Our first game Saturday morning was a WWII game with the card-based rules I’ve been developing, called GAMER. (That stands for the five attributes of a figure in the rules: guts, accuracy, melee, endurance, and reaction.) As a play test for a game I plan to run at Cold Wars in March. It involved German Fallschirmjägers launching a raid to kill a bunch of allied generals who were meeting for a planning conference. The generals were being guarded by two squads of Home Guard.
The Home guard positioned one squad near the far hedge and in the woods near the blue house. The generals were in the second floor playing canasta — I mean planning for Normandy. The second squad of Home Guard positioned one team in the building with the generals and another team in the plowed field in the foreground.
The Germans had three squads of Fallschirmjägers. Two squads (Jimmy and Nick) massed on the allied left and attacked toward the Home Guardsmen in the plowed field. The third squad (JJ) advanced through the rocks on the left of the picture above.
This was the first time I’ve run these rules outside a small inner circle. I was gratified by how well they worked. There remain a number of things I need to tweak. For instance, I’m still unhappy with the way hand-to-hand combat works. (During the 8 hour drive home today, Dave came up with an idea I plan to try soon.)
After firing more rounds than an episode of The A-Team, the Fallschirmjägers finally pinned down the British team in the field. By this time, the Brits had just about wiped out Jimmy’s squad, but the remnants charged the Brits who were pinned won by fire from Nick’s MG-42. In furious hand-to-hand combat, the Brits were eliminated, and the few remaining Fallschirmjägers raced towed the house and their objective.
Jim was advancing steadily against Dave on the British right, managing to incapacitate the Bren gunner on the second floor. Nick rushed forward with half his squad to get into the house. The Brits and Fallschirmjägers exchanged a bunch of grenades over the hedge, then Nick rushed through the gap. He lost most of his men to withering Enfield fire from the second floor, but got three or four men to the building. Monty lay dead. A few more grenades cleared a path into the house, but then General Eisenhower started picking off Fallschirmjägers on the porch with his M1911. At this point, JJ’s remaining Fallschirmjägers decided to withdraw from the field, leaving a four Brits and three generals in the building.
The game was a British victory and a very positive play test for the rules.