Frostgrave – An approachable miniatures game in the spirit of old school dungeon delvers


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/08/24/frostgrave-an-approachable.html


#2

Is this a coop game? Or is it every player for themselves?


#3

It is definitely one of the hot alternate games now for the Seattle/Portland warhammer players.


#4

If this was to be a gift for someone who’s never gotten into miniatures, are there any “starter sets” to allow 2-4 people to play the game from a cold start?

Even cardstock printouts might work, maybe with some small gift boxes to use as buildings. Or maybe bags of colored wooden figures ala Carcassonne.


#5

The dirty secret of wargames is that you can use anything as proxies because the minatures are incredibly expensive. It’s also the dirty little secret of any collectible game.

If you have the rulebook you can play the game with meeple.


#6

I’m constantly annoyed that Wink Books posts never actually link to the book in question, just to the Wink homepage. In fact, the whole information architecture of the Wink site is a mess, but that’s neither here nor there.

@boingboing, can you pleeze start using the permalink to the correct item on the Wink website when you crosspost reviews?


#7

I still miss Necromunda. It was such a tight hybrid of RPG, tabletop miniatures, and squad based tactics.


#8

That and GorkaMorka were where the 2nd edition 40K ruleset worked so so well. For bigger battles not so much.
I miss both those games.
Now I wanna see if there is enough interest in Seattle to start a league/group.


#9

It depends. You can get some relatively inexpensive and good looking stuff for cheaper than GW or Privateer Press.
And looking at the prices for the official minis they are not that bad.
But yes in general good minis are expensive, on the other hand once you paint them you get to play with them for a long time.


#10

A really great way to start up frostgrave is to buy a bunch of Lego mini-figs. They work perfectly in this setting and Lego is a breeze to create fancy terrain with.

other’n that, i’d have to recommend https://thedicebaglady.net/frostgrave/ because she usually collaborates with the publisher of frostgrave when they launch new stuff.


#11

Cardboard Heroes:

Originally an SJ Games thing, but if you google around you’ll find bucketloads of free options.


#12

Right. Or juniorgeneral.org, which has a brilliant selection of community-created stuff, ranging across eras, types, and realism.


#13

But you don’t want to play the same for a long time, so you buy more…


#14

I have lead stuff from Rogue Trader that well I am not using mostly cause I haven’t played 40k in way too long but were also stripped down and are in the middle of being redone cause I am way better painter now and it was time for them to join my Imperial Fists.
But really for a game like this it will be cheap cause you need what 15 minis tops for a warband?


#15

If you have access to a 3D printer, there is a line of open-source miniatures for a game called Pocket Tactics. They cover a variety of genres, sizes, characters (and quality), but work out to about 30cents each of you print them at material cost.


#16

It’s coming back! Games Workshop is re-doing a number of their Specialist Games, including Blood Bowl, Battlefleet Gothic, and Necromunda. Not sure about the others, like Epic 40K and Inquisitor. I’m planning on getting back into it when it’s re-released, too. It’s one of my favorite games in the 40K universe, for sure.


#17

Hopefully they have the decency to wait until my older child is responsible enough to put my younger child to bed in my absence :slight_smile:


#18

I think I would happily pay for cardboard heroes over those. They are functional but very primitive in the looks.


#19

Ah, but once you pay for them, it’s so much harder to set 'em on fire when the scenario calls for it :slight_smile:

(I recall a great Paranoia adventure pack once that contained instructions to take the included paper/card figures and run your lawnmower over them! Think it was “Hill Sector Blues”)


#20

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