Friday, May 18, 2012

It is Time for a Return to Helvetica

With an entire weekend to myself - a rare and nearly impossible occurrence - I plan to get in a lot of gaming, in addition to several to-dos around the house (I do have to at least feint at responsibility). This is predicated on how willing I am to stay up very late and how much caffeine I have available to support that. One game high on my list is a return to my campaign on the imaginary island of Helvetica where the forces of Sauvingon-Blanc have been taking a beating from the forces of Riesling.

Each side, you may or may not recall, consists primarily of lizard folk supported by a smaller number of imperial troops (originally this was not the case but some changes occurred after reading an article on colonial armies). I have for the majority of games used Mr. Bob Cordery's Memoir of Battle rules - a system which I find extremely enjoyable to use. However, one side-game saw the use of CR3: FV and the last main contact between the sides was resolved using G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T., another set of rules I enjoy using, especially now that I have some crude (in and out of game) steam-powered vehicles on the table. And, since the one game was not enough to scratch my G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. itch, I'll be using those rules for the next battle as well.

The next battle in the campaign "map" sees Sauvignon-Blanc falling back to their capital on the island (indeed, their only town on the island). I will represent this with a "fort" overlooking the "town" - with both represented on the table. Sauvignon -Blanc gets 2 guard units in the captial, and I'm contemplating throwing in a unit of militia perhaps (using some character minis) to defend the town.

As I've mentioned before, G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. requires some prep work, in addition to the campaign record keeping. So I don't expect to play this until Sunday.

In the meantime, I'll continue to paint the USMC figures (I'm down to about 13 or 14 I think). Some solo D&D b/x time is inevitable as well - it's ready to set up and go whenever. Finally, I'm looking forward to playing some games with rules I've recently acquired: USEME WWII and Flying Lead. I really want to get the 1/32 tanks out (a t-34 and a panzer iv) so perhaps this will be a 1/32 "toy game" played out on the carpet.

What are your weekend gaming plans?

(remember all who leave comments, on this or any other post I make on this blog between now and June 1, will be eligible to win a printed copy of the THW rules of their choice when the name is drawn on June 2.)


  1. My weekend is a toss-up between trying out a Mexican Revolution scenario idea, or dabbling in some more solo role-playing to try out either the new Danger Patrol or the Napoleonic naval era game Beat To Quarters.

    Mind you, I'm also working for some of it.

  2. My gaming plans for the weekend include Red Sun Black Moon and maybe a solo RPG adventure...