.  We will get some more games in and continue to make changes so that we can play mass battles at an affordable price.