Sometimes my son likes to grab a bunch of my toys and have a random sorta scrimmage battle that occasionally involves dice but mainly involves a lot of explosion noises. In this scenario a swarm of Ebbles bugs invade a medieval village, Terra Force troops are dispatched to the scene to investigate. He took these pics when I called 'Bedtime!'. Thought you'd like to see the troops in use.
Post by old squirmydad on Apr 3, 2009 6:38:08 GMT -9
The flying machine is a Mockingbird from WWG's PC:Battlegrounds set.
The giant squid-like thingy in the first picture is...a giant squid. I have several different giant squid paper models and my daughter likes to get them and the giant bugs out then play the kazoo and make them all dance.
When my brother and our sisters were that age, my dad was too busy feeding us (going to work to earn the money, that is) to spend any amount of time playing games with us. But after he retired, we would have some fun from time to time. My brother and our youngest sister were in our twenties then. Unfortunately, our oldest sister lived too far away and had too many kids of her own by that time to get involved with our games.
When I came home from the Navy, I brought back an ACW miniatures game called "Ironclads".
Speaking of family matters, some are calling me now. I'll finish this story later.
Have fun, especially with your kids! Steve
Last Edit: Apr 3, 2009 19:49:48 GMT -9 by stevelortz
So there we were, surrounded by gypsies. Not just any kind of gypsies, but MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING GYPSIES!?!
Oh wait... wrong story...
When I came back from the Navy I brought home a Civil War naval miniatures game called "Ironclads" that had been published by Guidon Games. The rules book an 8 & 1/2" by 5 & 1/2" pamphlet, and was very slender. The ship models were 1/1200th top-down views that we drew ourselves on pasteboard and then cut out. We made a stat-card for each ship on a 3X5 card. There were three turning radius templates that we xeroxed, rubber cemented onto pasteboard and then cut out. The whole game, except for a few d6s, would fit into a 6"X9" manilla envelope, which made it very convenient to take to sea on a submarine where space was at a premium. On the boat we would play it on a table top on the mess deck, usually in a space about 2'X2'.
Well, when my Pop saw me teaching my brother how to play "Ironclads", he got interested too. He wound up researching ships to expand the roster of vessels available, and he stretched out a roll of butcher paper on the kitchen table with the extension leaves fully out (about 6' by 3'). He drew shorelines on the butcher paper, complete with forts and batteries, and the three of us played out some riverine campaigns. He was in his sixties and we were in our twenties.
My brother and myself, along with our youngest sister used to play what we called "cheaters' monoply". You could get away with anything as long as nobody caught you doing it. All three of us had acquired our own personal copies of "Monopoly", along with the family copy we used to play with, so we all had extra money and deeds. You just couldn't get caught holding or using the extra parts. We would manipulate the dice and mess with each other's money and deeds. We would shift our counters from one space to another outside our turns, as long as nobody caught you doing it redhanded it was okay. Believe me, we all avoided drinking ANYTHING for a few hours before we started playing, because if one of us would go to the bathroom, the remaining two would collaborate to ruin the missing sibling.
Well, one night Pop decided to play Monopoly with us and we decided to use our well-honed cheater-Monopoly skills to force him to win, whether he wanted to or not. So he would look one way, and when he looked back, he would have more money than he had before. Then while he was trying to figure that one out, one of us would slip some of our deeds from our hand into his. Then when he would ask "Where did these come from?" whichever one of us had done it would say something like "Don't you remember, I traded those with you two turns ago?" and the rest of us would back up the other's story. We had a hilarious time, and needless to say, it was a blow-out game with Pop winning.
I remember those games as some of the best games I ever played in my life. When you are a geezer like me, squirmy, and your kids are all grown up, you will look back at games like the one you've illustrated on this thread, and they will seem like gold. They will have vastly more enduring value than any super-dooper commercial demo game you will ever play in or run at any convention.
And when your kids are old geezers like me, they will remember these games as unrepeatable expressions of the love you had for them.
Have fun! Steve
Last Edit: Apr 3, 2009 19:53:35 GMT -9 by stevelortz
marcpasquin: After Goscinny died, people thought it would be the end of Asterix as he was the writing part of the team but Uderzo managed to keep it going and eventually pass on the torch to new teams that still produce albums to this day.
Mar 26, 2020 7:08:19 GMT -9
marcpasquin: Asterix was such a big part of my childhood. Not only did I read all the albums but every years the cartoon movies were part of "Ciné-Cadeau", a holiday time programming block on Télé-Québec that showed animated movies for kids.
Mar 26, 2020 7:06:53 GMT -9
lightning: I cannot count how often I read Asterix and Obelix as a kid. Loved how it always ended at a big town dinner around a huge bonfire and the troubadour was gagged somewhere so he couldn't sing. Good times!
Mar 25, 2020 0:03:40 GMT -9
Parduz: I still love that comics. Some of them (around the middle age of Asterix production) have some of the best story/dialogues/jokes ever.
Mar 24, 2020 11:31:07 GMT -9
squirmydad: God I LOVED those books as a child. Sorry to see him pass.
Mar 24, 2020 8:50:27 GMT -9
wyvern: RIP Albert Uderzo, co-creator with René Goscinny of the Asterix comic books. [And no, he died from a heart attack.]
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Vermin King: Trump is an S-hole, but Clinton should be in prison. I don't like Biden, but at least it's a step up from 2016
Mar 22, 2020 18:40:25 GMT -9
Vermin King: Well, my efforts to reboot 2020 haven't worked, so I probably won't try the others. BTW, I have always said I am an equal opportunity politician basher. Trump is undoubtedly an ass, but I still have to look at him being the lesser of two evils.
Mar 22, 2020 18:39:00 GMT -9
Parduz: well, then may i ask if we go pre 1994 so we could get rid of Bungasconi...
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Vermin King: I tried, but it hasn't worked so far. Maybe I will try again
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Parduz: pls reboot the 2020, then.
Mar 22, 2020 1:07:14 GMT -9
Vermin King: Rebooting the whole system fixed it
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lightning: and yet you are able to post here @vermin king?
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Mar 21, 2020 3:48:57 GMT -9
Parduz: ... and some upper lip mods? Perhaps?
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