Introduction to Warpspawn Games



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The WarpSpawn

Big Book O’Games

Edition 27 Sep 2004

Compiled by P. Cobcroft

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Introduction to Warpspawn Games


Article by Tom Higgins (tom@wsmf.org), Main editor of Countermoves.

There are many ways to game as there are gamers to play them. There are focused gamers who pick a theme and stick with it most of their lives. There are die hard role players, hard dice roll players and anti dice hard tech players. There are board game aficionados and card game fanatics. There are folks who like to move around the hexes and those who wont map the territory of their playing.

Then there are those who like to mix it all up.

Precious few resources exist for this type of gamer, one such resource though is Warp Spawn Games (http://www.angelfire.com/games2/warpspawn/index.html) Warp Spawn is home to a motley crew of game developers and players who revel in creating games as much as they do in playing them. The lead mad scientist in this laboratory of gamming is Lloyd Krassner who has been running this site since


1997.


The site itself is spartan but what it lacks in graphics it makes up for in game rules. Lloyd and the Warp Spawn regulars have been churning out game rules at a break neck speed for the last few years, the count for 2001 is now over 200 and climbing. Game types range from your pure card game to your roll and move board games to hex game to role-playing to combinations of all of the above. There are lots of different types of game mechanics to choose from as well. The rule sets are broken into thematic sections; there are sections for SF, Fantasy, Historical and the infamous Other as well as a place of Universal Game Systems. More on this last one in another article. Each of these sections is further broken down by time period of subtype.

Many of the rule sets you will find are mostly straight text files. Very few have any sort of graphics, maps or unit counters. These are left for others to work on. In some cases there are graphics available either as image files or as Thoth game sets. The big advantage to a Thoth game set in this case is that the individual graphical items are not hidden in the gamebox, they are available to be manipulated and customized in directories.

The good news is that over time and with more people using Warp Spawn games the more ready-made graphics there are to play with. If you cant find these ready made gems for the rules set you are wanting to play then its up to you to create them and hopefully offer them up to the site so that others can use them as well. A lot of what goes on at Warp Spawn is centered on this act of causal collaboration and sharing.

Sharing the games or variants you have created with the rest of the Warp Spawn crew gets the game played more and thus it becomes a better game for the playing. Play testing games is a powerful tool in the developmental cycle of a game.

The act of making a game has become a game for the Warp Spawn game makers. Trying out combinations of types, tweaking rules sets, merging different mechanics and methods all are evident in the rules sets found here. You can get a glimpse of what goes on in one game developers mind on Llyod’s Brainstroming page. There is also an open channel of discussion between the users and developers. This comes in the form of a message board. It’s a simple text only web message board but it works to get the conversation and critiques flowing.

A Review and Essays page gives players and developers alike a place to work out the workings of the games; the good, the bad and the ugly. Often what doesn’t work can be has helpful to making a better game as what does work. Hearing from the developer and the players is a great way to get a look into some of the games.

The biggest strengths Warp Spawn has going for it is not its flashy graphics (there are none) or its professional publication ready games (these games are as raw as they come, rivaling even CheapAss Games) or even its detailed rule sets (some of these games are as abstracted from their source material as a Pollack canvas). What Warp Spawn has is a down in the muck attitude where the game comes before the detail and the developing is as much fun as the playing. It’s a schloberknocker no holds barred game development site that offers as wide a range of game styles as I have seen represented in any one place.

It has a core group of members who are quick to help and very into the idea that everyone is a game developer just looking for a chance to come out and play.

