We braved the bitter cold to inaugurate the new game of room of fellow Basement General Scott. He provided the game table and the game!
Once more the 6mm might of the French forces were brought to bear on the poor ol' Austrians.
I believe it's a poor general that blames his dice for defeat, but I blame my dice for the defeat. The Austrians just got hammered. First turn my boys marched solidly forward while their brethren on the right flank stood firm. Second turn i rolled a "Withdrawal" while the right advanced.
This set the tone for the game.
It was still fun. And a nice break not to have to host.
The King is dead. No doubt poisoned by his craven brother, Edwin. The kingdom is an uproar. Half of the nobles swear loyalty to Edwin, while the other half claim the deceased king's nephew Archibald is the rightful heir.
They meet at dawn on field of battle.
The rules of choice, as always, is a modified version of Flower of Chivalry. And as always, it was fun nail biter oil the end.
The battle started with a wild charge by Edwin's army. The mounted knights broke ranks and flew ahead of the rest of the army. They were cut down by arrows and mercenary handguns. 3 units down, 9 to go.
The center of Edwin's line crumbled early on, while Archibald's right cracked.
My corner of the battlefield, commanding the Pretender's left flank, was a mess. My men failed to follow a single order until the very end. Meanwhile, my opponent rumbled forth in a single block, looking very trained and professional until the very end.
My rival, Roderick, Baron of Westgate, was one move away. He risked a charge order, hoping Edwin would draw at least a "2" from the Action deck. This would give him one action to move to contact, and one to fight. It wasn't really that risky. Edwin is a Brilliant commander and had mostly 3s and 2s in the deck.
The Reshuffle card came up. This acts as a 2 action card before the deck is reshuffled. I was doomed. My men stoically awaited their fate, almost as if they were made of metal...
But, Roderick was out of Edwin's command range, this meant that he had to make a command roll, or risk getting one less action than the rest of the army. Roderick, being brilliant, needed an 8 or less on a d10.
This meant his troops only got 1 action. Since he had ordered a charge, his men crashed into mine but had no actions left to fight. Right into my spears and pikes.
Our turn. Archibald draws a much needed 3 Action card. That means since I'm already in contact, I roll 3 dice for each unit. Four, count 'em, four of Rod's units destroyed. Victory for Archibald.
Victory points were awarded to our side. An extra was given to Ulric, the noble holding the enemies center. Turns out he had a deal with Archie before the battle to not fight that hard...
Edwin was captured, and met the fate of all traitors.
But, the war was fall from over. Rumor has it, one of Archibald's nobles had married one of the former king's daughters in secret, and now awaits to claim the throne!
Now that the Christmas hangover has passed, I can post our game form last Thursday. I'm always on the lookout for rules for my big, stompy mechs. The idea of 5 story walking robots is dumb. Billions of credits to build, and a guy with a disposable missile launcher can take one out with a shot to the knee. But I love it.
I grew up playing Battletech, but let's face it, it's not great for a multi player games that has to be over in a couple of hours. I've tried Battletech's newest "easy" version "Alpha Strike". It's nice but pretty vanilla. And I miss marking of circles...
I stumbled upon Armor Grid while perusing Wargames Vault. Lots of good reviews and cheap.
A read through and I loved it.
I dug out all my repainted Mechwarrior tanks, CAV mechs, and Drak Horizon infantry.
Movement and combat is pretty straightforward. Fighting requires a target number based on your target's Profile and speed. You'll notice some markers in the pictures. The "!" denote a unit that has Rushed. They have a harder time hitting. The green radar markers denote unuts that have remained stationary.
Here's where I diverged from the rules. One of the complaints of Armor Grid, is that in the rules the shooter gets a bonus for remaining stationary. So games just end up with people standing around. I flipped it and made units standing around are easier to hit. House rule #1.
moving and shooting build up heat ala Battletech, that has to vented at the end of the turn.
After you hit damage is assessed in a way similar to my beloved Crimson Skies, with a roll on a simplified grid. Different weapons do different damage on the grid. When a "lane" is filled and innards of your mech exposed, criticals come in. Here we diverge again.
