After 4 years since I launched this blog, we have reached one of those milestones that are worth celebrating by giving back to you a token of my gratitude for your continuous support since 2010.
If you are a regular follower, you'll know that this blog is all about my hobby and Too Fat Lardies. Why? Not that I have any family or business ties with Mr Richard Clarke, but after being introduced to the WWI rules ("Through the Mud and theBlood") in the autumn of 2009, I entered into a complete new and increasingly exciting phase of my hobby life
Over this 5 years I have enjoyed more than ever playing with each new of the rules set released (Charlie Don't Surf, I Ain't Being Shot Mum and more recently Chain of Command), thanks to the ability to both bring new innovate game mechanisms and to simulate the historical battlefield conditions in an effective manner.
My interest for history (military and general) has been an additional lever to improve my gaming experience. In fact, I cannot recommend playing TFL games without a good knowledge of the contemporary military tactics at the small level organisations (from company down) if you really want to extract maxium enjoyment.
Launching this blog and sharing with anyone interested my games has also been part of this new wargaming experience. And now almost four years down the road, I have accumulated 2000,000 visits, 230 followers and the recent monthly visits toll moves consistently between 8,000-9,000 count.
Well, enough introduction and let's move now into the important issues.
These are my rules of engagement to opt for one the prizes detailed below:
1. I have tried to structure this blog around a relatively limited number of thematic pieces: AARs and campaigns, review of (I thought) interesting pieces of information (books,publications, blogs or news about history related to the periods I play the most), our club projects and campaigns (Stalingrad, Afrika CoC), visits to historical sites or museums (less than I would have liked to do) and some miscellaneous bits (painting tips, some photos of my minis, or the views from my window)
The first condition to participate in this contest is that you leave a comment stating which of the previous themes interests you the most and which the least. I will appreciate if you point out some other themes missing in this blog that may be of relevance or interest to you. That will merit scoring 1 points. Note that "congrats" messages will not count in this category.
2. You score 2 points if you are a regular follower of the blog (please indicate) before 31st January 2014 (seniority should be rewarded!) and 1 point if you join as a new follower from today (please also let me know whethere your a gronard or a new recruit in your comment)
3. You score one additional point if you leave a message in your own blog telling the world about these awards (please indicate and leave the link in your comment here)
And now for the prizes. I thought this was a good opportunity for new potential aficionados to join the ranks of the global Lardista brotherhood, by offering free a set of the most popular rules. And for those already in, a good opportunity to acquire some complements in the form of, for example, scenario books.
Time to reveal your prefrence between the following alternatives:
A. The At the Sharp End Prize: an electronic copy of the recently released campaings supplement for Chain of Command
B. The Too Fat Lardies Rules Prize: an electronic copy of I Ain't Being Shot Mum, Charlie Don't Surf or Through the Mud and the Blood (choose one)
D. The "In the Name of Roma" Prize: an electronic copy of fellow Lardie Chris Stoesen scenario and campaign supplement either for IABSM or CoC. I find these book a "best practice" in terms of designing and writing a campaign supplement, as I argued in the review I did back in September.
Please indicate you preference between options A and D, one by each participant.
The contest will start as soon as this post is published and will extend until 23.59 hours of Sunday 16 February. Winners will be announced over the following week.