If you play Full Thrust, you know that checking systems for damage can consume a good deal of game time. Seeking to solve this problem, James F Clay has come up with the idea of “Threshold Cards.” It looks like a good solution, and is certainly one that I’m going to try the next time we play Full Thrust.
James Clay has written a fine article on wargaming in the world of the Difference Engine.
For those who don’t know, The Difference Engine is a novel by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling that takes the reader to a Victorian world in which Charles Babbage’s Difference Engine drives cybernetic steam engines. While I did not enjoy it as much as Gibson’s Neuromancer, it still was a good read.
Gamer Extraordinaire Bob Beatty presents pictures of his League of Extraordinary Gentlemen collection of figures.
He also has some photos of his Battle of Regents Park game
Bob always puts on a good game, and we are fortunate to have him here in Ann Arbor. He also runs games at most of the major US historical conventions. Look for him there.
Basement Generals has a general miniature wargaming site with an extensive victorian science fiction section featuring battle reports of their Master of the World Campaign, plus photos of their figures and models.
Imperial Mars is a set of free miniatures rules for games set in a Mars that has been colonized by the imperial powers. The author writes:
The level we have set for these actions is fairly small scale, the idea being that the transportation of large armies to the red planet is far too expensive to consider. A company of earthling infantry works out to about 24 figures, which gives a good level of playability. The Martians we use, and thus those used in the body of the rules, are either humanoid or reptilian, this is due to the selection of figures available. For simplicity I will refer to them as regular and large Martians (with or without fries!).
Whilst we cannot claim that these rules are “generic”, how could they be? We like to think that the system is so simple and open ended that any “new” races or weapons can be quickly slotted in. This seems to be so simple that most of our games involve some rule modification for the scenario. Anyway I hope that you enjoy them and at least find something in them of use.
These rules were developed initially for 10mm figures though I can see no reason why they cannot be used for other scales.