Last Monday I had the privilege of my first demonstration game of Dystopian Wars, laid out for me by the incomparable Adie! Dystopian Wars is a range that’s been sitting in the back of my mind as a ‘game I should really investigate’ for a while now, and so, when Adie volunteered to introduce the game to the Peterborough Wargames Club I leapt at the opportunity![caption id="attachment_420" align="alignnone" width="300"] Adie stands ready to sink my Battleship… (Not affiliated with the Hasbro game of a similar name… or the awful Liam Neeson film…)[/caption]
Adie laid out what I understand to be the components of Spartan Games Dystopian Wars starter box, complete with two fleets, dice, range rulers, rulebook and car islands.[caption id="attachment_421" align="alignnone" width="300"] Boats![/caption]
The mechanics of the game seemed fluid and intuitive – and I found that I had a fair grasp of them by turn two. From that point on it became a matter of turning arcs and strategy, as I attempted to outmaneuver Adie’s oncoming ships.
Overall, I found the game much to my liking. The models are charming, and the drop-in and drop-out nature of the weapons meant that even as a novice I could still have some input into the way I was going to play with the demo fleet. I can see this as being a great feature for long running campaigns and tournaments.[caption id="attachment_422" align="alignnone" width="225"] The Admiral assesses the conflict at hand.[/caption]
All in all a great game – very satisfying to be playing ship-to-ship combat again!
For those interested, Adie is very enthusiastic about running demo station games for Dystopian Wars and the other Spartan Games ranges – and is always eager to run games for new players, or take on more grizzled vets with his figures!