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10mm Graham Farish building kits

| November 23, 2015

At Barrage 2015 I picked up three Graham Farish 10mm (N scale) railroad building kits.  This weekend I finally took the time to assemble them.  While my assembly wasn’t perfect, I think the final outcome is passable.  With more practice, I think I could do a better job. This is what the kits look like [...]

Memorial Game of The Sword and the Flame

| November 21, 2015

To mark the recent death of Larry Brom, author of the seminal and influential rules, the HAWKs ran a game of The Sword and the Flame last night.  It was fun to pull out those venerable rules and play the game.  TSAF was the second set of rules I ever owned.   Below are some [...]

Gamer Designer’s Corner: More Thoughts on Volley Fire

| November 20, 2015

In my last post, I talked about how I thought the firing mechanic in The Sword and the Flame did a nice job of representing volley fire — that felt like volley fire.  I want to talk about volley fire form a different perspective in this post. I was reading one of the Wally Simon [...]

Game Designers’ Corner: Thoughts on Volley Fire

| November 16, 2015

I like mechanics that “feel right” as well as being good approximations of the physical effect being modeled. I had a recent Email exchange with Lori Brom — just prior to the death of her dad, Larry.  In my note to her I mentioned that I might have been the only person who really liked [...]

Additional Pictures from the HAWKs room at Fall In 2015

| November 11, 2015

I ran five games at Fall In and helped Dave run another game, so I didn’t have as much time to wander around and take pictures as I usually try to do.    Below are some pictures of games that I and other HAWKs ran. I ran a 10mm Fate of Battle game of the [...]

Combat Patrol debuts at Fall In

| November 9, 2015

Combat Patrol was released las week (see previous post and information here:  http://www.bucksurdu.com/Buck_Surdu/Combat_Patrol.html).  I ran two games featuring the rules at Fall In this weekend, and Eric Schlegel ran another.  There was to be a fourth game using Combat Patrol for the Napoleonic Wars, but the game was cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances by the [...]

Dotting the Last Few I’s!

| November 2, 2015

I am dotting the last few I’s and crossing the last couple of T’s with DriveThru.  The game should go live tomorrow (Tuesday).  It has been a long, long journey.

Slow Hobby Weekend

| November 2, 2015

I was busy creating a promotion and demonstration video for Combat Patrol, which used most of my hobby time this weekend.  I did manage to finish the Monarch Theater from Multiverse Gaming Terrain (http://www.multiversegamingterrain.com/the-monarch-theatre-p-46.html).  This was a very fun kit to assemble and paint.  Most of it was painted partially assembled and then the paint [...]

Combat Patrol will be Available this Week

| November 1, 2015

The final editing is completed.  I will be coordinating with DriveThru Cards to make the rules and cards available Monday or Tuesday this week. In the meantime enjoy this promotional video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSChdQcZZJs&feature=youtu.be I also made this video that demonstrates how combat resolution is conducted in the game:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0hinO2KaMY&feature=youtu.be  My videography skills are primitive, so the [...]

Eye Candy for Combat Patrol

| October 30, 2015

Thanks to Rob Dean, I have completed the final edit of Combat Patrol: World War Two.   Last night I shot a few pictures to fill white space in the booklet.  These are photos that don’t actually have a role in the booklet except as eye candy.  I plan to finish filling white space over [...]