Game Spotlight: BrikWars

The biggest complaint I hear about wargaming is the cost. Those little lead man-dollies cost quite a bit when it comes time to put a reasonable army together. Not to mention the cost of construction equipment like paints, files, saws, and brushes. You’re looking at hundreds of dollars invested by the time you have a small force, just large enough for the other guys in your gaming group to smirk at.  Ah, but at the same time you want to throw the dice! You yearn to play out fantastic battles around the table, checking rule books, and pinning your hopes on lady luck. By the way, I bet that you have a box full of LEGOs somewhere. Either that, or you have LEGO houses, castles, and Death Stars just sitting on your bookshelves. Why do I ask? Oh, no reason…

Oh wait there was a reason, and that reason is BrikWars! Over 15 years in the making, BrikWars is the… well, let’s save some time and just quote Wikipedia:

BrikWars is a miniatures wargaming system by Mike Rayhawk, created for use with plastic building blocks and figurines. It is designed to be simplistic and flexible, allowing for its players’ full range of creativity in creating armies, creatures, vehicles, and worlds out of construction toys. Although targeted primarily at adults, BrikWars is known for its straight-faced acceptance of the kinds of ridiculous scenarios and multi-genre mashups that arise naturally when children dump out their unsorted toybins on the floor. Much of its humor comes from satirizing “serious” wargames and their players, while flouting or deliberately misinterpreting conventions of the genre.

I’ve played many wargames. A few of them I still play *cough*Warmachine and Dystopian Wars*cough* Some of the games I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on have vanished. Gone off to the big IP auction house in the sky. But some games I never spent a dollar on and they’re kept alive by groups of like-minded manchildren. BrikWars is one such game.

Playing a game of BrikWars is equal parts wargame, and good ol’ fashioned playtime. The rules leave much to personal interpretation and while the objective of the game is to win* the point of the game is to have fun with your bricks and friends.  This is also a great first wargame for kids. When my boy was 9, we busted out his LEGOs and had a huge BrikWars fight between Orcs, Dwarves, and a hyper-intellegent-catapult. It was great fun, and we still have each force today sitting on opposite shelves in the TV room, mocking each other, waiting for the next round. So grab the rules, fish through your old toy boxes for your LEGOs and call up a friend. You’ve got yourself a free game that will delight and enrage. Don’t say I never gave you nothing.

Tomorrow I’ll write about my favorite local game store. Until then, Good Gaming!


*No it’s not.


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