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Monday, 4 July 2022

A Battered Box of Folders

 This was yet another box that I rescued from Bryan's (Vampifan's) collection - probably rescued from ending up in the local dump. It's a box of ring binders (rather than the folders of the title) that I decided to rescue, largely because they contain many of Bryan's art-work and countless hours of home-made file cards, one for each of his characters for his Western games - another reason to rescue them as it's a gaming period I'm also very interested in !
Each of the nine binders has its content's title on the spine and contains an A5 card with a charcaters information on it, all enclosed in a plastic wallet.

Some titles are readable in the above, but contain "Tong Assassins" too  !(?)

There's a lot of information for each character on their card

The illustrations ae hand-drawn as far as I can tell, and certainly hand coloured

All bear more than a passing likeness for their model - anyone not recognise the old Britain's farmer ?

Along with his fictional characters, he also has real-life ones too!

It begs the question why he included these real-life characters and also a Harry Callaghan! 

This drawing of Geronimo is taken from a well-known photograph of him I reckon.

The binders aren't just any old binders either !

There's at least 25 character cards in each of the binlders and as some of the fictional ones have notes when they 'died', means to me that they were used at some stage in his gaming. I have some ideas of what he did with all these, which I'll get around to next week !

So that's it then for this week, I did have two quick gladiatorial games last week (lost both, but one gladiator survived the wrath of his appeal to the crowd). I also finally finished  the metal gladiator I had started in the back-end of April, before being laid up in hospital. 

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully some of it was interesting and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 27 June 2022

Spartacus, the Board Game

 About a week before I was rushed to hospital, I'd bought the board game "Spartacus, a game of Blood and Spectacle", fairly cheaply (well under £40). The game itself is based on the well-known TV series and simply oozes theme from the box artwork to the contents, with many characters instantly recognisable and just about any named character is represented. Those characters that are not in the game are, of course, represented in either of the two supplements - both of which are sadly not in production and would probably need a second mortgage to purchase.  The supplements, make provision to make the game six players and give additional cards and some figures. The photograph below shows the four figures (tokens) that come with the game and don't relate at all to their gladiatorial purpose, they're merely one for each player.
Not bad minis, l to r, a Retiarius, a Myrmillo, a Dimachaerius and a goodness knows. what

Cards for each player's Ludus, with influence track and special abilities. etc.

The arena playing area, but not where all the action takes place!

The intrigue deck of cards- all 104 of them
Other than some 'housekeeping' needs, the first phase of play is the "Intrigur" phase, were deals are made, schemes are untertaken withor without assistance and general spying and skullduggery can be undertaken. This is an important part of the game, shaping alliance and enemies etc.
The auction is the second major phase of the game and will gain greater importance as the game moves  n, when cash is everything.
The Market cards, slaves, weapons, potential gladiators all up for Auction

Rules, dice, counters (lots) and coins.
The last phase is the Arena phase, bidding to host the games, invite gladiators etc. all with the intention of gaining influence over the others.
Turn Summary card
So how does it play out ? Well, I  don't know, the chance of getting four willing participants is currently not on the horizon, but I can sit in hope - and the game does look good !

 Well that's it for another week where I probably pushed myself far too much and regretted it very quickly so this week I'm taking it far easier.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully there was something of interest and as always your comments are welcomed and truly appreciated.

