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Title: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 06 January 2021, 02:15:30 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - BKCII with BKCIV add-ons
2) What armies were confronted? - AVBCW BUF vs 5th People's Flying Column
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, but somewhat ring rusty
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing them since they were published.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - For a simple and quick game, with small forces, it provided a nice start to the New Year.
7) What could have been improved? - Both sides had their fair share of good and bad die rolls, but the BUF suffered more and this probably cost them the game.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 06 January 2021, 02:16:22 PM
None yet.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Glorfindel on 06 January 2021, 02:21:40 PM
I like the idea but we might have to revisit the question in a month or two !



Phil


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Leman on 06 January 2021, 02:48:51 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Square Bashing -Walter Schnaffs variant
2) What armies were confronted? - Imperial French v Prussian
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing them since they were published.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - For a simple and quick game, with small forces, it provided a nice start to the New Year.
7) What could have been improved? - The French had a terrible start losing over half their units to the reserve and then failing to get them back on quickly enough to prevent outflanking and failing to hold on to a single objective.

This was a great way back in for me as the rules, once mastered, are very easy  to remember. Great to see the Pendraken FPs in action again.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 10 January 2021, 02:37:31 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - General Quarters I/II
2) What armies navies were confronted? - Japanese v Allied
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, just checked and it looks like I've been playing them for about 8 years :o Not long really as they were published in 1975/77 :o :o
5) How many players were in the game? - Three
6) What went well? - The scenario was surprisingly playable with opportunities for both sides
7) What could have been improved? - Approximately 80 torpedoes launched, one or more hits would have seemed reasonable ~X(

A good way to start the wargaming year :) :) :)

As part of my plan to make 'better' use of the forces I have and inspired by some of the narrative campaigns I've seen on the forum I'm developing a mini-campaign based on the historic actions of the New Georgia campaign (July-August 1943 in the central Solomon Islands).

This was a refight of the battle of Kolombangara (12-13 July 1943) which pitted a Japanese light cruiser and five destroyers against two large American and one Australian light cruisers and ten American destroyers

The scenario was balanced somewhat by the Japanese being skilled night fighters while the hastily thrown together Allied force was Green

The Japanese let the American destroyers get too close so that even their 5" guns could penetrate the light cruisers armour and together they sank the Jintsu. The five Japanese destroyers having launched their torpedoes made smoke and withdrew towards an approaching rain squall, preparing to reload their torpedoes.

The two leading American destroyers had broken off while the remaining three of the lead destroyer division closed on the Jintsu. The Allied light cruisers continued to try and close the range while providing some limited gun fire support. The second American destroyer division was still trying to close, not yet having the chance to engage.

At this point the Allies decided that they had blocked this Tokyo express and didn't press their pursuit into the rain squall

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50818648703_eefff1c46c_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kqERLk)

The 3 or 4 American destroyers had launched all their torpedoes at the Jinstu (Green forces must concentrate on the closest ship) and misjudged her course expecting her rudder damage to limit her maneuverability more than it did. Their embarrassment at missing completely  :-[ was reduced by their effective gun fire :)

All six Japanese ships managed to correctly judge the courses of four destroyers and the leading American light cruiser :)
Unfortunately my dice rolling was appalling, all ships rolled 5 or 6 on a D6 when low is good :-[ ~X(

If I had got the expected number of hits I would probably have sunk 2-3 destroyers and crippled 1-2 and also sunk the lead American light cruiser giving the Japanese a significant win rather than a loss

Overall a very playable scenario despite its one sided appearance. I need to finish the remaining scenarios and work up the links between the games :!!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 10 January 2021, 10:23:38 AM
What an excellent looking game


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 10 January 2021, 11:15:07 AM
As Will says, that is a nice looking naval game 8).


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 13 January 2021, 12:43:37 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Warlord Games Pike & Shotte
2) What armies were confronted? - Blue vs Red but based upon the League of Augsburg stats by Barry Hilton on the rulebook.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Pretty much.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - For a trial game to get a hang on the rules, it worked perfectly well. As the mechanics a broadly the same as BPII, the game flowed nicely and I mainly used the excellent QRS sheet.
7) What could have been improved? - Not a lot really, as I kept everything fairly vanilla so I could focus on the core rules and the game itself. Details to be added as I go along.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 13 January 2021, 01:00:07 PM
HC, P&S and BP (both editions) are very similar, but with subtle differences. Means you need to read very carefully to play the right mechanism.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 13 January 2021, 02:35:39 PM
Tried HC but just couldn't get on with it :(


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Chris Pringle on 14 January 2021, 02:34:52 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Bloody Big BATTLES! (BBB).
https://groups.io/g/bloodybigbattles
2) What armies were confronted? - Hungarians and Viennese revolutionaries vs imperial Austrians and their Croat vassals - Battle of Schwechat (1848).
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Fits like a glove.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Nope - staple diet for about a decade now.
5) How many players were in the game? - Four, plus two observers, all remotely
6) What went well? - The remote format worked even with 4 players. The scenario generated an exciting game. White battlefield helped players see what was going on.
7) What could have been improved? I should probably invest in a good webcam that I can move around the battlefield easily.

This was battle #2 in this year's project to refight the whole of the Hungarian War of Independence as a sequential campaign of the 15 or 16 biggest battles.
AAR here:
http://bloodybigbattles.blogspot.com/2021/01/ah-vienna-schwechat-1848.html



Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 15 January 2021, 01:44:07 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? -Ten More Sons!
2) What armies were confronted? - Chinese and Burmese
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, no worries
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing them since they were published.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Flank march right where it was needed; Burmese elephants caught the Mongol allies too. Most Chinese shooting was far below average.
7) What could have been improved? - Fukienese tribemen overwhelmed my Siamese elephants, and a small party of Korean cavalry menaced my camp enough to ensure our morale broke in the same round as the Ming's.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 15 January 2021, 09:11:20 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Blood Sweat and Tears
2) What armies were confronted? - Wehrmacht vs British (fahsounds of 'em)(2 Platoons)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - I wrote it! But it was a play test with Sunjester to check the mechanisms
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - 4th game in this version (2 solo to test, the today 1 teaching game then 2 platoons attacking a German platoon)
5) How many players were in the game? - Me and Sunjester (Brits)
6) What went well? - It seems to work! It's got a number of unusual concepts. Firing is resolved only when the target activates, movement is by area, which are variable sized depending on difficulty. Ranges are dependent on the areas rather than cm or inches. As such there were a number of bugs to be sorted out about what counted as a valid move, or range band.
Some concepts were refined and/or improved, such as what happens if the defender loses close assault, and I need to rewrite some lines just to clarify what is meant.

A good choice I made was not to use tiddlywinks to track fire points, instead the tiny 7mm dice I use for Blucher Elan - I had 1 base that had 26 Fire Points placed on it! You've heard of bucket full of dice games? This is a bathtub full - when that base activated I had to roll 26 dice for fire effect!

BUT what went particularly well was that it did what it was supposed to do. It emphasises the importance of 'Leaders' (Lts and Sgts) being close to their men, especially as the only way you can close assault is ordered to do by a Leader. And close assaults are important, because its quite hard to get rid of enemy bases off the table by just shooting- you are more likely to pin or supress them.  To get them out of where they are you need to get 'up close and personal'.

7) What could have been improved? 25% How concepts are explained sometimes - hence the 'playtest' tag. But Mostly the fact that Sunjester's dice aren't lucky, they are bloody sentient (and apparently mine are in the wrong way)!

When you are calculating the fire points you want high rolls. When you apply the effect of those firepoints to your troops you want low (You roll when to calculate the amount placed when you shoot, but when they are eventually resolved the target player rolls).

So when SJ is rolling to fire - High. When he rolls to resolve the hits I have placed, low.
Me the opposite. 11 d6, 6 to hit. 6 HITS.
His dice are lucky THEY RUDDY KNOW.


Pics
Ground Scale is 1:200 - so fits 6 & 10mm - WYSIWYG. 1 base is 2-3 men

(My eldest still has my figures so counters are subbing)

Initial Layout The white bits are German sections - 1 MG with 1 rifle
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50838904922_0eb3f78256_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kssFeu)20210115_123701 (https://flic.kr/p/2kssFeu) by Last Hussar (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lasthussar/), on Flickr

British attack from the left
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50838905022_df0fbb5f23_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2kssFgd)20210115_145340 (https://flic.kr/p/2kssFgd) by Last Hussar (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lasthussar/), on Flickr
The partial bit of hedge top left denotes an area border- although that is one big pasture, for movement it counts as 2 areas.

Denoument (from other end of table)
(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50838093893_c2ce8ed274_c.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2ksow9e)20210115_170822 (https://flic.kr/p/2ksow9e) by Last Hussar (https://www.flickr.com/photos/lasthussar/), on Flickr

Unit in the middle wood with the green dots (dice) and the one near the top with the numbers on (Kill markers) are German, as is the one on the left edge. Right Middle number is the ONLY kill on the British (1 base = 3 kills). Kills on Germans were 11. This is more representative of the sheer weight of fire Sj was able to bring to bear (like I said, 26 FPs at one point, that represents 2 to 3 sections worth)





Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 16 January 2021, 02:11:15 AM
Good to hear they seem to work, there should to be some interesting concepts :-bd


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: sunjester on 16 January 2021, 09:32:39 AM
There were great fun to play, thanks for that LH.

I liked the way that the rules rewarded attempting to use real British small unit tactics (at least "real" as far as their training manuals went). Pin to the front with firepower, drop a bit of smoke to mask the German mgs, then close assault, ideally from the flank - worked like a dream!  ;D


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 16 January 2021, 11:28:47 AM
Two bags of smoke was the normal cry. For a section attack it was almost always left flanking - no idea why. Corse for USMC it's Hay Didle Didle - straight up the middle.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 16 January 2021, 12:25:11 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Honours of War
2) What armies were confronted? - Red vs Blue for SYW, using Austrian stats.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, even though I have played the rules for probably as year or more.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing since they were in development.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - The scenario from One Hour Wargames worked a treat and a full AAR will follow. The Blue Jaegers played a blinder and really turned the tide in favour of the Blue team.
7) What could have been improved? - Both sides had their fair share of good and bad die rolls, but the Red team random deployment didn't help them, but that's the fun part of the scenario.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 16 January 2021, 06:48:50 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - DBMM 2.0
2) What armies were confronted? - Romans (Early Imperial) v Leidang
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Mainly, some of the difference with DBA caused some confusion
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I'm not going to work out how long I've been playing them
5) How many players were in the game? - Four
6) What went well? - The Leidang and German ally's MG corps (Bows and Crossbows) :-[
7) What could have been improved? - Pierre the Shy's dice rolls, on the odd occasions he managed to roll a 3 or 4 he opponent rolled a 6 ;)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: pierre the shy on 16 January 2021, 07:19:58 PM
Even the Romans suffered the odd defeat or two....hmmmm sounds like my dice throws yesterday ;)

We should move on to trying To the Strongest.....no "if its you turn and the wind blows from the west add 1" palavar in those rules.....and NO dice roles  ;D  :-bd 



Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 23 January 2021, 12:00:22 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? Victorian SF variant for Sellswords and spellslingers
2) What armies... &**% off
3) What, look did you feel comf... GO AWAY
4) Was.. SHUT UP AND EFF OFF
5) NO REALLY JUST SHUT THE F UP
6)  :'( :'( :'(


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 23 January 2021, 01:39:57 AM
So it went well then :d :d :d


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021?
Post by: FierceKitty on 23 January 2021, 03:26:49 AM
 ;D ;D ;D ;D
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? Victorian SF variant for Sellswords and spellslingers
2) What armies... &**% off
3) What, look did you feel comf... GO AWAY
4) Was.. SHUT UP AND EFF OFF
5) NO REALLY JUST SHUT THE F UP
6)  :'( :'( :'(


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021?
Post by: FierceKitty on 23 January 2021, 03:33:39 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - White Man's Burden
2) What armies were confronted? - Zulu and British
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, easy one.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Nope.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two.
6) What went well? - A lucky shot that took out the enemy commander, and won me that flank; no really bad melee results. A wide move by the 17th Lancers knocked out two regiments for no loss to itself. Zulu movement rolls were very weak when it counted.
7) What could have been improved? - I ran out of ammunition rather a lot, but never in a crisis (the whole battle against Zulus is usually a crisis!).

I had no idea that 22/1 was the anniversary of one of our victories over the Brits!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Felix Magnus on 23 January 2021, 05:14:18 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? -Warnaster
2) What armies were confronted? - Dwarves vs Burgundian based Dogs of War
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, no worries
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing them since they were published.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Dwarves stomped the pikes but the Paymaster was awesome in the break checks.
7) What could have been improved? - since it was the 1st time out of the chute for the Burgundian DoW troops, the player was, perhaps, a little too cautious. Learned, I expect will be better next time.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 23 January 2021, 07:29:45 AM
Welcome on board Felix as it looks like this is your first post :).


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Raider4 on 23 January 2021, 07:45:13 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? -Warnaster

Aye, welcome. And good to see Warmaster still being played.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 23 January 2021, 08:02:43 AM
Hi Felix


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Techno II on 23 January 2021, 08:07:02 AM
Welcome from me, too.  :)

Cheers - Phil.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 23 January 2021, 09:23:40 AM
Hello and welcome Felix


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Orcs on 23 January 2021, 09:59:22 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? Victorian SF variant for Sellswords and spellslingers
2) What armies... &**% off
3) What, look did you feel comf... GO AWAY
4) Was.. SHUT UP AND EFF OFF
5) NO REALLY JUST SHUT THE F UP
6)  :'( :'( :'(

Sunjesters dice again?


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 23 January 2021, 10:00:39 AM
Sunjesters dice again?

Do they?


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: sunjester on 24 January 2021, 09:48:56 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? Victorian SF variant for Sellswords and spellslingers
2) What armies... &**% off
3) What, look did you feel comf... GO AWAY
4) Was.. SHUT UP AND EFF OFF
5) NO REALLY JUST SHUT THE F UP
6)  :'( :'( :'(

I will post a battle report on the blog, after the memorial services have taken place!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Westmarcher on 29 January 2021, 12:17:51 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Honours of War (SYW)
2) What armies were confronted? - Austria vs Prussia. It was a scenario taken from the Honours of War forum which the author (Keith Flint) had found in the Vintage Wargaming blog and which he played when the rules were being developed some 8 years ago.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, very much so compared to the Black Powder game the week before.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, although not for a long time.
5) How many players were in the game? - Me and the Schizo (solo)
6) What went well? - For the outnumbered Austrians, it was winning the race to the river that separated both armies and thus being able to command this.
7) What could have been improved? - The Prussian plan was similar - get to the river and cross it before the Austrians could command this. But they failed and were hammered as they tried to cross. Perhaps it was unlucky dice or simply poor tactics in the execution of the Prussian plan but, if playing it again, I would probably try to get their artillery forward much sooner before attempting the crossing in the face of the enemy. The rules themselves are really slick and I find them much better than Black Powder.

(http://20210119_215353.jpeg)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 29 January 2021, 12:44:52 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - White Man's Burden again
2) What armies were confronted? - Zulu and British
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, easy one.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Nope.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two.
6) What went well? - Two disordered and much-depleted units fought off a bayonette attack by the redcoats.
7) What could have been improved? - Crummy movement rolls, and my Zulus decided thay'd had enough at the same time that the Brits did.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: mmcv on 03 February 2021, 11:49:07 PM

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Twilight of Divine Right
2) What armies were confronted? - Parliamentarian and Royalist
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Not at first but moreso by end
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes
5) How many players were in the game? - One
6) What went well? - My choice of using red dice clearly favoured the Royalists as it is their colour and the rolls came up well for them. Even the usually feisty cavalry managed to mostly stay in control.
7) What could have been improved? The Parliament forces had a few bum rolls and their morale wasn't up to much.

Interesting ruleset and one I wish to explore further. This was a small test game using some unpainted 2mm I have for the period.

Full details here: http://mmcvhistory.home.blog/2021/02/03/twilight-of-divine-right-test-game/


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: kustenjaeger on 04 February 2021, 08:30:29 PM
Greetings

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Chain of Command
2) What armies were confronted? - US vs Italian, Sicily 1943 (and the previous game British Para vs German, Arnhem 1944)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Not at first.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No (it’s been 6 years or so since I played))
5) How many players were in the game? - Four
6) What went well? - very entertaining - Pzkw IV interrupted US turn and blew up a Sherman spectacularly
7) What could have been improved? Our (US) tactics.

Edward


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Big Insect on 05 February 2021, 11:11:14 PM
Greetings all - my 1st game of 2021 & my 1st game with another real-life opponent since March 2020

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - L'art De La Guerre

2) What armies were confronted? - 200pts aside Palmyran v Greco-Bactrians

3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, very much so - I am a big fan of LADG and despite almost a year of not playing it, it came back like 2nd nature

4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? No, I've been playing with this set for many years, since it was 1st translated to English, in both 28mm and 15mm & now on-line. I have played in 300pts doubles matches, and also the fast-play 120pt version (which I really like) as well as the standard 200pt game.

