Regular visitors to The Privates Eternal will know that I like to indulge in a rather hearty hero-worship of Rick Priestley and Donald Featherstone. Well, I think I would now like to include Alex Buchel to that list. This summer I plunged headlong (albeit lately) into both SAGA and Muskets & Tomahawks. I love these games and want to play them all the time. So today, when The Kid said he wanted us to play with action figures, I casually suggested, "Hey, why don't we play Muskets & Tomahawks with Star Wars action figures?"
Although, as soon as we got our forces all picked out and the table all set-up, my good friend Professor Elf calls saying that he can't make tonight's Warhammer match, and would it be okay if we had an afternoon game instead?
"Alas", I said, trying to be the Good Dad, "The Kid and I about to play with action figures."
"But what about if we just have a quick SAGA game?", says he, knowing my current weakness.
So Six-Points of SAGA later, which saw my hapless Normans defeated yet again, it was suddenly dark, but a promise is a promise...
An Imperial Space port is alerted to the possibility of a sudden Rebel attack!
The Imperial forces include: Officer with The Drill Talent (A 5+ chance of giving a friendly unit a free action)
2 units of 6 Regulars (Stormtroopers)
6 Militia (Bespin Militia)
1 Artillery (E-Web Cannon) w/ 3 crew
Up against: Yoda with The Backstabber Talent!!!(these talents are randomly determined.)
6 Regulars (A couple of Hans(s) and Chewies(s))
10 Indians (9 Ewoks and C3P0)
4 Rangers (Endor Leia and Troopers)
The Rebel Mission is to destroy four of the spaceships in the Imperial Port. Yoda's rolled subplot was Emotive - he has to ensure that his force suffers less than 50% losses. (Which seemed fitting for Yoda.)
The Imperials had to protect their ships and their subplot was: "Let us Thwart Their Plans!"
The Rebels drew a lucky whole series of successive actions and managed to surge up the runway and blow up a Naboo Fighter.
Ewoks in action! (Ewoks with blasters are very scary!) C3P0 demonstrates his close-combat technique as he urges his squad into melee with the dreaded Bespin Militia.
One of things that makes Muskets & Tomahawks so enjoyable is the chance of crazy random events suddenly occurring. Just as the Imperials seemed to be on the edge of defeating the Rebels, a random event card was drawn - Wild Animals! In this case, Mynocks! Huge, very deadly Mynocks, because it turns out this Imperial Spaceport was hidden in a Giant Spaceslug!! O those crafty Imperials! Anyway, the Mynocks ended up eating five Stormandsnowtroopers!!! As if this was not bad enough, two cards later, random event #41 happened - "Casualities amongst officers were high in the 18th century as Daniel Morgan can testify."(!!) And zap, the Imperial Officer is hit and down. (It was agreed the shot must of been fired by one of the Hans(s)...)
This causes a Morale Card to be played, and the remaining Imperials find themselves fleeing off the table to the sounds of Rebel victory cheers!
(Although, Yoda did fail his subplot by losing more than half of his force.)
What a Great game!
Meanwhile, stirring in the dark...