Friday, December 9, 2016

Buccaneers and Cavaliers: a supplement in progress for Fisrtful of Lead

I've been tinkering with a supplement for Fistful of Lead: Horse and Musket for a while now. As soon as H&M came out, I got asked if it would work with Pirates. It does, but I wanted a more nuanced game befitting the swashbuckling combat of the era. Thus was born Buccaneers & Cavaliers.
To test it out, we played a 4 player game, the Cardinal's Guard vs the gentlemen of the King's Musketeers.

Each player controlled a "Troop". A Troop is made up of a Leader who has 3 Traits, a Second who has 2 and rest are filled out but Regulars and a new class: Dregs.
 The Musketeers had to get the Dutch ambassador to the Inn of the Crown and Cock. There they would await instructions.
The Cardinal's Guards had to intercept and steal any information.

The game started with Anton, leader of the troop of Musketeers escorting the Ambassador, making straight for the Inn while the White Mask, leader of the other troop moving down the hill to help.
Meanwhile the Cardinals men tried to take the high ground.
A musket armed trooper of the Mask's group quickly dropped one of the Cardinal's men. Sgt. Francois detached his dregs to take care of him.
The hill overlooking the Inn soon became known as "Murder Hill" as flashing blades soon became wet with blood.

Anton carved his way through the fray and delivered the Ambassador to the Inn, only to find his lady love, Claudette, waiting for him. Claudette is a lady-in-waiting to the Queen. She exchanged a package with Ambassador and announced Anton needed to get her back across the river!
For most of the battle, the Cardinal's men had taken a beating, but as Anton and Claudette emerged, things swung back in the favor of the men in red.
Enemies all around, Anton hacked his way to freedom, saving the day.
It was a close game. At one point only on of my Cardinal's men could get to Anton. I attacked but it was a tie, locking up Anton until next round and hopefully gettiing more of our crew in the fight. But

I got greedy. I used my second action to attack again, and this time Anton smashed me to the ground. He was free.
I felt really good about the game and will be be releasing it soon!


AdamC1776 said...

I'm very interested in seeing how this goes. We have been playing a lot of En Garde! and we like the game but I am always interested in alternatives.

Phil said...

Epic! A great looking adventure with splendid minis!

Jim Jackaman said...


Nice figures and terrain too.

Unknown said...

I look forward to seeing it. I love fistful of lead and it is my go to western rule set. I was wondering how to get a mor pulpy/swashbucking close combat system into it...looks like I can wait abit. Next to add magic to use in Dadlands games and steampunk! (tinkering with my own mod)

Unknown said...

I really must learn to proofread :)

BaronVonJ said...

En Garde is a good game. But I think it's a smaller game in scope. My blessing/curse is a large game group. I need rules to play 4-6 player games without bogging down, but still keeping the feel for the genre. This felt pretty good.

Jt said...

when, where and how much?
Hos progress on the post apoc game going?

Jt said...

hows progress

BaronVonJ said...

Wasteland Warriors on hold for the moment. We had some good feedback from the last con. I'm in re-write mode.
Fistful of Lead is a simple game meant for easy play but with a tactics. WW was getting away from that.
So, I'm re wrting to structure the game into a Basic (can play right out of the box (or book), Advanced (adds traits and mutations) and Campaign.
Buccaneers and Cavaliers is essentially done, just want to provide scenarios, too. But I'm in the middle of the Mexican Revolution...

Ray Rousell said...

Cool looking game, I do like the sound of the rules.

Slorm said...
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Slorm said...

Oh man... this is another game that I will buy from you,as soon as you will release it. But where did you get the musketeer miniatures?
I need a bunch of them...

Jaye Wiley said...

Brigade Games: