Sergio's blog: hints, ideas, pictures and news about SDS (and more) from the author

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Second SDS Tournament

Next sunday (july 4th) the second SDS Tournament will take place in Spilamberto (Modena). It will be valid for the SDS Italian Championship and for the Italian FIW League.
As in the first tournament in Arezzo, there will be 4 rounds swiss pairing, starting at 10 AM.
The Convention Dadi e Sudore will be hosting us, and there will be plenty of food :)
Up to now, 20 players joined the tournament, and we're almost up to our table availability.
A full report and pics will come after the event.

Scheduled, and to be confirmed, we'll have then tournaments in Terni (october 24th) and Milan (september, exact date to be confirmed). Still thinking about other possibilities to reach 5 dates this year.

More pic from Origins

Another pic from a 61-65 demo. In 2 hours I was always able to explain the rules and finish the game, even with players not familiar with SDS.
Playing SDS (that's what I did most of the time, from 9 AM to 6 PM). My opponent os rolling 3 dice (will it be a turnover? :)
The big "Callie", copy of the Origins Award I won last year with SDS.
And, yes... Origins is not only miniatures and games :)

Back from Origins...

... and still a bit jetlagged. Luggage with all miniatures lost (and found) apart, it was as usual a wonderful experience. Above, a pic from my first demo of 61-65 (ACW coy level new game to be soon published by Ganesha). All the players who tried it - the 4 demos were all booked - gave me a very positive feedback, and I am very proud of it. More pics coming soon.
With George Nafziger, researcher and author of many books on military history and OBs.
And finally, kids playing SDS :) they enjoyed it...

Sunday, June 20, 2010

61-65 sneak preview

Some pics from the "last" playtest before Origins. All Perry plastic 28mm miniatures.
These are 2 boxes (i.e. 36 vs. 36 men) which means about 2 Platoons one against the other. I'll bring these minis to Origins for a question of time and space. 61-65 can be played up to 100 (more reasonably 50-60) pieces per side.
Two squads facing each other at dawn.... with skirmishers in front.
And finally a pic just before the clash in the center... See you at Origins 2010!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

ACW coy level at Origins

The "Premiere" of 61-65, my new company level ACW game will be saturday, june 26th in Hall D at Origins. I'll run 4 demo games at 9:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM.

All the other days (june 23 to 25) I'll run demos of SDS mostly from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and in the afternoon from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
For the complete program, see

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Back after a long time

Hi everybody,

after another couple of weeks of silence, I'm back to announce that the Beta version of 61-65 (the company level ACW game I'm preparing for Origins 2010) is ready.
Painting, testing and writing rules has taken all my time (after real-life work) so I could not add new posts here. If at all possible, I'd like to take some pics (this evening? tomorrow?) and post them before leaving for the US (tuesday 22nd).
I'll be in the Miniature Hall for the whole show demoing SDS (and MDS) many times a day, and 61-65 in dedicated slots.
It would be a pleasure to see some of you at Origins, talk about the game(s) and ... play!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Andrea's Italian squad

Here is a couple of pics sent by Andrea from La Spezia (see WASP link). It's an Italian squad made of 12 soldiers, with a full command group and a Light Infantryman. As usual, Andrea's painting is excellent...
And here is the Officer, Drummer and a line infantryman, defending some precious supplies.
We all hope to see a battle report from our friends of the WASP club to see these wonderful miniatures in action...