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  • #161671
    Angel Barracks
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    The starting realms:

    #161676
    Andrew Beasley
    Participant

    Neat – are the tile blue-tac’d down or going to be on the table awhile?

    I remember when these first came out and the local GW store ran a campaign for Warhammer based on them and had stuck the tiles to a board to hang up

    #161677
    Mr. Average
    Participant

    Neat – are the tile blue-tac’d down or going to be on the table awhile? I remember when these first came out and the local GW store ran a campaign for Warhammer based on them and had stuck the tiles to a board to hang up<noscript></noscript>

    “We can always get another set.  It’s not like it’s going out of print any time soon, right?”

    #161680
    Logain
    Participant

    Very cool. Hmm another alternative to the official tiles (which are awesome) might be a copy of the board game Carcassone, which is a tile-based map making game with similar style art.

    #161681
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Blu tac dots hold the tiles in place, they are very thin and stickier than blu tac.
    The thinness is great as big blobs make the tiles uneven, these sit really quite flat.

    Everything else is stuck down with regular blu tac.

    I have 2 sets of Carcassone. But it would not work without a massive overhaul.
    The cities take up multiple tiles, there are no real rivers, though you could swap in roads as rivers, and there are no mountains or coasts.

    I have run out of villages so may have to make a quick one and then make a mould and cast them up…

    #161690
    Tony Hughes
    Participant

    Not sure which piece is a village but I have an old set I bought for the bits and may have some I don’t need. E-mail me a pic or description of which pc it is you want and I’ll see.  admin AT tinytintroops.co.uk

    Tony of TTT

     

     

     

    #161691
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    That is very kind, but how things are going I will need quite a few.

    It is these though.

    #161694
    Tony Hughes
    Participant

    Would 20 be enough ? That leaves me enough for what I want to do with them.

    Tony of TTT

     

    #161696
    Tony Hughes
    Participant

    I have got spares of most of the bits except the ships (which is mostly what I got the set for, along with the map tiles – 2nd hand on evil-bay). The box was wrecked but most of the models. counters and tiles were intact. Let me know if you need any other bits and I’ll look through them.

    Tony of TTT

     

    #161702
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    20 would be great, if you have some of the bigger cities too that would greaterer!

    Drop me an e-mail or PM with what you reimbursement you want for them.

    #161855
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Got them, thank you very much!

    #161859
    Tony Hughes
    Participant

    No problem Mike, glad I could help and make use of stuff I’d probably not use.

     

    Tony of TTT

     

    #161906
    Phil Dutré
    Participant

    Funny, I replayed ME – after it had lain dormant for almost 30 years – last year as well:

    https://snv-ttm.blogspot.com/2020/04/mighty-empires-2.html

    So what did I learn?
    There’s a lot of dice rolling. A lot! 
    There’s more dice rolling!
    And even more!
    To summarize, a lot of dice rolling on all sorts of tables: to determine the content of a tile when scouted; to determine whether you can move over mountains and how much troops that will cost you; to determine the strength of independent settlements; to see what happens when an army banner doesn’t have enough subsistence; and so on…

    So is Mighty Empires  a good game? Hmmm, no, not so good. But then, it was never meant as a standalone game. You should really see it as a campaign world generator, with a lot of unexpected events happening, and for that, it does the job.

    Tiny Tin Men Blog: http://snv-ttm.blogspot.com/
    Wargaming Mechanics Blog: http://wargaming-mechanics.blogspot.com/

    #161909
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Yay, more M.E.!!

    #162451
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    After the initial deployment and set up we played 2 turns (2 years game time).

    Notable events were some terrible scouting rolls by me, lots of barren and crappy events.
    Samantha had a spell that made one of my banners scout in a random direction, and it spent the whole campaign year going no-where.
    Some uprisings and settlements going independent.
    All in all Samantha had better scouting and better spells until I got a spell that destroyed one of Samantha’s banners totally.
    So that was 1500 points obliterated.

    Current state of play:

    #162452
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    Looks pretty cool Michael!

    #162460
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Looks like Samantha has a couple of hold-outs she needs to deal with.  You better get a move on to gobble up the remainder, my dude, looks like you don’t have much time left!

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #162461
    Mr. Average
    Participant

    This is so cool to see! A reconstruction of ME is on my long term graphic art/gaming projects.

    #162462
    Steven Francis
    Participant

    That does look great….

    #162598
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

     

    Played year 3 today.
    I pushed through into the middle and captured the city in the mountains.
    My siege on an independent fortress on the southern page finally worked and they capitulated.

    In the NE I scouted an independent city that repelled my forces and I retreated to my coastal fort, Samantha swept down and captured the city and some surrounding land and cut off my coastal fort.
    🙁

    She also had successful scouting and found new land near the SW.

    Event wise I was luckiest, the news of my great victory in the mountains meant that heroes came to join me (+400 points of heroes) and my merchants excited by the new trade routes generated extra coin with city providing extra gold.

    Samantha less luck, rebellion (which she quashed later with gold) and magical instrument for one of her units.

    Oh yeah, I spent a big chunk of my tax on building a fortress in the mountain pass just below the city I captured.

    Next year looks very much like some tabletop battles will be fought.

    #162602
    Andrew Beasley
    Participant

    Ouch – having the coastals cut must really sting – hope you can sit down OK 

    I’m amazed by how ‘busy’ the map is – I thought it would be mainly armies moving around rather than buildings – my memory of the game is so so hazy though.

    Nice to see its progressing through to the battle stage.

    #162636
    Darkest Star Games
    Participant

    Pretty smart of her to cut you off like that!  Looking forwards to that battle.

    Say, what are the 2 enclaves she has surrounded in her territory?  Independent mines or some such?

    "I saw this in a cartoon once, but I'm pretty sure I can do it..."

    #163317
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    Crap, sorry yes.
    She keeps rolling for insurrection and rebellion and those have declared independence.

    #164555
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    So, likely going to stop using ME as a campaign system for WFB and either ditch it or play it as a contained game.

    #164559
    Mr. Average
    Participant

    Did it get to where the campaign took over more interesting dimensions than the tabletop game? That often happens. That, or the war stagnates, which is realistic enough for medieval warfare.

    #164560
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    The thing that put me off as a WFB extension is the in game money.
    A village gives you 1GC each year to spend.
    1GC buys you 100 points of troops.

    So when a village is attacked and I fight to keep it, I am likely to lose between 700 points and 1500 points doing so.
    Even winning with medium losses it will be 7 game turns before keeping that village pays for itself, and that is assuming it is not attacked again next year.

    I just don’t want to fight tabletop battles using that rationale.

    I think we will carry on playing, but resolve combat using the ME rules rather than WFB.

    #164562
    Mr. Average
    Participant

    Yeah that’s pretty weak.  I wonder what a way around that might be.

    #164565
    Thomaston
    Participant

    That sounds like my kind of games where you ahve to preserve your force. I do agree 1 GC = 100pts is a little low, maybe 500pts?

    Tired is enough.
    I like tiny miniatures

    #164582
    Angel Barracks
    Moderator

    It is what it is.
    As we will likely play it as a boardgame I don’t mind so much, but if fighting over a village for 1gc with miniatures for 4 hours was the plan, then nah.
    But a 5 minute battle using the ME ingame combat system, that I can get on board with.

    #164603
    Mr. Average
    Participant

    You might hybridize – for “routine” battles use the board system, for key historical fights, where your general or your monarch is on the field, use the tabletop system.

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