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Kiss Me Hardy – Game Report/Review

Posted by Elianto su novembre 26, 2006

Finalmente una nuova giornata wargame nella quale ci siamo affrontati in una piccola battaglia ambientata nella Age of Sail e nella quale abbiamo testato l’interessante regolamento Kiss Me Hardy. Nel seguito il report nel dettaglio.

Finally another wargame day in which we managed to get an Age of Sail game using for the first time the ruleset Kiss me Hardy. Read the full article for the complete report.


In occasione del mensile appuntamento con la giornata wargame del Ludico Imperio abbiamo approfittato per provare Kiss me Hardy, regolamento dei Toofatlardies dedicato a riprodurre battaglie navali nella Age of Sails. Peculiarità di questo regolamento sono la gestione del turno di gioco e la caratterizzazione degli equipaggi delle singole navi.

Il turno di gioco infatti è composto da una serie definita di fasi che però si susseguono in un ordine casuale ogni turno. Ogni fase infatti viene rappresentata da una carta e tutte assieme formano un mazzo che ogni turno viene rimescolato. Inoltre il regolamento consente alle parti in gioco di ritenere la carta Fuoco cosi da poterla sfruttare in una fase seguente e più propizia del turno. Questi due fattori rendono il gioco ed il suo svolgimento non sempre prevedibile e gli ammiragli delle due fazioni devono presto imparare a fronteggiare anche situazioni inattese (positive e negative).

Altra peculiarità del regolamento è data dalla scelta di distinguere le navi in gioco approfondendo le caratteristiche degli equipaggi, divisi in tre tipologie che si rifanno ai marinai delle nazioni dell’epoca ed alle loro attitudini.

La battaglia in questione vedeva schierate 4 navi Francesi (svantaggiate come stazza ed equipaggio ma a favore di vento) contro 4 navi Inglesi (di cui una attardata con arrivo casuale in gioco deciso ogni turno dalla sorte).

Contrariamente alle attese la squadra Francese decideva di sfruttare velocità e vento per spezzare la linea Inglese ed affrontare in maggioranza le navi avversarie. Sfortunatamente per i francesi una volta a corto raggio la manovra veniva interrotta da un preciso fuoco dei cannoni Inglesi, una delle navi Francesi infatti prendeva fuoco e spezzava la linea d’attacco dividendo la squadra in due e togliendo d’impaccio l’ammiraglia Inglese. Si venivano cosi a creare due distinte situazioni dove i francesi con tre navi circondavano l’attardata nave Inglese senza riuscire però ad infliggere danni sostanziali mentre le tre navi Inglesi restanti riuscivano a manovrare in favore di vento ed a circondare la sperduta nave Francese che crivellata decideva di arrendersi.

Il tempo disponibile scadeva quindi decretando comunque solo una minimale vittoria Inglese. Il gioco è stato lento e lungo a causa della quantità di dettagli maggiore alle nostre precedenti esperienze sul periodo ma in buona parte tale lentezza è da attribuire alla fatto che si trattava comunque di una prima partita. Nel complesso un giudizio molto positivo sul regolamento che verrà di certo riproposto quanto prima.


During the monthly wargame day held by the Ludico Imperio gaming association we got the opportunity to test and play with Kiss me Hardy, ruleset from Toofatlardies which allows to replay naval battles in the Age of Sails. Main features of this ruleset are the turn management and the special rules defining the different crew experience and abilities for each Nation.

The game turn is composed, as usual, of different phases. But the phases order is different in each turn since phases are represented by cards which are all shuffled and drawn at random every turn. The player can also retain the Fire card in order to play it later in the turn to get the best from it. This two factors create a very variable and unpredictable gameplay that force each player to adapt their moves to the every situation.

As for the ship and crew tge rules are very simple and the focus is on the crew and its abilities and characteristics. There are three different kind of crew which represent the standard sailor for the different Nations involved in the period.

Our battle was between 4 French ships (with an avarage crew but with good wind) agains 4 English ships (with elite crew but with the one ship late and so entering in game with a positive dice test made at the beginning of each turn.

Unexpected by everyone the French Admiral decided to use the wind advantage to break inside the British line, in the hope to divide the enemy ships and attack them one by one. Unfortunately for the Frenchmen once at short range the British broadsides fired with accuracy setting one French shipon fire and breaking the attacking French formation, this saved the English admiral ship from a bad situation. Two different small battle started one with three French ships trying to stop the late English ship while the other three English ships managed to manouver in wind and unleash a terrible barrage of fire on the lonely French ship that soon striked.

The time available was gone so we decided for a minor English victory. Gameplay was a bit slow manly because this was our first test of the ruleset. In the end we enjoyed much the rules and the game flow so I think we’ll replay it as soon as possible.


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