Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Laserstorm updates

The Laserstorm points formula has been tweaked a bit again and the new version is live in the Vault.

The changes are:

Infantry only pay +1 per Aim point improvement per weapon slot, instead of +2.

The cost premium for a weapon slot with a -4 save modifier is not applied if the weapon will have a range of 10" or less.

The infantry units and field guns in the "Ready Made Units" chapter are now updated to the new, correct values.
Most got adjusted a few points.
Alien warriors are cheaper now compared to human troops (since the aliens typically only have one weapon slot) which works well for ork-style armies.
Autocannon and mortars are now costed far closer to their actual worth.

While the email you got from the Vault didn't mention it, the "Assembly Line" infantry units and infantry weapons are also updated.

More to follow.

Monday, 5 December 2016

Some Clash on the Fringe FAQ's: Aliens

Assorted FAQ's about the alien races (and their skills) gathered up since release:

Anything with one asterisk * is a clarification.
Anything with ** is a new rule or modification.

Psychos:
*The two special rules are mutually exclusive.
If any figure in a Psycho squad is within Speed+3" when the squad activates, apply the first rule.
If not, apply the second.

*When the proximity to enemy rule triggers, ALL Heads Down markers are removed.

*If a figure is Heads Down multiple times, a roll of a 1 on ANY of the recovery rolls will cause the Psycho to Flip out.

Hulkers:
*Bonus moves from You won't like me.. trigger after the firer has finished their shots with that figure (In the event of figures firing twice per turn).
The Hulker could receive multiple moves this way.

Stalkers:
*The relocate move is not "movement". It may pass through solid objects and is not subject to any type of reaction.
**The relocate move CANNOT place the Stalker into close combat.

GUE's:
*The opponent can choose which close combat weapon to use, they are just limited to one.

Droids:
*Droids passing Morale tests applies to all rolls based on Morale, even if they are not based around troop courage and panic.

**Exception: Droids cannot use the Buddy Check mechanic on each other.

*Droids are not affected by psionic powers themselves but a Psionic boosting his own ability would still get their normal bonuses when attacking a droid.

Warriors:
*Warrior Mentality applies to the first casualty taken in the game, not per round.

*A close combat roll is only re-rolled once due to Born to Fight, even if the new roll is also a 1.

Converted:
*The knock-back due to Shamblers cannot place the Converted into close combat or off the table. Move the figure as close as possible.
They CAN be knocked back into hazardous terrain features.

Swift:
*The jump move from Winged is double the movement AFTER applying the orders selected, NOT double base move.

*Slippery cannot be used to enter close combat. The move is optional.

Precursors:
*Few in Number only applies to casualty morale tests, not any other test against the Morale score.

*The extra roll due to bond can be taken after your regular rolls to remove Heads Down status have been made.

Soulless:
*As with Droids, Soulless are only immune to psionic effects targeting them.
A psionic boosting themselves would still receive their bonuses when attacking the Soulless.

*A given Stress marker is not tested for removal until the activation FOLLOWING its placement.
Only one test for removal is made, even if multiple markers are placed.

*A leader can shift into a body from a different squad.
If so, this causes the squad affiliation to change to the new squad.

Engineers:
*If nervous Engineers are complete surrounded, they will remain in place.
They may move closer to an enemy only if that enemy is not in sight and doing so is the only way to retreat from visible enemy.

*Technically the bonus from one with the machine is optional, if for some reason you'd prefer not to receive the bonus.

Slavers:
*The bonus for sneaky is applied to the base Speed before modifying for Prowl orders.

**The figure selected for die for the cause must not already be Heads Down unless every squad member is Heads Down.

*The retreat move due to slight cannot enter a new close combat.

Feral:
*The bonus action from Eager is taken after the firer finishes all shots they are entitled to (in the event of figures capable of firing more than once per activaiton).

**If one attack causes multiple casualties, all bonus actions from Eager must be given to different figures. They CANNOT be stacked on one figure.
If casualties occur from distinct attacks (for example, 3 figures fire and all 3 cause a casualty), then each bonus action could be taken by any figure.

Horde:
*"Fighting Horde" is defined as "on the same battle field as any hostile Horde figures".
Figures are not "Fighting Horde" if they are somehow on the same side as the Horde or if all hostile Horde figures have been eliminated in a multi-player game.

*The figure selected for Execution dies instantly and with no dice roll.

Swarm:
*Evade moves cannot enter close combat.

*When moving across obstacles with Skitter, simply ignore linear obstacles completely. You do not have to count the vertical height of the obstacle against your movement.
When climbing actual walls, simply measure the vertical distance and count it as standard movement.
If a Skittering figure can reach the edge of the roof/top, they can be placed on the top surface.

Brutes:
*A re-rolled die in close combat must be kept if the new roll is another 1.

