By JJ Parus
I’ve found some Facebook groups that might be of interest to Lone Warriors.
Facebook, of course, is a public media forum where folks connect, and aside from being a “friends and family” site, it is filled with “groups” dedicated to specific interests. There is a group for solo wargaming with miniatures, and there are groups for specific games or rules. I’m a big fan of Buck Surdu’s “Combat Patrol” rules
which play solo and are versatile, easy to learn, and well supported. There is also a group for solo boardgaming,
as well as such non-wargame related topics as cooking with herbs, wildlife photography, political sites, etc. – just about any topic that might interest you. On Facebook, you only see the groups that you choose to sign up for and join.
The posts are typically short messages and may include pictures, links to the blog pages of the poster, AARs, reviews, etc. You can post questions, offer ideas, and generally chat.
Here’s the address for Solo Wargaming With Miniatures:
The site describes itself as:
“A group dedicated to exploring all facets of Solo Wargaming with Miniatures. A place for solo gamers to discuss rules, house rules, and techniques to better the solo experience.
“If you play a lot of games solo … this group is for you, no matter the rules systems you play”
On a recent day, posts included notice of an upcoming series of YouTube videos on solo tactics, a number of pics from games, links to blogs, a threat generator system, several AARs or games in progress reports, and discussion of a campaign game someone is running.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t include Two Hour Wargames. They are all written with a (for lack of a better term) common gaming engine. That is great because if you learn Chain Reaction (sci-fi but usable as generic any period), then you know the basics of Six Gun Sound (Old West), NUTS (WWII), All Things Zombie (post-Apoc), and Rally Round the King (medieval and fantasy)
The great thing about THW rules is that they are designed to work either FTF or solo and the dice system works well to take the god-like control of your figs away and provides a good AI in the process.
I think that any number of these Facebook groups could be a source of cross-pollination. Folks who read Lone Warrior magazine or the Lone Warrior blog might find these Facebook sites of interest as well, because of the information shared and the camaraderie of much more frequent contact with solo gamers. In addition, the Facebook folks would be introduced to the magazine and the blog and perhaps either subscribe and/or contribute.
By the way, if any of the links above don’t work, just go to Facebook and type the name of the group into the Search window.