Buck's Blog

The Stream-of-Consciousness Journal of a Wargamer

Slow Hobby Weekend

| March 30, 2015

This was a busy weekend of activity with the kids, so I didn’t get much hobby work done.  My daughter’s First Robotics Team had a Cinderella moment at the DC Regional Competition on Saturday and is not qualified for the World Competition in St. Louis.  On Sunday I took my son to Frederick to a […]

Largish G.A.M.E.R. Game

| March 28, 2015

Last night at HAWKs club night I ran a largish G.A.M.E.R. game.  Chris could only handle six players in his Bear Yourselves Valiantly game, so I too everyone else.  Most of the folks had played G.A.M.E.R. before, so we were able to jump right in. The scenario featured four German infantry squads (with Panzerfausts and […]

Star Wars Miniatures

| March 27, 2015

Last night Tommy and I played Star Wars miniatures.  He was once again the Rebels, and I was the Empire.  This time we used figures from the battle on Hoth.  We each took 100 points. Tom had Han and Luke on Ton-Tons, Leah, some kind of snow machine-gun thing, and some troopers.  I had Darth […]

Correction to Previous Post on Dice Progression

| March 26, 2015

I found the error in my Excel workbook for this.  The table above is the corrected version.  Everything sums to 100% properly now.  Yay!

Musings on a Dice Progression Mechanic

| March 26, 2015

For many years I have had interest in implementing an opposed-die roll dice progression mechanic in a game.  Many years ago Cory Ring and I wrote a small set of rules for the HMGS MidSouth Dispatch (newsletter) that featured such a mechanic.  The problem is that there isn’t enough variance between a d4 and a […]

This Weekend’s Accomplishments

| March 22, 2015

I have been working on these for a couple of weeks.  In a much earlier post, I showed some pictures of these old Ral Partha “Death Jaws” on which I mounted some female hussars.  I bought a second set of the creatures when we got Iron Wind Metals to pull these mold out of mothballs […]

War of 1812 G.A.M.E.R.

| March 14, 2015

Last night at HAWKs night Duncan ran a very interesting game, based on a concept we had discussed a couple of times.  The idea is that one formed unit is advancing toward the other.  Both units have deployed skirmishers.  The game represents the skirmish fight between the units as the gap between them closes.  In […]

Cold Wars 2015

| March 8, 2015

Cold Wars 2015 began with a huge snow storm that crippled the Northeast.  Schools were shut down, roads were clogged, and (thankfully) Congress was closed.  I had planned to head to the convention around 1500 and play a pickup, invitational scenario using G.A.M.E.R. rules.  Because the roads were treacherous, I wasn’t able to leave until […]

A Long Time Ago in a Kitchen Far, Far Away…

| March 3, 2015

Chris Palmer loaned me his collection of Star Wars miniatures from several years ago.  I don’t know if the figures are still sold, but I wanted to give the game a try.  Last night my son and I put the figures on the table and gave it a try.  We played two games.  The forces […]