Friday, August 18, 2017

Pork the other white meat.

This week it was off to Iceland for a game of BattleTroll .

Howard and Nate decided they were hungry for nice roast pork dinner and having heard Matt's pigs were particularly well fed got in their longship and headed over to pick some up.

Matt was having none of this and sent word for me to join him. Always looking for a chance to hone my fighting skills and knowing my men and I would be well fed afterwords we headed out.

Howard wasted little time upon landing as he moved into combat with Matt.

Nate's band moved in just as I arrived and the fight spread across the village.

I was no match for Nate as he laid me out with a blow to the head. My Huscarle stepped in to finish Nate off and force his band back.

The invaders fled back to their ship with little to show for the raid but their wounds.

Battle Troll is a great game for fighting the skirmishes of the Sagas. Activation is by card with the player getting  all move or hero move and civilian move cards. A single end of turn card is used. movement is 2/3 dice inches. Missile combat is a die roll based on weapon and distance. Melee combat is card based with heroes choosing their card and regular troops drawing randomly. Results are the cross referenced on the combat table.

It had been a while since we had played perhaps a year or more but the mechanics came back quickly.  Nate and Matt hadn't played before and picked it right up. 

Here's Matt's report battle-troll-pig-hunting-in-fjords
Here's the rules at  Wargame Vault

Saturday, August 12, 2017

The Exchange.

Hobby Town in Nanuet has closed. I'll miss the group of people who worked there as they were all very nice. Although they didn't carry much in the way of wargaming I don't think it would be possible for many stores to, they did have paints, tools and items for scenery. I did purchase most of my Osprey books from them as a way of compensating for the table time I used to play games. The team there stayed after hours several nights a week for people to come in and game. Avid gamers themselves this worked well for all involved. The other local store, ToyWiz, has gaming space but only stays open late one night a month. I'd like to have more options.

This brings us to last Thursday's game. We played at my house while my wife went to a friends to sew. I suggested a game of Mad Dogs with Guns since the dinner table was available and my set up is a mere 30" x 40" .  I set up the table, sorted the cards and then told Howard I didn't have a scenario. As usual he jumped in and quickly came up with something.

Howard would be game master and the Cops, Nate and I would be the gang members. The main event was to be an exchange between the two gangs of a bag of money for a bag of documents.

The Exchange

The game starts off with the cops sending the secretary out to get them lunch. The rival gangs pull into town and head towards the Tobacconists where the exchange was to take place.

Everyone is a little leary of the others but things seem to go smoothly as the men go from their cars to the shop.

Nate's accountant waits in the backroom as my boys walk in. We exchange bags and my guy leaves the shop quickly. All seems well until Nate notices I left my main guy behind and he's slipped into the back room.

Nate's accountant runs out the back door with the bag and bullets start flying every where else. Most of my men miss their mark but Nate's boys put three of my guys down. Lucky for me the coppers show up.

Seeing my bagman getting away with the cash Nate's man rushed over and pushed him into one of my cars and had his punk rough up and replace my driver. The cops busted into the shop and arrested the only gangster there who was still standing, Nate's man. Good thing I had paid off the only reliable witness before hand so all this mayhem will fall on him. 

The rest of mine and Nate's men slipped off while the Police patted each other on the back for a job well done.

Another great game of MDwG. The town needs to get expanded to have at least one more street pulse a few key building types. I see myself getting a restaurant, bank, grocery, clothing store and a few brownstones. 2018s project starting to fall in place :-)

Here's the new Facebook page for the game. MadDogsWithGuns

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Bennigton History failed to repeat

A few photos from last weeks game of AWI using the 18th century version of A Gentleman's War.

Check out Matt's more detailed report here

Friday, July 21, 2017

CoC things go smoother.

It was a hot night at Hobby Town and family commitments left it to Nate and I to keep the gaming going. We decided to play a game of Chain of Command. Nate picked the last scenario from the 29 Let's Go book. Me as the Americans had to capture the farmhouse or break the Germans. This scenario seemed to favor the Americans a bit or at least not have it so difficult for them as some of the earlier scenarios.

