|The HMGS-GL guardian on duty outside the Ft. Meigs Visitor Center.|
The situation: Marines have landed near the Prin-Gles Mining Co. on mining planet LV-4347. It is a routine mission to re-establish contact or retrieve civilians if the situation dictates. At worst they are expecting just another bughunt. Unknown to them, there are other human factions who want to retrieve what is at the Prin-Gles Mining Co. research facility. Meanwhile, the miners, Sheriff Ric and his deputies, along with the other civilians, just want to survive.
|Everyone carefully watched the opening moves of the others.|
|Things went well for the human factions as the bugs got eliminated (as planned) almost as soon as they spawned.|
|The WY Corp. Operatives and the Colonial Marines form an unholy alliance as bug spawns increase.|
|The commo tower, only link to the orbital extraction ships, is ready to be breached as bug numbers continue to increase.|
|The Queen appears, leaps the power fence and attacks the gate while hordes of bugs gather.|
I had a nice mix of enthusiastic players who all had a great time. They all grasped the basic rules, if not the tactics, well. But then, tactics take time to learn and we had some young players. Even the young lad who got wiped early ran off to get a hot dog and returned to watch the outcome of the game!
Drums was a great event as usual this year with many outstanding games, run by great GMs. The only game I played was the 15th Annual Toledo War. This is a "what-if" game based on the actual "war" of 1835-36. Played with some of Doug Johnson's elegantly simple Home rules, this annual game is always a bloody affair. It can literally come down to the last man! This year it did, for Michigan!
|My Ohio Militia on the right.|
|My Ohio Militia on the ground, while our cavalry flanks the Wolverines as the rest of our boys close in!|
The lone surviving Michigander was then run down by the Ohio cavalry before his initiative came up. It was a resounding victory for the glorious Buckeyes! So, the record stands at:
Ohio 10, Michigan 5!!!