In the rules you only take out a vehicle on a 9 or 10 roll on a critical. You can end up hitting the same critical spot over and over without blowing it up. We changed to hitting the same critical sot more than once blows the vehicle up. House Rule #2.
The game play was easy to pick up and fast. We played with balance, identical forces except armament. Lasers cut deep. Missiles spread the love. Infantry are tough little buggers that can take a Mech out.
I'll definitely be playing again.
We played the Fistful of Lead November 99¢ Mostly Monthly Scenario Thursday. The scenario involves trappers getting down the river to their waiting boat. Too bad there's a whole lotta Indians in the way! It's basically the opening of the movie "The Revenant".
I had to modify it for seven players, so the table got bigger. To win, the trappers/cowboys Really have to haul ass every turn, or group to together to blast a hole through the closing Indians.
They did neither.
Didn't have any skins, so my noise markers from the Halloween hunt had to do.
Most of the mayhem came from the Joker card. When played, it acts like an Ace, but triggers a roll on the random events chart. Stuff like downpour, or reinforcements. Right off the bat, the Bear was rolled. He mauled one of the trappers first turn.
Through sheer luck, or lack thereof, the bear appeared 3 times. The final time, killing 3 people over the course of 3 turns, including the player who "summoned" him.
The farthest the trappers got was maybe halfway. I had a Brave who killed 3 trappers with a bow, while one of my allies broke 3 bows (rolled out of ammo).
Despite the one sided affair, it was still fun. Thanks to Jon for bringing his Indians.
Across the blasted landscape, the roar of engines echoed. It was time again for the car clans of the No-Go to pick a new champion. Under the statue of ReTread, the tire god, the flag dropped...
The collection (sans bikes) so far.
The Wastelanders pull out ahead of a Agent 13, a Sanctioned Op, who somehow made it into the race.
A late arrival hits the track (games start promptly at 6:30PM, Greg).
Agent 13 temporarily pulls ahead.
Two laps around the track. Shortcuts and skullduggery are encouraged.
Buzzkill Bill Hayes launches a barrage of rockets while airborne. It didn't end well for either.
Psycho Steve Simms made it both laps somewhat unharmed. He was awarded the Wastelands Cup, will get the place of honor when leading raids and bragging rights until the next race.
Once again Axles & Alloys II came through for a great game filled with crashes, near misses and untimely deaths. Everyone was inspired to build their own vehicle (someone say "Gravedigger?"). We'll be running a Mad Max style highway chase soon.
Pecos Pete, star of the Saturday Matinee, was once again on the Western lot of Triple Crown Pictures. (Really just a cover. Pecos Pete is actually an agent for the US Government. His stardom is used to get him into all sorts of locales. Filming "Pecos Pete meets the Jungle Queen" allowed him to nab the Lost Idol of Chipotlepec).
This time Pete was on the lookout for a old Indian map showing the location of a real UFO that crashed 100 years past. His only problem are 5 other Leagues looking for the same thing, for various reasons.
The ensuing battle was written in as a script change and the filming went on, the crew thinking it was all part of the shoot.
Klaus Van Vorderkrank directs the action.
The League of Murdered Men seizes the first Plot Point (talking to the extras).
Pecos Pete and the Giddy Up Gang move in.
The Royal Archeology and Mystical Society grabs Plot Point number 2.
Virginia Dare, leader of Danger, Inc., gets in a gun battle with Sally Sureshot.
The Gray Ghost and his men mill about after talking to the extras.
Pete guns down Virginia's body guard Kaseem after he dares to attack his gal Sally.
The Red Raptor and his Sky Hunters spends waaaay to much time interrogating Egg Shin (plot Point 3). Maybe he was to easy on him?
Pete and the gang grabbed Plot Point # 4, which left everyone running towards the middle to grab the final one, the script girl, Matilda. The Royal Society had the edge and managed to grab the map from her, winning the game.
After not playing for months, we got quite a bit wrong, but still a blast.
Next Episode: In the Valley of the Broken Moon