Tuesday, February 14, 2012

An Early Play-test

This is an earlier play-test by Aggro84 from about a 1.5 years ago; the game rules were still being solidified.  The genre presented here is the H.P. Lovecraft Mythos that we've been working on.  The genre document when completed will dove-tail into the Advanced Rules and will be named "Of Cultists and Unspeakable Horrors".

The size of the game is roughly about 750 BP with seven characters per player. There are a few game elements that are available in the genre rules that increase the price-point a bit, in context of the available beta rules.  The first is that the Dimensional Shambler (represented by a RAFM "ghast") has the Tesseract trait which allows it to teleport directly into combat but no closer than 3" to an opposing model.  In terms of the Basic Game rules, treat it otherwise as a Monster archetype.  The Tcho-tchos themselves can be considered the equivalent of the Basic Game's Scout archetype, and the Tcho-tcho leader is essentially a Scout with the Leader and the Tactics traits.  For the Agents ('Feds') the Leader is also an Elite archetype but with the Leader traits.

Quoting Aggro84:
I played a game with the miniature rule set that I have been working on (heavily influenced by Robert). I’m going for a simple and fast set of skirmish rules.  Each side had seven models and consisted of Tcho-Tcho’s Vs. Federal Agents. I tested the game without the use of Hiding Rules to see how the game played.

Game-size:
750 BP.  6-turn limit. 36"x36" battle-field.

Agency:
6 Elite, 1 Leader
[ 2 x shotgun, 2 x tommy gun, 3 x medium pistol ]

Cultists:
1 Shambler (Monster), 3 Cultists (Average), 3 Tcho-tchos (Scouts + Leader)
[ sword, daggers, spear, shotgun, tommy gun, medium pistol ]

Turn 1.
The forces took up their positions.
A cultist with a shotgun took an unlikely shot at an Agent from the second group shown (a shot he would not have been able to make if the Hidden Rules were in place.) The Cultist got lucky and shot and killed the Agent.

With the Agent dead, another Agent is left alone in the dark. Exploiting the situation, the Shambler appeared next to the unfortunate Agent.

Turn 2
The Shambler easily killed the lone agent.  A cultist with a Tommy gun made a lucky shot against an Agent held up in a structure which killed the Agent. This death forced the Agent Leader to flee from the building. The forces continued to take up their positions.

The Tcho-tcho High Priest took up a position inside a building

Turn 3
A Tcho-tcho engaged another lone Agent. The cultist with the shotgun ran up to assist. Agents, from the upper floor of a building, rained fire down upon a lone Tcho-tcho, but failed to even wound him.
 

Turn 4
Another agent fell to the Tcho-Tcho. The Leader recovered and engaged the seemingly bullet proof Tcho-Tcho that had just entered a building held by the Agents. The remainder of the battle took place inside this building.

Turn 5
Now that they far outnumbered the Agents, the Tcho-
tcho’s started surrounding the remaining Agent held up in the building. The Shambler moved in, and was wounded by an Agent’s Tommy gun fire.

The unlucky Agent leader was shot accidentally by one of his own Agents. The Agent Leader took two wounds from the blast that would have killed a lesser man. A Tcho-tcho was then killed from a counter strike from the Agent Leader.

Turn 6
The Agent who accidentally shot his boss was killed by the Tcho-tcho forces. Finally, the Agent Leader was also killed.  This left a lone wounded Agent in the top floor of the building making this an almost total victory for the Tcho-tcho.




Summary

The forces should have been pretty evenly matched up: however, the Agents were very unlucky and the Tcho-tcho’s rolls were unstoppable. The game played fast, dirty and brutal, just like I wanted.


The board from the Tcho-Tcho side…

As well as the fed side.

Here is a close up of starting positions
for the Tcho-Tcho. This was a High Priest,
an Elder and two non- Tcho-Tcho robed cultists.

A smaller flanking group consisted
of an Elder and one more cultist.
The Tcho-Tcho’s also had a Shambler on
their side that did not set up initially.

Here are the starting postitions
for the Agents. This was the Agent
Leader along with three other Agents…

As well as a secondary group of three Agents.

The Cultist got lucky and shot and killed an Agent.

The luck shot from another angle.

Exploiting the situation,
the Shambler appeared next to
an unfortunate Agent.

The Shambler easily killed the lone agent.

A cultist with a Tommy gun made a
lucky shot against an Agent held up in a
structure which killed the Agent.
This death forced the Agent Leader
to flee from the building.

The Tcho-Tcho High Priest took up a
position inside a building

A Tcho-Tcho engaged another lone Agent.
The cultist with the shotgun ran up to assist.

Agents, from the upper floor of a
building, rained fire down upon a lone
Tcho-Tcho, but failed to even wound him.

Another agent fell to the Tcho-Tcho

The Leader recovered and engaged the seemingly
bullet proof Tcho-Tcho that had just entered
a building held by the Agents

The remainder of the battle took place
inside this building.

The Shambler moved in, and was wounded
by an Agent’s Tommy gun fire.

A Tcho Tcho was then killed from a
counter-strike from the Agent Leader.

An Agent who accidently shot his boss
was killed by the Tcho-Tcho forces.
Finally, the Agent Leader was also killed.