Recently reacquired via a trade Firefly: The Game by GaleForce Nine and as I set it up for another solo play, I realized one of the reasons I’d parted with it before. It’s a table hog. There’s the large board (even without expansion boards), thirteen decks of cards, as well as your player area. Lots of space required.
I have a pretty decent sized game table, but I would still need to get up and walk around the edges to review the cards in the various discard stacks , etc… I knew a better solution was possible.
I was able to find this image (https://boardgamegeek.com/image/4080967/dalek1) on BGG of the full gameboard with expansions. There were others, but this one had the highest resolution for printing. It loses some of the charm as the nebula background is replaced with just black, but for my purposes that was just fine.
One thing I like to do to get familiar with a game is to organize the components. This is a gamble that sometimes fails if the game turns out to be a dud. But on my third ownership of Fields of Fire by GMT Games, I’m finally going to get it played.
So I picked up this first edition copy with the second edition upgrade kit and once I sifted out the now obsolete first edition stuff, I was left with a second edition makeover ready for punching.
Using my Modular tray design, I created custom sized boxes for the Americans, Asians, Germans and game counters. All fit nicely in the game box and now I can pull out just the ones I want.
One thing in this hobby i really Like is the social aspect of gaming. I really miss that thing when i solo.
Do you ever miss the social aspect when you play solo?
Not really, no. While I enjoy playing some games with family from time to time, solo gaming is just a different beast entirely. They aren’t really a comparable experience. Some like one or the other. Some of us like both.
Was and am not a hater of the other board game based on the Fallout IP, but when I saw the new Fallout: Wasteland Warfare published by Modiphius Entertainment
included solo AI rules, my interest was piqued and I placed my order.
Finally cracked it open yesterday the first thing I noticed was there
are LOTS OF LITTLE COUNTERS. Wow… Tiny little things that make 1/2″
wargame counters seem a blessing (and I hate 1/2″ wargame counters!).
After punching (and peeling them as they sadly weren’t cleanly punched), I organized them into little piles to determine how best to organize them. Of course this meant I would make a four-module tray using my GMT compatible tray system along with custom printed lid with the game cover art.
Always need terrain in miniatures games and I’m fine with using household items or blocks, etc. to create obstacles. but I purchased some ready to print scenery from Drive-Thru-RPG. However, as these are set to 28mm scale and FWW is 32mm, I opened the PDF pages in Photoshop, scaled by 114%, then cherry picked the pieces I wanted (buildings 1-2) and re-laid them out on to a new document (to maximize components per page). Printed these on 110# white cardstock, scored, and cut them out. Assembly was easy enough, even for big fingers.
the base/ground images and scaled to be a full page and printed on
1/2-sheet mailing labels. Stuck each label to a piece of thick coated
chipboard, then cut them out with a utility knife. Next I arranged the
buildings onto the four bases so they could be placed on the gameboard
They aren’t the bees knees when it comes to terrain
pieces, but a step up from egg cartons for sure. And these days maybe
The barriers and barrels were files available (or used to be) for free on Shapeways. These appear to be identical to ones being sold by Miniature Market (legally, don’t get me wrong), but perhaps theirs are better printed.
Of course, you can’t keep a good woman down either, but since I’m not
a woman, using “or woman” or “person” would have been needlessly
Absence of Malice Recently had an
unplanned “break” from BGG thanks to the Secret Police once again not
liking officially unapproved and unauthorized opinions being expressed
(even when done so in polite but confident discussion). This is an area
that needs to be addressed as I daresay in most cases the offender
doesn’t realize they’ve touched a hidden third rail and just get
suspended while the so-called “offensive” comment is left on the site.
It’s a very odd way of handling things and not one conducive to
constructive dialogue between differing parties… but that is a
discussion for another time.
EDIT: It would appear “they” HAVE
started removing unwelcome (by some) comments from the site. Hopefully
in lieu and not in addition to suspension.
But I’m happy to say that in spite of not being able to post or comment on BGG for a spell, I made good use of my time, creating a few modifications for games.
Under a Blood Red Sky First up, been loving Blood Red Skies but found that I wouldn’t have the time to paint the miniature planes and that in the end (as is most of the time with miniatures), they aren’t 100% necessary to the game. All measurement is from the round bases, which are about 1.5″ in diameter. So I ordered some 1.5″ wooden “coins” and then created 12 labels for each plane type. Made six level 3 and then two each of level 2, 4, and 5. All the coins got a 3 on one side and then another level on the other side. Sealed them with some RightStep Satin and started playing. They work great and less clutter makes it easier to play and measure.
The flight stands use an odd rock forward for “disadvantaged” and rock back for “advantaged” indicator. This not only looks silly, but causes planes to take up even more space on the table than necessary… which in a busy dogfight, can be a problem. To remedy this, I just use a green cube for advantaged, red for disadvantaged, and no cube for neutral. Another win.
Sowing the Gears of War Gears of War: The Board Game is a bit of a mystery. Widely regarded as a great system and a respected IP, Fantasy Flight Games
dropped the ball big time on supporting this game. Even with the IP
license lost, the system deserves another sci-fi theme applied to it.
