Donnerstag, 7. April 2016

Aurelian

The hibernation of this blog is finally over! Many thanks to all of you who've kept this blog in their reading-list even if it has gone quiet for more than a year. The reason for this prolonged hibernation is manyfold, a combination of finishing my PhD, a demanding time in the family and many small and large factors that added up to the choice between still having a hobby or blogging about it - because there was no time for both.



What scarce hobby-time I did have in the last year, I mostly spend on the playtesting of Aurelian, the new game of Sam Mustafa. It is his first ancients-game, and since I am a fierce fan of his rulesets and was drawn by these into both the Napoleonic Wars and even the ACW (periods I previously had fiercly denied to play for many years), this really was a treat for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

A very special aspect of it all was that I got to provide all the pictures - both for the rulebook (well, rule PDF really) and the unit tiles, which can be used as playing pieces.



So, in a sense, now everyone can play with my miniatures collection simply by using these unit tiles which even come as a free download.

For me, Aurelian has many strengths and not many weaknesses, and I really enjoy this game. Thus I have taken the time to plunge into a new aspect of modern hobby-communication and have done some viedos about it on youtube. You can see a little teaser here...



...and if you think you can enjoy it and bear my terrible pronounciation, you can watch the preparation...



... and the setup-procedure of the game.



Part three which will cover the turn sequence and the battle itself with shooting, moving and fighting. It is uploaded right as I write this, however, it may take some time until you can sse it as I have asked Sam to preview it first - just in case I made any mistakes.



To sum it up, here is what I like most about the game:

1) The Focus of the Period
Instead of the usual "Moses to Cortez" - aproach, the focus on a relatively short period of time really gives flavour to the game and is - in my oppinion - much more historically accurate then the "one size has to fit all" mechanisms of some other games.

2) Adjuncts
After you've choosen and "bought" your army, it will recieve a personality by the addition of heroes, priests, experts or traitors. They really add character, fun - and unpredictability.

3) Stamina
I've never before encountered a system that is so suited to mirror the increasing fatigue and loss of stamina of an army. After several rounds of fighting, your options will be limited and fighting results will decrease in quality. In most other games the chances of rolling high is unchanged from the beginning when the army is freshly deployed to the end when it is anxious, tired and demoralized. Not so in Aurelian - here you will experience the strain that's put on your troops by the gradual loss of your good cards.

4) Strategems and Interrupts
The cards also allow for the use of strategems - and for your opponent to undermine them. You can make plans, but they won't succeed all the time...

So the game is fast, fun and solidly based in history in a timeframe I really enjoy. As you can guess, this won't be the last post about it you'll read here.



At the moment I'm begging/annoying Sam to use a similar approach for the Crusades or even the Carthaginian Wars. Whether I succeed with that cunning scheme largely depends on the success of Aurelian - so do me and us all a big favor and buy the PDF ;-)

Best, see you soon,
Tobi





Kommentare:

  1. Beautiful pictures and minis!

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  2. Superb videos and pictures, a great advert for the game.

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  3. cool videos, Tobi.
    Are you going to show a test game a Ulm at the Attriticon?

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  4. Great looking and sounding rules! Love the videos too.

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  6. Lovely pics! I shall have a look a the videos.

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  7. Don't know what happened to my comment. The photos showing the conflict between the firt century A.D Romans and the Sassanid Persians are look great.

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  8. Many, many thanks for your kind words, I really appreciate them!

    Today in the evening I'll be uploading part 3 of the video. It already was online for a short time, but there was a spelling mistake and perfectionist that I am I just had to correct it.

    @Fritz II: I would love to present the game at the AttritiCon, however I can't make it this year due to a family obligation, I'm very sorry. However there will be a campaign weekend using the rules in October, maybe you can make it.

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  9. Great looking pictures and well done on the video's Tobi! I do look forward to seeing the miniatures up close when next we meet.

    Christopher

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