Palaeo Diet


Palaeo Diet: Pulp - starting out with 15mm capers in Cairo

I can quietly acknowledge that a pulp expansion for Palaeo Diet: Eat or Be Eaten is once more on the cards. The game will introduce early 20th century adventurers with new traits and trappings, as well as a number of suitably pulp beasties such as dinosaurs and mummies and a few thematic scenarios. As I already have a 15mm city suitable for a desert setting, I decided to embark on testing in that scale.To begin with, I have picked up three pulp heroes from Rebel Miniatures. Here we see test pieces wielding three of the four gun options - pistols, a shotgun and a rifle. I have three more adventurers en route. For my mummies I've gone with Ral Partha Europe's offering - a pharaoh and a priestess.And playing around with real 'green stuff' for the first time, I've put together three three little swarms of scarab beetles. It might not be clear in the photo, by the middle base there has a scarab at the back pushing a wee dung ball. Bless.This is one of five different wargaming/rules writing projects

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Beringia at the Barstow School

Kenneth Van Pelt has been using Palaeo Diet: Eat of Be Eaten with his 5th graders at the Barstow School, Missouri. It looks like it was a great experience for all involved - go check out the school's blog. As a rule designer, I always hope that my games will be fun. It's also nice if they are accurate to what they are trying to represent, whether that be history, or historical trope. However, to see a set of my rules used to educate - to help people learn through participatory entertainment - is a real joy and an honour. 

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Trouble on the Tundra

As the days lengthened and the snows were just beginning to recede, the hunters of the tribe set out secure the people's survival. A mere 12 bulk worth of meat would see the tribe through - at least for another moon. The hunters had discovered a small heard of mammoths grazing in the tundra. They had prepared a pit (centre right), and then split into two smaller parties. Lee took control of Herc, Bow and Snogg, along with Herc's new hound - Grrr (top left). I controlled Ferg, Tark and Frygga (off screen to lower left).Fergg the fire-king, Frygga with her trusty spear, and Tark the bowman. Rolling for traits, Fergg ended up with big feet. He'd be fine in an icy landscape, but would have trouble moving through thickets.Herc with his club, Grrr, Bow the bowman and Snogg the spearman. Rolling for traits, Herc turned out to be 'enthusiastic' so he would have to roll three dice every time he activated.Unbeknownst to the tribe, a small hunting party of outfolk had also decided to exploit the mammoth herd to see thei

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'Gronk' or 'Palaeo Diet: All at Sea'

Last month Kurt Bowker posted something pretty great on the Ganesha Games/Song of Blades and Heroes Friendface page: Gronk, a whale hunting version of Palaeo Diet: Eat or Be Eaten. I have meant to share his ideas here for a couple of weeks now, but just haven't had a chance to post them up.In Kurt's own words:I had been playtesting my reskin of Ganesha Games "Paleo diet, kill or be eaten" (paleolithic hunting game) called 'Gronk!' about a year or so ago. Gronk is paleolithic or later tribal whale hunting. Skin boats and spears with wood floats. I had gotten 2 or 3 games in hunting just a whale with two boat crews. Taking notes. I had meant to start adding other sea creatures and work on the rules more but other things took up my time.Joe Knight has been wanting to playtest the rules himself so after our Roman Civil War game we set up a Gronk playtest. We had two rival islands, one Maori and one Melanesian sitting on opposite sides of a sea channel rich in sealife.Joe had a lot of great suggesti

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The stealthy adventures of Herakles and Hippolyta

One of several ideas I am currently tossing around for games is a Palaeo Diet derived game of stealth that, should it come to fruition, will ultimately be themed around Robin Hood (and similar outlaws) fighting against oppressive local authorities. I have a clutch of Normans and outlaws sitting on the shelf waiting on paint (and time, that most irrecuperable of concepts). In their absence, but with a few core mechanics nutted out, I sat down to play around with some Greek proxies.   This adventure took place in the ruins of a long abandoned temple somewhere in Thrace.Our heroes, Herakles and Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, start together on a grassy knoll in one corner of the table. They had been enjoying a quiet romp together before Herakles departed back to Argos. He'd been tasked with bringing back Hippolyta's girdle to present to King Agisthos to satisfy a girdle fetish. The Amazon found the whole idea so humorous that she was glad to oblige. However, their immediate objective wa

