Still Waiting for the Postman

Back on 8 August, in the post, Waiting for the Postman, I noted that I’d ordered some wargaming items mail order, including some board games, figures, flight deck decals and so on. I also noted that the delays in delivery are all at this end of the world.

The Navwar Ships

The ships from Navwar were cleared through customs back at the end of July. They were despatched to the delivery office, Makati Central Post Office, on 2 August 2019. It is now 12 days later and they still, apparently, have not been able to travel the 7kms from the Customs Office to the main post office in one of Metro Manila’s CBDs. Remember, these items arrived in Manila on 19 July. Still, I am patient.

The GMT Board Games Parcel

The GMT Board Games have now cleared customs yesterday, and today were, were despatched the 7kms to Makati.

I am confident that they will arrive just I am not sure exactly when.

When they do arrive, the service at Makati Central Post Office is absolutely brilliant – but I am impatient – want toys now 😉

Waiting for the Postman

I’m waiting for some ancient galleys

I’ve ordered some wargaming items mail order. This includes some board games, figures, flight deck decals and so on. The connections internationally to the Philippines are good, it all slows down however when it arrives in country.

I ordered some ships from Navwar before I left Australia on my last trip back and asked for them to be sent with tracking. Here is the tracking report. They were posted on 10 July 2019 and arrived in the Philippines on 19 July 2019. Not so bad.

It took 12 days to pass a customs examination and then on 2 August, the parcel was placed en route to the delivery office. This is a distance of about 7.5 kilometers or so, a distance I could walk in about 90 minutes. 6 days have passed and it has not arrived there yet.

Board games from the US

I also had tracking on an order of two board games from the US (see left). These were despatched on 1 August, arriving in the Philippines on 8 August. Not bad. They have now gone for customs examination. I am guessing this will take another three or four weeks to pass that inspection then find its way to Makati – or I will get a notice that tells me I need to go to customs to pay a fee.

It would be difficult to set up an industry here that relied on the Post Office being able to deliver and despatch items quickly. In the meantime, mercifully, I still have many more books to review to keep me busy this long weekend coming.

Some New (Old) Boardgames

The second-hand games
The second-hand games

I picked up some second-hand games from June Hwang the other day. Two games I have played before many years ago and Source of the Nile in particular was one of my all-time favourites. I’m actually looking forward to playing it again in the near future (can’t remember what happened to my copy, I suspect it went missing in a move from somewhere to somewhere else).

The other was a copy of Royalists and Roundheads. This is an English Civil War Quad Game which I have never played so whilst most of this is old some of this is new. 😆

Now to get some small plastic bags and punch out some counters.

North Cape

 

The box art - image from Boardgame Geek at http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/14678/north-cape
The box art – image from Boardgame Geek at http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/14678/north-cape

CinC are re-releasing North Cape

Boardgame Geek notes:

NORTH CAPE is a simulation of surface naval combat during 1939-43, using C in C’s unique game system combining the visual appeal of naval ship miniatures with the convenience of a boardgame. Two players, representing the respective commanders, maneuver scale warship replicas and engage in combat to achieve victory for their commands. Eight different historical scenarios provide you a chance to try your skill in a wide variety of tactical situations. Two can also be played solitaire. In addition, a campaign game offers wider scope and endless variety.

Based on the General Quarters miniatures rules.

North Cape was originally released in 1978 and for ships relied on the 1/4800 scale vessels produced by CinC and still current in their catalogue. These vessels are well detailed given their diminutive size although they are larger than the 1/6000 vessels you see spread through Thomo’s Hole on various painting exercises.

Image of the Bismark and a scale representation  - image from Boardgame Geek at http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/14678/north-cape
Image of the Bismark and a scale representation – image from Boardgame Geek at http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/14678/north-cape

I am well looking forward to this as CinC are noting that:

We have been looking into doing enough paper tactical boards to release the last 400+ of the games available. Interested in feed back on interest in that. Price would be about $50-$60 (originally $17) with possibly additional ships or what if items (16″ gun Scharnhorst!).

Pre-publication and/or shipping deals for direct purchase.

Please weigh in.

Whilst CinC are inviting comments, I still haven’t found a way to make those comments to them but I for one would certainly buy a copy at this price. There would not be too much painting involved and I think it would make a good set for a Friday night game.

