Gen Con this year has been everything I was expecting it to be. Mostly: filled with awesome stuff to see and filled with lots of people! Saturday has always been the busiest day, and yesterday was no exception. And while there was a mildly-noticeable larger crowd, we weren’t all packed in like sardines, for the most part. You could still get around to see all the great booths here at the show. Though taking pictures was sometimes difficult. But take them I did. And here they are for you to see.
I remember when Dropzone Commander was just coming out. I was exceedingly interested in this new miniatures game. A lot of my friends back in the day had played Epic, and it looked like that same sort of feel to it. However, after watching a couple games, I realized it just wasn’t quite for me. Not to say it was a bad game, by any means, it just didn’t seem like a thing for me. Well, perhaps this new edition will change all that, as Hawk Wargames has announced they’re in early alpha testing of Dropzone Commander 2nd edition.
Hawk Wargames’ website wasn’t quite doing everything they needed it to do. So they went through and did a redesign. They are ready to get the site off the ground and are even having a special sale along with some new releases to celebrate.
Well, it’s getting to be bedtime. Gotta get to sleep so I can make the epic migration back to the sauna that is Atlanta in August. I’m going to miss Gen Con. This was a good year. Despite the fact that I didn’t get really much of a chance to hang out with too many people (Gen Con, if nothing else, is hundreds of “we’ll hang out later” comments said in passing that, sadly, never get to actually happen), it was still a pretty good show. Lots of things to see. Lots of big announcements. And lots of photos. My phone says I’ve taken over 1,600 in the past several days, a good portion of which have been posted here for you. Speaking of which, here’s the last galleries from the show.
It’s day 3 here at Adepticon. It’s been a wild day… and I’m not even talking about the gaming. We woke up to some lovely weather. And then, just about 10min. ago, for about a minute, the lights all went out in the dealer’s hall/gaming area. I just missed snapping a photo of everyone gaming for a moment via cellphone flashlight.
Anyway, what I did grab photos of were… a bunch of things.
We’re heading down that slope into the weekend, picking up speed as we go. Thursday is here and that means it’s time to make sure your gaming table looks as good as possible with our Terrain Corner feature.
Today’s stories include: Winterdale: Medieval Fantasy Citadel Collection for 28mm on Kickstarter and Deep-Cut Studio releases new Dropzone gaming mat.
Hawk Wargames takes to the air with their latest Kickstarter campaign. Well, more to the air than they already were with Dropzone Commander. How did those drop ships get to the planet they’re commanding, anyway? That would be the spaceships of the various faction fleets. That’s where Dropfleet Commander comes in. Take control of your own armada of ships, fighting off your enemy’s fleet, in order to dominate the upper atmosphere.
Welcome back to Saturday, everyone. With any luck, you’re having some fun gaming with friends, or will be having such fun soon. I mean… it’s Saturday. Gaming is just what you do!
But at the moment, what we are doing is looking at some review from the past week.
This batch we have reviews/previews of: Broom Service, Dragonwood, Res Publica: 2230, Murano, Viceroy, Dropzone Commander, Game of Thrones LCG 2nd Edition, Systema Gaming Base-0 Storage Silo, and Warlord Games’ plastic M3A1 Half-Track.
There’s only 3 important things you need take into account in Dropzone Commander from Hawk Wargames. Location, Location, Location. Getting the right troops where you need them at the right time is the major key to victory. Without that, you’re sunk. To help expand your arsenal and make sure that you have those right troops that you can get to all the places at the right times, Hawk Wargames has started taking pre-orders for the next set of releases for the game.
Hawk Wargames has posted up their Newsletter #40, which gives us a look inside the workings of their upcoming fleet miniatures game, Dropfleet (working title). They teased this game a bit at Salute, but now there’s some concrete details. Much as in Dropzone Commander, Dropfleet will focus on maneuver and getting your troops where they need to be. Instead of taking place in deep space like other fleet games, Dropfleet will take place in close orbit around a planet (think of the battle over Coruscant in that one Star Wars movie that may or may not exist, depending on your opinions of such things). The rules have been designed by Andy Chambers, and will include frameworks for melding both Dropfleet and Dropzone Commander into one game. Check out previews of some of the UCM ships below the cut.