Contents


Introduction to Warpspawn Games 2

Warp Spawn Games by genre 6

Warpspawn Cast 1174

ADVENTURERS 104

ADVENTURES IN TALISLANTA 72

AFRIKA KORPS 84

AFV 63

AIR FARE 108



ALIEN EMPIRES 58

ALIEN SKIRMISH 96

ALPHA CENTAURI 47

ALPHABET PIRATES 93

AMBER 112

AMULETS 117

ANCIENT GENERALS 69

ANCIENT WARFARE 100

ANTHILL 89

ARCHMAGI 120

ARCOLOGY 134

AROUND THE WORLD IN EIGHTY DAYS 37

ARTIFACT: DEPTHS OF THE EARTH SCENARIO 138

ASIMOV'S FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE 403

ATTRITION 144

ATTRITION: PORK CHOP HILL 757

BASEBALL OUTS 152

BATMAN 201

BATTLE DICE ADDITIONAL RULES 156

BATTLE FOR HOTH 527

BATTLE FOR THE UNIVERSE 162

BATTLE OF BERLIN 176

BATTLEFRONT 167

BEAUTIFUL GIRLS WITH SWORDS 164

BEES 205

BERSERKER 228

BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA SKIRMISH 189

BIOMECHANOIDS 171

BIRTHRIGHT CONQUEST 182

BLOWN AWAY 150

BOER WAR 210

BORDERKEEP 212

BOX CARS 180

BUCCANEERS 193

BUCK ROGERS 219

BUJUTSU 224

CANNONADE 272

CARRIERS 278

CASTLEKEEP 248

CELLULAR 281

CELTIC SAGA 265

CHALLENGE OF THE SUPERFRIENDS 254

CHINESE WARLORDS 285

CITY STATES 288

CIVIL WAR POKER 270

COLONIAL FLORIDA 244

COLONIALS 296

COMBAT DICE 239

COMPANY COMMANDER 234

CONAN 1126

COSMOSIS 301

CRACK OF DOOM 250

CRO MAGNON 304

CTHULHU SKIRMISH 257

CULTURE & CONQUEST 308

DAISHO 348

DARK CONTINENT 351

DARK SUN EMPIRES 1153

DEATH RACERS 324

DEITY 355

DESTROY THE RAIL ROAD BRIDGE 327

DEVASTATORS 3000 358

DIAMOND TRADERS 318

DODGE BALL 313

DOOM TROOPER EMPIRES 1156

DR WHO 344

DRACULAS CASTLE 364

DRAGON POKER 367

DRAGON SLAYERS 329

DROP TROOPS 334

DUNE CCG VARIANT 369

DUNGEON MASTER 320

DURABLE GOODS 316

DWARFLAND WARP PLAY 1064

EAGLES OF GLORY 379

EARTH DEFENSE FORCE 370

EAST FRONT WEST FRONT 374

ELDER THINGS & OUTER GODS 387

EMPIRES OF MYSTARA 696

EMPOREX 392

ESKIMO 1161

EVOLVED 396

FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS 436

FALL OF THE AZTECS 147

FANTASY FIGHT CLUB 405

FANTASY FLIERS 410

FANTASY SKIRMISH 430

FEDERATION 440

FEUDAL LORDS 422

FIEFS 444

FIREBASE NAM 401

FIVE ARMIES 34

FLEETS OF THE IMPERIUM 425

FLOWER POWER 447

FREUDIAN SLIP 451

GALACTIC CIVILIZATIONS 455

GALAXIAN TREK 479

GAMBLER 486

GAMMA CHESS 489

GENGHIS KHAN 585

GERRYMANDERING 491

GLADIATOR SCHOOL 469

GLADIUS 494

GO JOE 460

GOLDEN AXE 1164

GOLEMS 498

GREAT MOMENTS IN GAMING 459

GRECOS 503

GREEN PLASTIC MASSACRE 467

GROGNARDS 506

GROUND WAR 3000 481

GUNDAM WING 473

GUNSLINGERS 509

HEAVY METAL MAYHEM 513

HERCULES & XENA 520

HERO WITH 1000 FACES 25

HOLYQUEST 516

ICE LORDS 532

ILLUMINATI NEW WORLD ORDER 539

IN NOMINE 535

IN THE NAM 541

INTERZONE 544

IRON FANTASY CHEF 530

JAIL BREAK 555

JAVELIN 553

JEDI WARP DUEL 558

JOUST 562

JUTLAND 564

KINGS GAMBIT 567

KINGS OF HYBORIA 572

KNAVES & KNIGHTS 568

KUNG FUSION 589

LEGEND OF THE FIVE RINGS SKIRMISH 595

LENSMAN 603

LIGHTER THAN AIR WARFARE 599

LINEAR PROGRESSION 605

LUNATECH WARP PLAY 1066

MAD SCIENTISTS 650

MAN O'WARP 642

MANIFESTO 657

MARTIAN CLOUDSHIPS 610

