Historicals: Expanding Your Customer Base

It has been amazing to watch Flames of War take off at my local store. 99% of the players are coming from a Games Workshop background. I would not call them “converts” because they are still playing 40k and Age of Sigmar, but they readily bought into this new company, system, setting and scale. I wanted to talk about how this happened and why it works so well

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Ran into a couple of guys in my FLGS store today and talked about playing some non-GW things. I thought I would list them out here, if anyone else might be interested.  Its easier to link a blog post, rather than post a bunch of links in Facebook.

  1. Flames of War  

I REALLY dig this game. It has probably been my favorite to play out of everything I have ever played. It is 15mm WWII that plays on a 4X6 table with a lot of terrain. I really like the rules and the combined arms aspect of it. If someone wanted to try and get it going in the area I would dedicate myself to a weekly game.

2. Team Yankee

Basically the cold war version of Flames of War. Emphasis is more on Tanks, helicopters and jets. I have actually bought in, with a French force for Free Nations. 

3. L’Art de la Guerre

I am more attracted to this because of its competitive scene. It is a detailed ruleset and the worldwide competition is fierce. I have 2 armies for this and would love to play it regularly. I even bought a mat for it.

4. Bolt Action

Have a few people with rules and armies in the area but we haven’t got together to play. I’d love to play and collect 28mm WWII. I also the like the turn/dice mechanic.  Myself have a large, painted Russian force.

That is all I talked about in the shop today. Remember Malifaux is getting off the ground locally, and all the other rulebooks/armies I own are for another post.

November Gaming Update

GW is always the tabletop king in my area. My Tau haven’t seen the table in a long time. The last thing I played was Age of Sigmar. I fielded my L̶i̶z̶a̶r̶d̶m̶e̶n̶ Seraphon. I got rid of a small painted High Elf force and got my Skaven back from the painter. My Khaldoon overlords are done and on their way back from the painter.

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What to play?

I’ve always been fascinated by the staggering amount of tabletop wargames available. I’ve always been interested in “different” games and systems. I’ve never been able to find regular opponents.

I stopped in to my FLGS yesterday and inquired about what people have been playing. The small interest we had in Bolt Action, FOW and other Historicals has dried up.

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Matrix Games I want to play

Since I can never find opponents for war-based boardgames and I’m too dumb to figure out vassal, Matrix Games library has become very attractive. Based on what they currently have to offer, this is what I would like to play:

Flashpoint Campaigns: Red Storm Player’s Edition

Cold war gone hot sounds awesome to me. The scale of play has me interested on a tactical level as well.

Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon

I’ve always wanted to play Epic 40k. This seems even better. A much smaller investment and finding opponents is easy.

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Retro Gaming

I had an old Dell XPS laptop that’s about 10 years old at this point. I decided to wipe it completely and resurrect it as a dedicated retro gaming PC.

After getting that done, I hit my GOG library and installed:

The Journeyman Project 1-3

Alone in the Dark

Master or Orion 1-2

Might and Magic 3-6 + Xeen

Total Annhiliation

Ultima 4-6


Fallout 1-2

Alpha Centari

Syndicate Plus

Freespace 1-2

Icewind Dale

Temple of Elemental Evil