Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Hyboria (7)

Now with the venerable Charles Grant on the cover ...
I also started a Hyboria page to collect all sorts of information Hyboria.

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Mighty Empires

Reading up on Tony Bath's Hyboria campaign (I should start a separate page and collect all sorts of resources there), I started wondering what game might come close to recreate such a campaign.

Then I remembered Mighty Empires.

Back in the late 80s,early 90s I was a hardcore Games Workshop fanboy. To be honest, I wasn't even aware other miniature wargames did exist outside of Games Workshop, that realization only came later. So naturally I also bought Mighty Empires when it was first published. I do not recall we ever played it completely or used it as a campaign engine for our regular Warhammer Fantasy 3rd edition battles, but I do recall I owned some of the metal miniatures as well, and most likely some of the White Dwarf stuff (I was a subscriber).

Then somewhere during the early 2000s I had a major clean-out of my games collection, and Mighty Empires was sold. Last year, an old gaming buddy donated some of his old gaming stuff to me, and suddenly, I had a box of Mighty Empires again. Everything was still there, except the rulebook (but that can be found online).

So, I couldn't resist and generated 2 maps according to the rules in the rulebook, the result of which you see below.

I also browsed through the rulebook again, and there are some good ideas in there. I am almost sure the designers were heavily influenced by Bath's Hyboria, some of the similarities are too strong. But there's probably a reason we never finished a game 30 years ago. The game is not so much game, but indeed, a campaign engine. Lots of rolling on random tables etc. Fun as a way to generate an imaginary world, but perhaps not so fun to use on a game.

Sunday, 5 April 2020

Hyboria (5)

Part 5 of the series written by Tony Bath about his legendary Byboria campaign. This article appeared in the May 1978 issue of Battle For Wargamers.

Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Monday, 30 March 2020

Hyboria (2)

Here's the 2nd installment of Tony Bath's series of articles on his Hyboria campaign that were published in Battle for Wargamers (see here for an index).

This article contains a description of the character generation system, something that was a precursor to character generation in later roleplaying games, and is again testimony of the many radical ideas that Tony Bath pioneered.

Sunday, 29 March 2020


I recently received a large donation of Battle for Wargamers for my indexing project. All magazine shave been entered some time ago, so maybe now it's time to provide the discerning connaisseur wargamer with some selected content.

The first article is from Tony Bath, and describes his classic Hyboria campaign, from the January 1978 issue. I've always been an admirer of how Bath managed to pull this off and setting the scene for what was to come hobby wargaming. In a sense, he has been a more influential figure on the hobby than Don Featherstone, but perhaps we should discuss that over a pint of (Belgian) beer ...

Sunday, 8 March 2020

Some more vintage figures

I got some more vintage figures during the past months.

First, a couple of old pre-Slotta miniatures, from my friend Wim VdB. I particluarly like the old Slann figure.

The, some Ral Partha figures from Eric B. I still have to identify most of them, but using Lost Minis Wiki as a guide, I think not all of them are the originals that came in this box.

And finally, some GW space marines. These feel "new" to me, but by now are also already 27 years old (the box says 1993, and they appear in 1993 catalogues). These are completely in metal, and I was surprised by how heavy they are.  There were only 3 figures in the box, the others are MIA. They will be good additions to my StarMarine force for our Antares campaign, but I'll first file off all the excess skulls ;-)