20 July 2015

Game design thoughts - A drone-centric sci-fi game...

Delta Vector recent post got me thinking... Enough that I'll write it down in a post rather than just making a reply to his.


One of the newer GZG drones, armed with missiles... Pictures from manufacture's website.

So starting with these specific ideas (just a few of the one in Delta Vector post, go and read it, in fact while you're at it, go and read all his "game design" posts)...
  • In an EW-dominated battlefield, an unhackable human (with a gun aimed via a Mk.1 eyeball which can't be fooled by EW chicanery) still has an important place;
  • Remotes are powerful, but can be jammed and have vulnerable operators, vulnerable to EMP;
  • Hackers act like "wizards" who can hack (...) robots (...);
  • Combined arms might be a balance of robotic and conventional humans, rather than the armour-infantry meaning it has today; 
And adding a few of my own (whithout much of a structure, brainstorming here)...

16 July 2015

Comics Imagi-Nation - Republic of Kampong (Yoko Tsuno, 1985)

I already wrote this post entirely once, but Blogger ate it! So here we go again...

Cover of the book (from which I've taken all the drawings in this post)
In The Cannon of Kra, Yoko Tsuno, the series titular hero and insufferable know-it all female electrical engineer do-gooder Japanese origin is hired to investigate shipments of giant siege canon shells to Kampong where her two usual sidekicks, Vic Video and Pol Pitron, just happen to transport radioactive wastes from the country power plant to an island storage facility...

Caution: spoilers!

06 June 2015

Not Just a Bush War: the Marxist Earth Succession of Bbore

A couple of weeks ago, I downloaded Not Just a Bush War by Nordic Weasel Games ($5.99 on Wargame Vault)... What you get is 14 pages worth of tables allowing you to randomize a Bush War imagi-nation from scratch, a 23-pages campaign syste (plus 1 cover, 3 pages of explanations, 4 of random events/images and 1 of designer's notes)...

Flag of Bbore: yellow is for the desert in the West, blue for the ocean in the East, black is for the People of Bbore in between and the white rat is for white parasites living off the People of Bbore... Or something! NJaBW doesn't provide a country name or flag generator so I rolled those on Peter Pig's AK-47 Republic tables...