27/12/2018 at 12:39 #106429
I am busy renovating a house and decided to do some portable gaming during lunchtime at work. I ended up playtesting some WW2 rules for playing 6mm on a 12×12 grid on a 24cmx24cm board. I was very interesting. It was also 4 months ago so have been a little slack getting this done. although the blog post has turned out to be a bit of an epic. It is really a chronicle on the journey to the idea of a portable lunch game to a reasonable draft of the rules. Along the way there are 4 brief battle reports that helped playtest the rules. I have another blog post coming that is the 5th and last game but is a decent battle report.
Anyway, the very long blog post is here:
Here is a picture of what the 24cmx24 board looks like mid-game. Played outside in the park so the lighting is full of shadows!27/12/2018 at 17:29 #106436
Well, it’s about damned time, Mr. Travers! 😉
First, I hope you had a Merry Christmas and that you and your family are doing well, and I hope everything is getting settled with the house(s).
Second, thanks writing this up and posting for us, I really appreciate it. I’ve read through all your commentary (in the post) and all four batreps, but I haven’t gone directly to the rules link yet. I need to do that as I’m not completely following all the commentary with regards to rules mechanisms. But it looks/sounds like you’ve got everything worked out, can’t wait to see #5 and where else it takes you.
Jack28/12/2018 at 12:15 #106481
It was June I played them so at least I posted them within a year of playing them and only about 4 months after I said I would 🙂 I seem to have got some mojo back in the evening to write up the blog posts so doing that first and then maybe even play some games with the 3-4 rules sets I have written over the last 6 months!
The current house is just on the market and the new house still has bits and pieces to do but on track to be moving in-able by end of January. But we won’t move until the current house it sold (apparently better to show a house with furniture).
Lastly, I make no promises on posting battle report number 5 but I have actually started it.28/12/2018 at 13:42 #106486Andrew RolphParticipant
Thanks for the post.
I read the blog…then read the battle reports…and then the link to the A4 sized battle…and then the battle reports …and then the rules.
It was all rather good.
I recently acquired some cheap WWI 6mm from eBay and am inspired to try some sort of gridded, simple, operational (one stand = a battalion) game. I liked the simplicity of the rules coupled with the speed of play and (in the A4 blog) the limited number of spaces to be occupied. There’s a game in my mind’s eye that’s not yet quite in focus but which is something like
- a small playing area with a limited number of individual locations – perhaps 5 or 6 by 5 or 6?
- perhaps 12-24 units per side (i.e. a corps versus a division or so)
- playable in an hour
I’ll muse on it further and take your approach as an inspiration.
Andrew28/12/2018 at 14:56 #106492
Damn, sorry man, I thought you’d already moved into the new house! Well, hurry up getting the new one ready, the old one sold, the move completed, and batrep #5 posted! 😉
I’ve really enjoyed this project, and I’ve got more 6mm stuff than I can shake a stick at, so I’m very interested in seeing how all this shakes out. Though I still haven’t had a chance to follow the actual rules yet (working on more WWII 6mm stuff as we speak), but I will, and I’d even like to get them on the table.
Take care man!
Jack28/12/2018 at 21:13 #106524Who Asked This JokerParticipant
Sizing up are we, Shaun? 😉 I have a bunch of 6mm stuff and am looking for some rules to game with. The small board format is a great idea. I’ve only browsed the post so far. I’ll have a look and drop you an e-mail just to catch up really.
Glad your home renovation is finally coming to an end!
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."
--Abraham Lincoln29/12/2018 at 11:58 #106556
@Andrew – if I have helped in some small way to progress with some of your gaming ideas then I am quite happy. I take inspiration all the time from what others are doing so it is always good to do something in return.
@John – I am trying to not get much smaller! I have done a few games on an A4 sized piece of paper (8×8 gridded ancients and 3×4 ww2) so you are right – I have jumped way up into 12×12! I think I mentioned it at the end of the blog post but I did have a moment when I dreamed of doing all sorts of different games on 8×8 (ancients, ww2, SF, spaceships, WW1 dogfighting etc) but have got better and will try in 2019 to return to my more mundane 2’x2′ miniature gaming…probably.29/12/2018 at 12:53 #106563WhirlwindParticipant
Many thanks for that: really interesting and I want to give these a go myself at some point. I can’t see the pictures on your blog though, only the captions for some reason.29/12/2018 at 13:06 #106564
That is really strange about not seeing the images. I have done nothing different; the images are uploaded and added to the blog post directly and I have being doing it the same way for 8 years. I had a quick look around and could not see anything different or out of the ordinary. kyoteblue has had the same problem with a few images on the latest post of Just Jacks but that is likely just co-incidence!
I have one rule change I have noticed is not in the posted rules while doing the last battle report. I would update the rules but I have them linked in a few places. I will provide a link to the latest rules in battle report 5 post (and on my ww2 rules page on the blog)
Old rule as written: successful rally of a suppressed unit means the unit becomes pinned and is activated (so can perform actions as a pinned unit immediately).
Actual rule supposed to be: successful rally of a suppressed unit means it is now activated and can now do the actions of a pinned unit but after concluding actions is treated as normal. (The change is so you do not have to then roll another rally roll for the pinned unit – too much rallying for a fast game)29/12/2018 at 13:44 #106566hammurabi70Participant
I can’t see the pictures on your blog though, only the captions for some reason.
I have done nothing different; the images are uploaded and added to the blog post directly and I have being doing it the same way for 8 years.
Works fine for me.29/12/2018 at 15:42 #106579
The suppression rule change sounds simple and elegant. Now how ’bout that batrep? 😉
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