Saturday, October 24, 2015

Sticks and Stones from Tiny Battle Publishing

Today I had a chance to try a game of Sticks and Stones from Tiny Battle Publishing. Tiny Battle is a new wargame publisher specializing in print-on-demand and print and play games. They're a sister company to Flying Pig Games, and one of the benefits of this is that Tiny Battle publishes games from designer (and owner of Flying Pig Games) Mark H. Walker.

A US Company Team sets up to defend Gersbach

Sticks and Stones is just such a game. The game is set in the mid-1980s after a limited nuclear exchange between the NATO and the Warsaw Pact. So far, that back story is really just window dressing for the game, but hopefully we'll see some future scenarios that make use of it.

The greater range of the US guns slows the advance of the the attacking Soviet Tank Battalion
This is a fun little zip lock game that is definitely not simply a remix of Walker's older World at War games. With only a few pages of rules the game is easy to learn and turns play quickly.

I need to rethink the Soviet approach. By turn 5 the Soviet advance had been stopped cold with minimal US casualties. 
The game is only $20 for the ziplock version, and about half that for the print and play game. It's perfect for an evening of light 1980's armored warfare gaming. There are a few ambiguities in the rules, but nothing that can't be resolved with a little common sense. Another game in the series is being released as part of the next issue of Yaah! Magazine, which bodes well for future games using these rules. Hopefully someone will cook up a Vassal module, because this game would work very well for online play.