Universal Solitaire Wargame System

Brainstorming enemy activation mechanic for a solitaire wargame

My goal is to create a simple AI system that will allow you to play a miniatures wargame solo or coop with friends. Ideally I want it to be simple enough to not require extra record keeping, yet have some depth to it. I’ve been reading up on different wargame rules online trying to find things I like. I think I’ve found a good system, but it needs some tweaks.

The idea came from Song of Blades and Heroes. In that system, you activate your heroes one at a time by rolling one to three dice. Each hero has a quality, which determines what number you need to roll for an activation to be a success. For each die that meets or exceeds their quality, they gain one action. There are consequences for failing a roll, in which your opponent gets a reaction from his models or can simply end your whole turn. I want to run with this idea a bit and incorporate more ideas for it to work without a human opponent. I have a few mechanics in mind, but I just need to tie them together. Let me know what you think.

First of all, I want to get away from having cards or anything. I think at most I’d just want a pen and paper to write down some key stats. I want the game system to be universal so it can work with models from any game, so you can tailor make rules that work with your collection. There might be rules you have to reference, but they should be easy to remember.



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Miho Dam Park is waiting for you!

Miho Dam Park is waiting for you!

Miho Dam Park is waiting for you to set up your miniatures game. Check out the photos and imagine what games could be played with this set up! WW2, WW3, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan?

I’d love to play a wargame with miniatures here. This is the park next to Miho Dam in Yamakita, Shizuoka. I think any game involving a dam or a bridge like Pegasus Bridge would work. Or a naval game with floating ships? (Too ambitious?). You are not actually supposed to enter the area near the bridges, but I wonder if we couldn’t pull it off. I took pictures of the actual dam, and the miniatures in the park next to the dam.