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Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2017 9:11 p.m. PST

My Martian alternate history has a Martian attack every 20 years, starting in 1898. Each attack takes place in a stand alone universe, so each attack is a unique and unprecedented event.

The first attack is like that of the H.G. Wells War of the Worlds book. The Martians have tripod walkers, heat ray, black gas, and red weed. They have limited vulnerability to Earth weapons.

Then there is a 1918 Martian attack. I use the same Martian tripods but the humans get World War One era weapons. It makes it a little more of a challenge for the Martians. This is similar to All Quiet on the Martian Front, but I use mostly historical vehicles and equipment for the humans.

In 1938 the Martian attack is not unlike that of the Orson Wells radio broadcast. It gives me a chance to use those not quite World War Two US Army vehicles and troops, mixed in with some of the World War One stuff. I add an anti-Meson weapon that disintegrates things rather than just set them on fire or burn them up.

An attack in 1958 by the Martians is along the lines of the War of the Worlds, George Pal movie from 1953. The Martians get the boomerang war machines and force fields. A very tough nut to crack.

So far I have not worked out anything beyond that. Each group also gets infantry, I use Mars Attacks type figures as the infantry.

There is much more but this is a brief overview. I would like to thank some of those TMPers who helped with comments when I asked questions here.

They include but are not limited to: darthfozzywid, jpattern2, Olaf the hairy, Bob without his dog, Stryderg, skippy0001, Major Mike, alien BLOODY HELL surfer, Dances With Words, Iasalle012, Ghostrunner, Mobius, chironex, 28mmMan and no doubt others; thank you all for the help.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2017 9:14 p.m. PST


20 years? Is that how often the two planets come at their closest?


I just found my answer. It looks like you are actually very close to reality, because every 15-18 years Mars and Earth come to within 35 million miles of each other. The last time was in 2003, next time will be in 2018, and then in 2035:

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2017 10:41 p.m. PST

Hi Dan,

20 years starting from 1938 and working in both directions gives some good time frames to use troops and equipment that don't ordinarily get used in wargames, but are found in my wargame collection. Those times also work to fit in with other Martian invasion books, movies, wargame rules, and the 1938 radio broadcast.

The fact that it's about close to what Mars really does is sort of a bonuse.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP01 Jul 2017 11:11 p.m. PST

I think the cyclical aspect to the invasion attempts is brilliant!


Tgunner02 Jul 2017 4:45 a.m. PST

Hey Dan,

I think he's saying that each "era" happens in a stand alone universe starting in 1898 and that each era is 20 years apart, but it's not the same universe where the Martians attack every 20 years. Each era is its own universe and each invasion is unique so in the 1938 universe there wasn't a Martian invasion in 1918 or in 1898. This is the ONLY invasion in that universe.So there isn't a cycle of invasions, it's just different periods so he can play with different toys.

But that could be a fun concept to try out! It puts the humans under the gun when they figure out that the Martians kick off a new war every 20 or so years.

Personal logo Cacique Caribe Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2017 5:12 a.m. PST

Lol. I sure missed that!

Thanks for clearing that up. :)


Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP02 Jul 2017 3:53 p.m. PST

Tgunner is correct. I figured if the humans knew the invasions happened every 20 years the entire planet's history would be one of ever increasing militarism in preparation for the next invasion. In the Mars Attacks card sets the humans in the 1950's actually do a counter-invasion of Mars.

That's also on the agenda, using 1950ish technology.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

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