Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Gurkbatz the Lonely Orc Living on a Tropical Island

Gurkbatz



I am going to take a coffee ☕️ to practice inking with my new pens. Anyone need a illustration to use in a actual game (or for a zine or blog)? A single characters, item or creature would be cool.


Herr Zinnling:

It would be great if you'd draw Gurkbatz, an orc living on the coast of the tropical island Waltrop. He is big, very aggressive, desperate, sad and has lots of scars, maybe even chopped off body parts, like a missing ear or thumb.

He is one of the main characters in a tabletop campaign I’m currently playing, using the rulesets Dragon Rampant and Hordes of the Things.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

One Page Dungeon Contest Youth Prize

Joaquín

Some months ago, Lina (9), Hendrik (7) and Joaquín (5) wrote Bubble Guble Super Raum, a dungeon for the One Page Dungeon Contest, and won one of the youth prizes.

Robbers & Robots

Mountain of Mirrors

They received a parcel from Wayne's Books with three books: "Robbers and Robots" and "Mountain of Mirrors", two D&D Endless Quest Books, and 
"Rebel Planet", a Fighting Fantasy game book.

Thank you!

dungeon business cards

They also enjoyed a lot playing with the dungeon business cards that were in the parcel, which I believe were drawn by Dyson Logos.

Hendrik


In one of the books we found a strange card which says "tippy top hat's" and "Keith Hack, can I help you".

Keith Hack, can I help you

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Super Hero Mugs

Aquaman

I have 3 super hero coffee cups and an Aquaman T-Shirt.

I like The Thing. Probably because his skin is divided into hexagons and I really like hexagons.

My youngest son likes Hulk and always wants to know: who is stronger? Hulk or The Thing?

That’s what children do, right? Compare their strengths. I grew up with a handicapped brother who couldn’t move on his own or say anything. So I wouldn’t know.

Looking at the Hulk mug ("DON’T MAKE ME ANGRY!!!") and at the The Thing mug ("THIS MAN … THIS MONSTER!"), I assume both super heroes are very strong. If they would get into a fight, they'd probably both end up in hospital.


Aquaman

A couple of months ago I got fed up with the Flash mug. Something about its design started to bother me. So I put it on Ebay and replaced it with two other cups I found on Redbubble. They show an owl bear and a landshark, drawn by the Brazilian artist menterart.

I haven’t sold the Flash mug yet. You need a lot of patience 
to sell things on Ebay.

And the T-shirt? Once I tried to convince the friends I play badminton with, that we should all play Badminton in super hero T-shirts. So I got the Aquaman T-Shirt.

Badminton

My friends think I look embarrassing as Aquaman. That’s why Florian gave me a proper Badminton T-shirt for my birthday, which was about 80 days ago. I also got a box of "Wild about Nerds" candy. Thank you, Florian!

Wild about Nerds

Looking at the pictures now, despite all the thoughts other people and I have put into this so far, I’m not sure if there is much difference between the first two pictures and the third picture. 

What can I do?

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Mud Huts


5 mud huts

I’m currently working on 5 mud huts. Inspired by the classic 40K scenario 'Seize Ground' where you have to roll for D3+2 objectives, I want to use them as objectives for Dragon Rampant. I think this will be fun.

mud hut

Progress on the mud huts has been a bit slow, partly because the house I live in doesn’t have a roof at moment. This causes several "real life" problems.

real life problems

I have to deal with metal objects falling onto our balcony every other day and my "Arbeitszimmer", ähh … how do you call that in English? My study has already been flooded three times.

mud hut

Never mind. I hope to finish the mud huts soon.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Bubble Guble Super Raum / One Page Dungeon Contest

Lina (8), Hendrik (6) and Joaquín (4) wrote a dungeon adventure. This is our entry for the ONE PAGE DUNGEON CONTEST 2017I hope it is useful or playable or whatever …


dungeon

1 In the middle of the room you see a commode in Louis XIV style. If you open one of the drawers, you find two purses. Inside of them are three coins, two chicken wings and two lives. If you don’t watch out, a troll with a chainsaw and chainsaw teeth will kill you.


chainsaw troll

2 A dead camel.

3 There are a lot of keys scattered on the floor and beetles crawling around. Room 3 is full of treasures. Some treasures have beetles inside and some beetles have treasures inside.

4 Room 4 is called Bubble Guble Super Raum. Pink bubbles are floating in the air. If they burst, you die. You meet Sofie, the elf. She says: Warzenschwein führt dich heim, nach vorne, dann links und rechts. (Wart-hog takes you home, go straight ahead, turn left, then right.)

There is an invisible secret passage with a trap between room 4 and room 5. If you fall into the trap, you will never get out again.

5 There is a giant wart-hog. It’s called Hulk Schweinekotz. It has attackers on its back. One of them has three eyes and no mouth. Another one has a long neck and feet, a muzzle and two eyes. And a funny nose. I can tell you that. On the floor there is a bowl of muesli. If you eat the muesli, you will become a super hero and you can fly through the whole world in three seconds. You will develop a lot of muscles and you can knock off ten thousand attackers with one finger. And shoot red bolts out of your eyes.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Hamburg Tactica 2017 / Sunday

Schlacht von Arsouf

"On Sunday Jörg and I played a couple of games on smaller tables that only took about an hour to play. We played a Crusaders versus Saracens board game. The rules were from the book 'Ritter, Waffen, Reiterspiele' by Andrew MacNeil and the miniatures were 54 mm Britains figures. Great Fun."

"Aha."


