Friday, October 14, 2011

Drums and Shakos for 9 players...

...or "How to Break a Rules Set".
Here's the dilemma: I have a large group that comes over every Thursday. I have a nice 6 x 8 table. So most of my games need to almost be convention style, and playable under 3 hours, cause some of the guys drive a little ways.
This limits, sometimes, the games we play to mostly large scale skirmish. I really like the the "Song of Blades and Heroes" game mechanics, but they're really made for one on one games.
So, I guess it was inevitable that this game Song of DRums and Shakos wasn't going to work.
We had 9 commands. Four British, defending a fortified farmhouse against 5 French units. The game looked great, and actually played well if we had 6 hours.
I'd like to try the whole thing again with something simple like GASLIGHT.
British defend the Farm
Highlanders hold the right flank
French begin to cross the bridge


Andy said...

I haven't played SDS, but I have the normal SBH. It's pretty darn simple. How much simpler is GASLIGHT?

BaronVonJ said...

GASLIGHT is made for Victorian Sci Fi, but you cab play w/o those elements. Its pretty darn simple.

Patrick W. Rollens said...

Yeah, we've found that the "Song of" game tend to break down when you put 6+ players around the same table. It's best as a 1-on-1 or 2-on-1 format, I think.

BaronVonJ said...

Finding games for 6-8 is tough.

Andrew said...

Have you tried Savage Worlds? The turn sequencing can handle larger groups and, once familiarised, the system runs pretty smooth.

BaronVonJ said...

Read SW several times. Never got interested. Maybe all the die types? Dunno.