Yeah, I hear you groaning out there already. 'Just what All Things Fett needs; another weekly feature no one reads.' Meh. This one is at least tangentially related to the stated mission of this blog, so should be cool. This is actually something I had intended to do for a long time, but never really did for lack of time or motivation. Well, now I have both. I've always been a cheapskate, but due to the holdiays, and my kids getting older and costing more for school/clothes/food/whatever, I have less disposable income than ever. Who's a gamer with a varied interest to turn to?
There's a ton of free material out there. And there are not a lot of people who post much about whether it's good, bad, innovative, or derivative. I'd like that to change. So, what I am going to attempt is to post once a week about rules that are free for the taking. I like the sound of 'Free Rules Friday,' but I think I need weekend time to actually get the game in, so Saturday will have to suffice for the now.
Our first week, we will be reviewing a super simple free game called Future Wars: The Kingdom of Evil. The link takes you to the file on freewargamesrules, so don't be alarmed, there is no webpage. It's weird, I know.
|My deployment. 'Team Banana' consists of a Squad Leader and three Veteran Heroes. Good Armor, good guns, powerful in close combat. I deploy them conservatively.|
While this makes it somewhat unsatisfying for serious tabletop wargamers, it does make it relatively fun for people who prefer a more beer and pretzels skirmish game experience. Very low model count works here. It's also kid friendly: all of the pictures in this update are of a game I played with my 5 year old son. He beat me.
For a 3 page print job, you get the whole simple rule set, as well as two basic force org charts, which break down as 'Good Guys' (Imperial Guard & Space Marines) vs. 'Bad Guys' (Dark Eldar, Genestealers, and Chaos Marines). There are also a few supplemental 'special' units to be incorporated into follow up games, giving a rudimentary campaign feel.
|JuniorFett's 'Possessed Space Pirates.' basically Dark Eldar, he deploys them line abreast. He kept them like this all game, so they could all fire every turn. Clever boy...|
It's perfect for what it is, as long as you keep in mind what it is supposed to accomplish.
Next week, we are going to take a look at Firezone, a review I promised to do about a year ago. Yeah, so...better late than never, right?