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    While going on at full speed with new "traditional" releases (P-47, Bf.109K, Dauntless, D4Y in July; 1 1/2 Strutter, Phoenix D.I, Nieuport 11, Albatros C.III in these days; new game mats around; Battle of Britain starter set pretty soon), and while a new reprint of Rules Packs and Duel Packs are hitting the shelves, a quite unusual "old style Sci-Fi" set is announced.
    Here an overview, after a public game session at GiocoForza in Italy, 28th of August:

    http://www.gioconomicon.net/modules....u-contro-marte
    Last edited by Angiolillo; 09-13-2016 at 02:35.

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    Looks interesting and possibly a way to get new players into Wings of Glory. It would be really nice if the plane in the T&T started was either a unique type or at least paint job so that current Wings players could pick up that starter to both try the game and add to their Wings collection.

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    That will need extensive playtesting for balance.

    I better start saving for the tripods..

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    Y'know if Italy had an equivalent of April Fools' Day...

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    Yes, Pesce d'Aprile - 1st of April.

    This is real. Or... It will be.

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    Love it. Need to start saving now.......!

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    Oh boy... we'll soon need a Tripod emoticon!

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    It is a common photo tripod (smartphone probably) with cut off upper mount (3 Euro value). A well spent 3 coins! Interesting what if expansion.
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    "We do not stop playing when we get old, but we get old when we stop playing."

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    Marco's and Francesco's prototype...

    I use paper silouhettes from the actual artwork.

    At the link in the first post, English text and renderings of one of the future miniatures..

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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    I said this on Facebook and I will say it here... I would be so majorly stoked if we could pull off away to run a demo or two of this at next year's Origins Game Fair!!
    Ken Head - "The Cowman"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiolillo View Post
    Yes, Pesce d'Aprile - 1st of April.

    This is real. Or... It will be.
    Oh, I don't doubt that it is an actual planned project. Sorry for the confusion...my humor can be, even for native English speakers, difficult to understand if you're not in my mind.

    And believe me, most of the time, that's not where you want to me.

    As for the game itself, hm, I think I'll have to pass. Too many other S/F projects on my plate.

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    Sorry, for me the Martian tripods will forever resemble the Classics Illustrated version. .....!I

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    Quote Originally Posted by BB401 View Post
    Sorry, for me the Martian tripods will forever resemble the Classics Illustrated version. .....!I
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    That's where I first encountered War of the Worlds.

    Or this version, after seeing the above 1953 movie:
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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Oh NO! Dr Who game this fall and now the War of the Worlds! When will it all end . . . . Oooo, now I can do my Northrop flying wing bombers! Yea!

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    Next step, the creatures from Doyle's "The Horror From The Heights":

    http://loneanimator.deviantart.com/a...ghts-527890366 .

    . o O ( Need to finish "Cloudbursters" sometime.... )

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    Quote Originally Posted by BB401 View Post
    Sorry, for me the Martian tripods will forever resemble the Classics Illustrated version. .....!I
    That's what hooked me back in 1963 or 64

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
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    That's where I first encountered War of the Worlds.

    Or this version, after seeing the above 1953 movie:
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    I have the boxed set of that one, Mike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    I have the boxed set of that one, Mike.
    I can still hear Richard Burton telling this story. I was having flashbacks of this album when watching the Tom Cruise (2005) remake.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Original illustrations
    Serialised in Pearson's Magazine, Apr-Dec 1897

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    For more - http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks/fr100076.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by zenlizard View Post
    Oh, I don't doubt that it is an actual planned project. Sorry for the confusion...my humor can be, even for native English speakers, difficult to understand if you're not in my mind.
    Seen and appreciated!

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    Potential Tripod visitors to BottosCon 2016:

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    From BottosCon's Facebook page, for those with a log-in.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Thanks to everybody for the great pictures.

    Quote Originally Posted by zenlizard View Post
    Oh, I don't doubt that it is an actual planned project. Sorry for the confusion...my humor can be, even for native English speakers, difficult to understand if you're not in my mind.
    Seen and appreciated!

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    Can we equip the planes with bacterial warfare sprays or bombs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naharaht View Post
    Can we equip the planes with bacterial warfare sprays or bombs?
    The ideal weapon would be massed Kettering Bugs carrying blister agents or biologicals, or even infra-red absorbent smoke.

    Just remember - the Martians would have 20 years of tech development between 1897 and 1917 too.

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    For a mixed action involving ground troops in 1/144 scale,:

    Early war infantry and field artillery
    https://www.kallistra.co.uk/?page=113

    Late war
    https://www.kallistra.co.uk/?page=130

    Armoured Vehicles
    http://arrowheadminiatures.co.uk/col...s/wwi-vehicles




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    Quote Originally Posted by Oberst Hajj View Post
    Looks interesting and possibly a way to get new players into Wings of Glory. It would be really nice if the plane in the T&T started was either a unique type or at least paint job so that current Wings players could pick up that starter to both try the game and add to their Wings collection.
    Agreed, I'm not that into sci-fi but I'd likely buy in if there were new planes or paint schemes available that way.

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    I hope some triplanes appear in the game since I didn't see any in the photographs.
    So how many books are in your personal library?

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    There is a game called All Quiet on the Martian Front (AQMF). The company went bust due to promises not fulfilled. There is a forum for this. I have a book based on the game and it was a good read.
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    don't get me started!!!!! where is my "Thing Maker?"

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    I've already bought some D&D Attack Wing dragons to do Karl's (Jager) dragon scenario that he ran at GenCon this year - it was tons of fun and everyone involved really enjoyed it. I'm sure I will buy into T&T too, especially if there is a different version of some of the triplanes than already exist. War of the Worlds (the original with Gene Barry) is one of my favorite movies, so I'm a sucker for WotW-style action...