Monday, 20 June 2022

To the Death ? (-Not Quite)

 After a few days doing some important sitting , resting and recuperation and very little else I had three friends around to help me play-test version 1.3 of Frank Sultan's gladiator combat game Blood on the Sands. .Luckily, given the chance to playtest these rules.I've managed to have six friends give their all in several games  - all of which (even given the many mistakes we made) were very enjoyable affairs.
So this week I had one of my two original playtesters and a husband and wife that had never played before.
As we explained how to play the game, we all rolled six characters to facilitate the start of an attempt at a campaign.
My longtime tester, Bilius (not his real name) andmyself were to play the first game, as a learning experience for the two Tyros (newbs).
My Thraex (in the foreground of the photograph on the right) was randomly drawn against Bilius' Hoplomachus. 
The fact that I only took one photograph of this bout and nearly two dozen of the second bout speaks volumes of the two fights.
My bout lasted about four to six turns, I think I may have scratched my opponent, whilst he laid into my Thraex, giving him a deep cut to an arm and then another wound to the same arm, ending the match. My Thraex managed his appeal to the crowd.
Three hexes apart at the start
The second fight saw a Retiarius (played by Benoic's  wife - not his real name) because she liked the model (?), using a net and trident This left Benoic playing the part of chaser - a Secutor.

Each turn an initiative die is thrown, winner getting the hoice tto move first or second, The Retiarius had the trait 'cunning' meaning he added '1' to his initiative roll, but in reality it meant Benoic's Secutor won the intiative twice over the course of about two dozen turns.

Once initiative dice are rolled, six Action Dice (all d6s) determine whether you move (a '1'), attack (a '4') or make a special attack (a '5'). Spec and attacks ial attacks are what they say, they give different advantages.

The retiarius; weapon is a Trident, good for defending and attacking at distance (like the Hoplomachus' spear above).

Given the starting distance between the two gladiators at the start of this match the retiarius could strike with his trident or throw his net without moving (and given the right action dice).
Here's the photographic evidence of the debacle that followed:
A successful net throw, followed up by a quick attack...

...and the secutor is driven back (most attacks make a defender withdraw

One of the few attacks the Secutor landed, knocking the Retiarius over

In no time, back on his feet, the Retiarius makes the Secutor drop his shield

The retiarius has backed off, the Secutor is booed for not landing a blow!

The Retiarius attack once more, occupying the Secortor's shield hex

Once more, the Secutor is forced back again
It was about this time in the match that a deep wound was inflicted on the Secutor, the effect of which would speed up his fatigue level until he eventually dropped. - Time was definetly against the Secutor.

No matter how hard he tried the Secutor, couldn't land a blow !

The Retiarius is disarmed, but quickly draws his back-up weapon, a pugio (a knife)

Toe to toe and still no blood !

(obligatory blurred photograph)

Dance aound the Trident

The Secutor, not giving up as he bleeds out

The Retiarius, despite the presenceof his opponent picks his Trident up...

...and backs off, the Secutor has three fatigue points left and is losing two a turn!

His next (and last) Action dice roll - no movement possible 

The Retiarius gives the initiative to the Secutor, whom given the roll above can't make any headway towards his opponent. At this stage of the game, he is still covered in the Retiarius' net (he needed a Six to remove it and hadn;t thrown more than one other since the start. It may have been a tactic to lose an action die for being entangled and thereby not allowing the retiarius the use of his net!
The final turn and the Secutor drops of exhaustion.
Benoics appeal to the crowdu is successful even given his two disfavour token and much hilarity ensue as one spouse berated the other!  The biout took aout an hour and a half (some of which was due to the two particpants having never played before), but was well worth it imo.

I'm hopefully playing again this week, with the same ecellent company and I'll let you know the outcome next week.

That's it though for another week; thanks for taking the itme to visit and as always your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 13 June 2022


 I may not be able to play games currently, but that  doesn't mean  I've been completely idle.Whilst any form of me bending over causes great discomfort, I've managed to up-date, some of the paperwork needed to play the Gladiator game "Blood on the Sands" that I was playtesting before my recent untimely departure to hospial. 
The rules are in their third version and luckily all I needed to do was update the three categories of 'paperwork' that I had already done for the first two versons. I felt extra 'paperwork' was needed to play the game more effectively.
The games uses character sheets that record wounds, fatigue etc. to the Gladiators (six different sheets) and once laminated can be re-used if white board pens are used. The sheets have been changed so these too needed renewing.
Secondly each gladiator has access to ten 'special attacks' and three gladiator-type specific "special attacks", which I listed on six sheets (one for each type of  gladiator). Finally I 've made two, two-sided qrs sheets (one for each combatatnt) which are a bt rough and ready, but do the job.
The rules are contuning to evolve and each version has had significant changes, without changing the feel of the game.
All the print-outs - just ten sheets of A4
My £15 'Wilko' laminator in action !
It's slow but gets the jub done - all sheets laminated
A4 to handy A5 sheets
Slicing six of the eight laminted sheets and the job's a good'un

