is upon us. Origins
and Gen Con are around
the corner. Here are a few images of our updated Monster Mash terrain
- you might like it. Click here
to see the series on my Facebook page.
February 25, 2013
In A Long Time...
OK, so we
got busy. We stopped trying to bring our goods for sale at cons in
the United States... it was just too expensive, and quite frankly
the hassle at the border got to be quite aggravating. But we are still
functioning, and we still offer online sales through our store.
We are going
to Cangames, Origins and Gen Con this year as in previous years. We
are running a full slate of our games, and will be available to hoist
drinks whenever you need us.
Last day of
2011! We haven't posted in a while (ok 6 months), but we're still
around. Got an email from Sam who asked if we were still open... rest
assured we are.
So what are
we doing in 2012? In no particular order:
going to Cangames.
It's on May Long Week-end in Ottawa. We usually run the Monster
Mash, Pirate Seas, and maybe some Injurius Games.
going to Origins
- sort of. May 30 to June 4, in Columbus. Because Origins moved
their convention to May 30, it's impossible for anyone with kids
in school to go. Some of our GM friends in the States who either
live in the area, or who don't have kids, are going to run games
for us. Same awesome games, same awesome GMs. You just don't have
to put up with any uppity Canadians running the show.
going to Gen
Con. It happens in Indianapolis on August 16-19. Great
games, great GMs.
Store is still, and shall remain open.
We have all of our awesome games for sale, plastic minis, pewter
minis, counters, you name it.
still trying to figure out how to package and sell Pirate Seas,
our smash-style game of piracy on the high seas.
August 18, 2011
the summer cons, and back to updating the site. Our new version of
the Astrosmash, called the Red Shirt Smash, was a big success. If
you liked the game, you can download the rules from DrivethruRPG.com.
The game is $5.00, so you have no excuse NOT to pick it up. You can
find the rules HERE
on their site. We're going to upload our other games as well, so please
May 22, 2011 (Monster Mash Free Downloads)
over! We ran Pirate Seas on Friday night - 12 players, and the Monster
Mash on Saturday night - 40 players on 2 runnings. A lot of people
wanted to know where the map came from, and where the rules and monster
sheets came from. The map was made using Dundjinni, a mapping software
that is more or less out of publication. The sheets were done using
stats from the D&D Miniatures rules, heavily modified. Because
of copyright laws, there is no way Wizards will ever let us sell these,
but because the original stat cards are in the public domain, I figure
we can simply give them away. So without further ado, I give you:
Red Shirt Games Monster Mash!
no hear from us... sorry about that. Richard
went out and bought a share in a paintball
field... and there goes the website. But he's back, and no
worries for 2011... RSG is still around. We are going to Cangames,
as always. We are running all of our favorite events, including!
Including! Including one that will become your favorite... the
Red Shirt Games Space Ship Smash! Yup, it will look a lot like the
old Ottawa Red Shirt Smash, but the rules will be all new, all Red
Shirt Games rules.
We'll be publishing
a book of rules for this game... and check out the lot of minis we
managed to get to support the game. You might recognize them from
another, dead, game. We are selling the
minis per sprue, complete with bases and stems, for $10.00
per sprue, or four sprues for $30.00.
Get them while they last! Click here to
see what they look like painted and mounted.
September 1, 2010
We are having a sale on Mecks, AKA Steel
Warriors - 6 boxes of 30 Mecks for $85.00 including shipping anywhere
in the continental USA and Canada. Send us an email, and we'll send
you a Paypal payment request. Click on the Mecks link above, or visit
the Meck Wars or Fan
Pages to see what they look like painted up. The minis are
scaled to be used as man-sized robots at 30mm scale, or as giant robots
in the old-old Battletech minis scale.
August 11, 2010
A few links
for you to click on. I discovered Animoto, an online tool that allows
you to make music videos from pics and videos and music. Here are
some scenes from Origins 2010!
2010 Second Video
August 9, 2010 (Monster Mash Map Free Download)
We are back
from Gen Con and it was awesome. More later about Gen Con and Origins...
but for now, go to the Downloads page
to get your jpg ofthe Monster Mash map I created using Dundjinni.
It's all user art, and I give permission for you to print, etc.
