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  • #14614
    Sparker
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    Ok – so which was your best game of 2014 and why? (Photo please if possible!)

    http://sparkerswargames.blogspot.com.au/
    'Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall need to be well 'ard'
    Matthew 5:9

    #14616
    Sparker
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    My pick is….

    Well before I go there, what makes a great and memorable game?

    The company of course – unless you’re a solo gamer, in which case of course you’re guaranteed good and like minded company!

    Also I guess the visual impact – the quality of the miniature landscape and troops:

    What about the sheer scale and scope of the game?

    And some context – a bicentennial, perhaps, or the release of a film or book about the battle or theatre, perhaps the recent rediscovery of a long lost royal body?

    And of course, last but not least, the sheer drama and tactical challenge of playing the game…

    I think for all of these reasons, our Black Powder game of the Battle of Toulouse 1814 would be one of the games I most enjoyed this year.

    http://sparkerswargames.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/toulouse-1814-2014-end-of-era.html

    I don’t attach importance to centenaries for their own sake, but it does provide useful context to place battles within their time relationship to one another. So that when we play Waterloo next year, we will all appreciate how long ago the end of the previous campaign was, and how it seems the Napoleonic Wars had dragged on for years, since we first started playing these 200 year commemorative games way back in 2005!

    And in terms of good company, there was a small overlap in players from both of my regular wargaming haunts, the Uni and the Hall of Heroes FLGS…

    So what was your most memorable or fun game?

    http://sparkerswargames.blogspot.com.au/
    'Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall need to be well 'ard'
    Matthew 5:9

    #14620
    Mr. Average
    Participant

    Division-level Ogre DE.  Paneuropean attack on Southern Mexico.

    Everyone playing really got into the spirit of it, even though several are normally “historical-only” gamers.  Took about six hours, but with practically the entire DE set on the table at once, we still managed to play it out in one day!

    #14645
    Sparker
    Participant

    Thanks guys – yes its great when you organise, or get invited to participate in, big games that are normally outside your comfort zone!

    Tim – mate, as fascinating as your avatar picture is, and yes I have read the interesting background on your terrific website, it doesn’t actually count as a photo of the game!

    http://sparkerswargames.blogspot.com.au/
    'Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall need to be well 'ard'
    Matthew 5:9

    #14653
    Paint it Pink
    Participant

    Division-level Ogre DE. Paneuropean attack on Southern Mexico. Everyone playing really got into the spirit of it, even though several are normally “historical-only” gamers. Took about six hours, but with practically the entire DE set on the table at once, we still managed to play it out in one day!

     

    Out of interest, how did you define your Division? (is there an ORBAT list on a blog somewhere?)

    My best game of the year was also Ogre/GEV, played at Blast-Tastic.

     

    Escalation scenario at Blast-Tastic!

     

    This had elements from my NAC  2nd Heavy Armor Brigade Combat Team and Pan European 7ème Brigade Blindée. Of all the demo games I played this year it was the most relaxed and enjoyable, because my opponent Steven was lovely.

    One is good, more is better
    http://panther6actual.blogspot.co.uk/
    http://ashleyrpollard.blogspot.co.uk/

    #14661
    Shandy
    Participant

    Great topic! We used it as an excuse to brows through my blog and think of all the great games we’ve played this year. In the end, we decided that our best game was a Wars of the Roses game using Sharp Practice. We are both great fans of the rules, they always deliver a cracking game and an exciting and fun narrative.

    In this game, all my well laid plans were upset by pesky villagers and a cow…

    Why was this the best game? I guess because the game got increasingly funnier – at the end we couldn’t stop laughing – while still being tactically challenging. We still tell stories about that cow…

    You can find a full report of this game here: http://wargamingraft.wordpress.com/2014/03/01/bb-billetingbickering/

    Cheers

    #14694
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    “This had elements from my NAC  2nd Heavy Armor Brigade Combat Team and Pan European 7ème Brigade Blindée. Of all the demo games I played this year it was the most relaxed and enjoyable, because my opponent Steven was lovely.”

