USING SVfM RULES AND CHARACTERS
During 2017-18 we have mostly been informally trailing and playtesting our new ‘Macro’ unit level rules at shows…
‘ONE OF OUR PRIME MINISTERS IS MISSING’
Our game for Southbourne Tabletop And Boardgamers – a modern skirmish using our SVfM Historical skirmish rules. Special agent 007 (Daniel Craig) uncovers a sinister plot to abduct the British PM (Kierea Knightly) on her visit to Estonia. Can the plot be thwarted? And just who is the mysterious ‘Boris’ (Charles Dance) – and is he working for an unanmed East European power..?
Game taken to Beachhead 17th February 2018.
‘WHEN THE TRIPODS CAME’
Strange alien vehicles arrive in Devon to disrupt people’s holidays.
The Army and RAF intervene – but will it be enough to save Earth?
Fun with our rules in a ‘Near Past’ scenario…
‘EPISODE 25R – ‘AREN’T YOU A LITTLE SHORT FOR A SPACE VIXEN?’
In which the girls find themselves long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away – in a hive of scum and villiany almost and dangerous as Earth’s legendary Poole Quay! Can they help Luke, Obi-Wan and the droids reach the ‘Millennium Falcon’?
‘The Battle Of Protractor VI…’
The Federation colony on Potractor VI has been destroyed – reportedly by some kind of ‘screeching dustbin-like machine’. The ‘Enterprise’ has been sent to investigate and – if necessary – destroy the invaders. After beaming down a landing party in force, the ‘Enterprise’ has ben forced to manoeuvre away to enage an unindentified alien vessel. For the moment – you are on your own…
‘Blackadder Goes North’
An historical game – it is 1588 – and with the Spanish Armada threatening – trouble has flared with ‘reivers’ upon England’s northern border. As Lord Warden of the North, Lord Percy Percy has been dispatched by Queen Elizabeth to go ‘beyond The Wall’, to work with sympathetic Scots protestants to prevent an anti-English coup, and to suggest King James accession to both crowns. With Lord Percy is his trusty companion, and Queen’s favourite, Lord Edmund Blackadder. But there are those north of the border who wish to see England and its Queen destroyed – and will stop at nothing to ambush the emissary…
Game taken to ‘Colours’ (Newbury) 12th September 2015 – contact www.colours.org.uk ).
EPISODE 42 – ‘THE WINNER TAKES IT ALL’
In which the ‘politically inconvenient’ Space Vixens are sent upon a desperate mission to planet Karangar – only to disappear from the galaxy forever in a blaze of glory.
Or do they?
‘Saving Prince Harry’
An historical game – it is 2014 – and trouble has flared beyond NATO’s eastern border in an unnamed country bordering the Black Sea. ‘Peacekeeping forces’ have intervened from East and West. HRH Prince Harry’s chopper has crashed whilst dropping supplies to refugees. Now both sides are anxious to ‘rescue’ him – by any means necessary!
Can you rescue the Prince before the forces of an unnamed Eurasian power are able to pull off a huge propaganda coup?
Game taken to ‘Attack’ (Devizes) 19th July 2014 – contact http://www.ddwg.org.uk/);
Richard Brewer’s ‘Wolf Thane”
Game taken to
EPISODE 35.2 – ‘SHADOW OVER DUNWICH’
2552 – and Leylandii autonomous genetic warfare vehicles have been launched at Earth; one surviving orbital defences to fall, damaged, into the sea off the East Anglian coastal village of Dunwich to begin engineering the local marine life into killing bio-machines. With prior experience of such devices the Space Vixens are dispatched to to evaluate the potential threat, liaising with the local ‘Home Guard’ until the arrival of regular KOE forces. Can you hold off the monsters until help arrives? Can you forget Dunwich was once the infamous Mrs Plumber’s constituency?
Game taken to
‘A Call To Arms’ (Theale) 15th February 2014 – contact www.colours.org.uk ); ‘Colours’ (Reading) 14th September 2013 – contact www.colours.org.uk ).