June 5, 2010
The cons are
fast approaching, and we are getting our games ready. Check out our
Facebook page - it's called Red
Shirt Games, and anyone can join. You'll find some up to date
info on our activities, photos, and love from our friends. We are
going to Origins, and running a full slate of games including Pirate
Seas, a fun pirate game with fairly big pirate ships. The game is
like a Smash: each captain wants to kill or plunder other ships, and
islands, in order to get a bigger, more powerful pirate ship. Our
first 12 player game at Cangames
was a roaring success. Arr!
our Big Ships.
at Cangames with the Small Ships.
January 12, 2010
The Origins and Gen Con 2009 photos are
up for your viewing pleasure.
we love you Yanks so much, and because Thanksgiving is really supposed
to be in October... let's give you all some BF savings today only
in our Store. If you order any books today,
a free Orx book. If you order any pewter minis today, free Orx mini
pack. If you order any IG or D12F boxed sets today, free Orx book
and pewter minis pack. Can you tell we have lots of orx books and
minis? Order soon!
Sep 7, 2009
is over, and we're now starting our new games for next year's con
season. We are working on, in no particular order... Pirate Smash,
a fast game of pirate ships and boarding actions... Red Shirt Smash,
a fast space game of fighter to fighter combat... and Monster Mash,
an RSG adaptation of our well-loved con game.
We have added
several new items to the Store - General
Glen's Modern and General Glen's Showdown, as well as our IG and D12F
boxed sets. Buy now, buy early!
We have also
created a Facebook group called Red Shirt Games... Click here
to get on it.
I'm trying to be nice but... Origins
wasn't great. If attendance was 5,000, I'll be surprised. Our booth
was in a virtually-deserted exhibit hall, and we were charged for
a corner booth - and did not get a corner booth. Our games, which
are usually well attended, were practically deserted, as was most
of the miniatures hall. Will Origins do something different for next
year? They need to. Gen Con
by contrast was awesome. And that's saying a lot, because Gen Con
tends to be more of an Evil Corporate Giant compared to Origins, but
I guess it's working for them. Attendance for our games was at a record
We ran our
usual slate of games at both cons. A surprise favorite was General
Glen's Showdown, a Western shootout-themed miniatures game. It was
fun, and the players kept coming back for more. General Glen's Modern
was also well received, but owing to the kind of game it is, more
"serious" players enjoyed that one.
June 09, 2009
5 months between updates on our site... No fear, loyal fans... it
just means we are very busy these days. Between Mike and I, we have
two wives and six kids to manage, with soccer, baseball, and regular
date nights that all just get in the way of our website updates. Not
to mention paintball, golf and regular gaming.
Glen's Showdown will be released at Origins
on June 29 - we have a booth, right across from Dwarven Forge, and
we are running games from Wednesday night to Sunday at noon. Look
for the giant Red Shirt above the booth. Showdown is our latest D12
game, pitting Gunslingers, Hombres, Soldiers and Warriors against
each other in a wild west shootout. We playtested this game at Cangames
in May, and it was awesome. Further to our policy NOT to make you
buy ten books to make a game playable, this game stands alone. But
don't let that stop you from picking up Injurius Games, or D12
Fantasy, or Gen Glen Modern.
Glen's Modern Combat is also coming out at Origins...
this is a direct successor to General Glen's WWII skirmish game, and
contains all the rules you need to run Modern combat on the tabletop.
We will be
at OriginsANDGen Con,
running games from Wednesday night all the way to Sunday at noon.
We will have a booth at Origins, and will share a booth at
Do you like
our games? Are you interested in running games for us, in exchange
for free badges to the con? Drop
us a line - if we know you, we might ask you to join the Red
August 22, 2008
got reviewed! A site called All
Games Considered did a review of D12 Fantasy just before Gen
Con, and it was a good review. You can find the actual review here.
Our game is about halfway through the review. Note that we wll have
a booth at Origins next year, but probably not Gen Con (we'll be sharing
with one or more other companies to absorb the ridiculous cost).
August 20, 2008
Gen Con... and catching up on our sleep. Both Origins and Gen Con
were awesome, with attendance in our games higher than ever. General
Glen's WW2 was particularly well attended for some reason.
like the Silent Death Scenarios, were low, and we wonder if we should
keep running them, given that ICE is no longer supporting this game.