That's it from me this week - at least I've managed something, even though it took a lot longer that I'd normally take.

I'm now going to try and view a few blogs.

Thanks for taking the time to visit, hopefully there was something of interest and your comments, as always, are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 6 June 2022

Hospital again

 Today was yet another visit to hospital to have a minor procedure done (a abag removel), but has left me a bit tired and listless with  a general feeling of unwellness. Couple this with the trouble I've had over the last week commenting on blogs (or in some case not being able to) and finally add to this mess my camera needing charging means I've decided not to put togehter a 'proper' post for this week. It may well be that if this commenting  problem doesn;t sort itself out soon that I'll not e posting again next week.
The main reason for this half-hearted post this week though, was to put any followers' minds at rest, rather than not having a post at all.

That's all I've got - sleepy nap time now... until next week

Monday, 30 May 2022

Another week, another box

 So this week's blog was delayed today by yet hospital visit (as an out-patient) with more in the immediate future (tomorrow) and at least two over the next month! Luckily I had taken a few photographs of another box from Bryan's (Vampifan's) rescued items from his collection when I photographed his wonderful card cars.
The rather plain brown box shown on the right was fairly small, but weighty and turned out to be resin, rather than metal items therein.
Here's the photographs:
A rubbish dump and two wrecked vehicles
Four vehicles in various states of distress.
An American School bus and a Mystery Machine
Two  tyre (tire ?) barricades
And that's all I've got for this week. I'm not allowed to lift or carry, nor should I exert myself by any other means too., so goodness knows what I can come up with for next week's post!
The above items I will proably hang on to as their weight is a bit prohibitive for posting as is the nature of resin. You can probably pick these up overall a lot cheaper (and probably intact) direct from the manufacturers.
I'm also unable to continue with packing and sending off any current requests, but I will be getting around to it once I'm given the all clear.  

In other news, in the very few blogs I've managed to comment on lately (including my own), I've been commenting Anonymously - not on purpose I might add and I have no idea why! Help appreciated!
So sorry for that , I'll be adding my moniker of Zabadak in future.

That;s it then for nother week, thanks, as always, for taking the time to visit and your comments are both welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, 23 May 2022

R & R

 Hi everyone, I'm pleased to say that after nearly three weeks in hospital and two minor surgeries later, I'm once more back at home, being cared for by my wife and family. I took the opportunity to ask the nurse that was changing my bandage to take a photograph of the underlying wound, hence the photograph !
No stitches these days, just staples - all 26 on the main wound!
Thanks for all the support, both on my blog and those by email, they were all very much appreciated when I was at my lowest, experiencing the most excruciating pain I've ever known. I'm still in some pain, but at least it's not debilitating and is well under control. I tire easily and quickly, so my catch up of all your blogs will take some time, but I'll get around to them all in time, as I get back in the saddle, so to speak, day by day.
My mission to playtest Frank Sultana's gladiatorial rules hit a major set-back too, but I'll be getting around to looking at those again as my hobby-related priority - but all in time.

In the meantime, as the title to this post suggests, it a major period of Rest and Recuperation for me for the foreseeable future and I still have energy-draining, out-patient appointments to attend.
Once more, thanks to all of you all that view this blog, for your support and well wishes, hopefully I'll have something more hobby-related next time, but that's it for this week.