Why Jozi's Tin Man? This has caused a little confusion. It is in reference to a Savage Worlds game I played with my wife, Jozi, where she played a flying monkey and I was a Tin Man. Hence Jozi's (possessive) Tin Man.

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Opening Post and IHMN- Possibly the best matched (and Jozi aggravating) game to date!

A bit about Jozi's Tin Man...First, I am a Tin Man.  Secondly, my gaming table is infested with cats, coffee, and a beautiful woman.

Thirdly, my gaming credentials (cue scene in the movie Airplane)...

It all started in Middle School in the 1980's with the Dungeons and Dragons red box.  Ahhhh... Keep on the Borderlands.  Then it grew to AD&D, Avalon Hill's "Richthofen's War," and a copy of Wargame Tactics by Charles Grant from the county library.  I was fortunate enough to seriously fall into historical miniatures while stationed at Ft. Hood in 1994 and have, through a lot of life changes, been pushing lead and a brush ever since. 

 Luckily for me, my story has a happy ending!  I am married to the most wonderful woman in the entire world.  She did not run when she discovered my deep dark secret of playing with tiny men and now enjoys playing (and winning!)  She even tolerating play-testing my scenarios!

Here we shall chronicle our adventures in gaming, including adding some past exploits.

As for games played, I have run the gamut through the years.  I will play anything and enjoy it.  Having recently relocated to Greenville, SC, and look forward to getting seriously back in to the hobby.  I would like to organize a  monthly or bi-monthly game in my home.

Currently, my interests include:

  • Savage Worlds (Jozi's Favorite!)
  • 28mm Victorian Science Fiction with In Her Majesty's Name
  • 28mm WW2 Skirmish gaming with Bolt Action, NUTS! or any other rules
  • 6mm Ancients (2nd Punic War)
  • 6mm Napoleonics (1809 French and Austrians)
  • The big project on the table right now is figures and terrain for World War 1 with Through the Mud and the Blood
  • 28mm Sci-Fi and Fantasy skirmishes
  • A bunch of other stuff
Additionally, as a family we like to play Munchkin, Clue, Rory's Story Dice, Scrabble, and Space Hulk!

Enough of my gamer match.com profile, on with the show...

The wife and I recently played a smashing game of In Her Majesty's Name.  And by smashing I mean it was intensely aggravating, which has NOT been out experience to date.

We played the scenario "Bad Jack" for the first time, and it was... interesting.  We played our own Scotland Yard list (Jozi) versus our own Prussian list (The Tin Man.)  I will post the stats and details for both of these in the next post.

The game degenerated into a close range fire fight, fist fight, in the ruined building at the center of the table.  For about an hour we took turns trying to kill "Bad Jack" (played by a West Wind werewolf.)  Jozi brough a gatling gun armed steam walker and Sherlock Holmes, and I had a crazed Uber Sturm Troopen (stats in next post, but similar to the Yeti in the book.)

After about 45 minutes of round after round of shooting and pummeling the monster and each other, Jozi growing more and more certain that there was something wrong with the game or the dice, or the guy who set it up, she finally delivered the coup de grace.  

Next time, I think we're going to tinker with the rules a bit and maybe reduce Jack's pluck as he takes damage.

Here are some pictures.  Until next time, good gaming, roll high and live!  And if you live in the area and are interested, please do not hesitate to contact  me.

Scotland Yard lined up and ready for action

The Imperial Prussian Gardekorps

Jozi checking line of sight with our home made periscope

The never-ending bloodbath to try to kill Bad Jack

By the way, Doctor Watson and Oberst Klink spent and hour shooting and hacking at each other to no effect as well.