Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Six by Six - January

When I started the Six by Six Challenge a month ago it was on a bit of a whim, and to be honest I had no idea how I was going to track it. I just wanted a challenge which would encourage blog posts in which people played with their toys, instead of ones just showing us how they painted them.

Rather more people than I anticipated said they'd give it a go and you can find the list of names and blogs HERE. I have done my best to track the overall progress each person has made in that post, but I thought I'd do a post like this each month so you can follow people in bite-sized chunks, as it were.

So here is January's progress update.

I have mostly been playing Galleys and Galleons this month. I had a spare slot in my list, bought the game at the start of the year and realised it was one I was going to enjoy playing. So I added it into the list. It was a good choice; I played the committed six games, and more, in just over a couple of weeks. Saying that, it's all I did manage in the challenge this month.

I think the sixth game I played - The Flight of the Ophelia Victrix - was my favourite, partially because it was a delightfully bonkers setup, and partially because I enjoyed creating the backstory that went with it.


And how have other people been doing?  Here's the list of participants with the games they have chosen, and links to what they have played this month. I have marked games which have been completed in red:

Kaptain Kobold - The Stronghold Rebuilt

1 - HOTT
2 - Neil Thomas Pike and Shot
3 - Black Powder
4 - Machinas
5 - DBA 3.0
6 - Galleys & Galleons
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5  - Game 6

Pat G - Irr Wb (F)

1 - Ace of Aces Handy Rotaries
2 - B17 - Queen of the Skies (Actually I think this game has been dropped)
3 - Chain of Command
4 - D&D OSR
5 - Gruntz
6 - Space 1889: Soldier's Companion

Shaun Travers - Shaun's Wargaming With Miniatures

1 - Ancient Battlelines Clash
2 - Advance to Cover
 Game 1 - Game 2
3 - Field Commander: Alexander
4 - Full Thrust
5 - Fall of Rome
6 - TBA


1 - X-Wing
2 - Dystopian Wars
3 - Rubber and Lead or other homegrown rules
 Game 1
4 - Starfleet Battles
5 - Miscellaneous
6 - MLB Showdown
 Game 1

Brian Hamilton - By Brush and Sword

1 - Blucher
2 - Saga
3 - Blood Bowl
 Games 1, 2 and 3
4 - Arena Rex
5 - Strange Aeons
6 - Fistful of Lead


1 - Cold War Commander
 Game 1
2 - Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear
3 - The Walking Dead: All Out War
4 - Kings of War
5 - Imperial Skies
6 - Memoir '44
 Game 1

Michael S - ChicagoWiz's Games

1 - Dungeons & Dragons (1974 edition and 1st edition AD&D)
2 - Ral Partha's Chaos Wars
3 - HOTT
4 - Book of War (D&D Skirmish game)
5 - One Hour Wargames
6 - DBA or Neil Thomas's Ancients/Medieval Wargaming

Martin Sheppard - Sheppard's Crook

1 - Squad Leader
2 - Ancient / Medieval Warfare
3 - Memoir 44
4 - Four Against Darkness
  Game 1 - Game 2
5 - One Hour Wargames 
6 - DBR

Natholeon - Natholeon's Empires

1 - DBA 3.0
 Game 1
2 - Honours of War
 Game 1
3 - Clobberin' Time
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Game 4 - Game 5 - Game 6
4 - Lord of the Rings for Star Wars
5 - Crimean War Rules
6 - Broken Legions

Kevin Kearney - Warwell's Wargames

1 - Anarendor (WISER Fantasy Rules)
 Game 1 - Game 2
2 - Zirconia and Beyond (WISER Sci-Fi Rules)
 Game 1
3 - Lumbago (WISER Horse and Musket)
4 - Four Against Darkness
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3
5 - DC Rivals
 Game 1
6 - TBA

Phil Saunders - A Game of Bones

1 - Black Powder
2 - Team Yankee (6mm edition)
3 - Blood Bowl
4 - Deadzone
5 - Rogue Stars
6 - TBA

