Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Fleets in Profile: The Battle of Trafalgar

I had an Amazon voucher that one of the kids didn't want and swapped for a tenner with the bank of Dad, so I've splashed out on a paper ship book containing all of the British, French and Spanish ships that fought at Trafalgar.

Unlike the other books from Helion, these card models are fully coloured and can be cut out of the book without any need to photocopy anything, so they will be perfect for the holidays. There's a set of simple rules available from the Helion website that you can download:


...or I may just write my own 'beer and pretzels' rules, to use as the basis for some naval skirmishing when I'm in Brittany in a couple of weeks.

I really like the idea of being able to set up a game without the time, expense and frustration of having to assemble, rig and paint fiddly models, although I have plenty of those in at least two scales in the leadpile!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Exploding Kittens

I picked this up in Tesco's of all places this morning. It's very strange but also very simple, so perfect for a bit of Beer and Pretzels style gaming. The kids thought it looked like a lot of fun, so I'll be taking it on holiday in a couple of weeks time, just in case the weather turns nasty or they get really bored on the ferry over to France. Boom!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Table Air Combat Lancaster

The Avro Lancaster has just been published for Table Air Combat and includes new rules for night fighting, which will open up all sorts of potential scenarios using existing aircraft in the series and hopefully some new ones, including the Mosquito and Uhu (fingers crossed!). The Lancaster also includes four scenarios which feature strategic bombing raids over Germany but also the famous Dambusters raid and the tallboy attack on the Tirpitz! How nifty is that? I haven't brought my TAC stuff on holiday with me but will download the Lancaster anyway so that I can set up a game or two when I get back home. Brilliant!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Zombies Solo

I played a solo game of Zombies to learn the rules yesterday and had a great time, with one player being wiped out but making it to the helipad at the second attempt. The rules worked really well and were quick to pick up, with the event cards adding some gameplay value and throwing a spanner in the works for both survivors at different points in the game. I really enjoyed this first play test so will be setting up some further games to try out more of the optional rules.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Tank on Tank Campaigns

The one game I did remember to bring on holiday this time is Tank on Tank: Westfront, including the new Defenders of the Rhine scenario expansion which I want to play through. This includes an enormous double sided map but uses the standard counter mix from the original core set. I was wondering about some sort of linked campaign using the scenarios in both the rules and the expansion, with a narrative to tie them together?

Friday, 30 March 2018


I'm on holiday for the Easter break so thought I'd finally get round to running a few games of Zombies!!!, which I found in a cupboard at the place where we are staying (I must have left it here last time by accident). I think it will be a lot of fun and should keep the teenagers happy while the weather socks in, as it will almost certainly do over the next few days!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Defenders of the Rhine

I managed to locate a UK based trader selling this expansion in the Tank on Tank series, which I've been wanting to get hold of for ages. I really like this game so thought it was well worth it to add the Defenders of the Rhine expansion, which includes new maps and scenarios for the original Westfront game. I have some time off work tomorrow too, so will be digging out the original Tank on Tank set for a couple of games while the weather outside is so cold!