Friday, February 24, 2017

GMT Musket and Pike, White Mountain 1620

Setup, Bohemian Protestant Forces, supported by the Transylvanian cavalry.
Setup, Imperial and Catholic League forces.

Turn 1: Liechtenstien is ordered to advance on the Bohemian Left. After an initial ineffective artillery bombardment he cautiously does so but fails to make contact. The Protestant Command send orders to the Transylvanians who mercifully respond and become active (there was a 40% chance they would just go home).

Turn 2.1: Despite laying down some brutal fire (7 Hits on the lead Imperials) Thurn's Front line is thoroughly routed. The feeling is that they have done sufficient damage to  Liechtenstein's troops that the 2nd Line should hold and give the Transylvanians enough time to sweep the Left Flank.

Turn 2 Complete: The Transylvanians move to the Left Flank as  Liechtenstein's 2nd Line Cavalry reform ready of the oncoming attack. The Imperial forces move their 2nd Lines up but are slowed by having to reform the brigades who are disrupted by the bad terrain.

Turn 3a: Liechtenstein leads his troops in the assault on Thurn. and is bloodily repulsed with only a small victory on his left as the Imperial Curassiers  chase some of the Protestant cavalry off the field. Liechtenstein re-positions himself with what is left of his cavalry.

Turn 3 End of Maneuvers: The Transilvanians have successfully massed on the Bohemian Left. Imperial forces slowly advance on the Bohemian line hampered by slow slog uphill. Tiefenbach is bringing his 2nd Echelon troops up to attack the Left Flank while Tilly reforms his lines on the right after struggling though bad terrain.

Turn 5 Start: Despite the opportune moment and desperate state the Transilvanians refused to charge on the Bohemian left. Thurn's command is near destroyed by the attacks from the Imperial 2nd Echelon who now form a defensive cordon, wary of the Transilvanians. Tilly on the Imperial right has stalled due to the terrain (maybe he should have deployed in open order).

Turn 5 "The Bitter End": Spinelli's veteran Italians commanded personally by Tiefenbach close to assault the last remnants of Thurn's command. After a bloody repulse and the loss of Tiefenbach the Italians are chased from the field by Thurn's feisty cavalry. Inspired by this the Transivanians finally accept the order to charge and swarm the Imperial right flank routing the cavalry. With the flank crumbling and his troops still mired in the terrain Maximillian halts the attack and retreats from the mountain. A costly but significant victory for the Bohemians.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Phil Eklund's BIOS: Genesis

I am going to try something new. I have just got BIOS: Genesis in a trade. This one seems to have a massive amount of brain burning play in a very small box.

Set-up for Solo Game. First event played. Comet impacts have delivered Water to the Surface of the planet.

Green tries to establish in the Hydro-thermal Vent but looses it's Enzyme. Red Establishes in the Green Rust Fumarole and also looses an Enzyme and Biont but receives a Catalyst in compensation. Not a Stunning start but ... 4 Billion years to go. Maybe, hopefully!

Theia smacks into the Earth making most of the surface molten and eradicating the Green Rust Fumarole. Green and Red try to establish in the Mars Paleo-Ocean and Earth's Hydro-thermal vents without success. Life is having a hard time establishing in the solar system right now. Both Green and red start, due to compensation, with 2 catalysts for the next 200 Million years.

Turn 4: and 400 Million years later, Green and Red have established organized manna in the Oceanic Clay Mound. Hopefully the manna and bionts will organize into a microorganism soon. The Hydro-thermal vents still refuse to organize manna but both Green and Red have a presence.
The Enzyme placement is incorrect for the Clay Mound. It will be fixed in the next turn. It also did not affect the roll.

Turn 5: 200 Million years on and the Clay Mound yields our first Micro Organism a Gard Marine Bacterium (ain't it sweet) after losing a chromosome to Darwinian forces it gains a Chlorophyll Symbiont and is on the way to becoming the first algae.

Turn 7: 1400 Million Years after the Earth's formation our struggling Microbe is close to becoming extinct. Hydrocarbon Fog and a nasty UV spike followed by some harsh Darwinian forces have reduced it down to 1 Chromosome.

Turn 9:  1800 Million Years. Another Bacterium wiped out, this time by an Oxygen Spike. We are left with some organized manna in the Continental Eutectic Brine. Both Green and Red now have some Catalysts to play with in the hopes of getting a microorganism up and running.

Turn 10: A flurry of fantastic luck and our Eutectic Brine throws up a life form with enough catalysts to buy some mutations. Green is well on the way to becoming terrestrial life. I am proud of my little microbe .... essentially pond scum.

Turn 11a: Both Red and Green players now have an up and running microorganism. This is good news. The bad news is that the NPC Viruses now have targets.

Turn 11b: Some mutations later and the two microbes are holding on although there were some copying errors and losses.

Turn 12: The end, a 4th cooling event and Armageddon the cooling kind happens. Our poor microbes expire as the lakes freeze. Oh what could have been.