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This Geeklist is all about skirmish-level print-and-play (PnP) "miniatures" games. The game can either use tokens or standups in place of miniatures or it can simply provide rules so that you can use any minis you want...but it can't have a physical miniatures line specifically associated with it.
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1. Board Game: Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
David Thompson
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Totally cheater...I designed this game and I created this list. If there's not a rule against that, there probably should be. At any rate, this is really what has driven me interest in the idea. I created Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse to fill a need (a quick, easy to play, scenario-driven, and CHEAP skirmish minis game). Because of it I have discovered some gems...like the other games I'm going to add to this list...

Players: 2
Playtime: Approximately 1 Hour



CONTROL A FACTION
DESTROY YOUR ENEMIES
EMERGE VICTORIOUS


Skirmish Tactics Apocalypse (STA) is a two player skirmish-level tabletop hybrid miniatures/board/wargame. The game is set in a post-apocalyptic near future.

There are two ways to play STA: skirmishes and campaigns. Skirmishes are standalone games played for a single victory, with no lasting repercussions. Campaigns are a series of skirmishes. In campaigns, players begin with a squad of recruit characters.

The game board for STA is built from modular tiles which are themed to represent different environments. The default game board is a destroyed urban setting. Players build the game board with nine modular tiles.

STA is a scenario driven game. Each scenario typically has multiple objectives, and combat between factions is usually a secondary or tertiary objective. Players win skirmishes in STA by gaining victory points through accomplishing these objectives.

Each character in STA is represented by a standup paper miniature or token and has a corresponding character card. During campaign play, characters improve their attributes and develop new abilities as they progress from Recruit to Veteran and then Elite status.

website: www.skirmishtactics.com
facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SkirmishTacticsApocalypse
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2. Board Game: Dinosaur Cowboys [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
David Thompson
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Awesome looking game from a really good guy. Itching to try this out. The designer has some interested ideas about scenarios and campaigns on the game's website.

Players: 2-8
Playtime: 30 minutes

Dinosaur Cowboys is a fast playing (30-60 minutes) skirmish game of competing posses composed of up to 5 members and 1 dinosaur. Each character in the posse can be customized to fulfill a different role and purchase weapons and equipment from the many options available. Combat takes place in the futuristic landscape of the year 2285, where a supervolcano erupted and changed the course of mankind forever.

In the general the game is built around D12s and is meant to be light, thematic, and fast playing. Players build a Posse containing a Leader, 2-4 Members, and up to 1 Dinosaur, all of which benefit from some unique mechanics. There are fairly standard statistics (Movement, Hitpoints, etc.) which can be customized by spending Improvement Points to really help differentiate Posses. Furthermore Active and Passive Traits are selected to let characters do cool things like Crippling Shot, Speed Reload, Go For the Eyes, etc. Weapons and equipment are then purchased from a list of over 75 items ranging from laser Six-Shooters to plasma Shotguns.
A standard game takes place on a tabletop covered in terrain and use 28mm miniatures and plastic dinosaur toys. Activation of entities is done on a model-by-model basis instead of the entire Posse at once, so the battles are very fluid with plenty of time to react to the enemy.
Posses battle each other in one-off standalone games or in a linked campaign where further Improvement Points and Neodollars can be used to build and grow the group. Scenarios can be used to add depth to each battle beyond "kill everything".

website: http://dinosaurcowboys.wordpress.com/
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3. Board Game: Zaibatsu [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:7405]
David Thompson
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Sleek looking game that has earned quite a bit of a following on BGG. Love its aesthetic.


Players: 2-4
Playtime: 120 minutes

The game is set in a cyberpunk future, players represent supercorporations rivals, the Zaibatsu, who struggle to obtain the domain and control of the global network of information, Cybernet and for this we serve a large number of agents, mercenaries pawns they use to achieve their targets.

Zaibatsu is a print and play cyberpunk-themed game, each player in game can move pawns, attack the pawns controlled by other players, put new hexagonal blocks to expand the modular board or gain control of the existing blocks to dominate the board and win the game

The game consists of cards, which allows variety of actions to choose, dice that add random and uncertainty to the game, and a modular board which adds replay value to the game, also each player have the opportunity to control simultaneously multiple pawns each one of them with special abilities and restrictions.

In the game will alternate turns until one player obtain a certain number of control counters over the board.
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4. Board Game: Hordes of the Things [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:3207]
Michael Barlow
Canada
Stratford
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Freely available, not PNP per se, but it's the ultimate anything vs anything game system.
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5. Board Game: Song of Blades and Heroes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:2185]
Jeremiah
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Madison
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Doesn't have it's own line of miniatures, although I believe a few stand-alone expansions do. The rules here specifically call out being able to use whatever figures you'd like. You could very easily use paper miniatures or counters.

This is a really excellent set of skirmish rules that is very open-ended in terms of creating your own creatures/characters/figures. There are several expansions that add to the "Special Rules" you can give your figs, as well as each adding in their own optional rules. Though the rules here are geared towards ancient fantasy, there are also rulesets available for modern, sci-fi, horror, and many more.

These rules are also fairly cheap, at about $8 a pop.
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6. Board Game: Song of Drums and Shakos [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:6931]
Alfred Wallace
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Champaign
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As mentioned above, there are many versions of Songs Of... games out there; this is the Napoleonics one, which I can personally vouch for. Napoleonics are good since there's a pretty sturdy number of army lists available. Cossacks vs French Line is as different a matchup as any in fantasy.
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