ICE had a booth at Gen Con, but sold no Silent Death minis or books.
In other words... it looks like Silent Death is quietly passing into
eternity. How can we stop this? Email us if you have any ideas. Don't
worry about the 3:1 Silent Death Smash, though... that one will keep
running so long as we have large crowds showing up to play in it.
news, our D&D Miniatures Monster Mash was a big hit at both cons,
and lots of people asked if we would publish the character sheets...
since they belong to Wizards of the Coast, we can't sell them. But
since all of the stats are available from Wizards as PDF downloads,
I figure we can give them away with no problems... so here are the
sheets we used for the Monster
are we going to do for next year?
Well, we will
probably come up with a General Glen'sModern
rules set - there is a lot of interest in this direction, and let's
face it, a lot of Modern skirmishes we'de like to play out on the
battlefield. If anyone out there knows a good source for 54mm/1:32/1:35
scale modern figs, please let us know - they are somewhat hard to
find. While there is a lot of 25-28mm/1:72 scale stuff out there,
we like to demo with the big stuff at conventions.
Fantasyis sowly getting more popular (if you like our Injurius
Games rules, do try D12 Fantasy... it's awesome!), and we would like
to release a third book for that line, including two more factions,
and maybe a merc or two, and maybe a new Dark Elf and Dragon People
We were also
thinking about doing Injurius Games Second
Edition, with two factions per book, but we aren't sure we want to
make our customers re-buy all oftheir rule books... I know, it's business
suicide, but we love you people out there. We thought we might just
update the URSs online, and maybe sell one book with the new rules
in them. Let us know what you think about that idea.
August 8, 2008
Con begins next Wednesday... and Red Shirt Games will be there.
We'll be running a full slate of games - Gen Glen
(with tanks!), Injurius Games (Keep What
You Kill, demos, and the tournament), D12 Fantasy
(demos, and the tournament), Silent Death
(Scenarios and the ever-favorite 3:1 scale Red Shirt Smash), and D&D
3.5 Monster Mash (are you Good, or are you Evil?). We have been put
into a smallish gaming room this year - room 208-209, somewhere on
the second floor.
May 12, 2008
New on the
Downloads Page... new Meck
Unit Record Sheets with full information. No more running
back to the rule book every time you want to use an upgrade! You still
need the rulebook to play, though.
May 10, 2008
no post! Just a quick reminder that we will be running a full slate
of games at Cangames this coming week-end, Friday May 16 to Sunday
May 18, at the Rideau Curling Club. We are running General
Glen's on Friday night, Injurius Games
on Saturday morning, the Monster Mash on Saturday night, and D12
Fantasy on Sunday morning. Be there or be square!
has been updated with pictures from Gen Con 2007. Peruse them to find
out... Who Is The Master?
November 26, 2007
has been updated with pictures from Origins 2007. Gen Con 2007 is
coming... soon. Yes, Amberly, your pics will soon be on the Origins
page soon also... I just have to process them a little first.
November 24, 2007
have added T Shirts to the Store page,
and cleaned up the Store page somewhat. T Shirts are modeled by the
Pics from Origins and Gen Con are coming... honest!
September 10, 2007
Goblin asked if we could publish our rules and map for the D&D
Monster Mash that we ran at Origins and Gen Con this year. Without
further ado... here are the map
(1.5MB JPG - print it off twice and combine for a 24 player game)
and the character sheets
(Word document). The rules are straight-up DDM, with only a few twists
(like no morale rules!) They are printed on the back of each character
sheet, but we do recommend you use the actual rule book as published
by WOTC. The rules and stats for the DDM characters are published
on WOTC's site, and should not pose a problem for you to download,
but don't try to publish them for money! The map was made using Dundjinni,
an awesome map-drawing utility, with all textures created by users.
August 14, 2007
We are leaving
for Gen Con at noon today.
Come and see us in the miniatures hall, or at our booth, number
2707 (look for the Big Red Shirt, on the outside wall on the
far right as you walk in!)
July 26, 2007
We have added
the D12 Fantasy Counters and Unit Record Sheets to the Downloads
We are moving
ahead with the Red Shirt Games agenda for 2007. Next on the list...
our Message Board/Forum!
