Saturday, November 26, 2016

Carrera GO! Formula One to Carry Me Over

Rekindled my love of slot car racing with a couple of Carrera Go "Final Lap" sets and some extension packs.  I also bought a few extra F1 cars.

My gaming table in full F1 mode.  This stuff is pretty neat and I am learning about the brand and what is available.  It is a pretty finite thing which might be a good thing for me.  Limited car selection and a variety of good track designs that fit in a normal basement.

Ferrari and Red Bull Racing on the start finish line.

Mercedes with Lewis Hamilton in his silver 44.  Ready to take the world championship tomorrow morning.

My track side grandson can play these very easily as they have a "governor" clip that attaches to the thumb plunger trigger.

We had a great Thanksgiving race weekend.

Good morning Carrera.

Aerial view of Track #1 6 x 8 table.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Kansas City Electric Football League Season Three Begins

Opening night for the Kansas City Electric Football Club has begun in the Lee's Summit and Shawnee locations.  
My Minnesota Vikings kick off team set up in a game against Lynn Schmidt's KC Chiefs.  We would go on to win this one 24 to 21.  Lynn missed a FG that would have tied the game.

More action from the Chiefs Vikings game.  The field was built for Jesse by our commissioner Kelley Newton.  I played Jesse in our first game of the night but did not get any photographs.  Jesse is currently fielding a Sumner Sabers team but is working on a concept uniform Chiefs team.

Lynn's Chiefs.

Ready for some football.

Jesse and Billy in a second game of the night.

Willis and Kelley on the field.

Lynn and the new Chiefs field.

Great times and a lot of laughs for those interested look up MFCA or Miniature Football Coaches Association online and see what this hobby has to offer.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Advanced Heroquest GW edition

We sneaked in a late Halloween dungeon crawl using the Advanced Heroquest board game by 
Games Workshop. The adventuring party below went looking for a kidnapped victim.  Deep beneath a cult cultural center was a labyrinth of halls filled with evil thugs and scouts bent on mischief and mayhem.  Our party of first level adventurers learned the rules as we went.

At the beginning of the evening we moved and mapped.

Late in the game we encountered a heavy room full of foul beastmen and Chaos thugs.

Pretty nice set of rules.  Seems like a fulfilling bit of fantasy and dungeon delving would be accomplished with a lot of game play in a campaign.

We cleared this room and the evening came to an end.  Maybe see this game next year.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Spinner Dungeon Game

An elaborate version of the spinner.  With a clear overlay spinner I found at school.

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Battle of Lion's Port

The British admiralty tasked commodore T.M. with the simple task of securing a desultory manned French outpost village in the remote island archipelago of Coatzacos.  The island chain consist of three tropical strips of land named Scurvy Cay, Neptune's Lair, and the main island of Coatzacos.  The seat of commerce in this far flung island was the city known as Lion's Port.  A modest French held colony of fishermen and farmers.  And a refuge for pirates.

As the squadron of British warships sailed into the vicinity of Coatzacos, French heavy warships arrived to intercept and stop the capture of Lion's Port.  WHAT!!  Where did these newly fitted warships come from?!  What source of revenue could possibly procure and man such huge ships of war.  A first rate 120 gun ship The Montagne, a 84 gun ship the Sans Pereil, and a 110 gun ship Terrible, lead by a coastal pilot ship 5th rate Tanis! Manned and victualed by the devil himself.

There was naught that the British squadron could do but to carry on the mission in the face of dangerous odds.  The Culloden 5th rate troop ship struck for the island and began landing the troops destined to garrison the island.  They met immediate island gunfire from a shore battery but courageously carried on their duty.  The Royal Sovereign 100 gun first rate covered the rear of the squadron as the two 74's Bellerophon and Patriote engaged the shore guns and then the French fleet proper.

The first shore party engages the island troops as the Culloden provides naval support fire.

Island fighting with formed up troops in the old fashioned way.

The attacking British would carry the day on shore, but what about out in the waves.  Perhaps a different story awaits the fleet.

Give them the bayonet!!

An abandoned flute, the Derapager rocks at anchor tethered to the wharf.  As infantry skirmishing can be seen in the distance down the beach.

Out in the surf this four on three rag wagon duel would tell a different tale.  The first ship to commit to Davy Jones locker was the pilot ship Tanis.  Sunk under combined fire it would not last the engagement.  But then the Patriote hauled down her colors as the guns of captain J.M.H. were silenced by overwhelming enemy fire.  Then captain K.V. crossed the t of the enemy line but he too would get his in the end.  A catastrophic initial broadside rake from the Montagne would scuttle that boat and send it bellow the waves.  The crew of the Bellerephon took to the long boats and rowed for Scurvy Cay.

In the end the battle on the water was a French success.  The Royal Sovereign was captured in a bloody melee boarding action and the only British ship to escape was the unloaded Culloden.  Heavily damaged and devoid of her cargo, the Culloden slipped into the night to pick up survivors and carry the tale of the battle of Lion's Port back to the admiralty.

Tune in next time when we see the Secondhand Lion's play the other side of this coin.

A good shot of some old guy playing at ships.