Saturday, 25 June 2016

Callsign Taranis now on general release!





Welcome to our last news and release of the month! The brand new expansion book for Patrol Angis our 15mm wargame system is now on general release at The Ion Age. Callsign Taranis which introduces all types of vehicles along with larger scope games and much more is now on our website. Our thanks to all those who took up the pre-order offers on the book and every one of those orders is now well on its way to you across the whole world. If you want to see the new book along with the core book and the game set plus the two book bundle with a saving go HERE or read on for more. 



Callsign Taranis (A4 Book) 12.00GBP. Go HERE.
15mm Expansion Rules set in The Ion Age.


Welcome to the Expansion of the One Hour Tabletop Wargame Patrol Angis. Wargame expansion rules for use with 15mm miniatures and models from theionage.com. An enjoyable playing experience set in a space opera setting unlike any other. Patrol Angis is a skirmish level wargame and with Callsign Taranis you can move from the low intensity infantry focused warfare of the core game which was your starting point in this universe to something a bit larger and multi faceted too. Make use of vehicles from the humble Adder to the supporting Mullo and of course the mighty Taranis super heavy main battle tank. Introduce flying vehicles, hurwent energy shields, buildings, drones and mecha too. Play solo or with two or more players with games featuring one Platoon (22 Miniatures or several vehicles) a side up to four or even six Platoons a side (100 or more miniatures or a dozen vehicles) with smaller games taking less than an hour to play out. In Callsign Taranis you still choose to play as either the Prydian Army or in the employ of Canlaster or Yordan or any number of lesser rebel Marcher Barons all vying for the throne. This includes playing as a “Conda” or professional mercenary too for any side. Callsign Taranis contains all the rules you need to make use of vehicles and structures in other titles in the series. 


YOU REQUIRE A COPY OF PATROL ANGIS TO USE THIS BOOK

In this book you will find the expansion rules covering the use of Vehicles in play as well as Structures and other bolt on mechanics. There are also game statistics for the vehicles of the Prydian Civil War and additional skills, equipment and items for your troops. Following on from Patrol Angis is part two of the Prydian Civil War background. Also in this book is the Support Phase and the Between Games development of your forces. Rules for how to play larger games of Patrol Angis and how to generate random terrain. A bolt on section for Building your Forces with Vehicle and Mixed platoons. This and more all in a packed sixty four pages! 




If you are not aware of our Patrol Angis game system then you need to check out the core book which you can do on our website HERE. It also has a game pack which gives you the book plus two sides in miniature and a unique Knight Errant too all with a saving. Lastly we now have a two book bundle which saves you 10%. Here they are: 


IAB01 Patrol Angis Game Book (68pp) A4 Format. 12.00GBP




IAB01B Patrol Angis Game Pack (Book plus Miniatures and Bases + Unique Miniature)
48.60GBP save more than 15% = 40.00GBP
IAB01BP Patrol Angis Game Pack (Pro—Painted and Based)
90.00GBP save 15% = 76.50GBP




IABB Patrol Angis AND Callsign Taranis (both books)
24.00GBP save 10% = 21.60GBP


There are a good number of free files which you can download from our 15mm Publications page on the website for the game. Go HERE.




On more Worlds than the Arks ever saw!
Its so good you will wear out your jaw!
Its the taste that gives you the finest feeling!
Stop on by for a Smile and some good taste meal eating!
We love to fill you up so...look no further than Happy Burger!



We give a free miniature in every order placed and this miniature changes each month. Currently it is IMP34 Happyburger Clownbot and you have until the last day of June to get it free in your order before it is replaced with the next miniature in July. Go HERE or get full details about this fantastic and creepy robot HERE on our blog. 



This is the last release for The Ion Age for the month.


Thanks for Reading.


GBS

Friday, 10 June 2016

Callsign Taranis pre-order offers and bundle now live!



In Callsign Taranis you will find the expansion rules covering the use of Vehicles in play as well as Structures and other bolt on mechanics. There are also game statistics for the vehicles of the Prydian Civil War and additional skills, equipment and items for your troops. Following on from Patrol Angis is part two of the Prydian Civil War background. Also in this book is the Support Phase and the Between Games development of your forces. Rules for how to play larger games of Patrol Angis and how to generate random terrain. A bolt on section for Building your Forces with Vehicle and Mixed platoons. This and more all in a packed sixty four pages! 15mm Wargaming!


