23 October 2017

The Horse Bolted ....

I've been continuing to concentrate on my Bolt Action/KonFlikt'47 United States Army miniatures, I was going to enter a local Bolt Action competition but I was waylaid by a virus so didn't make it. But Lachlan did come for a visit and give me a game. Which was nice since he probably infected me in the first place.



I fielded my 1000 point list I would have taken to the competition and Lachlan giving me fair warning took a 1000 point German Fallschirmjäger force that included a Major that in concert with it's platoon commander could activate his entire force using the 'snap to action' rule. It's legal, it says so in the FAQ you can download from the warlord store for free.

As Lachlan and I had an equal number of order dice there was a 50/50 chance that the first order die of the turn would be Lachlan's and he would be able to activate his entire force and if he didn't get the first die, with each die pulled from the bag the odds improved in Lachlan's favour. During the game I got lucky enough to pull two order dice from the bag in a turn before one of Lachlan's was pulled and he activated his whole force.

This quite rule legal and approved gambit not only kicks the core game mechanic of Bolt Action into touch. It goes after it with an axe and dismembers it, turning Bolt Action into U-GO-I-GO game. In the end I prevailed (only just) but both Lachlan and I agreed what we played wasn't Bolt Action, but in fact it was and could be again .........


2 comments:

Ski said...

Ugh, I hate that sort of thing. It's the sort of rule screwiness that drove me away from FOW and 40K. That kind of joy-wrecker is best put back on the shelf and simply agree to play without it.

Derek Fulton said...

Yep, that's what Lachlan and I having decided to do. But of course that doesn't preclude the possibility of running into it when you step into the wider community, after all it's specifically noted in the FAQ. When that happens the best thing to do is remember it's a game, you're not 'betting the farm' and 'on table' kill the offending officers.

Of course, this speaks volumes about the 'quality control' (if that's the right way to describe it) in putting together and publishing Bolt Action.

That being said as long as you keep your perspective Bolt Action can be a fun game.