EPISODE 25K – ‘DIVINE WIND: A SPACE VIXEN AT THE COURT OF KING ARTHUR’
Sent back in time by The Supreme Being, a duplicate of Space Vixen Hannah Windsor finds herself King Arthur’s mum. Can she survive an attempt by the evil Morgan Le Fay to kidnap and ritually sacrifice her?
Game taken to
EPISODE 35.5 – ‘DOWNFALL’
In which the Vixens (aided by Elizabeth Cortes) try to arrest members of the USE hierarchy for ‘war crimes’ – and so do the Leylandii (for their own reasons) during their annexation of Anistan Prime.
Game taken to
EPISODE 25N – ‘ALEX AND THE AMAZONS’
Our new participation game (unsurprisingly) featured Alexander The Great and his men fighting girls (including the Space Vixens) over who will do the washing up and put the kids to bed.
Game taken to
EPISODE 30.2 – ‘RAIDERS OF THE LOST TOMB’
What has happened to the archaeologists sent to planet Nalgo VII? The Space Vixens intend to find out…
A special RPG style game with hidden animals and vegetable hazards…
Game taken to
‘Games Expo 2012? (Birmingham Clarendon Suites – 26th-27th May 2012 – see http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk); ‘Call To Arms’ (Newbury and Reading, 11th February 2012 – contact PHowardUK@aol.com ); ‘Dragonmeet’, Kensington, London on 26th November 2011 (see http://dragonmeet.co.uk ).
EPISODE 25G – ‘A VERY BRITISH REVOLUTION’
Sent back in time by The Supreme Being, the Space Vixens must help restore democracy in 1984 during the ousting of the evil Mrs Plumber, rescue Queen Elizabeth, and ensure history pans out as it should…
EPISODE 25A.4. – ‘THEY SAVED JEFF DAVIS’ BRAIN’
Can the incognito Vixens assist the US Cavalry to stop evil ‘Southern Belle’ Professor Avonbourne resurrecting the deceased Confederate President into the body of Teddy Rooseveldt? An ACW / VSF themed adventure set on an alternate Mars.
EPISODE 0.51A. – ‘INVASION BASINGSTOKE!’
Can you symbolically defeat the evil USE by placing the Coalition flag on top of the AA building – and win the hearts and minds of the people of Basingstoke by giving them back democracy?
EPISODE 0.51A1. – ‘INVASION CYMRU!’
Defeat the evil USE by placing the Coalition flag on top of the Millenium Stadium – and win the hearts and minds of the people of Wales by restoring democracy (a special Welsh version of ‘Invasion Basingstoke!’ involving the return of Owen Glyn Dwr).
EPISODE 26.2. – ‘GROUND ASSAULT’
Can you help the Space Vixens escape back to their ship from a variety of enemies?
Game taken to ‘Attack 2010’ Devizes on 17th July 2010 (contact www.dwg.org.uk ); ‘Valhalla’, Farnborough on 20th June 2010 (see www.fwgs.org.uk ); ‘UK Games Expo 2010’ Birmingham Clarendon Suites (see http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk) on 5th June 2010.
EPISODE 30.5. – ‘GRAPPLE THE DERELICT!’
Can you steal seemingly abandoned alien tech – all against the clock of an unpredictable, about to explode, neuton star and rival great powers out to gain it for themselves?
EPISODE 25.1. – ‘BAR FIGHT!’
At each show we ran several games of ‘Bar Fight!’ each with a different winner of the ‘last being standing’ award’. On Rim world Luan VI can you go for a drink without upsetting your fellow patrons or the local law enforcement agency?
Picture of game by the legendary John Lambshead, a veteran gamer whose blog ( John’s Toy Soldiers ) is gaining ground as an honest forum. Issue 3 of The Ancible contains a version of ‘Bar Fight’. To buy the game from us visit the shop.