5) How many players were in the game? - Me (Palmyran + Armenian ally) v Andy Unwin (Greco-Bactrians)

6) What went well? - this was the first time I'd played an online table-top game using the TTS platform (& Steam & Discord - for VOIP) and it took me a couple of evenings to get the technology set up (my security software really did not like the TTS download to start with) - but with Andy's able assistance that got resolved and we spent c.30 minutes going through the gaming table - how you picked up and moved units, laid out terrain, generated dice rolls and casualty counters etc. etc. I had to go back to school on how to use a mouse (LoL) but it was a huge help. So it was a great game despite me loosing 21 to 13. Some of the mechanisms for laying down and moving pieces to exactly where you wanted them was a bit tricky, for a cack-handed old geezer like me but I think with (a lot) more practice I'll get there.

7) What could have been improved? - the rules work fine - although I think there is a new v2 due out shortly picking up on some of the more obvious errata and adding and tweaking some of the army lists - which will be good. The TTS set up is good (once you've learnt how to turn off the terrible introductory background muzak!). However, I used a standard Palmyran 200pt army that some other kind player had set up in the archive. It was a very Cataphract 'heavy' list so whilst it had a lot of hitting power (& armour) it was very unmaneuverable and had little that could cope with the dreaded 'heavy death star' with a 3 x pike and 2 x elite elephant combo in the Bactrian central division. So next time I'll be spending a bit more time ahead of the game to customize my own list to allow me more foot Archers and maybe some allied Roman Legionaries ... but we'll see. I might consider using a Hatran with Parthian allies - but that will require a Cataphract Camel playing piece, which is currently sadly missing  :o

Great fun and a lot of new learnings.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 06 February 2021, 12:49:44 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Blood, Sweat and Tears
2) What armies were confronted? - British vs Italian, Sicily 1943
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - I wrote them
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - 3rd game + 2 solo
5) How many players were in the game? - two
6) What went well? - Proof of concept appears to be working
7) What could have been improved? Sunjester whining over the scenario map. The PBI on the 2" mortar were incapable of estimating range.

The first game in the next SJ/LH historical campaign (to be played interspersing the VSF).

"Lieutenant - this bridge on the map - make sure you control it. It is a link between the beaches and the paratroops at Syracuse."  The platoon lost two men permanently (KIA, wounded). Thus next game 2 bases will start with a -1.

The smoke from the 2" was consistently long by 10-15m.
"Drop smoke in front of the bridge to cover the men"
"Yes sir, drop smoke on the bridge" (drops smoke)
"No, in front of the bridge."
"So to the left of the bridge then."

Because of the nature of the campaign and how the games will fit into that (company commander in Italy from 43 to 45) the British would always win tonight. Sunjester's ongoing mission is not just to complete the scenarios, but to keep the unit effective.

The Italians were a section - 2 MGs with approx. 10 riflemen (that is 2 bases MG, with 3 bases of rifle). The British advancing (quickly) from the Husky beach heads were a full platoon.  Table was approx. 3ft x 3ft (about 200m square)

As proof of concept I feel it again went well. British manoeuvring by the book until people started shooting back, when it all got fragmented. It is activation by card, 1 card per section with Leaders having their own cards. As the only way to close assault is to have a leader order it on their activation, you need the Lt and/or Sgt in the right places. At that point you need to decide is the amount of fire on the enemy going to be enough, as they don't test for hits until they are activated.

The Italians were disadvantaged by, in scenario terms, being jumped by a bunch of hairy arsed Tommies acting as a platoon, where as they were just controlling the road bridge, so were more fragmented. This disadvantaged them twice - firing they could not concentrate/coordinate fire, and as a target all shots hit single bases, rather than be spread to near by bases. This is important, because firing doesn't go all against one base, it spreads to those near by, so taking hits off the target. (The more bases in the area of fire, the less effective the fire is as it gets spread around).

For once Sunjester threw average dice. I continued my 30 year streak of rolling high when I want low, and vice versa.

Next game...

The Platoon leader has just enough time to organise the defence of the bridge as the Italians counter attack.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 06 February 2021, 02:54:50 AM
Good to hear the rules continue to survive contact with the enemy ;)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: mmcv on 06 February 2021, 04:52:10 AM

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Twilight of the Sun King
2) What armies were confronted? - Swedes vs Saxon and Russian Allies
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes much more so after my test game of Divine Right
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes, though very similar to my last game
5) How many players were in the game? - One
6) What went well? - using historical Swedish tactics payed off
7) What could have been improved? The Allies dice rolling was abysmal, repeatedly failing morale tests completely to rout after a single charge.

https://mmcvhistoryhome.wordpress.com/2021/02/06/twilight-of-the-sun-king-test-game/


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 10 February 2021, 12:18:58 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Honours of War
2) What armies were confronted? - Prusskia vs Ruthenia
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very, as I was involved from early development and playtesting
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Nope
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - For a simple meeting engagement, the game played well. The Ruthenians got the important Shooting Initiatives when it mattered and the Die Gods were on there side.
7) What could have been improved? The Ruthenian command rolls early on and the Prusskian shooting die, which didn't quite roll high enough to turn the tide in their favour.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 10 February 2021, 12:21:42 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Rebels & Patriots
2) What armies were confronted? - Prusskia vs Ruthenia
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, but a bit rusty. Being invovled in the playtesting meant most things came back to me.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - As a quick game to refresh things before a 'proper' game later on, it all worked out fine. A few things to clarify in my head.
7) What could have been improved? - Nothing really.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: mmcv on 10 February 2021, 02:26:02 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - To the Strongest!
2) What armies were confronted? - Aztecs vs Tarascans
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Reasonably - forgot a few bits first turn or two but was grand after that.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Nope
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - First run with new armies. Tarascan shooting was devastating at the start but the Aztec war machine ground them down once close combat was joined.
7) What could have been improved? - Aztec saving rolls for the first half of the game were abysmal. The terrain favoured them though as it prevented the Tarascan archers from flanking them.

(As seen here: http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,20552.0.html)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Scorpio_Rocks on 10 February 2021, 03:30:01 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Saga: Age of Magic
2) What armies were confronted? - We managed to get in 4 games over he weekend, so played with all possible armies
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes - despite this being our first game in the "Age of Magic" we have played previously in the ages of the Crusades, Vikings and Hannibal. The base rules are the same with additional magic rules.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Ish... see above
5) How many players were in the game? - Two (I have a "support bubble")
6) What went well? - The games as a whole - we loved the easy system to build and stat your forces allowing us to play a new "period" without buying any new figures.
7) What could have been improved? - As always the only improvements needed were in my tactical acumen (it appears getting your War Lord killed in the first turn is NOT conducive to winning...) and dice rolling!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 20 February 2021, 05:36:09 PM

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Ten More Sons!
2) What armies were confronted? - Hussites and Catholics
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, easy one.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Nope.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two.
6) What went well? - We captured the Hussite general, though at the cost of most of our own cavalry.
7) What could have been improved? - Hmmmm. Both sides had morale tests, but my crusaders came off second best there. Those Czechs are, as I expected, a very tough army, though I can see potential weaknesses. The secret may be to hit them in many places at once with the more numerous crusader horse, and mass crossbow shooting at the weaker foot, if there is any.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: pierre the shy on 27 February 2021, 08:39:31 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - General Quarters 1/2
2) What navies were confronted? - Japanese and British off the East coast of Malaya 9/10 December 1941 - a night action
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4
6) What went well? - The British managed a single torpedo hit on a Japanese heavy crusier while all the Japanese "Long Lance" torpedoes missed.....mainly because HMS Prince of Wales received a engineering hit from a 14" shell hit and was forced to slow down so she was not in the zone predicted when the Japanese torpedoes arrived.
7) What could have been improved? - No ships were sunk and both sides bigger ships took a fair amount of damage. In the end the RN decided to withdraw in the light of the PoW's speed being reduced and the fact that they did not want a stand up fight with the Japanese covering force but instead were trying to intercept the invasion force of Kota Bharu further to the west.

I will put up a small AAR later about the game itself. Got halfway home and then received a text alert that the COVID 19 level was going up to 2 as further case found in Auckland  :(  


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 27 February 2021, 08:51:53 PM
The Japanese battle-cruisers (Kongo & Haruna) were not enjoying their stand up fight, particularity Haruna who was facing Prince of Wales X_X

Pierre the Shy sent me an email asking me to bring the seven Japanese ships for the game last night

I was quite pleased as ran through the list, I had them all except Sirayuki, I had to use another Fubuki class destroyer, Shikinami, as a stand in :)
As has been mentioned before I have quite a few Japanese and American ships ;)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 27 February 2021, 11:59:59 PM
Blood Sweat and Tears - Sicily, 10 July 1943. British vs Italians - 3 games
The ongoing evolution of the rules continues, with stuff corrected for each game.

Sunjester has a Company of infantry, which we will follow up Italy.

1 - Attack
1 Platoon were to capture a bridge across a stream on the road that links the landing sites to the paras near Syracuse. This went very well. The Italians were there to control flow of traffic, rather than any meaningful defence; the picture being somewhat confused. There were 3 sandbag positions - one at each corner, two with rifle bases (about 3 men) and 2 with the LMGs. A squad of 9 or so were on the bridge it's self. A bunch of organised hairy arsed Tommies rushing out of the treeline soon had them overwhelmed and driven off.

The British then reorganised themselves for the defence of the bridge (game 2). The other 2 Italian platoons came back and counterattacked.  This is where it all went wrong.

3 problems

*My cards and dice ran perfectly.  These early games are not supposed to decimate the British, I'm GM'ing a campaign, and I got the sort of luck I usually can only dream of AS A PLAYER. As the GM I didn't want a fantastic Axis win!

*Sunjester got his tactics wrong. This is partly attributed to new rules, so he did things that would have been obvious not to do on the ground.  It didn't help him that approx 1/5 of the board was a tomato field. Forget those things you put in grow bags on the patio- commercial Sicilian tomato plants are densely planted, and grow up to 6 meters!

*Nobody seems quite sure how Italian infantry sections work.  We know a platoon is 2 x 10 men, with 4 MG, but actual use descriptions are a bit thin on the ground.  I was using them like the British, so all 5 bases in a section (3 rifle bases and 2 MG) worked together. That's pretty devastating in close assault, plus I could lay down an awful lot of fire.

So I went away, taking his suggestions in hand, and asked some questions on 'The Other Place', and actually got some useful responses.
- The game is card driven for activation. The British activate a section on 1 card, 2 Rifle and 1 MG bases. The view is that this is a bit OTT for the Italians - their sections being twice the size. The MGs now have their own card, so activate separately to their rifles, unless activated by a leader as their 2nd order.
- Italian MGs are not allowed to Close Assault.

We replayed the defence the following week, and it was a lot tighter. The battle flowed back and forth, with Sunjester managing to pull a distinctly bullied section out of the way in the nick of time, and shore up his eastern end. In fact it went on til 1 in the morning, we were so engrossed!  This time there were still casualties, but a reasonable amount, and some of them were just 'froze under fire' rather than actual deaths.


This week (Friday 26th), while 1 Platoon were defending the bridge, 3 Platoon were tasked with investigating some info from a local, who said there was some sort of commander in a farm.

The main road ran West East, with a track up to the farm about 3/4 along. On the Left is a vineyard. The road has terracing, so it was higher than the field to the south, with a 1m bank and retaining wall dropping down, and on the north side tha bank and wall went up over the road by a meter, giving the British cover for the first few 30-40 meters. Apart from the woods the platoon approached through, the rest of the ground was pretty open.

The Farm track entrance was guarded by some rifles. A brief firefight and close assault soon dispatched these.

Now Sunjester's woes began. And it was funny.

Classic British platoon attack - 3 Sec went right, after clearing the gate guards, and were to lay down covering fire. 1 and 2 were to work their way up the vineyard, flank and clear.

This relied on L/Cpl Micky Smith being able to drop smoke with the 2". Yeah, about that...

Smoke drop rules are simple. Nominate the target Range Band (Range bands are about 10-15cm a side). Roll a d6 6-Long, 1 Short. 2nd d6, 1 Left, 6 Right.

I think it is quite possible Sj used far more smoke than a Platoon carried. He dropped it on the Italian sandbags. He dropped it blocking his own troops line of fire. Where he didn't drop it was where he wanted it. Smithy got it right ONCE, out of god knows how many attempts. The problem was, as 1 & 2 moved in response to the battle because they weren't getting smoke cover, where the smoke had to go changed. This needed the Lt to run back and tell the mortar to shift aim. This meant he wasn't with the advancing sections, so they couldn't charge in (C/A needs to be ordered directly by a Leader stand. Your average PBI will happily not charge towards people shooting at him if no one is yelling at him.

In the end Sgt Joe Benjamin left 3 Section to find out what the Rupert was doing, and having given Smithy a bollocking when he found out, went to join 1 Section.

The Lt ended up taking the Mortar team with him to 3 Sec. I pointed out they still carried rifles, so they were ordered to drop the mortar, and attached to 3 Sec.

The two MG nests were put under huge amounts of fire, then SJ risked it. Luckily the cards came out in the right order, and the Sgt and Lt each lead a section in before the Italians could activate. The activations for defensive fire* found an awful lot of suppressed Italians, who when charged surrendered of fled.

Having seen the British get right up to the buildings, the rest of the Italians retired and the game ended.

During the game I had drawn a certain card 10 times. I asked SJ to roll a d6 - he didn't get over 10 (unsurprisingly), then 2d6 - still under 10, then he finally got over 10 on 3d6. 2 fails on beating the 10 meant that while he had enough info to realise this was the local Battalion HQ, the Colonel had had enough time to destroy/pack up and take any useful info.

*Firing is on delayed resolution. When you fire, you work out fire points (FP), and mark them on the targets, taking account for cover at this point. When a unit activates you declare what it will try to do - the declared action gives the To Hit number - so 'Fire' is 5+. 1d6 per FP. Any hits are rerolled; 1- No effect, 2-3 pin, 4-5 Suppress, 6 Kill and suppress. The to hit and effect rolls have no modifiers - all that is wrapped up into the FP placement. So often you are charging not knowing if you have suppressed your target, or is he going to pop up and shoot you, you gamble on the amount of fire he has received.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 28 February 2021, 12:15:14 AM
Sounds like the rules are giving some interesting games as they evolve :-bd


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 28 February 2021, 09:08:26 AM
Sounds brilliant


Title: What the last rules set you played in 2021?
Post by: FierceKitty on 28 February 2021, 09:24:32 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - No Paradise for Cowards
2) What navies were confronted? - Holy League and Ottoman
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Fairly. Second game.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 2
6) What went well? - The Turkish commander enjoyed winning, I suppose.
7) What could have been improved? - Galley battles do still seem to end up as a buckets of dice slugging match. I think I need to keep my vessels closer together and perhaps back water for a few more rounds of shooting before banging heads with the Janissary marines.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 28 February 2021, 12:36:24 PM
Sounds brilliant

You'll have to come over when this is all over.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 28 February 2021, 02:12:06 PM
Pleeeeaaasse  8->


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 28 February 2021, 06:24:07 PM
You'd better get Sunjester's opinion before committing to BS&T.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021?
Post by: mmcv on 02 March 2021, 11:59:45 PM

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Aristeia (working title for homebrew skirmish rules)
2) What armies were confronted? - The Acheans comprising well-armed Ariston and strong-hearted Demitrios leading a force of archers, javelinmen and spearmen against the Trojans, bronze-clad Cephalus and Kyros the archer leading a force of javelinmen and warriors from lands afar.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Somewhat, been working on the core mechanics over the past few days, first run using a 2d6 mechanic rather than handfuls of dice.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - essentially yes, other than a quick pencil and paper run to try some bits out.
5) How many players were in the game? - solo
6) What went well? - The game flowed nicely and provided a good narrative. 2d6 mechanic for resolution felt better than the variable d6 system I'd toyed with for it previously.
7) What could have been improved? - a few of the stat lines for the non heroic troops need tweaked. Archers were a little too powerful and spearmen a little too slow, so I've rejigged them and set up for a second fight in the morning if I've time before work.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: sunjester on 03 March 2021, 04:09:13 PM
You'd better get Sunjester's opinion before committing to BS&T.

I really like them, they give a good game. I have also used them to run a remote game on Zoom with another Tring Club member, and they worked really well for that too! :-bd


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021?
Post by: mmcv on 03 March 2021, 04:43:51 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Aristeia (working title for homebrew skirmish rules)
2) What armies were confronted? - The Acheans comprising well-armed Ariston and strong-hearted Demitrios leading a force of archers, javelinmen and spearmen against the Trojans, bronze-clad Cephalus and Kyros the archer leading a force of javelinmen and warriors from lands afar.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yep, second run with them, though still tweaking a few things on the fly.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - see above
5) How many players were in the game? - solo
6) What went well? - The game flowed well and moved quickly, despite playing it first thing in the morning (I'm not a morning person, but wanted to play it before clearing my desk for work). The new stat lines seemed to work better.
7) What could have been improved? - heroes need a bit of tweaking to better reward risk-taking and fighting like the Homeric champions they are

Report and a few pics (bare metal and mdf mostly I'm afraid) posted elsewhere.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Leman on 03 March 2021, 10:13:22 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Tin Soldiers in Action
2) What armies were confronted? - Austrian v Prussian early SYW
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - It gave a result very quickly. Card draw for brigade actions is a useful solo mechanism.
7) What could have been improved? - The kill rate was very high which, as it was part of a campaign, caused me to make night fall after only three turns so that the Austrians could withdraw. The Prussians were also battered so could not pursue, giving both armies the chance to rest and recuperate. There was also little contextual feel to the rules, thus I am continuing the campaign with Honours of War instead as they are specifically written for the European theatre of the SYW.