So if you want to have a hand in shaping Red Shirt Games' vision,
join the discussion group and jump in. The forum is moderated, so
anyone not who misbehaves will be treated harshly.
In the meantime,
please join us in celebrating a new feature at Red Shirt Games...
PDF books! We understand that a lot of folks don't like paying the
ridiculous shipping fees from up here in the frozen North, so... buy
the books in PDF format and save all that mad cash! We have set up
an account with Lulu, an
online book publishing company, and have put the two D12F books up
for sale as PDFs. You'll like the price! We'll be adding all of the
other Red Shirt Games books... soon!
We are also
selling the books in hardcopy format in our Store.
July 1, 2007
Fantasy has finally come back from the printer... and it looks
good. We will officially release the two D12F
books at Origins on July 4. Both books contain the core rules, plus
the rules to play two of the four initial races: Dark Elves and Dwarves,
or Zanemarati and Dragon People.
March 26, 2007
through all the photos from Origins and Gen Con last year... so without
further ado, check out 2006 Cons!
The next release, D12 Fantasy, is looking mighty good. Mighty good.
More very soon. Also soon, War Torn Resin terrain in our Store!
January 18, 2007
Year... Just because there aren't a whole lot of updates doesn't mean
nothing is happening... in fact, we are working hard, playtesting
our next release D12 Fantasy.
If you want
to playtest and have not yet received a copy of the work in progress...
well, what are you waiting for? Send
us an email message!
We are also
in the midst of planning our Origins and Gen Con events. Jimbo, if
you're out there, drop us a line... hopefully all is well. We will
be running a full slate of everything as usual. D12F, Injurius Games,
Gen Glen, Silent Death, D&D Monster Mash...
We will also
have a booth at both cons, and will be carrying the usual: Red Shirt
Games stuff, RAFM miniatures, and... say... if you have a gaming product
you would like to sell, why get a booth of your own? Those things
cost money, and trust us, okay? If you are a one-product company just
starting out, you'll sell a lot more product at our booth, and you
won't be as lonely.
wanna see what a D12F Unit Record Sheet looks like? Well, they are
still In Progress, but here is a sneak peek: Bummer
November 18, 2006
We have been making excellent progress on our upcoming release, D12
Fantasy. We have identified and fleshed out 4 factions for use in
the game plus one mercenary faction. We have been playtesting the
various characters in the game and have gone through three revisions
so far. Playtesters, look for an email from us in the next couple
of weeks with the rules and Unit Record Sheets.
We had a good time at Ludo Outaouais on November
11, 2006. The event was a mini-con over two days where dealers were
asked to provide product in exchange for the right to demo games and
do business at the con, which was mostly for boardgaming. The organizing
group had a large collection of games for rent which people could
choose from. Individuals from stores, gaming companies of just on
their own demo'd games. http://www.ludo-outaouais.org/ for more information.
October 19, 2006
Marines page is finally up. check out our latest supplement
for the Injurius Games line! Updated the Store
again today. Looks like we have lots of Steel Warriors (Mecks...)
in stock, so we're selling them out! $10.00 for a box of 30 Mecks.
No, it's not a typo. Note the more you buy, the lower the shipping
cost per box.
October 11, 2006
been a while since the last update! Well, we're still here, and playtesting
our next two games... a D12 product tentatively called D12 Fantasy
and a card game called Terraformers. The D12 game puts fantasy adventurers
into te arena - so far it's awesome to play. We'll keep you posted
on developments. The Terraformers game puts you on the ground, trying
to become the richest colonist on a wild planet.
has been updated. We are moving boxes of Mecks and Space Rangers -
you can pick up the IG rules and a 50 Ranger box for 40.00 and the
Meck Wars rules and box of 30 Steel Warriors for 25.00. Can you say
Bargain? The book even fits in the box.
July 23, 2006
a long time since we posted on the site... but it's a busy time of
year for us. Cangames was awesome, and Origins was too, and the Reaction
Marines book is out for sale! But it's not in the Store yet... so
please be patient. The Downloads page
has been updated, with new counters and the Reaction Marines Unit
Say, we have
been receiving photos of painted NRAAVs,
so if you bought one from us at Origins, paint it up and send us a
pic! The nicest one gets a free squad of NRAAV
We will be
at Gen Con in three weeks
- our booth will be right next door to Hirst Castle Molds. We will
be carrying RAFM miniatures, Silent Death ships and rules, and other
products by ICE. We also will be the only booth carrying War Torn
resin terrain (which was once half of Armorcast)... we'll have more
for you later this week.
