I setup the risk board. I pulled out Fury of Dracula. I loaded in the map into my program. I put 1/2 of the FOD board near Risk to keep track of vampires and the time of day. I put the hunter's resolve marker on Dracula's vampire track too. This saved me from using the whole FOD board.
I decided that siam would be the St Joseph location. I just put a little yellow marker there. I also pulled out blue markers for the ports that hook to oceans. I used my README_risk.txt file to remember which locations (countries) hook to which oceans.
I put Lord Golamding in s_e (south europe).
I put Dr Seward in arg (argentina).
I put Vanhelsing in e_u (e_united_states).
I put Mina Hard in sib (siberia).
Then I typed DRAC to move Dracula.
I noticed that I could not tell if a country would be a city location or a town location. Since the map is a bit smaller, I decided to make them all cities. I suppose next time, I could put a token on the official cities.
No. I have a better idea. Roll 1d6 every time you want to look for stuff.
1- no items. no events
2-3 draw event
4-6 draw event and item
Dracula pulled the event that causes the hunters to miss a train. I don't have a train on the risk board. Any events/items that are too hard to use on this board are just discarded.
One of the hunters drew an event that allowed them to know one of the events, but not its location. I chose to instead let the hunters see Dracula's event hand. It is an option on the "special" menu.
Oh didn't I mention it? Dracula's role is being played by a laptop.
In a few movements Van Helsing found Dracula in Greenland.
When running solo attacks, I didn't put any programing into drac_v2p1. I would decide what Van Helsing would attack with then randomly draw a Dracula attack card from the ones available. This worked reasonably. Van Helsing got a pistol in an earlier turn which helped a lot. It was dusk, and Dracula rolled bad. He lost 4 blood markers from that pistol.
On the next turn, I guessed the Dracula would go to Alberta. There was a small chance I would be correct. ...and I was.
That is how far I got in the game. I saved the game via "program" menu save game option. Then I shutdown the laptop and went to work. I have a basement and no pets. So I can leave the risk-fod board right where it is.
It's a good idea to save the game every so often anyway. That way if you accidentally "quit", you don't lose all your information.
Now do you really need that drac_v2p1 program? You don't need it for this risk-fod.
In risk, you have the country cards that can be used as location cards. You should have some other risk cards (like the wild cards), that can be used for Dracula Special powers that the user does not see. The HIDE power comes to mind. If you used any other game board, I suppose you could use a deck of normal playing cards and a chart.
I need the program to play the game solitaire. That program is for ME. Dropping on boardgamegeek is just a nice side effect.
That's where the game stands. I should probably finish this session text when I finish the game.
The next day......
I left the game with Dr Van Helsing fighting for his life. His last combat went fine. But now it's Dracula's turn and it just turned to night. Lucky for him, Van Helsing escaped right away.
Mina moved to Irkutsk (hmmm. Odd. I typed in irk, but it didn't take).
I type in irkutsk, that worked. Golamding and Seward both moved closer to Dracula's location. Seward went to a new town and got a Stake.
Now it's Dracula's turn.
"Dracula has reached a dead end now."
Strange... I know he has a few paths available. Perhaps he just needs a little nudge. I type JUMP to move him 2 spaces. Nope. Still stuck.
I guess I found a bug? I go to program menu and hit Y to show dracula thinking. Then I run DRAC. He supposedly has no paths to go. But I can see he can go lots of spots available on the map. The program doesn't show any of them.
Fine. I'll just speed through the game. I'll have another combat. Another battle. Dracula bought it. He's dead. Well THAT was fast.
Even though the game is over. I reset Dracula's trail and try to move him. Hmmmm. Still at a dead end.
What gives? Is this program broken? AH HA. no. It is the next day. I am playing this from a saved game. I reloaded the game. But I didn't reload the map. So Dracula is on the Risk map, but the locations are still set to the Fury of Dracula map!
I REALLY have to remember that.
This Risk board FOD seemed a bit faster than the original game. That doesn't mean I can't try out on yet another board.
At lunch yesterday I pulled out the HUGE War Age of Imperialism board. This is similar to Risk, but has more locations. Last night I bundled it up and sent it in. I suspect it will run longer. Because of the incredible number of game pieces in War, I can setup railroads, cites, sea ports, and anything else I feel like. But I'll leave that version of FOD for another day.
- Last edited Fri Mar 21, 2008 11:08 am (Total Number of Edits: 1)
- Posted Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:03 pm
I had a couple of pictures of the games. But they were disapproved.
I guess you'll have to just try it out on your own to see it. Or close your eyes and imagine it.