An Austrian big gun from my latest 10mm game - still in progress

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50999048693_a03836498d.jpg)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 11 March 2021, 06:06:30 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Ball and Bayonette
2) What armies were confronted? - Austrian v Prussian SYW
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Two; Lee had the Prussians
6) What went well? - Lee had terrible artillery rolls, and my musketry was better than I expected; the effect added up.
7) What could have been improved? - A unit of cuirassiers got bogged down and slowly cut to bits by some Prussian dragoons, who were lucky and took out a general early in the fight.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 13 March 2021, 12:31:17 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Rebels & Patriots
2) What Armies were confronted? - Moravia vs Ruthenia
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - The Ruthenian plan came together well and the terrain favoured them too. Also a devastating volley won them the game.
7) What could have been improved? - Both sides had some very bad morale rolls, which led to units routing off the table.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 13 March 2021, 11:26:03 PM
Operation Husky continues for the blokes from Baker Company, this time 2 Platoon, again with Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Sunjester's British were told to move to a ridgeline to the north West of the Bridge 1 Plt were seizing- This action is simultaneous with the 1st game described above, Ground was scrubby bushy field, flanked by wild scrubby woods. What he didn't know was the Italians had the mirror mission - get to the road to support the counterattack on the bridge. So equal size forces, except with the odd Italian Orbat (2 units of 3 bases of rifles, 2 units of 2 LMGs vs the British 3 squads of 2 Rifle bases and 1 LMG).

Unsurprisingly it was a Stalemate - the Italian 2 squad in the eastern wood stopped the British 1 and 2 platoons going forward just by being there, but ditto they wouldn't go forward because of the British being there - both sides on overwatch waiting for the other, while the 1 squad, being led through the open ground as the quickest way to the road, got pinned in the centre of the table by crossfire from 2 and 3 sections, while making 3 section  (in the Western Woods) distinctly unhappy - even the Breda 30 can hurt at 25 meter range!

What went well/badly - That really depends if you are Sunjester! I think I have found a game where his dice rolls are rubbish - or at least statistically average, while mine were surprisingly good (again!)

Heroes of the evening were the 2 man platoon scout team, who spent most of the evening being shot at by 2 Squad, with no comrades to take some of the hits off (in BST, not all hits go on the target, half are shared with any base within a base width). We reckon that well over half the Fire Points fired by the Italians went on them. By the end of the evening the only effect was 1 man was wounded - we had images of the pair of them huddling in scrapes against tree trunks

The 2 inch Mortar team appear to have been taught by 3 Platoon's team - smoke going everywhere (including off table, and on the mortar itself) except the aiming point - there is only a 16 in 36 chance of getting tit right per shot, but 5 or 6 misses is pushing it! In fact the best chance Sj had of rolling a 6 was when doing deviation...


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 14 March 2021, 06:08:16 AM
Sounds like another successful test game :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 14 March 2021, 07:07:51 AM
Given that the "sight" on a 2" drain pipe is a white line on the tube not so surprising !


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Shecky on 16 March 2021, 02:40:16 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Et Sans Resultat (ESR). Army and corps level Napoleonics
2) What armies were confronted? - 1809 French III Corps vs. Austrian II Korps
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - My 2nd time but the other player's first
5) How many players were in the game? - 2
6) What went well? - I had a great time preparing for the game, coming up with the scenario, OOBs and the like. Also, it was the French player's first time to play ESR and he enjoyed it so much it wants to play again.
7) What could have been improved? - As the Austrian commander, I should have committed my reserve sooner.



Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: kustenjaeger on 20 March 2021, 03:42:29 PM
Greetings

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - What a Tanker (tank skirmish rules WW2)
2) What armies were confronted? Allied vs German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes.  We just used the QRS the game organiser provided (I have the rules but haven’t read them).
5) How many players were in the game? - 6
6) What went well? - It was a fun rules lite game with lost tanks replaced at the start of the next turn. Played over zoom which worked well.
7) What could have been improved? - nothing.

Allied  tanks (1 per player) arriving on the narrow edge of the board with German AFVs being in a number of concealed locations that we had to reconnoiter.  We started with a Sherman, 3” TD and a Firefly - the Germans had, it turned out, a Tiger, a Panther and a StuG. Played on a 6’ x 4’ table with 1/72 vehicles as part of Virtual Lard 5. .

Edward


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 24 March 2021, 01:49:28 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Honours of War
2) What armies were confronted? - Ruthenia vs Moravia (using Austrian stats for both sides)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - The die rolls faovured the Ruthenians when it mattered the most, but a game that could easily have gone the other way.
7) What could have been improved? - Nothing really.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Shedman on 25 March 2021, 07:39:55 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Bloody Big Battles using Tabletop Simulator
2) What armies were confronted? - It was 1st Bull Run - bad Confederate vs really bad Union
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - 4
6) What went well? - first test of multiplayer game on Tabletop Simulator
7) What could have been improved? - Nothing


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: mmcv on 25 March 2021, 10:17:32 PM

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Soldiers of God
2) What armies were confronted? - Crusaders Vs Saracens
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Pretty rusty but fine after a few turns
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - was nice to get the medieval forces out on the table for first time in a while, first game in the new house so nice that I can leave things set up for a change.
7) What could have been improved? - The game technically only lasted a single turn. Was playing a raid scenario which is very small, only one or two units per division (3 divisions in the army). At the end of the first turn the crusader knights managed to obliterate a Saracen guhlam unit, which didn't have time to rally, then through two sixes in a row (for rout test and special overkill test) resulted in the Saracens losing their entire army morale and losing. I felt this unsatisfactory so ignored the second result and continued play leaving them a few morale points. The game went on for another few turns and had some okay back and forth but was a forgone conclusion.

I'm part way through a second raid (the next in a campaign) but so far it's been slow going.

This seems to be a problem I have with these rules. They have fantastic opportunity for narrative flow and building interesting stories of the battle, but sometimes this can lead to unrealistic extremes that can be disappointing, or lead to long grinding games where nothing really happens as it's generally pretty easy to rally off disorders.

It may also just be they're not well suited to solo play.

I've mostly just played small battles and raids with them, I also wonder do they perform better in larger battles when there's more troop variety at your disposal.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 26 March 2021, 08:09:04 AM
Maybe 'Lion Rampant' might be better suited to these smaller, raid type games?


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: mmcv on 26 March 2021, 10:08:27 AM
Maybe 'Lion Rampant' might be better suited to these smaller, raid type games?

I have LR but wasn't overly enamored with it when I last tried it. It's on my to-do list though for giving it a second go as was a few years ago I tried it, I actually almost used it for the next game in campaign but wanted to give SoG another shakeout to see if it was a one off oddity. I've also picked up a copy of Rebels and Patriots which I know is an evolution of the same system as LR and will probably be trying it and Sharpe Practice out for AWI and others in the future.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 26 March 2021, 10:36:55 AM
Using the activation from R&P's gives a better game than using the LR one IMHO, which quite a few people seem to have been doing. Worth giving it another go I think, but obviously horse for courses and all that.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: mmcv on 26 March 2021, 10:45:47 AM
Using the activation from R&P's gives a better game than using the LR one IMHO, which quite a few people seem to have been doing. Worth giving it another go I think, but obviously horse for courses and all that.

Yeah reading R&P it seemed to address some of the bits I disliked in LR so a combo may be sensible. I've also been reading through "it's getting a bit Chile" which borrows a little from some similar mechanics and that was the first time the multiple number of successes = 1 hit made sense, compared to what seemed like an arbitrary reason to throw twice as many dice as needed.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 26 March 2021, 11:08:57 PM
2 Platoon put in an attack on a farmhouse.

Full BatRep once we find out how 3 Platoon handle all the Italians they've woken up.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Norm on 27 March 2021, 10:19:05 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Sword & Spear
2) What armies were confronted? - Yorkist / Lancastrian
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, but still discovering nuances
5) How many players were in the game? - solo
6) What went well? - The game completed in a single session of around 90 minutes. Mechanics worked smoothly and a good index makes it easier to navigate rules.
7) What could have been improved? - The scenario would have been improved with a few more units, this is my fault and not the systems.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 29 March 2021, 02:53:47 PM
Further to last.
I'd like to point out in a sneaky move Sunjester
1) dice rolling back to normal, and
2) in a sneaky underhand move he is using actual tactics.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 30 March 2021, 09:59:08 AM
If those actual tactics are working that suggests that the rules are actually working ;) ;D


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 30 March 2021, 10:25:38 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Ten More Sons!
2) What armies were confronted? - Hussites and Catholics
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, easy one.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Nope.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two.
6) What went well? - I was playing the Czechs this time. We got in some good shooting and knocked out a key enemy unit early on, which secured a flank. The waggons continue to be tough sons of guns. Lee's dice were hopeless.
7) What could have been improved? - Got outscouted and wasn't able to bring my full firepower to bear; some of my infantry were rather chewed up. The pie afterwards was tasty, but coq au vin isn't really suitable as a filling; you want the winy chicken in big pieces.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 30 March 2021, 07:14:45 PM
Hi

) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - For King and Parliament.
2) What armies were confronted? - Royalists v Parliamentarians. Battle of Stow-in-the-Wold
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, although a bit rusty not having played them for over twelve months..
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo.
6) What went well? - It was just a pleasure to get some figures on a table again and play a really good set of rules.

Some photos:

(https://i.imgur.com/ZZJ8Sf9.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/0FSO8Lv.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/FSt75ko.jpg)

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 30 March 2021, 09:00:15 PM
Lovely photos of the game Paul 8).


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 02 April 2021, 04:03:40 AM
 :-bd =D> :-bd


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: mmcv on 02 April 2021, 08:48:15 AM
Excellent


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 02 April 2021, 08:54:23 AM
Lovely


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 03 April 2021, 01:24:03 AM
Blood Sweat and Tears - the invasion of Sicily continues.

D+3

The company is still carrying the losses from the actions on D-Day, and the platoons have been reorganised slightly to account for these.

The C/O of Baker Company has a new task from battalion- Secure the crossroads at indicated grid ref.

Sunjester decides to use 2 and 3 platoons in a 'leap frog'  tactic, with 1 Platoon held back to be committed as needed.

2 platoon assaults a farm, which as expected, contains Italian troops. 

Upon reflection the following day, I realised it was a boring 'tabletop scenario'. However I'm not sure Sj realised at the time. Basically he  has a map. He has given orders to the platoons, and we fight what is generated.  He guessed that obviously there would be enemy in the farm. It came down to putting in enough fire into the left hand building so it could be assaulted.  Once that was captured he could get troops behind the right hand building. The Italian sergeant realising he was now surrounded chose to surrender.

This has caused the brave lads from the Duke of Buckingham's own 2 problems.
1) I've said Sj needs to lose a base (3 men), over and above casualties, to guard/escort prisoners..
2) He has rather alerted the Italians to his presence.

I moved the Italians from their map positions to what I felt was a reasonable reaction in the time scale, and then moved 3 Platoon as per it's orders, which leads us to tonight's game.

The first surprise (though this one, not that surprising) was that Sj's map didn't show ALL the terrain features. Notably the tomato groves. Commercial Italian tomato groves grow 3-4 meters high and are pretty dense. There were Tomato groves on the table. Sj has learned that the enemy can get closer than you may want using these. For visualisation, imagine a clock face. the road starts at '4', runs to the centre then runs to '9'. Another road runs from the centre to 12. South is a wood, right is an orchard, but between that and the '12' road is a tomato grove. Also to the left of the 12 road is a tomato grove.

The game is card driven, but I say at the start of the game the scouts can move until either they are shot at, or the attacker wishes to call on a section; at this point the cards are then used.

The scouts duly advanced, until the Italian Breda 37 opened fire...

It was at this point that I informed Sj about a rule he didn't know about.  BTW - NOT CHEATING, it's a rule I 'know' about, but haven't written (at least in his set of rules).
HMG sustained fire. HMGs don't just activate on their turn, but can lay down sustained fire. They nominate a target Range Band, and any activation in that range band, or at any point in between, attracts fire, even without the HMG activating - think of it as random bursts at nothing in particular, just to keep the opposition on their toes.

When the Italian Tenente activated, he set in motion the other rule - this one was new.

The platoon advanced, using the woods as cover. He needed to neutralise the mounted MG. Hide in the woods to cover the advance.

It was at that point the 45mm mortar rounds started to fall...

Luckily for the British there had been a slight delay, and 2 sections were beyond the preregistered area (Pre-registered - no deviation rolls...) A section did get caught, as did the 2" mortar. The Mortar men had already upset Sj... by placing smoke EXACTLY where they had been told to. Unfortunately between the order and the first shell, the situation had changed. He REALLY needed the smoke to be to the right - a feat achieved with alarming regularity in the previous battle.  Obviously the Platoon Sergeant had had a word in the last two days, and 3 Plt mortar team dropped smoke EXACTLY where they had been told to... oops.

The British tried to cross the road ( the '4' o'clock' one) using smoke as cover. Unfortunately the HMG (at the clock centre), and the Tenente, had worked out if there is smoke on the road, there is a reason, and started firing down the road. This somewhat upset the Tommies, who ended suppressed on the road. They now had a choice - lay on the road, up against the walls flanking it finding what cover they could, or stand up in MG fire so they could get across the wall. It wasn't pretty.  The Italian infantry moved from their position on the 9 o'clock arm to along the '12' road, now they knew where the enemy was.

Sj had a real problem now. He had a HMG firing on unprotected troops down the road, and his 'Drainpipe' was under fire from mortars, so hiding. This meant no smoke.

Luckily for the British they managed to get a section into firing position opposite the MG, which distracted them long enough the supressed men on the road could start to rally for movement. Sj was helped by a lucky card run with some short turns - not many cards came out before 'End of Turn'; indeed one turn nothing happened as the 'End of Turn' was first in the deck*. This allowed him to get men rallied, and in a position to get off the road.

The ability to start moving through the cover allowed the sergeant to lead in an attack on the HMG, which while not text-book (he went with what he had) caused the crew to run.

The Italian Tenente, finding himself facing enemy to the south as well as west, decided to fall back on supports.

The HMG was the only Italian loss, 2 British sections, and the mortar team took casualties.

3 Platoon are where the C/O wanted them. Runners have been sent back to CHQ, and there are mutterings that maybe 1 Platoon might want to join in and do something. The Company is about 150m short of the objective.  I await Sunjester's new orders with baited breath.

*I reckon on a turn (the time between the reshuffle card coming out) as being about 30-60 seconds. If a section's card doesn't come out, it doesn't mean they did nothing for a minute - it's just they weren't particularly effective at doing whatever it was they were doing. Also if a unit spends a turn without being fired at it can try to rally/discard half fire points, thus coming out first can really help under-fire units. The End of Turn card coming out first can be a big relief for a side that is under the cosh. Think of it as a lull where everybody pauses and tries to work out what the hell is going on.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 03 April 2021, 08:27:25 AM
The first hame sounds like a typical wargame. Game 2 however sounded brilliant. Frustrating for SJ initially, but actually successful and will be the one you both remember.
Can't wait to join in!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: sunjester on 03 April 2021, 09:38:32 AM
***STOP PRESS***
PLUCKY BRITISH OUTWIT EYETIES
A daring raid by our brave commandos has secured the entire Italian battle plan for the defence of Sicily.

(The umpire left his map at my place last night. I haven't peeked, honest!)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 03 April 2021, 09:44:57 AM
As I found out when I got home.

You can work on the assumption the troop positions, and even some terrain, is no longer as marked.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 03 April 2021, 10:20:41 AM
Also, why isn't this thread on the BatReps board?


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 07 April 2021, 02:22:32 PM
) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Rebels & Patriots
2) What armies were confronted? - Ruthenian vs Moravia
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo.
6) What went well? - For the Attackers a pretty easy win to be honest. I probably would have stopped earlier but as it's part of a campaign, I kept going on for another Turn or two.
7) What could have been improved? - The scenario really was too one-sided to be fun, but at least it adds to the campaign narrative.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 10 April 2021, 04:10:43 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Talisman (2nd Ed)
2) What armies were confronted? - Dwarf (eldest) vs Sorceress (youngest) vs Monk (me)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - yes for Rach, not for us two.
5) How many players were in the game? - 3
6) What went well? - Imi and Rach got to the inner area
7) What could have been improved? - My monk never managing to off the outer layer!

Imi won!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Techno II on 10 April 2021, 04:35:19 PM
I loved Talisman...

Fantasy snakes & ladders.

