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Bungle in the Jungle! A 7TV2 Episode.

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Thursday night the Williamsburg Legati played another Spy Fi game of Crooked Dice’s 7TV.  More of the miniatures are painted, and we are playing around with different scenery ideas.  Our newest member Geoff brought a lot of jungle foliage by, so we decided to set the game in the jungle.  We also shook things up a bit on the villainous side by replacing the Evil Mastermind with the Despotic Dictator.  The Mastermind hasn’t been very successful for us and we think it is probably due to the small cast sizes we have been using.  We have been playing with just 30 ratings points.  The Mastermind’s star qualities are mostly based on ordering minions around and we just don’t have enough minions!  We also keep going back and forth regarding the inhuman servitor and plastron.  This happens more from confusion than anything else but does make a great difference in the game.

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The episode we were playing was “the Race”.  In this episode, both players start on opposite sides of the table and race towards a goal.  An interesting twist is that the objective is about to be destroyed.  We decided it was an active local volcano.  Players can gain extra plot points by electing to burn two countdown cards a turn, making the danger arrive sooner.  We weren’t sure what the rules meant by “Goal” so we decided to make it the McGuffin.  The characters had to collect objective tokens, on doing so on any turn where they had turned two countdown cards, they rolled a dice to see if the objective was actually the McGuffin.

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On set up, the three spies on the hero’s side gave them a bit of advantage, with a number of their figures beginning play right inside the complex.  Their first countdown card being “set dressing” it allowed them to push a bookcase against the window that the villains were obviously planning on coming in through.  The good guys made their way through the building taking objectives were they lay.

The villains followed a different strategy.  Our star (Geoff and I were playing the villains again) stayed outside and sent their minions in through the windows to collect objectives and shoot at the heroes.  Meanwhile, the inhuman servitor stayed off on his own (most of his star qualities are designed for that.  What luck that turned out to be.  One objective was outside of the complex, upon a rock formation and the inhuman servitor went to get it.  That turned out to be the Mcguffin! He took it started to leave, but he is also the slowest character being unable to run.  that was our undoing!

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The heroes sent one of their annoying ninja out after the servitor.  We had gathered the Junta and his sidekick out to support the servitor, but the ninja used two gadgets.  Sleeping gas, to put the alien to sleep and then camouflage spray to make her invisible.  Basically what this meant was that the Alien lost his turn and nothing could be done to the ninja standing right over him!  We were also very quickly losing the firefight within the complex.  When the game ended, we had lost all but our star and one costar.  The good guys had only lost a ninja and one or two security guards.  They also had most of objectives, but not the Mcguffin.  The heroes won, but not as cleanly as they had done in the previous games and we almost won!  The Dictator will be used again.

 

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Escape! A7TV 1 Inch Spy-fi adventure

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Last Sunday found the Legati again practicing with our new 7TV rules.  Jeff and Chris played while I acted as director.  (Actually, I was somewhere between Directing and also Starring in).  Jeff and I took the minions and Chris the Spies for good.  We have decided to stick with the genre and the casts for a bit so as to better learn their “Star qualities” or abilities. This is really the only difficult part of the game, and it is made far easier by the cards that list all the explanations on the back.  Still, it is easy to forget what you have available to you!

This game was “episode” was simply generated randomly by the rules in the book, which is why there is so little character to the central casting characters we used.

The minions consisted of Dr. Maybe (Evil mastermind), his Faithful Lackey, a Plaston bodyguard, and some minions under the direction of their minion commander.  Chris’ cast of defenders of the free world consisted of a Flamboyant Agent, his Crackpot Inventor pal, Merry, and Kerry (two neutral and very effective Ninja), and some security guards.  The Episode was the “Escape”.  In this episode, the defender is in the attackers base and has to get out.  We decided to use the McGuffin, which in this episode, provided the Good guys with an extra gadget.

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The additional gadget was, of course, unnecessary with this cast.  The Crackpot Inventor provides them with all sorts of extra gadget pool abilities.  Including their ever present nerve gas that was used to again make most of the minions unhelpful.

This game was far closer than the previous one, however.  Early on one of the scene cards allowed the easy removal of one of the Ninja, who just sliced and diced their way through all opponents last time.  The board was small ( I really need to order more Sally 4th tiles) and provided a good deal more cover than last time.  The minions also experienced better dice luck which was helpful.  The spies only broke through in the last turn or two available in the episode, though by that time there was really no resistance left to stop them.

Another enjoyable episode of this very enjoyable and clever game.

 

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Santa Claus Isn’t Coming to Town!

