A Review of “The Anglo-Zulu War” by Dan Mersey

A Wargamer’s Guide to The Anglo-Zulu War
Daniel Mersey
Pen & Sword Military 2017
ISBN: 9781473849556

This title is one of the latest offerings from this excellent series of books which are intended to be a low-cost general introduction for existing wargamers to take up a new historical period, in what I can best describe as the spiritual successor to the Airfix guides from the 70s.

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Frontline Gaming Tundra Mat

I was recently looking to expand my collection of gaming mats as I mainly have 3′ x 3′ and 4′ x 3′ but really wanted at least a few different designs of 6′ x 4′ mats for larger games.  Many of the popular brands of gaming mats come from the US or Europe and are expensive and slow to arrive when buying directly so I had a look round for a local manufacturer or distributor and came across Frontline Gaming in Queensland.

Quite a few of their designs were out of stock, but I picked out a 6′ x 4′ Tundra mat, priced at AU $120.00, with an extra $20.00 for shipping.  I placed the order late on a Tuesday night and it was delivered to me in Melbourne the next Tuesday.

 

 

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Four Against Darkness: Buried Secrets

Buried Secrets

Just released a couple of days ago (19th June 2018) from Ganesha Games is the first of their new series of supplements for Four Against Darkness (4AD), The Gathering of the Four.  This new series will follow a different format to the previous supplements – four adventures each designed for a single level 3 character which have a more traditional narrative solo gamebook approach (i.e. numbered paragraphs) followed by a finale where all four characters adventure together.

This first book in the series, Buried Secrets, follows the adventures of the female cleric Rubria.  A copy of the core Four Against Darkness rules are required to play the game and as well as the usual dice, you’ll also need a standard deck of playing cards.  I picked up the supplement as a PDF for a couple of pounds via Wargames Vault but it is also available directly from Ganesha.  It was written by Victor Jarmusz and edited by Andrea Sfiligoi, who also did many of the illustrations.

The book is 34 pages including the full colour front and back covers.  There are some Black and white drawings and cartography but most of the pages are taken up by the numbered paragraphs that make up the adventure.

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Four Against Darkness: Cave of the Kobold Slave-Masters

Having completed my first game of Four Against Darkness, all four of my characters had survived (Warrior Level 1, Cleric Level 2, Wizard Level 2, Elf Level 2) and a modicum of loot acquired.  Rather than playing through another procedurally generated dungeon, I thought I would try my hand at one of the available narrative mini campaigns and so bought Cave of the Kobold Slave-Masters as a PDF from Wargame Vault for the princely sum of USD 2.00 (about GBP 1.48 / AUD 2.66).

The 21 page PDF is a three part mini campaign aimed at four level 1-2 characters so was ideal for my existing party, although there are also notes about modifying the scenarios to cater for a couple of level 3 characters.  I played the whole campaign in a single sitting of about four hours but I could just has easily split the game into three (or more) sessions.  You do get certain opportunities to rest, heal and resupply between each chapter.

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Four Against Darkness Review

Four Against Darkness is a solo dungeon crawling pencil & paper game written by Andrea Sfiligoi and published by Ganesha Games.  It’s available in PDF format from Wargames Vault (which is where I got my copy) and also in printed or PDF format directly from Ganesha Games and from Amazon.

I picked this up when it first came out but hadn’t found the opportunity to play it.  A quiet Sunday afternoon with wild winds outside finally provided an ideal time to read through the rules and give them a go.

The digital download includes a 90-page black & white game booklet with a colour cover.  Some of the most frequently used play aids are also reproduced in a mini booklet format with eight pages on a single A4 sheet.  I printed the full booklet (except the cover) on 4 pages per sheet of A4 and it came out perfectly readable.  While it’s certainly possible to play just using the PDF, I think that given the need to flick back and forth around the text, that wouldn’t be ideal.  As well as the rules, you need something to write with, some grid paper and two ordinary six-sided dice to play.

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A Review of “The Early Roman Empire” by Daniel Mersey

A Wargamer’s Guide to The Early Roman Empire
Daniel Mersey
Pen & Sword Military 2017
ISBN: 9781473849556

This title is one of the latest offerings from this excellent series of books which are intended to be a low-cost general introduction for existing wargamers to take up a new historical period, in what I can best describe as the spiritual successor to the Airfix guides from the 70s.

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Spellcaster Magazine Issue 2 (Print)

Spellcaster is the official magazine of Frostgrave and Ghost Archipelago written by the author of both games (Joseph A. McCullough) and published via Wargames Vault.  Issue 1 was available as a PDF only but issue 2 is available in both PDF and print on demand format and has had a fairly substantial graphic design makeover.  I enjoyed the first issue so thought I would try out the print version this time as it was only slightly more expensive.  Shipping for several books was fairly reasonable but did take nearly four weeks to arrive in Australia.

The print edition is A5 sized and contains 36 pages of contents with full colour photos and design elements throughout.  The cover is fairly thick glossy card and the interior paper is reasonable quality but some of the internal colour has a slightly washed out approach, which I think is due to the printing technology used.

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Test of Honour: Ninjas of Iga

Ninjas of Iga is the most recent expansion for Test of Honour to be released by Warlord Games.  The expansion contains 7x 28mm metal miniatures, a rules booklet, 10x 25mm round bases, 2x Test of Honour group bases, and 18x new cards and is priced at GBP 27.50

Having assembled and painted the models, I had a look through the new rules and cards to see how they could be used in the game.

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A Review of “The Desert War 1940-43” by Dan Mersey

A Wargamer’s Guide to The Desert War 1940-1943
Daniel Mersey
Pen & Sword Military 2017
ISBN: 9781473851085

This title is one of the latest offerings from this excellent series of books which are intended to be a low-cost general introduction for existing wargamers to take up a new historical period for their gaming in what I can best describe as the spiritual successor of the Airfix guides from the 70s.

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