Monday, 26 September 2022

Olympic OGAM Day - the morning

James and I have talked for a while about the idea of organising an Of Gods and Mortals gaming day. With relatively small tables needed it would, we reasoned be quite easy to get a few like minded souls together in the room above a pub and play for the day. So we went ahead and booked it and invited some like minded souls. We agreed on a Greek themed day, rather than a godly free-for-all as we always like a bit of a theme to our gaming.

Unfortunately the pub neglected to mention the Nottingham Marathon would be on the day we had earmarked, rendering the car park inaccessible and meaning transporting even the small amount of scenery and soldiers a chore. However in nearby Newark there stands the very lovely Letsxcape Together Board Games Café run by one of James' chums who very generously agreed to step in at the last minute. It's a lovely café with excellent food, cakes and drinks in a historic building on Newark's market square. Well worth a visit even if you aren't planning on playing a board game.

In the end a couple of last minute Covid related drop-outs (get well soon guys) meant there would be just six of us, which fitted very nicely into the basement of the café - three from Nottingham - James, Martin and I and three from Leeds - Kev, Chris and Tom. As part of the point of days like this is to play new opponents we decided to play Notts v. Leeds in the games.

First up I was to play Tom - a Clash on the Tomtans if you will. James played Chris and Martin took on Kev.

I took my Hermes force - the god himself, Odysseus and Orpheus and a Cyclops (downgraded to big, rather than huge as he's not all that large) and with the ability to throw rocks. For mortals I had eight hoplites, six archers, five harpies (Q4, C1, flyer long move) and five sheep (Q4, C1, Animal) whose sole raison d'etre is to generate an extra die for Hermes (or bring him back if he gets killed).

Tom had a Zeus list with Cyclops, Hydra, Minotaur, Skeletons some nymphs for praying purposes and satyrs.

We played a slightly tweaked version of the temple scenario.

Orpheus and the archers seized the temple

Zeus and his lads turned up

Harpies flap in to view

Meanwhile on another part of Greece... Chris' Athena worshippers faced the Amazons of Poseidon. The harpies were protecting the well from trouble.

And further off Martin's Hecate force clashed with Kevin's Pan's People.

Back at my game Zeus and his force closed in.

Hermes pushed up at a leisurely pace.

Zeus sent his heroes to deal with the harpies.

While the Cyclops got stuck in to the Skellies.

Lightning strikes began to whittle the hoplites.

Meanwhile Poseidon had managed to summon a Kraken.

To great surprise on my table Hermes banished Zeus. Which saw the nymphs flee the table.

But the big lad was soon back.

Rain was affecting the archer's shooting.

Over by the well it was *all* kicking off.

However back at the temple Hermes got himself banished, many of his mortals fled and it was easy pickings for Zeus and his heroes to mop things up.

 A great fun morning's gaming - our game swung (as OGAM tends to) quite alarmingly with Zeus only getting the upper hand in the closing stages.

Then it was break to sample some of the excellent Letsxcape catering.