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I was looking on the WI site, as Mike guessed. Given that Jack didn’t seem concerned, I imagine he’s happy with the offer and the apology.
I’d have preferred an acknowledgement of the mistake and apology on WI’s site, but since I’m not the aggrieved party, my opinion isn’t really relevant.
Mostly I hope they’ve put something in place to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
If I finally do move into bigger tank battles with lots of figures, right now my choice would be FFT3 but that’s subject to change.
These things are always subject to change. I used to like complex rules, largely because I equated complexity to realism. Nowadays I’m much more partial to simpler rules.
I’m a fan of simplicity, so I use the Pz8 rules. They’re split into 1950-1975 and 1975-2010, but the differences are minor.
Both Cold War sets are included in this PDF:
https://web.archive.org/web/20161017002140/http://panzer8.weebly.com/uploads/4/6/7/2/4672947/pz8_rules_collection_v3.pdf16/12/2018 at 15:20 in reply to: Do you distribute via Wargames Vault? If so, how's it been? #105883
I’m in the UK, so I got a US ITIN and filled in a W8BEN form. There’s a tax treaty between the US & UK that basically means I get charged 0% tax in the US, and only pay tax in the UK. I’ve done that for various sites were I sell books.
More recently, things seem to have changed. Most of them have an online form that I fill in, that only requires my national insurance number, not an ITIN.15/12/2018 at 17:45 in reply to: Do you distribute via Wargames Vault? If so, how's it been? #10583615/12/2018 at 17:43 in reply to: Do you distribute via Wargames Vault? If so, how's it been? #105834
I wasn’t aware of that rule, but that said my one and only offering is pay what you want. So that route works.
I only found out when I tried to upload a freebie first 🙂
15/12/2018 at 16:39 in reply to: Do you distribute via Wargames Vault? If so, how's it been? #105828
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Just be aware that they won’t allow you to only upload freebies – you need to have at least one title that you charge for. I’m not sure if Pay What You Want titles count as freebies or paid for this rule.
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I haven’t played either, but I’ve heard good things about the old WRG Sea Strike rules. Go In And Sink is apparently very similar, and also very good.
Go In And Sink are available from Free Wargames Rules: http://freewargamesrules.wikia.com/wiki/Go_In_and_Sink14/12/2018 at 22:11 in reply to: Do you distribute via Wargames Vault? If so, how's it been? #105771
I became aware of one site a few months back that is https, but the links then redirect to a plain old http site, which struck me as being very poor on their part.
Way back when, some sites used HTTP for most things but HTTPS for sensitive bits like login pages. I haven’t seen that done for at least ten years, though. Back then, most servers struggled to serve HTTPS, so it made sense, but that’s rarely the case nowadays.
I think my main peeve is players that are desperate to win, to the point that they drain all the fun out of the game.
Anyone who moves tank A, then tank B, then tank C, then decides that tank A would be better positioned 2” further to the left, and that tank B should now be moved backwards a bit, then forwards quite a lot. In the end no-one knows where those tanks started their move nor how much more than their movement allowance they have moved. He does this quite a lot!
This is the sort of thing I’m thinking of. Also arguing over everything that doesn’t go their way.
I don’t really care, but I think it’s a bad idea from the company’s perspective.
Previous comments indicate that it will annoy at least some customers, which is obviously not great. Also, I think some small companies rely too much on Facebook, and this sounds like a symptom of that. When you rely on one entity too much, you run the risk of getting into trouble when they change the rules. Plenty of companies have already been burned because Facebook changed something.11/09/2018 at 10:49 in reply to: Recommendations for Prague, Regensburg, Nurenberg, Vienna and Budapest #99090
Prague castle is worth a visit: https://www.hrad.cz/en/prague-castle-for-visitors
Ss. Cyril and Methodius Cathedral. Heydrich’s assassins hid there, and died there in a gun battle. Apparently there’s a museum dedicated to them.
If you have time, take a morning or afternoon to visit Lidice. The original village was completely destroyed in retaliation for Heydrich’s death. The village was rebuilt close by, and the original site has a museum.
I haven’t played sci-fi since WH40K about 30 years ago, so don’t really have a frame of reference.
I don’t want to play WH40K, but have a few of the marines from the magazine Norm mentioned in the first post. I also have a dog or two from a completely different sci-fi setting.
I thought I’d paint them up and find some generic rules. I’m just not sure how to paint them. It sounds like I might have to do some homework first.
I don’t have any interest in GW or 40K, but I’ve now got a few figures that were free or very cheap, enough for skirmishing.
I have a question. What sort of paint scheme do people generally use for generic sci-fi gaming? A camouflage scheme, or bright colours like 40K tends to be?
It is sad that we, as adults, no longer have the time to hang out with our friends for gaming marathons like when we were young. I miss those days, staying up all night and pushing the story along and just having a great time.
My wife and I played in a long running 7th Sea campaign that ended on my 40th birthday. We played until about two in the morning in order to finish it that session. I then had an hour-long drive home, and got up for work at six. It was totally worth it, but it’s not something I’d want to do regularly 🙂
I have friends that RP online, and I have played a short game via Skype and on ROllA20, as well as Play By post on forums. Anyone else try these?
