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Saturday, 12 March 2016

Old Stuff Day 2016 - Titan Strike!

Once again I missed Old Stuff Day on 2nd March. This is a chance to look back over your blog and revisit or promote an old post.

Anyway, ten days late, but I thought I'd still give it a go. I was reorganising my photo folders this evening, and came across a few pictures from 2004. A memory surfaced that I'd used them as part of a blog post I wrote then (another blog, another time), and I tracked it down. Here it is, from April 2004:

One of the pleasures of Thomas coming round on a Saturday night is the chance to get out golden oldies from my game collection. Last night I rummaged out an old SPI sci-fi game called Titan Strike! This is a two player game set in the 22nd century, and covering tactical conflict on the eponymous moon of Saturn. Published in 1979 the game steers away from the classic USA/USSR* pairing and instead pits the European Economic Community (EEC) aganst the Hegemony of East Asia (HEA). Never mind that the EEC has become the EU since 1979; perhaps it changes back at come stage. Or EEC means something else - Empire of European Countries, perhaps. And is the HEA run by China or Japan? Or neither? Decide for yourself.

The game? Oh yes. I bought it 25 years ago and hadn't played it once. I'd still contrived to lose some counters, though, so had to replace them with the cunning use of some blanks, a scanner, some glue and a coloured crayon. But the game? Ok, Ok. It's not too bad. Some of the mechanisms are a little fiddly, and I suspect that it was designed, tested and released in a hurry (like most software I have been involved in), but it plays fine. We managed the first two scenarios and managed to try just about all of the rules doing so. I'd like to try the big 'every counter in the game' third scenario sometime soon.

What to add to it? After all, all games of this nature need things added to it. Tinkering with games is half of the fun. I do have an idea for a couple of new scenarios, including the classic Alien Artifact one. And I can't help thinking that one or both sides might benefit from the giant cybernetic battle-tanks called Ogres so beloved of Steve Jackson Games. Building them into the game could be fun. This is a game crying out for some new unit types as well, I think.

The moral is that it's worth keeping every game you buy. You just never know when you are going to play it ...

I notice that, at the time, I added some comments on Boardgame Geek. I was much better at  doing things like tat in those days:

I bought this game 25 years ago, but hadn't played it at all until tonight. It's not a classic by any stretch of the imagination, but it was an amusing diversion for a Saturday evening, and we'd certainly play it again sometime.

The rules played well, and the turn sequence was fine once we got used to it (Fire, Move, Close Combat). Units need to be hit twice before they die, and recover at the end of the turn, so you need to plan your combats well, and make sure you overwhelm the enemy where you can. You need to keep your wits about you remembering which units have moved and fired each turn, but the low unit density doesn't make this too hard.

A few observations:

The HEA units seem to be generally better than those of the EEC. The EEC get more of them which helps balance this out in the second and third scenarios, but it does make the first a little unbalanced. Be aware of this.

The rules also make mention of skymobile infantry a couple of times, but they aren't in the game. I guess they were trimmed out at some stage, but the editing process didn't catch them. One of the scearios give the HEA victory points for killing SSM units, despite the fact that the EEC doesn't have any in the scenario.

Firing is simultaneous, with units that are disrupted or destroyed during the phase still being able to shoot. So it does seem a bit odd that you still roll for initiative and alternate firing on a unit by unit basis. There doesn't seem to be any point to this most of the time.

I don't think I've played it since. But I love the colours of the counters and the map.

Oh, and in case you;re wondering, Thomas is the grandson of our next-door neighbours in those days. When we moved into that house back in 2000 our neighbours said that their grandson, who was aged about ten then, was into gaming with those little soldiers, but had no-one to play the games with at home. They wondered if I'd like to help him out. He became a regular visitor, most Saturday evenings, for several years, and we played all sorts of games; OK, mostly HOTT, but other things as well when the fancy took us. I think he's a police-officer now.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Dice Shaming ...

... must become a thing.


If you have a die, or dice, that need to be publicly shamed, why not post them on your blog. Feel free to link in the comments.

For my own part I am more severe with dice that fail me:

Daleks Do Not Tolerate Failure!

Update: A LINK to more examples.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Gamer Q&A

I still don't have much in the way of internet access at the moment, so beautifully illustrated battle reports will have to wait until at least the weekend. Instead I will have a go at these questions, from Phil at

Have you ever...

* Sliced the end of your finger while prepping figures?

Not the whole end, but I did once press down on the top of a blade (silly thing to do anyway) only to discover I was holding it upside-down ...