EPISODE 25.A.3. – ‘THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEWOMEN’
In our new ‘VSF’ / ‘Steampunk’ participation game Episode 25A.3. – ‘The League Of Extraordinary Gentlewomen’ the Vixens find themselves in a parallel VSF universe, and must take on evil cepolohod aliens with heat-rays and (perhaps even more sinister) the French, out to enslave green and red-skinned natives alike, under the lash of croissant and vin ordinaire, to build another of Monsieur Eiffel’s monstrosities. Can the British Empire prevail to ensure the natives are peacefully guided towards eventual dominion status? You help decide. (VSF doodle of Hannah by Bethann Sivite from Birmingham show).
EPISODE 25.5 – ‘LABYRINTH OF DEATH’
In ‘Labyrinth Of Death’the Vixens must negotiate an underground base to rescue trapped Martian ‘Triple O’ agent John Rain – before he breaks under torture and tells the enemy everything they want to know!*
* Obviously not stuff like ‘where they left their speeder keys’, or ‘why nice girls don’t like them…’ Mainly military secrets, that sort of stuff…
Taken to ‘South West Model Exhibition’ – sponsored by ‘Miniature Wargames’ – on 18th April 2009 (contact www.swmee.co.uk ).
EPISODE 24.95 – ‘ENEMY AT THE GOATS’
A ground combat game without the Space Vixens. On the alien ‘forgeworld’ of Steelgate desperate Caprican warriors and ZX Series ‘war bots’ strive for mastery of a planet of devastaing military potential in a fight to the death/deactivation for a space elevator.
A game where the bots must trade units for time… and the Capricans know death awaits as the order goes out – ‘not one hoof back!’
The picture is Gary and Steve with the ‘Best Participation Game’ trophy won at ‘Fisticuffs’ – our first!
Taken to ‘To The Redoubt’ (Eastbourne, 25th July 2009 – contact www.eastbournewargames.com ), ‘Attack 2009’ Devizes on 18th July 2009 (contact www.dwg.org.uk ), ‘Valhalla 09’ Farnborough on 21st June 2009 – contact www.fwgs.org.uk ); ‘Campaign’ Milton Keynes on 9th May 2009 – contact www.mkws.org.uk , ‘Fisticuffs’ (Weymouth, 25th April 2009 – contact firstname.lastname@example.org ) and ‘Salute 2009’ London Excel Centre (see http://www.salute.co.uk) on 28th March 2009.
EPISODE 27.6 – ‘GUNNERY PRACTICE’
A space combat game without the Space Vixens. On its shakedown cruise new dreadnought USES Earth detects traitorous research vessel HMS ‘Sir Richard Dawkins’ … But who’s baiting whose trap? A game of guile, bluff, and randomly malfuctioning operating systems!
EPISODE 24.1 – ‘TRIBUNAL’
In ‘Episode 24.1 – Tribunal’ in which the Vixens have to track down war criminal Caravan Radish before the USE bad guys take him away to conduct more fearful alien experiments. He’s hiding anonymously somewhere in the quaint English village of Gresley St. Kylie – a place where anyone could be the suspect. Kind of ‘The Archers’ meets ‘Blade Runner’– and each game produced a different result. Dawn’s pictures here shows street action as the Vixens and Knight of Gaia, Sir Tristan du Lac, grapple with a burly and over-armed Sgt. Blunkett – while USE Protectoral Guards deal with the local district nurse. Will ‘Austen Syndrome’ prevent Sir Tristan and Sita completing their mission..? Only YOU can decide. (Well, you and the other players, obviously…)
‘GEN CON’ – READING 28th AUGUST 2008
Gary interviewed on ‘Thames Valley Tonight’ TV show to promote ‘ Gen Con games convention at Reading University (we didn’t attend to run games – just to promote the hobby etc)
EPISODE 24.4 – ‘ATTACK OF THE FEMALE PARASITES FROM SOL IV’
This game is played from the Leylandii perspective. Marooned members of The Growth have to survive for ten turns against an overwhleming Coalition assault. Sometimes they manage it – sometimes they don’t – sometimes the animals have to use their attack copters to win! At Eastbourne we got to play in a real Napoleonic fort!
