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  • #160790
    Jim Webster
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    Just to comment I’ve brought out a guide to wargames campaigns to go with Hellfire. It’s got world building, politics, economics and suchlike but it’s meant to be fun. This is not combat accountancy for beginners

    Whilst it’s written with Hellfire in mind, being a campaign system it doesn’t really matter what wargames rules you use with it.

    If you’re interested, it’s mentioned on the blog here  https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/2021/08/21/hellfire-campaigns-the-universe-at-your-feet/

    Available from Wargame Vault as a pdf

    https://www.wargamevault.com/product/368418/Hellfire-Campaigns-The-Universe-at-Your-Feet

    And from Amazon as paperback or kindle

     

     

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

    #160798
    ian pillay
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    Jim great idea. I will be picking this up for sure. I hope you get around to releasing some scenarios books.

    Tally-Ho! Check out my blog at…..
    http://steelcitywargaming.wordpress.com/

    #160801
    Jim Webster
    Participant

    The smart answer would be that with a good campaign book to get your teeth into, you’ll never need scenario books again

    I did ponder scenario books, but for me, I feel they need a link. (A bit like the Dodgson’s World scenarios did)

    For the writer, that way they don’t feel like a heap of stuff I just swept up and dumped in this document on the off chance somebody might buy it. For the wargamer if there’s a theme then they might feel it’s worth investing in some extra/different figures because they can see they’ll get the use out of them.  The advantage of the Dodgson’s world pack was that originally you bought the figures and got the scenarios free
    If there are any other manufacturers out there with interesting ranges it could be fun to do something similar.

    I was going to put the archonate (with triceratops and dogs) in the Campaigns book but as I was writing up I discovered that there was a novel, or at least a novella in there so perhaps when that’s out there could be another campaign booklet there, as the figures are available .

     

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    #160802
    Tony S
    Participant

    Based pretty much solely on the phrase “rackety edifice of fun” I just bought them.  Maybe a bit more thought went into the decision, but not much.  I also bought the “First and a Bit” edition of the actual Hellfire rules, as it cleans up some of the typos and mistakes in my original printed copy, as well as adding a completely new campaign at the end.

    Oddly enough, after skimming the campaign book, the most intriguing part to me is the final solo example of a Moghul India campaign.   Very interesting indeed to see the Hellfire engine stretched to other eras.

    #160807
    Jim Webster
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    It has to be confessed that I did wonder about promoting the new edition of Hellfire as having ‘added grammar and spelling’ but felt it wasn’t the selling point I was after

    The reason I included the Moghul campaign is because I felt it showed what could be done. Not merely with the Hellfire rules (I’ve not yet played Napoleonic Naval with them) but also with campaigns. The thing about SF is it allows you to project all sorts of cultures and economic systems into the future. These tell you what sort of military forces you can have and join with the economics to guide you as to the size. So a Moghul type system isn’t a bad one for a SF background. It’s stable, for the English, it lasted the length of time separating us from Bonnie Prince Charlie, and for Americans it lasted longer than the American Republic has currently achieved. Even in decline the Moghul Empire lasted 150 years.

    With the stress on Munificence and Magnificence it has reasons for people to engage with it, and also to serve under obligation in the armed forces.
    But if you shunted it into a SF setting as well as infantry, perhaps the lesser gentry arrived in their aircars mounting a crew served heavy weapon of choice?

    Also if you buy figures for the Moghul campaign (Irregular will have suitable) they can always turn up in other Hellfire games as the denizens of backwood planets 🙂

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    #160819
    madman
    Participant

    Also if you buy figures for the Moghul campaign (Irregular will have suitable) they can always turn up in other Hellfire games as the denizens of backwood planets 🙂

    At first I thought you said Mongol, and went to Irregular’s 6mm site and searched for a while until I found them. But I agree and plan on using ACW in slouch hats painted in olive and/or camo as various low tech troops.

    Bought the campaign rules and am very impressed on your unique way of imagineering worlds. Only a few pages in but looks awesome.

    #160825
    Jim Webster
    Participant

    I have ACW in slouch hats for low tech troops in 15mm, painted sand and washed with peat ink

    In 6mm Irregular did some Russian Crimean infantry in peaked cap and great coat. They were in lose order carrying their rifle horizontally at their side. I bought quite a few for my various paramilitary police forces. Blue greatcoat and black peaked cap. And they’re not ostentatiously shooting at people which is good.

    The Moghul range is Ian’s Wars in India range but there are figures in other ranges. The dark age range has some nice armoured elephants. The colonial range has Mahdist infantry who would work nicely for hillmen

    But in 6mm, once you want scruffy and disreputable, there is so much choice

    With engineering worlds I tried to get something that works without too much paperwork and record keeping. There has to be record keeping but I don’t want it to replace the day job

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

    #160826
    madman
    Participant

    With engineering worlds I tried to get something that works without too much paperwork and record keeping. There has to be record keeping but I don’t want it to replace the day job

    Like the way you put that. I am very into Traveller and taught myself programming in order to automate the world building procedure from Grand Survey (alternate publisher still Traveller). Took it far along but didn’t go as far as generating maps and population info. But that was my ultimate goal. Think less your “that looks about right” system and more video game thinking (but not output, can’t get into computer or video games).

    #160834
    Jim Webster
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    My sole formal computer training was two evenings of a BBC micro back in the early 1980s. It’s so long ago I cannot even remember the language it used

    The first evening was to explain programming from ones and zeros etc
    The second evening we wrote our own programme to get a small ascii car to move from left to right across the screen. My car looked as if it was on the other side of a hedge of differing size and bits kept disappearing. The lecturers hadn’t a clue what was going on and I mentioned it a couple of years ago to a mate and apparently there was something in the BBC micro that did this under certain circumstances. He knew what it was but it didn’t mean a lot for me.
    Which is why I stick to cards and rolling dice for world building

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

    #161060
    Ali Dogan Sayiner
    Participant

    Purchased and printed today together with Hellfire rule set 🙂

    find me
    www.iliadagamestudio.com
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/iliadagamestudio/
    [email protected]

    #161077
    Jim Webster
    Participant

    Hope you enjoy them 🙂
    I must admit that one reason I never but a lot of artwork or strange backgrounds into rules is so that people can print out the pdfs without breaking the bank and costing a fortune in ink

    https://jimssfnovelsandwargamerules.wordpress.com/

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