Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sword and Spear at Rod's



Nick was introduced to Sword and Spears by Rob -- a long time Launceston gamer.

Sword and Spears is almost like Bolt Action for ancients.  Each side has different coloured dice, and gets a dice per unit.  The dice are placed in a bag, and 7 dice are drawn from a bag.  The player with the most dice rolls his dice, and allocates dice to a unit.  Typically you need 4 or better to move, 5 or better to charge, and if you have a 6 you get a bonus (better melee or movement).  There are special rules for formation movement and leaders reduce the score you need to move and veteran troops are easier to move.  The player with the least dice then rolls their dice and allocates their dice to units.  Then units are moved in dice roll order and combat is decided.  Repeat until all dice are drawn from the bag.

While it may not seem like it, it suddenly becomes very hard to coordinate troops.  We played Gauls vs Romans, and the Gauls went off in a very uncoordinated flank attack that was promptly destroyed.  The Romans maintained discipline while the Gallic infantry closed, but again the Gauls couldn't coordinate an attack.  And while their hairy barbarians are scary, uncoordinated attacks lead to disaster.  End result was a comprehensive thrashing, with the Gauls only managing to kill one unit of archers on the Roman side.

But the end result was that this was a very, very fun game.  Highly recommended!


The picture is an uncoordinated attack by the Gauls onto the Romans.  The shield indicates the Gauls have taken one 'hit' out of 4.  The die indicates the unit has moved this turn, and cant move again.






Monday, August 24, 2015

Hello!

This is a new blog to chronicle my gaming.  I play lots of stuff: historical wargames; boardgames; collectible card games; computer games; and, in the dim past, even did some role playing.

I have been filling up the campcromwell blog with games that are outside of the campcromwell group, so I decided to list the games I have done on this blog.  In some cases, I will post duplicate posts onto campcromwell.

And, on to the show!