CONTINUED ADVENTURES IN THE WILD WEST
This week Winner Dave and myself once again returned to the Wild West, with another three games of Dead Man's Hand. The Law personified by Sheriff Ford and the upstanding citizens of Sweetwater took on the nefarious Outlaws, and reaped a bloody toll on the road agents in a string of gunfights.
THE QUICK AND THE LEAD
The first match saw a high-stakes game of Black Jack - the winner would draw fast and shoot first. Three tense rounds ended abruptly as the Outlaw rolled high and put the Lawman down hard.
THERE WILL BE BLOOD
The second round saw the Law outmanned and outgunned, but the hillbilly McPoyle got the drop on the Outlaws and blew one away with his Shotgun at close range, before Musical Pete injured a second and they fled. Town drunk Sizemore took one in the leg for his trouble.
The third and and final round saw the Outlaws get liquored up and return to Sweetwater, where they ambushed and gutted the unlucky Sizemore before the Sheriff and his posse outflanked them through the back alleys and surrounded them. A string of brutal gunfights through the streets ended badly for the Outlaws, with their Boss taking one in the eye while the feared Gunslinger was lured into a house, cornered and shot down brutally by three Lawmen. The rest of the gang were picked off as they fled the town, leaving the Law bloodied but victorious.
Lessons learned from the three games...
- Running two Shotguns is brutal
- Equally, two Outlaws with Repeaters in a good position can rain hell on the good guys
- Well played Cards can really turn the game and ruin best laid plans - a lowly Stumble played at the right time is infuriating!
- The Law's special rule AND JUSTICE FOR ALL (remove one Under Fire marker at the end of each turn) is really, really good.
- Interruptions are cool, but against a close-range Shotgun they are not going to help much.
- Dave had some serious bad luck, with a string of jams and out-of-ammo rolls leaving him exposed. In turn, a series of high rolls crippled his gang and took out some important gang members very quickly!