Be that as it may the community has geared up and created several missions and other mods for the game, including a collection of 24 new COGs created by user Alex Hajdasz. In order to make these more playable in-game without proxying other miniatures, I created a set of standees to go along with them.
You can get the COGs and the standees at the BGG file pages below:
Shine On You Crazy Firefly Another miniatures-replacement project I had in the wings and suddenly had a little time for was for Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats. Again, with no time to paint, had planned when I first got the game to add Standees. This was not only to make our intrepid heroes clearer on the board (in both casual and heroic states), but I was having a hard time matching the baddy miniatures to their respective stat cards. So while I was in the rhythm of making standees, put this set together as well.
At the very least it would allow people to quickly try out the game before they paint or while they paint…
HOME COLLAPSES CLAIMING THE LIVES OF FIVE TWO FIREFIGHTERS, THREE CIVILIANS PERISH IN THE BLAZE FIVE RESCUED FROM CERTAIN DEATH
A housewarming party turned deadly last night, taking from our community two firefighters, a local game designer, a church volunteer, and Tammy Noblestein, the recently married daughter of Soloville’s Mayor Thompson.
Soloville Fire Department responded quickly to the call in the 900
block of Roane Avenue, but by the time they arrived, the flames were
quite intense. According to sources a sterno can on the buffet line
dislodged and set a tablecloth ablaze and the fire spread from there.
As the conflagration increased in intensity, the building collapsed,
immediately killing two Soloville’s veteran first responders.
Captain Jose Remiriz and FPS George E. Winters perished in the
collapse. The third firefighter working the blaze had just exited the
building carrying the fifth rescued guest to a waiting ambulance. The
rescuer’s name has not yet been released.
In addition to Mrs.
Noblestein, the other victims were Tash’a Mitchell and Paloma Vazquez.
Mitchell, 29, was a designer of board games, including the most recent
game of the year “Roll, Draw, Shuffle, and Cut”. Mrs. Vazquez, 43,
worked at a nearby church, using her sewing skills to make blankets for
The loss of these souls and their contributions to Soloville cannot be understated.
As mentioned, five persons attending the party were brought to safety by rescuers. These were:
the Mayor is taking time to deal with her direct personal loss in this
tragedy, Assistant Mayor Ralph Waldeux issued this statement.
“We thank you for your prayers at this time for the victims of tonight’s fire, their families, and for the recovery of the survivors. As more information develops into the cause of this fire and its aftermath, we will let you know. Until then, no further comment.”
This was my first time to play Flash Point: Fire Rescue using the new Fire and Event decks from the Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Tragic Events expansion. Have to say: I LOVE THIS. Such an awesome and intense way of not only spreading the fire in a less fiddly way, but the event cards introduce new random elements to the game. Excellent!
I used it is as follows. I used blue cubes on the board for POI
markers and then when “revealed” drew a real POI marker from a draw cup.
Then if it was not a false alarm, when the victim was rescued or lost,
I would draw a card from the Persons in Peril deck to see who they
were. If they were rescued, I put them in a discard pile as normal. If
they perished, I added them to the discard pile rotated 180 degrees.
The POI marker went on the board as normal to keep up with the win/lose
condition counts. The male/female/age/race, etc. on the POI counter had
no bearing on the deck draw… each POI just represented a “human” (or
dog/cat) victim. Special POI markers from the Tragic Events expansion
were used if necessary by Event card.
Definitely made for a more immersive experience, IMO.
File this under the more moderately helpful ideas. For me it works great as it makes the footprint of Star Trek: Frontiers a bit less and gives me a good spot to hold the Dummy AI player’s deck.
Seemed to me the Experience and Reputation board was just a little oversized for its function. Especially for solo play. Plus the OCD in me didn’t care for the inconsistent sizes of the spaces of the Experience track and the downright odd shape of the reputation track.
At first I
designed this so each spot was the perfect size for the faction tokens.
But in the end that reduced the board only about 2 inches in height and
only slightly in width. Not a worthwhile reduction.
So I scrapped the idea.
For about four hours.
Then after a quick slingshot around the sun (no whales were harmed in the making of this sideboard), I revisited the project. Why did it need to host the faction tokens as markers? Especially for solo. So with a few quick calculations and a Photoshop resize step later, voila! A more compact 8×5″ (ish) side board that is the perfect size for using a cube on each track. Of added convenience is that this printed on a 1/2 sheet mailing label and thus I didn’t need to go outside to use spray adhesive to stick it to a mounting board. Colored the edges with a blue dry erase marker and all ready to go.
Again, your mileage may vary if the board is right for you. Should work fine with multiplayer as well with cubes of different colors.
But as I was getting it all set up and incorporating the Khan expansion updates and upgrades, I realized better organization was in order. It’s also been too long since I had #FunWithFoamCore, so set off to building a replacement insert. While the plastic trays are nice enough, you cannot combine the components and as usual, they take up more space than necessary. Would love to see how many straws we could recover from the amount of plastic in these oversized organizers.