Monday, 2 October 2017

"Campbell is coming-Oh no he's not!"

Sunday 1st October

     "Yes Campbell"
     "How do you fancy organising an AK 47 game?"
     "No problem"
     "Only problem is that I wont be there."

                                And so the scene was set for a game desired by Campbell only for him not to be there -only in the gaming world.
                                    So the scene was set for a giant AK 47 game without the main character but even without the main man we endeavoured to have a game enjoyed by one and all.Thirteen of us turned up for a great day of gaming and socialising and apart from a lot of bad  dice rolls not a bad word was said.
The gang gather and not a carer in sight.
                     Everybody turned up and after indulging in some bacon rolls and coffee sat down for a quick run through of a game that some participants hadn't played for nearly fourteen years.
                             The armies were divvied up and places on the table were randomly selected and the fictional land of Kuhani Chumvi(It seems that is Swahilli for Prestonpans) lay waiting to be carved up.When the game was played in the club all these thousands of years ago a lot of members had their own carefully constructed armies doing battle for the fictional land of Zetumsa(or one of the other various spellings) and at the end of their various struggles Derek Hodge was crowned El Presidente for life of which he kept on informing us of throughout the day.
Airport with a Dakota ready for the off.

El Porto

Bia filled silo'


More Bia heading for thirsty drinkers.

A sight for sore eyes


Two Dakotas ready for the off
                              The game deviated from the usual game in order to allow for the large numbers of players in that everyone was deemed as an attacker hunting for object markers strewn throughout the table.
Jack wondering how he can win-usually by hook or crook.

Politically correct-nah!
The forces after being divided up were then diced for to see if they would arrive on the board from the start and I'm afraid there were a few groans amongst the participants as they realised that they were not getting a lot of units to start with.
The game is based on the struggle for Africa in the sixties and seventies with all the superpowers getting involved and making sure that the continent was not going to be peaceful.All the forces were named after the types of forces that were the norm at the time ranging from Colonial settlers to religious dictators.Most of the armies tended to be settlers along the line of the Rhodesians with others among them including Our Jack taking the form of  religious nutters.Bill Mitchell and Bob Stewart brought up the rear in the form of Superpower client backed force which basically meant mercenaries.
Some of Dave P's dinky Italians

Dave Mitchell's forces ready for the off.

My brand new painted Ratels
The game as is the usual for these multiplayer games started off with everybody rushing off towards the nearest point marker with everything at their disposal.Off course this led to a few initial sparring matches taking place with our favourite rockstar Mr Ray not coming of too lightly.In fact eventually we had to bring on some airpower to help  alleviate his problem.Colin Jack was repeating his tactics from our rehearsal the previous Wednesday by having his Centurians turned into scrapmetal.
Colin's new tub of junk
Mr Ray's lads heading for glory.
Maybe's Aye Mabye's No!

Mig 17 to alleviate Mr Ray's woes.
In the north of this land Bob who was playing his first game had been sandwiched between Dave Patterson's Italian expats and Donald's typical skulking Rhodesians and although started of ok began to have his forces depleted which was a bummer because they were my toys.
Hiding behind the Bia

And Derek's lads are still doing their YMCA practise.
  Bill Gilchrist and Martin Gibson were initially sparring down the east of our fictional land and once again my toys this time in Martin's hands were not doing to well.
Martin looking for somewhere for cover for his beleaguered forces
Bill Miller and Dave Mitchell had come to an agreement not to attack each other much to the chagrin of Derek Hodge who was the target of their joint venture.Something would have to be done about these two but that would have to wait for the second half.
And there goes the first of my newly painted Ratels
Jack Glanville who with Dave O'Brien were our main go to guys for gameplay and rules was charging in his usual way towards his object of securing the point markers situated around the country's airport.
The fighting raged until the gorgeous Michelle came through from the bar like the dominating house mistress and told us that lunch was served and like thirteen schoolboys we all trooped into the bar to enjoy a nice lunch washed down by some home made ale.
El Presidente arrives for some surfing

Whilst his lads do the dirty work
The afternoon's play resumed with me declaring the entrance of the benign dictator of this glorious state backed up by his faithful followers and a solitary tank.This should be enough to drive a wedge between Bill and David's alliance.
Apache looking for targets
We all continued with our remaining forces and proceeded to witness the grand battle that was evolving in the middle with Jack.Colin.Donald and Dave O'B fighting for mastery of the centre with Bill G and Dave P sniping at the edges as well as Bob's lads.Mr Ray had settled down to watch the news on his phone as his forces had evaporated.He was eventually given a couple of tanks as a token gesture.

Jack's Ju-Ju juice intoxicated forces

Fight for the fuel dump and it didn't explode

Dave O'B seeing off Mr Ray

An awfully lot of people wanting short-stay carparking
In the south my newly arrived lads had come to grips with Bill's army leaving Dave room to move on and hunt for glory.Since the weight had come of Derek's forces he headed straight for the glory in the form of point markers in the harbour.His forces didn't come off unscathed though as his forces in the railway station were wasted.
Derek's ditherers

Oh Baby!Hibs jersey and all.

Peaceful harbour-not for long.
Bill Miller and I went at it hammer and tongs and by the end of the scrap I was left with only one unit left standing albeit with their leader still alive leaving a lot of casualties and burning tanks around him.
Martin's Technicals going for the last hurrah.

Bob's lads looking for some rich pickings

A big stramash

Dave O'B's forces doing some urban cleansing.

