Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tiny Epic Defenders

Another physical kickstarter award arrived.

This time, it is a game called Tiny Epic Defenders, by Gamelyn Games.
Tiny Epic Defenders is a 1+ filler game that can be played in 30 minutes.
While some players judge it as repetitive, after first few games I see a lots of potential here.
The basic mechanic of the game is "counting cards". There is a limited number of same cards appearing every turn. Player's goal is to remember which cards passed this turn, in order to position his hero at the best possible location when the next card is drawn.

The game starts slowly, but quickly turns into a mess with regions being destroyed, and player racing against time trying desperately to achieve victory. With that, game resembles Red November or Pandemic.
So, this is quick game, with enough repleyability to keep me occupied and with small print, it has everything we busy father type gamers need, and I am glad I put my money on it.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


After the loss in the last game, I wanted revenge.
So, I prepared a new squad, consisting of Guard cavalry officer, Polish Lancer, Light infantry NCO, 2 Light infantry Voltigeurs and Light infantry Chasseur.

The British squad was the same as in the last game.

I moved first, so I sent one Voltigeur into forest, while another Voltigeur and Chasseur moved to defend a hedge. I positioned Lancer to the right of the hedge, while officer and NCO wisely stayed behind.

In British turn, infantry moved from behind the building and fired, but missed. British officer ordered group move. Royal Blue moved forward, found himself in danger zone from the Voltigeur defending hedge, so charged the group behind the obstacle to avoid being hit. The Chasseur that was first  in the line of charge got afraid, and quit the field. Voltigeur just retreated a little, so that Royal Blue found himself in the contact with Lancer only.
Light dragoon also moved, and found himself in the danger zone from the Voltigeur in the forest, so he charged there.
Hussar wanted to help Royal blue and charge Lancer, but failed morale test and joined combat against Voltigeur in the forest instead.
In turn 2, Polish NCO fired at British officer but missed.
Then, I decided to risk again and send my officer into action (after all, he is guard cavalry and a CC killing machine!). He charged Hussar, and made him fall. Then, Voltigeur from the forest also attacked Hussar and sent him Out of action.
Lancer attacked Royal blue and send him Out of action too. He had another action so he moved in contact with British officer who passed morale test and stayed in CC.
British line veteran reloaded and fired at Polish officer, who recoiled. Rifleman reloaded. Light Dragoon attacked Voltigeur and send him to the ground.
British officer tried to attack Lancer, but stood no chance and fell down.
In next turn, Lancer took the advantage over the fallen enemy officer, and scored instant kill.
That was enough for the remaining British soldiers, who decided to run off the table.

Sweet revenge :)

The game was once again decided by successful morale test. When fear causing Lancer approached British officer, he made a morale test on 3 dice at 4+ and rolled 5, 6, 6 staying this way in CC that would become his doom. If he would failed at least one die, he would move away from danger to support his infantry, in which case the game would certainly last few turns longer.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Short affair

It has been a while since I played a game of Song of Drums and Shakos. And to be honest, I kinda started to miss the rules, so I decided to come back to them.

Therefore, here is my first report from a game played with 6mm figures, on 30x30cm board, and using sticks of 60, 40 and 25mm.

As usually, I am running French/Polish side, while British forces are under command of my own Lone Shako solo SDS engine.

My forces consisted of Light cavalry officer, Polish guard lancer, Light infantry NCO and 3 elite voltigeurs. After that I had just enough points to add a National guard model, and that gave me idea for scenario. National guard model represents a young sibling of famous Spanish noble who is supporting French cause. If I manage to lead him out of the field through the enemy board edge, I will win. If he gets killed or if he runs away, NPC British side will claim the victory.

British side fielded Light cavalry officer, Light dragoon, Hussar and Royal Blue, Line infantry NCO, Line infantry veteran and one member of the rifles. British side was rolled randomly on the British list in the book.

It all started good for me, with British side rolling two early turnovers, and that allowed me to move my light troops into forest.
Then, British cavalry separated, with Royal Blue and Hussar going to the left of the lake, and Light dragoon to the right.
I used occasion to charge Light dragoon with my fear causing guard Lancer, but Dragoon stood his ground. So, I sent my officer to support his Polish countrymen.
Unfortunately, Royal Blue grabbed the possibility, joined combat and managed to double my officer and send him Out of fight. Leader lost morale test immediately pushed my precious Spanish noble off the table, so it was Game Over, with victory going to British side.

I think that last game of SDS I played some 6 months ago, so I totally forgot that in this game one should not put their officers where they do not belong (read in close combat!).
But the possibility to charge lone Dragoon with Lancer was so sweet that I just could not resist it. And when this charge failed, I could not let my harder hitter face his fate alone, so one thing let to another....

The real hero of this game was British Light Dragoon who passed the 3 dice morale check on 5+. If he had failed at least one die, everything will be different.

Now I am eager for revenge!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Broken attack

It is final time to put down to writing second part of my Muskets and Shakos attack game. First part can be found here.
After I deployed reinforcements - second infantry brigade, the things looked better for me.
But than British light infantry rooted my hussars, and precise rifle fire sent my light infantry running.
Encouraged by their success, rifles turned on my lancers, and rooted them too.
At this point I realized that I have only one infantry brigade on the table, while British side (calculating PEFs on average) have or can deploy two brigades (mix of foot and cavalry), some independent skirmishers, and with my luck probably section of guns too.

For smart man that is enough, so I decided to withdraw.

So, I lost. But Muskets and Shakos is not an easy game, and I also lost first scouting ancounter, untill I learned what I should do to counter enemy actions.
As I already mentioned earlier, I made a lot of mistakes in this game, and they say that practice makes things perfect, but unfortunately, I will not have time for that.
This game lasted almost 4 hours of real time, and this is too much for me at the moment. I'm looking for a games that can be over within one hour, and in Muskets and Shakos that can be done only with scouting scenario.

As option, I am planing to activate scenarios from One Hour Wargames book, using this (and also many other) rules, and with one brigade per side it should fit within desired time.

Also, 2 Hour Wargames are preparing new army scale napoleonic game, and that should also be interesting.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Hot new purchases

Two items arrived today.

With my gaming community reviving DBA, and lots of people moving from 28mm to 15 or 10mm models, I just could not afford not to buy original Hordes of the Things 2.1. book.

So, here it is:

Another very important purchase for me are 3 additional sets consisting of 3 Rory Story Cubes each, and they are themed on sports, SF and medicine.
There will be more randomizing fun in my next solo RPG exploit :)