Table Top Troopers

18 Dec

tttBringing a childhood institution into the realm of grown-up fun! Go and dig all those Little Green Army Men out of the back of the closet, dust them off, and begin the battles all over again. (Assuming you have any left that you didn’t burn with the magnifying glass, decapitate in a firecracker explosion, or send to their demise in the quicksands of the neighbour’s sandbox.)

Ages: 7+

Players: 2 or 3

Interesting features: a game of miniatures that even I can understand! The play is in the tactics, not measuring tapes, hundreds of pages of rules, and countless charts and tables. This game comes with several boards that can be mixed and matched BUT it can even be played out on a standard chess / checkers board!

Extras Needed: 1 Package of Little Green (or Tan) Army men for each player. If you can’t find them in two distinct colours, the bases will have to be painted different colours to keep them separate! 1 or 2 Six-sided dice.





New Scenarios, New Pieces, New Weapons, New Tactics
Special Thanks to Derek Hohls and Tim Andersen for their input!





DEREK’S DOZEN (a TTT expansion by Derek Hohls)



Printing Suggestions: Enlarge the boards to 11×17. (Unless you are using 25mm figures … then 8.5X11 works perfectly) Trim them up and they are ready to become your own private killing fields! (see an example of Derek’s Home-Made Boards [above] for his 50mm figures … who said this has to be complicated?

Designer’s Notes: So there I am, walking through the Dollar Store (as I often do after pay day) and what do I spy upon the shelf but a package of those cheap little green army men. Instantly I was transported back to my misspent childhood and all the fun I used to have playing the neighbourhood martyr “My guy throws himself on the grenade … Kaboom!” I figured that if I could play games with them when I was little then it would be easy to come up with a game using them now that I was older and wiser. I bought a pack on faith. Several months later the game had not yet formed, but all my army men were dead and gone (blown to little bits). On the way back to the store to buy more the idea finally hit. Miniatures combat for dummies like me. Update that stinky old chess set for the age of modern militia! I showed the finished idea to my brother-in-law, Tim … the Captain and he pulled a few strings with the DND so after a full security screening here it is.

6 Responses to “Table Top Troopers”

  1. Cyrus December 19, 2008 at 2:09 pm #

    Good day!

    I came across a game title in BoardGameGeek named “Coffee Table Caverns”. I looked all over your site and was unable to find it.

    I’d like to give this little creation a try if it is still available. Where might I find it?

    Here is the link in BoardGameGeek if you care to update it.

    Much thanks!

  2. kenmaher December 19, 2008 at 8:45 pm #

    Hi Cyrus,

    Thanks for the interest! I am in the process of re-establishing a presence on the web. Sometimes life goes in happy directions you didn’t plan. If you can wait for a couple of more days I will have the Coffee Table Caverns page up and ready for download. I can only load the larger files to the web from a different location than where I am right now. I will post another comment when the game is up so you will know. Thanks again.

  3. kenmaher December 20, 2008 at 4:35 pm #

    Hey Cyrus … Coffee Table Caverns is now up and ready for you. I hope you enjoy it. Merry Christmas!

  4. Derek January 12, 2009 at 2:48 pm #

    Great to see you back “on line”! All the best for 2009.

  5. kenmaher January 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm #

    Hey Derek
    Great to hear from you again … its been a while! It’s good to be online again … lost track of time for a while – job – two new children – 4000 km move and all of a sudden 3 years have come and gone! What’s new with you?

  6. Derek January 22, 2009 at 1:42 am #

    I’m well – sick, but well, and learning (slowly) how to be joyful in all circumstances. Games-wise, I really want 2009 to be the year I put some of my game designs up on the web… regardless of how unfinished I think they are!! But I was distracted this month by playtesting & reviewing PocketCiv and Bindle Rails. Your plans?

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