Monday, July 24, 2017

1754 and CCN at the club

 We had 10 guys out at the club last week with some GW 8th Edition, CCN, and 1754 on offer.

Dave ran a pair of 10mm CCN games. I didn't see how the second one turned out but there was a fair bit of moaning and swearing at the table during the first game.

I ended up running a game of 1754 after we discovered a pivotal piece of Terry's Lobotomy game was on his desk at home. Chen took the Brits and Terry played the French. Terry had really awful die rolls for the first half of the game, taking it very well.

Chen took advantage of this, pushing up the Ohio Valley (below, foreground) and into Nova Scotia (below, background). Not much happened in the middle of the map.

Eventually, the dice came around (or at least evened up) and Terry moved down the Niagara region.

Chen played both his truce cards but the random initiative mechanic gave Terry two impulses to garb territory and (I think) he squeaked out a win with a rapid drive south towards Boston.

Overall, a very nice game.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Decision in North America

Bruce and I had a second go at Decision in North America last week. We quite enjoyed our first go so decided to try again with some more advance rules (including the accursed forts) and better strategies (or, in my case, any strategy at all0.

The opening moves were a bit more cautious this time but eventually we came to blows in New York.

Here, a bad run of luck meant the rebels got crushed and had to beat a retreat. This probably put a military victory out of reach (in retrospect) and allowed Bruce time to build a damned fort in New York that would prove costly despite the the dice turning around for me.

Bruce then romped around some while I tried to evade battle while rebuilding my forces. I had no luck moving the revolution forward politically although I eventually won the French and the Spanish to my side. The lack of progress politically (which came down to bad luck at rolling) put a political victory out of reach for me.

Eventually we had another tussle in New York that I barely won due to the fortification Bruce built. The result was a retreat towards Boston for the British.

A sharp campaign through New England meant I managed to push the British out and retake Boston. The French also landed and nabbed Quebec city. But, alas, I could win neither politically nor militarily and the British took a marginal (or tactical? can't recall the term) win.

Up next: I have some figures awaiting paint that I hope to get to this week. We also have club night on Tuesday with Bruce bringing out a Darkest Africa game of Pulp Alley.