Man of TIN Blogvent Calendar Day 23: Kraznir Revisited and RPG Tinkering

Another old random unfinished draft polished up for the Man of TIN Blogvent Calendar.

Escape from Kraznir

This role playing scenario was published in the late 1980s or early 1990s in an English textbook as an attempt to encourage literacy and group work through fantasy, especially amongst boys. Hence all the writing exercises mentioned. I don’t have and can’t find this old English text book but found examples on Miss Ransom’s teaching website:

https://missransom.files.wordpress.com/2012/02/escape-from-kraznir-writing1.docx

Thanks, Miss Ransom! As web materials vanish, I have taken some screenshots for future reference:

Many cheap to expensive plastic and metal fantasy ‘minis’ (miniature figures) based on these fantasy archetype characters are available in many places, some pictured on my sister blog : https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/fantasy-plastic-warriors/

Miss Ransom has added various character illustrations from the web but some of the original characters and fantasy creatures (unknown illustrator) are here: IMG_2187IMG_2188

Pupil creative writing version by a young man called James https://rapturerise.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/escape-from-kraznir/

Kraznir Screenshot from James’ Rapture Rise blog post

Hopefully this may be of use for scenario writing in the future.

Links with RPG and fantasy gaming?

Jennifer or Jen Burdoo, a gaming librarian in the USA, has been working on simple Dungeons and Dragons (D & D) type RPG Scenarios and rules to use in the ‘community outreach’ setting of a public library, alongside simple Featherstone Rules for historical figure gaming.

She recently posted on my Angria ImagiNations related Blogvent post some links to simple RPG rules and games mechanic sites using very few figures:

Jennifer has been using material from the RPG Tinker blog, a great web name, proof that it’s not just Historical figure gamers or wargamers who cannot resist taking rules apart and tweaking and tinkering with them:

http://rpg-tinker.blogspot.com/2019/05/play-world.html

Comment on Man of TIN blog by Jen Burdoo

For those of us who play mostly solo games without opponent, umpire or dungeon master, Jennifer recommends an interesting RPG Tinker page or post:

Some ideas for RPG Solo play

http://rpg-tinker.blogspot.com/2014/12/roll-and-read-method-for-solo-rpg-play.html

 

For those who cannot pick up Google docs here is a summary doc by Jennifer Burdoo of RPG Tinker’s Playing the World character generator. (Screenshot)

Google Doc – Ready to play summary sheet by Jennifer Burdoo of Andrei Baltakman / RPG Tinker’s Play the World character generation sheet. Screenshotted with permission 

Kraznir as it was used in schools was probably inspired by Games Workshop and the popular Fighting Fantasy type books still in print and in Apps by Tin Man Games (no relation to this my Man of TIN blog) https://fightingfantasyapps.com/books/the-warlock-of-firetop-mountain/

RPGs and historical wargaming?

I can see several rules tinkering uses for this RPG character elements in the forthcoming gaming year 2020

Oh no, it’s the roaring Twenties all over again! There will probably in gaming and wider culture be a nod to 20s style Flappers, Bugsy Malone, Prohibition, Pulp, but hopefully not a rerun of mass unemployment, world recession, the rise of fascism and dictators …

Possible RPG or character driven ‘grit’ could be given to the kind of small scale skirmish games you can find on Man of TIN blog and its Bronte and Scouting sister blogs such as:

Small scale Commando Raids including Operation Hardtack and Greek Sacred Squadron  

Scouting Wide Games scouting patrols

Home Guard related Operation Sealion Games

French Indian War SYW Featherstone Close Wars type of games

Angrian and Bronte based ImagiNation skirmishes

There is nothing new under the gaming sun as Donald Featherstone was doing this in his 1960s and 70s  Skirmish Wargaming book and chapters on “Personalised Wargaming” in Solo Wargaming and Advanced Wargaming. All these Featherstone titles are still available in reprint or digital via John Curry’s History of Wargaming project

Playing at the World?

Play the World – Not to be confused with Jon  Petersons’s book and RPG blog http://playingattheworld.blogspot.com

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 23 December 2019

Fantasy Plastic 54mm Warriors for FEMbruary?

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Crossposted from my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog for FEMbruary

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/fantasy-plastic-warriors/

Meanwhile  the 2019  FEMbruary figures painting challenge carries on:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/31/fembruary-2019-and-new-bad-squiddo-figures-arrive/

Dicing With Dragons RPG D & D radio documentary

 

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I don’t own many fantasy figures – these fantasy Viking warriors came with the Heroscape game and its hex tiles that I posted about recently on my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog. 

Dicing with Dragons –  “Long before Peter Jackson made it respectable, teenage boys fought imaginary orcs and dragons”.

Writer and Presenter Kim Newman celebrates Dungeons and Dragons’ early days through interviews with Gary Gygax and others of the Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone era failing to get a bank loan for setting up Games Workshop. It mentions needing to buy the original Chainmail ancient Wargames rules as well as the early D and D books.

Repeat of a Documentary  originally made in  August 2004 –  Radio 4 Extra Debut / repeat, find this at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0076mwd

Made in 2004 it speculates about when RPG  gamers give up, along with the lack of women RPG players at the time. They do find and interview one female “Dungeon Master”.  I imagine this aspect may have changed since 2004, as the few female gamers whose blogs I have come across tend towards Sci-Fi and Fantasy rather than Historical Wargaming.