Taken to ‘To The Redoubt’ (Eastbourne, 26th July 2008 – contact email@example.com ); ‘Attack’ (Devizes, 12th July 2008 – contact www.dwg.org.uk ); Valhalla’ (Farnborough, 15th June 2008 – contact www.fwgs.org.uk ).
EPISODE 24.9 – ‘RAISE THE ‘TITANIA’!, PART 2′
‘Episode 24.8 ‘Raise The ‘Titania’!’, Part 2′ is a space/ground interface combat game where competing players raced to save both some hostages and Al Gore City, Antarctica, Earth. It’s also a sequal to our earlier ‘My Heart Will Go On’. Loads of great players, positive feed-back and (at ‘Salute’) a plethora of reinactors to watch – these Roman legionaries ‘in transit’ were great! ‘Campaign’ was a really relaxed show, held in the wonderful retail cathedral of ‘thecentre:MK’. We hoped to benfit from ‘passing trade’ – sadly a lot of the trade passed by – being elegant ladies moving from one outfitters to another!
Taken to ‘Campaign’ (Milton Keynes, 10th May 2008 – contact www.mkws.org.uk ); ‘Fisticuffs’ (Weymouth, 26th April 2008 – contact firstname.lastname@example.org ); ‘Salute’ (London, 1th April 2008 – contact http://www.salute.co.uk.
EPISODE 24.7 – ‘THE DATA ENCRYPTION AFFAIR’
This year we didn’t get lost at all on our way to ‘Crusade’ – there or back!!! It was the first time out for ‘The Data Encyption Affair’ – a double-bluff ambush game played on the ground and in space using the interface rules. In one game the Vixens managed to snatch the evil Maria Cortes and Colonel Purbrick for trial, the other time they failed miserably. Lots of ships badly shot-up too. Exeter was Livia’s first show with the Roadshow crew – and we only got moderately lost on the way back! In one game in Plymouth was a draw as both sides teams died horribly in orbital mines. Main photo – the table and Steve ‘resting his eyes’ before packing up.
EPISODE 24.2 – ‘CROWNS FOR CONVOY’
At ‘Colours’ we premiered our new range of ships and space combat starter rules in a game where player shad to escort a vital convoy across the table area. Sadly our paperback ‘Anthology One’ wasn’t available as it was stuck in the post! A great running game with a Coalition convoy first surviving transit, then being beaten up by bad guys. At ‘ Warfare’our paperback ‘Anthology One’ made its show debut and sold well. An unexpected hit was customers wanting signed dedications written!
EPISODE 24.2 – ‘SPACE VIXENS OF THE CARRIBEAN’
We premiered our brand new semi-aquatic game ‘Space Vixens Of The Carribean’ at the prestigious South London Warlords Show, ‘Salute’. In this scenario the Vixens and a Caprican team race each other to rescue Governer Sir William Knightly and his wife and daughter from evil pirate Captain Williams (played by the umpire). We had a variety of results, both sides winning at times – and in one case exceeding their rules of engagement to shoot it out while the pirates escaped – the Captain once even turning poor Miss Knightly to a life of piracy! A celebrity gamer was Marcus Rowland, famed author of ‘Forgotten Futures’ and ‘Diana – Warrior Princess’ (the Warlords have posted pictures at www.salute.co.uk ). We ran the game again at an appropriately wet ‘Attack’ – in one game the ‘Amazon’ getting blown out of the sky by exceptionally lucky pirates. This proves anyone can role a 1/36 chance of missing!! After a wet ‘Attack’ we played again the heat of the wonderful Tank Museum – thanks to the organisers for fitting us in at short notice and to ‘Black Cat Bases’ for packaging and selling our SV10 ‘Space Vixens Starter Pack’ for the first time.
