Lately I have played a lot of What a Tanker! I love its simple rules, concentrating on the confusion of fighting a tank as 3, 4 or 5 crew get in each others' way. Also, there's the low bar to entry (one tank per player).
I ran three sessions of What a Tanker! at the Game-iToba game convention (in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) back on November 9th. I brought out 1941-era tanks. Simple scenario: capture objective markers n the ground for 1 VP, and be within 6" of a fixed objective (the knocked out armoured car and command tank) for 2 VPs. I was scheduled to run two 2-hour slots, but there was interest, and the table was free, so I ran an third impromptu game! Yet again, talked myself hoarse. People seemed to have a really fun time.
Russ and Don go head to head, pitting a StuG III against a T-34 (76)
Below, Russ' StuG III moves past a disable Pz. I command tank as Don's T-34 crashes through a fence to seize an objective.
General view of the table:
Russ moves forward his second StuG; I allowed re-spawning like in a video game.
Don, having seized two objectives, moved his (Fast) T-34 toward the German command tank objective. However, by this time he was reduced to only 1 Command Die! The game ended in an exciting draw.
Andy, Cole, and a couple of other kids slug it out.
Below, Cole moves his T-34.
Below, Andy's Pz.IV E seizes an objective marker.
The kids in the fray.
Cole rams Andy's tank, destroying it!
One of the other kids moved his T-26 (1933) past his friend's knocked out Pz. 38(t).
Game Three: Four more bystanders got introduced to the game.
Below, the T-34 rides again. In the background is a well modeled Frostgrave table; the GM ran her game a couple of times while I was there.
The smoke of defeat.
World War I What a Tanker!
Last Thursday, just a few days after Remembrance Day here in Canada, the Conscripts played a WWI scenario loosely based upon the tank on tank action at Villers-Bretonneux in March 1918. Dallas hosted and I facilitated the game. The rules we used came from WillieB's gaming group on the WaT! forums: https://toofatlardies.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=10318
The Mk IV’s just could not stand up to the A7V’s, with their thicker armour. My own Mk IV was reduced to one Command Die, LOL!
Below, the German players; their mission was to exit the opposite (short) table edge.
Club member Frederick painted up three of the 1/56 scale tanks just that week!
Another one of the new models.
Hugh’s A7V advanced to point blank range, just before passing Dallas’ damaged tank.
Me contemplating the futility of action with only two command dice. Little did I know.
Below, Bill’s captured Beutepanzer poured a ton of fire into my hapless Mk IV.
A7V’s can be seen exiting the table...
...as the Germans win the scenario!
For the future
I have been collecting die-cast or finished, built-up models. The beautifully painted StuG III seen above came from FloZ. The great KV-2s below came from modelers in, respectively, the US and the UK.
Thanks to Conscripts Curt and Dallas, I have unbuilt model kits for another Bandai T-34 (1941) and a Tamiya SU-122, both in 1/48 scale. There are even variants online for Arab/Israeli War and Warhammer 40K! I look forward to playing and running more of this game.