Thursday, August 20, 2015

Empire of the Dead - Western Style

Derek, Mike, Jeff and I got together and kicked off an Empire of the Dead campaign - with a western setting.

We each had 150 points,
I took a group of Cowboys using the Sons of the Empire list,  The group's name is the Beaver Lodge after the family's Ranch.  I am thinking of the Ponderosa here.  The boss is Harry, other members were Slippery (a gambler by trade), Skip (who walks on the wild side) June.  Cousin Jerry Mathers and Marshall Tucker rounded out the group.

Jeff took another bunch of Cowboys.  Mike had some Renegade Indians - the Heckarewe.  Derek had some Mexicans - Tito's Banditos.

We each had around 6 figures, Jeff's guys were better equipped and he had 5.

We each wrote missions down on a note card and shuffled the Cards.  We deployed where we sat and picked a mission.  My mission was to prevent the Hanging.  A quick glance at the table showed most of the length of the table to the gallows.  It would also take me past the other three gangs.

To keep the western theme we did activation order by cards.  We each drew a hand of 5 cards and played a card at the beginning of the turn.

I deployed Skip in town since he did not have a horse.  That was not healthy for him.  Jeff rounded the corner took one shot from Three Fingered Vern and put Skip out of the game.  You can see him laying on the corner of the sidewalk.

In the meantime, Tito's banditos have robbed Wall Drugs and are stealing animals.  The Heckarewe are headed to main street,

 My gang spent two turns blazing away at Vern and only got one wound.  Vern called out Marshal Tucker and wounded him
The rest of Jeff's gang rode on past when Three fingered Vern threw dynamite at Marshal Tucker.  It failed to hurt the Marshal, but knocked Jerry Mathers out of the game.  Marshal Tucker in turn put Vern down while the rest of the gang rode on to rescue cousin Adolf Beaver, who had been tried and convicted in a Kangaroo court.

 Jeff proceeded to drink and have his guys visit the Soiled Doves.  While the Heckarewe and Banditos shot each other to pieces

The combat was touch and go.  In general I have never seen so much ineffectual dice rolling - from everyone but Jeff.  By the end only One bandito was standing.

Final Scores
Mike had 43 points, Derek 32, Jeff 24, and I - 23.   Two of Derek's guys including his boss were captured by Mike.  Derek paid 10 points ransom for his leader and left the other Juan in captivity.

To be continued

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