They also have some previews of upcoming Dropzone Commander releases.
From the newsletter: Continue reading
Hawk Wargames knows you only have one of the two elements of Dropzone Commander if you don’t have any Commanders. As such, they’ve got new Commander Units for all their 5 factions. The models let you lead from the front in their giant command vehicles. The figures are up for pre-sale now and will be shipped out on the 28th.
From the website: Continue reading
“What’s a news snippet?” I hear you ask. Well, they’re just those shorter stories that we come across here at TGN that don’t have much to go with it. Maybe it’s a piece of concept art that we don’t know what specific game it’s for. Or it’s an unlabeled green. Or it’s something else along those lines that aren’t a full story, but we want to make sure you know about it anyway. We’ve collected them together and have them here for you now.
-Black Wasp Games Concept Art
-Wild West Exodus previews March releases
-New Preview Greens for Mega Man Board Game
-Campaign Coins releases Fate Coins
-Hitechminiatures new relase: Gerhard Blitz
-RN Estudio: Odin is comming
-New Preview Renders from Hawk Wargames
-New Cellar Shelf from Thomarillion
Hawk Wargames has posted up their special sales items over in their webshop.
From them to you:
Our Christmas Offers are now available on our site
Litko will be helping out Dropzone Commander players with a new set of tokens and templates specifically designed for use with the popular minis game.
About the set:
Litko will be helping Dropozone Commander players upgrade their game soon with a new line of gaming accessories compatible with the popular miniature wargame. The line will include Tactical flight bases which have the firing arcs laser etched into them, Blast/LZ Templates, Goal Oriented scenario tokens, Building Damage markers, and Faction specific activation tokens.
Working directly from gamer feedback, Litko has made each blast template to incorporate all firing arcs and center cuts to fit around the flight stand pole for perfect centering on flying models. The Goal oriented tokens will include the proportionate number of double-sided Possible and Revealed Objective tokens for both Objective scenario types. Over-sized and reverse etched for high visibility, the Building Markers won’t ever be overlooked across war-torn skylines. Each faction specific token set strikingly features a unique icon and color for activation tokens along with Forward Air Controller tokens for your forces.
Litko has released a production photo of the entire line. Pricing to follow.
Hawk Wargames is now taking orders for their newest Dropzone Commander faction, the Resistance, over in their webshop.
From the website:
The Resistance is a complex, characterful and disparate assortment of human survivors on the Cradle Worlds and Earth itself, currently occupied by the dreaded alien Scourge. The very existence of the Resistance has shaped UCM military planning for its Reconquest, which became a war of liberation rather than simply a war of revenge as soon as they were discovered. Indeed, the Resistance alone are responsible for a reconquest being possible at all, as they were able to activate and maintain foldspace nodes on all but one of the Cradle Worlds, allowing UCM invasion fleets to jump to their locations accurately. Theirs is a tale of loss, grit and determination to survive in the face of insurmountable odds.
Hawk Wargames continues their previews of renders for their next expansion for Dropzone Commander.
Some of my favorites posted below.
Hawk Wargames continues to post up new preview renders for the next expansion of Dropzone Commander.
Hawk Wargames has been showing off renders for their upcoming Resistance expansion for Dropzone Commander.
Polyhedron Collider has posted up their video with Hawk Wargames from the UK Games Expo.
From the post:
At the UK Games Expo I spoke to Simon from Hawk Wargames and got the inside scoop on the new space battle wargame as well as Dropzone Commander.
Hawk Wargames has started taking pre-orders for their new Ares Battle Walker in 30mm scale.
From the post:
This imposing model is the very first kit in our exciting new Collector’s Edition range. It is a complete 3x scale up and re-working of the original 10mm scale Ares Battle Walker – be sure to check out the gallery for this product, as it illustrates just how much bigger a 3-up is! Although this model makes a fantastic display centrepiece, it is cast from the highest quality tough resin and is more than suitable for gaming, should you wish to use the model for skirmish-based systems.
This finely detailed resin kit is far from a simple scale up. Many new features have been added and most of the original detail has been re-mastered to suit this scale. We have ensured that this kit delivers the level of detail that fans of our DZC range have come to expect. The legs have also been made completely posable – right down to the toes! This makes all sorts of dynamic poses possible, allowing you to make yours truly unique.
