Budget Wargaming Part Deux

For more on elcheapo Wargaming, read on! This was amassed by a good friend of mine.

Papermau is a great and diverse website for building paper models. Buildings, vehicles, and other terrain items are available.
Freewargamesrules Wiki

Freewargamesrules Wiki

Bringing free rules to the Wargaming Community since 1997. All the miniature rules featured on this site are free…

has hundreds of rules sets covering any conceivable period, ranging from homebrew to gaming companies’ products.
Junior General Home Page 
Junior General Home Page

Promoting the use of historical simulations as a tool for teaching history. Free resources anyone can use.

has lots of paper soldier resources, again covering a vast array of figures.
The awesome BoardGamerGeek website very often has rules, summaries, quick reference sheets and other resources for an incredible amount of tabletop wargames in addition to boardgames.

BoardGameGeek | Gaming Unplugged Since 2000

BoardGameGeek | Gaming Unplugged Since 2000


I also advocate joining or starting a club. A-Z Gaming members pay monthly dues and has used the collected funds to buy lots of cool terrain that would be far out of reach of individual members. We have an alarming amount of professionally-made terrain that makes the tabletops look great!

Having a club that is recognized with some kind of web presence helps you to gain access to game support from game manufacturers, with starter kits, freebies, and tournament prize support.

If a club is not an option, then sharing purchases with friends helps to soften the blow. Splitting a boxed set of a game and taking one faction each also divides the shipping costs.
On the topic of reducing shipping costs, many shops offer free or reduced shipping for large purchases. Again, the amount is often beyond the budget of a single gamer but entirely reasonable for three or more people ordering at the same time. Leverage your buying power.

Hakone, Japan, in the shadow of Fuji


On Using Colonial Diplomacy in the ESL Classroom

Colonial Diplomacy is a game by the Avalon Hill Game Company, a game I have known and loved for many years.

I had often wondered: was it a game I could use in the ESL classroom?

I researched others who had used this game with mixed results.

One problem with its use, seemed to the use of L1 during the game, rather than English. Another problem seemed to be the passivity of some of the students.   Read More

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Ideas for Creating Board Game AI

Some ideas for creating board game AI
Many of you will be thinking right now, “…but wait…isn’t artificial intelligence only used in computers?” Depends on your definition. AI, to me, is any set of rules that allows a system to make decisions on its own without human input. Computer games with pre-programmed monsters who follow your every move and trail along behind you are following a pattern determined by AI. It may not be a pre-programmed path, but depend instead on responding to your own decisions. Based on real-time input, it alters its own actions.

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A Solitaire System for Ancients

Well, most ancient battles are a more of deploy army, then release troops and hope they win it for you while you desperately send messengers to react to changes. So if you play each side intelligently with a basic battle plan, if should be fairly solitaire friendly.
I would imagine a few different tactics for each army, then roll a die for it. I would tailor the chart to the army some, but here is a basic.

1. Strong Left

2. Strong Right

3. Strong Center

4. Balanced Line

5. Pincer

1. General Advance

2. Break Flank on Strong Side

3. Raid with ranged, and threaten the Camp if possible.

4. Hold Strongest troops in reserve, advance.

5. Target weakest enemy troops

6. Target strongest enemy troops.

This was posted at BGG by a member there. Thought I would give it more exposure here.


Near Hakone and Hot Springs

Minamiashigara shi, Kanagawa, Japan

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