Still got all the first edition 'parts' of the game (boxed)....of the figures I sold...I still wished I hadn't got rid of the original metal figures. :'(

The other ones I really wish I'd still got are the original Bloodbowl Chaos  Allstars.
Those were MINE.

I know who's got all of those....But they'd never sell them back to me.

Cheers - A Sad Git.





Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: OldenBUA on 10 April 2021, 07:03:43 PM
It just so happens that I've been playing the digital edition lately. Fun game, and I got it when there was a special offer on GOG. It's still not very expensive. Playing the boardgame back in the day was fun too.

https://www.gog.com/game/talisman_digital_edition


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Ithoriel on 10 April 2021, 07:32:06 PM
My memories of Talisman are mainly of 1st edition games played with Trish and Ally Morrison (as they were then) and Paul and Lynn Henni ,which were functionally endless as anyone who got even remotely ahead was nuked to oblivion by the other players. Great evenings at Casa Morrison, great fun had but it was rthe company not the game that had me hooked.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Techno II on 11 April 2021, 07:34:32 AM
,which were functionally endless as anyone who got even remotely ahead was nuked to oblivion by the other players.

THAT sounds familiar !  ;D ;D ;D

Cheers - Phil. :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Leman on 11 April 2021, 01:56:24 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Honours of War
2) What armies were confronted? - Prussia and Austria
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing them since they were published.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - An exciting game in my current campaign was produced. Things went well for the Austrians.
7) What could have been improved? - The Prussians were tasked with assaulting an emplaced siege battery on a ridge which had additional infantry support both on the ridge and on the lower ground to its left. A difficult task compounded by some apalling dice rolling from the Prussians - are the blue dice jinxed.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51103847900_a155c44722.jpg)

End of the game showing Prussians in retreat, outflanked and disordered.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: mmcv on 18 April 2021, 11:26:04 PM

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - To The Strongest
2) What armies were confronted? - Aztec and Tarascan
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Nope
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - barely had to check the rule book. Aztec plans went exactly as they wanted.
7) What could have been improved? The Tarascans had some poor activations, particularly on the flanks.

http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,20781.msg324744.html#msg324744


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: pbeccas on 19 April 2021, 03:08:48 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Fistful of Lead
2) What armies were confronted? - Finn patrol v Soviet patrol
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 2
6) What went well? - the game flowed well, six figures per side, no issues
7) What could have been improved- nothing.  Very satisfying


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: fred. on 19 April 2021, 12:36:29 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Fistful of Lead
2) What armies were confronted? - Finn patrol v Soviet patrol
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 2
6) What went well? - the game flowed well, six figures per side, no issues
7) What could have been improved- nothing.  Very satisfying

This sounds intriguing- we have used FFoL for cowboys, but have been thinking about other eras, and WWII could certainly be one of them


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021?
Post by: FierceKitty on 20 April 2021, 12:07:04 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? -IACTA ALEA EST!
2) What armies were confronted? - Macedonians and Scythians
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - not a bit of it
5) How many players were in the game? - 2
6) What went well? - My Argyraspids caught a unit of undeployed HC in the rear; my Companion cavalry got nutcrackered but fought them off.
7) What could have been improved? - Just about everything else. An almost featureless battlefield, perfect for LC; an ill-judged Massagetae charge that broke a line of hoplites; a stray arrow that killed Alexander. Lee's gloating. Especially Lee's gloating.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 20 April 2021, 12:25:45 PM
The standard result then !


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 20 April 2021, 12:26:51 PM
I won the previous game!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 20 April 2021, 04:47:55 PM
Played Lee!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 21 April 2021, 10:56:21 AM
Lee =D> =D> =D>


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 03 May 2021, 01:01:02 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Honours of War
2) What armies were confronted? - Red vs Blue, with Austrian stats for both sides.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing them since they were being developed.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - Another good Neil Thomas OHW scenario as a basis for the action. Red got the upper hand on the shooting front when it mattered, which turned the game in their favour.
7) What could have been improved? - The tactics I chose for the Blue Attacker didn't work well, but hindsight is a wonderful thing! A good scenario that I might replay to see if a different approach may have paid better dividends.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 03 May 2021, 01:34:53 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Ten more sons!
2) What armies were confronted? - Yorkist and Lancastrian.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing them since I binned my copy of DBR.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Lee got some dismal rolls when she needed good ones.
7) What could have been improved? - So did I. I have also thus far failed to find any Malmsey in Bangkok.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Shedman on 04 May 2021, 08:02:35 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? Future War Commander via  Tabletop Simulator
2) What armies were confronted? Space Marines  vs Hunter Scavengers (Orks) in Scenario 1 Colonisation - Recce
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? Sort of - it's over 2 years since we last played
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? No we've been using them since they were published in 2009
5) How many players were in the game? Three - 2 Marines and 1 Scav
6) What went well? For the  Marines most things although their recce couldn't interface with the alien structures - not so for the Scavs as the Marines stayed away from their ambush points
7) What could have been improved? The Scavs could have done with some transport


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 07 May 2021, 01:05:24 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Ten more sons!
2) What armies were confronted? - Yorkist and Lancastrian.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing them since I binned my copy of DBR.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Lee got some dismal rolls when she needed good ones.
7) What could have been improved? - So did I. Where, o where was my off-table flank march?


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Big Insect on 07 May 2021, 01:30:21 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? Future War Commander online via Tabletop Simulator (TTS) /Steam/Discord

2) What armies were confronted? Space Marines  vs Hunter Scavengers (Orks) in Scenario 1 Colonisation - Recce

3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? Yes - but it's over 2 years since I last played them and my head is full of BKCIV and CWCII

4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? No we've been using them regularly since they were published in 2009

5) How many players were in the game? 1 Marines and 1 Scav

6) What went well? Game still underway (paused) - early on the Marines got a bit over confident and I lost a stand of infantry in assault (ouch) - and with an army BP:3 that is a big issue - but my FAO was on top form and managed some serious damage on the 'Scav's with 2 lots of Light Orbital strikes - but I must remember this is a Recce mission (stick to the scenario objectives - killing Scavs isn't everything ... or is it  :D :D :D ). We will resume next week - but as the Scav massive walker has just arrived it might be time to airlift the grunts home.

7) What could have been improved? It took me a bit of time to get the hang of the virtual FWC table - and picking up (& in my case dropping) units can be tricky - but I am learning - so thanks to Gordon for his patience.

I'll definitely play more - an Encounter game would be good.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 08 May 2021, 10:25:19 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Palaeo Diet (Eat or be Eaten): http://irregularwars.blogspot.com/p/palaeo-diet.html (http://irregularwars.blogspot.com/p/palaeo-diet.html)
2) What armies were confronted? - Primitive Humanoids against Prehistoric Mammals
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I think this is the 4th run, but the first time we played on a Zoom link.
5) How many players were in the game? - Four
6) What went well? - Game moved fast and we managed four connected scenarios to complete a year of tribal hunter-gathering.
7) What could have been improved? - If I'm extremely fussy, camera resolution made miniature recognition difficult - solved by pairing each mini with a colored counter.

Palaeo Diet is a cooperative (usually) game of early humans hunting animals for food (but sometimes becoming the food).
We selected it four our Zoom game due to the simplicity of having either one man, or one man and his canine chum.
Turns are short, and events resolve quickly, so things moved along nicely.
The rules don't depend on precise millimetres, or degrees of wheeling, so a mid-res camera suffices.

This was a first attempt to game over Zoom, and it worked rather well.
It set my expectation for future games:
I don't think significantly larger games, or ones with more complicated die rolling sequences would play well.
Good lighting, and a steady base for your camera are critical to the experience.

We had 2 cameras: One providing a fixed panoramic shot, and a hand held phone camera for roving close-up work.
The Camera phone was occasionally useful, but induced the occasional seasick vibe.

After the games I felt the same sort of Zoom fatigue one experiences after 2 or 3 hours of consecutive meetings.
This is a known medical thing, caused by the eyes and ears straining to extract a signal from reduced quality video and audio streams (blocking, lag, sound break-up ...)



Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Norm on 09 May 2021, 06:30:36 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Bonnie Blue Flag
2) What armies were confronted? - ACW Union v onfederate
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - mostly
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, one previous play.
5) How many players were in the game? - solo
6) What went well? - Had two brigades per side and mixed tings up with raw, experienced and veteran troops. There was a good level of player engagement with the game and the performance and action of individual units felt like it mattered and had some character.
7) What could have been improved? - I would have liked a bit more information in the movement section to better show how to deal with some situations instead of just relying on wargamer experience.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 11 May 2021, 12:41:15 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - BKCII
2) What armies were confronted? - British vs Axis Battlegroup Italy 1944
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - I've been using them since publication.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - The Italians tenaciously held on despite a lot of firepower thrown at them, but then they were dug-in or in stone buildings, so felt right.
7) What could have been improved? - Both sides could have had some better activation rolls at times.

Full AAR and campaign overview to follow.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 11 May 2021, 06:27:25 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - IACTA ALEA EST
2) What armies were confronted? - Goths and Romans
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing them a good while..
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Lee got some dismal rolls when she needed good ones; I shot unbelieveably well on one occasion and stopped a legion dead.
7) What could have been improved? - Lee always got to be first mover when I was menacing a flank or rear. King Fridigern was transfixed by the first shot of the game.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Shedman on 12 May 2021, 01:25:11 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? Table Air Combat (TAC) via Tabletop Simulator
2) What armies were confronted? Luftwaffe vs RAF over the Channel
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? Yes - there isn't a lot to  them
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? No
5) How many players were in the game? 2 Germans who had to bomb 2 factories and sink a merchant convy and 3 Allied who had to stop them
6) What went well? The rules represent this level of air war very well
7) What could have been improved? The movement cards were a bit tricky to handle and the Germans were outnumbered

And I hope I've kept the image to a reasonable size

(http://i.imgur.com/H0ysxsll.jpg) (https://imgur.com/H0ysxsl)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 12 May 2021, 01:26:47 PM
Looks good


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 26 May 2021, 04:54:11 PM
Hi

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - For King and Parliament
2) What armies were confronted? - Royalist's v Parliamentarian's.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, but very rusty, first face to face game since Feb last year.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Some dismal die roles on my part, Rupert lost both of his brigades of horse, Sir Jacob Astley was killed and shame upon shame, the King's Royal Standard was captured by the Parliamentarian's!
7) What could have been improved? - See above!

(https://i.imgur.com/W0HQcMp.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/OfNAV3Z.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/WHwDawA.jpg)
Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: DecemDave on 26 May 2021, 05:03:20 PM
If we beat the King ninety-nine times, yet he is King still..........
Great looking game though


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 26 May 2021, 06:01:17 PM
Excellent result!  :D


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 26 May 2021, 10:07:53 PM
That's a lovely looking game :).


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 27 May 2021, 12:07:53 AM
 :-bd =D> :-bd =D>


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: pierre the shy on 27 May 2021, 12:49:44 AM
Nice looking game Paul  :-bd

What's the scale of the buildings in the last picture? Are they Battlescale Miniatures 6mm ones?



Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 27 May 2021, 08:46:31 AM
Hi Pierre

Thanks. The buildings are 10mm Battlescale (with 15mm figures), not mine unfortunately, they are my good friend Lee's who painted them as well. They look great on the table and as of today (I have just finished putting in an order) they have a 20% sale on (with code FB20).

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Westmarcher on 27 May 2021, 09:45:49 AM
Firstly, good looking miniatures and terrain.   :-bd   Secondly, I didn't clock that the buildings were a smaller scale than the figures until you mentioned it, Paul, which backs up what I was recently saying to a friend about using smaller scale buildings - it works best at tricking the eye if you only drop one scale down and don't go overboard.

I also see you were using dice instead of cards (presumably D10s?) What are the practicalities of this? (for a start, I can see that dice take up less space than cards).  For example, as I recall, you normally place drawn cards beside the unit - so I presume you place the die that has just be thrown beside the unit instead and then throw another die (which suggests you might need loads of dice?).   


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 27 May 2021, 11:09:10 AM
Hi Westmarcher

Thanks for the comments! In fact the game took place at my friend Lee's house (he has a dedicated wargames room, the lucky so and so...) and all the terrain and the Cropheads, sorry Parliamentarian's are his, the (losing) Royalist's mine.

I'm a big fan of the For King and Parliament and To the Strongest! rules but not of using playing cards. To be brutally blunt I think using cards instead of dice is a bit of a gimmick to make the rules stand out from other sets (purely my own opinion of course)!

When my group started to use To the Strongest! some years ago we tried all the methods (several times) for 'activations', scoring 'hits' etc. that is playing cards, taking numbered chits out of a bag and using D10's.  What we finally settled on was using D10's for all activations, hit and save throws and simply using the numbered chits to put next to a unit/commander to remind us of the latest activation score and replacing (actually putting on top of the previous chit and turning the whole lot over, blank side up when a command/brigades activations are finished) it if the unit activated again. We keep the numbered chits in a small box with compartments for the different numbers for ease:

(https://i.imgur.com/xqEBKxS.jpg)

Some (many) people argue that using cards is a lot quicker, but in our experience, when you take into account the number of times packs of cards were dropped, two cards were taken from the pack instead of one, the time taken to shuffle the packs etc. they certainly were not. And that of course doesn't touch on the issues of 'skewing' the odds as soon as one card is taken from the pack or the aesthetics of playing cards all over the battlefield.
And to be honest, personally (and I'm not a competition player) I have never understood the seeming obsession that some gamers have with the speed of a game. I like to contemplate the battle and admire my brilliant tactical moves and when scoring a 'hit' on an enemy unit like to exclaim 'take that you rebellious rogues', the later happens all to rarely admittedly!  ;)

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: pierre the shy on 27 May 2021, 11:09:44 AM
Thanks. The buildings are 10mm Battlescale (with 15mm figures), not mine unfortunately, they are my good friend Lee's who painted them as well. They look great on the table and as of today (I have just finished putting in an order) they have a 20% sale on (with code FB20).

OK thought they were 10mm figures with 6mm buildings, but recognised the manufacturers sculps, thanks for the sale heads up  ;)

I think the "one scale down" approach for buildings etc is good, certainly works well with all the 10mm games that we play here in NZ.

FWIW for FK&P games we use small chits that Paul R made up using the same number ranges as the playing card decks, they work brilliantly and visually are much less intrusive than even mini-sized playing cards.


     


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Westmarcher on 27 May 2021, 12:13:00 PM
Thanks very much, guys!  These are great ideas which I'll consider using in my next game of FK&P.   :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Ithoriel on 27 May 2021, 12:52:29 PM
Great looking game.

As to the scoring of hits, for some reason I found myself imagining a foppish, Cavalier, Michael Palin ..... "I am Pwince Wupert, take that you webellious wogues!" :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 27 May 2021, 01:01:28 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Ten more sons!
2) What armies were confronted? - Yorkist and Lancastrian.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing them since I binned my copy of DBR.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Clarence decided to sit it out, with all the Yorkist cavalry.
7) What could have been improved? - Dismal movement rolls when things were favourable; the snowstorm in the rebels' faces which didn't last long enough for me to close and shoot them up. A draw, which is becoming rather too frequent a result.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Leman on 27 May 2021, 03:55:16 PM
) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Andy Callan's Renaissance rules for the Italian Wars
2) What armies were confronted? - French v Imperial
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - The card activation system worked well as did my small dice holders for casualties.
7) What could have been improved? - I used the very basic rules as it was my first go. Not particularly taxing, but there are add ons for terrain, different troop types, pursuit etc. In an all infantry or all cavalry melee the conflict can go over move to move and I prefer melees to be resolved there and then to avoid forgetting things or missing the effects on other troops.

The figures used were WoFUN plexiglas 2D flats, with the fronts and backs illustrated by Peter Dennis. The figures slot into precoloured mdf bases. A good way to get a couple of fully coloured armies up and playing almost immediately on arrival. A few niggles:
a) the figures can sometimes take quite some pressure to get their tab into the base slot;
b) this can lead to excess pressure being put on some figures, which resulted in a small number of snapped pikes - a little filing of the tab can solve this problem;
c) a very small number of lance armed cavalry were difficult to press out of their plexiglas sheet, but dextrous use of a modelling scalpel and cutting mat resolved this problem without any lances snapping;
d) the artillery are precoloured mdf and were quite fiddly to put together.

Overall I like these figures (I bought the 18mm ones) mainly owing to the Peter Dennis artwork. Unfortunately not all the ranges use Peter Dennis, and some of those look a little odd. However the Peter Dennis ranges are expanding.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51207580960_aae8bdcb2e.jpg)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 30 May 2021, 06:12:17 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Star Wars: Legion
2) What armies were confronted? - Imperials vs Rebels
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Sort of by the end, but it took us a long time to get going.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - yes.
5) How many players were in the game? - two, me and my 16 yo daughter
6) What went well? - Mechanics are simple enough once you get your head round them. Vadar cuts up opponent's pretty well!
7) What could have been improved? - Could not kill any squads, could not kill Luke, could not dodge incoming fire, could not believe Imi's saves!

