We started off in the afternoon with a Dr Who Christmas-themed game that I ran using GASLIGHT rules, called "The 12 Doctors of Christmas". The scenario was that Santa had mysteriously disappeared and the allied forces of evil (Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, and Weeping Angels) were taking the opportunity to overthrow the North Pole. Rallying against them were various North Pole Defenders. There were also seven incarnations of the Doctor, each with a single companion, (We didn't have enough players for all 12 Doctors) there to help solve the mystery of where Santa had gone. Once they found Santa (assuming they did), they needed to get him aboard the TARDIS with one of the Doctors and fly him to safety.
|The puzzle I made up for the Doctor Who game.|
|A look at the table near the start of the 12 Doctors of Christmas game. The good guys entered from the left, and the bad guys entered on the right.|
To make things more difficult for the Doctors, I had 3 different colored spheres on the table (Christmas Ornaments turned into terrain) , so just the "SPHERE" puzzle piece wouldn't give the answer away immediately. And I had several red objects on the table, so jus the "RED" card wouldn't give the answer away to early either.
|Some Weeping Angels guard a present token "clue" in one of the train cars.|
|The 11th Doctor checks out a "clue" as the snow monster from Frozen, and the Bumble fight in a melee nearby. Sontarans line the fence, and are being pelted by snowball-throwing kids, and magical snowmen with peppermint-stick guns.|
With the forces of evil closing it, it was Elsa (Yes, that Elsa, from Frozen!) who was able to shoot an icy bolt which shattered the sphere and freed Santa, just as the North Pole Defenders were collapsing. On the next Doctor card, the TARDIS was summoned, and Santa was able to get on board.
|Toy Soldiers attempt to hold back a unit of Cybermen and some Daleks. Note the red sphere where Santa is trapped.|
|As the clues come together, the forces from both sides begin to converge on the sphere.|
The game turned out to be a real nail-biter, going right down to the final turns as the remaining Doctors tried desperately, and failed, to get to the TARDIS. It was a lot of fun for the players as well as me in the roll of GM.
After the game, we packed it up, and then took a break for a yummy beef stew dinner.
|At last Santa is freed, but it may be too late!|
I commanded a German reinforcement squad that entered from the table edge on turn 2.
|The game began with fierce melee on the far side of the bridge.|
|The halftrack driver fails a morale check and ends up driving the vehicle up onto the bridge. It is quickly overrun with American's and is eventually captured after a spirited defense by the crew.|
|The Americana's prepare for the final push across the river.|
|The X-wing game that lasted two years; starting in 2016, and ending in 2017. :)|
|The gang toasts the New Year.|