*Resilient works like this:
If the natural, unmodified roll for Survival is a 1 or 2, the Brute survives (and is not Heads Down) regardless of how powerful the weapon is or any additional Heads Down effect it might otherwise case.

Starport Scum and zero Heat

When rolling for a Job in Starport Scum, you can end up with a Heat of 0.

What does that mean? The enemy tables don't go lower than 1?

It can be handled in three ways, depending on preference:

A:
You may simply treat it as a Heat level of 1 and roll up your opposition as you normally would.

This is the typical option for a wargames campaign.
After all, we're here to have a shoot-out right?

B:
You can opt to use it as a "light" encounter, facing a number of Goons equal to your Group Size minus 2.
These Goons will have no upgrades or additional gear of any kind.

This can feel like a waste of time for a hardened player party, but can be a good introduction for a new player or a very small group of characters on their first encounter.

C:
You may treat it as a "quiet job".
Set up a suitable scene and make a few rolls on the tables in the "Casual Encounters" chapter (page 69).
Sometimes something will happen, sometimes it will not.

This option works well for more role-play oriented players and the odd amateur-writer.
In a Game Mastered campaign, you may wish to use this as an excuse for a role playing encounter.
Maybe you meet an old friend or a nemesis shows up to twirl their moustache for a bit.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

FiveCore Company Command revision is finished



As old projects get finished up before the end of the year, FiveCore Company Command is now in your hands.

If you already purchased the rules, you can grab it at absolutely no charge from the Vault.
If not, no better time than now.

Company Command lets you fight out company (and above) sized battles where each troop stand is a squad and comes with all the random scenario tables and force generators you'd expect from a NWG title.

And now it's cleaner, meaner and easier to use than ever.

http://www.wargamevault.com/product/141387/FiveCore-Company-Command

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Fantasy village generator available



As you approach the village, sleepy farmers in the fields watch you with feigned disinterest.

A decaying palisade surrounds part of the village but it's long since outgrown those meager defences. 

Some distance away in the market place, the couple of local peddlers are hawking their wares to travelers from the King's Road.

And as you look across the open fields, you could have sworn you saw something moving in the gloom out by the old ruins. Probably just your imagination though.

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Classic adventure gaming often revolves around a central location to which the adventurers can return and rest between expeditions.
The Village Generator will help you set up an interesting location with its own NPC's, looming threats and a place in the world.
The random tables include will provide the following detail:

*Broad layout.

*Notable sights.

*Economic activity and sources of income.

*Recent historical events.

*Available defences.

*NPC's of note with disposition and peculiarities.

*Nearby threats with nature and levels of danger.

*Whether any dungeons are nearby.

*Tavern events.

*Village events.

*Enemy moves if a threat to the village is left unattended.

Notes are included on how to handle NPC's and village militia in the Dungeon Scum rules but the random tables are usable with any fantasy game, miniatures or role playing based.

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This supplement is intended to help stimulate adventure ideas and act as an aid to a GM looking for a little inspiration. 
It is NOT a complete ready-to-play adventure module.

Friday, 18 November 2016

20th century scenario generator available



Out of ideas?

Forgot to write a scenario before today's game?

Want something a little different?

The 20th Century Scenario Generator will sort you right out!

With a few dice rolls, you can set up the opposing forces, their support, objectives, troop quality and even unexpected circumstances, generating a scenario on the fly.

Suitable for ww2, cold war and contemporary confrontations, this system will work with any platoon and company level wargame rules you like to use.

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Note for Nordic Weasel Games customers:

This generator is heavily based on the one included in No End in Sight.

http://www.wargamevault.com/product/198450/20th-Century-Scenario-Generator

Sunday, 13 November 2016

FiveCore Pulp is here

Ancient treasures, crumbling ruins and evil Nazis trying to get the loot before you do.
This is FiveCore Pulp Adventure, hope you kept your Mauser pistol loaded.
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This is a complete, stand-alone game using a modified FiveCore system to power exciting adventure campaigns.

Build a party of characters with their own backgrounds and set out to find great treasures.

Gain skills, face off against angry tribes and sinister government agents, fight off looters and more in the style of classic pulp fare such as Indiana Jones and modern takes like Tomb Raider and Uncharted.

The game engine has been expanded to feature a new turn sequence, more dynamic reactions and the new Cinematic Movement system allowing characters to jump, swing, climb and scamper around the terrain features like never before.

Other included features include multiple character classes from dashing heroes to hopeless hangers-on, solo guidelines and an encounter generator.
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The game uses individually based figures and is suitable for any scale you like to use.

All dice in game-play are D6 but D10 are needed to use the encounter and campaign tables.

The rules are compatible with all FiveCore products but are completely stand-alone and do NOT require any other purchase.

Grab it here!