Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Doctor Who Game 14th Jan 2014

Here's hoping I manage to not delete the post this time :). Caught up with my Uncle today and had a game of Crooked Dice's Doctor Who Miniatures Game.

The scenario was set during the Dalek Invasion of Earth. The plans for building a stellar manipulator along the lines of the Hand of Omega had been placed into the data banks of two droids which have been hidden on Earth during the Dalek Invasion by an unknown protagonist. All factions have the objective of tracking down the hidden droids and getting them off the board. The two enemy factions have a secondary objective of capturing the T.A.R.D.I.S to prevent the Doctor from leaving the field.

The game area

We had three factions for this game

The Daleks and their Robomen Slaves
Two Units of Sontarans and a Robot Slave

The 11th Doctor and his Unnamed Companion

My wife Jenny and I took the Daleks and the Robomen, my Uncle and eldest daughter took the Sontarans and my youngest became the 11th Doctor himself. We decided that the secondary units (Robomen and 2nd Sontaran unit) were unable to do anything except basic reactions without an order from their primary unit. Myself and my Uncle took control of these.

The game begins with the Robomen being ordered to search the storage tanks and control desk next to the deployment and finding the T.A.R.D.I.S. nestled in among the storage tanks. The other players all proceeded to move toward some of the other objective points around the board.
T.A.R.D.I.S. Found!!!
Sentry's set up

By the third turn no one had found the droids in there nearby search zones so people were forced to head across the board which began the combative portion of the game. The Doctor and his companion holed up in a corner while he began work on an anti-Robomen device in order to free the T.A.R.D.I.S. from their clutches.

The Jen's Daleks heading straight across the center of the board single minded attempt to find the droids presented a tempting target to Theresa's Sontarans who proceeded to open fire, missing them completely but alerting the Daleks to their location. After an extended fire fight with the Sontarans gaining the upper hand both factions called in their reserves leaving the T.A.R.D.I.S. unguarded.

The Sontaran's slow, but convincing victory over the Daleks

The Robomen encounter the second unit of Sontaran's and lose their 1st man to their blaster fire.

Seeing the T.A.R.D.I.S. no longer guarded by the Robomen the Doctor leaves his plans to invent a device to assist him against them and resumes his search for the droids. This also saw the end of Jen's and my Uncle's factions and the dissolution of the Robomen due to their lack of controller. With a mighty shot the Sontaran commander Theresax the Unmerciful took out the Dalek patrol leader. As their last act before becoming suicidal the Robomen managed to take out Gaviax and the last of his squad.

The visible threats neutralized Theresax decided to head toward the toxic runoff area to continue the search for the droids. Unfortunately the Dalek resistance fighters turned up and ambushed them from behind. This proved to be too much for the valiant commander and a tactical regrouping back at the ship was decided to be the action for the day. The area now free from hostiles the Doctor was free to search the area and upon locating the droids returned to the T.A.R.D.I.S. to lock the information away safe from the wrong hands.

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