This weekend was the Williamsburg Muster, a historical wargaming conference held in Williamsburg, Virginia. I met up with Mad Dr. B and The Ruckdog and got two games in.
The first game was a 1000 point match between my Russian Coalition fleet and the Mad Doc’s Empire of the Blazing Sun. This ended up running like a demo game for interested conference attendees on Friday night, and we only got about two and a half turns finished before we closed down at midnight. It was a good refresher, though – the Russian Battleship (Borodino Class) took a hellacious amount of punishment but went down in Turn 2, but the rest of my fleet was unscathed to that point. I gained more respect for cruisers, and on Friday suffered a loss of respect for destroyers. All the Rostov class models seem to do is sink. It was a fun game and ended with a mass boarding action against the Japanese war gyro. Although the Russian Coalition eked out a victory when we called the game early, I think it might have ended up differently had we played several more turns….
(I only took one picture of the first game. It’s above.)
The second game was a large four player battle. We split into two teams – Russian Coalition and Republique de France versus a large air and naval Empire of the Blazing Sun combined fleet – that were each 1600 points. It was a pretty large game, but I was impressed how easily the Dystopian Wars rules worked with four players. I definitely want to play more large multiplayer games in the future! The Russian-French alliance was very powerful, and ended up sweeping the field. The Borodino Battleship once again took an absurd amount of punishment without going under the waves, shielding the longer-ranged French vessels behind its ablatively armored hull. The Tambov class gunships really proved themselves in this game, rolling 26 hits against the Japanese battleship in a single round of shooting. We called it after three full turns. The game ended with a dramatic multi-activation boarding action between a Scout Gyro and Russian frigates, ending, naturally, with a series of Russian prizes. Again, a very fun game, but the Russian-French alliance might have been a little overpowered. And perhaps we were also lucky!
Great fun, and I look forward to the next time!