Re-Org!

Now that I’ve started back into wargaming again, I had a hard look at this site. Thanks partly to a comment I received about the need for new scenario notification I decided to do what started out as a simple re-organization of the information. Well, that quickly grew! My wordpress skills have developed considerably over the years so I put them to the test here.

Now you can find scenarios by game, expansion, setting, year and even units involved!

I also took the opportunity to brush up a number of things and one thing led to another. As a result, I think, I present a more logical site. Also, the blog is now a more of a blog…which is something I’ve wanted for a long time.

So now, players can get to where they want to go without having to hear me go on and on about something they really don’t care about (but you still can!).

Hope you enjoy!

Now back to designing…

Warriors Weekend

Well…it’s been awhile but the Tide of Iron bug bit again and none too soon. I’ve signed up for Warriors Weekend here in Victoria BC this Sunday.  

I’ll be demonstrating one, if not two new Tide of Iron scenarios. Both involve the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary’s) and the 12th SS Panzer Division (Hitlerjugend).  The first is introductory friendly but I think even veteran players would enjoy.  

Tide of Iron scenario - Assault on Putot ← Here is a sneak peak

UPDATE – The Assault on Putot scenario is now available in the Battles section

 

You can also find me now on Facebook (funny, I pick the time when everyone is running away) @brummbar44

You might find something rather interesting there right now as well in fact.

 

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Advanced Memoir '44 - card back

Advanced Memoir ’44

While doing some general site maintenance (yes, I still pay attention from time to time), I came across an old concept that I put together a decade ago now (where does the time go?). Anyway, thought it would be of interest to the Memoir ’44 community at large.

It’s an Advanced Memoir ’44 concept that brings into play some house rules for enhancing the base game along with some advanced unit cards with some fun rules of their own.

Advanced Memoir ’44

Hope you enjoy and Happy Gaming!

Battle Academy 2 – Multiplayer Campaign League

Join the fight on the Eastern Front as Operation Barbarossa begins!

Now recruiting for commanders to play in a Battle Academy 2 Eastern Front Skirmish League. This multiplayer campaign utilizes custom Army Lists that cover Infantry, Armored and Specialty Divisions that players use to fight their way to victory.

Join as either the Axis and fight your way to Moscow in this opening operation. Or defend the Motherland and hurl back the invader.

The more the merrier. All skill levels welcome as this is a ‘for fun’ league.

Check out the thread over at Slitherine

BA2 Kursk

B44 Ost War

It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should become too fond of it.
– Robert E. Lee

We are fortunate that today we cannot even imagine the ‘terrible’ wars. But we can be fond of it in it’s virtuosity, another fortunate outcome of such a tragedy.

In remembrance of those who allow our fortunate lives to be by giving theirs.

Lest We Forget.


Battle Academy 2 Multiplayer – B44 Ost War

Brummbar is Back!

Brummbar 44

Hard to believe it’s been a year since I last posted. What can I say? It was a low gaming year. Memoir ’44 and Tide of Iron have both been collecting dust on the shelves. The gaming table has been occupied by Star Wars X-Wing (still working on not colliding with asteroids!) and to tickle my fantasies, Descent: Journey’s in the Dark.

Of course, I’m still a wargamer at heart.

Battle Academy 2 has been filling that niche rather nicely. At first, it was really all about playing through all of the single player campaigns. I love the improvements that Slitherine has made over the original Battle Academy. Things I was really wanting in the original have now been added. Trenches (where were these when I wanted to do a Great War version!), wire, mines and more! Most importantly however is my recent experiences with the new Scenario Editor.

I was familiar with the original Battle Academy editor, but was frustrated with the scripting required once everything was set. BA2 has automated almost all of that now. The Editor is so much easier to use but still has it’s quirks. For example, I kept getting ‘Overtime’ in my testplays no matter if the objectives were achieved or not. I soon figured out that the wording on the editor (or perhaps how it’s laid out) is a little deceptive. Word to the wise, check both boxes for allowing the victory plugin to grant Side 0 and Side 1 victory.

While tinkering in the Editor, I found myself at a loss for a battle to set up. I’m familiar mostly with the Western Front and found the prospects of learning specific East Front battles a little daunting. This is where my wargamer experience kicked in. Down in the game vault I pulled out my original copy of PanzerBlitz (from 1980!). I was delighted with the idea of converting the PanzerBlitz situations into BA2 battles! So I immediately set about making the first 4 as multiplayer games.

It wasn’t long that I found the powers of the new Scenario Editor and decided to also make some Single Player campaigns. The default being the Soviets as Side 0. The Editor even offers a decent built in ‘Achievements’ plugin. So here was a game that I could make for myself and share with others. After a little figuring out, I was able to convert the same scenarios with the Germans as Side 0 and was able to play from that perspective as well! The fun is just beginning!

If you are a wargame fan and haven’t played Battle Academy, I highly recommend it! If you do play BA2, then I hope you enjoy the Single Player campaigns – Note; you need to copy the links below and open your BA2 game -> Campaigns -> Download Community Scenarios (folder icon) -> Download a Campaign Package from the Internet (toolbox icon, top right) -> paste the URL in using the + icon.

BA2 meets PanzerBlitz: Situations 1-4, the Russian Experience

BA2 meets PanzerBlitz: Situations 1-4, the German Experience

You can find all of the links in raw as well as the Multiplayer version on the Slitherine site. I’ll be working toward improving the MP scenarios and am already underway on Situations 5-8.

Hope to see you on the field!