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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

DS LB Big Battle next Sunday!

For next sunday, december 2nd, I organized a Napoleonic Big Battle in our Club, using a simplified version of DS LB.
10 Generals will be involved (1 CinC and 4 Subordinate Generals per side) in a 3-tables-clash of 3 Corps per side (plus a reserve).
The CinC will play far from the gaming tables and ALL Generals will communicate only through written "letters", unless they move in contact with another.

A bit of role playing, unreliable maps and other events will influence the outcome of the game.
One Side will win, but also a single general (who could be on the loser's side).
If the whole thing works, it could be a nice (if time consuming) alternative to the one vs one usual play.

We should have pics and recaps after the event...

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

90.000 page views!

What to say? Thank you to all followers and occasional visitors. I know I should have posted more this year, but my everyday job took its toll.

Hope to do better in the near future.

Keep following me

Sunday, October 28, 2012

A great SDS batrep from Sweden

I'd like to share this batrep coming from Sweden. It is one of the scenarios of the SDS rulebook (great table guys!) made by Mattias.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

A Very Important Guest at "ALT, si gioca!"

Andrea Angiolino (author of Wings of War/Wings of Glory with Pier Giorgio Paglia)  playing with some young pilots during "ALT, si gioca!" last october 7th

During "ALT si gioca!" we had the pleasure of hosting a table of Wings of Glory - the WW1 Air combat game previously known as Wings of War. The pleasure was doubled by the presence of Andrea Angiolino, one of the game's authors, who came and demoed the game, bringing along also some new models in preview.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

The Charge of the 11.000 (video)

Thanks to Massimo Moscarelli, here is the video of my full Napoleonic collection, shown for the first time during "ALT si gioca!" Convention in Terni, last october 7th.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The "Charge" of the eleven thousand

A couple of pics from our Con "ALT, si gioca!" held in my hometown (Terni) last sunday and organized by our club. Above the display of my 11.000 napoleonic figures in 15mm. (5 hours to put them on the tables!!), and below a shot on the main hall in the afternoon. It was a great day.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

"ALT, si gioca!" pronta al via

Ci siamo!
Stamattina cominciamo ad allestire la Sala del Centro Sociale Ferriera (Via Montefiorino 12d a Terni) dove si svolgerà domani

7 Ottobre 2012 dalle 10 alle 19

la nostra prima Convention di gioco. Il meteo è buono venite a trovarci numerosi per una giornata di divertimento. L'ingresso è gratuito, vi aspetto!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Domenica 7 ottobre "ALT, si gioca!" a Terni

Tra poco meno di 2 settimane si svolgerà la nostra piccola Convention di giochi qui a Terni.
ALT, si gioca! presenterà quasi tutti gli aspetti del nostro hobby, dai giochi di miniature ai giochi di carte e da tavolo, con alcuni Tornei ed una esposizione delle mie 11000 miniature napoleoniche (per la prima volta tutte insieme e schierate su un grande tavolo!).
Sarà presente anche Andrea Angiolino che - oltre a presentare il suo nuovo gioco "Sails of glory" - guiderà delle partite a "Wings of Glory" della ARES Games (erede di Wings of War) ambientate nella Prima Guerra Mondiale. Una delle missioni sarà un bombardamento ad opera di un Caproni Ca3 scortato da alcuni caccia Nieuport, uno dei quali dell'Asso ternano Alvaro Leonardi (11 abbattimenti, 8 dei quali riconosciuti, 2 medaglie d'argento al V.M.).
Ad ALT, si gioca! parteciperanno diversi espositori per acquistare giochi ed accessori.
Hanno aderito numerose Associazioni Ludiche del centro Italia, come la Lu(ri)doteca di Latina, l'ASM di Civitanova Marche, la Locanda del Giullare di Narni, il gruppo di Magna con Phersu di Perugia, la Compagnia della Chimera di Arezzo e la Legio Palatina di Roma, che presenteranno tavoli demo di vari giochi (anche della Ganesha Games).
Un ampio spazio boardgame a gioco libero (vieni, prendi un gioco, giochi) ed un Bring & Buy (mercatino dell'usato) completano il panorama della manifestazione.
Orario: domenica 7 ottobre dalle 10 alle 19 INGRESSO GRATUITO
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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Paperback SDS
A Trade paperback edition of SDS is now available on createspace. It
is in 6x9 format, the text has been slightly revised (no new rules,
just some formal stuff - if you have the old edition you are good to
go). However, this new edition is cheaper and ships from Createspace
(Amazon) so you might consider buying a gazillion copies for your

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

SDS for Indian Mutiny

Here's the link

impressive set up Martin! (and a great batrep)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

A sign of life

Slightly less than a month without a post.
Quite a shame.
My everyday job is assorbing all my resources, and I simply cannot sit down and think.
But I see some light at the end of the tunnel, and hope to be back posting soon.

Sorry Guys....

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Ah, sunny Italy!

Right now, out of my window....

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

A pic after a lot of words

After so many posts without a picture, my blog seemed to me a bit... empty.
So I decided to post the above (quite blurred) picture, i.e. what's going on in my lab.
Do you recognize anything?
Yes, it's an "area" wargame (squares, for sure).
No, it's not Napoleonic.
Yes, bases are not flocked (yet :-).
And for those of you who have sharp eyes.... yes, there are 4 units used as proxies (I still have to base the originals).

After a long silence.. I am to announce what I'd like to do in the coming weeks.
I'm going to post some Design Notes, divided by topic, to give all of you a sort of "backstage" for different aspects of the game.
Why am I saying I'd like rather than I will? Because - as the long silence of the subject may suggest - my time is very limited at the moment as my everyday job is absorbing all the (limited) resources of my brain.....

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Drums & Shakos Large Battles available in pdf

As title suggests... :)

DSLB is now available in pdf on the Ganesha Games website

Finally we did it!
Hope you'll enjoy the game

Friday, January 13, 2012


I reviewed the final English version of DS LB, and passed to Andrea the last (few) corrections.
Now it is just a question of putting all pieces together and the game should be released.
I WON'T say when this time :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

SDS in Colorado

An interesting link to Dan's blog, showing how to get a lot of people involved in multi-player SDS.
Dan is about to organize a campaign, and after that a Tournament.

Great job, Dan!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

This evening...

...I'll make a final check on the English text, then I should give Andrea the green light for the release. A few more adjustments and we should be ready.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

OK we're late...

The pagesetting of the English version is requiring more time than anticipated. Andrea has to shift all illustrations, as English is about 20% shorter than Italian. But we are almost there....
Please bear with us.