Friday, January 27, 2017

making a fantasy miniatures board game

So I've got lots of board games and miniatures games that I like, but I want to create a solitaire or coop style board game with elements that I like from other things, and taking away elements that I don't like.

The evil Dragonlord Zentraxis has somehow returned to life, and while restoring his energies, is raising armies of monsters across the land!

There are eight towns along the length of a river. On the opposite bank of the river is a vast forest land of ruins where there was once an ancient city. Each Level consists of a Town (off the map) where you can shop, heal, fulfil quests, etc, and local Ruins (the map) where you explore, fight monsters, etc.

As always, click on image for bigger view.

The idea is that there is a river with a bridge over it (entrance/exit) at one end of the table.

Then there are randomly arranged 'rooms' and 'passages' of ruined and collapsed walls to create the ruins of an ancient city. The map is then populated with foliage / trees as well.

This creates a 'level' map of the game.

Then 10 green tokens are placed, scattered across the map. These are Green Encounter Tokens.

Each turn, the player can move their Hero and allies across the map, and when they have line of sight to an Encounter Token, they must draw an Encounter Card of that colour. So on level one, you would draw a Green Encounter Card to see what happens.

If it is a monster to fight, you must place its miniature on the map, and now each turn it can move and fight as well! You must defeat the figure to gain any rewards. As you move about and do battle, you might gain line of sight to other tokens in the process, activating more enemies!

If the card is not a battle, it could be all sorts of things like bits of story, a quest to do, and so on. In that case, read the card and do what it says, then draw another card, until you draw a battle. So in that case, multiple things might happen when the encounter token is revealed.

Level One has 10 green tokens.
Level Two has 5 green tokens and 5 yellow tokens.
Level Three has 10 yellow tokens.
Level Four has 5 yellow tokens and 5 blue tokens.
Level Five has 10 blue tokens.
Level Six has 5 blue tokens and 5 red tokens.
Level Seven has 10 red tokens.
Level Eight has 5 special White Tokens and is the End Game level.

Here's some examples:

A Story Upgrade tells you a bit more about the developing story, and may also have something that happens as well - like this card, which allows you to get a free Market Card (items, weapons, armour, etc) the next time you're in town.

Some cards have negative effects as the story develops, like this one where the Hero gets cursed!

Here's a monster example. The Death Hound! So if you drew this card, you would replace the Encounter Token with a miniature of a Death Hound (any monster miniature that looks wolfish or doggish would work.)

  • Instinct covers things like dodging, hiding, shooting ranged weapons, and so on.
  • Physical is stuff like strength, melee fighting, and so on.
  • Mystical is stuff like lore, magic spells, diplomacy, and so on.

I was inspired by the board game Rune Bound when thinking how this would work.

The first number for an Attribute is the monster's score. You have to roll equal to or greater than their score to succeed against them. The second number is if they are able to do any damage against you.

  • Instinct means if you have line of sight to each other, ranged combat can occur each turn.
  • Physical means figures must be adjacent to each other.
  • At the end of the turn, any figures able to perform Mystical (magic) attacks can also do so.

Here's a monster from the Yellow level of the game.

The way ranged combat works, is that if you have line of sight to a figure, and you have a ranged weapon, or they have ranged damage, then you must make an Instinct roll each turn. If you roll equal to or greater than their Instinct Score, then you succeeded in dodging their attack (and dealing damage if you are able). If you rolled less than their Instinct Score then they have dealt damage to you instead (and if you had a ranged attack, you missed).

If both yourself and the monster have 0 damage for Instinct, it means neither of you can perform ranged attacks.

This Undead Patrol has both Instinct and Physical, meaning they can make ranged attacks against you each turn, and also perform melee attacks if you are adjacent. (Once figures are adjacent, ranged attacks cannot be made, only physical)

I used photos of my painted miniatures to represent the monsters, which also makes it easy to know what figure to place on the table when a card is dealt.

Anyway, I'm still having fun developing the idea and playing around with how it will work :)

Friday, July 4, 2014

Off Topic: Transforming Toys painting and gaming blog

So, everyone knows by now that I like blogging. Lots of different blogs, for different topics, and different games, so here's yet another one!

I've reliving 80's fun watching Transformer's Cartoons, and I've been reading Marvel and IDW comics, and playing Transformers computer games, and I thought, why isn't there a collect and paint and play miniatures game about transforming toys like Transformers and Gobots.

So I've decided to collect cheap transforming toys, and to paint them up as if they were miniatures game pieces, and to make miniatures rules for them.

