Thursday, May 31, 2007

I'm playing games faster than I can write about them. I guess that is a good problem!

Nevin and I went to Mervyn's house this time for some face to face gaming. Mervyn had designed a three player Wizard King's scenario. Mervyn's Barbarians and Orcs were on the defense against my Feudal army and Nevin's army of Dwarves.

Our objective was to capture 6 points of Mervyn's cities by the end of turn 6. All the cities on map 5, NW corner, were objectives (worth VPs and produced double gold) in addition to Neya on map 10, NE corner. Khax on map 11, SW corner, wasn't worth any victory points but is was a normal gold producing city. All other cities not mentioned did not produce gold and were not worth any victory points. This made it very tough for the attackers as after we ran out of reinforcements we couldn't rebuild our damaged units due to lack of production cities. Also, once a unit was destroyed it was gone from the force pool and we could not rebuild it.

I started off with 80 points of Feudals and received 10 points of reinforcements on turns 1 and 2 (we forgot to take them on turn 2 so it ended up being turns 1 and 3).

Nevin started with 48 (correction, 60 pts) points I believe but got 20 something points of reinforcement for two turns. I forget what Meryvn started with; I think 100 points of Barbarians and 50 points of Orcs. On turn 4, he got 3 Viking ship blocks. If we would have managed to capture Neya we would have received 50 points of Amazon reinforcements.

The battle started off well enough for Nevin and I. I managed to take Khax early but its 2 points of gold a turn was a mere trickle compared to the double gold Mervyn was getting from map 5 to rebuild his damaged units.

Nevin managed to knock the Orcs down to 3 blocks but they were all holed up in Neya and the Vikings managed to sail in and reinforce them. Due to the entry restrictions Nevin could only hope for parity of forces in the attack if he got that at all. I had the same problem as I didn't have units that could scale mountains and there were two choke points on map 5 that Mervyn could defend real well. Again, because of the entry limits to attack I could not bring enough units in to defeat his forces.

At the end of turn 5 it was obvious we were not going to be victorious so we called the game. Next time the Feudals and Dwarves will have to swap places as their mountain units could bypass the choke points on map 5.

We then played a 3-player game of Wings of War with Nevin's minis again. Mervyn (Sopwith Camel) and I (Eddie Rickenbacker, Spad XIII) vs Nevin (Red Baron, DR-1 and Ernst Udet, Nevin was out for revenge from our last game and sent both of his planes against me. After the first turn Eddie and the Red Baron were trading shots again. But it would be Mervyn credited with the first kill as his Sopwith Camel came to my aid and shot Herr Baron down on his third damage card.

Nevin's remaining plane was peppered by Mervyn and I but continued to fly while filling Meryn's plane full of holes. Nevin finally got his revenge when my plane exploded with a mere 9 damage.

The battle appeared to be even as both the remaining planes had accumulated a lot of damage cards. A final head on pass, a trading of a hail of bullets, and Ernst Udet came out the victor after Meryvn's plane accumulated just enough hits to send his plane down in flames. Our aim must have been off as Nevin's plane had a mere 8 damage in about a dozen+ damage cards.

The minis definitely make the game more enjoyable.


merv said...

Nevin actually started with 60 pts of Shorties.
I'm thinking of adding an extra 10 gp of supply for immediate use to go with each set of reinforcements.

Also, we had Fat Tire and Sierra Nevada Porter.

Nevin said...

I'd like to try Merv's scenario again. I think adding a baggage train (gold) would balance things out.

merv said...

most definitely. in fact, I just got in some new units - including an Amazon Elephant, a Fire Dragon, and an Orc Assassin.

Board Wargamer John said...

Nevin's plane is not Ernst Udets but I forgot who the real pilot was.