    Blushing somewhat at this praise, but I have to say that this was certainly the most fun and memorable game of the year, due to Ashley being an outstanding opponent and ambassador for the game. I haven’t laughed so much in a game for several years. Add to this her wonderfully painted armies (one of which apparently wasn’t finished but I couldn’t tell) and you have a game that will stay in my memory for many, many years to come.

    So thanks for the memories Ashley!

    #14711
    Sparker
    Participant

    Fantastic guys – of course its easy to forget that sheer laugh-out-loud fun is probably the most important criteria!

    http://sparkerswargames.blogspot.com.au/
    'Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall need to be well 'ard'
    Matthew 5:9

    #14714
    Just Jack
    Participant

    Gentlemen,

    I’ll throw in on this: it was not a single game, but a series of games, actually a campaign which I did not finish, but played through 19 games.  I was fortunate to playtest a set of rules, which became the now-published “Some Corner of a Foreign Field.”  I played a total of 22 games with the rules, but 19 in my “In Country” campaign, in which I set out to follow a single US Army squad through a 13-month tour of duty in Vietnam during 1967.

    The games were a tremendous amount of fun, and the rules and campaign setting really lent themselves to becoming immersed in the storyline and attached to the characters (part of what ended the campaign was all my favorites becoming casualties).  The whole campaign starts here if anyone is interested:
    http://blackhawkhet.blogspot.com/2014/05/in-country-game-1-25-sept-1967.html

    There was a tremendous amount of drama: village sweeps, village evacuations, bomb damage assessment patrols, chance encounters during combat patrols, downed helo recovery, QRF for trapped recon team, firebase overrun, enemy attack on NDP, multiple attempts at busting a bunker line, urban combat in a provincial capital, chasing a tax collector, cutting off an enemy retreat, etc…

    My favorite was Game 8:

    When an NVA bunker line had the squad in a bad way.  Several men down, so couldn’t pull back, and too close to the enemy to call in supporting fires.

    So Sgt Banaszak went to work, sprinting and dodging his way forward, creeping up to the first bunker to drop a grenade (blue bead) inside…


    Then sprinting left and hopping in the second bunker with the NVA officer, and quickly dispatching him.

    Before moving to the third and final NVA bunker, and dropping a grenade in there too.

    That was the funnest fight of a group of fun fights.

    V/R,
    Jack

    #14719
    Whirlwind
    Participant

    The Battle of the Crossing of the Orbigo from my Peninsular War Campaign re-fight:

    http://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/campaign-battle-11-crossing-of-orbigo.html

    On Sparker’s checklist:

    1. Solo game.

    2. Not the visual feast that is 28mm figures on a huge table!  But I think since what I have in fact is a 5’x3′ in a very dark corner of the house, then my 6mm figures don’t look too bad…(although I’m always up for helpful comments as to how I can do better!)

    3. The scope – mid-sized for this campaign; troops representing about 55,000 or so, combined; maybe about 900 6mm troops.  This one was the biggest battle: http://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/campaign-battle-13-second-battle-of.html ,with a total of about 100,000 on the table (about 1500 infantry figures, 120 cavalry, 22 guns)

    4. The context is always interesting in my Peninsular re-fight!  This one representing Marshal Soult’s efforts to destroy the Spanish Army of Galicia on his way to taking Astorga as the gateway to conquering the NW of Spain.

    5.  Full of tactical interest – I genuinely thought this was going to be an easy French win.  Then it seemed obvious the Spaniards had triumphed.  Then the French somehow managed to pull it out of the bag at the last moment…

     

     

     

     

     

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

    #14918
    Sparker
    Participant

    Thanks Tempest – that’s actually a very good looking game despite the scale – if you know what I mean!

    http://sparkerswargames.blogspot.com.au/
    'Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall need to be well 'ard'
    Matthew 5:9

    #14927
    Whirlwind
    Participant

    Thanks very much Sparker!  I’m looking forward to seeing lots of 100 Days battles grace the equivalent of this thread in a year’s time.

    https://hereticalgaming.blogspot.co.uk/

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