Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Mission Statement

I'm obsessed about three things: wargaming, role-playing and Mass Effect. But, being a typical gamer, I'd somehow managed to tear my self away from the Bioware's marvellous Mass Effect Universe after completing the game five times (with every class). Albeit thanks only to the welcome intervention of my that common affliction among my fellow gamers: Gamer A.D.D. Yet despite never having looked at the game since; and after 18 months of studiously trying to avoid Mass Effect 2, I finally succumbed to my primeval urges and picked up the sequel. This blog, and my perpetually cramped fingers (from playing the game obviously) are the tragic, yet inevitable result of this indiscretion.

Mission statement: to make this blog the best gorram "go-to" site for gaming in the Mass Effect Universe.

To this end, I'll be reviewing miniatures suitable for use as stand-ins or proxies for the Mass Effect universe as well as creating a Mass Effect Sandbox for RP and wargaming campaign play. I'll also be bringing you regular updates on the heroic victories and tragic defeats of my Mass Effect wargaming and role-playing experiences. Finally, I'll be posting rule variants for the various game systems I intend to use and abuse in simulating the Mass Effect Universe

For wargaming I'll be looking to the venerable, free yet excellent StarGrunt II system from Ground Zero Games and Tomorrow's War from Ambush Alley Games to simulate ground combat. I'm considering sadly out-of-print Renegade Legion and the excellent Full Thrust rules for space combat. Finally, I'll be employing a sublime blend of the free Cascade Failure and Stars Without Number systems for the RPG side of things. I'll also be trying out other game systems as they are suggested or I find a chance to play them.

In the meantime, I'd like to thank any and all of you who decide to follow me on this little roller-coaster as I build up a suitable collection of miniatures and terrain (in 15mm) starting from scratch. I imagine this little project is going to cost me one hell of a lot of time and money, but I certainly know it's going to be worth it.

I hope to hear from you guys about your own Mass Effect and 15mm gaming experiences too.

Take care. It's a dangerous universe out there.


Ignore the following images. They're second hand miniatures left over from a job lot I bought. I'm selling on Dakka Dakka and needed a link to post the images.


  1. Sounds great, I'll be watching how you blend Cascade Failure with SWN.

  2. Thanks Bill. Welcome to the Blog.

  3. I am looking forward your experiences in roleplaying Mass Effect, Brian. I am also a Mass Effect fan and have thinked of adapting it a few times, so maybe I will follow your steps :)

  4. Thats good to know Ragna, thanks. I'll be putting up the first of a series of posts regarding rules from Mass Effect in Cascade Failure in the next few days. Hopefully it'll be of interest to you.