The time is here! The awaited expansion to Patrol Angis has arrived! Time to get your pre-orders in for the expansion to Patrol Angis which brings in the big guns, the bigger games, the vehicles, the structures and much more. A selection of offers saving you 15% as well as some extra items too. The offers run from now until Monday 20th June at which time they will end at about 9am GMT. The offers apply to not only the new book but also the new larger format version of Patrol Angis plus the game pack and also a two book bundle. All the bases are covered! Go HERE or read on.


There is a lot in the new book so if you would like to read all about it and see example pages please visit an article on our blog HERE


Here are the items in the Early Supporter Offers:




IAB01 Patrol Angis Game Book (68pp) A4 Format.
12.00GBP save 15% = 10.20GBP





IAB01B Patrol Angis Game Pack (Book plus Miniatures and Bases + Unique Miniature)
40.00GBP save 15% = 34.00GBP


IAB01BP Patrol Angis Game Pack (Pro—Painted and Based)
90.00GBP save 15% = 76.50GBP





IAB02 Callsign Taranis Expansion Book (68pp) A4 Format
12.00GBP save 15% = 10.20GBP





IABB Patrol Angis AND Callsign Taranis (both books)
24.00GBP save 15% = 20.40GBP plus 250 Additional Reward Points on your account!


Go HERE. Remember there are links to download free files on our 15mm Publications page if you would like to know more.


Information Burst!




Every order placed during the Early Supporter period which contains one or more of the promoted special price items will ship out worldwide during the week commencing 20th July 2016. Your orders will be mark fulfilled and packed waiting to send before this. Any orders which DO NOT contain these items will ship out worldwide as normal after being fulfilled. The 15% discount is already applied to the promoted items and is on the screen you need do nothing more than place them in your cart. If you order the two book bundle you will get an additional 250 Reward Points which we will manually add to your Sloyalty total with us when your order is fulfilled but before dispatch meaning you can use these points (which are IN ADDITION to those earned on the qualifying order) almost right away. Every order placed as usual gains Reward Points and will be supplied with one casting of the monthly free miniature (worth 0.60GBP) which is currently the IMP34 Happyburger Clownbot. You can learn more about this bot HERE.


Thanks for reading and for supporting my new book.


GBS

Friday, 3 June 2016

Callsign Taranis pre-order offers and bundle now live!




In Callsign Taranis you will find the expansion rules covering the use of Vehicles in play as well as Structures and other bolt on mechanics. There are also game statistics for the vehicles of the Prydian Civil War and additional skills, equipment and items for your troops. Following on from Patrol Angis is part two of the Prydian Civil War background. Also in this book is the Support Phase and the Between Games development of your forces. Rules for how to play larger games of Patrol Angis and how to generate random terrain. A bolt on section for Building your Forces with Vehicle and Mixed platoons. This and more all in a packed sixty four pages! 15mm Wargaming!

The time is here! The awaited expansion to Patrol Angis has arrived! Time to get your pre-orders in for the expansion to Patrol Angis which brings in the big guns, the bigger games, the vehicles, the structures and much more. A selection of offers saving you 15% as well as some extra items too. The offers run from now until Monday 20th June at which time they will end at about 9am GMT. The offers apply to not only the new book but also the new larger format version of Patrol Angis plus the game pack and also a two book bundle. All the bases are covered! Go HERE or read on.

There is a lot in the new book so if you would like to read all about it and see example pages please visit an article on our blog HERE.


Here are the items in the Early Supporter Offers:


IAB01 Patrol Angis Game Book (68pp) A4 Format.
12.00GBP save 15% = 10.20GBP


IAB01B Patrol Angis Game Pack (Book plus Miniatures and Bases + Unique Miniature)
40.00GBP save 15% = 34.00GBP

IAB01BP Patrol Angis Game Pack (Pro—Painted and Based)
90.00GBP save 15% = 76.50GBP

IAB02 Callsign Taranis Expansion Book (68pp) A4 Format
12.00GBP save 15% = 10.20GBP


IABB Patrol Angis AND Callsign Taranis (both books)
24.00GBP save 15% = 20.40GBP plus 250 Additional Reward Points on your account!