* Shaking a bottle of paint you used earlier but did not put the lid back on properly?

More often than I'd like to admit. 

In the days of Humbrol tins with poorly fitting lids, I used to wear an old sweatshirt when painting, and pull my hand inside the sleeve when shaking the pot. That way, only the inside of the sleeve got coated.

* Knocked over a pot of paint while painting?


* Dropped a part while gluing it to never find it again?

Yes. Mind you, when cleaning up the rental property we moved out of on Monday I found some of the bits I thought I'd lost.

* Dropped a figure / model while painting it - and breaking it?


* Dropped a figure when painting and lost it?

Yes. I've also had a cat eat some 6mm figures on the painting table whilst my back was turned.

* Spilled paint on the floor and blamed the kids / dog / ghost / Santa?

No. And my wife is too canny to fall for that anyway.

* Claimed a 'cocky dice' when it shows a '1' and happens to be touching a model or piece of scenery?

Not that I recall, although I'm sure my opponents will tell me otherwise.

* Claimed your opponents dice to be cocky when it shows a '6' - as it touched a crease of the cloth, rolled onto a piece of paper etc?

Again, not as I recall.

* Bought a dice tower - then gave up using it?

Never bought one. Or made one. They have a certain novelty value, but I'd get bored with them quite quickly, I'm sure.

I do use a dice-cup sometimes when playing HOTT.

* Made your own dice tower?


* Gone to move some figures and found some Macedonian Pike / British Napoleonics etc. stuck in the sleeve of your jumper?

Yes. Blocks of 6mm figures are good at this.

I used to have a friend with the most amazing adhesive elbows - just about anything game-related would stick to them ...

* Put some polystyrene cement on insulation foam - just to see what it does?

Certainly. At quite a young age. I have subsequently use my knowledge of the experience to make terrain pieces.

* Glued your fingers together with Superglue?

Yes, but not to the extent of having to have them slice apart or use solvent.

I have a dictum that superglue will fix any two surfaces together, aside from the ones you're actually trying to fix.

* Left a paint lid open overnight?


* Filed or cut a bit of 'flash' off a figure only to find that it was supposed to be there?


* Painted Gauls or other 'colourful' troops in football / sporting colours?

No. My lack of interest in sport would account for that. It was, however, pointed out to me that the Sororitas Puella Armatura Mobilis were painted in the colours of Flickr.

* Used noxious chemicals to strip paint off figures - without adhering to ANY of the safety guidelines?

Yes. Not to strip paint, but I'm pretty bad for using chemicals without following safety procedures.

* Dreamed of converting your lounge / dining room / garage / bedroom into a games room?

Yes. In a way I've done it as well; in the last couple of houses we've lived in the spaces we've put aside for our office have doubled up very nicely as a games room too.

* Converted your lounge / dining room / garage / bedroom into a games room?

See above.

* Bought paint at a show - and found you already had a full pot of the same paint when you got home?

I don't think I've ever bought paint at a show. I have, however, bought paint elsewhere which I then discover I still have pots of at home.

* Bought a tool especially for modeling - and never used it?

No. Although my collection of tools is fairly limited. The core of it is the dissection kit I used for my Biology degree 25 years ago. I still use the tweezers and scissors from it, and I think the scalpel's around somewhere too, although I have a much nicer modelling knife now.

Meanwhile ...

We have now moved house, but are still at the piles of boxes and furniture stage. I have got an area for painting figures set aside, but haven't unpacked any figures. Or paints.

Work is still continuing on my ACW adaptation of the Portable Wargame. I think I almost have a finalised version of the rules, so once they're properly written up, and I have an internet connection, I will make them available. In terms of a name I am hovering between 'Bluebellies and Greybacks' or 'Mighty Mean-Fowt Fights'. Die-hard gamers will be thrilled to know that, the night before we moved house, I found time to design, set up, and play a scenario covering the 1863 Battle of Salem Church. I left it out when I went to bed, and, with impeccable timing, was just tidying the figures away as the removal men arrived the next morning. The various trips I have made whilst moving boxes, books, games and chickens between the two houses have given me plenty of thinking time for rules and scenarios as well.

Oh, and I used the rules to refight Prairie Grove on the actual 150th anniversary.

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Update - a picture of the first game fought at my new place - part of the 1864 action at Pickett's Mill in Georgia:

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

I'm A Liebster Blog

I am, it appears, now a Liebster Blog. From what I can understand this is an award that one blogger gives to other favourite blogs with the proviso that the blogs so honoured have less than 200