We are pretty eclectic in the games played at the Chapel but 40K is the clear favourite. The following summary of some of the game systems that we have played recently is aimed at the gaming novice.
These are games using plastic or metal models that are usually bought unpainted. You then have to paint them up and find a set of rules to play by. The games are usually played on tables with a tape measure for movement and buckets of dice to give some random factor. Think of this like playing with dolls, you get to dress them up and move them around.
A relatively simple system (I do all my stuff then its your go) but with a lot of special rules. Pretty much every type of model has its own rule. The plastic models are a bit like the Airfix model kits and soldiers that are not seen so much now. This is gaming in the far future and the art of camoflage is dead so feel free to paint the dolls blue with pink highlights. The game experience is a bit more involved than holding models at arm’s length and going vroom or daka daka but that is clearly where it all comes from. Buying the models new from Games Workshop is quite expensive (about the same cost as the Airfix kits) but there a thriving second hand market on eBay with more reasonable prices.
A bit like 40K but set in the Hollywood version of World War 2. Models are organised into units (like in 40K) with each player having 1 order dice in their own colour per unit they field. All the dice are out in a bag and drawn out 1 at a time. The player with the colour of that die then picks a unit to use. This means that the order of play is more random than in 40K. On the colouring-in front most toys are brown, or grey or green and hence easier to paint but less colourful than in 40k.
Batman the Miniatures Game
Batman and all his DC friends. Like in Bolt Action players take turns but each then plays with 1 model at a time. This game is set at night so you could get away with painting everything black. Some degree of colour does make it easier to see what is going on. There are usually only about 6 dolls per player and a lot of furniture for them to play around on (sewers, skips, vehicles, street lamps and so on).
Instead of playing on a table with model trees and houses a set board is used. This avoids arguments over a model being in a wood, next to the wood but not in it or just enough inside to hide but still be able to see out. In Monopoly you would either be in jail or not in jail. The rules are also more formal, ideally a more complex body of rules but less special rules and exceptions. Some of these games are highly skilled others are a pure luck fest.
This has nothing to do with eating chocolate pudding before finishing your greens. The players must work together they either all win or all lose. They have crashed in the desert and must find the parts of their flying machine and put it back together again before they run out of water or the missing parts are completely covered in sand.
Players are bamboo growers. They need to lay out formal gardens and grow fancy bamboo plants. They must also feed bamboo to the panda. The trick should be to build up your bamboo patches while feeding everyone else’s bamboo to the panda.