October 12, 2020

Battle for Germany: vmod

Decision Games has recently repackaged Battle for Germany in a deluxe boxed version with mounted map and multi-colored counters. It prompted me to replay the original 1975 edition of this Jim Dunnigan mini-masterpiece.

Download Battle for Germany vmod.

The original B4G was intentionally a bare-bones design. The designer's notes accurately predicted that wargamers would likely add rules and variants:

The basic system itself has been kept clean enough so that those Players who like to "redesign" games will have a simple, clean, basic system to add whatever "goodies" they wish (i.e., supply rules, strategic air, etc.).

Which is what Decision Games has been doing ever since. But the original is still worth playing, too, in which players focus solely on the tactics of attacking on one front while defending the other.

The linked module makes minimal changes to the original map and counters.

  • Unit set-up references have been removed from the map.
  • Yugoslavian units have been given a different color because they are non-replaceable.
  • A Game-Turn marker has been added.

Each player will need a print copy of the rules, CRT, and Terrain Effects Chart.

 

October 3, 2020

Baseball variant rules

Tabletop baseball is the perfect sand-box for experimenting with rule changes. 2020 has brought the "three batter" rule to MLB pitching. Here are more variants to bring some new twists to the old game.

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September 29, 2020

Tabletop Football Timing

The game clock is abstracted in tabletop football to avoid complex rules attempting to micro-manage timing to the second as each half comes to a close.

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August 22, 2020

Red White & Blue Racin': vmod

This module offers a no-frills layout of the game board and die rollers.

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August 15, 2020

Gridiron Graph

A graphical method for recording football play-by-play using a VASSAL module.

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