Don’t Call Me Yella, Fella!
Last weekend was PAW 2015. This is a great local show to many of my wargaming buddies who live in Plymouth. As I have said before this is a great and growing show. Good free parking on site (get there early). More on the show later.
Laurie lives in Plymouth and normally takes responsibility for putting on a game. This year he decided it was time to unleash a project that has been growing over a number of years.
A Wild West themed game.
I have to admit that I have never played anything to do with the Wild West but my excitement level was whetted when I saw the terrain. The building looked fantastic and the internal detail on many of them just conjured up ideas of bar room brawls. The hand built mine and train all added to feel and flavour.
Well the premise of the games was a coming together of minds, not.
A group of cowboys led by Wilson “Will” Getya who have just driven a herd of cattle into town seek some chill time in a local saloon hoping to spend little but party hard! (Sounds like an 18 -30 trip to Ibiza). They knew the town well as one of them had a half-brother Marshal Karl Phogg “KP” Nut who was a lawman in the town. While in town, it would be good to have a catch up with his brother and his new girl (ex good time girl from the saloon)Wendy Wonnit.
Unknown to the cowboys and the lawmen, was that a local cattle Baron, Woody May-Kit was in town with his boys looking for the girl who left him for a lawman. If he could not have her, no one would or there would be no one for her to have. (He doesn’t sound nice). The head boy was a baddie called Billy Beans “Claim Jumpin ” Hatfield, a man so mean even his undertaker wouldn’t look him in the eye.
The rules used were “Dead Man’s Hand” these were given to me to use as umpire. This was literally the first time I had seen them but within 20 mins I had the gist. They basically work on a card system and once activated each character gets 3 actions. An action can be to move/ aim/fire etc. More time spent aiming helps but players can try to trump your turn by playing cards from their hand which have specific instructions on them.
I do not intend to go into a turn by turn account but provide an overview and some great pictures.
Unfortunately none of the players knew the location of Wendy, I had randomly generated her location. The Baron’s men had 20 turns to find her and convince her to return home!
The baron’s men started by strolling up the town’s main thoroughfare entering shops looking for her. No real issue until an unlucky roll meant that the barber resented being bullied and spoke back. This had the result of a shot ringing out and him falling to the floor dead. Billy was living up to his reputation. This ensured the lawmen reacted and confronted the gang. Both gangs started moving around the town trying to get the upper hand on their rivals. The odd shot hit home and casualties started to build up on both sides.
Soon the stage coach started to come on the table. Inside was Wendy returning from shopping. Both sides saw Wendy at the same time and headed for the stage coach as it pulled up outside the undertakers. Karl headed for the coach with the last of his posse and brother. All were hit but only light wounds. The coach team fired back as well and hit an outlaw. Each side traded shots until like a Quentin Tarantino movie Wendy bursts out the coach, aimed and fired. The turn aiming paid off as Woody was hit and was dead before he hit the floor. It was at this time that Billy decided to get outa town.
The terrain was perfect.
The rules were good. In the game you place a playing card next to each character in the game. These are turned over to reveal their value and highest goes first. The initiative phase could be slow at times and the playing of cards distracted from the game so next time we will have character records on the table edge and cards will be placed there along with any wound markers etc.
All agreed it was a game we would like to play again soon.
All the buildings and figures were from Laurie’s collection. Brian played Woody, Steve played Billy and Laurie played Karl, Wilson and Wendy. I was the umpire and thoroughly enjoyed the day
The Show – PAW
Venue – Ideal. two large halls on the level with plenty of parking.
Entrance fee £4 a day – fair. A 2 day show.
Demo games – Good selection and balance from Fantasy/Historical/Sci-fi
Competitions – Located in the second hall along with a few traders and the bring and buy. Very well supported, cannot tell you much more than that.
Traders – Increasing year on year. This year there were 3 selling similar ranges. This can be a bit disappointing but it did enable me to get a good deal on some Perry box sets, 3 for £50. getting a good balance of traders in vital.
Bring and Buy – Big, mostly Fantasy/Sci- fi but I did pick up some osprey MAAs for £1.50 each, and Games workshop’s Man O War complete for £15 and Trafalgar rules for £10.
Catering – Weak. Food soon ran out. This needs to be addressed, otherwise people will bring their own and this will put less coppers in to the club. when there was food it was OK.
I will next be at Legionary 2015 on the 2nd of May 2015 with my War of the Roses Game. Hopefully see some of you there.