Monday, January 2, 2012
Adventures in the Lost Lands Battle report
This Christmas my wife got me “Adventures in the Lost Lands” by Two Hour Wargames. From the minute I unwrapped it, my kids told me that they wanted to play it since it looked cool with the dinosaur on the cover. I decided we would have an impromptu game on New years Day. Not having any Pulp style figures, dinosaurs or finished jungle terrain however proved to be a bit of a problem. So we improvised and used my sons Imaginex figures! For jungle terrain I used my frocks, some plastic trees and handfulls of unbased, unfinished foliage I had for when I actually do sit down and make jungle terrain. Since this was a learning game, I limited our teams to one star and two civilians; if they were armed with a gun it was a big game rifle and if they had a close combat weapon it was a generic edged weapon.
The Game started out with all the teams cautiously advancing. The fist encounter turned out to be a flock of birds that did nothing more than startle the groups. But just as they calmed down, CONTACT! A Greenasaurus (thats what my youngest called it) charged out from behind a rock. Quick firing and working as a group made short work of the beast. My daughters star character lopped off the dinos head, but not before it killed one of her gunmen.
A turn later and the scent of blood rule brought out more trouble, this time a T Rex(ish).
The T Rex advanced under a torrent of fire from all groups un-phased. The Winter Dark Knight (Batman, run by me) charged at the beast while the Mr. Freeze twins provided cover fire. Spurred on by The Dark Knights bold move, others joined him in the assault. My daughter, still giddy from her earlier success, declared “ I want my guy to jump on that rock, onto his (T Rex) back and stab him from behind.” We discussed how hard that would be, assigned a roll value, and she succeeded!
Unfortunately, she was unable to do any damage and the Rex shook the star off next turn, causing him to hit his head in a rock and be knocked out for a turn.
T Rex seemed to be unstoppable as he wiped out all of my sons group, even swallowing his star whole. The Dark Knight also fell, but this distraction allowed both my daughters groups to get into a rear attack. One star scored a wound with shooting the same turn the rear attackers scored two more. The T Rex decide he could dish it out but not take it, and ran from the fight, right off the table.
My son decided that since his star was in the stomach of the T Rex he Killed the dino from the inside and made his escape. Sure, sounds good!
A good time was had by all, there were some cinematic moments, and the kids were pretty patient while I flipped through rules.