This time, we started differently. The game began with Tiger I's, Russian KV-7's, and other German never-deployed "PanzerDisney" vehicles, like the "Lowe" (Mark VII "Lion"). We started play with some of those "funnies" but switched to Tigers all around (almost) when some young guys joined in. They played for a few turns but wandered off when we told them there'd be no video games today. One young guy stayed - more on him later.
I can't give you a play by play since it was a wild and wooly time. I ran through a Tiger I, a Sherman Firefly, a Churchill with a 75mm gun, an Achilles tank-destroyer, and finally, a Maus. (Heh-heh, that's right... the Maus!) I was knocked out in each of those worthy vehicles. Once you were knocked out, you "respawned" at one of 6 entry points determined by the roll of a d6. The Achilles came in on a bridge just behind a Russian JS-III and followed directly by a Jagdtiger. I never got a shot off.
To the photos!
|PanzerDisney! Martin's Maus with a Flames of War Kubelwagen next to it for comparison.|
|Another of Martin's KriegTraum AFV's - a tank destroyer with a huge gun and a designation I can't recall.|
|My daughter, Katie pushed this beastie for a large chunk of the game. Another of Martin's models of "stuff that was never deployed" - the really nasty KV-7. We kept asking if the billiards room was taking on smoke and if the casino had power.|
|A line of Tigers - Andy's work with a King Tiger closest to the camera.|
|Martin's up-gunned Tiger III never quite made it out of the swamp.|
|The conga line on the bridge begins. Bear's Brummbar took out the Panther that followed the JS II. My Achilles came in soon after, and Katie's Jagdtiger, which blew my vehicle to smithereens and then pushed THREE wrecks down the bridge's slope.|
|The swamp really slowed things down when they entered there. |
Some vehicles made it in and weren't targeted until they made it to the battlefield.
|The death of Katie's KV-7, my one Tiger, and Rob's Tiger in forested junkyard.|
|"I don't get no respect!" You see what I deal with? |
Random entry points led to interesting situations I wasn't interested in.
|Playing cards were used to randomise turns. DH/C7B has an initiative role each turn to see who gets the first move.|
Our random system allowed for many surprises. We do use Iron Ivan's initiative system when we play a "straight" game.
|Katie helpfully, gleefully, and sadistically points out my burning Maus.|
|Meanwhile, on another planet, Brian sets up for a 40K game.|
|The field with roughly 42 wrecks to be seen.|
|Again meanwhile, in interstellar space. Federation heavy cruisers meet |
their Klingon counterparts in Kevin's Star Trek game.
|In the blackness of space, no one can hear you roll crappy dice.|
|Meanwhile, in the parking lot, a local artist was working on a chainsaw sculpture for the library.|
It's a reading fantasy bear!
|Now the bear has a chainsaw himself!|