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Christmas ended up foiling our plans for the Williamsburg Legati meetings, but we finally got together just past new year’s day for our Christmas game of 7TV.  For those of you unaware, 7TV is Crooked Dice’s game for playing cult TV goodness.  Our game was a Spy-Fi game to rescue Santa Claus from the grasp of Dr. Maybe and the Greater Resistance and Interdiction of Nativity and Christmas Holidays, or GRINCH.  The game was played with 30 ratings a side, being limited to figures available in Chris’ two starter packs.  This was only our second game, and our first Spy-fi game, so I apologize for the figures, not all being painted yet.  Chris is working on it!

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The game was very one sided and went very badly for GRINCH from the start.  It was obvious that the minion force would benefit from close proximity to one another, thereby being able to make use of many of their star qualities.  Unfortunately, it also made them very susceptible to a nerve gas bomb the good guys brought with them!  This left them weakened, from which they never really recovered.

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This, and very poor dice luck which made the two Lady-Ninja pretty much indestructible.  They pretty much just sliced and diced their way through my minions who provided very little resistance for them.  Eventually, as it was late and we couldn’t possibly win and so we conceded defeat and Santa was released to the joy of little boys and girls everywhere!  Looks like Dr. Maybe is on the naughty list this year however…..

 

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One Bad Apple, a 7TV Episode — Williamsburg Legati

The club’s first encounter with 7TV

ONE BAD APPLE With DC Falstaff disguised as a member of the firm, the Beat unleashes a sudden raid. Unfortunately, it’s less of a surprise then expected. Is a member of the squad bent? DI Skelton has to find […]

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7TV by Crooked Dice, a Review

 

-The Beat-

In For a Penny

  1. JAKE’S flat, interior. Jake is asleep in bed with some Bird. SKELTON and KENNEDY crash through the exterior door. Woman screams. JAKE starts to run.

SKELTON

Put on your trousers mate, you are nicked!

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       7TV 2d Edition is a skirmish miniatures wargame for playing the climatic fight scenes from adventure films and television of the 1960s and 70s,  It is created by Crooked Dice, a British Company and therefore it tends to lean towards British TV of the period but it could easily be altered to simulate similar shows of the period here in the United States.   The rules cover various genres like science fiction, detective shows, supernatural investigators or exterminators (there is even a Scooby Dooby Doo programme guide).  The new boxed set is geared towards Spy Fi, think  Avengers, Man From UNCLE, some of the James Bond films, Department S, or even Austin Powers.

          Unlike most games, 7TV makes no attempt at creating the reality of these shows.  Instead, it recognizes them to be just that, television shows.  The game has a meta-game concept which simply recognizes your games as Episodes of a television programme instead of a scenario or battle in a campaign.  The official programmes are all linked together as the programming of 7TV studios.  In a similar fashion, the sides are “casts”, you are “on screen” when it is your turn, your casts are not killed but “axed” and the points used for creating your casts are “Ratings”.

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      So I just received my copy of the boxed set.  The price is a little intimidating at £ 50.  Crooked Dice has made the game available for free as a PDF, which is pretty amazing.  This allows you to look at the rules and even to play if you like without buying anything!  I hope however that you wouldn’t be so churlish as to not send some money their way if you like what you see.

         Let me assure you, you get a lot with the box and it is all very nice quality.  There are the two rulebooks, a combination template for measuring two sizes of blasts as well as flamethrowers, plot point markers, various tokens, dice and all the useful cards.

        If like me you still thought this seemed a little pricey, they are now offering starter sets.  For an additional £ 10 you can choose two of their starter casts.  I chose the Crime and Law sets.

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      This gives me eight each for my starting casts,  and is a great deal.

       Open casting (which is building casts from the basic rules rather than one of the additional programme guides) consists of deciding which characters you want to support your side.  The characters are rated as Stars, Costars, and Extras and their abilities vary appropriately.  The characters are listed as heroic, villainous or neutral which restricts what casts they can be with,  Similarly, the are also listed as belonging to certain genres.  these are Law, Crime, Secret, Civilian, Science, Military, and unknown.  Most characters have two of these and one must match to join a cast.

       Play is Igo Ugo and plot points and special abilities are used to determine who you can activate.  these plot points are also used to enhance your attack and defense as well as to activate your Star qualities and gadgets, so it becomes important to use them wisely.

   A very clever feature of the rules are the countdown cards.  These cards are divided into Act one, Act Two and Finale, and cause certain random events.  The nature of these events escalates , the later in the episode they occur.

   The rules are quick to learn, fast and easy to play and most of the rules you need are right on the character cards or on the back of one of the rule books.  So far I have only played one practice game, but both of us were comfortable with the system very quickly and my opponent (who won) is not a very experienced wargamer.

     A very enjoyable and fun game with an interesting premise and several clever rules.

Cheers,

Ron

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