Taken to ‘A Whiff Of Grapeshot’ @ Firepower’ (The Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich, London, 12th August 2007 – contact email@example.com ); ‘Battlegroup South’ (Bovington, 30th July 2007 – contact RicHarrisPH@aol.com ); ‘Attack’ (Devizes, 30th June 2007 – contact www.dwg.org.uk ); ‘Salute’ (London, 22nd April 2007 – contact www.salute.co.uk ).
EPISODE 9.7 – ‘SHARPE’S DRIFT’
Premiered at ‘Colours’, the Vixens faced a desperate journey to save Martian marines surrounded in ‘Sharpes’ Drift’. In one game they arrived in the nick of time, in others they were too late to save them. With ‘recycled’ Leylandii it’s very ‘green’ game that can go both ways. Will Major Sharpe end up obliged (in the Austen sense) to Space Vixen Shona M’Benga for saving his life?
Indeed, so popular did this game prove we often repeated it. Nice to see so many young people come back to play again. As Kylie and Robbie said, ‘we don’t mind doing it for the kids’ – that’s why we’re here – to inspire the next generation of gamers. That said, the game was ‘jinxed’ by perpetually getting lost in transit and mechanical breakdowns. Especially at Penarth. If you do get a welcome in the hillsides the bi-lingual roadsigns don’t help!
EPISODE 9.5 – ‘THE TEMPLE OF DOOM’
A special one-off never to be repeated Space Vixens game for which a huge (9″) trophy was won by Robert Steel for the highest ‘bodycount’ of Leylandii and USE ‘Baddies’ over the weekend, as players took squads of Coalition troops to root out USE and Leylandii defenders of the Temple of Crouch on newly liberated planet Kalid. For a special fee – to our charity for ‘The Royal Star And Garter Homes’ for ex-servicemen – players could even ‘hire’ the Space Vixens themselves to improve their score! Robert’s winning score was 51, others were Phil Paget (49), Sharne Bartlett (30), Rowen Powell (21), Cerys Powell (10), Laurence Taylor and Chris Knight (both aged 8), and Tom Evans (3).
Only at ‘STaB’ (Bournemouth, 22nd and 23rd July 2006 – our club convention – contact www.sttab.co.uk ).
EPISODE 22.5 – ‘MY HEART WILL GO ON’
How many can lives can you save as starliner ‘Titania’ is hit by a Jovian ice block and slips into the atmosphere of the gas giant? ‘Salute’ saw the first outing of ‘My Heart Will Go On’ , our figures and starter rules eagerly on sale. In three games participants got a wide range or results as the new Amazon model – scratchbuilt by Frank – made it’s first combat appearance (subsequently we’d sequal the game in Raise The ‘Titania’!, Part Two’).
At Bovington, to the background of the greatest collection of tanks and AFV in the world, and on the 90th anniversary, the game had its penultimate outing – as once again England lost on penalties! The World Cup that was, not the Somme… ‘It’s a doll’s house with guns!’ said Martin Burt of our ‘Titania’ model.
Taken to ‘Attack’ (Devizes, 8th July 2006); ‘Battlegroup South’ (1st July 2006); ‘Fisticuffs’(Weymouth, 6th May 2006); Salute’ (London, Excel 22nd April 2006).
EPISODE 14A – ‘GOD MOVES’
The Space Vixens are sent back in time to the siege of Troy, on a mission from God to save Trojan hero Aeneus for posterity. In many games they were successful, though by game three the Greeks were getting the hang of hanging the Trojan by sneaking around the back (not in a wooden horse either). ‘Call To Arms 2006′ was the first convention at which our figures and starter rules were on sale.
Taken to ‘Call to Arms’ (Newbury and Reading, 11th February 2006); ‘Colours ’05’(Newbury and Reading, 3rd September 2005).
EPISODE 15.5 – ‘THE POPE MUST DIE’
‘Salute’ is the big show, always well organised by the South London Warlords in the heart of the capital. ‘The Pope Must Die’ had some unfortunate topicality, but no one took offence as the Vixens struggled to save His Holiness from the forces of Darkness.
