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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Cardmaker: Tool For Making Game Cards

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Cardmaker is a tool for using CSV files to easily generate cards for your games.

Tutorial is here.

Lately, I’ve taken to making cards for units in my games, rather than putting it on on sheets of paper. Having the cards cuts down on table clutter and makes it easier for players to find exactly which unit info they need.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Hex Grid Paper For Printing

Paper Figs Terrain

Here’s a hex grid file so that you can print as many as you need for mapping out your games.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Village On The Hill—A Peaceful Story Telling Game

Free RPGs

For a complete change of pace, check out The Village On The Hill , a “peaceful storytelling game.”

From the description: In The Village on the Hill players become little spirits called Kami whose sole purpose is to help people on Earth. This is an all-ages storytelling game about teamwork, positivity and harmony - a game that replaces combat with problem-solving and fosters creativity.

It’s also different for this page in that it is not exactly free—it’s “pay what you want.” Which means that if you don’t want to pay, you don’t have to. But the authors clearly are hoping you will.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Ten Faction Flags

Modeling

Ten Faction Flags offers fantasy flags and backgrounds for your RPG. Miniature wargamers also might find them useful.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Modeling Snow And Ice

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Here’s a good photo tutorial on modeling snow and ice.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

The Cozy Hearth Inn RPG Module

Free RPGs

The Cozy Hearth Inn is a free supplement for your fantasy RPG campaign.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

One Page Kill Team

Rules Sci Fi

One Page Kill Team is a set of free science fiction rules for small skirmishes. The authors write:

One Page Kill Team is a single-page ruleset designed to be fast to learn and simple to play. It is a great way to play with just a handful of miniatures and experience heroic skirmishes in a short time.

- Updated January 2015

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Hilarious 1965 Civil Defense Videos

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday’s Wargaming Babes: Ingrid Bergman In For Whom The Bell Tolls

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Ingrid Bergman in the movie version of Ernest Hemingway’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” a story of the Spanish Civil War.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse

Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse is post apocalypse skirmish and campaign game. The authors write:

Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse (STA) is a two player skirmish-level tabletop game set in a post-apocalyptic near future.

There are two ways to play STA: skirmishes and conquests.  Skirmishes are standalone games played for a single victory, with no lasting repercussions.  Conquests are a series of skirmishes. In conquests, players begin with a squad of recruit characters.

STA is a scenario driven game. Each scenario typically has multiple objectives, and combat between factions is usually a secondary or tertiary objective. Players win skirmishes in STA by gaining victory points through accomplishing these objectives.

The game board for STA – called the gamescape -  is formed from modular tiles which are themed to represent different environments. Players build the game board with nine modular tiles, each of which are divided into a 7×7 grid. Characters use the grids for movement.

Each character in STA is represented by a token and has a corresponding character card. During campaign play, characters improve their attributes and develop new abilities as they progress from Recruit to Veteran and then Elite status.

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About the Miniature Wargaming Hobby

Miniature Wargaming is part of the "adventure games" hobby, which includes r ole p laying and board games. Wargamers recreate battles on the tabletop with toy soldiers, like a more complicated game of chess. Models range in height from 6mm to 28mm tall, with 15mm and 25mm being the most popular. There also is a growing interest in toy soldiers and military models, such as the 1/32 and 1/35 scale plastic soldiers from Conte, and Marx.

The most popular miniature wargames are fantasy and science fiction based, such as Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, Warmachine and The Lord of the Rings. World War II games such as Flames of War and Axis and Allies are new favorites. Other favorite historical periods include Napoleonics, the American Civil War, and ancients, such as Romans or Greeks. Other gamers enjoy miniature naval wargames, recreating battles like Trafalgar, Jutland and the Coral Sea.

Hobbyists research historical periods and paint their tiny soldiers in accurate uniforms. Others develop "historically realistic" rules sets or build scale battlefield terrain using model railroad techniques.

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Some of the bigger hobby companies are Games Workshop, which produces Warhammer, Wargames Foundry and Old Glory Miniatures. Wizards of the Coast produces several lines of pre-painted miniatures games, such as the Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons miniatures games, and a historical game with pre-painted miniatures: The new Axis and Allies game. Wizkids produces a fantasy collectable miniatures game, such as the Mage Knight and Heroclick fantasy games, the science fiction games MechWarrior and Rocketmen, as well as the quasi-historical Pirates of the Spanish Main.

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