Tuesday, May 15, 2018
What are the Planned Changes for this Year's Historicon Games
Lets list out the changes in this post so I don't forget.
1) Make the center section a Jungle. OK given the previous two posts, this shouldn't be a surprise. The game rules I use really emphasize cover and having such a sparse center section where all the side collide was a bit stark for me. I'll need to tweak the rules to ensure things don't completely bog down.
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3) Redo the oasis terrain plates. These were done at the last minute (two days before the con) and really showed it. I was kind of embarrassed to have them on my table.
4) Simplify the rules. I used a homegrown set of rules for the game which were essentially a love child from a dalliance between Warlord's "Bolt Action "and The League of Augsburg's "Donnybrook" rulesets. While most people grasped the concepts, a few really struggled with the rules, which means they are still too complex for a con game. There will be a separate post that details the rules and how I may change them.
5) Movement Trays for the troops. One thing that slowed both game play and setup was having all the troops move individually. I purchased some skirmish infantry movement trays and will need to prepare them for play but they will speed up game play immensely. The trays will not work in the catacombs but most players forces are pretty thinned out by the time they get there.
- yellow for treasure
- red for monsters
- blue for objectives
7) Improve the random encounter table. The one I used became very cumbersome as the game went on and didn't scale as well as I hoped. There were also, at times, too many monsters so the players factions rarely focused on fighting each other.
8) Better special objectives for each faction. I really like secret objectives for players in a game that is umpired and didn't put a lot of effort into fleshing that out last year. The suspense of not knowing if one of your allies is really on your side is a lot a fun in a game.
9) Kid-Player objectives. I have a rule that any kid players always win - always. But that can be done without throwing the game in their favor so I'll come up with some special objectives for them and let the game play out for the rest of the players.