Monday, March 27, 2017

Buccaneers and Cavaliers play test2

With just a few of the Basement Generals able to make it Thursday, I thought it would be a great chance to play test Buccaneers and Cavaliers, a supplement I'm working on for Fistful of Lead: Horse & Musket. B&C adds a little to flavor to rules to give them a more swashbuckley feel, but you can easily add them to your French and Indian fights if you want.
I had the boys make up a Troop, led by a Captain, rolling for traits instead of picking just to speed things up.
The Captain of the Loyal Musketeers had to get the Abbot to a secret meeting place before the Cardinals Guard could intercept them. With only a few ranged weapons on the board, this would be a brawl.

With the majority of the musketeers as a screen, Gaston takes the Abbot on a flanking move.

 The White mask spots a few Dregs hiding in the woods.
One hill in particular (just like last game) became a meat grinder. The rules work very well showing the back and forth of swordplay. Not as bloody as Fistful of Lead.
It came down to a mad dash to the Inn. I had reserved my "Streetfighter" musketeer for this very reason. With this trait he doesn't get the penalty for being out numbered. However, it wasn't enough and he was eventually overwhelmed and the Abbot captured by the Cardinal's Guard.
Overall, a great game. Got some good feedback on tweaking some rules and traits, especially the Dregs rule.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Dragon Rampant: Chaos Invasion!

With quite a few Lion Rampant games under my belt, I've been itching to try it's fanatical cousin Dragon Rampant. A great excuse to paint up all my retro-lead!
The Northern Provinces are inhabited by the fearsome Norsca Raiders. They are a hearty, independent folk, mistrustful of outsiders, but fairly to open raiding them. Thus the name.
One of the few outsiders allowed in their kingdom is the Elementalist Wizard Galadar. They leave him alone to his experiments and he protects them from invaders from the Chaos Wastes farther north.
Enter Borak the Despoiler and his horde of Chaos beasts and Orcish allies.

We had 6 players and the scenario was for the forces of Chaos to get as many units off the opposite table edge to raid and pillage. The Norse had to stop them.
It was quite a tussle. Most of the Orcish forces were stopped cold by a lowly unit of 6 bidders (light archers). They peppered the Ogres and Hill Giant so bad they lost Courage and left. The Orcs themselves were run off by the Berserkers, who themselves ran off after smashing the green skins.

It's a good thing too, for Galadar spent most of the game trying to summon his elemental helpers. He did, however, help the Norse by casting Befuddlement on the enemy, making them automatically become battered. This made them especially vulnerable to attack.
Borak was able to get a little over a third of his trouble south to tear up the countryside, but lost enough troops to give the Norse a narrow victory.
Great game. I'll be painting up more fantasy troops!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Golden Age Supers: Showdown in the Arctic, or.... "Hachiman Got His Groove Back".
Just moments after Section 13 cracked an encrypted transmission from Berlin to Tokyo, the Liberty Legion was dispatched via super secret submarine to the Arctic. The encrypted transmission mentioned a possible ancient artifact capable of changing the outcome of the war. The artifact was found frozen in a giant iceberg.

We made this a 3-way smack down. The Axis being the bad guys, turned on each other in hopes of controlling the super weapon for themselves. Each player controlled 2 miniatures apiece.
People who follow my Golden Age Supers games will know Hachiman (named after the Japanese god of war) has got a bad rap over the years along with most of his team. He usually gets knocked out early. Not so this time.

The game opened with Hachiman performing a "Super Leap" onto the top of the iceberg to intercept the lightning fast Blitzkreig. With a Leroy Jenkins-like "HACHIMAN!!!!" scream, he dispatched Blitz with one blow.
Teh next turn he delivered a mortal blow to Liberty Belle, and the next turn he finished off Major Victory.
It looked like the forces of the Rising Sun were going to win this one.

But, several things happened at once. Tengu, the crow man of the Japanese team spent a good 4 turns trying to dispatch Agent Axis with his magic spear (que Freudian jokes). All this distracted from the fight in the inner chamber of the iceberg where all the big hitter (Kreihunde, Oni and Klank) were fighting.
First Hachiman, then Oni fell to the hammer blows of Kreighunde. With game night closing, we called it. The Americans were knocked out and the Japanese only had one left.
A great game with lots of fun moments.

Friday, March 3, 2017

A Night of Knights

I am fortunate enough to know Thomas Foss of Skull and Crown fame. This has giving me the chance to playlets some of his games before the hit the streets. I also get lots of free toys. He has been tinkering with a Jousting game called Breaking Lances, and last night our group gave it a whirl.
Thomas's site has more of a in depth play through, but in a nutshell, each player controls a knight hurtling down the lists at each other. Each move along the list (using the fence posts as a guide for movement) you secretly plot how fast, where you're aiming your lance, and what you're defending on your own body.
You then reveal and are awarded dice for aiming where your opponent didn't defend, or vice versa.
Yes, it's kinda rock, paper, scissors, but there is some strategy to it.
Finally, you cross lances and use all those die you've collected to decide what happens and score point over 3 runs.
We had 5 players and did a small tournament where each player jousted each other once. We then decided the winner by the most wins.
It was quite a bit of fun. Everyone picked it up quickly and this a great convention game. I played the mysterious Black Knight. He was terrible. Didn't come in last, but he got beat up bad.
The winner was Sir Scovil of Pepperton.

We then moved the action to the Melee. It's a game of my own design using some mechanisms from a gladiator game. We each had a group of 3 knights in the fight, Each knight has 4 "skills" that also count as hit points. As you take hits, you have to decide which skills to loose as your knight gets battered. Do I drop the shield and give up defense in order to keep my ability to strike first, or lose an attack die? Decisions, decisions....
Sir Scovil once again walloped everyone to claim Champion of the Joust. Huzzah!