Saturday, July 25, 2015

Spearhead-ing with Spearhead ...

With the start of the new term it was back to our Saturday morning 'games group. After the success of Crossfire when I introduced the boys to that rules system last term, I'd promised to show them Spearhead in action, so I trotted the 20mm WW2 kit in to College and set up a small introductory game.


The small but growing group with two more converts (and one away) - a sign that figure 'gaming may be making a comeback
The boys seem to have a basic interest in WW2, something I haven't seen for a while with the teenage guys I teach.

Initial set-up, with lots of errors.. no better way to learn!!!

The engagement begins, with both sides quickly spotting the impacts of their deployment and orders errors

They did take my advice and use reserve orders for their armour, which was committed so that it would see some action before we ran out of time,
The growth in their understanding was much faster than mine, and so by the end of three turns they were getting the hang of the rules and system.

The outcome? The boys loved the rules and the system. I admit that they aren't seeing other rules systems, basically because it is hard to teach them something I don't play. However in my opinion they are experiencing a great rules system, and their levels of enjoyment speak volumes for the rules.

They are keen to play more next week.

We have started to plan a 12 hour 'paint-a-thon' in which they can get started on their own armies. The same figures/basing are of course used for both Crossfire and Spearhead, so they'll be able to enjoy both systems without having to paint while new armies. I'll post more as things develop.

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