|Note the carefully placed snipers behind the |
bottle of soap bubbles and the Wii Zumba box!
Enter Savage Worlds Showdown. Showdown is a skirmish version of Savage Worlds. The rules are basically the same as Savage Worlds, with a bit of streamlining to take it out of the realm of RPG and into the wargaming world. You build your units with points, agree upon a scenario with your opponent, and have at it. It's kind of like GURPS Warhammer, I guess, in that you can build just about whatever you want. It's easy to min/max and make unfun - if that's what you like - but if the players agree upon some guidelines and look at the process of creating a scenario as game design, rather than competition, it can be loads of fun.
We started out using LEGO Star Wars figures, and as the Boy and I were playing, I came to the realization that we really didn't have to play on a game board or map. We could use the entire frikkin living room as our battlefield.
Today, we graduated to our old WOTC Star Wars minis. This was mainly because The Boy didn't want to go through the effort of digging through his vats of LEGOs to find the battle droid pieces. The minis were fun. I must say - Savage Star Wars is much more fun than the old Star Wars skirmish game.
The Boy had a troops of clones - some regular clones, a troop commander (kind of a vanilla Rex) and some snipers. I had some Super and non-Super Battle Droids. Oh, and some snipers as well. The two sides were fighting over a set of strange LEGO buildings that The Boy had crafted. They were important to the war effort, I'm sure.
Like our old Soviet nemesis, I decided to go with sheer numbers. The Boy went with grenades. Frikkin grenades. That punk commander had a thermal detonator. It didn't take long for my poor troops to become scrap.
The boy took the Road Less Exploded, and that has made all the difference. ;)
Savage Worlds Showdown is FREE, btw. You can get it at the company website on the downloads page. Don't forget to snag the excel worksheet that has all the troop building formulas built in.