Just finished a run through of the ‘Store Takings’ scenario with Tom using the draft 2nd Edition Rules. I will refer to the Outlaws with both names and the Townsfolk with only one so you can tell them apart during the retelling.
The Outlaws: Clay Morton, Jesse Carson, Luke Young dismounted at the front of the store, while Alex Henderson led his horse around to the rear. The Outlaws quickly drew their weapons. Clay Morton drew his ’45, hit the dirt, and covered the Saloon. Jesse Carson, pulling out his Winchester and moved amongst the barrels and crates between the Store and the Sheriff’s Office. Luke Young entered the store from the front.
Jonas at the back of the Store nervously prepared his shotgun. Matt and Bob, who had started in the Saloon, moved to the front of the building and started trading shots with the prone Clay Morton. Samuel readied his Winchester Carbine and moved to the door of his barber’s shop. Jesse Carson saw Samuel and caught him in the right shoulder with a bullet from his rifle. Samuel dropped his rifle – his right shoulder now shattered.
Alex Henderson left his horse and moved around to the window at the rear of the store. Jonas failed his snapshot check and Alex Henderson gunned him down. David, the undertaker, hearing the shots moved to the rear of his shop to see what was going on, drawing his Spencer Carbine as he did so.
At the front of the Store Clay Morton was getting the better of Matt and Bob in the Saloon but was having difficulty finishing them off, both men had acquired minor wounds. With Samuel nursing his right Shoulder, Jesse Carson turned and began firing at the men in the Saloon.
Luke Young by this time had stepped over the dead body of Jonas and taken the store takings. He rushed out the back of the Store and headed towards Alex Henderson’s horse.
Adam and Thomas now entered the fight and took up positions looking down towards the rear of the Store and in an abandoned cart covering the main street. The unarmed townsfolk who had been panicking at the gunfire became a problem for the armed townsfolk. A group had run to the door of the barber’s shop blocking the fire of the recovering Samuel and refused to move (kept rolling a 1).
Thomas, armed with a Winchester Carbine, was taking shots at the prone Clay Morton laying in the street. Now with three men shooting at him Clay Morton decided it was time to bug out – he crawled slowly back to the horses keeping his head down. The people in front of Samuel finally moved and the bullets began reining in on Clay Morton and Jesse Carson, both men were in good cover but it was only a matter of time before one or the other took a hit.
Meanwhile Luke Young had saddled up on Alex’s horse and was galloping along the back of the Store to the map’s east map edge (required exit zone). Alex Henderson gave him cover by shooting at David and Adam who blocked the way.
Luke rode his luck and exited off the east map edge with the store takings. The Outlaws only needed to exit one more member of their gang to win. Clay had managed to crawl back to the horses and saddled up and rode as fast as he could down the side of the Store –soon he was out of range from the men in the saloon and the Barber’s shop. Alex Henderson rushed forward and took out Thomas who had leapt out of the old cart and ran down between the Sheriff’s and Undertakers.
The townsfolk realising that the Outlaws were going to escape using the street to the rear of the Undertakers threw caution to the wind. Matt, Bob and Samuel, all who were wounded, attempted to rush Jesse Carson. In a sequence of turns - that no doubt someone in the future would write a song about – Jesses Carson picked each one off in turn with his Winchester – three shots and three dead bodies!
In the street behind the Undertakers the final act of the game was being played out. Luke Young galloped to within 3 squares of the exit area only to be dismounted by a shot from David. The next turn David pulled off a ‘head shot’ and Luke Young dropped down dead. Alex Henderson, now with his Colt ’45 empty decided not to reload and rushed for the board edge. He had to dodge a few shots but he made it!
A win for the Outlaws!
So how did the 2nd Edition rules play out? Cover was far more effective, even with their superior skill the Outlaws had difficulty finishing off the townsfolk hunkered down in the buildings, it was only by taking ‘Steady Aim’ and ‘Best Shot’ actions could a hit be achieved – this made the decision to Snapshot even more difficult because it left you with insufficient actions to pull off one of the better shot actions. The new ‘run’ action nearly helped the Townsfolk as they rushed to the lower half of the map – but they were all gunned down by Jesse. My friend Tom said he like the changes however the reduction in lethality and the need to really shoot several times before you get a result caught him out a little early on but he still managed to win!
I also tried Store takings again, and found the game greatly improved. Possibly a few too many rules here & there, but overall the core rules work well now.