Tabletop Strategy Games

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  1. Sapper Woody

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    With all the history buffs and political strategists on the board, I was wondering if we had any other armchair generals on the board.



    I myself play Warhammer and Warhammer 40k, along with some lesser known games.



    Anyone else play tabletop strategy games? (If you don't know what I mean, then you don't play them, lol)
     
  2. Don

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    Risk. 'Nuff said.
     
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    Chess.....................
     
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    Chess. Played quite a bit of Risk but not for quite a few years.
     
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    Sapper Woody....you and my brother ! Steve loves re enacting WW2 battles like Leningrad, campaigns in Poland etc. You mean those games with octagonal cells overlaying a map.

    The only one I ever played was some sci fi thing and the octagonal cells were 3D with volume to be imagined, I guess a bit like Star Treks take on chess.

    Oh yes and Go of course.
     
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    Backgammon
     
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    Some of them are played with hexagons, yes. The ones I play normally do not use them, just an 8' by 4' table, and we use tape measures to measure movement, weapon range, etc. But you've got the idea of what I'm talking about.



    The rest of you? Sorry. A distinction of a tabletop strategy game is that there's no board. So risk, chess, etc, while all good strategy games, are not what I'm talking about.
     
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    I had to Google Warhammer. Sounds interesting...like a micro-manageable version of Risk. If I correctly understand it...
     
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    Paper Football. No board. Just you, your opponent, a carefully constructed football (tape & staples are for cheaters) and a table.
     
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    Essentially. Basically two armies (anywhere from 50 - 300 hand painted miniatures) squaring off, taking turns moving, shooting, and resolving close combat.
     
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    That was my understanding of it. It interests me.

    I have had much free time lately. Convalescing. Mrs. Rolf would probably appreciate it if I found something better to do than spend so much time at the gun club.
     
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    Is there a difference between board games and tabletop games ? If so, I don't play any table top games, but am quite proficient is backgammon, scrabble, chess, stratego, and others.
     
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    At the risk of sounding belittling, the difference is what their names say they are. One is played on a board, the other uses an entire tabletop. Most tabletop games use 4' x 8' surface, while some use 4' x 4'. Many tabletop games have no semblance of a board at all, while a few use sheets of paper with hexagons on them to represent terrain, etc.



    In Warhammer and Warhammer 40k, the terrain is actually built by the hobbyists, and can be buildings, rocks, trees, or anything else you can imagine. I've even seen guys hook up power and water pumps to make waterfalls and working street lights.
     
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    Sounds like a great game for us tech geeks.
     
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    If you get into one, I'd suggest Warhammer 40k over Warhammer. It's futuristic and squad based instead of medieval and total army based. In 40k, you'll have 20-50 figures on the table. In Warhammer, you'll have 50-300. My skeleton army has around 450 pieces. And all pieces are hand painted by the user.



    Here is a link to a figure I painted: http://sapperwoody.blogspot.com/2013/11/painting-my-latest-40k-model.html?m=1
     
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    Have you ever tried Heroscape? It's no longer in production, but the parts are easily acquired on Amazon, eBay, Craigslist, etc. It's similar to Warhammer, but the landscape is completely modular in hexagonal pieces. You build whatever type of map you want and you select armies from squads or hero figures with stat cards. Movement, attack, and defense are all listed on the card, along with special abilities. Attacks and defensive moves are made by dice roll.

    My group of friends has played this game for probably close to ten years. It's fairly quick set up, unless you get the urge to build a really expansive map. Our largest map every was probably 6 feet by 3 feet. Armies are points based. We typically played 500 points, with a house rule that teammates could lend up to 10% of their points to another teammate.

    Loads of fun. Also came with a slightly less complicated version on the other side of the stat card, removing special abilities, and making the game simpler for younger players.
     
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    I've got about 60 heroscape figures, and quite a bit of terrain. It wasn't that big around where I was, or I'd have more.
     
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    Oh dear, I have seen those boys only shops....with miniature soldiers and/ or monsters. They all look as if you need to paint them, the miniatures not the clientele. I would not dream of going in...the shop would probably explode!
     
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    :laugh::laugh: Painted clientele. There is a Southern California joke in there somewhere.
     

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