Thursday, 26 March 2015

New CoCulator

For those working on their own Chain of Command lists, Rich has posted a new version of the CoC meta list on the forums -

Flying back to the UK today - looking forward to decent tea again.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Book Review - "Hobart's 79th Armoured Division At War" - Richard Doherty

This book is what it says on the tin, really - a fascinating history of Sir Percy Hobart and the 79th Armoured Division, the 'Funnies'. As well as the story of the division's CO, it's full of snippets of action from the Normandy campaign and onwards, little pocket stories of heroism involving the unit.

If I had a gripe, it'd be that I'd have liked more diagrams - for that, I suspect tracking down a copy of Geoff Futter's "The Funnies" is called for - I had a copy from our library when I was a teenager, but it seems to be out of print and hellish pricey.

[Note: this is NOT a review copy from Pen and Sword (were it so, you'd have got a longer review!): I actually picked this up as a Kindle deal for a massive £0.81, but it's currently £6 and change on Kindle and still, IMO, worth it.]

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Hereward Wargames show headline sponsor

We are delighted to announce that the headline sponsor for Hereward Wargames show will be Gripping Beast.

Watch this space for more details later in the week. (And an update on the show website when I'm back in the UK where the software is :D)

Monday, 23 March 2015

My tuppence worth to the points systems discussion...

...with thanks to Joe McLaren, who found it and posted it on the Meeples and Miniatures Facebook group, and a nod to Gary who's running our 100 Days campaign.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Poll results

Go on, admit it, you were all dying to know. 69 entries and one runaway winner:

A late surge over the weekend for participation games, which was lingering back behind 'meeting up with folks' for a while. The 'other' category didn't contain many surprises - variants on 'can't decide', mostly, but I did miss the 'to run my stall' category :D

But (and this bears out some recent magazine articles, and a decision we'd already made re our show), demo games are not flavour of the month. Or possibly even year.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Kickstarters: a small rant

There is something about Kickstarters that provokes me to rant on occasions.

From Mantic's latest update on the new Deadzone Kickstarter.
"We've noticed this morning that one or two backers have raised their pledges artificially to help us speed through a stretch goal and see what's next, only to drop it again - sometimes at quite high values. This damages the project and negatively effects momentum. We ask that backers only raise their pledge if there's something they genuinely want to add-on. Thanks for your understanding!"
Jeez, people. Really?

Whoever you are who thinks they're being oh-so-clever there - stop being selfish and gaming the system, for <deleted>'s sake. People like you are why we can't have nice things. Grow up.

[Last chance to vote in the poll if you haven't - results tomorrow.]

Friday, 20 March 2015

Heads up - new TFL pint size campaign.

And I quote:

"Thirty pages long, "Old Hickory" contains an overview of US operations in Normandy and beyond from Operation Cobra to the German counter attack at Mortain, Operation Luttich.  It goes on to present a mini-campaign covering the defence of L'Abbaye Blanche, a key position to the North of Mortain where the US 30th Division stood firm against 2nd SS Das Reich, and Der Fuhrer regiment in particular."

Posted from gate 20 at Heathrow T3. I'll pick my copy up when I get to Seattle. 
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