I’m Not Dead!

I’ve just realised that I haven’t posted in almost two months. This is due to a combination of things: a family holiday (very nice thanks) and finally, honestly, no really, actually moving house this Friday! Which means that by the end of this weekend, I will have been able to reclaim my hobby stuff from the in-laws, and start to get my hobby mojo back up to speed.

To remind myself as much as anyone else, here’s what’s currently on the “work in progress” list:

  • a pair of Reaver titans to finish off the Legio Pantera
  • Salamanders Stormeagle
  • Two squads of Firedraks
  • Two tactical squads and an assault squad
  • Vulkan Hestan and Bry’arth Ashmantle
  • An Epic Leman Russ Company
  • An Epic Tech-Guard Armoured Company
  • Miscellaneous Skitarii infantry and artillery
  • Another dozen Knights
  • Figures for In the Emperor’s Name

Expect activity on the above shortly!

ItEN 3.0 is Released!

Core-Rules-CoverAs you may know, last year I took over the editorship of In the Emperor’s Name, the fan-made skirmish game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. Yesterday, several months of work reached its completion with the publication of the the Third Edition of ItEN – go and download it right now!

The new edition builds on the Second Edition (released in July 2011) with enhancements to almost every part of the core rules. It updates and revises some of the core game mechanics such as the points calculation formula, and introduces a new Equipment system.

ItEN is a collaborative work produced by the Forge of War Development Group. My thanks to all those people who submitted feedback and suggestions through the forums, in particular to Craig, who trusted me with his creation while he worked on In her Majesty’s Name, the steampunk cousin of ItEN.

You can download the new version of ItEN here.

Going Into Stasis

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Last week I boxed up all my hobby stuff: all my miniatures, rulebooks, paints, brushes and boxes of bitz and drove them to my in-laws, where they will stay in stasis until we’ve moved house. This could be anything from a few weeks to a couple of months (and it’s already been about three months) so who knows when I will next get my hobby on, or when I’ll next get a chance to post something interesting?

Thankfully I have a healthy supply of Gaunt’s Ghosts and Horus Heresy novels to keep me entertained while I wait to buy the most expensive thing I will ever buy (apart from my next Forgeworld order!).

I will also be attending Salute next week and have a bunch of meets lined up, so expect to see some photos from that.

That is all.

Bit quiet, isn’t it?

Apologies for the lack of posts recently. We are currently in the process of selling our house, which means I’m not allowed to get any of my hobby stuff out and make any sort of mess, in the off chance that we get a short-notice viewing.

So while I’ve been quiet on the hobby front, I haven’t been entirely inactive. I’ve been working on a new website for No Man’s Land, my local indie gaming store. As well as a static website (and a planned online store) I also set up a forum which, in the short time that it’s been online, has become quite active, which is very pleasing.

I’ve also set up a Facebook page for In The Emperor’s Name, and will be working on sharing ITEN related content on it, so if you play ITEN (or are just interested), go over to Facebook and like it.

Once we’ve accepted an offer on our house, I’ll be able to decompress my hobby stuff and will probably be posting a bit more. See you then!

In Her Majesty’s Name

Craig Cartmell, founder of Forge Of War and author of the Warhammer 40,000 skirmish game In The Emperor’s Name, has been commissioned by Osprey Publishing to create a steampunk themed version called In Her Majesty’s Name:

The year is 1895, and the world is in turmoil. The wondrous inventions of Charles Babbage have launched a scientific revolution that has given the world miniaturized steam engines, electric lights and motors, arc weapons, hydrogen and helium dirigibles, road trains, calculating artillery engines, and sea and land dreadnoughts. The one thing these marvellous advances have not brought is peace. Every Great Power has been jostling its rivals for resources and the latest technology.

Although there have been few open conflicts between the major powers, a state of undeclared and secret war exists between them all. Instead of traditional warfare, governments employ small, ‘adventuring companies’ to strike against their foes, raiding factories, stealing technology and artefacts, and kidnapping or rescuing persons of importance.

In Her Majesty’s Name allows players to assemble their own adventuring companies of 4 to 15 agents, and pit them against their opponents in a tabletop battle. A small game can be played on a 24” by 24” table and typically lasts about 45 minutes. Larger games can be played on any table size and tend to last 2 to 3 hours. The game has been designed to allow maximum versatility for the players – if they can imagine it, they can create it within the system. There is, however, a wealth of material in the book that covers weird science, mystical powers, and a range of pre-generated adventuring companies, including the British Explorers’ Society, the US Secret Service, the Prussian Thule Society, the Chinese Black Hand and Ancient Egyptian Cults dedicated to the restoration of the Pharaohs.

In Her Majesty’s Name is a complete game in one 64-page book. It is due out in March 2013 and will retail for £11.99/$17.95.

Polyversal

Polyversal is a forthcoming 6mm Sci-Fi game being developed by ken Whitehurst and published by Collins Epic Wargames. It’s quite an innovative format in that they are going to ship a boxed set containing rules and miniatures produced by a number of different manufacturers. Those familiar with the world of 6mm will recognise names like Exodus Wars, Dark Realm Miniatures, Brigade Models, Plasmablast Games and MicroWorld Miniatures.

I love the idea of these manufacturers working together to create a product that’s greater than the some of its parts. While each manufacturer creates some fantastic stuff, none of them on their own has a wide enough product range to compete with Epic, or produce an “out of the box” experience that’s likely to draw new gamers to the 6mm scale. But together, they could produce something really cool. I’m very inspired by the artwork that’s been announced for the cover of the boxed set:

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There’s a lot of enthusiasm for this product on the Tactical Command forums about Polyversal, and I’m pleased that my suggestion of including terrain from GameCraft Miniatures is being looked at. With rules, minis and scenery in a single box, this game could go a long way to bringing 6mm Wargaming to a wider audience.

Missing images on posts, ctd

I just went through every post on the site and reuploaded any missing images.

One of the problems was caused by WordPress: when I migrated away from WordPress.com, only images explicitly linked to from within posts were transferred. Any images within a “gallery” tag were ignored. Fortunately I have backups and it was pretty easy to find the missing files and upload them.

Normal broadcasts will resume shortly!