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By polkovnik, Oct 1 2016 07:16PM

In my weekly gaming group we regularly have six or seven players (there are eight of us in total but it is rare that everyone is present). This has grown over the last couple of years, mainly due to the addition of two of our players grown up children. Most of us are wargamers and we try to get some figure games in most weeks, but at our weekly gaming session we mainly play boardgames. This post will look at a few of the games we have been playing that cater for six or seven players.

First off, with a game we haven't played for some time, Memoir'44. This is a miniature wargame / boardgame hybrid by Days of Wonder. It is a relatively simple card driven game where each player plays one card on his turn to activate some units (normally in one sector of the battlefield, depending on the card played). It gives a quick, fun game and the rules are easy to pick up. The basic game is for two players, but the Overlord expansion allows for bigger battles and these work really well with six players. Each side has three players, each commanding one sector of the battlefield. One player on each side is designated as the commander-in-chief, and he has the extra role of managing the cards and allocating them to the generals in command of each sector.

Overlord scenarios can be found online (although you would need an extra board in addition to the basic set to play these) but there are also some special scenario packs available with a large double sided board with all the terrain printed on and the starting locations of the forces noted. These are obviously limited in flexibility but are much quicker to set up. We have two of these between us (which gives four scenarios), which gives us quite a lot of replayability as commanding each sector gives a different experience.

Next is one of the best known games of recent years for a large player count, and that is Seven Wonders. This is a civilisation building card game with a card drafting mechanic that means there is little down time as everyone is playing at the same time. Although it is the type of game I'm quite good at

(as most of the skill is analysing the relative pay-off from the choice of cards, either in terms of victory points or resources and hence determining the best card to keep and play, and as a mathematician I'm good at this sort of thing) I'm not actually that keen on it as it seems a bit dry in terms of theme. Maybe it's because it's all cards, with no pieces or board to make it feel like you are actually building something.

Coming up in Part 2 - Quartermaster General, Last Night on Earth, Shadows over Camelot.

By polkovnik, Oct 1 2016 07:09PM

I recently ordered some trees from an ebay seller based in China. These trees cost £X including postage to the UK.

I based them on round mdf bases that fit into a larger irregular shaped base. These were another ebay purchase, that I'd bought some time ago and was waiting for something to use them for. The bases are two different sizes which was handy as there are two sizes of tree.

The bases were textured, painted (brown then dry brushed) and flocked with a woodland undergrowth mix.

The large bases they fit into were given the same treatment.

The finished woods. The trees will normally be used in the larger bases, and can be removed to fit troops in the wood. They will also be used on their own sometimes (for example when I play Command & Colors Napoleonics and have to fit the trees in hexes).

Here they are in action. A couple of days after I'd completed them we played Bolt Action and the new trees were put to good use.

By polkovnik, Sep 10 2016 10:16PM

As I had to upgrade my website (as Moonfruit no longer offer a free website service) and the upgraded website includes a blog, I thought I'd start to use it. I'll be posting about the boardgames and miniatures games I play (including games played with rules I'm working on) and painting and modelling.

As a quick introduction, I'm a wargamer and boardgamer based in the North West UK. I play a variety of wargames, inluding ancients, medieval, Napoleonic, WW2 and fantasy. I am the author of Sword & Spear, a set of big battle ancient and mediaval rules. I also normally have one or two other rules projects on the go.

The website for my wargames rules is here:


I also have a forum for discussion of my rules:


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