A trial of possession to see who will have the honor of leading the invasion into House Davion space, to begin to restore order to the NEW Star League.
We are not just spiritual successors to the Star League, we ARE the Star League…
Thor and Loki are a pair of Summoner class mechs in my Jade Falcon list- and so far I always field the two together using their mobility vs. weight class to add some firepower as needed turn by turn.
Need some more volume of dice working to finish off a mech- add them to the mix. Need to hold a position for a few turns- send ’em in. Redeploy and attack the other side…
In a recent game the two were tasked with holding of a Daishi for a few turns as the rest of my forces contended with a Timber Wolf that was running around trying to get behind me.
The two took some damage from the Daishi, but were holding and dishing out OK damage in return. I wasn’t going to sit and slug it out, just needed to check the advance, and if I didn’t take out the Timber Wolf in two turns or so I’d pull back with the two and regroup in the woods…
And then Loki gets hit with a single SRM missile from the Daishi- roll for location: 1,1- critical hit center torso, roll to confirm crit: 12,12 (!), roll for three crits- gyro, gyro, and fusion engine…
…Loki is down.
Welcome to Battletech.
The hobby/narrative question for today is this, for Battletech and in general wargaming.
For the most part mechs slug it out till the end, that is the charm of the game- the extreme amounts of damage these machines dish out and take, but occasionally something connects to a weak point and it goes BOOM in one hit.
The fortunes of war.
But what if you were a new player to the game- or if this was your first game and that happened, as rare as it is?
A demo game I did a long time ago had this happen- my mech hit my opponent’s head on the first shot, and blew it clean off- mech out of the game.
Between veteran players we would be laughing and giving high fives, but as an intro to the game, it leaves you feeling powerless.
Should “kills” like this be removed from the game?
A kind of intro/Battletech light were we don’t roll for crits- you fight it out till your mech cores out?