Friday, November 26, 2010

Club Games Day Great War Game

My second game at the GameOnGw Games day at the Cage in High Point NC was a Great War game game mastered by ChuckarooBob. Chuckaroo had devised a scenario based in Mesopotamia were a group of American archaeologists had discovered something big and had called for help to secure the dig site. The Ottomans also heard the call and sent a force to capture it for the Empire. The objectives of the game for both sides were to secure the site and the archaeologists. I tried getting Chuckaroo to change the objective to capture or kill but he stuck to his guns. Unknown to us there were also a set of random encounter that could happen when entering certain terrain pieces. The players were Shaun Watson and his buddy Brian playing the allies, while John Bays and I played the Turks.

The Allied starting force. Two platoons of two squads, a towed gun with two half tracks, a light horse squad, several machine guns and several command sections.

The Turkish Side. Two platoons with three squads, an Askari cannon, several machine guns and several command groups.

The Allies move out. Half of their force moving across the table straight toward the Turks and the other half heading for the objective.

The Turks decimate the allied machine gunners and stop the two artillery half tracks.

The Askari cannon fires a short round.

The Archaeologists rally round the flag and wait.

Direct hit! The allied cannon come into play and destroys one of the Turkish machine guns.

The Light horse round the Turkish flank.

The Light horse charge into the Turks and the Turks stand.

The Askaris turn and form for the charge.

The Askaris charge into the swirling melee trying to save the Turks.

Captain Von Shootsalot moves his askaris into the jungle to get the Sikhs and discovers a LION! Shaun and I roll off and I lose so the Lion attacks the askaris and not the Sikhs.

The Archaeologists fall back to the colors.

The Light Hose go down. Sorry about the blurry pics this is when the batteries started to go in my camera, so the stability function stopped working.

The Sikhs and Askaris fight in the jungle while the Lion attacks both sides. The Askaris that finished off the Light Horse move up to join the fight in the jungle.

Under fire from the Askari cannon the Allies run into the jungle for cover and find a Cape buffalo herd.

The Americans move up past the temple to join the fight in the jungle. The orange dice is the famous curse dice, in case you can't come up with the proper curse for a given situation in game you can roll the dice for a good one.

The Turks make a run for the objective.

The Askari cannon targets the Cape buffalo herd and scores a direct hit. There may have been another target but the shell scattered onto the herd.

The objective is revealed as a STAR GATE! Can you say cross genre.

STAMPEDE! The surviving buffaloes run away from the shell explosion and toward the Askairs.
We ended up calling the game after this. We had started the game in the afternoon out on the loading dock the Cage is in. Great while the sun is up but bad once the sun goes down. The last couple round of the game I was using my camera to see the figures on the table. I had a good time and we introduced a couple new players to the game.

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