Go HERE. Remember there are links to download free files on our 15mm Publications page if you would like to know more.

Information Burst!



Every order placed during the Early Supporter period which contains one or more of the promoted special price items will ship out worldwide during the week commencing 20th July 2016. Your orders will be mark fulfilled and packed waiting to send before this. Any orders which DO NOT contain these items will ship out worldwide as normal after being fulfilled. The 15% discount is already applied to the promoted items and is on the screen you need do nothing more than place them in your cart. If you order the two book bundle you will get an additional 250 Reward Points which we will manually add to your Sloyalty total with us when your order is fulfilled but before dispatch meaning you can use these points (which are IN ADDITION to those earned on the qualifying order) almost right away. Every order placed as usual gains Reward Points and will be supplied with one casting of the monthly free miniature (worth 0.60GBP) which is currently the IMP34 Happyburger Clownbot. You can learn more about this bot HERE.

Thanks for reading and for supporting my new book.

GBS



Wednesday, 1 June 2016

IMP34 Happy Burger Clownbot free miniature for June 2016!

On more Worlds than the Arks ever saw!
Its so good you will wear out your jaw!
Its the taste that gives you the finest feeling! 
Stop on by for a Smile and some good taste meal eating!
We love to fill you up so...look no further than Happy Burger!


In the Prydian Precinct there are guilds which span whole worlds and while most of these are governmental and financial as well as military there are others which are devoted to a purely commercial end. As the Ancep Drive began to spread the news of the Code Gallant and the glue that would bind the worlds of the precinct to New Glastonbury and the Tor another idea travelled with these pioneers. From New Glastonbury a cook and former soldier Jedard Eackson took his idea of a take away eating house that would cater to those on a modest income who wanted taste more than the nutrition of a basic diet. Happy Burger was birthed on this notion and on every world, colony, settlement, asteroid any and all meat and other protein based animals of any kind allowable were turned into patties and then blasted with super strong spices. This gave a universal taste. A Happy Burger meal is the same everywhere. By the time of his death Eackson at the ripe old age of one hundred and sixty had introduced robotic staff into his eating houses mainly due to the high turnover of Human staff whose noses could only take so much. Happy Burger Bots are pre-programmed to be cooks, waiters and more. As the Prydian Civil War has spread many outlets of Happy Burger have been abandoned but their bot staff continue with their tasks attempting to serve empty meal boxes to passing League and Prydian Army soldiers.

Academy Auto-Trainer Series 61, New Glastonbury, 4337IC




June is now here at The Ion Age and it is going to be an expansive month indeed! On the 3rd of June the early supporter offers on Callsign Taranis begin (see these HERE) and read about this expansion to Patrol Angis HERE on our blog. This month we add the third free monthly miniature to the 'IMP' range for the Happy Burger Chain following up on the IMP19 Happyburger Bot and IMP23 Vending Bot we present to you now IMP34 Happy Burger Clownbot! It is June 2016's free 15mm miniature of the month all month. This miniature is automatically put into every order at the rate of one per order regardless of order value. It can also be bought in any amount on the monthly IMP page of the website for this month only too before being withdrawn on the first of next month. It will be one of the twelve in the 'Year Three Collection' this summer.





A crackling and blatantly fake voice recording accompanies a near psychotic continual pumping of its squeeze box in the arrival of the Clownbot to a children’s party or in the parking lot of a Happy Burger eatery. Capering from foot to foot with its large nose glowing red the Clownbot signs its slogans and spreads happiness. Its hair made of static charged plastic strands which stand out from the metal head. Songs in praise of Happy Burger and of 'Robo Cola' and 'Happy Synth' too are never ending. There are few people in the Prydian Precinct who do not shudder in recalled horror at the hands of this robot entertainer. While Vending Bots are re-purposed for carrying ammunition and waiter bots used for logistics the typical fate of a Clownbot found during battle is a swift shut down. A really bloody awesome figure for your collection! This miniature is in one piece and stands approx 16mm tall.


