Sunday, July 20, 2014

The 3 Storm troopers - 9Qs game, episode 4

The year is 300 ABY. The good emperor Louis XIV struggles to keep remains of his empire at peace, but his efforts are constantly undermined by attacks from evil cult of Jedy Knights whose goal is to create unnatural social order called "Republic".
Good emperors last hope lies in his loyal troops, among whom special place is reserved for young Sith lord Darth Agnan, and his 3 friendly storm troopers - Athos, Portos and Aramis.

This game was played as solo RPG using 9Qs, Rory Story Cubes, Mythic custom symmetric Fate chart and my own Quick D4 RPG
This time, I decided to play all 4 characters as one hero, where each character will represent one Cliché.
So, my team is:
Darth Agnan 8D4 - your typical friendly neighborhood Sith Lord (force choking local bullies, helping
                                old ladies cross the street whether they want it or not, etc.) 
Athos 6D4 - someone who know people and can get info. Also, person with tails from the past that
                    can get team into trouble.
Portos 4D4 - goodhearted giant (breaking through doors, eating and drinking more than others can)
Aramis 2D4 - soldier turned engineer turned soldier

So, the story begins....

Q1 (Rory story cubes: Sad face, Scared face)
After suicide attack performed by a Jedy fanatic who poisoned atmosphere with Ogam gas and therefore destroyed all life on planet Oxo in the very heart of the Empire, fear could be felt among loyal subjects of Louis XIV.
Darth Agnan and his team are tasked to find and stop existing terrorist cells.
Where are they assigned? (Rory story cubes: Confused face, Cradle)
The high command sends our heroes to planet Onturo. It is recently terraformed world with small population. Sith lord and his storm troopers find themselves among desperados who try to find they place under the sun and make a new start for themselves. Everything looks like that very few people here knows and cares about the Empire struggle against Rebels and Jedy Knights.
Does Athos knows somebody on this planet?
Yes, but someone who hates him.
Who? (Rory story cubes: Push, Gift)
The governor of the planet is Boro, that used to be Mandalorian warrior. Long time ago, Athos was promoted instead of him, thanks to some gifts given at the right place. Boro was dishonored among Madalorians for not being promoted and was expelled from the cast.
Darth Agnan tries to mask himself and his team and cover all traces of their existence on the planet. He makes it, but he and Portos lose one die each in the process.
Are Boro's man looking for Athos to impose revenge? No, at least not at the moment. Maybe Boro is satisfied at his current position?

Q2 (Rory story cubes: Fingerprint, Bottle of chemicals)
Team unpacks the equipment for Ogon gas detection. The amount of the gas in the air is below average for this kind of planet.
Can they detect higher concentration somewhere? (very unlikely, but low roll, so) YES.
Where? (Rory story cubes: Speech, Judge's hammer)
A little bit higher concentration of Ogan gas than normal comes from the central court building.
Is the building opened fro visitors? NO. Is it protected at night? YES. How? (Rory story cubes: Tent, Handcuffs)
At night, court building is protected by network of force fields designed to immobilize intruders.
But such protection is week for Darth Agnan who uses his force power to neutralize protection system. That night, our heroes break into the court building.

Q3 Betrayal/Combat (Rory story cubes: Catch, Pain)
Court building is decorated with marble statues of current and former emperors. Suddenly, statues start falling threatening to hit and squash our heroes. They are obviously pushed from distance by other force user.
After lots of dancing around, and with Portos using his strength to push some falling statues away, team manages to avoid the trap by running out of the building. No one is hurt, but also no new information was gathered inside.
After Q3 Darth Agnan recovers one die.

Athos uses his eloquence and political influence to learn as much as he can about all Force users on the planet. Apart from Darth Agnan, there seem to be only two other Force users around.
Who are they?
1. (Rory story cubes: Scary , Judge) Darth Dread, military leader of the planet, licensed to kill.
2. (Rory story cubes: Cage , Pterodactyl) Lut Cloudwalker, imprisoned Republic fighter pilot and Jedy trainee.

Lut is currently held in the prison, while Darth Dread is in the hospital since he got hurt while investigating some shady buildings in planet ghetto.

Heroes decide to visit Darth Dread first. He knows about their business on the planet, so agrees on the interview.
"Do you think your accident was helped by other force user, similar to our experience in court building?"  - NO, it was just a normal accident.
"Do you know anything that can help us in our Jedy investigation?" - YES AND. (Rory story cubes: Dwarf, Crow) Ewok rouge named Klaws was seen on the planet. He is known to smuggle forbidden substances like Ogam gas.
For the AND part: Rory story cubes: Magnifying glass, Dinosaur. Darth Dread gives to our heroes additional device for Ogam gas detection. According to his words, this device can trace Ogam gas even if it was just carried through the area in closed containment.

