The New Year holiday was a boom time for me and my hobbies. That time is over now, and the reality of 2017 is starting to set-in. Most of my time is going to be spent working, working, and then some working on the side that I will call family time but will actually be working. Such is the life of an entrepreneur/wage slave. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
In between working, I will be squeezing in review writing and rules writing mostly. That means there will probably be few painting related posts and fewer battle reports. I will try to keep them going, but most of my “hobby” career is done in 15-30 minute bursts here and there. That is typically not enough time for a full battle report or much painting. When you do see some painting or a battle report, you can be sure it probably took a few days or weeks to get that far. However, I want to keep my blog content relevant and up-to-date. So, here are some things that I have in the hopper for the end of winter and spring time.
These are in no particular order of priority:
First up: Frostgrave
After my review, many people reached out to me and recommended I try some of the new Forgotten Pacts and Into the Breeding Pits content to my games. The price was about right so I ordered copies of the books. I have not had a chance to red them, but I have been rummaging through my fantasy figures to put together some more war bands for some of my regular opponents so we can get a campaign going with thee supplements. You might see some models for this effort as the year goes on.
Second: Are you ready for some Blood Bowl?
Games Workshop finally found a way to get me to spend money with them again. It has been a few years, but they cracked the code. I have played Blood Bowl since 3rd(?) edition but never had my own pitch. That’s changed and I look forward to playing some games with some of my family members. I have three teams now, Chaos, Khemri, and Skaven. The new Death Zone may or may not cover these teams. I haven’t looked yet. However, I can always use the old LRB for a few games while I paint up my new Humans and Orcs. I will have enough teams for my own mini-league!
Third: Write More Reviews!
These are the main rulesets I have on the back-burner waiting for a chance to shine! By Osprey, I have Rogue Stars, Chosen Men, Pikeman’s Lament, and also Pulp Alley. All of these are great little titles that I am excited to dig into. I have all of them sitting in my gaming pile waiting for my attention.
In addition, I have a few older games I want to write some reviews on. Ambush Alley’s Force-on-Force/Tomorrow’s War and Forgeworld’s old Aeronautica Imperialis. I want to review those games as they have given me a lot of interest and insight into game design and I want to share these rules out even though they are a bit older now. In the case of Aeronautica Imperialis it is considered a “dead” rule systems. Also, an acquaintance on a forum recommended that I try out Shockforce 2.0 and share my thoughts, so that is on my list as well. Maybe, I will even get to review the Robotech RPG Tactics book I have all those minis for? I wouldn’t count on that though.
I am also open to game review suggestions. Is there a system out there you would like to know more about? Let me know and I will see what I can do. I am not into the “big names” for the most part and am interested more in the smaller side of the world.
Fourth: Finish Some Games!
I have three games in the WIP section of the Blog. Some of them are closer to being done than others, but all of them have a core of usable rules to work with. For Turf War I am adding scenarios and need to tweak the rules. Men of Bronze I am working on the campaign system. Rampant Stars I need to tweak the rules and finish example Forces. All are usable for fun, but are not completely finished products yet. They all need editing and playtesting.
I am also editing and re-formatting The Games: Blood and Spectacle. By the end of the year, I want it scrubbed and ready for a Wargames Vault release. I also have some old Game Reports that I can add to the blog for your review as well. That will make things exciting.
Fifth: Battle Reports!
I want to get battle reports together for the games I have reviewed. For many, I won’t be able to provide the “full experience” with painted models, great terrain, etc. Instead, be prepared to see some paper templates in use. However, that is better than nothing and I want to back up some of my thoughts on games with the battles to prove them out. Then, you can decide how right/wrong I was.
These are the least likely to happen, but a man can dream can’t he? I have the table all set up for a game of American Civil Pawright now! I also have some older Aeronautica Imperialis reports to share too.