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Corporal Fagen08 Feb 2019 12:29 p.m. PST

I'm attempting to organize my Little Wars schedule. There's an opportunity to play both Hastings and Rorke's Drift. I've been interested in these battles my whole life and have never played them before. I'd want to be the Saxons and the Zulus. I wonder though, how much fun these battles are to game. With the more or less static defense, do they degenerate into dice-rolling contests? There are other games i'm interested i during their time slots that i'm less into historically, but look like they might be more fun to play.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP08 Feb 2019 3:38 p.m. PST

A well run Rorke's Drift game can be a lot of fun. The secret is for both defenders and attackers to feel that they don't have quite enough figures on the table. That makes for a good, tense game.

Gone Fishing08 Feb 2019 4:32 p.m. PST

A second for Rorke's Drift for just the reason Nick said. Like most "attack on a besieged garrison" games, it can also work very well with all the players on one side and the Zulus controlled by the GM/rules on the other.

Personal logo Dervel Supporting Member of TMP Fezian11 Feb 2019 10:21 a.m. PST

As the slightly biased GM running Hastings, I would suggest giving it a try :)

Run it at multiple conventions now and pretty sure people have a good time with the battle.

We just ran it Saturday (twice) we had a Saxon victory and a Norman victory, both led by youngsters. One had never played a miniature game before and the other is now known as Samantha the Conqueror.

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