Empires at War


DundraCon 2019 Report

Escaped this past weekend for a great weekend of gaming at DundraCon 2019.  Roy Scaife, John Lantz, Dan Kerrick, and Adrian Turner joined me along in the gaming fun.  Oddly enough, we covered the gaming spectrum on this one - playing fantasy (LOTR) on Friday, Sci-fi on Saturday (Star Wars), and historical on Sunday (Napoleonic) ... no gaming discrimination here! :-)Along with the miniatures games covered below, played some great boardgames as well - Giant Killer Robots (using the new factions), Everdell, and the Expanse boardgame (after the show, which I have been binge watching).Many pictures below ... enjoy!Charge of the Mumaks!Finally got some LOTR on the frigg'in table!  Didn't get a chance to play this scenario before running it at the con so wasn't sure how it was going to play out.  As it turns out, worked out great!  The Mamuks looked really good at the start trampling lots of Rohirrum, but Rohan bounced back, isolating and swarming each Mamuk which turned out to be a winning

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Battle Report - Quatre Bras - 1815

Our merry group of wargamers descended on the home of Roy Scaife to play test his Quatre Bras game recently.  Roy did a great job in putting together a great scenario that has a lot of moving parts and a wide range of nationalities present.French troops push hard around the Gemioncourt farm.This is another "large" game for Empires at War (EAW) - our home brew Napoleonic rules.  It takes the better part of a day to play.  Dan Kerrick and myself took up the Anglo-Allied forces while John Lantz and Roy handle the French.The Anglo-Allies managed to pull out a victory --- 38 VPs for the French and 49 VPs for the Anglo-Allies.  It was a very close run thing.There are a ton of pictures below as usual, but first some of the scenario write up from Roy ...BackgroundAfter escaping the Isle of Elba, Napoleon has reenergized his French forces and is marching to defeat the Prussians at Ligny before turning to engage Wellington. Marshal Ney has been given the task of taking a crucial crossroad at Quatre

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El Pueblo de los Condenados

The following is a true story, or not....The village had been in existence for centuries, but it wasn't until the hated Spanish came and enforced their brand of enlightenment that the village took a turn for the worse.  Situated along a stream that flowed into the Frio River, the village had experienced droughts, famine, raids by local Indian tribes, debasement of the women, and forced conscription of the young men into first the Spanish and later the Mexican armies.  It is not a place that offers the prospect of a bright future, until 1835.After the defeats at the Alamo and Goliad, the New Orleans Greys were not much of a fighting force, except for a small band of survivors that time has forgotten.  A little known account, written by the alcalde of the village, surfaced recently, providing evidence that some Greys escaped the Alamo and headed west and then southeast to join Fannin's forces.  Along the way they heard about the Goliad Massacre, in which additional surviving New Orleans Grey

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Empires at War - Taverna

Okay, I have to say straight off that I am super disappointed with this one, to the point that instead of completing the build in one sitting, I had to walk away and finish it the next day.  The instructions are written in such an order that early assembly steps keep one from adding pieces later, because one cannot add doors and shutters to the areas now blocked off by the balcony roof that one is told to put on before the doors and shutters are added!  Yep, that's right.  You assemble the balcony roof, then are told to add shutters and doors, but there are windows and a door now behind the arches and below the balcony roof, making it nearly impossible to add the door frame and shutters to those now nearly inaccessible openings.  And, the upper door does not have a door that fits nor a door frame in the right size, as all three provided doors are one size and the smaller of the three door frames is still too tall for the doorway it is supposed to go around.  Hmmm, and the doors are al

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