Frogs Battle at Historicon 2011

North American frogs advance
North American frogs advance

Once again my North American frogs took on Chris’ South American frogs — this time for control of the Suarian idol in the center of the table.  For this game, we used the new character sheets from The GASLIGHT Compendium.  I had also gotten an advance issue of a new figure in this line: frogs riding on crocodiles.  This picture shows the North American heavy cavalry in melee with South American pikemen.  It was a bloody struggle, with only the local, small, flying insects coming out ahead.

South American frogs prepared for battle
South American frogs prepared for battle

The catapult in this picture was home cast with an extra turtle shell used to hold the rocks.  Chris modified some of the Eureka cannon crewmen to be catapult crewmen.

North American frogs advancing on the objective
North American frogs advancing on the objective

The objective for this game an idol in the center of this rocky outcropping.  The North American frogs got there first and occupied the outcropping with three or more units.  At one point, I was sure this was a runaway victory for the North.

The South attacks to take back the outcropping
The South attacks to take back the outcropping

Then the South threw everything they had at recapturing the idol.  This included units, cannon and catapult crewmen, and even the king.  The king in his sedan chair charged a unit of North American frogs and nearly recaptured the idol, but he died in the attempt.  Later, one of the South American frogs did recapture the idol.  Though the North had an additional unit or two to send into the fur ball on the outcropping, the South had four fresh units of lizard auxillaries and frog spearmen to reinforce their position, so I called it a South victory.

South American Type IV Turtle Tank destroyed by a North American cannon
South American Type IV Turtle Tank destroyed by a North American cannon

The melees were so fast and furious on the rocky outcropping as the battle swayed back and forth that I used the new, optional streamlined melee system from The GASLIGHT Compendium.  This kept the game moving so that other players didn’t get bored.

I think this was a very successful game.  There were some young players in the game, assisted by adults, who stayed with the game and remained focused.