Spud Tate takes a look at the UCM FireBlade Tanks for Dropzone Commander from Hawk Wargames.
From the video:
Here is a quick review on the great new tanks for the great game Dropzone Commander by Hawk Wargames.
Hawk Wargames posted up their 33rd Newsletter up on their website for your reading pleasure.
From the post:
New Newsletter (33) now out! Full after action report from Salute 2014!
Spud Tate’s Larry looks at the Dropzone Commander Ruinscape Terrain and gives you his thoughts on the situation.
Hawk Wargames has their latest releases for Dropzone Commander posted up on their website, along with news about upcoming events.
From the announcement:
New models available on the site for Pre-order: UCM Katana, PHR Angelos, and the Shaltari Tarantula. Check out our new Newsletter for more information, too.
Hawk Wargames continues their previews of 3D renders for Dropzone Commander with some walkers and another tank.
Hawk Wargames is showing off several new 3D renders for units they’re working on for Dropzone Commander.
Hawk Wargames has posted up their Holiday Specials (though no Jefferson Starship in this one) for Dropzone Commander.
From the website:
These offers are for the Christmas period, and extend to 3rd January 2014.
For a guaranteed Christmas delivery, please place orders by Sunday 15th December.
We will continue to process and ship orders until the 20th December (though these orders are not guaranteed for delivery before Christmas – though we will do our best!)
From 21st December to the 6th January 2014 Hawk Wargames will not be dispatching orders, however any order placed will be honored and dispatched as soon as possible from the 6th January.
The Hairy Painter takes a look at the new two-player box set from Hawk Wargames for Dropzone Commander in this unboxing video.
From the video:
An unboxing video for Hawk Wargames new 2 player starter set for Dropzone Commander.
Spud Tate, my ursine brother-from-another-mother, has posted up a video review of the Dropzone Commander Cityscape set.
From the review:
Spud Tate brings you more dropzone commander with the cityscape terain pack.
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Hawk Wargames has announced a new 2-player Starter Set for Dropzone Commander. We got some photos of the contents for it in our GenCon photos from the show. It’s pretty awesome.
Also, look for a review of it in the next issue of Ravage magazine.
From the announcement:
Hawk Wargames is pleased to announce the brand new Dropzone Commander 2 Player Starter Set! It is designed to be one of the most complete wargaming starter sets ever released. Containing two sizable starter forces, the full sized 1.1 DZC Core Rulebook, plenty of accessories as well as a starter battlefield with a set of card scenery, the only other things a new player will need are glue and paints! This boxed set makes a fantastic entry point into the Dropzone Commander universe as well as a great way for existing players to add to the core of their forces.
All the 10mm scale miniatures in this box set are injection moulded in plastic. These crisply moulded models feature extremely fine detail, matching Hawk Wargames resin kits in quality.
The worldwide in-store release date is September 28th.
Games & Gears will be headed to GenCon next week and are bringing their Battle Boards for Dropzone Commander with them to the Hawk Wargames booth.
From the announcement:
Attending GEN CON 2013 INDIANAPOLIS? Go to the Hawk Wargames Booth and get a demo on one of our Games & Gears Dropzone Commander Battle boards!! Where Simon & Anna will be happy to demo you a game via the battle boards! Booth NO: 572
Spud Tate has posted up a video review of the Dropzone Commander rulebook.
From the review:
Spud Tate brings you a quick review on the fantastic rulebook for dropzone commander.
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Hawk Wargames is showing off the experimental rules for the new Dropzone Commander units that are coming out soon.
From the announcement:
The experimental rules for the new units are now available to download, check them out below!
Hawk Wargames has posted up issue #21 of their Newsletter for your downloading and reading pleasure.
From the update:
The latest newsletter is now available and this week Dave talks about the latest releases and GenCon 2013, check out the link below!
Hawk Wargames gives us another look at the upcoming releases for Dropzone Commander with a preview of the Slatari Totem Warspike.
From the preview:
Today we are showing you the last of the new releases, the Shaltari Totem Warspire! Keep an eye out for rules for all the new releases in the coming weeks!