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Palaeo Diet: The Tribe

Paul Field over at Blind Beggar Miniatures recently approached me to ask permission to sculpt a prehistoric tribe based on the illustrations by Orestix in my Palaeo Diet: Eat or be Eaten rules. Permission duly granted, Paul has sculpted and cast six prehistoric hunters with comic, characterful, over-sized, interchangeable heads (and a hound). He's launched these as a Kickstarter which has already funded, so do go check them out. The hound is a stretch goal, and a Captain Mancave sculpt (unrelated, but usable) looks to be an optional add-on.Palaeo Diet: the Tribe Kickstarter

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Palaeo Diet Outfolk

Following on from the last post, and casually sauntering across the steppe, a small party of outfolk have wandered into the traditional hunting ground of Ogg, Urg, Herc, Frygga and the rest of their tribe. Here you can see Loogi the spearman, Flingi the slinger, and their leader Mumma Mamu, together with their hound Grrr.This second shot is to give a size comparison next to my existing hunters. They are taller than Snogg and Bow, but shorter than Herc. However, they are much more ... robust than the others. Clearly another tribe. It is even quite possible that they're another species of hominid all together.

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Palaeo Diet - hominid mission creep

I have been looking for some additional prehistoric figures for a while now to compliment my existing tribe of hunters, mostly converted from the (now defunct?) Flytrap Factory 'cavemen' range. Unfortunately, these fantastic sculpts are bijou to say the least, only standing about 20mm to the eye, and of course they are also very much caricatures rather than realistically proportioned modern hominids. However, I was particularly interested to see if I could find an additional tribe member who looked a bit shaman-esque.While looking at various 28mm 'pygmy' ranges - incidentally, the most characterful and, arguably, least racist seem to be from EMP Games and Bend Sinister - I stumbled across the awesome Lost Horizons jungle goblins from EMP Games shown above (photo 'redistributed' from their website).  I thought the little mask-wearing chap in the middle might be suitable and, as they weren't too expensive, I ordered a pack on spec.I was really pleased that I did, because the figures are great! All three bo

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A mid-season hunt

It is mid-term here in sunny Ireland, and my wee lad decided it was time for another Palaeo Diet hunt. He's only eight, so we kept it simple, but it was great to be able to game with him.****Rarr, Ogg, Tark and Frygga looked down into the valley at the small herd of mammoths. Rarr thumbed the blade on his newly knapped axehead, Tark flexed his bow, while the other two leant casually on their spears. The hunters knew that if they could bring down just one of the shaggy behemoths it would provide enough meant and skins to see the tribe comfortably through the rest of the season. However, they were not alone. There was an old wolves' den in the valley and it was unclear how many occupants it currently housed.As Ogg and Frygga skulked down the side of the hill into the valley, Rarr ambled off down the far slope of the hill - away from the mammoths. Tark grumbled to himself something about hoping Rarr had a plan, but was then distracted by movement in the opening of the wolf den. He knocked one of h

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Engel's African Palaeo Diet

Meanwhile in Sweden, Engel has been having his own fun with Palaeo Diet. You can catch up with his first few games over on his blog by clicking the links below.While everyone else has really been focusing on Eurasian or American prehistory, Engel has gone with an African theme and, I think you'll agree, its really effective. First Steps. The Hunger Games.Pygmy hunters.

