And play I did - 3 more games of Nuts! - bringing my total to four, so far.
Because I know I'm playing ten games, there is incentive to play the next one and make sure I fix any mistakes I made previously. I want to make sure that I'm not assuming things, so there was a lot of page flipping, with games taking around 2 hours to play and document.
There is definitely a learning curve, as with all but the simplest rules. I missed things each game, mostly related to the control of the non-player force, but by the fourth, I had much of it committed to memory, or at least knew where to look when I wanted to be sure of my understanding.
|Patrol Mission Setup. '44. France Somewhere.|
|Germans pinning down my men in the yellow farm house. Sarge and Pvt. Harry move up to lob grenades.|
I'm not sure about the logistics of tossing grenades over hedgerows, but it sounded right.
|Looks like things might go my way, right? Nope. |
Despite their losses, Germans would kill or capture the entire team in the yellow farmhouse.
Mission : Defend
Enemy Objective : Exit from my edge of the table.
I took my squad (dubbed 1st squad) and another squad, aptly called 2nd squad)
I made the Sarge a Star, and rolled up attributes per the rules for all of 1st squad.
|I had the bright idea to send 2nd squad's BAR team up to identify the last PEF.|
Turns out there was one in the ruined building.
(all buildings automatically contain a Potential Enemy)
|The figure top center lobbed a grenade up over the hill and that was followed by the remainder of the Germans charging into melee. Melee is brutal, as seen here.|
Red 6s are Dead, Red 3s are Out of Fight.
|A chaotic and deadly melee at that.|
You can see 1st squad, bottom left, trying to join the fight.
The biggest thing I have learned so far is:
If i had been in charge of the US forces in WWII, Hitler would have conquered North America.
|Setup for 3rd game.|
Mission : Defend.
Enemy Objective : Eliminate us.
I took a whole platoon sans HQ this time.
|Everyone in the clear is actually prone (both sides), except the guys on the road.|
They are running, but they are sitting ducks.
|His last moments caught on camera.|
|This is just the 2nd turn! Do not get caught in the open!|
|This game lasted all of 4 turns before 2nd and 3rd squad retreated off table (by my decision, not game mechanics) and first squad was reduced to 2 men as they tried to flank the Germans in the woods.|
Make no mistake. These games have been enjoyable - full of emotion high and low, and I'm looking forward to the next game.
Speaking of, the next game will be a patrol on the Eastern front; perhaps my Soviets will fare better.
But, first, I should probably read up on small unit tactics, because clearly, I have no idea what I am doing!