Author Topic: Saturday Night FIghts -- "REMEMBER BURNABY!"  (Read 1404 times)

Cyrano

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on: February 08, 2019, 03:25:04 PM
Who??!??

This guy:



Or this guy:



Live three lifetimes and you likely won't do half the lunatic things that Frederick Gustavus Burnaby did.

He was, posthumously, everything an ACD should admire.  Including the ability to carry ponies down stairs -- but that's another story.

This Saturday at 1900 CST, I will be teaching Osprey Publishing's The Men Who Would Be Kings colonial rules in preparation for a more dramatic retelling of the battle of Abu Klea at which the great Burnaby fell.

I would like to know how many can make it?  I think -- stress think -- we can handle up to six with me as referee.

REMEMBER BURNABY!


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Reply #1 on: February 08, 2019, 03:32:50 PM
Burnaby Jones?


I loved Buddy Ebsen.

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Reply #2 on: February 08, 2019, 03:35:12 PM
Lots of dramatic two-shots of leaping between buildings.

Ah, my youth.

But, no.  Not him


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Reply #3 on: February 08, 2019, 03:35:32 PM
I just googled him - how very interesting!

And now for something completely different!


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Reply #4 on: February 08, 2019, 03:40:15 PM
And, Bob, you're MUCH closer.  I visited his monument -- which is rather nondescript -- after my last trip to the Bullring.


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Reply #5 on: February 08, 2019, 03:43:47 PM
What is sad, is that I don't remember the monument, and yet Birmingham is the city of my birth.

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Reply #6 on: February 08, 2019, 04:51:25 PM
I'm in.

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Reply #7 on: February 08, 2019, 06:34:49 PM
Probably there!



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Reply #8 on: February 09, 2019, 04:10:14 PM
Sorry can't make it tonight after all.  :Loser:

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Reply #9 on: February 09, 2019, 06:08:58 PM
I'm in. 



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Reply #10 on: February 10, 2019, 01:19:06 AM
Thirty-five lashes for the Canadian for his sudden disappearance.

Thanks to those who did show 'round.

I officially like "TMWHBK" and am looking forward to staging Abu Klea.

REMEMBER BURNABY!

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Reply #11 on: February 10, 2019, 08:51:56 PM
I liked this a lot.  It moved a lot quicker.

One suggestion though.  Perhaps we can try setting up teams and hidden zones.  We were able to see each other the whole time.  This allowed things to get a little gamey with the points.  JP was able to move his units down the side without scouting because he knew no one was there.  Likewise, I was able to move men to stop/slow him down because I knew where they were and going, without actually having to see them first.  I also didn't have to worry much about the enemy in front of me, because I knew what they had left. 

I think replaying that scenario again with teams and hidden zones would have been a lot more interesting. 



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Reply #12 on: February 11, 2019, 09:44:57 AM
True, but not really being the boardgame then!

Now, if Cyrano could have two instances of TTS running simultaneously (on two Steam accounts presumably), then he could manage and update two different boards, porting one team's moves over to the other board when visible sight has been established...

 >:D



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Reply #13 on: February 11, 2019, 11:29:10 AM
True, but not really being the boardgame then!

Now, if Cyrano could have two instances of TTS running simultaneously (on two Steam accounts presumably), then he could manage and update two different boards, porting one team's moves over to the other board when visible sight has been established...

 >:D

Dammit, Pratt, as if I am not sufficiently frustrated trying to figure out how to run a straight KS in this environment! :D.

As to the remarks:  first, yes, these are the better rules.  I like CA, but these really flow nicely and feel right.

Saturday's game will be the Battle of Abu Klea and won't benefit much from secret deployments for reasons that a viewing of the "Four Feathers" (please only watch the older version) will make clear.

That said, I screwed up two rules that would have made a difference.

The first I spotted in game, namely that troops "hugging the wall" will retreat off the board if given the opportunity to do so.  This would have gone badly for the Mahdists but, as I said at the time, it would have been entirely unreasonable to punish Jason for a rule he didn't know.

The other I've only discerned by a, what, fourth, close reading of the rule.  When units take casualties they are required to take a pinning test.  This is a 2d6 minus the number of casualties sustained in the attack that caused the test.  If the result is less than the unit's leadership, the unit receives a pinned marker.  So far so good.  When, however, the Rally phase comes around, the unit must attempt to Rally.  This is a 2d6 less the number of pinned markers the unit has -- not, as we did -- the number of casualties sustained.  This makes units much more durable.  So durable, in fact, that there's an optional rule to take total casualties into account which I think is essential.  As a result, Velker's camels would have been in much longer and Jason's hordes would not have thinned out quite so quickly.

Still, I am really looking forward to Abu Klea.

And I think I will put together a really big Isandlwana.

REMEMBER BURNABY!


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Reply #14 on: February 11, 2019, 03:49:39 PM
ZULU DAAAWWWNNN!