New Titles & Products
Now in Development for
The (Virtual) Armchair General
The following items are in varying stages of completion,
so keep an eye on TVAG for news and release dates.
Gone To See The Elephant:
Game Rules for the Mexican-American War, 1846-48
A fully dedicated set of rules for one of the most remarkable conflicts of the 19th Century,
and one with consequences still felt to this day. GTSTE is a 1:20 scale set of rules that will allow players to experience
the tactics and weapons of this war as no other rules set has. Using the basic game system of John Company
, the game emphasizes Leadership, Resolve, Physical and Psychological condition of the troops, and even reflects political
influences as well.
Perhaps one of the least understood and appreciated wars ever waged by the US, this was no
"walk over," and the rules will reflect the advantages and weakness of both the Mexican and American Armies.
As with JC, the game will rely on Card Driven Movement, Orders, and Events, all very
specifically based on conditions and actual experiences in Mexico--some of which will quite amaze you! There will also be
resource material and information not to be found in most popular histories.
Full details (including specific OB's for all units engaged) of all the major battles
will be provided, maps included. Part of the system will be a simple "Campaign" process by which battles may be played
such that their outcomes can affect the next ones.
No written record keeping, with all game mechanics needing only regular D6, everything
the game requires will come with it. All you have to do is cut out the Card Decks and Game Markers, and choose from several
lines and scales of fine figures for this most "manageable" war. It is quite possible for two or three players--and
certainly any club--to own every unit engaged in every battle. Try THAT with Napoleonics or ACW!
Now in development, we hope to be ready sometime by late this Summer. Look for progress
testing reports o be posted here at TVAG,
and/or on the Yahoo! Mexican War Group.
Projected Release: Summer, 2013
The long in development "sequel" to Padre Paul Wright's Funny Little
Wars , this will be the full campaign rules. While primarily covering the same fin de siecle era of FLW, the new book will also have
ideas and systems that will support a wide range of periods and preferred figure scales.
It will come with printed sheets of map counters representing the many different
troop types and support units, as well as a full color Campaign Map, blank map forms, special record sheets, and more to allow players quickly to create their
own campaigns with a minimum of record keeping.
New rules for new weapons will be included, plus more information about the era in
which the hobby's spiritual founder, Mr. HG Wells, lived and created.
Written by the Padre with the same wit and love for toy soldiers and yard games
as the original volume, Little Campaigns will be another of those books you will read again and again as your own collections and ambitions grow.
Projected Release: Spring, 2013
19th Century Chinese Flags
The newest additions now available are the first of the Boxer Rebellion Flags. With the same
attention to artistry and historical accuracy, these represent the finest of their kind ever
provided for war gaming.
The Tai-P'ing Rebellion Sets were the first of the line be released, and now there are five
new Sets of Dragon Flags and Banners for Wangs and Generals. Taken together with the flags
of the "Imitation Foreign Devils," this part of the Collection is complete--for now!
The next additions will be the huge Imperial collection for the Manchu's as they fought throughout the century.
Watch for them!
Next Projected Release: Manchu/Qing Flags, PENDING!
|| "Mean Sets"
A total now of 18 Sets have already been released and many more are in development. Among those in the works are the
Egyptian Tomb, Mad Scientist's Lab, Haunted House, The Crypt, Evil Mastermind's Submarine, and more.
"Mean Sets" will eventually provide a great many other "traditional" Sets associated
with Pulp Adventure and Horror.
Next Projected Release: Whenever
I get the chance to add more!
|| Splendid Little Warriors!
Funny Little Warriors
Specifically designed by Chris Ferree, an entire line of "true" 54mm sculpts in
support of Padre Paul Wright's Funny Little Wars and the coming Little Campaigns. The first castings are already available,
but many more are in the pipe.
Most notably, perhaps, are the 54mm Japanese Infantry for the period of the Russo-Japanese War.
The infantry will be first with three poses and their Command figures (Officer, Bugler, Color Bearer). Next will be their Cavalry, in mounted and
dismounted poses with command, Artillery Crew, Naval Infantry and Officers, and mounted Senior Officers and Staff. These will be professionally cast and
will be the first such figures for 54mm Collectors and Gamers ever.
More products are in the wings as well, including more card stock buildings for Funny Little Homes
more additions to Funny Little Flags , and accessories of
several kinds for what must be called "Funny Little... STUFF"
since there is such a variety. Card stock Crates for rifles and ammunition, artillery shells, hospital
supplies, and soon rolling stock in the way of wagons, carts, field kitchens, and other items impossible to find--or ludicrously expensive if you do!
Next Projected Release: Autumn, 2012
|| "We Only Kill Each Other" |
A unique set of skirmish rules portraying criminal activities from the 1920's to the 1950's, the era
of Prohibition, Depression, and Film Noir. Finally, a set of rules that portrays the peculiar
nature of these long term wars with short battles, where intimidation and influence were as important
as measured violence.
In the past "cops and robbers" games attempted to treat the subject like a war game. The true
nature of these conflicts is that there were very few battles and very poor "generals" and a highly
inefficient leadership. Engagements were at the whim of fortune, and panic more often ruled the day
than planning and operational expertise.
Characters are highly individualized, their actions and reactions equally dictated by blind luck
and personal "rep" as much--or more--than intent. Play is simple, deadly and effected by psychology
and personality. Rules include not just gunplay, but detailed (but playable) car chases, the moral
effects of such things as police sirens, mob panic, and character "presence," as well as unforeseen
circumstance. Further, Civilians play a crucial--if unwitting and involuntary--part as well!
Heaven help the Gangster--or Cop!--who "drills" a citizen instead!
Play is also linked to Mean Streets (already available from TVAG), the highly detailed
28mm scale card stock City project, to provide the crucial and heretofore ignored geography of
So, grab your "gat!" It's time for a torpedo like you to take goons what don't know how to
cooperate for a one way ride. Just put 'em on ice before somebody yells, "Cheezit, the Cops!"
Projected release: PENDING!
"Send A Gunboat!" |
Another victim of the Great Crash of '04, the line formerly known as "Boat
In A Bag" has returned
in an altogether new form in support of Boilers And Breechloaders, or any other
use war gamers might have. This time, models are available either as PDF's for self printing, or
fully assembled by my master modeler and designer, Richard Houston.
Further, models will now be duplicated in both 25mm and 15mm scales. At least three basic Hull types will
be provided (Wooden, "Protected," and Armored), as well as in Screw Driven, Side-wheeler, and Sternwheeler
configurations. To see the first releases, visit the Send A Gunboat Page for existing
models and details.
Side Wheelers and Screw Driven designs, plus a new Junk and and four Prahu's have been completed and will go up
as soon as their photos are ready!
Projected Next Release: Pending!
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