So this week so another battle of Warhammer Fantasy – My own bright green thuderboyz versus a really well-rounded clan from Kilkenny! This was another first for me – a game within the narrative of the Big Red Book – Bugman’s Ale chase! While this scenario could easily have been terribly frustrating, it became one of the most fun games I’ve had in a while!
The loose premise, for those of you not familiar with the generic scenarios, is that there is a Dwarf Brewery/Tavern with the most saught-after Bugman’s brew ever made, and a loose number of barrels on the back of a driverless pony and cart fleeing (quite literally) every time a player’s model gets within an actionable distance of it. Victory is points based on who holds what at the end of the game. (There – I’ve spoken GW intellectual property without undermining potential purchases of the book!)
This has the potential for mayhem, and it in our game it truly delivered. We limited ourselves to 700 points each, no war machines and more or less matched each other in troop choice. The only terrain was a regular wood area and the brewery itself, modeled ably by a recently painted Warhammer Church.
The real hilarity came after we had set up for a serious race to the brewery andall but one single unit each failed the animosity test! Orcs are really a gambler’s army at the heart of it, but these rolls were beating the odds and making mincemeat of our own forces before we’d made it eight inches from deployment! We both ran straight for the alehouse – Kilkenny with his single unit of boyz with his black orc boss, and me with my black orc regiment. When the animosity rolls allowed it, we both commited a unit of fast cav to net the pony – my spider riders versus his wolves, and began a “to-me-to-you” back and forth with the weakest units on the board mauling each other, then pursuing again! The fight that occurred in front of the alehouse was just as interesting, as the forces that actually joined battle were severely diminished by their own squabbling on the way – I only made headway to get to the building first as I had been forced to charge and failed to meet anyone!
While I can claim to win the game by so small a margin as to make it ridiculous – I have to say it was a real cluster-f***, but one that we both loved every minute of playing! The early and familiar recognition of the orc animosity soon gave way to hilarity and genuine disbelief as they continued to screw-up and maul one another. We ended up, in such a low-scoring game, doing much more damage to ourselves than to the other – so much so that we spent a good deal of our time simply trying to catch that cart to see what our own forces would end up doing!
What did I take from this little game? Fun – plain and simple. I do think that a rematch would play differently – we had a hard time outfitting 700 points and keeping things legal – but it certainly made for an enjoyable run. Real problem – or cause of the zany antics was due to army choices – Orcs by two. I could not see this game being too pleasing for the orc player if he were to roll as we did against any other army. The mayhem wasn’t helped by the size of the table as a result of these race choices either. We should have reduced the area not just on the basis of points, but also because of the races here again – we just had too much ground to mess up! I would definitely recommend this scenario to people, but only if you’ve really measured the possibilites of each force a little more carefully before launch!
On another note – there is incredibe support going for the Mantic Dreadball Kickstarter since my last post – I’d post a link to the various podcasts, models, rules and announement, but it’d be much more informative for anyone interested in this exciting new project to check it out at the source – Dreadball Kickstarter website. As of the time of writing, they have accumulated $233,109 of a $20,000 goal! The feedback and comments are overwhelming in their support, and Mantic’s own management of this tremendous runaway success is truly admirable. I also think that it is great that they are listening to the fans in order to direct their product line – my own request (echoed by hundreds-or was I an echo too?) was for Grey Aliens themed players – and they’ve only gone and announced it for the next stretch goal! Overall – I am glad to back this product and company, even if I am dubious of many kickstarter enterprises in general. They really have gone above and beyond in fan-interaction, and are producing a game for the people as much as it is from the people – well worth a check if you haven’t been there already!
Ok, that’s it for this week – have a long week ahead here in work, but hope to get a more involving game that this one in over the next few days – but to be honest, if it is half as fun, I will still consider it a success! Take care, all!