December 28, 2012
Well, it certainly has taken me a long time to get back to commenting on this collection. And my comment here for today is this: I have decided that this is one collection ripe for reduction in size. This all began in my earliest days in the hobby - well, really, return in the mid-eighties after military and college. I encountered a small and free set of rules that came with a magazine and I found the idea of warfare during this era didn't really appeal to me so much but the idea of small Viking raids on settlements sounded like fun. That led me to sign up for a game of Pig Wars at the first convention I ever attended. Turned out the rules couldn't handle that game - 24 players in 4 hours played through all of two turns; not very satisfactory. But I still loved the concept. I gave the rules more careful study and finally said no to them. Far too much of everybody else sits around while the active player does stuff. I like it when players are in a more simultaneous action situation, gets more adrenalin into the mix. Still haven't sorted the right rules for it. But definitely have more than I need and will target this for a redesign and reduction.
Afraid the castle has made no progress since summer but it will stay since I can use it for this collection and Robin Hood and maybe even for the Musketeers. One area I didn't mention above is that I also have quite a nice collection of siege engines and various carts and beasts of burden and crew so that I can do a nice castle siege game one day.