Dave P's guys with a life preserver by the look of it.
 The game drew to a halt with everybody going for the elusive point markers that would give them victory.The game ended and after all points were added up Derek Hodge was found to be victorious with Jack Glanville sneering at him.
Bill M's T55 perculating nicely

And there goes the other one.
A great game had by one and all and it showed that it is possible to have a pleasant game with thirteen grown up schoolboys.My thanks to Dave O'Brien,Jack Glanville and Derek Hodge for all their figs and scenery some of which hadn,t seen the light of day for a a few years and the rest of the lads Colin Jack,Bill Miller,Bill Gilchrist,Dave Patterson,Donald Adamson,Dave Mitchell,Martin Gibson and Bob Stewart for helping to make it a great day.
And Campbell you missed a great day.
Hopefully the Gothenburg Gamers will be getting together soon for another great game this time involving Pirates or Gangsters(another one of Shug's likes).
See You When I See You.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

"Get Out The F'ng Car!"

Wednesday 30th August.

                                             Tonight we return to a Garvald Studio production premier of "Dust to Dust" the latest cop drama featuring Gene Hunt and his faithful gang as they endeavour  to foil the nefarious O'Brien gang from taking their illegal gotten gains out of the country or something along these lines.

Scenes from the dockside
                                         Colin Jack's scenery was magically switched around and turned into some dingy backwater dock and using the 7TV rules came up with a scenario involving well known cops taking on some local lowlife that was up to no good.

The lull before the storm
                                           This was Dave O'Brien's and Mr Ray's first trip into the world of 7TV with Colin and I overseeing their first attempts and hoping for some good feedback but alas that was long in coming.Tonight's plot involved the foiling of an attempt by Dave of getting some booty out of good old blighty with the help of some armed thugs backed up by some ship's where one looked suspiciously like Bob Hope and another like Corto Maltese.Welcome to Colin Jack's interpretations.
The film never changes.

Arfur Daily

Tommy Ness

"Who is the man who would risk his neck for his brother man?-John Shaft!"
 The game started with Mr Ray's local plod racing recklessly in their police vehicles  with all their blues and twos flashing swerving to avoid a local motorist in the process.
Definitely not driving at 30 mph.

"Mee maw mee maw!"

Just about carnage courtesy of Dave O'Brien.
                              Dave's hoods made their way out of the dockside warehouse and loaded all their swag in a waiting Landrover and after got themselves into the 4x4 and headed gingerly towards the waiting freighter unaware of the approaching mayhem.
Bob Hope and his golf club.

Watching the day go by.
                                Mr Ray had sneakily placed the gorgeous Alex Drake on lookout relaying all the details to her rapidly approaching colleagues only for her to be surprised by two thugs who had been sent out to spot for the local plod.After attempting to shoot them and failing miserably she decided to see how good their martial art skills were and laid the way for an ongoing fisticuff battle that would last most of the evening.
"Bang!""Get out the f'ng car!"

"Once again get out the f'ng car"
                                       Meanwhile Mr Ray's Audi Quattro came charging on to the pier and was duly rammed by Dave's Landrover coming the other way and the resulting carnage blocked the only accessible bridge between the two piers.This was after me telling Mr Ray to get out of the car to give himself some manoeuvre room.This suggestion was duly dismissed and the in the resulting carnage three of his men including Gene Hunt were stuck in the mangled wreckage the three of them stunned and shaken.
Bad guys draw first blood.
                              Meanwhile Dave's occupants of his wasted Landrover got out,dusted themselves down and proceeded to fire at the Audi occupants gradually wearing the police officers inside the car down.
Returning fire with dwindling numbers.
                      Alex meanwhile was having a running battle with the two thugs and eventually put one of the thugs out of the game only for him to reappear due to a random card selection across the other side of the docks far away from the action but materialising right on top of one of the game objectives.Lucky swine!
The perfect skirt for fighting with.

Dave's guy shooting Gene Hunt in the back.
                          Alex's joy was short lived as an Elliot Ness looking guy turned up Tommy gun et al and started spraying bullets in Alex's direction making Alex head for the cover of a nearby building.
This time luck was on her side with her discovery of an objective marker which was the highlight of the lawkeepers'evening.
Evening up the fight with a Tommy gun.

                              My police support began to arrive in the form of some bobbies complete with a passing policewoman who on leaving their vehicle decided to fall head first into the water courtesy of Dave's random event card.
My plod plodding along.

In she goes!

Keeping up the fire with Ray about to go down.
                               After making sure she was okay the remainder headed forward to help with the carnage that was ensuing on the dockfront where both of Gene Hunt's assistants were eventually taken out of the game by the Landrovers crew leaving Gene Hunt with a Custer complex but he was determined to inflict some damage.He successfully took out one of the assailants before succumbing to gunfire and falling into the harbour where his body disappeared ready to appear in another show later on in the season.
"Have you got a license for this vehicle?"

"Obviously Not"
                                     Having successfully driven off Alex,the machine gun character turned his attentions to the onrushing bobbies missing them all in the process giving my police sergeant time to engage the remaining thug from Alex's encounter but once again to no avail as he went down under a fistful of punches.
Pouring it on.
                                     Dave's other two thugs came around the side of the Landrover and fired at my onrushing constables wounding them both in the process and basically ending the game there and then.
Drying herself out before getting in the car.

A hidden albeit useless Black Maria
                                A very good game even with the learning of the rules by the two newcomers and the trepidant misgivings of both Dave and Mr Ray.
                                         All figures,scenery and scenario provided by Colin Jack.

                                     We will be back again to try these rules in the near future as we hope to use them in the game we will be putting on at Targe in November.
                                             See you when I see you especially in the next few weeks as I will be heading for Germany then Belgium and the town of Ypres.