Saturday 9 June 2018

An update of sorts - everything is stalled thanks to 4AT :)

To paraphrase Helmuth von Moltke, "No plan survives contact with the enemy Andrea Sfiligoi." I had some splendid plans for my hobby time over the last few months, in a whole smatter of different scales. All have been stalled as I work away on a really nice little project for Ganesha Games. As a result, I have been posting much less than usual, as I've had much less to show off.

There are the 15mm Prussians for my c.1806 force for Sharp Practice 2. I have yet another group of jäger lined up, and a group of engineers led by an officer. Then there are my lovely, lovely, new ships; a handful of 1/600 ancient vessels which will be used for Galleys & Galleons, but for which I have been messing around with a few other ideas to do a much more detailed set of ancient naval rules. The concept is to run one galley per player and have a sort of galley-ballet. More of that anon.

There are also 6mm horse archers lined up that I need to be able to field Kushan, Kommagenean and Ituraean forces from my existing collections for L'Art de la Guerre and Hail Caesar. I also have a unit of 28mm Thracians lined up, and new god - Hermes - for my Of Gods and Mortals forces. All of these will be completed one day. But today is not that day.

Andrea at Ganesha and I were spoken a few times about doing a Greek themes version of his much acclaimed solo-dungeon-delving-pen-paper-and-dice game, Four Against Darkness, or 4AD. Well, it has come to pass, that it is coming to pass. I am currently working on 4AT - Four Against the Titans.

Olympos has fallen. War rages between the gods and the titans.
 The gods are on the back foot and Zeus himself, king of gods 
and men, has been defeated and imprisoned by the giant Typhon. 
It is up to the children of the gods – the result of so many 
promiscuous encounters with mortals – to take up the fight and 
forestall the destruction of Greece.

While 4AT leans heavily on Andrea’s original, it takes the players far from the subterranean depths and places them firmly in an open world of Greek mythology. The game can still be played with minimum space and equipment. You’ll need a pencil and eraser, three six-sided dice, this book and a sheet of paper. You control a party of four heroes who travel around Greece, aiding mankind against monsters, completing quests and, ultimately, attempting to free Zeus from captivity. Each step of the way, the heroes’ encounters are generated by dice rolls. 

You can play it solo or co-operatively, sharing the characters with friends. You could even play with two players, each controlling their own party, taking turns to resolve encounters, and racing each other to save Greece from destruction. The current schedule has us releasing the game in August, so if you have an interest, keep an eye out on the Ganesha pages - and here of course. 😏

1 comment:

  1. ooo - very interested! keep posting about 4AT please!