MARTIAN INVASION 689

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE 637

MATRIX REPLAY 662

MEGA TANK 669

MEGIDDO 1918 606

MEK LEADER 625

MEKA TAC 671

MEN OF SUMER 939

METHUSELAH 677

MIDDLE EARTH EMPIRES 613

MIDWAY 680

MILITIA GROUPS 616

MINIONS 619

MOBSTERS 631

MORIA SKIRMISH 692

MOVIE SCRIPTS 695

MUSKETEER SKIRMISH 31

MUTANT TROLLS WARP PLAY 1067

NAPOLEONIC EMPIRE 705

NATIONS AT WAR 699

NAVAL DUEL 709

NAVAL ENGAGEMENT 703

NOIR 712


OPERATION BLITZKRIEG 719

OPERATIONAL 799

ORBITAL ESCALATION 716

OUT WORLDS RPG 1167

OUT WORLDS RPG 722

PANTHEONS 745

PARTS IS PARTS 815

PEARL HARBOR 729

PERIPLUS 749

PHASERS 752

PIRATE ISLAND 732

PIRATE WAR 739

PIZZA PIE MAKER 755

PLANET BUSTERS 726

PLAYSETS 736

POMERIUM 1131

POWER UP 737

PRIMEA RPG 759

PU PU PLATTER 735

QADESH 774

QUICKIE FIGS 771

QUIDDITCH CUP 779

RANGE WAR 808

RAVENLOFT QUEST 793

REAL TIME CARNAGE 1169

REBEL SPACE 811

RENAISSANCE FAIR 786

RING WAR 816

ROCKETS & RAYGUNS 799

ROCKETS & RAYGUNS 801

RUSSO-GERMAN WAR 790

RUSSO-TURKISH WAR 804

SCOOBY DOO MYSTERY GAME 839

SCORE 894

SEA BATTLES 908

SHARED UNIVERSES 910

SHIPS OF THE LINE 868

SHOT, SHELL & GRAPE 782

SILVER SURFER 1171

SIMULCHESS 916

SKYIE WARP PLAY 1065

SLIMED 917

SMART GAMING 861

SOAPBOX 866

SOLAR INVASION 2100 852

SOLITAIRE CONQUEST 829

SOLO RULES 369

SORCERY CHESS 918

SPACE 1889 EMPIRES 1150

SPACE BLAST 207

SPACE CRUISERS MATERIAL 832

SPACE INSURRECTION 548

SPACE SCOUTS 897

SPACE SCOUTS: NON-CARD VERSION 903

SPEED RACER 923

SPELLJAMMER SKIRMISH 855

SPICE RAID 870

SPIDER-MAN 927

STAKK CHESS 930

STAR BLAZERS 824

STAR COMMAND 931

STAR CRAFT SPAWN 834

STAR FLEETS 841

STAR TREK RPG 884

STARSHIP TROOPERS 881

STARWARS DOGFIGHT 890

STORMBRINGER 935

STRATASTAR 876

STRATEGIC 801

STRATEGO WWII NAVAL 893

SUPERHERO SLUGFEST CARD COMBAT 873

SUPERHERO SLUGFEST RPG EXPANSION RULES 848

SWAMP FIGHTERS 943

TALES OF ARABIA 119

TANK KILLERS 970

TAVERN BRAWL 977

THE DIET GAME 361

THE FIRST BALKAN WAR 196

THE GREAT TRAVELING CIRCUS GAME 951

THE HORDE 954

THE MYSTIC WARRIORS OF THE PLAINS 646

THE QUEST FOR ISCANDAR 824

THERMOPYLAE 921

THIRTY YEARS WARFARE 26

THUNDERBOLT 981

TITAN ATTACK 986

TLATELOLCO 990

TO BOLDLY GO 947

TRANSFORMERS SKIRMISH 961

TRAVELLER TRADERS 964

TREASURE HUNTER DUNGEON RULES 999

TREASURE HUNTER 993

TUNNEL RAT 959

UNDERDARK ADVENTURES 1000

UNIVERSAL GAME SYSTEMS 1006

VICTORIAN VILLAINS 1011

VIETNAM AIR FURY 1007

WAR GAME 403

WAR HAMMER SPACE EMPIRES 1054

WAR IN HELL 523

WAR OVER THE REICH 1059

WARBAH 1080

WARGAMMON 1089

WARP EMPIRES 1039

WARP PLAY 1090

WARP SKIRMISH 1078

WARPQUEST 1070

WARRIOR DICE 1018

WH40KARDS 1042

WING COMMANDER FIGHTERS 1091

WIZARD SKIRMISH 1074

WIZARDLY 1095

WIZARDS & WARLORDS 1137

WOLF PACK 1099

WORD POKER 1068

WWII COMBINED ARMS 231

XANTH QUEST 1107

X–FILES 1101

YOUNG WIZARDS DUEL 1114

ZEPPELIN BATTLES of the GREAT WAR 1117

ZOMULGUSTAR GALAX 484

ZOO 1123


ZULU SPEARS SOLO 1120
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