Showing posts with label monster island. Show all posts
Showing posts with label monster island. Show all posts

Thursday, 29 August 2013

More Giant Monster Nostalgia

More nostalgia from my original, mostly non-wargames, blog (now invisible to the public for reasons too involved to go into here). This is a report of my first ever giant monster game, from April 10th 2005.

I've mentioned before that we like Godzilla movies. Well, a couple of weeks ago I bought a set of wargames rules for recreating the battles you get in them: 'Monster Island' from Firefly Games. These rules allow you to design your own monsters (or represent ones from various films) and then pit them against each other in mortal combat. The expansion 'Escape From Monster Island' pits the monsters against human military forces and covers the ever popular stomping of Tokyo (or whatever city you fancy).

Today was the first chance we had to try the game out.

Although I have bought a set of figures of Godzilla and his foes from E-Bay they haven't arrived yet, so I raided Cei and Maya's toy-box to find some suitable stand-ins. Catherine, Cei, Maya and myself had a monster each - I had Godzilla (of course), Maya had the pterodactyl-like Rodan, Catherine had a giant snake (Serpente) and Cei had an electrically charged monster we called Volton. We set up a battlefield with plenty of boulders (for throwing), water (for swimming) and quicksand (for getting stuck in), and set to.

The game was great fun. The children picked it up pretty quickly and we all tried a range of different attacks against each other, Indeed our one short game managed to encompass most of the rules in the game as we lobbed rocks, and each other, about the field, clawed, bit and crushed or breathed fire and shot electricity at each other.

Rodan was the first to fall, grabbed by Godzilla and dumped in some quicksand. Before the big lizard could celebrate his victory, though, Serpente and Volton hit him together and knocked him out. Serpente then turned on Volton and, shrugging off the electrical attack, constricted him in his mighty coils. Victory to the big snake.

Giant monsters fight. In the centre Godzilla grabs Rodan in a mighty embrace, whilst Serpente slithers out of the water to the left and Volton creeps up behind Godzilla.

A fun game and highly recommended.

I also found some photos of another game we played a week or so later, but not a corresponding report. The plant monster, Metacrinus, and the red robot, Ronin-X, still feature in games. 

Nostalgia, eh?

(The girl in the background of the first two photos is my daughter, Maya. She was eight then. She's now heading towards seventeen. And as big a nerd as I am ... )

Friday, 23 August 2013

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Wargame

I found this picture in my Flickr photostream - a game I played one evening back in February 2007. I have posted it here for sheer nostalgia value.

This is the original caption:

"Trying out a scenario for 'Monster Island' that I found on the web. Nemo's Nautilus and three bases of divers take on a single giant octopus. Nemo started off well until the octopus got a good hold on the submarine and, resisting the electrically charged hull, crushed it. With nowhere to run the diver squads were picked off one by one.

Special effects from the Sydney Aquarium gift-shop (Octopus), Games Workshop (the Epic Imperial Guard masquerading as divers) and, of course, Lego (The Nautilus)."

I can't remember who wrote the original scenario. It used the octopus monster in the sample creatures in the 'Monster Island' rules book, against three stands of infantry from 'Escape From Monster Island'. I can't remember what the Nautilus was - I think it may have been based on a UFO from 'Invasion of Monster Island', with flight replaced by swimming and the ranged attack replaced by an electrified hull.

It might be quite fun to try it with 'Giant Monster Rampage', treating the sea-surface as ground movement, but giving everything the Burrow ability to represent diving. There was a note in the comments on the original photo that the scenario included an option for a third player (the US Navy); this would give a player some 1860-70s steam/sail ships - plenty of guns but little protection and no dive capability.

I actually found some more pictures I took at the time, but they aren't really any different to the one posted above. However here's one just for the sheer hell of posting a picture I haven't seen in over six years.

I should note that the Imperial Guard have since been repainted, and are now regularly fighting (and dying) in games of HOTT. The Lego is in a big box (a big, BIG, box), but I think I ditched the octopus as part of the clear-out we had when we emigrated.
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