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Conrad Kinch08 Apr 2020 6:21 a.m. PST

A lot of us are cooped up in our homes at the moment – which is a bit of a pain in the neck, but sure beats the alternative. But one of the drawbacks of the lockdown is the fact that a lot of us will not be getting our usual wargaming fix.

Over the last few years, I have taken to playing games remotely by video conferencing with friends who are far away. There is absolutely no reason we can't try this with our usual opponents or why not try having a go with some our your internet pals. There is no time like the present.

Since the Corona lockdown came into force, I've played Rangers of Shadowdeep and The Men who would be Kings via video. Our latest game was set just after the battle of Mudki in the First Sikh War. We got through the game in under two hours and had a lot of fun with it.

Blog entry with pictures

I have recorded a short podcast on the subject, summarising the lessons I've learned from the last few years of remote wargaming.

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GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP08 Apr 2020 9:06 a.m. PST

Good to see your log post on this, and I listened to your pod cast. Nothing like in person gaming, but with the public health issue that is going on, I'm considering using Zoom.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Apr 2020 10:03 a.m. PST

My issue is not having a game table at home…

Conrad Kinch08 Apr 2020 12:19 p.m. PST

Extra Crispy,

That's a very good point. Then maybe try buddying up with someone who does or alternatively, running something short and snappy on your kitchen table?

Failing that, maybe try something like The Portable Wargame?
It's designed to be played on small surfaces, most of the initial games were played on chess boards. These can be set up on a tea tray or something similar and moved around.

Regards, CK

Fitzovich08 Apr 2020 3:43 p.m. PST

Thanks for sharing these links.

raylev309 Apr 2020 6:43 p.m. PST

Great idea.

GamesPoet Supporting Member of TMP10 Apr 2020 3:16 a.m. PST

Planning my first attempt at using Zoom this upcoming Saturday.

Mad Guru Supporting Member of TMP13 Apr 2020 1:08 a.m. PST

Conrad -- well done my friend, excellent post about a very fun looking battle, and inspiring take on how to keep gaming under our present challenging circumstances! And you lucky bastiche, you played a game with Nick Strern!?!? In addition to being a very talented artist, he's without doubt one of if not the finest gentleman colonial wargamer here in the US of A! I am definitely jealous! Also great to see a new post on your blog, which has always been one of my favorites, and still has the best name in the entire blogosphere!

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