I’ve played in several games over text chat (IRC or XMPP), and I’ve GM’d a few that way (I’m GMing one now).
It has advantages and disadvantages, like anything else. We have separate rooms for IC and OOC chat, so they are completely separate. The GM can talk quietly to one player without any others being aware of it. If the party splits, we can set up a new room for one half. We have logs, so can see what happened previously. Our current game has players in different areas of the UK, and in Denmark, so it’s the only way we can feasibly play together.
On the other hand, it tends to be slower than face to face play. There can be technical issues of course, and some people find it just doesn’t work for them.
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In my opinion making the players the characters from a book or movie is touchy at best. Place them in the same world time/space but say just next door, or just before or after the events of the source material.
Agreed. I’m running a campaign set in the Dune world at the moment. It’s about ten or so years before the first book, and the players are Fremen. It’s working well.
I play RPGs, as does my wife. We’ve played them with our kids (6 & 10) a few times.
I wouldn’t call our play style serious, but it’s more about the story than the dice, so your style sounds similar.
To me, games that go heavy on maps, figures, and dice are wargames more than RPGs. That doesn’t stop you role-playing if you want to, mind. We play HeroQuest with our kids. There’s nothing about role playing in the rules, but the kids do it anyway. Once when playing with my daughter, her hero killed the last orc in the room, then went to the book case to read a story 🙂
If you want to try an RPG with your daughter, I recommend RISUS. It’s generic, so can fit any setting. We’ve played it with our two, using the very silly SHGGFTAWSGDSSFDF setting. This is an adventure that my wife ran for me and our kids: https://rpg.phillipsuk.org/doku.php/risus/supershinybrightbrightpolish
I think it’s best to put threads in a section of the forum where people who might be interested in the subject are likely to spot them.
That’s what I wanted to say, but Victoria put it better than I could.
My example would be Cold War turned hot in Europe. It never happened, so it’s a what if, but I tend to think of it as belonging in Modern. That may be because I started wargaming it in the 1980s, when we called it ultra modern 😉
I don’t generally get personal details, with the notable exception of people signing up to my mailing list. Almost all of the subscribers on there had subscribed using a form that I’m confident is GDPR-compliant, but there were a few that I wasn’t confident about. For those, I did the following:
Moved them to a new, temporary, mailing list.
Sent an email to that list, explaining that in order to comply with GDPR, I wouldn’t email them again unless they re-joined the list. That email had a link to the new sign-up form.
After about a week, I deleted the temporary list along with the subscribers.
I stopped using Google Analytics some time ago and switched to a self-hosted Matomo installation, so that I have that data under my own control. Because I’m really paranoid and privacy conscious, I have it set up to get the data from server logs instead of using cookies to track people. That makes the data less comprehensive, but it’s still more than I ever use.
I’ve created proper privacy policies.
The day job sent me to a half-day training thing about GDPR. The main two points I got from that were that you need informed consent, and that the Information Commissioner will be more lenient if you have made good faith efforts to comply. On the other hand, if you’ve ignored it, you can expect to get hit hard.
I had a pop-up for a while, although I’ve removed it now. I wrote it myself, specifically so that I could avoid all the things that irritate me about them.
Personally, I don’t mind them as long as they’re not obtrusive. The ones that irritate me the most are the ones that trigger on “exit intent” (especially if they’re animated). Either I’m leaving or my mouse just happened to move out of the browser window. Either way, showing me an annoying pop-up will merely hasten my exit.
I bought a couple of books in Adobe Digital Edition format. I wonder if this prevents piracy (much)?
Short answer: No, although it may prevent casual sharing/piracy. Adobe Digital Editions was cracked long ago, and there are now plugins for programs like Calibre (ebook library software) that will strip the DRM automatically when you add an ebook to your library.
Like Whirlwind, I’m not a fan of proprietary solutions like Exact Editions. One thing that hasn’t been discussed is the potential accessibility issues. Formats like ePub have options for embedding metadata that helps accessibility software. A simple example – images can have descriptions attached. These aren’t displayed, but can be read aloud by screen reader software. The font can also be enlarged or changed, effectively making any ePub a large print edition. Does anyone know if/how these proprietary solutions deal with accessibility issues?
I’m not a cool kid so I didn’t know about it 🙂 I know some cool kids, though, so I’ve seen similar things for other hobbies.
I wargame a limited number of periods and scales, and the details are too vague for me – “a mixture of sci-fi, fantasy or historic models and accessories”. I assume the benefit is that what you get would cost significantly more if you bought them normally.
I quite like the idea of getting random surprises in the post, but not enough to real money on it. These things always seem to cost upwards of £20/month, though, which is way too much for me to spend on the possibility of maybe getting something I’d like.
I’ve only just caught up with this thread. It’s an interesting discussion, but one thing hasn’t been mentioned. Some wargamers are very hostile to the idea of female wargamers, and presumably that’s a barrier, at least to women.
I don’t know where the hostility comes from, but I’ve seen plenty of examples, mostly online, and heard horror stories from women.
The only solution I can see to this particular issue is for those of us that don’t agree with it to speak up when it happens. Even if you don’t change the attitude of the person you disagree with, if their voice isn’t challenged, it’s easy for outsiders to assume that everyone agrees with them.