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Weird dice and lots of tables: I had the gift of a basic set but never really understood D&D …

Available online on BBC Radio Iplayer for about thirty days till late July /early August 2017,  it may well be around in the BBC Radio Iplayer documentary section afterwards. This may not be available to some overseas readers.

Happy Listening!

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on July 5th 2017.

 

Heroscape Duelling in the Garden

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The Heroscape Hex tile islands and Heroscape figures over a spotty grid sea of lovely sea blue oilcloth.

I stayed in the shade of the trees surrounding our garden during  the very hot and sunny Father’s Day  weekend. We raided several starter Heroscape packs for hex tile and figures for a knockabout duelling game  in the garden using versions of the Lunge, Cut and Stop Thrust duelling rules.

Even the garden table cloth or white spotty oilcloth wanted to join in as a sort of hex sea between the hex islands.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/04/26/duelling-in-the-sandpit-lunge-cut-and-stop-thrust/

I’m not what many would call a fantasy gamer, despite my historical Imagi-Nations and the occasional 54mm Space based garden game. These Heroscape figures came prepainted with the very useful Heroscape plastic Hex tile ‘make your own 3D gameboard’ terrain system. So it seemed a shame not to use them occasionally.

Heroscape games system

If you’re not familiar with the Heroscape game and figures by MB / Hasbro, available secondhand online, visit the following sites

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/heroscape-duelling-figures/

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/11170/heroscape-master-set-rise-valkyrie

Extensive fan site: https://www.heroscapers.com/community/blog.php?u=2

amd a fulsome Wikipedia entry or two:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Heroscape_supplements

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/90725/so-youve-decided-buy-heroscape-primer-2011-update

On my sister blog I have featured more about these unusual or versatile Heroscape painted figures, despite their odd 35mm sizing.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/06/21/heroscape-duelling-figures/

The starter or master sets I had bought second-hand provided several interesting warrior groups:

  • Mech type robots  – Zettian Guards (not shown in photographs)
  • Samurai type figures – Izumi Samurai
  • Elite Airborne figures
  • Government type agents – Krav Maga agents
  • Viking type fantasy Ancient warriors
  • Marro scary aliens

Very soon as I and other family members chose Heroscape warrior squads to take each other on in individual duelling or melee bouts, we switched from the slower cards (Parry and Lunge, Stop-Thrust and Cut system) to the quicker d6 version suggested by Kaptain Kobold.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/more-duelling-inspiration-mexicans/

The games proved short and brutal, mostly involving fast melee, using the Kaptain Kobold modification or d6 dice version of Gerard De Gre’s Lunge Cut and Stop Thrust rules for melee or duelling.

1-2 Hit on Attacker (lose one point)

3 – Both Hit (lose one point each)

4 – Both  Miss

5-6 Hit on Defender (lose one point)

To simplify the rules, speed and  even things up between the different Heroscape tribes or clans, we declared all figures or weapons equal in melee and no ranged weapons. In that way a Mech Robot could be defeated by a Samurai or Viking.

Each character had 5 life or combat points (recorded on a dice next to them during combat) and could also only move 2 hexes, halved if moving uphill or through water.

The surviving or winning duellist gained an extra life or combat point when the other rival character was killed off. It quickly got fast, fatal and furious!

My FBI  X-Files team didn’t last long against the grim-faced Alien Marro figures. Warrior Mech Zettian Guards  fought Izumi Samurai and fantasy Vikings, then Elite Airborne figures.

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X Files type Government agents take on Elite WW2 Airborne …

Waterproof  Scenery?

This was also the first outing for some new aquarium ornament resin scenery picked up in a handy 3 for 2 ornaments sale at Pets at Home. A battered rope bridge, a jungle temple, two Ewok style tree houses with lush jungle foliage, a Greek or Roman ruined temple and a Chinese or Japanese fishing boat. All variously suitable for 15 to 40mm size figures.

I didn’t tell the checkout lady the truth when she asked about my non-existent fish and tank,  that these weren’t destined or bought for underwater fish usage but for the gaming table or out in the  garden / yarden for gaming! More on these in a future post.

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Japanese Samurai style warriors take on Fantasy Viking type figures around their Ruined Temple. Whoops – is that rope bridge upside down?
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Asian jungle temple, Chinese or Japanese type fishing boat and Samurai type Heroscape warriors.
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A good view of the new aquarium buildings on Heroscape hex islands.
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The scariest looking of the lot – these Marro type Aliens from the Heroscape starter set.

This proved a short fast knockabout game of the islands suitable for both young and old in the family.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN 21 June 2017.

Pound Store Plastic Away Team on a Surreal Space Planet

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Pound store plastic silver space marines Away Team on the Surreal Space Planet Artemist, my Away Game, a  portable game board. 

Pound store plastic silver space marine Away Team on the Surreal Space Planet Artemist, aboard my Away Game or portable game board.

Cross-posted from my sister Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog site:

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/pound-store-surreal-space-planet-away-team/

Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN blog, 1 June 2017.