Yes, I lost, big time! But we both enjoyed the game!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 30 May 2021, 08:43:07 PM
Fight photos here!
https://madlemmey.blogspot.com/2021/05/our-first-game-of-star-wars-legion.html


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: pierre the shy on 30 May 2021, 09:34:33 PM
Very cool  :)

Unfortunately the Force was not with you in that game  :(


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Ithoriel on 30 May 2021, 11:34:07 PM
Great write up of what looks to have been a fun game .... for Imi :D


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 31 May 2021, 12:29:55 PM
Well done Imi =D> =D> =D>


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 31 May 2021, 12:38:16 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Ten more sons!
2) What armies were confronted? - Yorkist and Lancastrian. Twice; Lee demanded a rematch that same afternoon.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've been playing them since I binned my copy of DBR.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - The dice loved me in the middle section of the first game. In the second, they were neutral, but I was on form.
7) What could have been improved? -  One of the flag-holders in the new castle has broken off and needs attention PDQ.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 03 June 2021, 07:31:08 PM
Hi

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - For King and Parliament
2) What armies were confronted? - Royalist's v Parliamentarian's.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Gaining revenge for the King's defeat the week before . Sir Ralph Hopton won a very close battle with only 3 medals in it at the end. The Royalist foot under the command of Sir Bevil Grenville smashed the parliamentarian centre capturing all their artillery. Lee's new gridded (which you can hardly see in the photos) mat looked great.
7) What could have been improved? - The Royalist horse, while just about holding their own on one flank were again defeated on the other flank.

 (https://i.imgur.com/HMZA0qS.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/tUuz6kT.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/hbZygbQ.jpg)

Cheers Paul



Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 04 June 2021, 10:17:08 AM
 :-bd =D> :-bd

... Lee's new gridded (which you can hardly see in the photos) mat looked great...
Exactly what you want  :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: kustenjaeger on 05 June 2021, 07:31:29 PM
Greetings

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Honours of War
2) What armies were confronted? - Prussian v Austrian SYW.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, but very rusty, first face to face game for ages and first non solo game with rules
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No but not used for ages and then solo
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Managing to play a good looking game with the figures we had (mainly mine) for a full scenario (Lobositz from the rule book).  Canister fire is brutal. Being attached in flank by cuirassiers can ruin a cavalry brigade in moments. We were using one of my Geek Villain mats for the first time and it was really good.
7) What could have been improved? - We were proxying French for most of the Austrians and Hessians for most of the Prussians. I had a couple of part painted Chaaseurs de Fischer (pretending to be Grenzer that need painting. I’m not sure we fully understood light troops as the aforementioned ‘grenzers’ severely beat up a three battalion Prussian brigade in the vineyards etc of the Lobosch.  All figures were 10mm Pendraken.

Edward


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: kustenjaeger on 06 June 2021, 09:25:48 PM
Greetings

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Wings of Glory
2) What armies were confronted? - British  v German WWI.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, but a bit rusty
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No but not used for a while and last used solo
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Entertaining and quick with three planes per side. I shot down all three Germans, losing one wingman.
7) What could have been improved? - Figuring out the add on AI rules better - we were flying the leaders and the other two per side using AI.

Edward


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 19 June 2021, 01:58:54 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - A couple of 'trial' games using Black Powder and the Last Argument of Kings supplement for SYW.
2) What armies were confronted? - Prussian v Austrian and Allies v French
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Completely new to the rules.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - See above
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - They seemed to play and 'flow' much better than they read.
7) What could have been improved? - Quite a lot of ambiguity from simply reading the rules and rather too much, " if you don't want to do this, don't, or you can ignore this rule if you want", for my taste. That said both were enjoyable games. Main sticking point for me was the ranges for smoothbore muskets relative to  artillery e.g. Musket range is 18" (we substituted cms for inches using 10mm figures), yet canister range is only 6" and again maximum musket range is 50% of the maximum range of horse artillery (18" v 36") which I found slightly bizarre. Any enlightenment for this from BP players would be most welcome.

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 19 June 2021, 02:37:31 PM
1) Rapid fire
2) Russian and German 1945
3) No - I've never liked it not enough detail
4) First for a long time, it's not improved.
5) 2.5 - the Russian player rapidly lost interest - I wuz German
6) Not our shooting
7) Interest by the Russian player. I suspect that it would have worked better with Battlegroup, but the scenario was rather unbalanced.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 20 June 2021, 02:45:53 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Big Battle De Bellis Antiquitatis (BBDBA)
2) What armies were confronted? - 2x IV/64c Medieval French, IV/76 Early Burgundian v 2x IV/62c 100 Years War English, IV/57c Low Countries (Ghent)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Four
6) What went well? - Another interesting game with these new troops with interesting interactions between the various troop type
7) What could have been improved? - the initial deployment by some of the players

It was the first time our regular playing group got to use these armies and it lead to some interesting deployments

The Burgundian and one of the French armies mixed their bow and blade along their line - this meant that they were out shot by the greater number of English long bowmen and their lines were too fragmented to effectively close

The guildsmen from Ghent would have been better to mass their pike and used their crossbows to support their artillery...

The other French army used their mounted knights and bow to threaten the guildsmen's flank while getting stuck in with their dismounted men-at-arms demoralising the guildsmen

The English in the centre broke the Burgundians but took some casualties doing so

The French men-at-arms who had beaten the guildsmen were able to get in amongst isolated units of long bow and demoralise the central English breaking the combined army


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Leman on 20 June 2021, 09:14:20 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Andy Callan's Renaissance rules, plus the advanced rules
2) What armies were confronted? - French v Spanish c1510
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No but first time with the advanced additions
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - the random card system worked well, as did most of the advanced rules
7) What could have been improved? - I made a playsheet as none is provided, but left out some important points so will have to work on it.

This actually produced a very exciting game, with both army's mercenaries sitting down as they were unhappy with their pay, both rolling 1 before the game started. I put my own rule in that they could roll a dice to renogotiate this on a 6. The French Swiss got this on move 3, but the Spanish Landsknechts not until move 5. As a consequence the Swiss pike were able to link up with the Papal allies to severely stall the Spanish colunella, whilst the French heavy cavalry were able to see off their Spanish opposition quite quickly and then virtually surround the now isolated landsknechts before they lost their charge bonus as a result of blown horses and broken lances.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51257934032_52a3fba896.jpg)
Start of the battle - the Swiss and landsknechts have both withdrawn to the base line.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51257932907_f80e7eaa1b.jpg)
Swiss to the rescue. French gendarmes and archers galloping towards the now isolated landsknechts, having seen off the Spanish cavalry and artillery.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 20 June 2021, 07:42:39 PM
Hi

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - To the Strongest!
2) What armies were confronted? - Alexander's Macedonians v Classical Indians (Commanded by King Porusacupatea).
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No but first game since September last year.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Wounding Alexander on turn three and forcing him off the field, using most of my ammo chits (I commanded the Indians) and actually getting my Elephants and Chariots into action and causing some damage.
7) What could have been improved? - Losing an Elephant on the penultimate turn which forced some units nearby to take morale tests which they failed miserably and led to me losing the game - however it was hugely enjoyable which is the usual case with To the Strongest!

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 20 June 2021, 10:29:18 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Star Wars Legion
2) What armies were confronted? - Imperials vs Rebels
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - fourth game
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Taking 3 out of 5 objecives, killing 3 out of 4 units too.
7) What could have been improved? - Not losing Vader- again!

After 4 attempts, I finally won one!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: kustenjaeger on 21 June 2021, 12:43:57 AM
Greetings

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Wings of Glory
2) What armies were confronted? - British  v German WWI (October 1916)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, but a still a bit rusty
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - Entertaining - one plane and the balloon blew up.
7) What could have been improved? - remembering the engine damage symbol earlier - I had to reset part of the game.

Edward


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 21 June 2021, 04:30:44 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Star Wars Legion
2) What armies were confronted? - Imperials vs Rebels
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - fourth game
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Taking 3 out of 5 objecives, killing 3 out of 4 units too.
7) What could have been improved? - Not losing Vader- again!

After 4 attempts, I finally won one!

Did she take it easy on you ;)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Shedman on 21 June 2021, 03:55:50 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - BKC IV using Tabletop Simulator
2) What armies were confronted? - German vs Russian 1941
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Between us we did
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 2 - Gordon in Scotland and me in England
6) What went well? - Using scripts to generate ranges, command radius, recce - in fact everything that could be measured - for all units
7) What could have been improved? - some of the counters, ie for hits , were a bit fiddly

Gallery here https://postimg.cc/gallery/XBg1ZJ1 (https://postimg.cc/gallery/XBg1ZJ1)

(https://i.postimg.cc/Vry2mm5t/20210617200714-1.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/Vry2mm5t)





Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: DecemDave on 21 June 2021, 05:05:14 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - One hour wargames - Neil Thomas
2) What armies were confronted? - ECW Royalist v Parliament. the scenario is here
http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,20771.msg328430.html#msg328430
Plus house rules on arrival of Parliament Infantry and Royalist cavalry
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes.  Simplicity itself.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes
5) How many players were in the game? - 1 - me.
6) What went well? -
 I enjoyed it!  D6s always generate a few key moments of joy and grief. 
 Really easy rules.
 15 hits to eliminate a unit means it takes several turns and/or units to get a result so units are effectively pinned once committed.
 The movement rules alone made redeployment hard for the Royalists (no space to pivot)  without any reaction/command rules needed.
  The rules meant the little marsh was the only impassable bit (I had intended it to mean soft going south of the road) BUT that was enough to slow down the turn 1 cavalry move. 
 No nasty roundheads got near his glorious majesty.
Got a result by the end of turn 6 - 90 minutes! 
7) What could have been improved? Needed LOTs of house rules and impromptu D6s to work [Only infantry and cavalry units count in the original rules, so a key one was that non combat units were eliminated on contact but stopped further movment] but I deliberately set a complicated scenario as I intend to try out half a dozen rule sets.  I think as a 2 person game there would be lots of debate!

The key turn (end of turn 3) 
The leading Royalist infantry has managed to redeploy and block the lead Parliament cavalry. The rest of the infantry are still muddled.  Having eliminated the royalist forlorn hope, the defenders of the manor ran out of ammo!  Rupert turned up with the cavalry but so did  the entire Parliament Infantry (6 on a D6 whereas I had expected them to arrive piecemeal)
(https://i.imgur.com/MuxsYuD.jpg)

End turn 6:  Parliament had wiped out most of the King's siege forces, the forlorn hope and a hopeless bunch of dragoons but lost 4 of the original 6 cavalry doing it.  The supply train made it to safety. With Rupert charging across table and confronted by a solid (if battered) wall of infantry, I decided the Parliament infantry would conduct a strategic withdrawal and leave the manor to its fate.  After all, if we beat him 99 times, yet he is still King.
(https://i.imgur.com/anOCIvZ.jpg)


Title: Re: What were the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Ithoriel on 21 June 2021, 06:04:57 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - 5 Parsecs From Home 3rd Edition
2) What armies were confronted? - The crew of the Freetrader "Destiny's Child" vs a squad of warbots
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes. The layout seems logical to me and the page margins are colour coded and labelled so you can see in an instant what section you are looking at.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - The dice were kind to the crew, high when high was needed and low when low rolls were wanted much of the time. It does point up that the game is going to be dependent on luck and planning every bit as much as battlefield tactics.
7) What could have been improved?  My knowledge of the rules .... and that will come in time. Also, availability of painted figures and scenery.

Pictures was took so AAR will be forthcoming.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: DecemDave on 23 June 2021, 02:10:51 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Arthur Harman's ECW Siege (in Portable Pike and Shot)
2) What armies were confronted? - Royalist siege artillery and Parliament defenders (1 element of regulars and 3  of militia/peasants)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well?
I was trying to resolve how much damage a siege might do before the Parliamentary relief force crashed into their rear.  :!! (see earlier post).   And I got an answer.  Not a lot!!  In the first DAY,  half the artillery achieved nothing and the other half did minimal damage to the building (1 of 10 points) and just 1/2 base width cleared of the hedge/barricade. [the latter repairable on the Parliament turn  >:(] So you would need at least a "week" (or two) before sending in the storming party which is not unrealistic.
Could be a good rule-set for a siege from point of arrival:  digging trenches, building earthworks, etc . By the time troops went into action, the gamers would be as desperate or frustrated as the real generals.   :)
Copes with small units. (My normal units have 3 or more "elements")
7) What could have been improved?  Rules have a great flowchart for a siege but the high level decisions surrender? when?  honours of war?  sally? is left to players whereas I'd have liked event cards for the defender. 
Also a random variable when assigning strength points to each grid area.






(https://i.imgur.com/YqkfIWr.jpg)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 23 June 2021, 02:17:58 PM
After 4 attempts, I finally won one!

Trying to emulate Alexander Will ?


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 26 June 2021, 08:48:58 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - DBMM
2) What armies were confronted? - II/49 Marian Roman v II/53 Ancient British
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4
6) What went well? My combat rolls when my Romans charged off a hill into the British Warband that had gone impetuous but hadn't quite reached the Romans :)
7) What could have been improved? My combat rolls during the cavalry combat on the flank a couple of turns before the above charge :(
                                                     My combat rolls as the British Warband counter charged  :o :( X_X

With my command broken and the British having suffered very few casualties the Romans conceded after only 1.5 hours :-[


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 27 June 2021, 03:16:15 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Ten More Sons!
2) What armies were confronted? - Yorkists and Lancastrians
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 2
6) What went well? - An off-table flank-march came on and carved up Warwick's artillery, then turned the flank of some mercenary pikemen too.
7) What could have been improved? - My characteristic problem in this period; when I've got equal or superior numbers of longbowmen shooting it out with their opposite numbers, idential in quality, weapons, and position, I always get turned into a porcupine. Lee's won four in a row. :(


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Norm on 27 June 2021, 06:31:47 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Sword & Spear (Great Escape Games)
2) What armies were confronted? - Yorkists and Lancastrians
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - solo
6) What went well? - The rules quite nicely stop the effect of 'line them up, advance and clash' by creating more individual stories within each part of the battlefield and having some single units likewise getting their own narrative.
7) What could have been improved? - I should do myself a quick reference play aid that captures the smaller tucked away rules that I frequently forget.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: mmcv on 05 July 2021, 12:46:32 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Hachiman - homebrew Feudal Japan rules
2) What armies were confronted? - Ao (blue) vs Shiro (white) clans
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - solo
6) What went well? - The rules flowed pretty well for the most part. I set myself up an attack across the river scenario which was pretty bogged down in an early test game but with the revised rules flowed a lot better. Melee was brutal, commanders were important, and the new rules around messengers and banners worked well. One side seemed to dominate early but some key breakthroughs shook up the situation keeping it pretty dynamic throughout.
7) What could have been improved? - Tracking of Fatigue (combination of combat stress, exhaustion, taking fire, etc) ended up being a little onerous at times. I suspect this might have been down to the scenario (lots of blasting away at each other across the river, not much hand to hand) though it was a minor enough quibble and would probably want another test game or two before tweaking it too much. Probably on a more open battlefield.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 09 July 2021, 04:55:13 PM
Hi

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Black Powder
2) What armies were confronted? - Austrian/Russian v Prussian
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes and no!
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? This was our 4th 'learning the rules' game and I'm still finding these rules perplexing. Somethings I really like, but other aspects leave me scratching my head.  :-
7) What could have been improved? Well, as far as the rules go, rather tightening up the way the rules are written.

(https://i.imgur.com/zEYNadG.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/NXf7QsP.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/3UQnAQO.jpg)

Cheers Paul


                                                     


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Westmarcher on 09 July 2021, 05:20:48 PM
Nice looking game, Paul.  :-bd

I prefer Honours of War for this period and have no hesitation in recommending it if you haven't already tried these rules yourself.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 09 July 2021, 05:22:22 PM
I agree that Honours of War works much better than BPII for the SYW, even with the 18thC supplement to tweak things.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: DecemDave on 10 July 2021, 12:07:00 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Neil Thomas OHW  + in house Scenario rules and a playing card driven add-on for random events and to turn some units "green" or "veteran" . 30+ units on table.
2) What armies were confronted? - 10mm Early war Parliament vs "dug in" Royalist vanguard and main body coming up but with other objectives set by the King who didn't trust the vanguard commander.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes . Exceptionally easy mechanics let you concentrate on your cunning plan.  :D
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Me no, the other two yes. Both picked it up by turn 2.
5) How many players were in the game? - Three.  Woohoo real games are back!   <:-P <:-P
6) What went well?
All three had fun. Three and half hours to final conclusion.  Good intro to historical wargaming.
The random events:  several units on each side became tougher or weaker so position manoeuvring was worth while. The Royalists were hampered by  haycarts blocking the roads  and a priest temporarily halting what would have been a devastating flank charge.  On the other hand, some parliamentary cavalry wandered into a previously unknown marsh and the pro-democracy uprising in a town was crushed in just two turns (yes - he rolled 6 each time) by a ruthless Royalist .
7) What could have been improved?
Rules: Typical "old school" problems - each player sits idly half the time although the turns are fast and get faster.  Very "bloody":  ended up with the last 4 survivors chasing the last 2

Scenario: The Royalist vanguard refused my offer to march off and so was eliminated by turn 8.  I should have invented some excuse to keep her active.   Well maybe not.  :d :d :d

Cunning Plans:  Despite it being my scenario/table/troops, my initial deployment was Considerably Restrictive Against Parliament. Two thirds of my army bottled itself up assaulting the Manor and their were lots of other objectives. (block the entry roads, secure two towns, steal requisition the silver plate from the church,...)  . I won a very marginal tactical victory but the Royalists successfully held the Manor throughout.

