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Kiama Kriegsspieler07 Nov 2022 7:05 p.m. PST
Grelber07 Nov 2022 9:12 p.m. PST

OK, I can still get up and down and could game on the floor.
I have noticed military combat units wearing kneepads and I think it might be worthwhile to give them a try.

I wonder what my wife would think about spray painting the garage floor blue and leaving the cars on the driveway for a game from time to time.


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2022 9:20 p.m. PST

My Fletcher Pratt days are far behind me but if my knees
were up to it. I'd love to be doing it again.


Arjuna07 Nov 2022 10:37 p.m. PST

Ahoy matey, gray ocean and Cross Sea, dangerous waters.
Wouldn't go in too deep, you may not come back up again.
Or your back may not come up again.

May I suggest some marbleous new terrain tiles for wargames with a marine theme.
At second glance, you may also use them in the Mare Tranquillitatis, US Space Marines vs. ChiCom Moon Warriors or some such.


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pvernon Supporting Member of TMP07 Nov 2022 11:00 p.m. PST

Construction kneepads help!

Arjuna08 Nov 2022 12:23 a.m. PST

Construction kneepads help!

Also when laying the new floor tiles!

colkitto08 Nov 2022 2:30 a.m. PST

Are you able to say anything about a possible timescale for the Sam Mustafa rules, by any chance? I imagine those will be worth waiting for.

PzGeneral08 Nov 2022 5:00 a.m. PST

Happens at conventions is Ohio at least twice a year or so….


Tom Reed08 Nov 2022 7:11 a.m. PST

Heh, I remember playing a game of Fletcher Pratt at Little Wars in Triton College many, many years ago. The room the game was in had a tiled floor. A couple of the players measured a tile and pulled out their graphics calculator. A few minute later ships started blowing up as the yells of "All Call" echoed through the room…it was a short game.

Kiama Kriegsspieler08 Nov 2022 1:25 p.m. PST

Thanks all! Yes knees are an issue, so a short game!
Sam Mustafa rules timeframe – no idea. The playtesting on the tactical aspect (surface action groups) is complete, but is still ongoing on the operational/strategic side (carrier battles etc). Personally I am hoping some time in 2023…

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2022 1:42 p.m. PST

I ran a 54mm Army Man floor game in my garage, with two of my sons, around 20 years ago. Did a couple for Community Education classes I ran, in the 2000's. Haven't gone back to the floor, since. Too hard on my body.

Last big 54mm Army Man game I did, was on tables, 12 feet by 30 feet. Loved it! Planning to do some more, next year, in my garage, on tables. Floor gaming is too hard on me, physically.

I've considered using those hand grip extensions for the elderly to reach high cupboard shelves, but I don't think they would work well enough to make it worthwhile. Cheers!

cmdr kevin09 Nov 2022 6:15 p.m. PST

interlocking foam floor mats
2 ft squares usually sold in packs of 4

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2022 10:27 a.m. PST

Looks great – my problem would be as above, bad knees

Wolfhag24 Dec 2022 9:55 a.m. PST

I'm looking at having some large sea battles on a large floor space I have. I will contact the schools to get some young kids to crawl and move the units. It would be a great way to get them interested in historical war games, and maybe their dad too.


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