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kolakoski's Impressionistic Battle Report

Posted August 12th, 2016 at 12:44 PM by kolakoski

Well met, Gang fans!

I love it when a plan comes together . . .

The Gang of Four met yesterday (8/10/16), and twice played
The Faceless Ones! - Draft Version. A good time was had by all, and thanks once again to chas for once again making his Game Palace a site of joy for everyone (and recording the Draft and Armies lists below).

Before we could begin, the contretemps concerning how to play Malekith and Chameleon within Sherman's Team Rules for this scenario was settled. Sherman convinced me, and the rest of the Gang, that this was possible without any ambiguities. We also decided to play within our usual 10 Round time limit. That being done, we continued the first Snake Draft. After we completed the Draft (for each game), teammates were determined randomly. [Taeblewalker took a few pics with his (late model) phone. You'll be able to actually see something. I'll add them when they hit the Gallery.]

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A Canoe Tale

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 08:45 AM by Sylvano the Wasabus
I own a canoe. I’ve had it for 25 years, but I’m sad to say that I haven’t used it 25 times.

The reasons are simple. It is stored elsewhere, because I have no place to store it. And I have to travel to places to use the canoe- rivers and lakes. It’s not like a bicycle that I can just jump on and ride. It involves planning, free time and a small carton of energy.

We have had some memorable canoe trips in the past. I usually go with my kids, my sweetie or friends. A lot of the canoeing places are natural areas and they are quite beautiful- forests and streams with lots of birds, vegetation, butterflies and wildlife. And yea, there was that time we saw the monster in the river.

This year my middle son was going away for the summer and so I wanted to canoe with him before he left. My eldest son asked to come along too so we were three.

They did not grumble when I set the leaving time at 7:00am. I wanted to be out before...
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Gang of Four - August 2016

Posted August 10th, 2016 at 04:52 AM by HS Codex
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The 16 Card/Choice
C3G Team Drafting Game

for 4 Players

The following is an excerpt from kolakoski’s Gang of Four Article

Part I: Fundamentals

The scheme for this game is a combination of my “16 Card/Choice Draft” and Sherman Davies’ “Rules for Team Play,” as applied to C3G.

A. The 16 Card/Choice Draft: Exactly 16 army cards (and/or combinations of cards) are available for a Snake Draft (draft order: 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3, 2, 1) among the four Players. (See The Faceless Ones!)

B. Sherman Davies’ Rules for Team Play: Once the draft is complete, the players are paired off for a team game (two vs. two). As he describes it: “Instead of players controlling their own individual armies, players share all the [cards] on their team and can place their order markers on any of the team’s
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The Heroscape Traveller

Posted August 4th, 2016 at 01:24 PM by kolakoski
Updated August 8th, 2016 at 12:27 PM by kolakoski

Well met!

If you do don't know me by now . . .

Sunset on the Cliffs Hotel/Resort

At the end of November, we will be taking our annual vacation in Negril, Jamaica. This year, we will be staying (for about four weeks) at the same hotel at which a couple of friends have been staying (their annual stay being for around three months).

Irvin and Addena Sumter-Freitag

Normally, when we're not swimming, walking, running, going out to eat, partying, bar-hopping, etc., we play Jamaican Dominoes. [Actually, we play Dominoes in the midst of many of these activities, as well.]

I've often contemplated taking some Heroscape with me, but thought it would require
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Rome on the Run

Posted August 4th, 2016 at 12:20 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
A Big Game can take weeks to play or even months. It’s awfully exciting though, when everyone is struggling in the beginning and we will play every spare moment. In our dreams we imagine alliances and strategies to bring our enemies to their knees. Everything is possible.

Poor Rome suffered a large loss against York. Even though the Romans won the battle their big army of points was cut down to a small army, and they withdrew to regroup. York had more points on the way and the Romans were running scared.

And then the expected but nasty happened. The gnolls, who had been Roman vassals, revolted. They’d been sending a measly twenty points in tribute to the Romans and were allowed to build up points and armies as long as they used those armies to Rome’s advantage. They met an Arken army, but instead of attacking agreed to a truce and war on Rome.

The main gnoll army, around six hundred points, was far from the gnoll capital, and it took...
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