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The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Wargames Supply Dump Falconeers

| July 22, 2016

In my continuing effort to reduce the amount of unpainted lead in the war room, I have been trying to knock out at least ten figures a week, despite work, family commitments, and gaming / play testing time.  This week I finished nine “Falconeers” from the Dirk Garrison line at Wargames Supply Dump.  These are [...]

Theme or Mechanics?

| July 21, 2016

I read a post here in which Peter Schweighofer was musing about which comes first, theme or mechanics.  As he said in his post, theme gets people to the table, but mechanics keep them coming back.  As a good blog post should, it got me thinking.  Certainly, I have signed up for games at conventions [...]

HAWKs Games for Kids at Historicon 2016

| July 18, 2016

Most games put on by the HAWKs are kid friendly, but we often dedicate a table in the HAWKS room to games specifically targeted at younger gamers.  This year we put on three of them. The Dragon is Dead Dave ran a game using Blood and Swash from the Big Battles for Little Hands book. [...]

HAWKs Games at Historicon 2016

| July 18, 2016

In addition to the Combat Patrol(TM) games already noted in a previous post, the HAWKS ran many great games at Historicon 2016. Dave Wood’s 28mm Game using Fate of Battle: Look, Sarge, No Charts:  Napoleonic Wars: In this scenario the British, Spanish, and Portuguese were trying to capture two key bridges from the French.  I [...]

Combat Patrol(TM) at Historicon 2016

| July 18, 2016

I ran three Combat Patrol(TM) games at Historicon 2016.  All turned out very well.  In two of the games there seemed to be someone who was struggling with the card-based mechanics, but after a couple of turns everyone was pretty much self sufficient and running the rules themselves.  I was relegated to the role of [...]

Sunday at Historicon 2016

| July 18, 2016

Sunday morning tends to be pretty light at Historicon, Cold Wars, and Fall In.  A few years ago there was a push to add Sunday morning games.  The HAWKs responded.  We typically put on at least two Sunday morning games — which constitutes about half the scheduled games.  This year Eric ran his car race [...]

First Sample Card for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII Pacific Supplement

| July 15, 2016

I just received this first sample card from my artist.  I think the new, special deck for Japanese is going to look quite good.

Working on a Japanese Action Deck for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII

| July 14, 2016

I have been working for a couple of months on Pacific War supplement for Combat Patrol(TM): WWII.  The supplement involves new morale results for Japanese units as well as special rules for banzai charges and suicide attacks on vehicles.  The new morale results have more unit results and fewer individual results to reflect the unique [...]

The Final Act

| July 13, 2016

This picture is really hard to see.  I drew it 30+ years ago in pencil on a piece of loose leaf paper.  This cartoon depicted a party of adventurers bursting into a room during a Tunnels and Trolls game.  I don’t remember why the one character had his face explode as the party entered, but [...]

Barrage 2016 Web Portal Goes “Live”

| July 12, 2016

The all new Web portal for Barrage 2016 has gone live for people to register as attended and GMs.  This year the folks who bring you the popular HAWKs rooms at the various HMGS conventions have expanded Barrage from one day to two days.  Take a look at the Web portal (www.hawks-barrage.org).  Come back frequently [...]