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Crowdfunding Spotlight: Mote – Virtual Tabletop Kickstarter

7 Mar

Next in on Crowdfunding Spotlight, is Mote, a virtual tabletop, brought to you lucky people by Idle Ideas Inc. Now, I’m quite old school when it comes to my gaming, but I do appreciate new ideas that might come to revolutionise wargaming in future years.

I’m not saying that I totally get it, nor would I switch from more traditional types of wargaming and RPG types of gaming, but I reckon times will change and more, and more will either switch to systems like this or grow up with newer tech and become used to the virtual side rather than the old ways. I find that this is a time of great change in the fabric of tabletop games and how they are played, but us old guard are pretty safe for the time being!

If the virtual gaming arena floats your boat, go and check out Mote (Jeez look at me, I’m a poet and I didn’t know it!!)

Mote – A Powerful, Free, & User-Friendly Virtual Tabletop by Idle Ideas Inc. — Kickstarter.

 

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Project Brainstorming: Dynasty Warriors 15mm; Can it be done?

28 Jan

dynastywarrior15mm

So, this year I have quite a few ideas for new settings for my wargaming projects, since this is 2014 , I thought I’d get the ball rolling and start getting my arse into gear sorting my lists of aquisitions in order, and to see if these plans are going to be doo-able within my meagre wargaming budget.

First up is Dynasty warriors 15mm. I friggin’ love Dynasty warriors on everything from the Playstation 2, right up to the 360, and I

Dynasty Warriors 3

Dynasty Warriors 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

actually possess most of them on many platforms. I couldn’t tell you how many hours I have spent over the years playing games in this series, I honestly never bore of it. Some of you will know what I’m on about, but for those of you who don’t know, the game is focused around a plot based around ancient chinese history, with the warring states of Wei, Shu, and Wu. It’s all done in a great over the top, semi mystical cinematic style. It has all the special moves and characters, and bags and bags of playablity (check it out if your not familiar with it, it’s good!)

I’m not saying I understand everything about it, nor can I pronounce many names correctly from it, but the gameplay is solid and very much a skirmish type wargame, so that was what gave me the idea in the first place. It seems a little overwhelming at first, but once you get into it, your hooked.( Well, I am anyway!) I really want to get playing the new online version, but my web access is limited as regards bandwith, and I don’t have a great reliable connection, so consoles are my way of getting a fix.

But, now I fancy the idea of doing the game in some limited form, but in 15mm wargaming. Could this be done? How to achieve it. Ok, so it might not be anything new, could be that it’s been tried before, but that’s why I’m brainstorming it here first, I want to throw this out there, along with all the info I find out about it, so if you think you’d ever want to do the same, you lot would have some useful links and such! I’m that kind me! Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to enact the whole game, just a game based around the computer game, it’s a mass war battle game, so it’ll translate pretty easy I reckon.

Right, my first considerations are the figures, which’s bad if I can’t find enough of a close enough match for the figures I need, so i’ll kick this idea into touch and plan something else. I think the good thing here is that much of what i am going to need will be (should be) available from the many varied historical miniature companies, so that’ll be a bonus. Terrain won’t be a problem either, I’ll use scratch builds (generic eastern fantasy type stuff will do) or paper models, and maybe buy a couple of really nice bits if it’s available.

Also, I’m going to need a ruleset to use, or adapt. I haven’t got there yet, but if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

So, at this point, I have a short list of manufacturers ranges that might fit, some more than others, but I’m hoping that there’s a whole load of extra bits that I can get from other places and different makers of 15mm, I might get away with some generic fantasy stuff, or some japanese historical odds and sods? Again I’d like to throw it out there, so if you have any suggestions, let me know.

Here’s the list:

irregular Miniatures
http://www.irregularminiatures.co.uk/15mmRanges/15mmAsians.htm

Black hat miniatures
http://www.blackhat.co.uk/online_shop/index.php?cPath=22_55&osCsid=c0c04dfbd5074065b26ba54895b7bd74

Museum miniatures
http://www.museumminiatures.co.uk/pages/prod_chinese.html

Essex miniatures
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-han-chinese
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-chin-chinese-warring-states-480bc-202bc
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-shang-or-chou-chinese
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-tang-five-dynasties-chinese
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-northern-southern-dynasties-chinese
http://www.essexminiatures.co.uk/collections/15mm-ancient-khitan-liao

Eastriding miniatures
http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/chinese-militia-22-c.asp
http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/ming-chinese-25-c.asp
http://shop.eastridingminiatures.co.uk/yi-dynasty-koreans-26-c.asp

Magister militum
http://www.magistermilitum.com/prodtype.asp?PT_ID=370&strPageHistory=cat
http://store.lancashiregames.com/index.php?_a=category&cat_id=61&page=all

So, in that lot, I’m sure I’m going to find some pretty good matches, some not so. That’s as far as I am at the moment, I’m just looking for my basic troop types, pretty plain, armed with usual weaponry and a few different armour tyes. I do know that there are some dead ringers in there regarding this, so it’s looking positive (I’ll highlight them a little later)

So, if you know of anything that might help me with the plan, I’d be greatly indebted to you, and of course I’d share your efforts with everyone here.

Right, more stuff to do…..Maybe a game of Dynasty warriors 6, perhaps….

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Bug Hunt Corridors KS smashes $6,000 goal with 21 days left!

17 Jan

Bug Hunt Corridors by Fantasy Arc — Kickstarter.

It would seem that 122 of you out there agree with me, when we talk about these brilliant scifi scenics.

Of the total raised thus far, they have exceeded the expected $6,000 goal and stand at a whopping $29,006 and still will raise more within the timeframe as there’s still 21 days left on the counter!

Jeezuz, if I ever win the jackpot, companies like these will bleed me dry as I invest in cool stuff like this! If only my granny was still here, I would have sold her in a heartbeat for some coin to get these babies!

Sorry Gran.

 

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ZombieU, a new way to experience the undead!

10 Dec

ZombieU Gameplay! 10 Min ! – YouTube.

You might have heard of Nintendo’s new console gaming system that has just been launched, the WiiU. Launched along with the console is a brand new zombie gaming experience: ZombieU. For zombie fans with a perchant for computer gaming, this is going to be a good one down to its brand new controller system and unique game play.

Please let me know if you’ve played it yet, along with your verdict as I don’t think I’ll be getting one of these new consoles any time soon!!

TTFN

 

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DEAD ISLAND RIPTIDE TRAILER

4 Oct

The new trailer for the Dead Island sequel has been released, if you do the odd bit of console gaming, you might remember the first Dead island, and it was Ok for a zombie game, with loads of weapon combos to pagga them with, and who can forget the song from the intro “Voodoo bitch”! (They don’t make them like they used to!) But it is a good game, not my fave, I am a big Left 4 dead fan, and it’s unfortunate that my Xbox 360 is bust, so I can’t play it (or left 4 dead 2 either) so Dead Island is my only zombie game at present (PS3)!

The word is, in this one you get to do a fair bit of island hopping, as well as zombies on boats, new mutations and the original characters from the first (Plus a new fifth one with new skills from the others) There are hints of a new game after this called “Dead World” which sounds promising! Its coming out on Xbox360, PS3 and PC formats. The release dates seem to be sketchy for each format and part of the world, but they are taking pre-orders, so it can’t be long (2013 supposedly) If anyone can tell us any exact release dates, please comment and let us know.

Gotta admit, I like the trailer, but then I do luurve them zommers!!

 

 

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