Peter - Grid-based Wargaming

1 - One Hour Wargames (OHW) SciFi Variant
 Game 1 - Game 2
2 - Galleys and Galleons
3 - Hundred Years War - Lion Rampant
4 - Dark Ages with Dux Bellorum
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3 - Games 4, 5 and 6
5 - WW2 Naval (Pz8 rules)
6 - WW1 OHW

Sun of York - One Sided Miniature Wargames Discourse

1 - Impetus
 Game 1 - Game 2 - Game 3
2 - Saga
3 - Napoleon's Battles
4 - DBA
5 - Wings of Glory
 Game 1
6 - Songs of Drums and Shakos (will also count Songs of Blades and Heroes).

Ricardo Nakamura - Fantalonia

1 - And a Bottle of Rum
2 - Clash on the Fringe
3 - Mercenary Air Squadron
4 - Morale Napoleon
5 - MOTH - The Ion Age
6 - Star Trader

Kenneth van Pelt - The Penny Whistle

1 - DBA
2 - Blue Max
 Game 1
3 - The Great War
4 - 54mm Collection
5 - Carrera GO Formula 1
6 - Rogue Stars
 Games 1 and 2

Dan Foley- Last Stand at Cairngorm

1 - Chain of Command.
 Game 1 - Game 2
2 - A Gentleman's War
 Game 1 - Game 2
3 - Sharpe Practice 2
4 - Saga
5 - Mad Dogs with Guns
6 - Lion Rampant (and variants)

As you can see, some people have cracked on and played lots of games, whilst others haven't troubled the scorer at all. Anyone who has managed three games during the month is on target; more than that and you are ahead of the game. Three of us have completed the challenge for a single game: myself with Galleys and Galleons, Nate with Clobberin' Time and Peter with Dux Bellorum.

I shall pick a few personal highlights, but encourage you to go and browse the rest of the games yourself.

I love to see people playing and reporting their own rules, and Shaun does a great job, with very detailed write-ups which explain the mechanisms in play. Here's his WWII game, 'Advance to Cover' in action.


What I like to see more than other people designing and playing with their own rules is people using rules I have designed. And Nate has done just that this month, with six games of my superhero rules, Clobberin' Time. This one not only has superheroes and villains, but also animated snowmen and dinosaurs. Perfect.


I love the old school figures in use in this game.


Finally, for this month, paper figures. On a grid.


A big thank you to everyone who has taken part. I have read every report posted, and enjoyed each of them in their own way. I'm looking forward to seeing what February will bring.

8 comments:

  1. I've got a blog post covering my January games:

    http://bybrushandsword.blogspot.com/2017/01/2017-6x6-challenge-january.html

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    1. Thanks! I've updated the post accordingly.

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  2. Thanks for taking the time to keep all this organized. I'm not sure you know what you got into when you made the original post.

    It has been great to join in the fun and play some games as well as reading about all the games others are playing.

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    1. I found that by regularly checking each of the participating blogs I can usually find the games being played. Then it's just a case of updating the original Runners and Riders post, and entering some numbers in a spreadsheet I'm using to track the monthly activity.

      But, yes, slightly more work than I was anticipating. The payoff is worth it, though.

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  3. Great work on updating the challenge. I added a new post on how my January went. To save you some time here's my 6x6 results.
    1 - Chain of Command.
    Game 1 and 2
    2 - A Gentleman's War
    Game 1, Game 2
    http://laststandatcairngorm.blogspot.com/
    Thanks

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  4. http://captainjackaubrey.tumblr.com/post/156712702247/rogue-stars-game-one-the-heroic-forces-of-the

    Rogue Stars games one and two are completed and posted.

    Next week I've got a game of Team Yankee lined up.

    As for my sixth game which is still TBA it will either be Gangs of Commorragh or Frostgrave.

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    1. Thanks - I have updated the ongoing stats accordingly.

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  5. Thanks for the effort for the update. I will attempt to keep my page updated better with my games and also more in the format you have above. I did play three games in January but have not yet posted the third one (so it never happened until you read it :-) ) so am mostly on track!

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