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I have various miniatures (sci-fi and fantasy one), some grounds (tree, hills, barricades) and many many dices. I host regularly every week in a Barcelona bar a boardgame meeting with new people to boardgames and from various language and nationality. I have many new enthusiasts, but few experts in gaming.

I am looking something to propose for the occasional gamer, and at the same time, a miniature wargame that is fairly easy to learn and have fun to play.

What is a bad suggestion: Dungeon & Dragons, any of Warhammer series, historical reconstruction of fights

What is a good suggestion: A own made auto generated labyrinth game (I have plenty of tiles), a game with a 15 minutes creating character and quick battles, a game that can play several people at the same time.

Can you please help me with some suggestions?

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We used to play Necromunda years ago--I'm not sure if it's still around. Like Warhammer it is/was a Games Workshop game, but I think it could suit your purposes. It came with enough "terrain" in the box to support a game. It would be well suited to a multi-player game (think of an urban gang-fight free-for-all). Only a few miniatures were needed so that barrier is low and a quick gang could be set up quickly by new players while the seasoned set up the terrain.

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A good suggestion, although best for 2 players. The box is long out of production, but a revised all-in-one rulebook is still readily available. – Tynam Jan 26 '11 at 21:26
I played once Necromunda, but it doesn't look as "fast game". I mean you have to build your gang, equip them... it doesn't look quick to prepare for people that don't know wargaming. thx for the suggestion – Littlemad Feb 1 '11 at 15:54
@Littlemad: Unfortunately Necromunda is almost certainly not going to come in under 15 minutes for setup with even one first-time player. – Stuart Pegg Feb 2 '11 at 18:10

Savage Worlds

Savage Worlds is an RPG system - but contains a strong game of miniatures combat! The rules are "Fast! Furious! and Fun!" as advertised.

  • You can learn the game from the book in an evening and teach it in minutes.
  • You can use all your minis, tiles, and terrain.
  • You can choose an existing setting or create one yourself.
  • Unlike many wargames, it's designed to handle many participants in a battle.
  • The rulebook is small and inexpensive.
  • There is an active and welcoming Savage Worlds community online.

I think it makes a good fit for your criteria and hope you give it a try.

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Looks promising, I am gonna have a look and report to you :D – Littlemad Feb 1 '11 at 15:56
@Littlemad - I hope it works out well for you! I can't wait to hear how it goes! – gomad Feb 3 '11 at 18:16

Heroscape is a solid game that may you may be able to repurpose. It uses hexes that you could either incorporate in or toss and use whatever you have. Most importantly it has a "simple rules" variation built in to the rulebook that allows for pretty easy pick-up-and-play.

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I saw many times ago this game, but I do not want to buy stuff like basic hexes, when I have plenty of tiles and other things that can be used as such. Thank you for your suggestion – Littlemad Feb 1 '11 at 15:56

Mordheim lends itself to a small model count pretty well, and the rules are available on Games Workshop's website for free.

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Fuzzy Heros seems like a nice simple set of rules, though you'll probably want to adjust the theme a bit.

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It's a very, very fast game with quick rules.

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