Game aids: Leon needs to make 5mm dice that are less likely to slip in the frames. 

Visuals:  I have gone off the look of those sabot bases. When time permits (  :o :!!) I think I will just attach the based elements on top of another thin single base with some weak glue like spray mount and try that.  And playing cards muck up the table - need some nice markers for next time.

Pic shows the critical centre point of the game as the Royalists launch a desperate (=not good idea in these rules) frontal cavalry charge to stop the Parliamentary infantry entirely surrounding the Manor House.
(https://i.imgur.com/Tw9Am9k.jpg)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 13 July 2021, 05:41:02 AM
 :-bd =D> :-bd


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 13 July 2021, 05:45:30 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Black Powder
2) What armies were confronted? - Austrian/Russian v Prussian
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes and no!
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? This was our 4th 'learning the rules' game and I'm still finding these rules perplexing. Somethings I really like, but other aspects leave me scratching my head.  :-
7) What could have been improved? Well, as far as the rules go, rather tightening up the way the rules are written.
...

Very much agree, we have been testing/learning BPII with the Glory Hallelujah supplement for ACW and even after 6-7 games we are still having to make notes of how the rules actually work and seek advice on basic things such as what contributes to a brigade breaking

I suspect that once we get our notes in order and settle on our house rules we will get a decent game but :-w


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 13 July 2021, 10:10:52 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - IACTA ALEA EST!
2) What armies were confronted? - Gothic/Alan vs Imperial Roman
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? There were a few moments when Lee just couldn't strike a blow, though the numbers favoured her; my artillery again showed its value against dangerous enemy cavalry. Auxilliary archers had a moment of glory. Lee lost both her commanders.
7) What could have been improved? A legion got bogged down and eventually broken by shoddy Otrogothic bowmen. My guards horse lost against the Visigoth horse, despite having everything in their favour. I also lost both my commanders.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: kustenjaeger on 13 July 2021, 12:49:48 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - What a Cowboy (TFL rules still in play test)
2) What armies were confronted? - 4 different groups of 3 gunslingers
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Reasonably as party based on What a Tanker rules which I have played
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes
5) How many players were in the game? - Four
6) What went well? Easy to understand. Pretty table (as seen on Zoom).  Entertaining.
7) What could have been improved? Probably three characters per player was too much - 2 each plus a reserve when one was killed would have worked better as there was not a vast amount of action.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: kustenjaeger on 13 July 2021, 12:54:43 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Chain of Command
2) What armies were confronted? - 1940 Germans invading Connemara in Ireland so facing Irish Army
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - 4
6) What went well?  My dice rolling - especially to save hits on the Irish 18# we’re amazing. We (the Irish) lost in the end but we went 30 minutes over our allotted time and put up a stiff fight!  Included a Rolls Royce armoured car reversing (by accident?) into a German Sdkfz 222.
7) What could have been improved?  Not much - a super game thanks to the game host who designed the scenario, force lists etc. And had extensively play tested the scenario.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Techno II on 14 July 2021, 07:37:38 AM
Couple of terrific looking games. :-bd

Cheers - Phil. :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 14 July 2021, 10:51:43 PM
Imi played David at Star Wars Legion
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Legion
2 What armies were confronted? - Rebels vs Imperials
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, she did
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - two, I was playing MeG on the adjacent table
6) What went well? - She dominated the early game and held on for a close win.
7) What could have been improved? - not getting stomped on by an AT-ST!
4-3 win to Imi. 8)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 16 July 2021, 09:02:53 PM
Well done Imi :-bd


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: mmcv on 18 July 2021, 04:43:29 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Hachiman - homebrew Feudal Japan rules
2) What armies were confronted? - Warring States Chu vs Qin (taking some liberties with the time period of the rules)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - solo
6) What went well? Quite a bit. I ended up playing the game over the course of about a week (it's great having a permanent hobby space to leave games up!) and got to test out a lot of the rule modifications and refinements. Game was brutal and had a lot of dynamic back and forth throughout so could easily have gone either way. There was one commander in particular who seemed to be everywhere at once!
7) What could have been improved? Few tweaks off the back of it, streamlining some modifiers and simplifying the charge test, but nothing too major. Rules weren't a 100% match for the time period but a lot of the core mechanics worked well and with a few adaptions could easily make a period-specific version.

http://www.pendrakenforum.co.uk/index.php/topic,20990.0.html


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Bunny on 19 July 2021, 03:47:55 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Hail Caesar
2) What armies were confronted? - Seleucid v Ptolomey
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, but somewhat ring rusty
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, I've played them a couple of times
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - For a simple and quick game. Never played solo before and was ok
7) What could have been improved? - Both sides had their fair share of good and bad die rolls.  I added a ‘Bolt Action’ style random activation, each commander was numbered and a corresponding number was placed in a bag and drawn randomly.  The drawn commander was then activated and he diced for his command as normal HC rules. It added a little extra uncertainty and worked quite well.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 28 July 2021, 10:40:28 AM
Hi

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - For King and Parliament
2) What armies were confronted? - Royalist v Scots Covenanter (first outing for the Scots).
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - Pretty much everything from my point of view, Royalist dice throws were not good to put it mildly. You know you are going to have a good day when Prince Rupert's regiment of (veteran) horse charge your poorly mounted of Scots lancers and are destroyed in the process!
7) What could have been improved? - See above!

(https://i.imgur.com/eeUMu18.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/o1af6es.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/bUaghM3.jpg)

Cheers Paul



Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 28 July 2021, 12:15:18 PM
That's a very nice looking game Paul 8).


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Chris Pringle on 28 July 2021, 01:12:54 PM
That's a very nice looking game Paul 8).

Seconded. Those Scottish scouts are really well disguised, very canny!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Techno II on 28 July 2021, 05:24:20 PM
Thirded !!  :-bd

Cheers - Phil. :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: pierre the shy on 28 July 2021, 09:36:25 PM
Very nice looking game Paul  :-bd

As a FK&P player myself I am intreged to see your gridded mat/cloth......did you make it yourself, or can you tell us where its from?


i hope my Scots lancers are able to emulate their performance against the NMA at Inverkeithing when we finally get to play my scenario.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 28 July 2021, 10:01:38 PM
Hi Pierre

Thanks for the comment. Actually the game was played at my friend Lee's house and the mat is his; I understand that he got it from DeepCut Studios:

https://www.deepcutstudio.com/

I think he got it custom made rather than 'off the shelf', it's 8ft x 5ft with 6 inch boxes just marked at the intersections and I believe it cost just over 100 euros plus shipping.

Hope that helps.

Cheers Paul



Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 28 July 2021, 11:02:22 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - I played MeG, my daughter played StarcWars Legion
2) What armies were confronted? - Mid Republican Roman vs Hoplites and Rebels vs Droid Separatists
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, and no.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two on each game.
6) What went well? - Imi smashed her opponent, killing at least a droid squad a turn and avoiding Count Duckula. I smashed the Greeks shortly after.
7) What could have been improved? - Better windows to watch the pretty impressive storm!

Despite her autism and verbal/non-verbal tourettes being awful, Imi was really confident and in control of thebgame, sensibly takking through the rules with her opponentwhonis an experienced player but has not played during the pandemic, and then destroying him.
I'm so proud!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: pierre the shy on 29 July 2021, 04:29:18 AM
Hi Pierre

Thanks for the comment. Actually the game was played at my friend Lee's house and the mat is his; I understand that he got it from DeepCut Studios:

https://www.deepcutstudio.com/

I think he got it custom made rather than 'off the shelf', it's 8ft x 5ft with 6 inch boxes just marked at the intersections and I believe it cost just over 100 euros plus shipping.

Hope that helps.

Cheers Paul

Thanks Paul I will have a look, but given my recent experiences with overseas shipping I'm a bit hesitant about ordering anything more for a while.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 29 July 2021, 04:50:05 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - White Man's Burden
2) What armies were confronted? - Victorians vs Abyssinians
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Two; Lee wanted revenge for a recent British defeat
6) What went well? - The British artillery performed below expectations, and the African guns actually got a few hits in. We managed to close quickly, which is always important with low-tech armies against good shooters.
7) What could have been improved? - I had nothing to wish for this time.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 29 July 2021, 10:44:38 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - I played MeG, my daughter played StarcWars Legion
2) What armies were confronted? - Mid Republican Roman vs Hoplites and Rebels vs Droid Separatists
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, and no.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two on each game.
6) What went well? - Imi smashed her opponent, killing at least a droid squad a turn and avoiding Count Duckula. I smashed the Greeks shortly after.
7) What could have been improved? - Better windows to watch the pretty impressive storm!

Despite her autism and verbal/non-verbal tourettes being awful, Imi was really confident and in control of thebgame, sensibly takking through the rules with her opponentwhonis an experienced player but has not played during the pandemic, and then destroying him.
I'm so proud!


And so you both should be :-bd :-bd :-bd


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 29 July 2021, 09:10:06 PM
Hi

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - 'O' Group (WWII)
2) What armies were confronted? - British v German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - No, not yet at least, although I was getting there by the end.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - After just one trial game I really like these rules. The 'feel' was right for WWII (IMHO) and what happened on the table could easily have been in a book about the action. Much more emphasis on command and control and not exactly knowing where the enemy is and what you are up against. 
7) What could have been improved? - Although I like what I have seen so far playing solo (after just one game), having a real opponent would bring out the best in these rules. Problem is that none of the small group of friends I play with are really into WWII  :(

RAF Recce photo of the battlefield and some pics taken by the PR guys:

(https://i.imgur.com/bl6d1NV.jpg)

Two platoons of A Coy, 6th Green Howards approaching an orchard with some armour in support:
(https://i.imgur.com/alKcI9e.jpg)

The same two platoons now occupying the orchard come under accurate German mortar fire:
(https://i.imgur.com/FC8EbVD.jpg)

Just when you thought your day couldn't get any worse......
(https://i.imgur.com/ZkowuPt.jpg)

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Techno II on 30 July 2021, 07:33:20 AM
 :-bd

Where have the previous piccies gone ? 

Cheers - Phil. :-\


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: fred. on 30 July 2021, 07:48:36 AM
Hi

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - 'O' Group (WWII)
2) What armies were confronted? - British v German
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - No, not yet at least, although I was getting there by the end.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - After just one trial game I really like these rules. The 'feel' was right for WWII (IMHO) and what happened on the table could easily have been in a book about the action. Much more emphasis on command and control and not exactly knowing where the enemy is and what you are up against.  
7) What could have been improved? - Although I like what I have seen so far playing solo (after just one game), having a real opponent would bring out the best in these rules. Problem is that none of the small group of friends I play with are really into WWII  :(

Cheers Paul

Great looking photos. I’m keen to play O group too, need to sort out some more Germans. And work out how to play, it doesn’t feel too suited to remote play, which is what we are still doing


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 30 July 2021, 08:20:40 AM
Hi Phil

Re. previous piccies, my fault, I deleted them from my Imgur account and I'm not sure how to restore them to the original post.

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 30 July 2021, 10:29:37 AM
Nice looking game from the 'O' Group rules. I've considered them but very happy to stick with BKCII/IV.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 01 August 2021, 12:05:51 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Pikenan's Lament (Osprey) - Pike and Shotte skirmish rules from the "Lion Rampant" stable.
2) What armies were confronted? - Westmarchers Vs Holme's Regiment.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, I think  this was our fourth set-to, though after 18 month's lay-off we were a little rusty.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No (See above)
5) How many players were in the game? - Two, myself and Westmarcher (also of this parish).
6) What went well? - Interesting "Raid the village" scenario. Westie selected a high quality force, while mine was a high pile of cheaper options. We did recall an impressive proportion of the rules after 18 monthis.
7) What could have been improved? - See below.

Raid the village is a bit of a paper/scissors/rock problem.
 * Village defenders "clubmen" are pathetic in the extreme, one puff of gun smoke and they panicked, failed successive morale checks and eventually dispersed.
 * Both sides grabbed the closest plunder and withdrew, so conflict was minimal.
 * Neither of us were quite smart enough to assign low value units to escort the plunder off the table.
 * Both of us recruited some high-value troops that played no significant part in the battle.


Summary:
A smash and grab scenario, which ended with an interesting running firefight.
Certainly worth a replay, when we might make wiser unit selections.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Westmarcher on 01 August 2021, 02:00:01 AM
Yes, thanks for the game, Steve. A mission I’m in two minds about.  Essentially, this was a ‘clash’ of opposing foraging parties at a village defended by the locals. No player ‘lost,’ as such, because the objective was to forage for (i.e., “steal”) as much as possible from the village defended by two units of “Clubmen.” 4 forage tokens were up for grabs; one worth 3 points, one worth 1 point and the remaining two worth 2 points each. Being fortunate enough to grab two tokens early on worth 5 points in total, it was a logical decision for me to withdraw with my loot after ‘disposing’ of the unfortunate Clubmen who, after all, were only defending their homes - one of the unpalatable reminders of 17th century warfare. If the two tokens had only amounted to 3 points, however, I may have been compelled to have challenged Steve’s troops to grab more, if I wished to gain more ‘Honour’ than him. Instead, my objective devolved into a successful fighting withdrawal, fending off Steve’s efforts to thwart me in doing so and in spite of him inflicting more losses on my force than I did his.

Although quantitively, Steve’s company was slightly more superior, it would have been interesting to see how my better quality units would have fared against him.  Instead, my elite units ended up escorting my ‘loot’ off the table after brushing aside the defending Clubmen (although admittedly one elite unit was badly mauled by Steve in the process). All considered, good to see Steve and a good afternoon’s wargaming with an easy set of rules to play with and both of us getting to put our toys on the table.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 01 August 2021, 07:30:48 AM
When I've played the game with Michael Leck (co-author) at Salute, IIRC you only check the value of the loot once the game has finished. This gives the incentive to gather as many tokens as possible.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Westmarcher on 01 August 2021, 10:20:39 AM
When I've played the game with Michael Leck (co-author) at Salute, IIRC you only check the value of the loot once the game has finished. This gives the incentive to gather as many tokens as possible.

We also felt the scenario required some tweaking, perhaps by making all supply tokens of equal value so that you must try seizing 3 to win. With the 4 tokens having to be placed in each corner of the village area, next time, I also suggest we change the facing of the village by rotating it slightly (making it more diamond shaped rather than square) so that it presents a corner to the advancing marauders instead of a flat face - perhaps that might increase the chances of both foraging parties disputing the other tokens after seizing the first.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 01 August 2021, 12:21:00 PM
We also felt the scenario required some tweaking, perhaps by making all supply tokens of equal value so that you must try seizing 3 to win. With the 4 tokens having to be placed in each corner of the village area, next time, I also suggest we change the facing of the village by rotating it slightly (making it more diamond shaped rather than square) so that it presents a corner to the advancing marauders instead of a flat face - perhaps that might increase the chances of both foraging parties disputing the other tokens after seizing the first.

It was certainly a little too easy to dash in and out while evading the enemy.
I can think of a few amendments that would increase the potential for fisticuffs.

 * Rules as written allowed players to check value of loot when captured, the small change to "Only check at the end" increases the incentive to go for a third loot.
 * Approaching farm form corners (also above) gives each team one easy with, and places two where they're liable to cause a fight.
 * Bonus honour  for "taking a prisoner" - scattering an enemy formation in close combat.
 * Reduced speed for units escorting loot - giving pursuers a better chance of catching them.

The scenario certainly creates some challenges in force selection.
 * Cheap quick moving units (commanded shot) seem ideal for dashing in and grabbing the loot.
        In our game, both sides ended up with premium units (Mine including my officer) herding cattle and not fighting.
 * A fighting reserve, to defend the retiring looters.
 * A quicker moving shock force to chase down enemy looters and steal their loot.

But a limit of 24 points means you can't have it all.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 02 August 2021, 02:38:05 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Shadow of the Eagles
2) What armies were confronted? - French vs Austrians 1809
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Not bad for a first game
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes, although I read through various developments of the rules.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - For a simple and quick game, all went pretty well and the rulebook is well laid out, so I could easily find what I needed to help clarify the QRS, given it was my first game
7) What could have been improved? - Both sides failed to rally off hits, so a rather quick and bloody win for the Austrians.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: nikharwood on 04 August 2021, 11:01:57 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Mordheim
2) What armies were confronted? - Kislevites, Skaven, Undead, Ogres
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yep - completely - we *love* this ruleset (right SteveJ? ;) )
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Oh no...
5) How many players were in the game? - 4
6) What went well? - Fun, dialogue, hanging out, laughing at dice rolls, tactical feckwittery and utter madness (inspired by bravery / foolishness and dice-rolling)
7) What could have been improved? - Just more time to *love* this hobby...