    All the best,
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoe Brain View Post
    The ideal weapon would be massed Kettering Bugs carrying blister agents or biologicals, or even infra-red absorbent smoke.

    Just remember - the Martians would have 20 years of tech development between 1897 and 1917 too.
    Depends on the biochem agents chosen... we want to kill the Invading Alien Scum, not render the area uninhabitable, right? lol

    Irony: This is coming from Mr. Take Off And Nuke It From Orbit...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
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    That's where I first encountered War of the Worlds.
    I had a copy of this back in the day, I think my mother took it to the book exchange after I moved out.

    I remember one page with an excellent drawing of a dreadnought under attack. I read the comic SOOO many times.

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    Nice copy of the Classics. I have the War of the Worlds on album and CD. Good music that follows the story. I have a 1/72 Tiger tank that I named ULLA after listening to the album. Somewhere I have a paperback of War of the Worlds that I read in my youth.

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    I'm ready to defeat some Martians!!

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    Here are some photos I took at Historicon this year of a AQMF game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobP View Post
    Here are some photos I took at Historicon this year of a AQMF game.

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    The producers of AQMF may have gone under, but obviously someone(s) snatched up a bunch of product.

    I can't wait for this version of Wings of Glory to come out. This may be the big gateway draw for new enthusiasts to the game at upcoming conventions.

    Whether I like it or not, Snoopy was the draw that got people to my table at MosaiCon on Saturday, and the game brought them back for the HMS Glorious on Sunday. I am trying to develop an Air Race version, as another gateway to the core game.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Quote Originally Posted by zenlizard View Post
    Y'know if Italy had an equivalent of April Fools' Day...
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    The producers of AQMF may have gone under, but obviously someone(s) snatched up a bunch of product.
    Ironclad Games bought up the remaining stock and the IP rights for the game back in June, and have started selling it again at a new online store:
    http://quietmartianfront.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS650 View Post
    Ironclad Games bought up the remaining stock and the IP rights for the game back in June, and have started selling it again at a new online store:
    http://quietmartianfront.com/
    Cool stuff! A little spendy though, the elves are not happy with the prospects of being invaded . . .

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    This is cool. I'm sure many of us wanted something like this!

    It's a good opportunity to write up some proper coop rules, for battling AI led aliens, would be huge.

    And it's a good opportunity to have a neat campaign structure developed.

    And it's a good opportunity to manage resources, deployments and so on. That is to say, point balanced outings and selections of weapons, heat suits, armour, or whatever.

    There need to be some missions for the Giants too!

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    Just an observation about the possibilities of this idea.

    As mentioned above in post #22, a parallel thought process occurred in Vancouver, and one of the Wings of Glory game hosts at BottosCon 2016 is putting on a scenario with tripods. To the best of my knowledge, this scenario was conceived and designed by the host, independent of Ares.

    Now, why am I highlighting this, again? Well, after running games at this event for three years, using Zeppelin's and aircraft carriers to draw in players, I didn't know how many participants I would have at a particular game until I arrived at the convention, if I got any registrants signing up before hand. This year, the game host for this War of the World's scenario has had to put on a second game to allow all the people who signed up, in advance!, a slot to play.

    I'm sort of bummed, but also very pleased. This is bringing all the players I have been cultivating over the years to the table, but it is obviously drawing a lot more new players to the table. I can't complain, if it introduces new players to a great game.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGuy59 View Post
    As mentioned above in post #22, a parallel thought process occurred in Vancouver, and one of the Wings of Glory game hosts at BottosCon 2016 is putting on a scenario with tripods. To the best of my knowledge, this scenario was conceived and designed by the host, independent of Ares.
    IMSMC: Someone was running a _WotW_ game at Enfilade! this year, as well. (Might be the same person?)

    At any rate: It does open up some possibilities.

    (And I *really* need to finish up "Cloudbursters"....)

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    I'm sure we've all thought about this, especially after seeing the Great Martian War footage.



    The thing is, even these slow aircraft move at quite the pace when compared to ground vehicles. How can you fix that? The general consensus on this group seems to be allow the ground vehicles one move at the end of the round. That's kind of boring.

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    In our system, lenght of arrows apart, tripods can move in any of the three phases. If they move in all three, they are running so they have limits in maneuvre choices and they expend energy. Besides, some things like recharge or fire must be done instead of moving.
    Details here:
    http://www.gioconomicon.net/modules....EnglishArticle

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    In the original book, a tripod running did so "at the speed of an express train" - call it 100 kmh or higher.

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    I'm curious for this game.

    Dreibeiner gegen Dreidecker!



    Are you shure those Tripods comming from Mars and not out of mad German scientist's lab?
    Voilà le soleil d'Austerlitz!

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    Just in case I want to try out a SPAD XII in the play-testing, I needed a card. I will use the SPAD VII models I have on the table, but I needed the stats, too.

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    Hmmm... Might need one of those new Equipment cards, as well, to cover the rules for using the cannon.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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    Playtesting - 27 October 2016 at Games & Grounds, Courtenay BC:

    The first Heat-ray attack incinerates a Nieuport 16 on contact:
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    Another Nieuport 16 pilot takes revenge on a Tripod, with this highly successful rocket attack. The Martian, despite attempting to get out of arc, drew spectacular, and fatal, damage:
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    Note: In Tripods & Triplanes, the Explosion Card does half-total damage. In this case, the Tripod has a damage resistance of 18, so the Spikey Zero was worth 9 damage. However, with the second damage card also being 9, the Tripod is destroyed.

    After Action Report will be available, when authorized.
    Mike
    "Flying is learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss" Douglas Adams
    "Wings of Glory won't skin your elbows and knees while practicing." OldGuy59

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