May 09, 2006
We are in
full gear, heading down the stretch to another convention season.
So let's take a minute out of our busy schedules to show you... something
new! It's three pewter figs, packaged to go with our NRAAV vehicle
released last year. The NRAAV is mighty, but it needs a crew. So we
are doing a bit of a promo here - send us pics of your painted NRAAV
(buy one at the store if you don't have
one yet...), and we'll judge them. Winner gets a free squad of NRAAV
crew! Pic 1, Pic
2. Send us an email here.
January 18, 2006
It's a new
year, and here are some new photos of
one of the scenarios we ran during the Christmas Break, on our Gallery
page.. It was a massive Meck on Humans
battle, featuring 3 full squads on each side plus 3 NRAAV
tracked vehicles for the humans and 3 Minitanks for the Mecks. It
was a playtest for our upcoming Heroes of Battle book, which will
feature point costs for buying "real-world" troops for some
out-of-the-arena play. Submit scenarios to us! If used, we'll give
you a free copy of the book, due out in May or June of 2006.
We are in
the process of putting together our next book, tentatively called
Scenarios and Heroes, in which we will have, well, scenarios and heroes,
taken from the fictional history behind Injurius Games. If you have
a scenario in mind, send
it to us. If we use it, you'll get a mention in the credits
and a free copy of the book!
September 11, 2005
store today. Sadly, after about 4 years
with no price changes, we had to give 'em a little hike. It looks
like that ole US Dollar just ain't what it used to be... it makes
it tough to export to the USA and still make a buck when the dollar
is dangerously close to being on par. We did, however, put in several
new deals for buying sets of our game supplements, and even The Whole
Shebang! If you never got into our Injurius Games line before, here
is your big chance!
in the Store: RATZ and the NRAAV
vehicle for Injurius Games.
for photos and tournament results from Origins
and Gen Con Indy.
August 6 (Apologies
for the late post... I'm a busy guy.)
(end of June, 2005) was a blast! We had a 50% fill rate at our game
runnings (apparently this is very good, and is certainly a high for
us), our games were well received, and we carried a full line of RAFM
miniatures at our booth. Our new RATZ
release was also well received, with RATZ taking 2nd place in our
Injurius Games tournament (Humans took
first, and Mecks took third).
mini-KWYK (Keep What You Kill, now our second most popular running)
was almost sold out at every running, and our Silent
Death 3:1 Smash (our most popular running) was as almost always
stayed at the Red Roof Inn - a recommended place because the rooms
are very large, each room has a mini-fridge and microwave, and they
serve a muffin/bagel breakfast for free downstairs. It's just across
the street from the convention hall. The hotel has a laundry facility
on the 7th floor for those demo guys who can only afford one shirt.
(Vous savez qui vous êtes, les gars.)
big thanks to our Origins judges: Chris Skuce, Derek Flowers, Rob
W., Fred Paul, Arthur Flagg, Donald Ash, Ben Ash, and CJ. We could
not do it without you guys. Please come back next year.
year we get together to play a silly boardgame in our hotel room after
hours - last year it was Zombies!!!
This year it was A
Redneck Life. A small press game, Redneck Life takes you though
the life of a not-so-fictional Redneck, from school (roll 1d6 - this
is your end grade), gettin' a rig (dibs on the outhouse/trike), marriage
(roll a random name for your wife, like Becky-Sue), young'uns (I ended
up with 11 rug-rats, 6 or whom were named Darryl), Dee-Vorce and marriage
again (pay to have your tatoos altered!), and of course trying to
keep as many teeth as possible for the final reckoning (I ended up
able to buy back most of my choppers, while Fred ended up with zero
teeth and a huge debt). Great game. I recommend it!
are going to Gen Con,
so be sure to stop by to see us in the miniatures hall. We were originally
not going to have a booth in the exhibitor hall (Gen Con booths are
more expensive than the ones at Origins, while sales are roughly the
same), but we decided we had to have a presence, so we set out to
find someone who would let us crash at their booth. We ended up fiding
space in Flying Buffalo's
booth. That means the lovely Chainmail Girl (or should I say Corset
Girl?) will be working in "our" booth. My life is now complete.
