Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Did I mention that it's been snowing a little bit? - Weekly Update

The day before yesterday.

Yesterday.

Today.

There will be longer posts this weekend, especially one to answer Desert Scribe's comment, but for now I have to do some more digging...

Thanks for your patience! :)

Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Sushi Bar and The Lost Art Of Campaign Gaming - The Weekly Update - Sunday, February 10th, 2019

It's quiet. Too quiet.

Today's battle between the Haida Pakallan fleet and the Akho has had to be delayed for a month; the "light snow flurries in the evening" was actually four to six inches of snow starting in the morning and continuing all day. The players and I agreed to hold off until nest time, which will give me more time to get things ready for this maritime mayhem. Better clouds - to indicate wind direction - and a compass rose are in order. Pirate hats, bandannas, and eyepatches are all to hand, as are squid hats.

There are yet more shelves up in the miniatures room, and the Dave Maggi posters will go into storage until I work out a way to display them. The rooms are a work-in-progress, and I am progressing.

The genesis of this battle was a comment made in the last game session by one of this group, on the order of "Since we're controlling the Akho, maybe we should fight the pirates?" Well, why not, I say - this hearkens back to the dawn of time, where we did a lot of 'campaign gaming' and the players would throw these curve balls at the referee / GM who would then have to Come Up With Something For the Next Game Session.

What I've found interesting in my contacts with local gamers is that this sort of 'campaign gaming' is almost totally unknown. "Tony Bath, who?" is an example. Back in the day, we more-or-less expected that long-term campaigning - both for 'RPG' and 'miniatures' gaming - was the usual format. See also the Hyborian campaign, which started out as a way to generate battles and like this campaign -


- kept morphing into what could be termed 'RPGs'. There's been a lot of on-line discussion based on Rob Kuntz and his book on Dave Arneson - see also:

https://wmusswtwbf.wordpress.com/2019/01/24/review-dave-arnesons-true-genius-by-robert-j-kuntz/

And I have yet to see any mention of the kind of 'campaign gaming' that we used to do back in those pre-historic days.

Maybe I need to do an essay or three on this... ?

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

"The Seven Samurai" Meets "The Longest Day" - Battle Fought And Won By Our Stalwart Adventurers!


Our defenders in position, as the attackers wade ashore, not expecting any resistance

Which they get in quantity, between spells and missile fire

Then the Priestess of Avanthe casts her spell on the shrubbery, and things get nasty on the beach

The attackers fail their morale checks in spectacular fashion...

 The players opted for an at-the-waterline style of defense, and it all worked out well for them. Putting up the stakes above the high-water line stopped the onrushing hordes in what almost instantly became a killing zone for both missile weapons and spells - neither of which the attackers had a counter (or a capacity) for - and while a few of them made it through the stakes into the open they were very quickly (and very messily) disposed of by two Nlyss warriors in armor, with two of the Legion's soldiers also in armor. Which shows you what happens when unarmored rabble meets disciplined soldiers, as Phil would say.

The players caused enough casualties to force multiple morale checks, which got worse and worse as the game went on. Eventually, the attackers had enough, and left in a hurry. Of the four ships, survivors were 50%, 70%, 40%, and 50% of the original crews.

All in all,  very fun and very satisfying game in Ye Olde Style; I even got to discourse on game mechanics a bit.

Next up, in two weeks: Pirate Ships vs. Krakens (well, Akho, really)...






Sunday, January 13, 2019

Ready For Adventure - In Two Weeks!

Looking seaward

Looking along the coast
It's nice and quiet now, but in two weeks our heroine - Murr dir Oboe, late of Nylssa and points south - and her colleagues in the Fourth Sunday Group will have their work cut out for them as the Haida Pakallans drop by for one of their raiding, looting, and pillaging visits. This time, the player-characters are ready and waiting for them so we'll see who ambushes whom.

I very specifically set this table to look like what it would have looked back in the day at either my place or at Coffman Union for  Conflict Simulation Association meeting. Lots of 'Life-Like' model railroad trees and lichen, and the same company's 'grass paper' for ground cover. The buildings are newer, of course; Hudson and Allen, Battlefield In A Box, and Scotia Grendel by way of I-Kore. The stakes to the fore are historical objects in and of themselves - Heritage USA, by 'Duke' himself.

Figures are the usual mixed lot, with the locals from the Foundry range; PCs by The Tekumel Project, Reaper, and Crocodile Games. Real reed boats are from Ecuador, by way of The Missus on a shopping trip at the Minnesota State Fair's 'International Market'.

It took about a half-hour to set this up; what with having all of my miniatures stuff within arm's reach of the table, it is a real pleasure to set things up. As I've mentioned, I like the look of the thing, and I am very happy with the way this table looks.

Mayhem will ensue, at 5:00 pm on January 27, 2019. :)


Ready For Adventure - Tomorrow!

The North Room, set for RPGs

The Tekumel map wall; orrery below and to the left

Tea bar, snack bar, and South Room
It has been a long haul, and thank you all for your very kind comments and patience. We're now set for tomorrow's RPG with the Second Sunday Group, and set for the big fight with the Haida Pakallans that's coming up for the Fourth Sunday Group.

I am tired out, but very pleased. We never had anything like this back in the day, mostly because we were either too nomadic or too logistically-challenged. With this redoing of the rooms, we can now do all the things we used to do balanced on TV trays and wobbly tables.

There's still a lot of detail stuff to do, but the all major and most of the minor things are all done. Next stop, the computer and video gear to be set up and tested...