Tide of Iron – Unit Cards

February 2nd, 2011

Tide of Iron cardsUpdate – Apr. 2011 : StuG III card now available.
While I’ve been busy on a number of projects lately (Dire Heroes for Vassal, a Dire Heroes battles book, some scenarios for..well, you get the idea) I thought I would post an idea I had about the various vehicles that are available in Tide of Iron.  I always felt that the manner in which they are presented on the player aid that comes with the game could stand out better.  Here I show a wheel/gear for movement (first number) a shield to show armour, range and damage vs. infantry and range and damage vs. armour.  This way, players can easily see the stat they are looking for at a glance.

The cards are double sided with a bit of historical information on the back along with an optional rule that players can decide to play with or without (if both agree…all optional rules are in effect).

Get the sample cards here – Commonwealth Units - Tide of Iron - Commonwealth unit stats cards.

While these example cards are for units already in existence, the idea here is to add cards that don’t currently have official rules. I’ve kept these cards printer ink friendly.

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

December 24th, 2010

I thought I would leave a little gift for my friends this Christmas.

Some 69 years ago Christmas wasn’t so fun for all who were trying to save the Island of Hong Kong.  This Pacific Theater scenario sees the Imperial Japanese invading the outnumbered Commonwealth forces on the Island.

Hong Kong - First Wave - M'44 scenario

I hope you enjoy.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Dire Heroes – Coming Soon to Vassal

November 28th, 2010

German Troops - Dire Heroes

First things first, check out the miniatures above!  Bayernkini has done an amazing job on these.  Throw him a thumb on BGG if you like them.

I also have to thank Bayernkini for getting me back on track with the Dire Heroes Vassal module.  He has laid a good foundation and I’ve picked up the torch again to get back on it.  I’m hoping to offer that up soon so if you own a copy, you’ll be sure to get this as well.

For those who don’t yet own a copy, I’ll be offering a demo on how to play Dire Heroes via Vassal.

PBEM (play by email) and Live modules should be available soon!

Memoir ‘44 Online and the Gold Ingot debate

November 20th, 2010

If you are a M’44 fan, you’ll know by now that DoW has opened up it’s beta of M’44 online to practically everyone. As a result, I can now talk more openly about costs and the experience I’ve had so far.

Most folks are concerned about the cost of the pay per play model that DoW has in place currently. I don’t have much of a problem with the system in general. I bought (that’s right, with my own hard earned money!) 1000 GI’s in the beta and after 165 pvp games (not sure how many against Cadet Johnny but quite a few!) am down to just over 600 GI’s. To be honest, I’ve been frugal. I’ve never liked the pay for elites part of the system so I take my chances without them. Of course the GI’s last longer but I am always hesitant to play the scenarios that have elites (or French resistance etc..).

While I am a fan of flat costs, one thing I’ve discovered is that will really be the least of my worries. The main factor I’ve discovered is how quickly you become bored of the same basic scenarios. Again, I’m not half way through my GI’s and I feel like I’ve played them all to death (some more than others…there simply is no incentive to play the Axis in Arnhem Bridge for example…it’s very costly and I’m quite likely to lose…why even waste GI’s and playtime on it?!).

Expert mode on the other hand is what holds any appeal for me now. There will be a bigger catalogue of scenarios (not all of them mind you…at least when last I saw it). Unfortunately, it might be a way off yet. But it is certainly on the right track.

I have enjoyed the beta play to this stage and I do really think that the folks at DoW have done a great job of it. I just hope they find a system that people will be happy with and that makes it rewarding enough for them to continue to develop it.

Hope to catch you online!

Lest We Forget

November 11th, 2010

Remembrance Day 2010

…and the winners are…

October 30th, 2010

First, I would like to thank everyone for entering.  It was quite a response, unfortunately, I suspect there were a number of folks who legitimately registered but neglected to enter the Name field which disqualified them.  Sorry, but I also had more spambots sign on so it was near impossible to tell who was legit.

The good news for those who did enter correctly is the competition was reduced.  So without further ado…the winners of a copy of Dire Heroes – Gas Attack at Ypres are (as randomly generated by a program I found online)….

  • Bill Budd
  • Nybba
  • Trains1
  • Nemesszilli
  • Goober_357

If you are one of the lucky winners, please cantact me with your mailing address and let me know if you would like your copy signed.

For everyone who registered, sorry you didn’t win. Don’t worry though, as a registered user of the site, you are in for some exclusive treats in the coming months.  If you did register but didn’t enter a name in the Name field, your records have been purged (along with the many spambots!).  Please register again and be sure to include your name in the Name field so I know you are human and like everyone else who has registered, you’ll be getting access to exclusive content in the future.

Thanks again everyone!