19 July 2018

Solo Spaceship Miniatures Game: Greater Space Battles (New Version)

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The newest version of Greater Space Battles (GSB) is available for free on my downloads page.

I've finally settled on a design for a spaceship miniatures game that I'm happy with.  It's specifically designed for solo play and most notably it is very specific to my tastes.  The game therefore requires a lot of hand-made "props" on the table, which involve a bit of construction time but help the game play much faster.

Of all my solo-play designs that have failed (most of them) and all that have succeeded (few), I've found the discriminator to be speed-of-play.  Although this newest version of GSB isn't exactly lightning speed, it's fast enough to avoid tedium, while remaining random enough for interesting solo play.

Here's the introduction paragraph from the 8 page rule set:

Greater Space Battles was first introduced in 2011 as an attempt at designing a solo spaceship miniatures game.  While initial playtesting showed that solo space battles could indeed be played, each new game revealed more areas requiring refinement.  The game presented here represents the incorporation of all these lessons learned over the last seven years.  Only the initial germ of the original Greater Space Battles remains; the game presented here contains mostly new concepts and is the same in name only.  Hopefully, the solo-player finds the new concepts a vast improvement over the old.

Please let me know if you have any feedback.

04 July 2018

Scratchbuild Spaceship Miniatures: 4 July 2018 Edition

I'm preparing to post the latest iteration of my solo spaceship game Greater Space Battles here and rewriting the rules have inspired me to make a new spaceship design.

The ship is mostly pasta and measures about 45mm.

On the table with scratchbuild moon and planet

Extreme close-up to highlight my poor brush-work 

15 April 2018

Solo RPG: Star Trek Cards

I finished my set of 100 cards for a solo Star Trek RPG.  A big thank you to the folks behind the Final Frontier and Trekbats fonts, both of which they've graciously posted for free download online.

The 1 of Agility
Although I made extensive use of Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) macros, it still took some time. Unfortunately I've found the VBA environment on the Macintosh (my home machine) is quite unstable. Compounding the frustration, the Windows machine I have access to doesn't accept new fonts. So it was necessary to create the general card templates in MS Powerpoint and Excel on the Windows machine and then transfer to my Mac to make it look "Trek". The data transfer wasn't flawless however with the colors changing. The background colors in particular are brighter and everything else seems a bit washed out to me. Oh well, as they say: perfect is the enemy of good enough.

I made some changes to the central "display" area from the WIP in the last post, the most prominent being the addition of the Trek iconography. The large icon in the left of the display simply exists for flavor; it has no game purpose. I kept the Star Trek-specific scene focus and moved the arbitrary symbols to the right side.

I plan to print these out and use them with a set of home-brew rules for solo roleplaying. The home-brew is heavily based on the SAGA System, as presented in TSR's Marvel Super Heroes Adventure Game from the late 90s but with some significant modifications. I hope to get a few sessions logged which I'll share here.

"Peril" replaces the "Doom" card suit from Marvel's version