We made it to the 2012 Fall In convention in Lancaster PA and I've been trying to play and see as many games as possible. Pics and a report after the jump.
Lord of the Rings, Total Battle System
Battle of Lundy's Lane I was hoping to play, but we did make it into a short Lord of the Rings game. My friend Mike and I took control of the forces of Shadow along with a fellow gamer Andy. Sauron (in the form of the Necromancer) arrived at a village with Nazgul, orcs, goblins and a balrog in tow, facing off against a contingent of elves and dwarves who were defending a pair of crucial houses within the town.
|The Necromancer, Nazgul and some orcs|
|The balrog and his allies|
Little pig, little pig, let me in!"
On the left flank, the goblins and elves skirmished, buying time for a Nazgul to begin torching the second objective.
After dispatching the dwarven infantry, the balrog and friends fell under fire from the dwarven catapult but too late to stop the Nazgul from destroying the second building and giving victory to Sauron.
This was my first exposure to Total Battle System, but author and game master Ben Fornshell did an exemplary job of handling the intircacies of the rules so we could concentrate on movement and attacking. From what we saw Total Battle System seemed to be fairly easy system to pick up and flexible enough to adapt to other periods (I know they ran multiple games for Napoleonics and in multiple scales). The dark ages terrain was gorgeous, and convinced me to pick up a few too many bits for SAGA than I had intended!
Check Your Six!
Photo of Games at Fall InIn between turns or while waiting for games to start I tried to take pics of the other games being set up and run at the convention.
|Romans vs Barbarian, Classical Hack|
|This was a beautiful game being set up when I found it. At least 9 feet wide with an awesome windmill centerpiece.|
|I really loved this vineyard as well. Great terrain!|
|Custom Space Hulk board. Looked very popular, with tons of participants and watchers. I'm not surprised!|
|Space Hulk Tyradids awaiting deployment.|
And that's Friday! Lots of games to see and play and even more on Saturday. Having fun and looking forward to more games.