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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Once Upon a Dice in the West - Edition 3

Once Upon a Dice in the West - Version 3

The Rules

Once Upon a Dice in the West free wargame rules for tabletop wargame


I really like 'Westerns', and a couple of years ago I wrote my own 'home brew' I called 'Once Upon a Dice in the West'. I've been playing it, and like the rules it as it gave a narrative game and a kind of cinematic feeling of a 'Western'. I've played so many other games since then, and I wanted to upgrade my 'house rules' with mechanics found in other games to it, and trying to get the whole thing on one page as well (as I'm also a fan of one page rules). So Once Upon a Dice in the West is now in it's 3rd edition.

I recently played Thor Sheil's OMOG - One Man, One Gun 19c with an Old West scenario, and wanted to try it out the same scenario with my recent version of 'Once Upon a Dice in the West'.


The Scenario

The scenario was vaguely inspired by the Dalton gang's robbery i Coffeyville in 1892; An Outlaw gang had to tie their horses slightly away from the bank, while a couple of the gang-members looks after them while the other members rob the bank. Can they rob the bank, get back to their horses and leave the town without getting caught??
Once Upon a Dice in the West free wargame rules for tabletop wargame
The bank is further down the street from where the outlaws placed their horses


The 'Forces'

Playing the same scenario, I decided to use the same forces; 2 members of the gang are watching their horses while 4 other gang members has gone for the bank. These have been recognized on their way to the bank, so the town sheriff and 2 of his deputies are alerted and also on their way to the bank. 4 citizens have armed them self, and are ready to try to stop the robbers from stealing their savings. A small Army-detachment of 2 is also located in the outskirts of the town. Once Upon a Dice in the West is not entirely based upon 'units', but on 'characters' as well. I treated the Army-detachment as a 2-man unit, and all the others as characters. The Sheriff and one of the robbers I made 'special characters' just to give them more skills and advantages in gun-fights.

The Game

Once Upon a Dice in the West free wargame rules for tabletop wargame
The robbers were totally ruthless and very offensive when leaving the bank, shooting in all directions....
Once Upon a Dice in the West free wargame rules for tabletop wargame
...hitting severeal of their 'welcome party', including killing the sheriff and his deputies (!)... 
Once Upon a Dice in the West free wargame rules for tabletop wargame
...but the robbers also recived some fire as all their hits wasn't all deadly, only wounding and stunning some of their targets. They got pinned outside the bank...
Once Upon a Dice in the West free wargame rules for tabletop wargame
...and had to run for cover. The armed townsfolk exchanged fire with the robbers and proved that rifles are still more accurate than the smaller revolvers. -Even in the hand of an unprofessional gunman.
Once Upon a Dice in the West free wargame rules for tabletop wargame
...and finally managed to kill all the robbers from the bank.
Once Upon a Dice in the West free wargame rules for tabletop wargame
The outlaws looking after the horses tried to flee the town as all the other robbers got killed in the shootout and the loot was not in sight for him anymore, but was not quick enough and was killed in the escape.

The Conclusion

The outcome of this skirmish was not so different from the shootout I based this scenario upon.
I had a great time with my childhood miniatures, and the game lasting only 7 turns. 

I provide the Once Upon a Dice in the West - version 3 here on my blog, so you can have a try at it as well if you'd like to. Please feel free to post your comments or experiences here if you'd like to.


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