Koalitionskriege

"Then we went to a beautiful 60 cm × 60 cm table where the author of the ruleset 'Koalitionskriege!' presented his game. We played out a skirmish battle taking place in the age of Napoleon. British versus French. Each player had a set of command markers and secretly had to 'program' each unit at the beginning of each turn. I don't know much about this period, but it surprised me that the author had made close combat more effective than shooting."


Jörg

"It really depends what 'close combat' represents in the game."

"Yes. I know. I asked the author and he said something about knives on rifles. Anyways, the game was fun. The last game we played was Congo presented by the club Spieltrieb Frankfurt. We were four players, a teenager from Sweden, his father, Jörg and I. The table was covered with red cloth that had patches of grass. On top of it were lots of trees, mud huts and all kinds of African animals. In the centre was a village. One side played a group of European explorers who started in the village and had to make it to the edge of the table with some stolen goods. The other side played an African tribe, trying to stop the thieves. Congo uses cards to activate units. The cards allow you to take certain actions like move or shoot and come with a number for initiative. At the beginning of each round both sides play out a card. The side with the higher initiative goes first."

"That sounds interesting."


Congo

"Yes. And you can also bewitch other units, so they can't move or shoot. I played the African tribe with the teenager from Sweden and he was in such a good mood, enjoying the game so much, it turned Congo into the most entertaining two hours I had during the Tactica. Do you know the blog Dalauppror?"

"No."

"The author played at the same table on Sunday morning. There is a report on his blog with lots of pictures."

"Hm. I don't read tabletop blogs."


Vegetables from Mars

Syracuse

"Yeah. I know. I'm glad you read my blog once in a while. On Saturday morning, coming from the Abukir game, a bit exhausted, this guy comes to me, Alex, an old friend of my cousin, and says: 'I have something for you.', gives me a bag of miniatures, characters from Foundry's World of the Greek range. I'm like: Wow. Thank you. He says: 'For all the inspiration your blog gives me.'"

"Really?"

"Turns out he wants to do something similar to our Waltrop campaign. Ancient Greeks with mythological elements. I'm going to be in Dortmund with the kids during the summer, so we want to get together and play one day. Man, I was really touched by this. Alex has a wonderful blog. He is an amazing painter and does great pieces of terrain. You should check it out, Dr Moebius Miniature Mania."

"Hm."

"Really!"

"Ok. I'll try to do that."

"So how was your time in Dortmund?"


Behind Omaha

"Nice. I spent the weekend with my brother and his family. He had to work in the garden. I made the mistake to put my niece in a wheelbarrow. I had to drive her around in the garden all day. I was so exhausted."

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Hamburg Tactica 2017 / Saturday

"It's a pity you couldn't come to the Tactica this year.", I said to Krüger.

"Yes. How was it?"


team for historical simulations

the Perry twins + Aly Morrison

"Well. We arrived at 11 on Saturday morning and directly went to a table set up by the guys from THS to see if we could join them for a game at some point. One of them asked: 'Do you have anything to do now?', so we stayed. It was a large game using the ruleset Black Powder. They had beautiful miniatures and terrain, like last year. British forces were landing on the coast of Egypt at Abukir and the French were defending. We had a game master on each side. After a while they got into a rule fight. This reminded me of my early years of wargaming, but these guys must already be gaming in a club for more than 30 years, so I was surprised this happened. Maybe they were nervous because they had a game coming up at 2 o'clock with the Perry twins and Aly Morrison as guests. In any case, this was lots of fun. I mean, they were very friendly with us. Although … one of them kept teasing me that I should role the dice with more verge. I said: 'Man. These are dice. It doesn't matter with how much verge you roll them. You just need to get a random result.'"

Krüger asked: "What other games did you play?"

"There is this club from southern Germany that does excellent participation games each year …"

"Kurpfalz Feldherren?"


Kurpfalz Feldherren

Abu Sintra

"Yes. They were there with a large table, depicting an area of desert in Sudan. I played the British. I had to lead a camel caravan from one small side of the table to a camp on the opposite side, while the other three players, including Jörg, brought in large groups of nomads on camels and horses and on foot from the long sides. After an hour my caravan was stopped coming out of a narrow valley. I didn't even manage to capture an imam hiding in a small village on my right side. The terrain was quite impressive. The two game masters had used cork to depict rocks and the sides of cliffs. I really liked that."

"Great idea."

"All in all I was a bit tired on Saturday. The week before, Marjorie had worked a lot, leaving at 8 a.m. and returning at 3 the next morning. On Monday I had spent four hours on the train, bringing Lina and Hendrik to school, to aikido, to flamenco and picking them up again. And then there was the school strike …"

"So what else was there to see at the Tactica?"

Schlacht am Metauro

"They had a very interesting theme room with games for children and old miniatures and books. You could play several boardgames with plastic soldiers and there was a table with armies made of paper. They were taken from one of the books by the artist Peter Dennis who was also there showing how he worked. I would like to play more strategy games with Hendrik, so all of this was very inspiring. Those paper soldiers look fantastic, but cutting them out with a little scissor and glueing them together must take a lot of time, especially in my case, being such a slow person."


Peter Dennis

paper soldiers


paper soldiers


"We should play 40K with Hendrik."

"Yes. And he could join the Waltrop campaign, play some units of Greeks… He likes slingers."

"Slingers? Why?"


little wars

"I have no idea. There was also a library of gaming books. I flipped through some books and one of the members of the club THS recommended 'Scenarios for Wargames' by Charles Grant. It looked very interesting."

"Do you plan to buy the book?"

"I saw it for 363£ on Amazon yesterday."

"Wow."