Looking for Wargames in Toronto? (Part 1)

I know of four game stores in Toronto

I visited two of them today.

401 Games

This is a big store.  They have a second level that offers gaming space and game rentals.  Unfortunately they don’t have too many wargames – a medium size bookshelf of GMT games and that’s it.  No ASL.

Then I took a walk from 401 Games to Meeplemart.

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@Kinka Izakaya


Meeplemart is hard to spot from the street, you got to watch the street numbers (247 Spadina) or you will walk right by.

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You want to stop at the set of office building doors right beside the first “TD” sign.  It is an office building but if it’s “247 Spadina Avenue”, this is the place.  Immediately after you walk through the glass doors, you will see a set of staircases on your left leading down.

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Go down those stairs, it’s okay.

Folks there will greet you and asked that you check your bags at the counter.  They will clip half of a poker card to your bag and give you the other half.

(I should check what companies are in this building and whether they are looking to hire…)

If you walk down the left around the counter and up ahead, you will see a couple of tall shelves with a sign saying “Wargames”.

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They carry mostly GMT & Compass games but they also carry MMP, Avalanche and other lines as well.  There are definitely more here (about two/three big shelves) than 401 Games.  I also found some boxes sitting the floor and filed under “ASL” I found 3 x ASL Journal 2 and 1 x Turning the Tide.  The guy behind the counter said “That’s because ASL sells out the quickest.”.

So here we are, I hope this allows you to find these shops quicker the next time you are in town.

By the way, on my way back home my bus passed by Hairy Tarantula North.


Looking for Wargames in Toronto?  (Part 2) – I went to Hairy Tarantula North the next day.



Wanna ditch Skype?

If you play VASL with Skype and has been looking for a voice platform to replace Skype. You might want to check this out.

My opponent Will Fleming set up a server on Discord for voice comms during VASL games and text chat when hanging out.

You can install the app if you want to but you and/or opponent can run this via your browsers with no installs.

Heres the link if you want to try it out https://discord.gg/XxpxAvx

Before you ask, I don’t know what the advantages are beyond what I see on their webpage and beyond feedback from my friends. If you are young and want to try new things with us, here it is.

One of my friends look at it as “VASL lobby on steroids”.

T001 Gavin Take

In this scenario, the US Paras win if they exited 1 or more squad equivalent and more Leader out hex Q10, which is where the road exits in the middle of the map. Any German exits increase the exit requirements for the US.

J188 Grab and Go

I am the German defenders.  While I believe in bringing all my guns up front, I am not backing up fast enough.  I am not happy about exchanging casualties with the Russians at the present ratio (slight more than 1:1) since there are twice as many Russians as the Germans!  Even though the Russians are spread out, they have 5 leaders in this scenario (these are the Guards Para!).

RAT CHARTS! 2 Giveaway + 1 Sale

(Update : All Gone!  Thanks!)

Since the new LFT Rat Chart v2+ is coming out, I figured I should do something about my old ones (old, not necessarily used).

I’d like to give 2 away for the price of postage (expect USD4.5 for the US, 2 weeks with tracking) and sell 1.

Email me at hongkongwargamer at speedpost dot net, tell me which one you want (#1, #2 or #3), first ones to pay up gets them.  I might even ask you leave a comment here, so figure something smart.  One per address please, not that I am expecting requests for multiple copies ..

#1 : Give Away for the price of postage, Used LFT Rat Chart 2nd edition

Been to Mayhem in Manila & Angkorfest Siem Reap!


#2 : Give Away POSTAGE INCLUDED Unused (backup copy) LFT Rat Chart v 1

This one has a laminated cover and is in good shape.


#3 : For Sale Unused (backup copy) LFT Rat Chart v 2, USD15 + Postage

That’s half price + postage (again USD4.5 to the US).