Game Board - image from Boardgame Geek at http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/14678/north-cape
Game Board – image from Boardgame Geek at http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/14678/north-cape

Waiting ……..

Games Night – Command and Colours Ancients and Catan

Command and Colours Ancients - Scenario one - Syracuse v Carthage - just when I wanted cards for the left and centre I got them for the right
Command and Colors Ancients – Scenario one – Syracuse v Carthage – just when I wanted cards for the left and centre I got them for the right

Tonight was games night. Packed myself and Command and Colors Ancients, the basic set, eventually into a taxi and headed up to Bukit Timah and Anthony’s. Dinner was cooked by the nice Filipino lady at the Korean Restaurant under Anthony’s condominium. Bulgogi for him and kimchi bokumbab (kimchi fried rice) for me.

The kimchi must have got me fired up.

We started with Command and Colors. The first scenario is reasonably well balanced unless you get a wicked distribution on the cards. We both got wicked distributions.

This was as much a learning (for him) and relearning (for me) exercise as I had not played this for two years.

Overall the game went fairly smoothly with just a couple of rule errors brought about by unfamiliarity again. It took Anthony a few turns to get into the idea of the game and start to see how the command and control worked. It was a close fought game with the final result 5 flags to 4.

We then decided to play Nor’s Christmas present – Settlers of Catan. I have never played this before so I was very interested in seeing how well it worked. It works well. Like all good games, it is a simple game to learn but it can be a difficult game to master. I particularly like the way that you can sometimes have to rethink and alter your strategy half way through the game as one of the other players strategies cuts across yours.

I’ll definitely be looking at playing more of Catan in the future. Oh, and it was a nice win for me on my first game – build cities, build cities!

A great Friday night in good company.

Sporecon 2011 – the Day

P1000953In the end I did not take a number 39 bus to Pasir Ris, I caught a taxi to Sporecon 2011.

There were a few hundred folks there, with many coming and going over the two days. In the various areas there were different games being played, including Axis and Allies, Flames of War, Warhammer, Warhammer 40K, Warmachine, Firestorm Armada and the Singapore championships for the Settlers of Catan.

In addition to the games there was also a painting corner and a painting competition. There were no traders there and that is the one thing that was really missing, a way to make an unplanned expenditure of money when caught in the mood of the moment.

Some of the highlights of the day were the five armies a side Flames of War game underway, the painting competition and just the ambience of the day where the focus was on playing games and having fun. Below are a couple of more photos, one is the Flames of War game and the other is some of the painting competition.

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Sporecon 2011

Singapore has an annual gaming convention called Sporecon. It is this weekend this year, on both 28 and 29 May. If you are playing at the convention then there is a registration fee of SG $15.00. For the public (that’ll be me this year) entry is free.

There will be many competitions including Warhammer 40K and Flames of War. I’ll be interested in looking at the later in particular as I think I will ultimately end up building a Flames of War army here for gaming with the locals. Sigh, another project for Thomo for 2011.

Anyway, back to Sporecon. I will try and take some photos and give a report here later this weekend.

In the meantime, if you are around Singapore today or tomorrow, it is on at:

Pasir Ris East Community Club

No 1 Pasir Ris Drive 4 #01-08 Singapore 519457

SBS Bus Services along Pasir Ris Drive 1:
12, 17, 21, 39, 53, 81, 358, 359 and 518

Contact Numbers for the CC is:  65811861

Map picture

Carthage

Chariots of Fire was the first game I had purchased recently from GMT Games. The other game I purchased at that time was Carthage. Carthage is one of the games in the Ancient World Series. The first of that series, Rise of the Roman Republic, is out of print. Carthage being the second and most recent still is in print.

I’ve always (well, for the last 40 years anyway) had an interest in Carthage, the Phoenician colony on the North African coast. Carthage almost bought Rome to her knees before she was an established power. The struggles between Rome and Carthage produced two of the great captains in history – Hannibal and Scipio Africanus.

The game Carthage concentrates on the First Punic War. This was the precursor to the one made famous by Hannibal and Scipio. Indeed, it was in the First Punic War that Hannibal’s father fought and were the oath taken by the father on behalf of Hannibal was made, the oath that the Barcas would fight the Romans until they succeeded in destroying them.

