Saturday, July 18, 2009

Battle of Imchogi Farm

After several years of peace, hostilities flared up on the disputed border between Lbotu and Ntumtuland. In the border region of Cwhanginki, farms owned by the Ntumtuese minority were being razed to the ground to provide grazing land for the local Lbotu population. Ntumtuland military forces moved to protect the interests of its’ people and in response to the aggressive use of the Lbotunese regular military to enforce land reallocation, sent in troops.

And so, it was my first game of AK47 Republic in some two years. I took the role of The Ntumtulanders, in their characteristic dark green equipment, whilst Colin took on the role of the Lbotunese and their somewhat hotchpotch forces.

It was Colins’ first actual game, though he had read the rules several times apparently, he found himself in defence and deployed his available forces sensibly enough; and selected my table edge as per the rules. As I however knew the values of the three objectives I felt I could win the game simply by staying close to my deployment zone and awaiting reinforcements.

Ntumtu mechanised infantry advanced on the hills north of the Cwhanginki farmstead; whilst a militia artillery battery deployed in the forests to it’s east. The enemy responded with a concentration of fire on the mortars and was able to force them to withdraw. However by this point, the Lbotunese armoured car squadron had been destroyed, and Ntumtu reserves were outflanking the Lbotunese Township from the far north.

Both sides called upon armoured support and militia infantry to support the attack; but in the end nightfall put a close to the action, and this saw the Ntumtuese able to claim victory, having secured the contested territory in the north and west, leaving the Lbotunese unable to protect the population of the Township. In the following days it would be those people who would find their homes burning…
So it was a win for me, but more importantly, Colin enjoyed the game, and found the rules playable and entertaining. In AK47 nothing is ever certain, and this game was typical of that. Had it lasted another turn, Colin may well have won.

I understand a third edition of these rules is due out soon, I wonder though what really could need changing in them. I’ve never had any complaints with the first edition.

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