21 March, 2014

Game Report - Doctor Who

Here are some pictures of the Doctor Who Miniatures Game scenario I ran at Siege of Augusta on 18 January, 2014.  All were taken with my iPad.  I used a modified version of the 'Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Daleks' scenario written by Crooked Dice (creators of the DWMG rules).  It is set during the last 2 episodes of David Tennant's first season as the 10th Doctor, 'Army of Ghosts' and 'Doomsday' while the Daleks, Cybermen and Torchwood are engaged in a life-or-death struggle for London.

Below is the table setup.  It was my first attempt at a city game board.  There are a variety of buildings, most of which were acquired for use in this game.  I used a mix of manufacturers including Demo's Laser-Cut Designs, Ainsty and Paper Terrain.  For the base, I used 6 2x2 foot pink insulation boards with a coat of primer, 2 coats of medium gray and 1 heavy wetbrush of light gray.  They turned out a bit lighter than I wanted, so I am considering how to darken them a bit.  There are styrene strips with a sidewalk pattern lining the streets and painted the same light grey but they don't show up well in the pictures.  Perhaps I will try an ink wash so the pattern is more distinct.  The TARDIS and the Doctor are visible at the top left.

An early game picture.  The Cybermen have set up their machines to convert humans into Cybermen in the 3-story factory in the middle of the board with the antenna on top.  The 2 good factions are approaching the factory, the Preachers from the left and Torchwood from the right.   The Daleks are advancing along the street on the left.  I was short 2 players so dropped 2 other factions (Police and Geezers).

Dalek Caan is picking off humans as the opportunity presents itself.  A dead Preacher is in the bottom left corner.

Inside the factory, 2 Cyberman (1 converted from a human captive) defend the 3 cyberconversion machines from Torchwood and the Preachers.  The Cybermen had a rough game, they often avoided being killed due to their armor but rolled terribly on their attacks.

A street view outside the factory.  A dead Cyberman lies in the street, killed while taking a captive to be converted.

Dalek Caan moves to capture the Doctor.

The last Cyberman vs. a Torchwood trooper and Rose Tyler.

The other humans are going after the Dalek.

Just as the last Preacher (Mickey Smith) got in range of Dalek Caan, an event card brought Dalek Sec in the game.  He only stayed for 1 turn, and I don't seem to have gotten a picture with him on the board.  His assistance turned the tide in favor of the Daleks.

End of the game.  The Cybermen are all dead, but the Daleks have captured the Doctor and exterminated all their nearby opponents.  Doubtless the Doctor will devise a cunning plan to escape and defeat the Daleks in the next episode!

I had a good time running the game.  I plan on running it again in June at StormCon, a new convention in Charleston, South Carolina.  I may make a few changes to the terrain, including adding some signs to the buildings and perhaps altering the color of the boards/sidewalks.  When I get the buildings out of storage I will take some individual pictures of them.

Thanks for looking!


  1. very nice, looks like a great day of it! nice work on the factory buildings. City terrain is always difficult to get right.

  2. Lots of cool looking terrain. Do players have a reason to explore/use other buildings besides the factory? Maybe disperse a/some machines to (an)other building(s) and require the good guys to hunt down all of them. Just a thought.

  3. I had to prove I was not a robot to publish. Could you hack in an alter the blurb to say, prove you're not a Dalek...

  4. Well done game. The floor of the cyber-conversion chamber is disturbing.

  5. Tom, the Cybermen can search the buildings for civilians to be converted into more Cybermen. The 2 factions that were left out both want to search the buildings, the Police to rescue civilians and the Geezers to find loot.

  6. Sorry you didn't get the full amount of players, Jason. Next time you run it, though, I'm sure word of mouth will ensure it fills up! Looks great. I agree on the darkening of the buildings and sidewalks.