The game components look good with two maps covering the main areas of conflict (Italy, North Africa and Sicily). There are over 1,000 counters in this game as well.

The game itself lists four scenarios. These are:

The Mercenary War, 241 B.C. At the completion of the First Punic War over, the Carthaginian mercenaries in Sicily sought payment. They were sent back to Carthage where they were paid a small amount of what was owed to them and then they sere shipped off to Numidia.

After a while they revolted and massacred a number of officers then laid waste to Carthage. Some Libyans joined in the revolt. In the end Hanno was compelled to assemble an army of veterans and elephants to combat the mercenaries. Hamilcar Barca (Hannibal’s father) returned to Carthage from overseas as well with a mostly mounted second army and Navaras, a Numidian chieftain joined with Hanno to put down the revolt.

Agathocles, 311 B.C. In this scenario the Carthaginians are fighting against Syracuse, led by the ambitious tyrant, Agathocles. This fighting was based around Agrigentum (Acragas).
Hiero, Hero or Gyro? 264–263 B.C. This is an introductory scenario, simplified in its approach and what it involves. Very good for learning the game system.
The First Punic War, 264 to 241 B.C. This is the full war – with the folks at GMT making the assumption that our game war will end at the same completion date of the First Punic War generally.

Board Game Geek has Carthage rated at 7.47/10.

As with Chariots of Fire, I am very much looking forward to getting into this game.

Chariots of Fire

I had been looking for some board wargames to add to my meagre collection of this genre. I particularly was interested in board games because generally they do not require so much space (yes, I know, some of the bigger ones are really big), they are self contained and many have good suitability to solitaire play.

In addition, I was looking for some games that had a ancient feel about them. I had a tax refund cheque coming so this seemed the perfect opportunity to add a game or two to the collection.

The first addition I made was the Salamis add-on to the War Galley Module of the Great Battles of History series. I can’t resist a good naval game.

I was also looking for some ancient based games so the next game I selected was GMT’s Chariots of Fire. This is also part of the Great Battles of History series and covers early warfare, when chariots ran amok on the battlefield.

This game covers warfare in the Bronze Age, from about 2300 to about 1200 BCE. The game itself is well presented and includes everything needed to start to play, including a dice and some nice little plastic bags to make it easier to store the pieces ((I may look at getting some of the counter trays GMT produce in the future)).

The game comes with counters for the following forces:

  1. Egyptian
  2. Hittite
  3. Mitanni
  4. Syria/Canaan (Ugarit)
  5. Assyria
  6. Kassite
  7. Arzawa
  8. Danaans
  9. Trojans

I will frankly admit now that until I saw this game, I had never heard of the Arzawa so from the point of view of stimulating me, the game has been a success already. I shall spend some time finding out more about them in the future ((I now know that Arzawa in the second half of the second millennium BCE was the name of a region and a kingdom in Western Anatolia, likely to have extended along southern Anatolia alongside a belt across the Lakes Region until the Aegean coast. Arzawa’s central area was later to become known as Lydia)).

The game provides maps and scenarios for the following battles:

  1. Sumer (circa 2320 BCE) – using the Hittite and Mitanni counters for the Sumerian and Akkadian respectively
  2. Sekmem (c. 1870 BCE) – Egypt v the Canaanites
  3. Megiddo (c. 1479 BCE) – Egypt v Canaan, Mitanni and Syrian kingdoms – I can’t wait to try this one out
  4. Senzar (c. 1470 BCE) – Egypt v the Mitanni
  5. Astarpa River (c. 1312 BCE) – Hittites v Arzawa (it is suggested that part of the Arzawa later became the Wilusa – the Trojans of Homer’s epic)
  6. Kadesh (c. 1300 BCE) – Egypt v Hittites – and this is another battle I can’t wait to try although it is a big scenario
  7. Nihriya (c. 1230 BCE) – Assyria v Hittites
  8. Babylon (c. 1225 BCE) – Assyria v Kassites
  9. Troy (c 1200 BCE) – Danaan v Trojans – the one the movies get made of and that is famous from Homer’s “The Iliad”.

Many battles to recreate in this board game and it seems the average battle lasts about two hours. I am really looking forward to starting to play some of these.

The game itself rates as 7.94 out of 10 at Board Game Geek.