Yesterday I went to the Ducosim convention in Amersfoort (NL). A convention mostly for boardgamers but with a side reserved for wargames and their gamers. Here I met up with “Pijlie” from Pijlie’s Wargames Blog to play his custom build Ninja raid scenario using the Ronin rulesset from Osprey.
The objective of the Daimyo and Samurai is to keep the Daimyo alive either by finishing off all the ninja or by letting the Daimyo escape from the mansion into the blackness of the night.
The mansion also had an amazingly neat feature. Not only can the roofs be removed to allow play inside, but every room is still invisible for the ninja until they enter it and see the inside for themselves. The Samurai player decided before the game in which rooms Samurai and peasants were sleeping/loitering.
My first game started with me surrounding the garden from multiple sides with my ninja and trying to kill the single Samurai on patrol there with blowpipe darts… and failing miserably. Unfortunately, the Samurai noticed a man hanging upside down from the garden wall and raised the alarm, foiling my first attempt to kill my target. (before the alarm is raised, patrolling Samurai roll a scatter die to see were they are going next)
In my second attempt I tried to do the same and managed to kill the Samurai with the poisoned dart, securing the garden for my ninja and walking around freely without chance of discovery. I started by opening the first 2 rooms and discovering sleeping peasants in one and a Buddha in the other room.
Now the remaing ninja could walk freely through the room and opened the door on the other side…
Only to find the Daimyo and his wife fully awake! Very unheroic-like, the Daimyo starts to run away waking up the Samurai in the next room. His wife on the other hand throws herself into the ninja only to recieve a blow to the head, stunning her in the process.
The scenario was great fun to play and I really like the narrative of such scenarios. Now I am realy motivated to make something similar lik this myself in the near future 😀