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Saturday 18th February: Conan   Leave a comment

First Scenario

Phil played as the overlord and Mike, Alex and DARRYL played as the Heroes.  The first scenario was the Ambush of Belit’s ship by Zaparovo and the Stygian wizard.  The heroes soon cleared the deck of the first wave through a combination of Conan’s sword and the Thief’s Crossbow quickly acquired from the first chest.  However Belit’s guards fell foul of the Archers.  Soon just one guard remained!

The pirates brought on a few reinforcements and spurred on by Zaparovo they leapt aboard.  Again Conan intervened and cut them down but was wounded in the process.  Meanwhile the Thief used his Crossbow on the Wizard nearly killing him!  So he summoned the Outer Dark Demon who pounced on Belit and her guard.  Belit used an orb of power to wound the fiend, but he pounced again.  This time Belit ran it through.  Finally Zaparovo attacked the wounded Belit and would have finished her off had not her last loyal bodyguard intervened and blocked the blow.  Zaparovo was then killed by a nasty Crossbow Bolt in the back and the Heroes were victorious.

Second Scenario

Next the heroes entered the dark foreboding jungle ruin in pursuit of the wizard.  The first time they lost quickly and felt the scenario was impossible.  On the second attempt Belit distracted the Demon whilst the Thief flushed the Wizard out of his Tower and into Conan’s cunning trap.  Before he realised Conan climbed the rubble onto the ramparts and despatched the Stygian outright!

Third Game

Next a quick round of the Lord of the Rings dice game showed Alex winning in ultra-quick time whilst Phil and the rest floundered way behind.

 

Posted February 19, 2017 by wargamesdiary in Boardgames

Saturday 11th February: Blackbeard   Leave a comment

Bruce hosted Blackbeard against Phil, Mike, Alex and Darryl.  Mike’s Francois L’Ollonais took an early big lead retiring successfully from his exploits off the coast of India.  Then the rest of the players stymied each other’s futile attempts to close the gap.  Bruce caught lots of cheap wet fish in the cold waters off America and Phil sat the game out in Port in the Caribbean hiding from the storms.

Well done Mike

Posted February 15, 2017 by wargamesdiary in Boardgames

Saturday 4th of February: Star Wars Rebellion.   Leave a comment

Darryl and Alex played the Rebels against Phil and Mike.  Interesting game.  The Rebels were quite successful in creating anarchy and disrupting the supply lines of the Empire.  A notable success being the Rebellion and overthrow in the only Imperial Star Destroyer building system which hampered them for most of the game.  Then when they did build any they were destroyed by missions whilst on the build crew!   Princess Leia proved a great thorn in the side with C3PO aiding her Diplomacy missions especially, but she also did well with insurrections and other mayhem.

Notice how for a long time all the Character Action and subsequent military action revolved around one system.

The Imperials for their part concentrated initially on missions to capture Rebels or build projects.  Thus they held prisoner one general almost all game despite many rescue attempts and they built two Super Star Destroyers in time for the final showdown.  So the Imperials were relatively militaristically weak compared to our other games in terms of Stormtroopers and systems held.  However they did have a fairly strong fleet of super star destroyers on the way to allow them to strike back later.

Using the information from the Prisoner the Imperials were able to destroy the Rebels Secret Death Star Plans and they were reasonably quickly able to identify the Rebel Base using a Long Range Probe.  This forced the Rebels to relocate of course and by then the Imperials had a reasonable idea of where that would be.  So they began moving the death star and the super star destroyers to the new base straight away.  The Imperials then caught the Rebel Fleet in a Trap using a single troop transport as a decoy and then trapping them with the No retreat action card.

With time running out for the evening the final assault could not happen but with no fleet to stop the Imperials and the Death Star on its way armed with a superlaser ready as well it looked very bad for the Rebels indeed.  So a Victory was awarded to the Imperials.  This was mainly due to the successful interrogation of the prisoner and the long range probe plus the invincible Super Star Destroyers arriving to smash the very powerful Rebel Fleet.

Posted February 8, 2017 by wargamesdiary in Boardgames

Saturday 28th January: Mansions of Madness   Leave a comment

Mike brought over his latest expansion for Mansions.  It involves a Murder Mystery Dinner Investigation with a Cthulhu twist of course.  Phil, Bruce, Alex and Darryl also took part.  Needless to say the scary mansion made everyone soon low on Sanity.  Mike, Darryl and Bruce lost theirs before the end.

 

Fortunately the Investigators were able to follow the clues and defeat the Evil menace before the end.  Unfortunately for Bruce and Darryl they did not meet their New Insane Victory Conditions but overall this was a Cthulhu type Victory for the Investigators.  Well done!

Posted February 8, 2017 by wargamesdiary in Uncategorized

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