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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A long weekend of gaming

Not sure about the title but I couldn't come up with another one so it'll have to do I guess, so what's this post all about Frank you ask ? a good question it's about a bit of gaming I done over the Easter weekend I guess.

It all started with Darragh of sending out an email looking for some gaming action on Good Friday as he was coming home for the weekend, now Darragh's been having a wonderful time play all kinds of games of late with some of them having Indian's in them, now by that I mean the native American's & as some who boyhood was in the 60th's & 70th's they have a special place in my heart, not forgetting the fact that one of my grandson's is  part native American.

So we agreed to meet up with me requesting that he'd bring a game that had Indian's in it & in return I'd show him how Pulp Alley worked, my son Paddy was also home for Easter so decided to meet us in the shop/club, some other where hoping to be around as well but had to pull out.

Tomahawks & Musket's was the game Darragh brought over for me to try out, it's set I think a round the time leading up to the war between the Redcoat's & the Bluecoat's, think last of the Mohicans & it's at 18mm scale, a scale that still big enough to give some detail while at the same time making a 6x4 table seem a good size area.

The activation for the game is done using cards & in a cleaver little way with some of the cards adding fog of war type things to the game, I think a lot of the new games are some up with great ideas for taking turns, moving away from the old you go I go system, so you got a certain amount of cards & when they've all been turned up the turn ends, & then you go again.

Darragh was using the British with me using Indian's with some French back up, the mission was one John Wayne would never have agreed to but one that movie's like Soldier Blue or the Little Big Man would show in all it horror, Darragh had the job of killing all the none brave's & destroying the settlement, as always with table top wargames you have to remove yourself from the horror's of the truth & this is a good little game & one I wouldn't mind playing again.

So time to show Darragh Pulp Alley, I let Paddy go up against Darragh so that I could give Darragh a guiding hand through the game, but I fear I didn't show the game off in it best light tbh, in hind sight I should have brought my own terrain as the stuff in the shop wasn't really suited & secondly the trail of clues mission is maybe not the best one for a demo game more so when you forget that one player is meant to be the attacker & the other the defender as that makes this mission very different.

At least it did show him how the game works which was the point of the game but I could have done better, so if your up for it mate the next your over I'll give you a proper demo game as I really do feel I bombed out on this one so sorry.

Saturday back at the ranch as they say seen Paddy & myself take out Deathwatch for the maiden game, we played out the first mission twice, me taking the marines in the first game but only killing 21 cultist before Paddy dropped two of my guys, this set a trend for the weekend.

Next game Paddy picked 4 different marines & me take on the forces of the four armed emperor, things didn't get any better for my this time out as Paddy hit the 25 kill target with me having just one wound on a marine to show for my efforts

I will come back & do a post on the Deathwatch game but I want to play it a few more times first, how get the model's are has been done to death (PUN) but how much do you know about the game dear reader ?, good news for this game see GW give us rules for stormtroppers & a new mission in this weeks WD, hopefully they might add some other's at another stage.

Easter Sunday was Last Night Ultimate Werewolf time with my 9 year old Granddaughter joining in & loving every minute of it, this is one of those 10 minute bluff games that are great fun to play.

Monday & with Paddy not taking the train home until late in the day we went for Blood bowl, I for the first time ever played the orks & while Paddy did manage to keep his winning run going with a 3-1 score line, by the end of the game he seemed to be missing a lot of players, there are all different ways of winning a game & I think that instead of counting the score the ork's count the bodies in the injured or dead pile LOL

Well that bring this post to an end, so it's thanks to Darragh, Paddy & as always to you for dropping in I hope you enjoy it as much as I did playing all of those games & if you want to leave a comment it would be welcomed.    


  1. You got a rather cool selection of games played over easter, I'm pretty jealous tbh. All I did was get paintballed and poizoned by alcohol on a stag do in sligo.

  2. You'd a good weekend then Jason ? thanks for the feed back.

  3. Oh man, I'm jealous too; so much gaming! I spent the weekend slaving over a single terrain piece. I look forward to your Deathwatch review, I played the first two mission but I would like to do some more experimentation.

  4. Thanks for the comment Marc,It was good to get some different games in Bloodbowl I'd not played in a long time, as for Deathwatch it think it has a lot of possibility's, I was thinking of a campaign using an Inquisitor, Spacehulk, Stromtroops & the Deathwatch, as it would be a great way of reliving the story out of Deathwatch.

  5. That is a ton of great gaming! Glad you had a great holiday. I'll be taking Deathwatch out for a spin soon I hope.

  6. Thanks Mek, it was good fun alright, you'll enjoy Deathwatch it a good game.