Break Out Your Retro Matchbox Collection and Play Osprey’s Gaslands
Osprey Games puts out a lot of great games. One of their recent Hits is Gaslands. Personally, I really like this one because it is easy to get in on with a limited budget. Grab some matchbox cars, a rulebook, and you’re ready to play!
Gaslands is a game of vehicular combat. It uses templates and a fairly simple set of rules but also contains campaign rules and comes across as a very streamlined system.
Osprey Games describes the game as follows…
Shoot, ram, skid and loot your way through the ruins of civilisation with Gaslands, a tabletop wargame of car-on-car destruction in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Players control small fleets of armed vehicles in battles for resources, dominance and survival. With rules for multiple vehicle types (from motorbikes to big rigs), varied special weapons and accessories (including oil slicks, caltrops and nitro boosters), and a host of options for scenarios, environmental conditions, crew and campaigns, players can tailor games to match their own visions for an anarchic future. From Osprey Games Webstore.
The system uses templates for movement and has often been compared to X-Wing and Car Wars. That said, this game is much more streamlined and easy to play than Car Wars and not the same as X-Wing. For one thing, it is a hell of a lot cheaper to play.
To get in, all you need is a $20 rulebook and some matchbox cars. Perhaps, you already have cars. Then you are in for just $20. If you are like me, you had to buy a few and then you are still in for just $30 to $40. $30 to $40 to get all in on a miniatures game is absolutely stellar.
Many people paint up their cars and add weaponry. I went with the theory that the weapons are retractable systems like in a James Bond film. Presto, I am up and ready to go!
While I didn’t bother fix up my cars, a lot of people use Gaslands as an excuse to add weapons to their Hotwheels and paint them up. That is a cool hobby in and of itself.
Gaslands has been doing massively well for Osprey Games and they have already had to do more than one printing of the game. On top of being wildly popular, the game also boasts a number of third party creators that create products for the game. These companies are called “Friends of Gaslands.”
The Author also has two free expansions of the game available through Osprey Games’ Resources Page or through the Gaslands Time Extended Online Magazine. Yes. You read that right. This game has free expansions available!!!
The Gaslands Website also has a number of videos available to go through.
Wrapping it up…
If you haven’t checked out Gaslands before, I hope you take a look at it after reading this article. It is a great game at an incredible value. How often can you get “all-in” on a game for just $20 to $40 and that is exactly what you have here!!! Osprey did great with this one and a lot of people are having a real blast with the game.
Also be sure to check out the game’s Facebook Group. There is a very active community of players there with some really cool content.
Disclosure: Osprey Games sent me a copy of Gaslands for Review Purposes.
Images of the cars taken on a Cigar Box Battle Mat.
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