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Are any of you tabletop wargamers?

Discussion in 'PoTBS General Discussion' started by Dor of Sonoma, May 17, 2008.

  1. I was, for years - and still would be, if there were enough players in my local area to get a gaming group together. *grins*

    Games about pirates and seafaring have always numbered among my favorites. There are three in particular that I had tons o' fun playing: Wooden Ships & Iron Men, Privateer and Swashbuckler(!).

    Wooden Ships & Iron Men was perhaps one of my earliest experiences with tabletop wargames. It was awesome and intense - I remember taking hours to plot my moves, as there were so many details and variables to keep in mind. The SOLs were downright scary on a hex grid (when they weren't yours ;-)

    Privateer was designed by a friend of mine, Scott Peterson. We had loads of fun playtesting it at conventions - with Scott always in full pirate regalia, of course. Backstabbing and cheating during the course of play were not only permitted, they were actively encouraged! *grins* His first copies had hand silkscreened, cloth maps, and were beautiful. Soon after he released the game though, Avalon Hill purchased the rights and it was turned into a slightly different critter. (and then, someone stole my prototype, autographed copy *grrr*)

    And then there was Swashbuckler (an OoP Yaquinto Album Game), which was packed with dirty fighting and FUN. You could fight on ship deck and/or in a tavern, using anything you could grab to wield as a weapon - including your plumed hat, which all characters are assumed to have available. To quote Yaquinto:
    Do you have similar games to share, or memories of playing these? I'd love to hear about them!