‘Bifrost is a sci-fi only show, in the heart of England for the The Society of Fantasy And Science Fiction Wargamers , and a write up of the game has appeared in their journal ‘Ragnorak 50’ .
At other shows this game saw some unusual gambits to emliminate His Holiness – the USE not always thwarted by the Vixens. Marie-Clare is getting far too willing to throw herself on the Pontiff as a human shield as the enemy gatecrash his escape ship by a turncoat Swiss guard as it reaches for orbital safety.
Taken to ‘Attack’ (Devizes, 9th July 2005); ‘Bifrost’ (Birmingham, 2nd July 2005); ‘Salute’ (Olympia, London, 23rd April 2005); ‘Call to Arms’ (Newbury and Reading, 12th February 2005).
EPISODE 14.7 – ‘THE PRISONER OF ASTRABAHN’
‘Colours’ is a huge general wargames convention, held in the centre of Southern England. Our ‘scientist rescue’ scenario included a brand new alien species, The Capricans (previewed from ‘Book Four’ ), and a split in the USE/Leylandii alliance – plus the infamous promo tee-shirts – modelled here by Steve and son Phil!
Taken to ‘Colours’ (Newbury and Reading, 11th September 2004).
EPISODE 14.4 – ‘THE BATTLE FOR PLANET ALAMO PRIME’
This game was our first huge one, with over a hundred figures and several vehicles on both sides. Gary refereed, as an ‘active’ umpire, controlling some retro-Taurasians and some nasty pirates out to settle a blood-feud with poor Sapce Vixen Yoko (who escaped)! Phil Pagett and Eddy Kenworthy played the Coalition, and Steve Purbrick and Frank Cutbush the Leylandii/USE alliance (the ‘forces of order’ as they like to call them!), with other participants getting involved as and when. If you look in the distance of the gamers picture you can just make out our friends at ‘Ground Zero Games’, who first cast our miniatures. At ‘Attack’ we repeated the ‘Bifrost’ adventure – this time the nasty pirates captured poor Yoko, and like Wendy in ‘Peter Pan’ made her do their ironing! This game also got us our first press mention in ‘Miniature Wargames’ .
Taken to ‘Attack’ (Devizes, 10th July 2004); ‘Bifrost’ (Birmingham, 4th July 2004).
EPISODE 14.2 – ‘THE RADIO STATION AFFAIR’
Painting all the figures, vehicles and buildings for ‘Space Vixens’ initially took quite a time. This was the game’s first ever outing, and in a small participation game, run several times throughout the day, the Space Vixens and some Martian crew, fought gangs of vicious Leylandii for control of a radio tower, while brave Leylandii fought gangs of vicious Martians for the very same thing! With different results each time great fun was had by all!
Taken to ‘Overlord’, Abingdon on 4th March 2012 (see http://www.abingdonwargames.org.uk ); ‘Fisticuffs’ (Weymouth, 1st May 2004).
SHOWS / CLUBS REGULARLY ATTENDED
Gary and Steve’s club is the Southbourne Tabletop and Boardgamers (STaB for short). We meet the first and last Sunday of every month, and Vixens games are often played.
We stage the best mini-conventions on the UK’s south coast, where players can specialise in particular games. See http://www.sttab.co.uk/ for club contacts and details.
At STaB we also play the ‘historical and fantasy supplement’ to the rule system that will facilitate skirmish games from mankind’s warlike past – and into the realm of magical fantasy!
THE ROLE-PLAYING GAME (ongoing).
Gary’s duties at the Hampshire secondary school where he used to teach included running the ‘Historical And Adventure Game Club’ (HAG). The ‘Hags’ are continuing to play a Vixens ‘campaign’ where, as ‘Special Unit #2’, they monthly complete missions for Admiral Harris. At present they are tracking pirates and escaped war criminals on the edge of Carnoustie space as they strive to increase their character statistics towards ‘Hero’ status…