Hopefully Mike will let me work in the booth this year (I'm not exactly
a great salesman. Long story.) So come to the booth and buy our games!
New this year the NRAAV, a
tank-like vehicle for use in Injurius Games scenarios. It's moulded
plastic, big, has a working turret, 4 working hatches, and lots of
weapons. It's 10 dollars. You have no excuse but to come down and
buy one or three.
took lots of photos at Origins Red Shirt Games has grown beyond
crass postings of con babe pics, but there are still lots of good
photos: my Gen Glen Stalingrind scenario, the Silent Death Smash,
IG Keep What You Kill, IG Teams and our new Wartorn IG spin-off. I
also took photos of other, worthy game setups. I only took pics of
two booths: ours and the Redneck Life booth. That photo stuff will
probably not go up until after Gen Con, but it'll be worth it.
June 24, 2005
in the deep. We cannot get out.
Um, er - I
mean, the RATZ book is finally done! What
seemed like an eternity sealed in my basement, wrestling with page
breaks and buggy inserted artwork was actually only a few weeks of
torture called Using MS Word To Publish A Book. There's a reason they
sell book-writing software. Don't try it yourselves, kids, you'll
pop a vein in your frontal lobe and then we'll get blamed.
book is done, on sale at Origins Game Fair next week - come see us
at Booth 94!
New home for
Red Shirt Games! We hope you haven't noticed, but we changed hosts
this week. Issues of storage space, reliability and cost caused us
to make this move, so please let us know if you have any problems
accessing the site - day or night!
It has been
a long time since our last post... I guess all I can say is... we
have been busy! Since the last post, we started selling our Steel
Warriors (we call them Mecks!) boxed sets at 6 boxes for $60.00 plus
shipping. It went so well that we decided to offer a similar deal
on our Space Rangers (IG Gladiators to us) - 5 boxes of 50 for $75.00
plus shipping. That's 250 miniatures. Compare that to our regular
price of $30.00 per box of 50, and you'll see the value. Go to the
Store to check out the deals.
what are we working on now?
are coming... these hairy little guys will worm their way into your
hearts, whether you like it or not. They bring true meaning to the
phrase, "Breeding is everything". Check out their unit record
sheets ready for download on our downloads page!
stand-alone product co-designed by Glen Simpson of Red Shirt Games
and David Garton of Armorcast,
will combine the cool resin designs of Armorcast
and the solid rules of Injurius Games
in a futuristic battlefield littered with Steam-powered Mecha and
power-suited humans. We'll have a preview for that soon, as well.
Find out what happened to the New Romans on the day they first
met Mecks on Mercury! Download this new 2 player scenario by Derek
Flowers from our Injurius Games Optional Rules
Bugs! Face hordes of Runners in this Lunar fight to rid Earth
of the Meck menace! Can you destroy the Meck factory before the Runners
fry all of your Legionnaires? Another Derek Flowers scenario on our
Optional Rules and Scenariospage.
If you are short on Mecks, go to our Store
to take a look at our Steel Warriors case set - just $10.00 per box
of 30 Mecks if you buy a case of 6 boxes. That's $60.00 USD for 180
Mecks, plus $10.00 shipping.
League! One of our gamer fans, Don Ash, has produced a nifty Excel
alternative to manually rolling upgrades for Veterans League squads
in Injurius Games. For those of you who
have not purchased Meck Wars, the Veterans
League allows you to play with seriously upgraded teams without having
to spend a lot of time playing to get to that level. A zipped file
containing the instruction sheet and 4 Excel files can be found on
the Injurius Games Optional Rules and Scenarios
page. Have fun!
October 3, 2004
We have added
a General Glen's Scenarios page, accessible
through the previous link or the Downloads page.
We have posted the scenario we ran at Cangames, Origins and Gen Con
this year, and will post others as we make them presentable to you,
October 1, 2004
idea of a tactips page is going live! Don Ash is one of our regular
players at Origins, where he and his family always indulge in our
runnings of IG/Silent Death/whatever. Don had an idea whereby players
with tips for better IG play could share them with others... so
here it is!