Monday, July 1, 2024

Perils and Princesses the Rosewood crown

 Evie and I played our second game Sunday with Connie and her mom Nicole.  Once again Nicole was the GM guiding us through the passages under a great tree. 

We found a set of double doors blocked by tree roots. The hall was lined with an intricate mosaic. Shatana (Evie's character) noticed the Rosewood Crown in the mosaic and decided to try touching it. The crown fell into her hands and the tree roots moved out of the way as if by magic.

Entering the room we saw the heart of the trees magic and a skeleton with the crown and a sword...
Shatana 's animal companion tried to grab the crown but couldn't before the skeleton (a wight) awoken and attacked. He tried to use fear magic on Shatana but she resisted. 

Lily (Connie's character) used her elemental magic to hurl a stone at the Wight while Shatana flailed at him with her staff.  I was having bad luck with my sword as I was still suffering from the effects of spider poison and took a bad hit. 

It was looking grim but I got lucky making a grab for the crown and to my surprise it worked.  My plan has been to just grab it then run... But to my surprise without the crown the Wight crumbled into dust. 

We returned the crown and got visits from our fairy godmothers (everyone has one) telling us we had done well and granting us some new abilities.

It was a lot of fun and I hope to introduce miniatures the next go round.

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Black Seas and Naval Theatre


Saturday Dave hosted a game day at the Amherst Maker Space.  I ran game for the Hold Fast supplement of Black Seas called raise the Black Flag. When had three pirates Roberts, Blood and Barbarossa 

We all attacked the merchants Roberts got the first ship but then attacked Captain Blood and me (Barbarossa) 
I got a little of my own back raking Roberts 
I took two merchant then decided it was time run.
Frank play Captain Blood got a capture on the last turn a fun game. 

In the afternoon I played if Frank's Battle of the Philippine Sea (Abridged)
I commanded half of the American task force the Bunker Hill and Wasp.
I had responsibility for CAP while Oliver was supposed to handle stile escort and launch the initial strip while I would follow up with a second strike.
My young co-admiral sent out a rather disorganized strike 
Destroyers race toward each other (if I find out who put my carriers in gun range of Japanese Destroyers I'll shoot him LOL) 
My second strike is headed out just ahead of the Japanese attack.
My CAP gets tied up battling the zeros and Wasp takes multiple bomb hits. Oliver's strike also got through and did seriously damage one of the Japanese carriers.
My second strike 4 squadrons of avengers and 8 of helldiver's/ and SBDs with two squads of Hellcats ridding shotgun (taken from the CAP) since Oliver didn't leave any to escort my attack aircraft. 

Sadly the game had to end before the game could really come to a conclusion.  This was the first live play test of Frank's Naval Theatre rules and they played well though naturally we found a few issues.

Monday, June 24, 2024

Perils and Princess

This was a great weekend of game I'm going to start with Sunday because it was a very special day.  We have become close with a family at our church who have a daughter (Connie) the same age as Evie. Connie's parents are active D&D players and they mentioned a game called Perils & Princess a fairytale inspired RPG and asked if Evie and I would like to play. We both agreed enthusiastically and we played for the first time Sunday.

Character creation is a mix of asking questions and rolling dice and you get some interesting results.  Everyone has a different "Fairy Godmother" that effects your special abilities.  My character "Beleg" is good at singing, reciting poetry and a acting.  I can inspire friends and maybe put enemies to sleep. (Yes I kinda a Bard) 

Evie Character "Shatana" is good at making friends and has an animal sidekick. Connie's character Lily is about to shape earth and stone and and speak with stones and trees.  

Well we are exploring an cave complex under a giant tree at the heart of the forest.  Our first encounter was with a giant spider.  Evie decided to try and make the spider her friend.  

Shatana walked right up to the spider gave it a big hug and said " Let's be friends. " Beleg and Lily looked on in amazement as the spider spoke "You seem nice but I'm really hungry " and the then the spider jump on Lily.  I tried attacking with my sword but got bitten and poisoned... Shatana then got angry with the Spider for attacking an beat it to death with her staff. ( It was a proud gaming Dad moment). 

We were more successful making friends with a mischievous bumblebee fairy who gave us magical mushrooms. It was a fun day and both Evie and I are looking forward to our next session. 