I'm blogging the collecting, painting, and rule making, at this new blog:

Here's a glimpse of what to expect:

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

3D descent tiles and furniture

I thought I'd do a little bit more work on my 3D dungeon stuff. Here's what I have already done tile-wise, with all the tiles sat next to each other on the table to form a 'board' of tiles.

And here's the tiles I'm going to make next

And here they are undercoated gray, and some of the furniture pieces I've started assembling using small blocks and wooden planks :)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

READ NOW if you like collecting miniatures !!!

Reaper Miniatures are at it again - I wish I'd learned about this sooner, but there's still 10 days to go!

Their BONES miniatures range are highly detailed plastic miniatures, and last year they did an amazing thing - they created a Kickstarter for the production of a new range of figures, and if you bought into the Kickstarter, you got the miniatures at an incredibly discount price.

They're doing it again!

If you pre-order their 2013 $100 Core Set, it works out so far to about just 80 cents per figure!!! And the more people who pledge, the more figures get automatically added to everyone's Core Sets (without any increase in price!), and the cheaper each of those figures will become!

Then there's Core Set Add Ons, where you can order extras of any figures you really like that are in the Core Set.

The there's $50 Expansions - for $50, you get another whole range of figures. The first expansion has giants, dragons, and monsters, etc.

Then there's Options, which are individual figure or set purchases that are not available in the Core Set, but are only available as separate purchases, with even more amazing dragons and monsters and stuff.

Check out their range - and remember that the more people who join in and pledge to order miniatures, the more miniatures they will add to the Kickstarter, and the more stuff people will end up getting when the Kickstarter finishes.

And remember, these prices will not be repeated - ONLY people who join the Kickstarter will get the figures at these insane prices. After that, when the figures come into retail production, they will sell at regular miniatures prices.

So, for $100, the 2013 Core Set currently give more than 100 figures! And as the pledges go up, more and more figures will get added for free into the Core Set!

Visit their pledge site here:

Also, if you look at the UPDATES page (see the menu across the top of the video at the top of the page), there are photos of the miniature sets on those pages that are bigger and show the detail of the figures a lot better.

Basically, any photo with a dark purple background is a miniature automatically included in the $100 2013 Core Set.

The blue background photo is Expansion Two, which has things added to it the more people pledge.

The orange background photos are Options that are purchased on their own, and are not part of expansions or the core set.

The sort of dark yellow/ochre background photos are Expansion One, which is now complete and not being added to further. All the things on that photo are included for just $50.

The light purple background are Add-Ons. Basically, they list each of the sets that are included in the Core Set, and allow you to order extras of any sets that you want to have a bigger group of.

You can even get a bag of standard round Figure Bases - 50 of them, for just $10 !!! Compare that to 10 of them, for $7 at Games Workshop, and that's a LOT of figure bases for cheap!

But remember, there's only 10 days left - it ends on Satuday October 26th here in Australia, I think that's the 25th in the USA? (Or perhaps that's the other way around. Check the site and log in to your account if you create one, to see the correct date in your Country's time zone)

The other amazing thing is that they met their initial $30,000 goal in just 3 minutes! I don't know if that's a Kickstarter record, but it sure sounds like one! Congratulations to Reaper Miniatures!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

New Blog Style and current activities

So, I was having some technical glitches with this blog, and it turns out it is because they changed how blogs are scripted, etc, on here, and that Google is making everything a part of its Google+ thing now. So I converted to Google+, and had to basically reset all the styling of the blog. I couldn't remember what it was like before, so I've set up a new look for it.

Anyhow, my brother got back to his Hirst Arts weathertop inspired ruins (see the link below), which look fantastic on his lava pit wasteland Realm of Battle Board:

I was rather impressed (I love Hirst Arts constructions!) and it inspired me to do a bit more work on my own Hirst Arts creations, so I've pulled out all my plaster and corkboard and paint, and have started working on my 3D dungeon tiles again. So I'm back on my goal of trying to make enough ground tile pieces to be able to lay out any of the dungeon maps in the boardgame Descent.

Once I can get all the Dungeon tiles created, I can get back to working on outside wilderness tiles, so I can finally, finally, play a campaign of Road to Legend using 3D tiles - which is the campaign that inspired me to take a look at the Descent game in the first place.

Friday, August 16, 2013

(off topic) Making an Arcade Machine

Hi guys, been a while since I posted anything on here. I haven't been doing much painting of the miniatures sort, but I thought I'd link to another project I'm working on that involves painting :) I'm making a tabletop (bartop / benchtop) computer arcade machine, for playing retro games. Anyway, for more info, I'm blogging my progress here: