May 2012 Blog Posts (41)

Podcast interview with Ben Hull

As part of our regular series of interviews with game designers, the latest episode of I've Been Diced! features an interview with Ben Hull, designer of Fields Of Fire, the Musket & Pike games, and more. Here's the direct link to the podcast file.

For other interviews, as well as other episodes of the I've Been Diced! podcast,…


Added by Kingdaddy on May 30, 2012 at 9:19pm — No Comments

No Peace Without Spain 1708 year completed (Vassal Pbem game)

Just finished 1708 turn of my ongoing Vassal game with Norman of No Peace Without Spain. Year started with events phase seeing me pull the 'Minorca Falls' card which gives Allied fleet in the Med a +1 roll making things risky for French to launch their Toulon fleet. French draw was 'Death Of Emperor Joseph' which increases…

Added by Gary Barr on May 29, 2012 at 1:00pm — No Comments

in which we talk about cinematics (audio)

For our fourth 'fireside chat' we consider the usual panoply of games we have recently played, and are scheduled to play, together with some new additions to the format of the show: some recommended books, and the 'fireside challenge'. We also give a 'shout-out' for our next e-Magazine, and our main topic is the…

Added by Rusted Dice on May 26, 2012 at 11:56pm — No Comments

GBACW, River of Death

Okay lets see whos firing all thier guns in thier battery.

We are in the beginning of this battle.

There are Rebel reinforcements entering through the GMX map at 1700turn, namely Helm bgd. with a DD to head for Glass Mill ford.

As well as Union reinforcements needing to satisfy thier DD by going through Glass Mill ford, namely Palmar div. at 1700turn.

The Union March chit is pulled first, does the Union have the option of blocking the Rebel reinforcement enterance…


Added by thomas fernbacker on May 26, 2012 at 9:03pm — 1 Comment

2nd Fleet - Scenario 1: Standing Naval Force Atlantic - AAR

I just completed the playthrough of the first Scenario in 2nd Fleet. Pitting a pair of Soviet missile ships against NATO's STANAVFORLANT and an amphibious group, I played via Vassal.

As I was writing the AAR, I was clicking furiously through the Vassal logfiles. Thinking it was a pretty kool animation, I produced the video below. I hope you enjoy it!

(It might be better to view it directly on YouTube for HD quality)


Added by Ty Snouffer on May 20, 2012 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments

Dominant Species, quite a game!

First play was great, looking forward to another round of Dominant Species

Had to oppotunity to play Dominant Species for the first time last night. Joel, Kris, and Dave came over with Joel brining the game and handling the instruction for us noobs. One of the few times all of us have been able to play together outside of our usual haunt over at



Added by Ty Snouffer on May 20, 2012 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

The Battle for Normandy - Omaha Beach, landing phase complete

Below is a photo of the final disposition of the units in the immediate vicinity of Omaha.  I'm sure I broke several rules or at least the intent of some of them, even during the structured landing phase.  Please bear with me.  

Phase 1.  All units except the DD tanks make it to shore.  Thank goodness for drift, or several infantry companies would not have made it.  I had two DD tank units scheduled to come ashore during Phase 1, but none of them did.  Yikes!  During the…


Added by Brett W Avants on May 19, 2012 at 3:05pm — 5 Comments

The Battle For Normandy - Omaha Beach scenario, initial setup

Ok, so I have punched and set up the Omaha Beach introductory scenario.  Below is my initial setup.  I'm a little confused about the setup, but here it is.  Let's see how the invasion turns out.  …


Added by Brett W Avants on May 19, 2012 at 2:52pm — No Comments

Duel in the Dark - after action report

In this audio report Mark feeds back on how he has found the experience of playing game: weather, intercepting, ground resources, and lack of fuel. He also muses on possible cross-over of pieces. …


Added by Rusted Dice on May 19, 2012 at 12:05am — No Comments

No Peace Without Spain: Vassal game 1707 completed

Another year of my Vassal game with Norman has been completed.

Further year of mixed fortunes for Allies.

Year started with Commisard Rebellion event which allowed me to force Berwick to be withdrawn deal with it (he comes back in 1708 with a fresh…

Added by Gary Barr on May 18, 2012 at 5:49pm — 2 Comments

Issue 1: Rusted Dice Magazine

Our first three months have been a real blast and we thought that it would be fun to put some of the points raised in our fireside chat audio episodes in to a magazine format.  Thus we are proud to announce the first issue of Rusted Dice Magazine. It is free, on-line, and you can easily access it by clicking the 'front page'…

Added by Rusted Dice on May 15, 2012 at 3:21am — No Comments

Angry with OCS Burma

I'm a little pissed off with OCS Burma at the moment.

I've been playing two games of the U-Go scenario simultaneously, one game (as the Japanese) slightly ahead of the other (as the Allies). The Japanese rarely have numerical advantage, but they have an AR advantage. They slip through the mountains and put the Allies in difficult defensive positions, but ultimately at some stage they need to attack the allies in order to 'press through' their lines (up to this point they can forage…


Added by Nathan on May 15, 2012 at 1:30am — 19 Comments

Nuklear Winter '68 demo success!

I ran a demo/practise game of LnL's "Nuklear Winter '68" at the local game shop. The patrons are more of a eurogamer/tabletop miniatures breed, but I think its time for them to be made aware of the Hex&counter scene as well.

It went really well. We played the........ bugger, can't remember the…


Added by Scott Kirby on May 14, 2012 at 11:14pm — No Comments

Oh...and Yeah

              I am currently recovering from the latest hip replacement (BOTH are now steel/polymer/porcelin contraptions). And I have to do the PT -on my own; HA! It's a good thing that I was an NCO, otherwise that would never happen- and just simply ....heal ? recover?... but even now, the VA and I are talking about which knee would I like


                Wargames come into their own, at times like this.  As bad and as weird as it feels to have a major part of my body now…


Added by Daniel Red Cloud Brown on May 14, 2012 at 9:31am — 2 Comments

Why I cant play a Wargame

.....Because Life The Universe, and EVERYTHING says so.....


                I had "World at War #22 Minsk '44, Set up and Playing it (5th Gds Tanks Corps bounced off 5th Pz Div, but the Soviets went screaming through the south, aiming for Minsk - I had merely KG Anhalt down there- and the reinforcemtn rolls for the Germans were Horrible....


            and I left the window open ...about two (2) inches....and a kitten came in. The Dog reacted...for some odd…


Added by Daniel Red Cloud Brown on May 14, 2012 at 9:03am — 1 Comment

Battle of Moscow version 1.2

Battle of Moscow version 1.2 is now available at This version incorporates a number of suggestions from Chris Gammon while fixing some bugs he found.

* Automatic game save at start of each phase. Disabled manual game save.

* Gameload() opens to save folder

* Fixed Exit game save crash (hopefully).

* Fixed restart phase button and start hex issues.

* Added a Confirm…


Added by Thomas A Stevenson on May 11, 2012 at 8:31am — 2 Comments

Computer SFGE Project Update

SFGE is now at version 0.50. No real new features but plenty of important bug fixes. The game still lacks a setup phase and scenarios but I believed all rules and other required features have been implemented. There's still quite a few  'nice to have' features that I plan to implement in the next couple of weeks.

Automating the Chaos forces really speeds up game play.   A 10 turn game takes about an 45-90 minutes. The increase resource option seems to be really powerful, assuming I…


Added by Thomas A Stevenson on May 11, 2012 at 8:28am — No Comments

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