Sorry the wall of text but we didn't use miniatures so there isn't much to take pictures of. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

La Ferme aux Rennes (More like Foxes than Lyons)

A very fun game from last Friday hosted by Arofan using his More like Foxes than Lyons rules.  This scenario is inspired by Turenne's Winter Campaign.   It looks like the French are on the defensive but they accualy have to attack. 

I was commanding the French I planned refuse my right flank and attach the Imperialist on the left.  My attacking force was four squadron of Gendarmes de France and the two battalions of veteran infantry from the Bresse Regiment.  Regiment Perche and the artillery held the center while another two squadrons of Gendarmes de France

Bill commanded the Imperialists with infantry and cavalry as shown above. 
My troops move forward quickly forward on the left ans the imperialist advance or wheel to counter my attack.  
Thats a lot of Germans infatry and battalion guns with some real artilery and dragoons in support.  German heavy cavalry is rushing to counter my Gendarmes 
The start of a slugging match that would last all game the 4th & 3rd Starhemberg battalions would give Bill Yeoman service standing for at lest 10 of the 12 game turns we played agaisnt everything I could throw at them. 
German Mercenaries charged by Gendarmes  with the marshal at thier head ... Geman's where thrown back in confussion. 
The German's are bent back in a fish hook with my troops hamming them 
Gendarmes charg again throwing infanty into confusion starting a cascade of german moral checks and units break. My other force of Gendarmes advances driving the dragoons back.. 
Geman cavalry tries to counter attack but it fizzles the battalions of Starhemberg begin to break and run.... this is an intesne game played over several hours for us but represeing about 10 minates of intense combat.  

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Girl Scout Cookie time

My Daughter Evie is Selling Girl Scout Cookies you can order at this link: Cookies!

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Fort Devens Museum Game Day

 On November 18th Fort Devens Museum hosted it's annual game Day 

Bill Greenwald ran Command and Colors Seven Years War.

Gabe Landowski ran his home brew Damned Human race rules.
A crazy battle for control of "Mars"
Bob Rioux ran Kasserine Pass using Bolt Action.
I got to play Frank Shepard's Naval Theater Battle of River Platte. I had the Graf Spee. I'm a big fan of these rules which Frank is in the process of preparing for publication (or so I believe)
I played Kris and Mark running the Royal Navy. 
I was able avoid fire for the first turn using this handy rains squall...
But it didn't last . I blew HMS Ajax out but Graf Spee was dismantled by fusillade of Six and Eight inch shells.
I ran The Leeward line again Kris running the French and Spanish while Mark and I ran the Royal Navy.
As happened historically Royal Sovereign attempted to break the line 
But the French successfully grappled her. 
A confused melee took place with two French ships locked in combat with the English 1St rate. Three French ships struck their colors it looked like an English victory was ensured.
But the Santa Ana, Indomitable and the other Spanish ships got in a numbered of key hits forcing four English ships to strike 
The remaining Spanish and lone French survivor are badly battered but they came off the winners in this scenario. 

Saturday, September 9, 2023

The Leeward Line Trafalgar at New England Gaming Flea Market

The Leeward line Trafalgar I have the Royal Navy and Bob Rioux has the allied fleet . 

The French Frougeux opened the ball firing on the RN flagship

With the rang closing Santa Ana added her fire scoring it's first (of many critical hits) slowly Royal Sovereign and disordering the RNs formation. Royal Sovereign raked Pluton in return.

The second English squadron led by HMS Tonnant cuts the line and rakes the stern of Pluton..

Blowing her out of the water and battering p with it's other broadside.

Royal Sovereign is Raked and loses a mast. Santa Ana unleashed a point blank broadside into HMS Bellies her return board seems paltry by comparison.

Foruguex is sunk by HMS Mars two French down with two to go but Royal Sovereign, Belleisle and Tonnant are all badly damaged.

Tonnant and Belerophon hit Algesiras setting her ablaze and killing numerous crew.

Then Royal Sovereign sinks as does Algesiras... but then both Belleisle and Tonnant strike. Bon had a lot of good criticals getting a Mast critical twice on Royal Sovereign and knocking masts off two other ships.