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Chris Palmer12 Mar 2013 7:49 a.m. PST

Last Saturday night, at Cold Wars '13, I ran my "Santa Claus vs The Nazis" game using G.A.S.L.I.G.H.T. rules, and 28mm figures. The game description, as it appeared in the program, was:

"Bent on obtaining fabled and occult objects from across the globe,
Hitler sets his sights on the magical factories of Santa's North Pole
workshops. If these factories could be turned to munitions
production for the Third Reich, nothing would be able stop the
Nazi war machine. The Fuhrer dispatches a team of commandos to
capture Santa's workshops. Can Santa, his elves, and toys stop the
invaders, or will evil prevail?"

I had a nice turnout of kids, teens, and adults, and every one of the 8 gamer slots was filled. The game begins with each of the three German players selecting one of the woods patches surrounding the North Pole workshops for their initial deployment. One player's forces per woods. The North Pole Defenders start at random locations around the compound. The objective was for the Germans to capture four of the six main buildings in the compound.





A great time was had by all!

For more information and photos, see my blog:

boy wundyr x12 Mar 2013 8:41 a.m. PST

Great looking stuff! Now we know what's happening to polar bears, it's not the lack of ice, it's the Nazis!

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP12 Mar 2013 8:59 a.m. PST


That'll learn them bolt-headed no-good Nazis not to take on Saint Nick!

whoa Mohamed12 Mar 2013 9:32 a.m. PST

Santa and the coco cola polar bear dead and you call that a victory are you freakin Insane?

Chris Palmer12 Mar 2013 9:46 a.m. PST

Thanks for the comments folks!

We all know Santa can't really die permanently. For those that know "The Santa Clause", whoever kills Santa replaces him. Even now Major Shaub is putting on weight and growing a white beard that he can't shave off. He's become much more jolly too. grin

Personal logo Rebel Minis Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Mar 2013 10:19 a.m. PST

awesome work! I wish I could have played :)

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Mar 2013 11:35 a.m. PST


Pijlie12 Mar 2013 12:13 p.m. PST

This is so uber-cool! I might steal this someday…..

kyoteblue12 Mar 2013 3:03 p.m. PST


capncarp12 Mar 2013 3:59 p.m. PST

What Chris didn't mention was that units that eliminated enemy troops got candy canes as war booty!

The only things I could think of that were missing were giant killer penguins with electricity-shooting tentacles (from the Nazi secret Antarctic base experiments) and air support for the defenders from Santa's sleigh, although there was talk about Rudolph's laser-shooting nose being a secret weapon under development. Maybe in Round Two-- Reindeer Rampage: Santa's Claws….(hint, hint)

And yes, I was the overly-confident player that got Santa killed (mea culpa, mea culpa, etc.). But even now, the conclave in the Claus Enterprizes boardroom is meeting, and the elves, and reindeer, and polar bears are waiting to see what color smoke comes out of the chimney….

Chris Palmer12 Mar 2013 4:26 p.m. PST

Glad you had fun! You did a great job as Santa!
Yes, the candy cane booty was fun, but one of the players brought them (was it you?), not me. The box was handed down the table to me so I'm not sure exactly who they came from. They were a great idea, and added a fun dimension to the game!

Red and green smoke of course! grin

capncarp12 Mar 2013 4:57 p.m. PST

Why, Chris, you of all people should know that it was _Santa_ that dropped off the candy canes! ;D

BTW, I had fantasies of showing up in my red-velvet/white-fur-trimmed St. Nicholas outfit, but I figured I'd have been reduced to the consistency of a snowman in July by the warmth it would create. If I could figure out how to post the photo I have, I would put it up here.

Chris Palmer13 Mar 2013 8:32 a.m. PST

Wow, that would have been great if you had shown up fully dressed, but I certainly understand the comfort issue. grin

capncarp13 Mar 2013 6:33 p.m. PST

Here goes, behold Santa's biggest elf!


Chris Palmer14 Mar 2013 8:36 a.m. PST

Wow, that's great! What a hit that would have made at the game.

I'm surprised I wasn't more aware of your resemblance to St Nick during the game…

Santa by night, gamer by day. grin


surdu200514 Mar 2013 12:32 p.m. PST

Chris has run Santa games two of the last three years at my annual New Year's Eve game till the ball drops event. Both times my son played Santa, and both times Santa dies. I think Santa needs a belt-fed, full-auto RPG launcher!


capncarp14 Mar 2013 1:46 p.m. PST

Santa lives inside all of us; I just happen to have a second helping, as demonstrated by my bowlful-of-jelly attributes! As for Santa's arsenal, I was tempted to rig up a lawn candycane LMG with a belt of lollipops, Rambo-style….

Chris Palmer14 Mar 2013 1:59 p.m. PST

Ohhhhh… lolipop-belt fed candy cane LMG….there's a conversion I've got to make!

capncarp14 Mar 2013 4:01 p.m. PST

Uh-oh, my creative juices are flowing--Chris, I'll pm you with some more ideas in case you might want to include any in your next tournament--and they would be a surprise to the players, heh-heh!

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