Blog Post: Dungeons & Dragons

Dungeons & Dragons Down Time

The party has saved the village, slain the monster, and stripped the dungeon of anything that glittered…   …see you all next week!   As a Dungeon Master are you using your “down” time during gaming session to build your adventure brand and set things up for the next game?   Building on the narrative you can be missing out on some good opportunities for role playing- depending on the classes in your party and Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Battletech

Battletech Mech Tactics: The Assassin

The Assassin… …which for this mech review I feel is anything but. Sure any mech is better vs. being part of the dispossessed, but just what is the role of the Assassin mech in Battletech? I struggle to find its role on the table. At 749 battle vale it is cheap enough, has OK armor, and good mobility, but the medium laser, LRM-5, and SRM-2 are kind of a mixed bag. True we have a Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Posts: X-Wing Miniatures

Starting X-Wing Miniatures Tactics

I was sitting around with a few of the guys after blasting through some X-Wing Miniatures battles and we were talking about some fundamental skills/starting tactics with the game- stuff that is pre-ship or pre-list in understanding. My thoughts, briefly…. 1 -Control the center of the table. As a miniatures game, the action on the table is physically confined to the boundaries of the gaming mat for standard play or something larger for epic play. Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Battletech

Battletech Mech Review: Victor

The Victor, the assault mech that behaves like a medium mech… We all have our favorite mechs in the BATTLETECH universe, some based on tactical decisions, other on narrative and looks, and a few just on that lucky, classic, Battletech moment… Literally my first game with my Victor and Hunchback in my Dogs of War merc company- doing the Ac 20 rush with the Victor in the lead. Taking hits from the Dragon on my Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Warhammer 40K

Warhammer 40K Necron Destroyer Tactics

Necron Destroyers have always been a part of my Necron foot list- the fast moving element that swings around to intercept what my opponent uses to zoom up the side of the table or rush into my blocks of Warriors vs. allowing me to shoot at them a few turns as I march forward. For the most part they have remained consistent with each edition of 40K- as Space Marine or heavy infantry killers, with Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Warhammer 40K

Warhammer 40K Positional Mistakes In Deployment

I love my Wraithlords, which have nothing to do with this post, but rather a blunder that can be made with any unit. Played a big city-fight like 40K game and on my side of the table was a tall building with great cover and elevated LOS. So I parked both my Wraithlords up there to act as a fire base- MISTAKE. I know why I did it, even at the time- sometimes there is Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Warhammer 40K

Warhammer 40K Army Builds: Phased List

So we have been taking a look at some of the different ways that you can build your army for Warhammer 40K. One of the ways that I build my own armies is through what I call a “template”. Assigning a role for each group of models, and working together on the table- in this way you can play the models you want and not have it tied to any particular army or codex. Like Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Battletech

Battletech Mech Tactics: Trebuchet

Maybe it’s my own local meta, but as a medium mech I don’t often see the Trebuchet on the table, outside of running it in my own Dogs of War mech company lances. For around 1200 battle value it is a bit high, but among other mechs in its class it has something very valuable- redundancy. We start off with the two LRM 15 launchers. I prefer LRM 15/20 just for the volume of missiles, Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Battletech

Battletech Lance Pictures: Crimson Hand Merc Company

My final BATTLETECH lance (for now) is the Crimson Hand merc company lead by a Mackie mech. For this collection I wanted to build around a core of quirky mechs- the Mackie, OST-class mechs, and other favorites. Yet, at the same time, I wanted flexibility to field combined arms, and play somewhat competitive with it. As a result it has a mix of weight class mechs, vehicle support, infantry, air, and artillery to draw from.

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Battletech

Battletech Lance Pictures: Danger Close Lance

My third, and almost final, BATTLETECH lance is a full expression of a theme I enjoy playing in the game, and making it work on the table with a few quirky mechs for the lolz. The tactica behind it is to rain hundreds of LRM missiles down on the table either with direct or indirect fire. Longbow, Archer, and LRM carriers are the backbone along with some Long Tom support. Heavy mechs are added as Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Battletech

Battletech Lance Pictures: Gray Death Legion

After my Dogs of War merc company, I wanted to build a second group of mechs so they would have something to fight against for friends who played Battletech or were getting started in the game and didn’t have their own lance or mini’s yet. Building these guys as “Gray Death Legion” I wanted a mix of all different mechs- light-assault for building lances and letting my fiends have a good selection of machines to Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Battletech

Battletech Lance Pictures: Dogs Of War

My Dogs of War mercenary company was/is my first collection of metal mechs. For years I enjoyed BATTLETECH with the starter and cityfight set using the cardboard mechs and hex maps. So with the ‘Dogs I wanted to play many of my favorite heavy and assault mechs along with a few of the more “quirky” mechs like the Urbanmech, Firestarter, and Vulcan. Being a primary mech force I only have one heavy tanks and some Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Warhammer 40K

Warhammer 40K: Building A Gunline Army

Building and executing a Warhammer 40K gunline army: tools, tactics, and execution. The simplest definition of a gunline army is where I line my units up on the table, and just shoot away every turn with lots of dice blasting your army off the table. Gunlines are easy to build, and have a reputation of being easy to play, but as always any list requires a bit of planning- especially if your opponent has a Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Battletech

Battletech Mech Tactics: Ostwar

As part of my Red Hand mercenary company I make use of all the OST series mechs, the back story of the group having them obtained a number of these mechs from Ostmann and KONG Industries… Tactically when I begin to explore a mech I start with what it can do alone on the table. Battletech is a game of combined arms but I find that know what a mech can and can’t do- finding Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Podcast: Board Games

Is Gloomhaven The Best Game Ever? Yes.

Thoughts on GLOOMHAVEN. Is it the best board game every- dungeon crawling perfection combined with true RPG elements? This week’s boargaming PODCAST takes a look at this game, and answers the question: Now that Gloomy is out in the wild should it have a place in your collection? No spoilers in the podcast. Listen to the podcast here or follow the link to download and save it.

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Posts: X-Wing Miniatures

X-Wing Miniatures Y-Wing Starting Tactics

As a completionist X-Wing Miniatures is a dangerous game for me to be playing. Just as I have my collection all set…Fantasy Flight Games releases a new wave of ships, and that isn’t even taking into account all of the aftermarket “parts” for your collection. But as the game advances and the meta is changed with each release it does have the feeling that certain ships get left behind, and that is before we even Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Battletech

Battletech Tactics Mech Review: Mackie

In the narrative of my games the mech commander of my Red Hand mercenary group built the company on an inherited family Mackie. This venerable battlemech has seen combat, and survived combat for hundreds of years… …but how does that translate over to the tabletop? Tactically I find the Mackie works as a constant weapons platform- the AC 10 and the PPC dishing out 10/10 damage a turn at range. I want to hit as Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago
Blog Post: Battletech

Where To Buy Battletech Miniatures

Incoming Question: Fritz, where do you buy your BATTLETECH miniatures…. I’ve built up mu Battletech collection from a variety of sources, mostly in this order: First place I check is Amazon as various sellers have both mechs and tanks for around $10-$12 a model or pack. Many of the sellers also offer free shipping which works out especially if you are buying a few pieces for your collection. if I’m looking for a harder-to-find mech, Read more…

By Wargamer Fritz, ago