We realise that some of you may wish to purchase the currently free miniature to get multiples of it without placing a lot of orders so you can do just that. Visit this page HERE on the website for the miniature at a fair price for a special miniature. There is a growing page on the Ion Age website where the current and all former IMP series free miniatures are shown so that you can see what came before. Enjoy and go HERE




We ask you to sign up for a website account with us on your first order. Why? For one reason only. Not to send you emails (we never will. If you want our emails sign up for our Mailchimp list on the right top of the blog) or to pester you; but only to keep track of theReward Points that all orders with us earn. Reward Points through our online partner Sloyalty which can be used once accumulated to get discounts or free stuff at any point in the future. Learn more about this HERE on our blog. Every order earns Reward Points! Yes free extra value. Part of our promise to keep the fun in wargaming.





Featuring in our fiction the Happy Burger Chain is to be found all over the Prydian Precinct and now you can get yourselves the three bots we made as a set on our website as a special code for just 1.50GBP saving you off the regular price of the three figures (1.80GBP). Located on our Years Collection page you can see the trio HERE. Our new release before Callsign Taranis begins on the 3rd.

Thanks for reading.

GBS

Monday, 30 May 2016

Why Do You Game?

By Podsy McPod


Why do you game?

Sorry I am jumping ahead.  Perhaps you don't game, you just like to collect and paint models.  That is fine, glad to have you on board as part of the hobby but you are not who this article is aimed at.  My target audience is people who actually use their model collections to play games.

About a year ago and about thirty five years since I started gaming I was struggling to find enjoyment in my gaming. This culminated in a sci fi game against a dear friend where I was beaten without being able to offer any real opposition and I threw a strop.  Yes a full on five year olds strop.  I apologise again to my opponent who luckily is still a good friend.  I was playing with beautiful models using a rule set I liked.  Afterwards for the first time in years I sat down and seriously asked myself why did I game.  I even contemplated giving up gaming.

The first thing I realised was I certainly did not game just for the sake of winning.  Sometimes when demoing a game to a new player I have wanted to crawl under the table as sheer good fortune meant I thrashed my opponent.  If you counted all my wins and losses over the thirty five years I am sure the losses would exceed the wins, so it could not be that. 

I used to play in the local competition circuit for ancient and medieval wargaming, travelling quite a bit to play.  I enjoyed it for many years but towards the end I began to realise there seemed to be competitors who just wanted to show how smart they were rather than being interested in the game.  I got the feeling they would have been equally happy to compare educational qualifications or bank balances to decide who won.  I saw some crazy things.  One novice competitor was playing in a game with two classical period pike armies.  His pike were better quality than his opponents so he rushed them to engage the enemy pike.  His experienced opponent tilted a unit at a bizarre angle and said this prevented the two lines engaging.  The referee confirmed this ruling.  Of course this was absolute historical nonsense.  Two lines of pike would not fail to engage because someone was not standing absolutely straight.  This was an example of how the leading players won not by using better tactics but by exploiting their superior knowledge of the foibles in the rules.  Eventually I decided this scene was no longer for me.  If your reason for gaming is solely to win, good luck maintaining a supply of opponents.

So if winning was not my reason for gaming, what was?  Very quickly I realised there was only one possible answer, fun!  So the real question became what made gaming fun for me.  There are different answers for different people.  As already discussed some people find fun in winning by doing whatever it takes.  Some people just like to throw figures on the table and see what happens.  I remember playing in one large fantasy game where people just opened their carry cases and threw out what they liked on table.  I nearly fainted on the spot, no army lists, what the heck was going on!  If your fun is found in games like that great, I wish I could, but for me things have to be a little more organised.  So what does make a game fun for me?

Playing opponents you like beyond the gaming table.  It may sound harsh but I have realised people whose company I enjoy or would enjoy on a social level make the best gaming opponents.  Life is too short to play against people you have a personality clash with, even for the sake of getting a game.  For years I struggled to find opponents but the advent of gaming communities on the internet means I now have to limit the amount of potential games I could play so that I still have some time for other things.

Games should have an element of luck.  Chess is not for me.  I love it when lady luck smiles on me and I am able to win a game that looked lost.  It also means I have something to blame for defeats when things do not go to plan.  Skill should outweigh luck.  Snakes and ladders is not my game of choice either.  In general the player using the better tactics should have the highest chance of winning.

