Been really busy at work lately, and was kinda too exhausted to put on a full tabletop game. So, I dug out an oldie but goodie, "Samurai Swords".
Originally released as "Shogun", I picked this up in 1986 and its still a great game. So good, I guess they are re-releasing as "Ikusa", but without the swords to pick order of play. That's one of the coolest parts!
There were 6 players last night, and only 5 spots, so I watched until it was time for the Boy to go to bed. Then I got stuck with his decimated army. The players finally caught on that this is a head hunting game. Take out the enemy Daimyos, and win the game. Armed with this info, the next game aught to be interesting.
On another note, I may not be running a game at RECRUITS this time. Just too much to do and too little time. Instead, I''ll probably assist Lead Addict with running his Fistful of Lead: Wasteland Warriors games.
This and Axis and Allies, is were I lost my wargaming viginity, great game!!!!
Samurai Swords, Very cool concept and reviews
The work is very versatile, with so many concentrations intermingling
I still have the 'Shogun' box set at home here, and I haven't played it in - oh I don't know how long. The game rocked, for mine. My favorite trick was to bid for the #5 sword in one move (usually a gimme) then bid big for the #1 sword next turn, effectively giving me two turns in a row.
No good unless you have in mind a really cunning plan, of course.
One of the intriguing things about the box art were the depictions of Japanese battles. When Zvezda came out with their great Samurai etc figures I was so tempted to get heaps of these dudes for just such a campaign.
So far I've resisted that temptation...
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