MINI WARGAMING: "6mm - 10mm Sci-fi Rules Preview" (27 November 2007)
Gamers are funny breed... they tend to get very obsessed with their particular gaming interest whether it be board games, miniatures games, RPGs or otherwise. They'll obsessively learn everything they can about their gaming niche interest and "collect"everything they can. And I wish I could say that I was different, but I'm NOT. I love my niches and collect everything I can related to them whether it be 6mm sci-fi, 10mm sci-fi, AIW, modern missile boats, my 28mm undead collection, or anything else that interests me.
And 6mm sci-fi rulesets are one of my niches!
Just a few weeks ago, another gamer, Edmund Proctor, came out with a rules review that prompted me to work on my own overview of small scale (6mm to 10mm) sci-fi rulsesets from the 1970s onward. So I pulled out my notes and began to work on rules reviews again...
You can see my link back to Edmund's site here:
And as I worked on my rules reviews, I came to the realization that there are far more than had previously ocurred to me... I'm still not done and I've already come up with SEVENTY-SIX (76) entries! When I'm done with the document, I'll be posting it at the 6mm Science Fiction War Games Yahoo Discussion E-group, of which I'll post a link below. Until then, I'll post a preview of my work here. Here's a sample entry:
And here's a working list of game rules:
Name: Command Horizon
Genre: Sci-fi ground combat
Future level: Far future (space opera)
Org. level: Battalion battle
Universe: Command Horizon (Space Worms)
Game Type: Miniatures game
Complexity: 2 to 3 (Streamlined to average complexity)
Mini line: YES
Mini scale: 6mm
Status: (In production – for sale)
Minis Internet Link:
Manufacturer: Baccus (...formerly Gladiator Games)
Status: (In Print – For Sale)
Gladiator Games came out with a great 6mm sci-fi miniatures line in the early 2000;s, but could never get out a rule set to accompany the line. In 2007, Gladiator Games sold the line to Baccus who developed a rule set for the game, which has since been available. Command Horizon (CH) is a battalion level sci-fi ground battle game designed to be quick-playing.
Rules Internet Link:
And one of the reasons I posted this was to look for constructive feedback...
The AD Wars
Adeptus Titanicus (1rst edition)
Adeptus Titanicus II (2nd edition)
ALA Firefight - Urban Conflict in the Ion Age
Alien Squadleader (ASQL)
The Battle For Armageddon
Bommas Over Da Sulpha River
Centurion (Renegade Legion)
Cold War Commander (sci-fi)
Days of Empire (DOE)
The Doom of the Eldar
Flagship Games Sci-fi Microarmor Rules
Giant Monster Rampage (GMR)
Heavy Gear Blitz!
Heavy Gear Tactical
Iron Cow 2103
Mecha! Spirit Warrior Empire
Mechwarrior: The Dark Age (MWDA)
The Mek Wars: Destroid Wars
Monster Island: The Game of Giant Monster Combat
Princess Ryan’s Space Marines
Prophecy Of War
Silent Death: The Next Millenium
Space Marine (1rst edition)
Space Marine (2nd edition)
Star Siege: Rebellion
Warbots & Death Machines
*** Do you have any suggestions or advice of details you'd like to see in each ruleset's entry? Any other ideas? ***
If you do have advice or suggestions, please post them at the my blog in the comments section or at the 6mm Science Fiction War Games Yahoo Discussion E-group.
Update (2 December 2007 at roughly 3:00pm):
I corrected a few typos and added a title or two to the list.
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