Sunday, July 14, 2013

An Evening of Gruntz

This past Thursday, Greg and Jay of the Basement Generals put on a game of Gruntz. There were seven players, so Jay decided to act as referee. Mainly because this was the inaugural game after one controlled play test.

The rules were clear, in fact by the second or third round we had all grasped the mechanics. This is the mark of a good rule set. There will be some tweaks to statistics of some of the units for future games, but as a first game it was fast and furious and a lot of fun.

There were three objectives, destroy or protect the power plant, seize or protect the cargo containers, and have the dictator escape in a plane or prevent that escape. The dictator had his units of professional soldiers and goons, while the rebels were mostly militia and some regular army that was supporting the coup.

The action opened with the rebels advancing toward the town in three teams, each with one of the objectives in mind. I played the rebel group that was trying to destroy the power plant. It didn't take long before there was a serious fire fight along the entire engagement.

This game turned out to be a rebel victory, we managed to control the power plant and were setting the charges as the evening ended. On the other flank, the plane had been destroyed from rocket fire, and in the center the rebels managed to seize several of the cargo containers.

Note, all of the scenery shown was supplied by Jay and Greg, and they put on a fantastic looking game. Hopefully they will post on their own blogs about this. I have linked to them here and here. Thanks guys, great game!

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