Gisby's Gaming Blog

August 18, 2008

Darkest Africa: The Shostim Trading Company

Filed under: Victorian Adventure Gaming — Tags: , , — gisby @ 00:29

Or…. IT TOOK ME TWO YEARS TO MAKE CHICK’S BIRTHDAY PRESENT

I’m a slug. A lazy slug. I had an idea for a birthday gift for my pal Chick, and it took two years to finish it.

In this time, I did a lot of other stuff: A half dozen websites, masters for 50+ miniatures, painted about 1000 figures. In the end, I decided to just FINISH it, and it took… 3 days. It was sitting at that stage for months. I am a slug. More…

August 14, 2008

SPACE 1889: A German walker

I am a big fan of the SPACE 1889 rules and setting. They had role-playing rules, tabletop battle rules, plus aerial and naval rules. They combined Victorian and Barsoomian elements well, and deserved to be far more popular than they were. Even now, 20 years later they still have a following.

I’ll admit, in places the rules weren’t great, but in others they were teriffic.

Where they shone, was in background. The rules themselves were followed by a bunch of reasonably priced sourcebooks, each with background material a-plenty and a really crappy scenario. More…

August 13, 2008

Darkest Africa: Native huts

Filed under: Victorian Adventure Gaming — Tags: , , — gisby @ 23:36
African Huts

When Foundry first started their Darkest Africa range, I was quite excited. The possibilities for adventure in the great untamed continent seemed endless. And so it has proven.

So of course I needed to make some scenery for my games. Where better to start than huts? A quick internet search showed a wide variety of native buildings: I chose these because they are so generic. More…

August 12, 2008

Darkest Africa: King’s Hall. An Ideal first Project

Filed under: Victorian Adventure Gaming — Tags: , , — gisby @ 22:56
African King's Hall

This was a simple piece inspired by a papier mache box sold in a craft store. It has a plain rectangular bottom, but the lid was a gabled roof-shape with overhanging eaves. It is structurally strong, and is pre-made with a removeable roof. There are several sizes available, including some I have looked at for European buildings.

I originally bought it years ago to make into a Dark Ages Hall (which wouldn’t reallyhave been all that different) but looking through Stanley’s Darkest Africa books I saw a similar structure and was thus inspired. More…

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