Introducing Wargames Wednesday (with RPG fun thrown in!) #WargamesWednesday

In order to keep me involved in my various gaming hobbies, I’ve decided to make a point of posting something every Wednesday.  Despite the tag of Wargames Wednesday, I’m actually going to cover RPGs (both paper and electronic), 40K as my main hobby, and anything else from painting/fiction/other wargames that catches my eye!  This week, I’m covering Numenera, Dropzone Commander, Shadowrun Returns (PC), Space Hulk (PC), and the Black Legion Codex Supplement

Numenera

Numenera!  Monte Cooks new game system has been released, and I backed the kick starter for the complete set of books in PDF format!  I’ve been getting a constant stream of stuff over the last few weeks, and its all pretty impressive!  I love the game engine (see my earlier post on Numenera), but the list of various card decks, GM screens, posters and other bits as well as the core books has been brilliant.  Good work Monte!

Dropzone Commander

After Leonidas gave me a copy of the Dropzone Commander rules as a present (many thanks, by the way!), I’ve become rather intrigued by this wargame.  I love the concept of fast transport driving a futuristic battlefield, countered by antiaircraft fire, while tanks and troops do battle.  However, I don’t really have anyone nearby to play the wargame against at present, so buying a complete starter army for me, and potentially a second one too to play against, was just too big an investment.  However, a new two player starter set has just launched, at around the £60 mark.  I am very tempted with birthdays then christmas looming 🙂  I love the UCM look (very Halo!), and the scourge have an unusual insectile appearance I quite like too … and they are the two armies in the set.

Space Hulk and Shadowrun Returns (PC)

Huzzah!  More games I don’t have time to play 🙂  I managed to order Space Hulk and Shadowrun Returns on Steam.  Shadowrun in particular interests me – I love the world (and am rereading many of the novels at the moment on the journey to and from work!), but I also like the custom editor that comes with it.  Neverwinter Nights was a huge, huge favorite of mine, largely because of the editor and ability to create and play comunity modules – I’m really hoping that holds true here.

I’ve played the board game of Space Hulk since the original release (and managed to grab the limited edition from a couple of years ago), so I was always going to be the target audience for the new version of the PC game.  I’m hoping its a fairly faithful interpretation of the board game where I can play through a mission reasonably quickly while my munchkin naps 🙂  Heavy flamer FTW!

Black Legion Codex Supplement

I really thought I’d be disappointed by this, and only really got it in order to get a feel for how the Chaos supplements would be released – I’d love a Fallen Angels one, but SaintAidan would sacrifice quite a lot to the dark gods for a Thousand Sons supplement, and with the interest in heresy stuff, I think its quite likely.

This is probably the best supplement yet.  The history of Abaddon, his dark pacts and the Black Crusades is brilliant.  The tweaks to the lists all make sense, and the way specialist troops work with the black legion actually feels right (Thousand Sons and Rubricae in a black legion force always niggled me a bit).  I think you could put together a pretty awesome grey knights counter list with Abaddon, and Chosen Terminator troops, together with some nasty artifacts and alliances.  Really enjoyed reading it!

Numenera is here!

Last year, I backed Monte Cooks Kickstarter project for a new roleplaying game – Numenera!  Its a great concept, and though I’m yet to actually manage to get a game in, the PDF copies I opted for are amazing (filled with illustrations and stories as well as the top notch game architecture).

What do I particularly like?  Well, for me, the two really intriguing points that make this stand out are:

a)  The world.  Post apocalyptic worlds where science and magic overlap are a favorite of mine – and this is the ninth world!  Eight worlds have been and gone – thats a lot of different inspiration and variety.  The stories and adventures seem top notch, making it a fascinating place with a lot of freedom for a GM.

b)  The system.  I really like the way it integrates spending effort with health – the harder you work, the more you tire and the faster you run out of steam.  Go all out to lift that heavy door?  Fine … but you’ll be tired when you reach combat.  Concentrate hard to dispel an illusion – cool!  But you’ll be mentally fatigues when it comes to fighting off that psychic attack.  Its brilliant.  It makes resting far more important, and also makes players think a heck of a lot more tactically.  Spend the effort at the start of an adventure and run out later?  Will you get a chance to rest?  I love it.

I thoroughly recommend at least taking a look!

 

Updates from London

Well, not a lot of painting has taken place in the pre christmas frenzy, but some gaming news.

First Blood Bowl is out for the Xbox. Its a little disappointing in some ways -the multiplayer is much (much, much!) easier for pickup games, but multiplayer leagues don’t seem possible, and you can’t customize your team and colours in the same way you can on the PC. Having said that, I’ve found it much more enjoyable to play single player thanks to the bigger screen, and the ease of multiplayer make up for the disadvantages. Its a great way to combine the Xbox hobbywith our Games Workshop fun 🙂

I’m still working on the world of Morania for some online D&D gaming fun, which should be interesting. 🙂 Its based on some concepts I’d put together when looking to write a novel, so hopefully you’ll find it reasonably fresh with enough background detail to entertain.

New gaming options have opened up a bit – Saint Aidan will probably be adopting my Chaos forces, and my Dad (Tazman) will be flying the Eldar cause once more, so some gaming will be happening over Christmas! Updates will of course be posted on the site! Sadder news is that my Tau and Necron forces have been retired to longer term storage for now, while I focus on getting a force of Blood Angels painted (including the Space Hulk terminators).

Neverwinter Nights

I’ve been looking at a range of ways of gaming electronically to be able to include people spread all over the world, and it looks like one of the main ways will be reverting to an old classic …. Neverwinter Nights. It is probably the best electronic implementation of D&D 3rd Edition, and the toolset allows me to build and run completely custom adventures, with a live Dungeon Master to make the games pop to life. As its an older game, its pretty cheap (less than £10), and will run on pretty much any hardware. It’ll run on Linux and there is a native Mac client (for older macs, but its hard to find – theres a way to use the cheap PC install DVD and a demo version), and its old enough to run fine through Rosetta on an Intel based PC. With luck, that means all of the Forces of Darkness should be able to get online from time to time … although I suspect Bloodbowl on the Xbox 360 will have us all meeting up anyway.

I’m creating an original campaign world, called Morania, for the various quests, so it should all be new and exciting for even the more seasoned D&D players! It uses a lot of custom content created by keen modders over the years, so its pretty amazing how flexible the client is – it really comes close to the feel of a full RPG. It’ll be post Xmas when I have enough put together to give this a go, so plenty of time to install the software and give the game a whirl.

Hopefully you’ll all be interested in at least trying it out!

Forces of Darkness v2!

The FoD website has been shifted over to WordPress, and is now much easier to update, and looks much prettier.  The posts have been cherry picked, and the image galleries have all been transferred over.  Check out the new profiles on the FoD members!

There will be posts on any regular gaming that takes place, whether thats on the Xbox 360, Warhammer 40k, or Dungeons and Dragons.  Its here to have fun with!