Sunday, August 21, 2016

Up Smoking River: A Donnybrook Comic Report and Review



So first off, yes this comic report uses Quindia's own rules Donnybrook.  Let me tell you these rules are a blast!  More of that after the report. ;)
 
 










So a little about Donnybrook.  The rules are simple and effective.  I had been trying to homebrew something very similar for the past several years and just could not get it right.  Fortunately for me Quindia did!

Units have several different ratings that give you complete control of what you want in your force from a small elite force to a horde of rabble peasants.  So very Oldhammery there. With each different rating having a different type of dice ranging from D12-D6.  I'm going to have to get more funny dice...I was a little short on D8's Doh!

The really awesome part for me was how the turn goes.  Each unit gets it's own card.  You can see I made some custom ones for the scenario...I'm such a nerd.  With the deck being shuffled you don't know who will go next.  Perfect for a solo gamer.

I also played with the turn over card, and event card with this game, and both worked perfectly.  I had 3 turns end abruptly which really swayed the momentum, and actually made for some nail biting turns.  Also wildly entertaining was the use of the events.  Which are rolled on a random table, and may be used by either side depending on the event and possibility of a roll off.

I played 7 turns solo over two hours, with two turns ending after one or two cards, and also three turns that had events.  So as you can see very random, but very smooth.  Which I think is the real charm of the rules.

Also of note for Oldhammers like us is the announcement for a Dark Ages supplement which I have heard will be out around the end of the year. Either way these rules are easily self hacked and modified for your fantasy or sci-fi needs.

If you have played these rules or go out and buy them I would love to hear what you all think of them as well.  Also if you would like to know more about a certain part of the rules ask away.  Either way do let me know in the comments.  ;)

Also if you were wondering about the title page...yes that's River Phoenix from Stand by Me smoking.  When I typed in Flaming river it gave me a search option for smoking river, and the first 20 pics were you guessed it River Phoenix smoking. LOL  Had to do it. 

10 comments:

  1. Nice! I like the idea of trying different rule sets for Oldhammer. I have Lion and Dragon Rampant, but haven't played them yet. I'm also wanting to play To the Strongest. So many games! Aarrgh!

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    1. Ya I tried Dragon Rampant and didn't really like it. Donnybrook is the winner for me! It's perfect for a simple weekend game.

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  2. sounds great Tom....Where can we get it?
    excellent report as always...a convincing win by the man in BLACK!

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    1. Thanks Bloo! I got my copy here: http://www.leroisoleilminiatures.co/shop/products-cat-1.html

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  3. This looks great, Thomas! As you say the rules are very hackable. I'm working on a Rogue Trader version, for my own use rather than publication. It's actually very easy - Space Marines and Eldar are d10, most other trained troops are d8, and civilians, penal troops, and gretchin are d6. Leaders are still d12 with the option to included lesser heroes at +1 die type (d10 for Imperial Army and Orks, etc). Armor saves are pulled straight from RT as are most weapons that cause a single wound. Heavy weapons and those with special effects take a bit of tinkering, but I'd approach each one on an individual basis. My RT games tend to be light on these weapons anyway - more like Wild West games than modern 40k.

    Anyway, glad you liked the game. I have a game of Donnyhammer planned - I just need to make the cards!

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    1. Thanks man, but you deserve all the credit. ;) It was a rousing game. Awesome stuff Clarence! I might have to give Rogue Trader a try as well. Looking forward to your Donnyhammer game. You better do a sweet report!

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  4. Looks interesting set of rules and per usual, a very cool looking tabletop battle.

    Needed more "Ancient Spirits of Evil" though....

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    1. Thanks Dai....ha ha ha next time for sure!

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  5. Sorry Tom I should have read this thread before putting my own thoughts on LAF, I could have just linked to your blog lol.
    Still nice to see DB being used outside the box so to speak.

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    1. Oh no worries at all Jeff. I really appreciate the comments. Hopefully we have created a convert in dijit. ;)

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