We laid out our patrol markers and pretty much all the jump off points reached the center of the table. I was able to deploy my 50cal and two squads right off  but one was with out it's Jr leader. Nate put on a squad and his HMG. My next rolls didn't help me with more troops and I put down my Platoon Sgt with hops of getting the attack going.

Things moved a little slow as I wasn't able to get two of my junior leaders on table. I was able to break one squad of Germans and fend off an assault by another.

My tanks came up in support and was able to knock out Nate's pak 38 before being stopped by the panzer schreck. I ended up bring on my other senior leader and was then able to apply more pressure to the Germans.

We stopped the game after about 2.5 hours of playing. Another round or two would have seen me play a CoC die to force a Morale check and perhaps break Nate's force.

I think the game went well. Very little looking up things in the rule book. Placement of leaders is important and remembering command ranges helps in maximizing their value. I'm still somewhat on the fence with how much I like the rules after six games. They do give a good result, reward correct tactics and all that but it seems that games take about 3 hours to play out to a firm conclusion. I guess I looking for a game that can be played out in the 1,1/2-2 hour range for nights at Hobby Town when 2,1/2 hours is what you have all together with set up and breakdown.

Check out Nate's report at addicted to lead

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Way Out!

We met this week to finish out our game on Matt's excellent table. Last week left us with Howard attempting to escape from Balin's Tomb and not lose any more men and my Dwarfs preparing for an assault from a Cave Troll and more Goblins.

We send in the Gollem to do battle with the Troll and Goblins. He makes quick work of the Goblins but the Troll proves a powerful adversary. After several rounds of combat the Troll is put down.

Meanwhile Howard's troop comes across a strange creature who advises them on the direction of the exit. Un-trusting fellows they head off in the opposite direction. Good idea as I was to later discover.
Seeing a build up of Goblins at the far end of the corridor my Prince seeks a hidden passage out. He finds a likely spot and with the help of the Gollem but through into the caverns. The Dwarfs split up again and send the Stone Gollem to fight off the Goblins.

We encounter Howard's troop in the hallway and let them pass. Thinking they had missed the easy way out of the Mines we head off in the direction they had come with all of my band back together.

We meet the creature who gives us directions which we foolishly follow.

Howard's troop continues on and stumbles into a room loaded with treasure and Goblins. He gathers what he can and fights his way out of the mines.

His King and a companion are all that are left as the cross out of the deadly mines.
I had been sent off on a circular path by the creature but in the end found a door out and exited the mines the way we had entered. None to soon as more Goblins and another Cave Troll awaited us.

Lot's of fun and just spectacular terrain. More photos here

Friday, June 30, 2017

Pretenders enter Moria.

Another game night at Matt's. This time our host decided to umpire the game. I should remember some more of the details of the scenario, like my characters name but I was anxious to get gaming in the fantastic terrain that had been laid out before us.

The scenario had to Dwarven Kings who wished to become the High King venture into Moria with he who returns with the most treasure given the crown. The two groups enter the Mines while the Goblins await.

My King enters Balin's Tomb.

Howard's King is attacked by Goblins in the Armoury while mine falls into a trap and is attacked. A Cave troll moves down the corridors to feast on dwarven meat.

My Prince moves into another chamber and are surprised by a another group of Goblins.

The other King forms a line inside the tomb to fend off the attacking Goblins and the assault the Cave Troll. In the other room my Prince's group prepares to defend against another Cave Troll and Goblins.

We called the game because of time but decided that we would like to continue next week so Matt graciously said he would leave things set up and we will play again. The game was loads of fun. I hadn't played the rules in quite a few years and then only once or twice but really liked them. Dragon Rampant were the rules I was thinking of using for LOTR battles but I may have to rethink that. 

Here's the link to Matt's blog with more pictures of his great terrain.