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Ship of the Line
Publisher: FJ Gaming
by Peter J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/10/2005 00:00:00

Excellent value for money this is an extension of the system used in the Biplane Barmy rules.

In my humble opinion I feel that it is better suited to the Napoleonic Naval period than the WWI aerial period.

The game is played on a square gridded tabletop. Each ship has a choice of up to 20 movement options (depending on ship type and wind direction). As ships are hit the number of movement options decrease.

Combat is by use of rolling a number of D6 which represents the ships firepower. Roll greater than the range to hit and damage is taken from the movement options or the number of dice used for firepower.

The rules are ideal for multiplayer games or at conventions.

If you are looking for naval simulation forget them but if you are looking for a little fun on a gaming night these are value for money. They come with numerous cardboard stand up ships which you can use if you don't own any metal ones. A cheap way to try the period.

Again some people may think that use of a square gridded board instead of a hex gridded board is not so good. Maybe but these are a beer and pretzel type game.

<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Well produced nice artwork.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: No complaints<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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Thanks for the review Pete, first and foremost, glad you enjoyed it. I've mainly gone for squares because it cuts down the effective number of maneuvers to 20, which fits the idea of using a d20 for each ships maneuver dice. Using a hex grid significantly increases the number of possible movement options, which does add something to the game, but gets away from the d20 :)
Biplane Barmy
Publisher: FJ Gaming
by Peter J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/10/2005 00:00:00

These are a nice set of simple WW1 aerial combat rules and excellent value for money. They may be too simplistic for some people but with a little tweaking it can make the rules more interesting.

For instance in our group the first hit on a manoeuvre instead of striking it off completely a single line is placed through it. The next time that manoeuvre is hit a second line in the oppososite direction is placed through it. On a third hit the plane is lost. Once the first line is placed through it the manoeuvre cannot be chosen. This makes planes last a little longer!

I know on other forums people have complained that a squared board is used instead of a hex system. Yes it may make less manoeuvres available but those people are missing the point this is a simple game. <br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Nice and simple, clear rules. Well worth the price.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: All planes have the same movement options. I have already created different movement patterns depending on plane type. For example the Sopwith CAmel cannot use 10,11 and 14 as the camel could make good left turns. However, they are still crossed off for damage purposes.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Very Good<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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Creator Reply:
Thanks Pete, I'm glad you enjoyed it and I found your comment on the Camel interesting. If you'd like to share the modifications you've made I'd love to put them up on the website as freebies.. personally I'd love to see them myself :)
STARFIGHT: Expansion pack I, ships
Publisher: Beer & Pretzel Games
by Peter J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/27/2004 00:00:00

Extra 4 ships for the Starfight rules. Previous rules are required. <br><br><b>LIKED</b>: The price<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Can't complain really.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Satisfied<br>



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The Christmas Wars
Publisher: Team Frog
by Peter J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/27/2004 00:00:00

Great little game ideal for Christmas conventions at your local club. Cardboard figures are included if you can't afford the metal figures (or like me get them delivered reasonably priced to the UK). Very well laid out and clearly illustrated. Some of the more professional companies produce expensive commercial rules at a lower quality than this.

Maybe limited to the Christmas market. You could even consider using plastic christmas decorations for figures (and they are pre-painted).<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: Lovely art and very colour intensive. The price I bought it at the introductory price of $3.00.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: Only a minor gripe but the cardboard figures only appear on one side of the card. It would have been nice to have the back of the figure greyed so you could make him out from both sides.<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Excellent<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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Starfight: a fast game of spaceships combat
Publisher: Beer & Pretzel Games
by Peter J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/27/2004 00:00:00

This game is worth every cent! I have played many spaceship combat games and this one is very easy to understand yet very elegant mechanisms. As the company states they are Beer and Pretzel rules, if you like more thorough rules buy Starmada. However, if you want a quick fun game without too much preperation these are well worth it.<br><br><b>LIKED</b>: For the price you can't beat this game. The rules are very easy and quick and it is ideal for a multiplayer game at club level or with a group of friends.<br><br><b>DISLIKED</b>: A few typing errors but I'm assured the writers have submitted a new version to RPGnow. Its not in colour but hey what do you want for 2 and a half bucks!<br><br><b>QUALITY</b>: Acceptable<br><br><b>VALUE</b>: Very Satisfied<br>



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