Thursday, June 2, 2011
Playtest Kit and Historicon
Sorry for the long hiatus from posting. Good news tho'...the playtest kit is about 90% ready to be sprung on the world! Just needs some more editing. The rules are being built as 'programmed' rules meaning you read a certain amount and are then ready to play a specific scenario. Read a little more and you can play the next scenario. Eventually you will have worked your way through the entire rules set and can do anything.
This is how the original Squad Leader rules were created and laid out. As a 13 year old I was able to teach myself Squad Leader so they must have been doing something right! We are also including copious examples to help people visualize the rules. The examples are in side bars that line up with the rules they are illustrating. I took this idea from Julia Child as that is how she laid out "Mastering the Art of French Cooking.' As a 43 year old I was able to teach myself how to cook delicious French dinners for my wife so Julia must have been doing something right!
The playtest kit will include the first rules section (infantry combat), the accompanying scenario (Easy Company's assault on the guns at Brecourt Manor), a quick reference sheet and markers. It will be available for free download from our up and coming website. The website will also have other goodies like troop labels, one-off scenarios and videos that demonstrate the rules.
Historicon is approaching and according to the event organizers Fireball Forward is going to be the 5th most run game at the Con! I am running two Guadalcanal scenarios. There is also going to be a few Normandy games (US and Brits), some Philippines '41 and a Tunisia '42 tank battle. So there will be a good cross section of games to choose from. Nothing from Russia this con as Curt Daniels has run at least three Russia '41 games at the last few conventions. If you like SS Tigers then get into Sean Barnett's Villers Bocage scenarios...good stuff.
Look for us at Historicon...we will be in the same place for the entire Con. I would love to meet you all and answer any questions you have. Stop by and have some fun with Fireball Forward.