Met up with my good friend Daniel yesterday for a game of Blood and Plunder. We are still getting used to the play style and rules (top notch, highly recommend), but are having a blast. We decided to play the Raid scenario and had Daniel’s Spanish as the attackers and my English Militia as defenders. Quick story was that in response to Spanish raids in the area the English had increased their presence and had heard a raiding party was headed toward a settlement nearby. The militia set up on the outskirts of the settlement to keep it from being sacked.
Dan’s English (101 points – yikes!)
5 Trained Militia x2
4 Sea Dogs
Daniel’s Spanish (99 points)
4 Lanceros x2
4 Milicianos Indios
We played on a 4×4 table using the terrain available at the store that day. Set things up like it was the outskirts of a settlement/group of farms with the jungle close by. Plenty of terrain for the Spanish to use as cover (to my later disgust). The two unpainted sets of cargo are our objectives.
My initial plan was to hold back with the militia in true defensive fashion while using the sea dogs and freebooters to get a better angle against/slow down his force. His was to move up in cover to protect his lanceros.
I shifted my militia with the commander to the right, leaving the other units out of his command range to protect that flank. My sea dogs moved forward into cover as well. He moved forward making good use of the terrain and eliminated two sea dogs with the indios’ arrows.
TURNS 2 through 5
As the Spanish moved up my English responded less than adequately, firing into the foliage, missing most of what they shot at. The milicianos did not fare well against the volleys of musket fire, but the indios – knowing the terrain better – and the lanceros fared nicely. The lanceros on the right engaged the militia in melee, who called for support from the remaining sea dogs. Eventually the English won that fight and sent the remaining lancero fleeing back to his vessel. Meanwhile the freebooters were savaged by arrows and muskets, eventually being wiped out. The sea dogs were able to move to intercept the indios but could not hold them back from the cargo. As the Spanish drew nearer it became a desperate last stand. (we had two different versions of the Strike rule in the rulebook, but were until the last turn essentially even with how many points we were generating).
The indios, having eliminated their remaining opponent, moved to their objective, weathering a last ditch volley from the militia. The other militia were felled by the Spanish commander’s lanceros who then overran the barricade, their prize close at hand.
Result: Spanish victory! At the end of the game I had amassed a good number of Strike Points, ensuring the Spanish win. The game did go the distance, and with a few more saves or Spanish casualties it might have swung the other way. Tons of fun were had. We both made a couple errors in the rules, including Daniel forgetting his force special rule about deployment, and I realizing far too late that it would have been better to hold my shots for defensive attacks rather than try to eliminate the enemy hiding prone in thick foliage with smoothbore weapons. 😐