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 05 August 2021, 08:45:52 AM
Yep, a brilliant game if played in the right spirit Nik, as we always used to :).


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Raider4 on 05 August 2021, 09:13:18 AM
Mordheim was fun back in the day. The problem we always found was having enough scenery.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 05 August 2021, 09:34:24 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - HEP! DEVS VVLT!
2) What armies were confronted? - Franks and Ayyubids
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, though it went down the slipway a bit earlier than other systems in my rules fleet, and creaks a bit in stormy weather.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Nah.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two.
6) What went well? - Managed to skirmish the knights most of the game, keeping them from doing much real harm. Meanwhile most of the Mamluks and ghazis thumped the Frankish foot, and surrounded the Hospitallers too.
7) What could have been improved? - The Royal Mamluks made the mistake of trying to stop the Templars early on. They're good cavalry, but nowhere near good enough for that, and they nearly took Saladin with them when they routed off. I also had a chance to throw an ambush at a unit of crossbowmen, but my Bedouin cavalry bounced off harmlessly. An attack on Safed castle met the usual fate of my attempts to take fortifications.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Elliesdad on 05 August 2021, 01:22:49 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - HEP! DEVS VVLT!
2) What armies were confronted? - Franks and Ayyubids
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, though it went down the slipway a bit earlier than other systems in my rules fleet, and creaks a bit in stormy weather.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Nah.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two.
6) What went well? - Managed to skirmish the knights most of the game, keeping them from doing much real harm. Meanwhile most of the Mamluks and ghazis thumped the Frankish foot, and surrounded the Hospitallers too.
7) What could have been improved? - The Royal Mamluks made the mistake of trying to stop the Templars early on. They're good cavalry, but nowhere near good enough for that, and they nearly took Saladin with them when they routed off. I also had a chance to throw an ambush at a unit of crossbowmen, but my Bedouin cavalry bounced off harmlessly. An attack on Safed castle met the usual fate of my attempts to take fortifications.

30+ years ago I visited Safed. The castle ruins are nice. But, then again, there are lots of castles in the area, many of which are very impressive.

Geoff


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 05 August 2021, 01:50:23 PM
It certainly wasn't my attack that turned it into a ruin!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 05 August 2021, 02:10:51 PM
Take more cannon my dear Kitty, more Cannon.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 05 August 2021, 02:23:18 PM
Mordheim was fun back in the day. The problem we always found was having enough scenery.

That sounds a lot like the problem with Frostgrave.
Frostgrave's  well thought out game, but unless you can fill three square feet with streets and buildings, victory will go to the Elementalist (A walking artillery wizard).

I was also reminded of Frostgrave when writing up the Pikeman's lament game.
The intention is to have a multi-way wizard battle close to the centre of the table.
Smart players usually grab the closest 2 or three loot tokens and laager up on their own edge - while casting as many "easy" spells as possible to accumulate experience.

The reason for this cowardly behaviour is that casualties are rather expensive (and an XP bonus to the Elementalist until amended in 2nd Edition).

It's interesting that once the terrain density improves, other wizards form some of their henchmen into hunting parties to eliminate the Elementalist wizards.


Apologies for thread hijack.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 05 August 2021, 09:58:49 PM
To me Frostgrave is Mordheim, but with magic as the main focus, plus you do need a lot of terrain to really make it work.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: DecemDave on 07 August 2021, 10:18:35 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Command and Colours Napoleonics.  Boardgame
2) What armies were confronted? - Wellington British/Portugese vs Marmont French. (Salamanca flank action)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes but still finding things I dont get quite right.
4) Was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No but its been a while.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two.
6) What went well?
Its a relatively simple Napoleonic wargame but there are some subtle rules in there.
The card play did its usual job of frustrating cunning plans, keeping both sides active and altering the pace up and down.
the number of scenarios and replay ability in this series is awesome.
7) What could have been improved?
a. I (french) lost.  But only just. rematch next week with swopped sides.
b. Well that's why I have posted it.  I am staring to plan daydream about "doing" this with the Peninsular non kickstarter figures.  Most units have 3-4 blocks/bases and it wont care if they are on 20/25 /30/40 mm widths as they all fit the big cloth version I bought so the armies will remain playable in other rulesets.
Having shared this noble and inspiring vision of course, my opponent said she preferred the blocks anyway.  But that's just her mind games to keep me a loser. 


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 07 August 2021, 05:35:39 PM
) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Shadow of the Eagles
2) What armies were confronted? - French vs Austrians 1809
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Not bad for my second game game.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - This game flowed nicely and I remembered most of the rules without needing to use the rulebook, only the QRS. It certainly felt more Napoleonic than the first game.
7) What could have been improved? - A couple of queries during the game that I couldn't find the answer to straightaway, but nothing major.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 07 August 2021, 11:16:05 PM
To me Frostgrave is Mordheim, but with magic as the main focus, plus you do need a lot of terrain to really make it work.

I think you've nailed my several paragraphs in a coupe of sentences.
I tip my hat to you sir.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 08 August 2021, 09:05:28 PM
 Hi

What ruleset did you use in your last game? - 'O' Group
2) What armies were confronted? - Soviets v Germans
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Only second game but a lot of things are sticking.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - Soviet mortar fire was excellent pinning down most of a company of German infantry and a platoon of StuG's. Rule wise. most queries can be quickly answered via the Too Fat Lardies website/forum and if not the rules author, David Brown is very helpful. 
7) What could have been improved? - Slight niggle is that the rules encourage the 3 bases that make up an infantry platoon to be close together when under artillery or mortar fire (you only need part of the platoon to be in the 'beaten zone' to become a target so it doesn't pay to space them out).  :-

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 08 August 2021, 11:05:30 PM
What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Dungeons and Dragons 5th Edition
2) What armies were confronted? - Good guys Vs Unpleasant kidnapping human sacrificers.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, have been playing for a while, but mainly online, this was the first time we gathered around a table, and tings are different.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Three
6) What went well? - Good KFC meal before we started. Unpleasant kidnapping human sacrificers. got precisely what they deserved.
7) What could have been improved? - Printounts form the "Digital" system don't include magic spell details - Pal with phone fished these out as we went.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Norm on 09 August 2021, 07:20:45 AM
) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Two Flags - One Nation (my own ACW rules currently being converted from hex to open table)
2) What armies were confronted? - Union / Confederate
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes but still tweaking.
4) Was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, but it is a living document as things evolve.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo.
6) What went well? The new skirmish rules did a better job for Bufords dismounted cavalry at McPherson's Ridge,
allowing them to survive longer than in the original set and to be a nuisance by being able to fall back more intuitively.
7) What could have been improved - the new rule allows multiple Disorders to accumulate on a unit, but they can only be rallied off at best
one Disorder per Rally Phase. Because both terrain and combat result can inflict disorder, units were tending to stay disordered for too long
and that status became too predictable. Post game the rules have changed that allow a unit to 'attempt' to remove all Disorders in the Rally Phase.

The main question for me is whether the rules are particularly necessary. In their hex version they do a good job against a background of here not really
being many sets for gamers that want to figure game on a hex table. In the open version, they sit amongst a throng of established commercial rules
that probably do a better job.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: fred. on 09 August 2021, 08:43:19 AM
The main question for me is whether the rules are particularly necessary. In their hex version they do a good job against a background of here not really
being many sets for gamers that want to figure game on a hex table. In the open version, they sit amongst a throng of established commercial rules
that probably do a better job.

An interesting and pertinent question to ask yourself.

I’d suggest thinking about what made the hex set different (and I suspect it is more than just being played on hexes)?

We converted our home brew Sci-Fi rules to a grid, but found it didn’t really work for us - but when we converted back from a grid, we kept some of the concepts - the main one being that a unit had a centre point, and that was what was measured from at all times. Helped keep things fairly simple rather than having to worry about the precise positioning of a number of models within a unit. We also kept moves and ranges at multiples of the grid distance (15cm IIRC) rather than reintroducing partial distances. So it might be worth thinking if some of these things that made the hex version good would work in a non-hex version.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 09 August 2021, 10:25:36 AM
Always interesting to hear form a developer who has a work in progress.

I suspect many of us have been there, and fizzled out before completion.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Norm on 09 August 2021, 10:36:15 AM
Thanks.

Fred, interestingly, I did bring the ‘centre’ of the unit concept to the open table and you are right, it does help. Yesterday I came across a charging situation / question that was simply decided upon by that principle (the charge didn’t happen!).  One of the good things about this kind of process is that you get very familiar will all of the rules which helps play, but that familiarity can of itself lead to sloppy rule writing. It just all needs a lot of hours thrown at it.

Steve, A friend of mine who does quite a bit with rules wisely observed that the first 90% of putting a rule set together is fairly straight forward, the final 10% is the part that will likely see a fail.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 09 August 2021, 03:40:32 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - HEP! DEVS VVLT!
2) What armies were confronted? - Franks and Ayyubids
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, though it went down the slipway a bit earlier than other systems in my rules fleet, and creaks a bit in stormy weather.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Nah.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two.
6) What went well? - I took the Franks this time; did a masterly job coordinating them and avoiding the usual curse of being surrounded and chewed up.
7) What could have been improved? - It didn't work. The knights rolled more ones than an egotist's self-confidence workshop.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 09 August 2021, 04:49:29 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Shadow of the Eagles
2) What armies were confronted? - French vs Austrians 1809
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Pretty much even though I've only played three games so far.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - The Austrian artillery performed well early on, which gave them a good start. The Austrian heavy cavalry's death charge at the end was a spectacular success. Again the game flowed nicely and felt Napoleonic having played so much linear warfare before.
7) What could have been improved? - The French tactics could have been better, ditto the early shooting by the French artillery. The Inept Austrian Brigadier only got off one successful coomand roll in 6 Turns, thus hampering the infantry's ability to take the fight to the French.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 13 August 2021, 08:37:26 PM

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? -Ian's WW2 rules
2) What armies were confronted? - British vs Germans
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes, after initial games I think I got the hang of a lot of it.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes
5) How many players were in the game? - Sunjester as Germans, I was British, Ian was umpiring.
6) What went well? - British ground the Germams out of two woods in two games.
7) What could have been improved? - Someone stealing Sunjester's morale dice!

Two great games, platoon level action, really well thought out rules, will defo try again 


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Last Hussar on 14 August 2021, 12:32:16 PM
Thanks. Its always worrying introducing someone to new rules, especially if you wrote them yourself!  Hidden defenders definitely slows the attackers down as the look at every patch of cover, and wonder if it is occupied


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: kustenjaeger on 14 August 2021, 07:35:26 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Star Wars X-Wing 2e
2) What armies were confronted? - Rebels vs Empire
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - More or less
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes - I used to play 1e (and still have it all …)
5) How many players were in the game? - solo to test differences in 2e from 1e
6) What went well? - my T-65 finally managed to kill both TIEs
7) What could have been improved? - my ability to avoid obstacles and to remember that the first ship to move may be obstructed by another ship.

Edward


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: sunjester on 16 August 2021, 05:22:05 PM

7) What could have been improved? - Someone stealing Sunjester's morale dice!

Two great games, platoon level action, really well thought out rules, will defo try again 

Oi!!! Keep your sticky fingers off my morale dice!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Orcs on 16 August 2021, 09:29:41 PM
Oi!!! Keep your sticky fingers off my morale dice!

It not just his flippin morale dice we need to lose.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 17 August 2021, 03:40:30 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - BBDA
2) What armies were confronted? - II/33 Polybian Roman, II/11 Gallic, II/39a Iberian v II/32a Later Carthaginian, II/5h Siciliot, II/39b Celtiberian
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Not by a long way
5) How many players were in the game? - 4
6) What went well? - I let the players pick the two armies to support the Polybian Romans and Later Carthaginians, each taking it in turn to pick an army as most fought for either side. This created some interesting confusion and choices for the players before generating the terrain.
7) What could have been improved? - The Roman's PIP dice

A couple of my newly flocked hills featured as rocky difficult hills in the game  :)

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51383579218_efbcca4761_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mhAgVC)

On the Carthaginian left the Siciliot cavalry and General block the Iberian attempt to move between the hill and the marsh as the Siciliot psiloi engage their Iberian counterparts.
In the center the Siciliot spear face off the Iberian auxilia and the Romans. While on the right Celtiberian psiloi and blades surge over the hill to combine with the Carthaginian's Spanish scutati to overwhelm the Gallic warband.



Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Techno II on 17 August 2021, 08:19:58 AM
 8)

Cheers - Phil. :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 17 August 2021, 08:24:42 AM
 8)


Since Phil keeps quoting me


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Speedy of Leighton on 17 August 2021, 11:21:58 AM
 8)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: pierre the shy on 17 August 2021, 11:41:51 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - BBDA
2) What armies were confronted? - II/33 Polybian Roman, II/11 Gallic, II/39a Iberian v II/32a Later Carthaginian, II/5h Siciliot, II/39b Celtiberian
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Not by a long way
5) How many players were in the game? - 4
6) What went well? - I let the players pick the two armies to support the Polybian Romans and Later Carthaginians, each taking it in turn to pick an army as most fought for either side. This created some interesting confusion and choices for the players before generating the terrain.
7) What could have been improved? - The Roman's PIP dice


Hmmm, yes the Roman allies had a particularly bad day in this game, the only highlight for the Romans was that they did manage to dispatch the two stands of Punic elephants in the centre while their allies were being put to the sword on each wing. We conceded after all three generals had been incapacitated.

Not sure what's happening next Saturday as a snap 3 day Level 4 lockdown has been called from midnight after a community Covid case, suspected to be the Delta varient, was found in Auckland  :( Its the first such case in over 6 months here in NZ.

 


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 17 August 2021, 04:26:13 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Cricket.
2) What armies were confronted? - Batter Vs the rest.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes.
5) How many players were in the game? - Five
6) What went well? - Everybody's heads and hands still intact, no windows broken.
7) What could have been improved? - The spare ground between the houses and the motorway, is not as smooth as Trent Bridge.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 17 August 2021, 09:44:53 PM
I miss playing cricket :(.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 17 August 2021, 11:49:33 PM
I miss playing cricket :(.

They've got it on the telly now, and everything.
All the players dressed up a crisp packets.
Girl form the local school was bowling for the Birmingham Phoenix this afternoon.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Techno II on 18 August 2021, 07:06:22 AM
There was some pretty damn impressive slogging in the match last night...and some brilliant catches from the punters in the stands !! :-bd

Cheers - Phil. :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 18 August 2021, 07:26:14 AM
Yep, some great hitting and that chap making the catch and then falling over the seats was brilliant. Fair play to the coverage team for giving him an interview during the match :). I also enjoyed the test matches in India that were on Channel 4 earlier in the year. We've loved the IPL games when we've been able to see them now and then on Sky Sports Mix channel.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Ithoriel on 18 August 2021, 12:57:49 PM
While I understand the desire to PLAY sport, I have never really understood the desire to watch it.

Watching cricket, for me, has all the fascination of watching a bird bath evaporate.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 18 August 2021, 01:27:32 PM
While I understand the desire to PLAY sport, I have never really understood the desire to watch it.

Watching cricket, for me, has all the fascination of watching a bird bath evaporate.

Now if you'd said Golf, Tennis or snooker......


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 21 August 2021, 04:59:31 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Shadow of the Eagles
2) What armies were confronted? - French vs Austrians 1809
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very much, although a few queries.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - This game flowed nicely and I remembered most of the rules without needing to use the rulebook, only the QRS. The action was based upon part of the battle of Eggmuhl and gave a historical result, but certainly not one sided.
7) What could have been improved? - A couple of queries during the game that I need to resolve via re-reading the relevant part of the book or a query on the forum.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 22 August 2021, 02:44:35 AM
Mmm, women's tennis is one of the very few sports I'll watch. Navratilova was like a great ballerina.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: ronan on 22 August 2021, 06:02:36 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Liber Militum : Tercios
2) What armies were confronted? - Holy Roman vs Franco-Dutch
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - no. I did not play that much
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo (Altough these rules are not very good for solo, I wanted to refresh my memory)
6) What went well? - The game was OK (I had no games for many month ! no figs, no rpg .. )
7) What could have been improved? - I need to find  a good way to play solo with Tercios.

May be I' ll find some energy to paint again..


