The second game once again was just "ok". In this game each army got a commander who could add himself to a unit, increasing their strength. At first this game seemed to be going in a good direction. However, after a while I would put the "general" figure with a unit and then move it three or more times in a turn; other units just sat not moving. The game was finished, but it was a disappointment.
Post game there are several things for me to think about. First of all, even in a No Brain Wargame there should be at least two different weapons class in each army, be it archers and spearmen or riflemen and artillery. Just having one class of soldiers makes it strictly a game of who gets to roll first slug fest. Also, if a unit gets to move an additional time in a turn, it should be limited to moving twice in one turn. Another possibly is each unit moves each turn, with a bonus tile for each army giving them an additional move per turn.
While these games haven't snapped me out of my funk, they have given me some food for thought and have me wanting to play out another game to try the changes mentioned, so they weren't a complete waste of time. The games also got me to dig out my copies of "Practical Wargamer" magazines and I spent an enjoyable evening reading articles instead of sitting in front of my computer.
|Two blue soldiers are forced to retreat.|
|The two who just retreated then move to their right to form a three man unit, that then attacks the soldier to their front; with no result.|
|This picture demonstrates a unit moving twice in a turn. The first attack forces one blue soldier to retreat. The second attack on the blue unit to its' right has no success.|
|The next two pictures shows a double move by the blue unit. Its' first attack kills one red soldier and forces another to retreat off the board.|
|The blue unit then falls back one square and attacks the unit to its' left, killing another red soldier and making the other retreat.|
|The end of the battle; the blue wins the victory.|
|the second battle pits the Peter Laing Ottomans vs....|
|.....the Peter Laing Persians.|
|In this picture an Ottoman unit with the general, has caused one Persian to retreat. The Persian figure retreating is the general.|
|The Turks attack the same unit, this time causing two Persians to retreat and killing another. The Turks then advance into the vacated hex.|