Welcome to Quick and Easy Games!

logo1me-as-kilroy1Clayton Callahan is a science fiction writer, game designer and all around devotee of geek culture. This site is dedicated to promoting all things good in those fields. From gaming to galaxy spanning fiction, this site covers it all. Clayton is the sole proprietor of Quick & Easy Games and this site also serves as an outlet for those products.

Since 2007 Quick and Easy Games has created games that are low in cost but high in quality.  Q&E customers appreciate fast moving, simple to learn rules that make gaming fun. If your tired of paying too much for slick packaged games that take a PHD to learn, we’re the company for you.  If you have any comments or wish to place an order you can contact, Clayton Callahan, the General Manager.

Thank you, and I hope to hear from you soon.

Providing the best value in role playing and miniatures gaming since 2007

New Book by Well Known Author

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Sheron Wood McCartha has been writing great science fiction for years now. This month she’s released the latest in her Alyssa Series–Someone’s Clone. Full disclosure, I’ve had a sneak peek. This novel far and away stands out in a world of lack luster vanity published books. Loaded with lenty of action and drama that takes the reader from orbital space stations to jungle prison camps and secret laboratories then back again. The book is now available as an e-book on Amazon and I’m looking forward to the trade paperback to come.

Painting your Ground Pounders

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For the game, Ground Pounders, we recommend you use the “Space Battles” figures produced by Dark Dream Studio. The figures are soft plastic and require a little preparation to create a good looking model with a paint job that will last.

So here’s what ya’ do…

First, soak the models in vinegar overnight. That’s right, regular kitchen variety vinegar. The vinegar will help remove excess oils from the plastic, allowing the paint to take a better hold. Next, rinse the models with water and allow to dry completely. Once dry, glue the models together. For the troopers this is fairly easy, just use white school glue on the penny-like washer and allow to dry.

Armidil WalkerFor the vehicles we recommend Formula P3 supper glue (a clear glue that dries invisible and works on metals and plastics). Once thoroughly dry, use a grey, oil based, spray primer (spray-paint). Then let it dry again, so your models will be ready to soak in the kind of modeling pint that’s available at any hobby or craft shop worth it’s salt.

This is the fun/tedious part, by the way. Take your time to allow each color to dry before moving on the next (don’t worry, it won’t take as long as the glue or spray-paint did–by a long margin). Once you’ve given your model all the basic colors you can give it a more textured look through washes and dry brushing.

A wash involves diluting a paint (usually black paint) with water and brushing it over the entire model. The darker paint will seep into the cracks and crevices of the model accenting the detail while the water simply evaporates.

Dry brushing is done by dipping your brush into paint (usually tan in color) and then wiping most of the paint off on a paper towel. You then brush the remaining paint onto the model. The remaining flecks of paint will tend to lay on the raised parts of the model and leave the cracks and crevices alone. This will create a dusty effect and make your models look worn and war weary.

Once the models are completely dry, spray them all with a CLEAR protective coat. Products are sold at hobby and craft shops that go by the names “dull coat” or “gloss coat.” both do the same job, one leaves your models glossy and the other not. This coat of oil based protection keeps sweaty fingers from rubbing off your beautiful paint job in the normal course of play. Your models are still made of soft plastic however, and if bent the paint will flake of. Every so often, you may wish to touch up your paint job depending on how often you play Ground Pounders but don’t fret. When done properly your models will look good for months to years to come.

As to colors; folks, you’re on your own. There are no proscribed color schemes for Ground Pounders Imperial of Federation forces. It is completely up to you how you want your opposing forces to look. The rules simply recommend that each side look different enough to be recognized during play. After that, go crazy!

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A review of The Writer’s Guide to Adventurous Professions

Author Insights with L.J. Bonham

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Author Insights: Your books are often filled with action and adventure, what recommendations do you have for aspiring authors to improve their writing in this area?L. J. Bonham: Accuracy, accuracy, accuracy. Action scenes and books, whether detective noir, tech-thriller, war, science fiction, or fantasy must have a basis in reality, regardless if the author’s world is modern, historical, or pure invention.AI: Could you elaborate?LJB: Every world, no matter how farfetched, has to have rules that govern how things happen. Soldiers, spies, guerrillas, and cops all do things in certain ways and have unique cultures. They are archetypes in their own right. Stories that work well set the character’s actions in a believable framework. “Starship Troopers,” by Robert Heinlein, for example, immerses the reader in a future world that is still familiar in its texture. The Mobile Infantry depicted in the book feel real because they think, talk, and act like soldiers have since organized conflict began.AI: So where does an author learn about military life, espionage, and law enforcement?
LJB: I just ran across a great new book on the subject called, “The Writer’s Guide to Adventurous Professions,” by Clayton Callahan and Lee Roberts.

 

AI: That sounds perfect.LJB: It’s a fantastic resource book. The authors are combat veterans and police officers. Mr. Callahan in particular has worked in Army intelligence. The book is fun and a quick read, but authors will want to keep it handy for reference. If you want your action scenes to have impact, you should get this book.

 

 

Ground Pounders, Now Available

GP actionOur new science fiction miniatures game has just been released! Ground Pounders is a set of simple, fast moving rules that let you simulate the thrill of planatary combat on an alien world. Inspired by the  HO scale figures produced by Dark Dream Studios, this game pits two evenly matched, yet different, foes head to head. Buying the right model won’t ensure you victory in this game; only your tactical skill can do that.

The models can be purchased at the Scailmates Site  http://www.scalemates.com/products/product.php?id=141626, and you can find a review of them at  http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/ShowFeature.aspx?id=54. But the rules are to be found only on our catalog page.

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Orycon, Always a Pleasure

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I had a lot of fun at this year’s Orycon (Seven panels in three days…wow). Portland’s Orycon is probably my favorite science fiction convention each year because it’s a very warm and personal scene. There isn’t a lot of distance between the fans and the pros so it can be very chummy.
Susan I actually got to sit down and have breakfast with one of my favorite authors; Susan R. Matthews (Avalanche Soldier), and while on my first cup of coffee, who cam up but star writer Mike Shepard (the Kris Longknife series). Both, now have a copy of The Writer’s Guide to Adventurous Professions in their personal libraries.Mike Shepard

Orycon, more than most cons, is dedicated to science fiction and fantasy writing. As such, most of the panels I was on served to answer questions would be writers have about the process. My field of expertise as a writer wasn’t sought out however, as much as my experience as a sailor, soldier, cop and agent. Therefore, it wasn’t just the big names interested in Adventurous Professions; and I was happy to share the book with many authors who are just starting out. I hope it helps them craft realistic fiction when they create tales of espionage, crime or military adventure.

The Writer’s Guide to Adventurous Professions has sold so well that Granite Mountain Press has now released it as a print book, available on Amazon for $11.42. I hope you find it as informative for gaming as it is for writing. Incidentally, as of this writing Amazon is offering a discount on the print version. Good luck!

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New Art for a New Game

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Peter Sega is a talented artist who has done some great work for Star Run and other Quick and Easy Games projects. Now he brings his talents to our new science fiction miniatures game; Ground Pounders! This HO scale game of planetary warfare will be available later this month as a PDF download, for only $3.00. As always, it is my intention to give you a quality set of fast moving and exciting rules for as low a price as possible. After all, there are already plenty of thick, heavy game books that are full of over-complicated and contradictory rules (I’m talking to you, Warhammer 40,000), so I figure “Why add to the mess?”

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