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Scorpio_Rocks on 24 August 2021, 04:34:29 PM

1) What rule set did you use in your last game? - Seven Days to the River Rhine (Great Escape Games' "Cold War Gone Hot" rules)
2) What armies were confronted? - USSR Vs British (BAOR)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Mostly - the "rules" are fairly easy and minimal
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - The game went very well - we soon got into the swing of it's innovative initiative system and really enjoyed the differences to Team Yankee
7) What could have been improved? - We improved significantly in our second game making better choices in force composition and in "Reacting" within the games initiative/command system. Both of us were unable to react / hit a thing with our AA / SAM assets so the Attack Helos were a constant pain

Overall we really enjoyed it and will now using these and will be buying "Iron Cross", the WW2 "version", to replace Team Yankee and Flames of War


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 01 September 2021, 06:28:36 PM
Hi

1) What rule set did you use in your last game? - Black Powder
2) What armies were confronted? - Austrians v Prussians (SYW)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Mostly, but certainly not entirely.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - The basics in terms of shooting, moving.
7) What could have been improved? - At the end we were still left slightly frustrated (see previous posts on this thread) in that we seem to play parts of the rules differently every time we play, mainly down to the way the rules are written. We are going to give 'Honours of War' another go to see how they compare although we did try them a couple of times two years ago and for some reason at the time they didn't 'float our boats' either.  :-

(https://i.imgur.com/IVOlWsZ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/LWo3Lcw.jpg) (https://imgur.com/LWo3Lcw)

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Chad on 10 September 2021, 07:57:49 PM
1) What rule set did you use in your last game? - Teilight of the Soldiers Kings
2) What armies were confronted? - Prussian vs Austrian & Russian (SYW)
3) Sid you feel comfortable with the rule set? - Yes
4) and… was this the first time you used this rule set? - Yes
5) Hiw many players were in the game? - Two
6) What went well? - The simple but effective combat system
7) What could have been improved? - Not a lot. Any questions we had were answered fully by Nick Dorrell. We made a house rule to improve the Bombardment process.





Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Norm on 11 September 2021, 07:39:20 AM
1) What rule set did you use in your last game? - ‘O’ Group
2) What armies were confronted? - German / British
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - it was a first proper playing so the rulebook was forever being referenced, but is is easy to find your way around the well explained rules
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - first full blooding, I have had previous testing of sub-systems
5) How many players were in the game? - solo
6) What went well? - There was a strong subject flavour and the rules are picked up surprisingly quickly
7) What could have been improved? - It was a very small scenario, too small for the full flavour of the rules to be imparted.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021?
Post by: FierceKitty on 11 September 2021, 09:43:03 AM

1) What rule set did you use in your last game?                         Ball and Bayonnette
2) What armies were confronted?                                             Prussian vs Austrian
3) Did you feel comfortable with the rule set?                            Yes
4) and… was this the first time you used this rule set?                 No
5) Hiw many players were in the game?                                     Two
6) What went well?                                                                  I won again, at last.
7) What could have been improved?                                          My Prussian artillery did very poorly, and a unit of veteran cuirassiers broke when a fluke shot killed a nearby general.
8 ) What part of his battered person is Phil going to injure next?  My money's on a deep puncture to the left wrist.



Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Dave Knight on 11 September 2021, 07:06:52 PM
1) What rule set did you use in your last game? - Test of Resolve Wars of the Roses
2) What armies were confronted? - Lancastrian v  Yorkist
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Should be - I am one of the co - authors  :)
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - no I have played very little else for the last couple of years
5) How many players were in the game? - 3
6) What went well? - it was a playtest of a battle - it worked out pretty well and was good fun
7) What could have been improved? - Minor tweaks to the scenario - but that is why we do playtests. :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021?
Post by: Raider4 on 11 September 2021, 08:39:33 PM
1) What rule set did you use in your last game?                         Ball and Bayonnette

What on earth is a "Bayonette"?


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Ithoriel on 12 September 2021, 02:55:57 AM
What on earth is a "Bayonette"?

"The term bayonette itself dates back to the second half of the 16th century, but it is not clear whether bayonets at the time were knives that could be fitted to the ends of firearms, or simply a type of knife." - Wikipedia


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021?
Post by: FierceKitty on 12 September 2021, 02:56:41 AM
What on earth is a "Bayonette"?

The spelling of the seventeenth century. I'm showing my age.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Ithoriel on 12 September 2021, 02:57:32 AM
Snap! :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 12 September 2021, 03:08:24 AM
Ever used the more demanding utterance snip snap snorum?


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021?
Post by: Raider4 on 12 September 2021, 08:40:50 AM
The spelling of the seventeenth century. I'm showing my age.

So, shouldn't it be 'balle' as well?


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 12 September 2021, 10:11:40 AM
My spellyng checke was nott in ordre.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 12 September 2021, 10:17:51 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - IACTA ALEA EST!
2) What armies were confronted? - Sarmatians (Lee) and Imperial Romans (me)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - two
6) What went well? - I did win, and my light horse did a good job skirmishing the cataphracts into oblivion
7) What could have been improved? - Too often the casualties caused were just short of what was needed.
8 ) Do you think Phil's sheep should have their teeth extracted to reduce the risk of a severe bite? - Needs thinking about.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 12 September 2021, 10:59:51 AM

6) What went well? - I did win,


Independant verification please


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 12 September 2021, 12:42:42 PM
There are photographs in the FB group.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Techno II on 12 September 2021, 05:15:34 PM
My spellyng checke was nott in ordre.

Sirrah.....you need a good slappe. ;)

As far as tennis is concerned...Rocke onne young Emma. :-bd

Cheers - Phil.  :)




Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: ronan on 13 September 2021, 07:25:57 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Seven Days to the River Rhine  ( for ww2 )
2) What armies were confronted? - German vs Russian
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - 1st time I played them.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - 1st time I played them.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo
6) What went well? - I liked the command system.
7) What could have been improved? - The combat system, not so good for ww2

As usual I wrote a very short AAR https://2d6.fr/?p=5302 (https://2d6.fr/?p=5302),
(https://2d6.fr/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/SevenDays_ww2_20210912_01.jpg)
.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: fred. on 13 September 2021, 08:06:06 PM
Seven Days to the Rhine - isn’t this based off the WWII rules Cross of Iron? Would seem a good option to have gone with that version if you want to play WWII


But having said that the core of the rules is the activation/reaction mechanism. The vehicle stats are pretty simple


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Scorpio_Rocks on 13 September 2021, 08:40:52 PM
Iron Cross is the WWII "version" of Seven days (in fact Seven days is based on Iron Cross)

They share the initiative / activation / reaction mechanism and Iron cross has some extra/better rules for MG teams, snipers, etc. and national characteristics

The pdf version of the rules is cheap and available directly from Great Escape Games grab it and try again! Good luck!

(I play both games and have pretty much given up on Team Yankee / Flames of War)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: ronan on 14 September 2021, 12:22:37 PM
Seven Days to the Rhine - isn’t this based off the WWII rules Cross of Iron? Would seem a good option to have gone with that version if you want to play WWII
But having said that the core of the rules is the activation/reaction mechanism. The vehicle stats are pretty simple

The only Cross of Iron I know are for Squad Leader...  Could you provide me a link please ? I'd be interested.
Yes the stats are very simple, but i don't really care as far as I can tweak some bits.

Thank you


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Scorpio_Rocks on 14 September 2021, 12:24:54 PM
@ Ronan:

https://www.greatescapegames.co.uk/online-store/iron-cross-main (https://www.greatescapegames.co.uk/online-store/iron-cross-main)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: ronan on 14 September 2021, 04:17:27 PM
@ Ronan:
https://www.greatescapegames.co.uk/online-store/iron-cross-main (https://www.greatescapegames.co.uk/online-store/iron-cross-main)

How did I miss that ?!  ;D
Thank you Scorpio !  I'll give it a try !


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 15 September 2021, 10:59:11 AM
Rematch today, sides reversed. The Sarmatians won this time.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Lord Kermit of Birkenhead on 15 September 2021, 01:26:05 PM
Two in a row - GOOD GREIF   :D :D :D :D


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 15 September 2021, 01:40:44 PM
Three. I won the battle before that too (SYW).


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: T13A on 21 September 2021, 08:19:39 PM
Hi

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Honours of War
2) What armies were confronted? - Prussians v Austrians/Russians
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Pretty much.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Four
6) What went well? - Austrian artillery was a real killer, unfortunately I was commanding the Prussians!  :'(
7) What could have been improved? My subordinate commander doing what he was told, nothing to do with my confusing orders, honest, nothing to see here.  =)

(https://i.imgur.com/t8a1kVd.jpg)
A Prussian fusilier battalion and a musketeer battalion advancing through vineyards against Austrian Grenzers and Grenadiers.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZHZvBjz.jpg)
Prussian centre advancing.

Cheers Paul


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 21 September 2021, 09:53:03 PM
Cracking looking game Paul!!! Oh and 'Huzzah!' for the Austrian artillery ;)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 22 September 2021, 04:55:07 AM
Hi

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Honours of War
2) What armies were confronted? - Prussians v Austrians/Russians
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Pretty much.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - Four
6) What went well? - Austrian artillery was a real killer, unfortunately I was commanding the Prussians!  :'(
7) What could have been improved? My subordinate commander doing what he was told, nothing to do with my confusing orders, honest, nothing to see here.  =)

(https://i.imgur.com/t8a1kVd.jpg)
A Prussian fusilier battalion and a musketeer battalion advancing through vineyards against Austrian Grenzers and Grenadiers.

(https://i.imgur.com/ZHZvBjz.jpg)
Prussian centre advancing.

Cheers Paul

That's an army I don't want to take Prussians against!


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Westmarcher on 22 September 2021, 09:09:06 AM
Hi

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Honours of War


Good photos. By the looks of things, the game appears to have gone well, Paul. If you have the time, I'm sure the guys on the Honours of War forum would appreciate a battle report.  :)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: FierceKitty on 22 September 2021, 10:53:58 AM


1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - IACTA ALEA EST
2) What armies were confronted? - Sarmatians (me) vs Imperial Romans (Lee)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Pretty much.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No
5) How many players were in the game? - two
6) What went well? - Murderous charge again - broke enough Roman units in three rounds - Trajan being one of the casualties - to sew it up.
7) What could have been improved? I rolled badly a few times, but was lucky to take out the emperor, so it balanced out. Lee needs to pay attention to the rules; she ignored the bogey table and moved four units that were not allowed to in round 1. No wonder she used to win.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 07 October 2021, 06:01:36 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - BKCII.
2) What armies were confronted? - Republicans vs Nationalists SCW.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo, but implementing orders from remote players for a campaign.
6) What went well? - The Italian CTV command rolls (the cO played a blinder) and the International Brigades' artillery.
7) What could have been improved? - The International Brigades couldn't activate when it mattered the most.

Full AAR to follow when appropriate given it's a campaign and I don't want to give too much away to either side just yet.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Bunny on 08 October 2021, 07:20:57 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Kings of War 3rd edition
2) What armies were confronted? - Empire Army v Orcs
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Ok
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Yes, with 3rd edition.  Only played 2nd edition twice
5) How many players were in the game? - 2 me and my 10 year old son
6) What went well? - My orc hordes were very effective
7) What could have been improved? - My understanding of the rules, but it will get better with practice.

It was nice to get some gaming in, not only COVID but my family moved to the Algarve two years ago and there is not much of a wargaming scene there. The good thing was that my son really enjoyed it and wants to play more games with different armies, best I get painting.....


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 08 October 2021, 07:31:01 PM
Well done that man =D>

... The good thing was that my son really enjoyed it and wants to play more games with different armies, best I we get painting.....
FTFY ;)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 10 October 2021, 10:34:33 PM

1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Pulp Alley: https://pulpalley.com/ (https://pulpalley.com/)
2) What armies were confronted? - The Cult of Hanash, Safari Hunters and Tarzan's menagerie (A three way encounter)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, something like the 17th encounter in a multi-year campaign.
5) How many players were in the game? - Three.
6) What went well? - We finally opened the gate to the forbidden city, and I sneaked Am Masudi's pet cheetah inside before the game ended.
7) What could have been improved? With hindsight, we loaded too much friction onto the table in the way of perilous terrain and hostile windlife.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Ithoriel on 11 October 2021, 02:35:41 AM
With hindsight, we loaded too much friction onto the table in the way of perilous terrain and hostile windlife.

I'm sorry, I'm as subject to typos as any here and I know perfectly well what was meant but .... it's too glorious a typo not to ask .... pterodactyls or SBD flatulence :D


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 11 October 2021, 09:34:17 AM
I'm sorry, I'm as subject to typos as any here and I know perfectly well what was meant but .... it's too glorious a typo not to ask .... pterodactyls or SBD flatulence :D

Giant wasp/mosquito hybrids (territorial, out for blood and with a sting at either end)


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 12 October 2021, 02:55:58 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Shadow of the Eagles
2) What armies were confronted? - French vs Russian, 1812
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Pretty much, but helped by having the author playing,
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Five
6) What went well? - Russian aggressive tactics and the French left wing attack.
7) What could have been improved? - Both sides die rolling at times, but isn't that always the case?


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: paulr on 15 October 2021, 12:07:46 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - General Quarters I/II
2) What armies navies were confronted? - Imperial Japanese v United States
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - Not by a long way
5) How many players were in the game? - 4
6) What went well? - The Japanese plan to advance along the coasts with two destroyer divisions lead by light cruisers - the coast reduced their visibility and the clutter obscured them from radar
7) What could have been improved? - the victory conditions were too hard on the Americans, this has now been revised

This was a refight of the Second naval battle of Guadalcanal, night of 15-16 November 1942.

(https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51590574145_de98749542_o.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/2mATbiF)

When I created the scenario I was concerned that the two US battleships would overwhelm the single Japanese battlecruiser and had awarded victory points for damaging the US battleships (they were the last available shipos larger than destroyers available in the area). The mass torpedo attacks by the Japanese managed to inflict significant damage on the US battleships. When I re-assessed the result using the standard victory points it was a more appropriate tactical victory to the Japanese.

If the US had not withdrawn they may have been able to inflict enough damage on the Japanese battlecruiser and two heavy cruisers to redress the balance. But they didn't know how few of the Japanese destroyers had torpedo reloads.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: pierre the shy on 15 October 2021, 01:06:30 AM
What went well?

I actually managed to hit and damage both US battleships with Long Lance torpedoes at long range....a first for me and quite an achievement in GQ 1/2  :)

What did not go so well? Kirishima was badly pounded by the American battleships thanks to their gun ranging radars (When they actually worked) and was creeping back up the Slot at about 5 knots.

A very good game Paul.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Rhys on 15 October 2021, 08:04:23 AM
Sorry, I'm just imagining the look on Pauls face when you rolled the dice... :)
Though I wouldn't fancy your chances against the Cactus air force first thing in the morning (they might be able to hit a target moving at 5 knots).
i must try to get hold of a copy of GQ (but that would be yet another project).


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Big Insect on 15 October 2021, 09:07:20 AM
What do the white Covid-like things in the air represent?


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Rhys on 15 October 2021, 09:31:31 AM
Starshells.


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: steve_holmes_11 on 15 October 2021, 09:58:55 AM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - Pulp Alley: https://pulpalley.com/ (https://pulpalley.com/)
2) What armies were confronted? - The Cult of Hanash, Safari Hunters and Tarzan's menagerie (A three way encounter)
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Yes
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No, something like the 17th encounter in a multi-year campaign.
5) How many players were in the game? - Three.
6) What went well? - We finally opened the gate to the forbidden city, and I sneaked Am Masudi's pet cheetah inside before the game ended.
7) What could have been improved? With hindsight, we loaded too much friction onto the table in the way of perilous terrain and hostile windlife.

AAR now available: http://colgar6.blogspot.com/2021/10/pulp-alley-forbidden-city-perilous.html (http://colgar6.blogspot.com/2021/10/pulp-alley-forbidden-city-perilous.html)



Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Big Insect on 15 October 2021, 12:35:52 PM
Starshells.

Ah - obvious now you state that - thanks


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: pierre the shy on 15 October 2021, 08:59:37 PM
Sorry, I'm just imagining the look on Pauls face when you rolled the dice... :)
Though I wouldn't fancy your chances against the Cactus air force first thing in the morning (they might be able to hit a target moving at 5 knots).
i must try to get hold of a copy of GQ (but that would be yet another project).

Paul was actually playing on the Japanese side......however I'm sure he smiled when I rolled a 1 to see how many torpedoes hits the Washington took. One reason I really like GQ 1/2 is that you generally need to roll low numbers to hit a target, and as you know I do seem to have a talent for rolling crap dice  ;)

Yes I imagine that the Cactus Airforce would do to the Kirishima exactly what they did to the Hiei a couple of days eariler....i.e. sink it somewhere just to the north of Savo Island.

Navwar sells GQ 1/2 if you're tempted, so I hope you can find a functioning fax machine.....

Ah - obvious now you state that - thanks

Yes they're starshells - https://www.fightsonstore.com/product-page/starshell-marker-2

The yellow clear plastic circles represent the area actually illuminated, but you can see sillouetted ships if they are in front of the starshell burst. There is a very, very good set of "unofficial" night fighting rules for GQ 1/2 (by David Manley?) that we use.       


Title: Re: What the last rules set you played in 2021
Post by: Steve J on 16 October 2021, 06:50:47 PM
1) What ruleset did you use in your last game? - BKCII.
2) What armies were confronted? - Republicans vs Nationalists SCW.
3) Did you feel comfortable with the ruleset? - Very.
4) and... was this the first time you used this ruleset? - No.
5) How many players were in the game? - Solo, but implementing orders from remote players for a campaign.
6) What went well? - The Falange command rolls (the CO played a blinder) and their shooting die. The die Gods were on the side of the Nationalists.
7) What could have been improved? - Not a lot really. The International Brigade couldn't get into the game due to the above.