Last night at HAWKs club night I ran a largish G.A.M.E.R. game. Chris could only handle six players in his Bear Yourselves Valiantly game, so I too everyone else. Most of the folks had played G.A.M.E.R. before, so we were able to jump right in.
The scenario featured four German infantry squads (with Panzerfausts and machine-guns) plus two Pz. IV H tanks and a Stug III trying to hold three buildings against three understrength platoons of British and American paratroopers supported by two Shermans and a Cromwell IV. The initial setup was a bit chaotic with the paras entering two opposite corners, one German squad occupying each building, and the fourth German squad and the German tanks arriving as reinforcements.
I was pretty happy that the rules were able to manage a ten-player gamer with lots of vehicles without bogging down.
The Allied forces did a good job of focusing on the objectives (the three buildings). The Germans had a good initial deployment with two machine-guns covering the approaches to the buildings. (Unfortunately for the Germans, Don didn’t seem to be able to hit anything all day with his machine-guns, so the Paras got pretty close to the building in the foreground of the above picture.
Dave’s “die rolling” was typically abysmal. At one point, all three weapons on one of Dave’s Pz. IVs were jammed. He did manage to machine-gun Kevin’s American bazooka crew. Kevin got off two bazooka shots first: one bounced, the other missed. Dave traded shots with Jim’s Shermans. When the smoke cleared both Pz IVs had brewed up, as did one of the Shermans.
In the end, while the Allies were very close to capturing the buildings, but time ran out. Jacob had nearly captured the building pictured above. Kevin was inside the first floor of the larger, central building that Kurt had softened up with HE from his Cromwell. Duncan was just outside the third building, and had killed the Germans defending the wall. Despite heavy casualties, with another hour of game time, the Allies would probably have taken all three buildings.
Chris experimented with a new idea for Bear Yourselves Valiantly in which the units were battling in the Mines of Moria. Also, I made a deck of cards for Chris to replace the various special dice. While Chris said the scenario experiment didn’t go well, he said the cards were well received. Apparently the limited ability to pivot and move didn’t play well with the limited mobility of the caverns.
Below is an example of some of the cards that potentially replace the special dice. I was able to get more information on the cards and also make the font significantly larger. I am thinking about making these available on the Look, Sarge Yahoo group for people to download and print for their own use.