Thor Heyerdahl Was Right

imageWhen I was a boy, I thrilled to the adventures of Thor Heyerdahl in books such as Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft and The RA Expeditions. I remember wanting to lead a life of adventure like Heyerdahl, was very disappointed when some other anthropologists debunked his theories.

Now, though, it turns out that he might have been partially right. A recent study of chicken bones suggests that Polynesians reached South America between 1321 and 1407.

Its fascinating stuff for anyone interested in history. But there’s a wargaming angle in this, of course. How about a skirmish game between Polynesians and Incas?

Farland Mass Combat System Program

The Farland Mass Combat System is designed to help role players resolve large scale conflicts. There’s also a great — and free — program to help you do so.

The Fall of Gondolin Lord of the Rings Fan Supplement

The Fall of Gondolin is a fan written supplement for Games Workshop’s Lord fo the Rings Skirmish game. The author writes that the game

is set back in the First Age, before the treachery of Sauron and the forging of the great Rings of Power. Included within these pages are stats for mighty elven heroes named in the Silmarillion such as King Turgon and Tuor. There is the possibility of creating your own elven lords for each of the twelve houses of the Gondolindrim. The good side have the chance to wield battalions of the houses that make up Gondolin, each with their special trait. Like any decent supplement the evil side has not been forgotten, introducing mighty Fire Drakes and Balrog warriors to spice things up!

There are also twelve scenarios linked into a campaign format depicting the Gondolins Fall; narrated in four acts through the eyes of a surviving elf.

This is an excellent product.

Simple Rules For Musket Era Battles

These rules are just what they say they are: Simple Rules for Musket Era Battles. John Michael Fisher writes:

Years ago in England, men such as H. G. Wells and Don Featherstone wrote rules for fast-moving, fun wargames with toy soldiers (military miniatures). They were eventually eclipsed by players who wanted more sophistication and realism in their games. Unfortunately this led to tedious gaming sessions that were as enjoyable as calculating one’s income taxes. The rules here are a return to the simple game, using playing cards instead of dice, a new way of resolving combat, and individual figures rather than groups of men on stands. They work for any number of toy soldiers and are fine for solitaire games.

I agree with his sentiments exactly, and as I get older, my tastes move away from simulations and more to games with the right “feel.”

Code Guardian WWII SuperScience Movie

Code Guardian is a teriffic short film — done with computer generated graphics — about a giant Nazi robot’s attack on an Allied port.