Saturday, February 29, 2020

Zona Alfa Simian Saturday Special Edition!!

Today I got to combine several of my favorite things into one great big concoction of awesome!
I recently picked up the tabletop skirmish game Zona Alfa.
A very cool, rules lite tabletop skirmish game. Set in the Exclusion Zone!  Imagine something along the lines of the Stalker video game and you are close!
So Post Apocalyptic = Check!, 28mm minis = Check!, Soviet Era weapons and gear = Check!
Next I decided to toss in another element that I am a huge fan of! That is where the SIMIAN part comes in!! While Simians aren't an official part of Zona Alfa, you can use whatever minis you think fit your game. So, I decided for my crew to be 28mm Soviet Simians! That's right I have a crew of AK-47 toting apes!
Here is the crew's veteran leader Nikolai on the edge of the Exclusion Zone getting his marching orders from an Elder Communist Party Orangutan.
Orders received, Nikolai gathers his crew and prepares to head into the Exclusion Zone! This will be a "light" mission, recover some data from a cargo crate hastily dropped from a transport aircraft. Near the edge of the Exclusion Zone...should be a piece of cake right?
So far so good...
This will be a test of the Soviet Simians abilities, as such they will be collaborating with another crew, a group of Russian Special Forces, an all female unit of experienced Zone Veterans.
Packs of vicious feral dogs are scattered in the mission operation area.
 Zombies surround the mission objective!

The zombies are quickly dispatched, as are most of the feral dogs, however, the veteran crew leader is injured! 
Thanks to the gun skills of the simians and Nikolai's leadership skills, the simians are able to assist the Russians into recovering the data.
However, upon withdrawing from the area, in a nearby ruin an Anomaly is triggered!! This could be bad!!
Two Simians are fried by the anomaly!! This is bad!!
Success! Usurov braves the energies of the anomaly, in spite of his two other ape comrades now "Out of Action" he finds a wealth of loot and the endeavor improves his Will to continue braving the dangers of the Exclusion Zone!
The collaboration between the veteran Russian Crew and the Soviet Simians proves successful, and good bit of loot is acquired and in spite of the two injured apes, the mission is considered a success!
 New tech and gear in hand, Nikolai is debriefed, and the intelligence gathered from this mission into the Exclusion Zone has provided leads for other opportunities. The collaboration with the Russian ladies, was helpful...but can the humans be trusted?? and more importantly should they be trusted?...only time will tell..




Friday, February 7, 2020

Post Apocalyptic Terrain

My last post showcased a couple of Post Apocalyptic minis I recently acquired. Which made me realize I really need to enhance my collection of P.A. minis and terrain.  Not that I need much encouragement to buy more minis.  : )  
I placed an order with Acheson Creations, and wow I'm really impressed with the price and quality!
I will get these painted up and be ordering  more stuff from Acheson Creations very soon!
Also I have recently gotten the PDF for Zona Alfa
Zona Alfa is a tabletop skirmish game, very closely tied to the Stalkers video games! P.A. tabletop gaming in the ruins of Chernobyl! Cool!  I have also ordered the print version of the rules, since the PDF was so cool.  I have a buddy who is interested in trying out the rules with me, so hopefully more to come about this one! Plus any minis or terrain I use for Zona Alfa will work for any P.A. RPG play that I do, and vice versa.  My Old School Essentials game is going well, but it helps me to keep a game going if I am able to also work on things for other stuff. So while I am DMing a Fantasy OSE game, I am doing loose prep for a possible P.A. game down the road.  I hope you all have a great Friday/Weekend!
Good Gaming! -B.B. 

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Aftermath Miniatures!

Here's a little post getting back to my Post Apocalyptic Gaming roots and love of minis!  My buddy did a fantastic job painting up these minis! Really glad I backed the kickstarter for them.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

New Year, Old School System!

Just a brief update, with hopefully much more to come.  This post may sound funny given my last post had such a heavy sci fi love fest to it.  However, thanks to some great friends, I was led to take a renewed look at Old School Essentials (OSE)! By the highly talented Gavin Norman.

     I didn't back the kickstarter on this one back when it was going on, I figured, well I already have my original B/X books and I have Labyrinth Lord. Also, I had already backed a ton of Kickstarters at the time and my group was heavily into 5E. But things are different now, as I have mentioned, 5E while fun, isn't the game I want to run or really play that much these days. I'm an old school gamer at heart and the OSR is home to me. My group interestingly enough after playing a lot of 5E have said they want to play something else. That's where OSE comes in! I mentioned it to them as an option and they jumped at it!  I was surprised at their interest! 
     I went to buy the books in print, and found they were Out of Stock! Wow, that's a good sign!  Luckily I now have them in PDF, while eagerly awaiting for the print books to be back in stock.  I have the B/X originals but love the look, layout and ease of use of OSE. 
     What's so great about OSE you ask? Gavin has done a fantastic job of taking the B/X rules and putting them in a much easier to follow, player friendly format.  He even has the option of Ascending AC built into the game while also retaining THACO for those who prefer it. Me? sorry, I hate math, and yeah I know THACO is "easy", but I think Ascending AC is easier at the table.  Also OSE is super easy to be house-rule! With OSE, I feel I have a solid, proven B/X foundation to build the kind of game that I and my players want to play. I never felt comfortable tweaking 5E, wasn't sure how "x" fitted with "y" behind the scenes. but Old School D&D like B/X? I cut my teeth on that game! I can stat up a monster or encounter in my head on the fly.  Last night my group met, and had a very special sort of Session Zero, more to come on that. But you can expect to be hearing more from me about OSE and our new Campaign! 
Long Live the OSR!!
Good Gaming -B.B.