This blog will will contain my rather pedantic ramblings on my experiences within the miniature war gaming hobby. There will be informative how-to’s, thrilling battle reports and thought provoking editorials. I fully expect that history will one day view the contents of this blog on par with Homer’s Illiad or Newton’s Principalia. Or it's a complete waste of time.
I ran my "Hail Caesar" game at Historicon on Friday afternoon. I think it went very well and in no small part to the help I got from Dick and Les (pictured standing at the end of the table) and Paul Sawyer from Warlord Games. I was also very fortunate in my first outing as a GM that I had a great group of players who were knowledgeable on the subject and tolerant of my foolishness. We had a good crowd watching the game that averaged about 15 -20 people. The first picture shows the initial set up with the Romans escorting the emperor to the fort and about to be ambushed by two Dacian hordes. Victory was very simple - get the emperor to the fort and the Romans win. If he doesn't get there, well then it's a good day for the Dacians.
I didn't take a lot of photos during the game (too busy) but here's one about a third of the way through. The Romans used a very creative strategy of flooding everything to the left side of the table in the hopes of hooking around the trees and out running the main Dacian force of Infantry and a Cataphract unit. The first few turns of the game saw three blunder roles in a row (12 on two D6) but then settled down into a see-saw action that was very close. In the end the game was called for the Romans but they just eeked out a victory!
It takes a lot of work to put on a game and I must admit there is a bit of elementary school "show and tell" or "hey look at my cool toy soldiers". I had a blast doing it and will definitely do more games at cons in the future. One very gratifying aspect was being asked to run a second game to accommodate players who couldn't get into the first game. I ran that game late (for me!) Friday night at 9:30pm. The set up was the same. I was helped by one of the players from the first game, Malcolm (pictured standing at the right in blue). Malcolm was a great sport and he definitely knew the rules better than I did so his help was greatly appreciated.
During the second game, the Roman side used of different strategy - they attempted to take on the Dacian main force head on while delaying the calvary with their auxiliaries. Dacian infantry with falxs are too Legionaries in to open as ginsu knives are to tomatoes. The second game was won by the Dacians as they overwhelmed the Legion cohorts. Over all it was a great game and I think the players had a good time. My last comment will be to thank all of the guys who played in my games - they were a great group and their attitudes are what really made the games fun. It can be confusing and frustrating playing a new system, especially with me babbling about, but these were true "gentlemen and scholars" are the real reason why the games were fun - thanks guys.
I did get an Ironclad game in Friday morning. The game was put on by the Rogues gaming club using a set of rules called "Beer and Pretzels Ironclads". The game was in a tongue and cheek style and it was a blast. I commanded two Confederate ships and am very proud to say that my brilliant seamanship quickly turned those fine Confederate vessels into prototype submarines! Despite getting my butt kicked it was a great game and the rules where a lot of fun!
With my GM duties being done with (unless asked to run another game tonight), I'm off to have a bit fun today!