Games should make sense within their own lore.  If I am playing a fantasy game a dragon should have more chance of destroying a mob of pitch fork armed peasants than the other way around.  It can be problematic for games without historical evidence to back up how things work but I think we all know pretty quickly if something feels right or not.

Having deeper pockets to buy more stuff should not give a better chance of winning.  I deliberately avoid games with their own dedicated model lines.  I have seen a lot of games that launch with balanced factions only for the balance to be lost when new models are released.  I can see why manufacturers do it.  They have to give you an incentive to buy their latest release but it is something I am very wary of.

Army lists and army building should influence but not decide who wins.  I fully admit to having spent hours over the years tweaking and developing army lists.   The advent of computer based army builders makes this even more fun, but a good army build should not guarantee victory before a game starts.

My ideal game is one that is closely fought with victory going to the player who has the better tactics or occasionally better luck.  Tactics are important to me.  A game that offers deep and real tactical choices is one that appeals to me above all others. Unfortunately for me at least the opportunities to play this sort of game seem to be ever decreasing.

I am amazed at how game design has improved since I started gaming.  The first rule books I used were small, closely typed in black and white with few if any illustrations.  I remember one world war two rule book that had a shooting table that involved looking for the technical name of a particular gun in a paragraph of about twenty names with ten or more paragraphs.  No one thought to give all the guns in a given category a numerical value and then put that in a table.  The quality and choice of rules and models has grown and improved enormously especially since the advent of the internet.  Not only have games improved themselves but we now all have computers and printers to make life easier.  I remember when affording to pay for photocopying out of pocket money was a real concern.  Photocopying was expensive in the early eighties!

For a long time I thought I just needed to demo games with greater tactical depth to get people interested.  I actually feel nervous when I give a game demo now.  If it does not go really well the system will never be played by that player again.  Why would they when there are so many alternative choices out there.  I realise now I was wrong in thinking that demo games would be enough to interest players in a given system.  With the multitude of games and systems available I realise most people only play the same game a handful of times in a year.  A single demo game is not enough for anyone to see the tactical depths of a given game. My current choice of sci fi rules is not decided by which rules give the greatest tactical depth but by the criteria of whether they can be understood by someone who plays the game casually a couple of times a year.


On the one hand this vast array of gaming products undreamt of in my youth is a huge blessing.  On the other it is a curse.  Barely has one system been brought to the table before people lose interest distracted by the latest game launch or kickstarter.  If you only play a given system a few times in a year you will not see the hidden delights it has to offer.  Now I do not wish to disrespect or discourage all the wonderful people in the industry bringing out new products.  If people are going to play your system I wish they would play it a bit more.  Neither do I wish to try and dictate to people what they do with their gaming time, but my suggestion is this, slow down.  If you are going to take the time to play any game, play it more than once.  Give it the time needed to fully understand the rules and explore different tactics when playing.  With the fantastic products we now have available I am pretty sure you will find there is more to the game than you thought at the end of your first game.  Who knows you might even have more fun.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

24 Hour Flash Sale from GZG

BANK HOLIDAY FLASH SALE - MONDAY 30th MAY ONLY - 20% DISCOUNT ON EVERYTHING IN STORE!


May seems to have passed in a blur, orders have been coming in and going out regularly (I'm fully up to date with all orders at the moment so turnround times have been back to the expected "rapid response" in most cases) while I've been having to deal with quite a lot of stuff regarding my late Mum's estate, and suddenly it's the Late May (Whitsun) Bank Holiday - so just on a whim, I'm doing a 20% off store-wide sale for 24 HOURS ONLY, from midnight on Sunday 29th until midnight on Monday 30th! To claim the discount all you need to do is place and pay for your order during that 24 hour period, using a special discount code that I will post on the store on Sunday 29th. There will be no minimum order value for the discount to apply, so if you want to get 20% off just a single pack of figures that is fine - but as usual the discount will NOT apply to postage/shipping rates, as sadly the miniatures don't magically get lighter when their prices are discounted!

Oh, and PLEASE remember that the timings of the sale start and finish will be strictly by UK TIME, so make sure you take account of the time zone differences wherever in the World you are!

Please drop back to rhe store again on Sunday 29th for details of the code to use and further info on the sale.....

Thanks for reading!



Jon (GZG) 28th May 2016.