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Gorgrat14 Jun 2021 11:27 p.m. PST

Maybe this should be in the fantasy section, but I'm asking it for a specialized reason.

Back before I got out of gaming (mea culpa, mea culpa…) in the early 2000s, if there was one thing you could be sure of, it was finding a HOTT game, or often even one of their day-long campaigns at pretty much any wargames convention. And it really wasn't limited to fantasy, either. I saw HOTT games fought with science fiction (I took part in one based on the original Planet of the Apes movie series, and got to play the human psionic mutants who lived underground and worshipped the Bonb) Napoleonics, pretty much you name it.

How about today? Is it still a big deal? Is it even still in publication?

DesertScrb15 Jun 2021 6:50 a.m. PST

The game is still in print (version 2.1), and lots of people still play, including me. There's a Hordes of the Things group on Facebook if you are on that platform.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2021 9:19 a.m. PST

I've never seen it played at a con or in a store, but I know some people who played it at their house.

Personal logo timurilank Supporting Member of TMP15 Jun 2021 9:51 a.m. PST

I would suggest using the DBA Fanaticus Forum to keep in touch with HOTT in your area.
Membership is free and HOTT rule queries are answered quickly in the section devoted to Hordes of the Things.

Gorgrat15 Jun 2021 11:09 a.m. PST

Thanks. I will check it out.

Kropotkin30315 Jun 2021 11:53 a.m. PST

I play it for massed combat fantasy games, but I have made science fiction armies as well. Small number of figures is a bonus and allow for building opposed sides quickly. I really like making strongholds. Again a small manageable terrain project. There are probably better rules, but it does the job for me.

Gorgrat15 Jun 2021 12:56 p.m. PST

I still love it, and would like to play it regularly.

Personal logo javelin98 Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2021 9:34 a.m. PST

I had v1 and v2 and found them almost incomprehensible because of the poor writing and use of local colloquialisms. That being said, I've heard the newest edition is much improved.

lkmjbc316 Jun 2021 10:07 a.m. PST

Working on a 6 player battle now… that will be married to another 6 player battle (a river separates them)… for a giant 12 player convention game!

Next army to paint…

The Cronks…commanded by Ramon Cronkavitch with heavy Puglunk units!

(and after that… the corflu Cultists… Heavy airships and spearmen… with a Tyrannosaurus Rex… all commanded by the evil sorcerer… Unamit Ahzreddit.

Those who know… will understand…

Joe Collins

Gorgrat16 Jun 2021 1:55 p.m. PST

Unamit Ahezredit.


And I thought I was old.

Does your mother let you play outside with your SPI stuff?

lkmjbc316 Jun 2021 7:39 p.m. PST

Nope she didn't… but she isn't in town to stop me now!

Great stuff indeed…The amount of imagination and silliness of course in that one game I don't think can be repeated.

The late 70s- earlier 80s were a special time. I used to wonder if it was just nostalgia. The more I examine it… it isn't. It really was a special time.

Joe Collins

Gorgrat19 Jun 2021 10:58 p.m. PST

Honestly, I don't think original D&D has ever been surpassed. The game didn't try to make a system out of everything. It just let everything outside the rather scanty rules fade into the misty horizon. The real charm of the game was that it was impossible to know what its limits were.

Now it has gotten to the point that everything is in the box. In my opinion, a great pity.

TheOXNZ05 Sep 2021 9:07 p.m. PST

We still play it a bit in Auckland (well not at the moment due to lockdown) but yes 15mm and 28mm scale is still played and events like clubs days along side 15mm DBA are popular

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