The team then goes to prison, where Darth Agnan uses Force to interrogate Lut Cloudwalker, but it turns out that Lut is just scared kid seduced to the wrong side of the Force by promises of greatness.  Basically, he knows nothing....

To be continued.

Darth Agnan interrogating Lut Cloudwalker in prison cell

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Gaming time

We made a baptizing party for our doughtier this weekend, so the godfather of both my children (who now resides in the Capitol City) visited us for a couple of days with his family.

The two of us know each other for more then 20 years. He used to be a singer in the comedy punk band we had at the university. Since, at the time, band also doubled as an RPG gaming group, he is, of course, a fellow gamer.

Therefore, whenever we meet it is gaming time.

With children around, we opted for boardgames this time, and the ones that can be set up quickly.
So we played couple of games of Tsuro, couple of games of Carcassonne, and one and a half game of Castle Panic (we had to start from beginning after the first game being destroyed when our castle was stormed by a swarm of kids).
Finally, after the kids went to bed in the evening, we tried something more serious, specifically Zombicide season 2 scenario. And of course, we were eaten by the zombies minutes before we could reach final objective.

All in all, that were a fun two days of gaming.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Oooo, shiny!

Here are two newest results of my solo board game shopping mania, and newest additions to my solo board game collection.

Board games were bought with significant discount, so I did well on my budget, but on the other hand, I am not really sure I need any of them :)
I managed to read the rules of Duel in the dark and it seems like a quick and nice game, so I am planing to take it with me on my next business trip, and maybe this game will see some play soon.

On the other hand, Fields of fire need much bigger investment level (if nothing else than to download new edition rules from official web page, etc), so it will definitely go to the shelf for a while, until some time when I will be able to offer it more dedication.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

British officers

I am slowly finishing my work on First British Division for Muskets and Shakos rules. I have only to finish painting final infantry battalion, and few more officers.

Until I can show you complete division, here are some British officers painted so far: Sir John Moor who will be commanding First infantry brigade and Sir Stapleton Cotton who will be commanding Light cavalry brigade.

Second infantry brigade will be commanded by Picton, while Division commander will be Wellington himself, but I am still to paint them.
All officers in my 6mm armies will come from Adler range.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

News from the gaming front lines....

For a long time now I have nothing new and finished to report.

Lots of my gaming time goes on BGG Solitaire P'n'P contest.
Some realy interesting games this year.
Elevenses for 1 is a nice example. The game is easy to assemble (just 11 cards) and plays quickly, similar to Guillotine game. It can be good travel game, maybe too big for a plane but just right for a train. Just forget about random set-up, and try solving predefined set-ups as puzzles.
Another fun game is Factory Chaos (working title) that uses very nice dice allocation mechanism to access player's abilities.

In a wargaming world, I try to keep up with my painting of 6mm Napoleonic armies. So far, I painted one British foot brigade, one cavalry brigade, and one brigade of field artillery, and I am half way through second infantry. And just recently I realized that to play Muskets and Shakos properly, which is my intention, I need 3 infantry brigades, 3 cavalry brigades and 2 brigades of field/horse artillery, so, I have not jet painted 50% of enemy units. And once I finish them, there is the same amount of good boys (read French allays) to paint. Obviously, this not will be over soon.

Finally, my RPG life centers at the moment around 9Qs session of Star Wars. The action happens in year 300 ABY, when good emperor Louis XIV tries to save remains of his Empire from evil Jedi cult. His last hope are young Sith Darth Agnan and his 3 friendly stormtroopers - Athos, Portos and Aramis. I am currently at the middle of Q5.

Stay tuned.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Modern Times: Wheels of Industrialization - free Print and Play solo eurogame / board game

This is official post about my new solo game - Modern Times: Wheels of Industrialization.
The game was made for 2014 BoardGameGeek Solitaire Print and Play Contest.

It is a Eurogame styled boardgame, bordering with a puzzle. Game uses resource management combined with the board rotation mechanic.

Player’s goal is to build from one to three factories using resources available or produced in ever changing environment. But be warned, each production comes with the price. And there are also taxes to be paid to the government…

If anyone is willing to playtest the game, link to rulebook is here.
Playing boards are here, here and here.
Counters and tracking board are here.

You need less than 10 minutes to assemble the game and start playing!

Game components can also be found at the right column of this blog.

Friday, May 30, 2014

2014 BoardGameGeek Solitaire Print and Play Contest

And it is that time again!
2014 BoardGameGeek Solitaire Print and Play Contest is here!

If you are interested to participate, link to contest rules is here:

My entry for this year competition is called Modern Times: Wheels of Industrialization.

It is a Eurogame styled boardgame, bordering with a puzzle. Game uses resource management combined with the board rotation mechanic.

Player’s goal is to build from one to three factories using resources available or produced in ever changing environment. But be warned, each production comes with the price. And there are also taxes to be paid to the government…
Playtesting components can be found here:

Enter the contest, play games, and when the time comes - vote!