Reinforcements – October 11th, 201611 Oct 2016 5
It's been a while since we've done one of these, so let's take a look at what's been happening in the world of table-top wargaming recently. If you don't follow us on Twitter you'll have missed the fact that this Friday marks the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, in 1066. Tomorrow we've got Bill's analysis on the various table-top options for the battle, while James will be bringing us a thrilling AAR - and some hard lessons - from Matrix Games' Field of Glory videogame.
Star Trek: Attack Wing
Despite not carrying as strong an IP as something like X-wing, Star Trek: Attack Wing is still a relevant tactical wargame that maintains a decent following.
They’re preparing to release Wave 27 which amongst others will feature a re-release of the U.S.S. Enterprise-E from The Next Generation. Sporting a brand new paint-job, this new model also comes with all of the cards and upgrades you need to pilot one of the strongest ships in the game.
In collaboration with Cryptic Studios and Perfect World Entertainment, this pack also comes with a promotional code to use in the Free-to-Play MMORPG Star Trek Online, which will grant you the Command Assault Cruiser ship for free (valued at $30 worth of in-game currency).
Captain Games Returns
Captain Games is back!… apparently. I didn’t know they were gone in the first place. The miniature company has spent some months re-organizing and getting their basics in order, and are now open for business once again. Their main speciality is 28mm Napoleonic miniatures at the moment.
They’ve made an agreement with a company called Stonewall Figures, who will be their caster and producer. They will also ship directly to customers from their HQ. Customer service will still be handled by Captain Games.
Due to their recent experiences (whatever they were. We weren’t there, man), a new company called Studio Capitan Ltd. has been formed which will do most of the R&D and feature a lot of the newer product lines. The new company will herald its arrival with an upcoming Kickstarter for a card-regulated ACW Skirmish rule-set, with accompanying miniatures.
Heroes of Normandie: The Tactical Card Game
You may have seen our recent coverage of the Achtung! Cthulhu version of Heroes over Normandie titled, Shadows over Normandie, or read any of our articles covering Slitherine’s digital adaptation (PC Review | iOS Review). But we’re worried there’s not enough Heroes in your life, so we thought we’d highlight the Heroes of Normandie card game, currently on Kickstarter, as it approaches the final few days.
At the time of writing there’s roughly 50 hours left, but the project was funded within the first 24 hours. It only needed 10,000 EUROs but has received ten times that amount, currently sitting at 118,800.
This is a two-player tactical card game that retains the iconic Normandie art style, and its focus on activating your units in the right order. Card types include Headquarter cards, Unit cards, Events and ‘Heroes’, which aren’t units themselves (unlike in the original game) but upgrades for units.
You can read more about Heroes of Normandie: The Tactical Card Game on its Kickstarter page. As always, please apprise yourselves of the risks before choosing to back a Kickstarter.
Ultimate Quartermaster (General)
And while we’re here, might as well engage in a bit of self-promotion. Looky what turned up in the office today!
For clarification, this was a purchase, not a freebie. We’re also a backer of the First World War variant, Quartermaster General 1914, which was successfully funded within an hour and managed to raise £30,000, despite only needing £4,000.
We saw Quartermaster General WW2 being played at the Telford Strategy Convention, so we’re excited to give this a go ourselves. Expect coverage on this and the 1914 version sometime in the future!
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