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The Schadenfreuds go Cretaceous

Rounding off Mark's recent bout of Palaeo Diet adventures, allow me to introduce the Schadenfreuds:****Time for another excursion into the distant past. Professor Dr Herbert Schadenfreud and his wife (Frau Edith) and daughter (Fraulein Elke) are taking a dinosaur hunting safari, courtesy of the Utterley-Barkinge Corporation. Their Utterley-Barkinge guide, David Attenborough, is behind the camera.The rules are a slightly modified version of Palaeo Diet - Eat or be Eaten (Nic Wright / Ganesha) as used for the Grey Wolf Clan mini campaign posted in the last few days. The mods are:* Guns can shoot 2xL.* A hunter can take an aimed shot at +1 at a cost of 2 actions.* For each shooting hit roll 1D6. On a 5,6 the hit causes an extra wound.* A gun is not a bow.The Time Service steam drone duly deposits our little party near a swampy waterhole, just the kind of place dinosaurs would come to drink. It’ll be back to collect them after five turns. The Schadenfreuds hope to pot at least five different species including an

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Exiles of the Grey Wolf Clan (part 2)

Continuing the journey of the little (and diminishing) group that has broken away from the Grey Wolf Clan and trekked off to find its own territory:The survivors settled in to the camp site of the Trout Clan family. There were changes ... with their own hearth the band no longer needed a fire carrier so Smokey traded in his torch for a spear. And the young hunter Boy also graduated to a spear wielder. Hannah was chosen as Leader to replace Grendel. And they became the Ibex Clan after finding mysterious old drawings of this totem on an inner cave wall.All well and good. But there were two niggles. First, they need to confirm their ownership of the territory by successfully hunting a Giant Grazer and offering it to the spirits. Second, the campsite they had taken over was clearly in use by more people than they had defeated. So where were they?(3) The hunt at the salt lick Within a couple of weeks all the hunters of the Ibex Clan set out to kill a mammoth. More easily said than done, as they cannot afford

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Exiles of the Grey Wolf Clan (part 1)

I'm delighted to be able to publish some more prehistoric fun following the travels and travails of Mark's Grey Wolf Clan.****It’s February already, which means it’s time to visit the Palaeo Diet: Eat or be Eaten rules and the Grey Wolf Clan again ... Avid readers may recall that at the end of last season we left the Grey Wolf Clan after a successful winter-provisioning hunt, with plenty of biltong to last until spring. This turned out to be a mixed blessing. Plenty to eat and nothing to do during the winter led to bickering between the Elders and a breakaway group of young hunters led by half-brothers Rurik and Grendel.And now as the snow melts the renegades prepare to leave the Clan and strike out into the unknown. The Elders agree they can take the supplies they will need, anxious to see them on their way so normal life can continue. This seasons set of games will see if the breakaway party is successful.(1) Into the unknownHere is a shot of the party as they cross a stream and head toward an are

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Exiles of the Grey Wolf Clan

I'm delighted to be able to publish some more prehistoric fun following the travels and travails of Mark's Grey Wolf Clan.****It’s February already, which means it’s time to visit the Palaeo Diet: Eat or be Eaten rules and the Grey Wolf Clan again ... Avid readers may recall that at the end of last season we left the Grey Wolf Clan after a successful winter-provisioning hunt, with plenty of biltong to last until spring. This turned out to be a mixed blessing. Plenty to eat and nothing to do during the winter led to bickering between the Elders and a breakaway group of young hunters led by half-brothers Rurik and Grendel.And now as the snow melts the renegades prepare to leave the Clan and strike out into the unknown. The Elders agree they can take the supplies they will need, anxious to see them on their way so normal life can continue. This seasons set of games will see if the breakaway party is successful.(1) Into the unknownHere is a shot of the party as they cross a stream and head toward an are

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Badger!

I painted this angry critter a few months ago, but have only just had the weather align with a moment of spare time to allow me to get him sprayed with matt varnish. I assume it's a him... maybe not. Who knows? Regardless, it's a badger from Krakon Games - part of their second Creatures Underground kickstarter. In terms of Palaeo Diet - which is why he graced my painting table - he's a bit larger than I would have liked. In the picture below, you can see him with Herc who stands a good 22mm(ish) to the eye. The badger was intended to be a bulk 1 angry critter, but he may well end up being used as bulk 2 instead.

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