Collectable Miniatures - part 1
We have a couple of games that are too big for the shelves and cabinets and/or they are stored in special containers to protect them. These include Mechwarrior miniatures (left), which thankfully I did not get totally into. This is another of those money sucking collectable games, of which I have picked up only a few of the sets.
Pirates of the Spanish Main (center) is another collectable game, that Andrew and I did for a while. We played in a league where we had to buy a pack each week and that was not too bad. I had a pirate fleet and Andrew had the British ships. The French were ones we had in case anybody else wanted to play. The mechanics of the game were pretty cool. You moved the ships around on the playing area (table top) either visiting islands and collecting gold or trying to destroy the other ships. The cards (long side and short side) were used to measure how far the ships could move. Attacks on other ships were determined by roling dice and when damage was done the mast on the enemy ships were removed. We always used "sticky note tabs" to mark destroyed masts.
Crimison Skies (right) is a semi collectable game based on a roleplaying game. The aircraft moved around the playing based on cards you selected for their movement. There were different factions and their planes were available in seperately. The thing that appealed to me was that, even though there were seperate sets for each faction the same planes for that faction were in the set.