What My Residency is Actually About: the Simple Version

My project revolves around a series of inter-connected tabletop miniature wargames. The game is set in the north German plain during a hypothetical Soviet invasion of Western Europe in August of 1985.

I anticipate playing eight to ten different engagements, each building on the next. Each game will likely take two to six hours to play out. I hope that friends, Residency supporters, and passersby at the Super G will visit and play. My first full day at the Super G will be this coming Saturday, Oct. 8. I will probably be there more or less all day long.

 For experienced gamers, the gameplay will be recognizable, even for those who have never played the particular set of rules or with modern micro-armor. For non-gamers (and I’ll be disappointed if I don’t get any) the games will probably be very much unlike anything you’ve ever played. The closest thing a non-gamer may know might be something like Risk. Regardless, I will walk visitors through the rules and whatnot, so no experience is necessary.

 These games will also be rather visually lush. We will playing with 1:285 scale tanks and other vehicles. The scenery, which is almost all handmade by me, includes hills, trees, villages, rivers, bridges and so on. It will look much like a model railroad setup or a diorama. But it’s better than that because you will be able to move the figures around and shoot things with them.

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2 thoughts on “What My Residency is Actually About: the Simple Version

  1. For those who care, the rule set is “Challenger: Ultramodern Miniature Wargame Rules (1950-1990)”, published in 1983 by Bruce Rea Taylor. It is one to one scale– that is, one tank represents one tank, and an infantry stand represents a squad or fireteam. Battles tend to involve a company or three, rather than multiple battalions, regiments or divisions. The basic turn sequence is move–acquire targets– roll to hit– resolve damage. On- and off-board artillery will play a large roll. And the rules account for things like morale.

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