Life has been busy which means the blog has been quiet. Work has been very busy and while the pace has slackened a little bit, it’s still giving me plenty to do on nights and weekends which conflicts with both family time and gaming time.
Other than buying a slew of wargame rules recently the only other purchases I’ve made have been about 20 feet of olive canvas for the start of a terrain mat and recently I’ve bought some 20mm WWII figures for France 1940. I’ve been painting in spurts and recently started working in earnest on the AB Russians again. I’ve gone back to a cleaner version of my original style since the blocking-in look, while nice was very time consuming. Between the Napoleonics and 20mm stuff I’ll be plenty busy over the next few months as time allows.
Gaming-wise it’s been a slow time. Haven’t done any since the fall. I have my Legacy of Glory gaming group coming over Saturday to spend an afternoon pushing troops around to get more familiar with the rules. This will be our third meeting and things are slowly coming together. We would’ve been further along had my schedule not been so messed up over the winter; our plan is to meet at least once every two months if not monthly. We’ll see how that goes. I hope to get a copy of the beta rules for LoG: Thunder of Destiny sometime this spring. The rules authors are starting to distribute early releases of the rules in snippets and so far things look good. I’m hopeful that playtesting will reap benefits for both game play and rules layout. The first edition of the rules suffered from formatting issues that kept a good set of rules from gaining wider acceptance.
In other news, Scott Bowden is re-releasing Empire in several versions (the original Empire, Empire II and EMPIRE (aka Empire V)) in electronic form via The War Event. If anyone’s interested in getting a set, it’s a way to keep interest alive in the rules. I haven’t played Empire in almost two decades but I had fun with the rules when we played and would not turn down a chance to play them again with the right group of people. Another game with a complex learning curve like Legacy of Glory.