So, I made it down to the monthly Newcastle Legion Club meet, and got two games in.
First, I played Shannon in Level 7- Omega Protocol. This is a gun-crawl following on from the events of Level 7- Escape, a smaller-scale tile-based survival horror game. L7-Escape is about an underground lab where human-alien hybrid experiments have gone wrong, and you have to escape. L7-Omega Protocol is the spec-ops team going back in to mop up.
My three commandos of Team Disco* advanced through the first level, finding both the required intel and the exit lift. I mowed down more than a few Greys, and took a few scratches in return, but nothing too serious. I'm sure we overlooked a few rules.
|Team Disco preps a napalm grenade for a target-rich environment|
Gameplay was surprisingly good. Commando action points are spent and then passed to the alien player- the more you do, the more he can do and vice versa. Each soldier comes with extra kit options to boost their abilities. Each turn you select a 'Stance' for each soldier- firing, advancing, or running- which doesn't limit what you can do, as much as how well you do it. For example, if I sprint I can still shoot but not very well, and if I shoot I can't move so far, etc.
Next, it was time to get back into Saga with a 4-point game against DC. We're kicking off a light narrative campaign. The border was being threatened by Vikings, and Godwin's Anglo-Danes were protecting the bridges. Here are DC's photos from his perspective (and my only one):
|Vikings start with an aggressive charge over the right bridge|
|Berserkers and Warlord approach my Warriors and Godwin!|
|My levy are covering the middle...|
|...and wheel neatly out to pepper the Berserkers. Survivors are mopped up by the Warriors.|
|Viking Warlord now charges the Anglo-Dane warriors...|
|...and almost kills them, but now faces down Godwin.|
|A clash of steel!|
|Godwin wins! Viking Warriors come to avenge their chief...|
|...but Godwin sends them to Valhalla.|
|And on the other flank, I charge the bridge and push the Vikings back.|
* yes, really.