Kill-A-Rat was a blast (Rafter ran a promotion this week during the intermission: all the rats would be in-game during an extended intermission pending 1.26’s release, and the top 10 most rat kills would win a t-shirt)
It was a hell of a lot of fun, although running a live event is pretty damn stressful. The small number of players who were locked into the tribal mentality of the campaigns made it the more clear that we need to invest a little more energy into making the intermissions more structured and more fun.
Frankly, I’ve never been good at long-term planning for events – as anyone who still recalls flying with me from WarBirds will tell you, any talent I have at planning is under-fire, emergency planning. That’s one reason that our “RAF 617 Dambusters Squadron” so frequently took the low road.
Even so, the rough-sketches I’d drawn up for the second night, with the hunch that Rafter might dump me in charge, worked out well. Nobody on the sharp end of the stick complained, the only people who didn’t get that it was about fun and t-shirts were among the ones being handed the gold hand-grenade … certain ArFR officers – which frankly, tends to draw me towards a particular conclusion. Uhm, lets just say they’re not Badger.
Still, I had a pretty freaking awesome time. And I’ve been having a lot of fun in-game this last week. One of the best fights has to have been Thionville (as Axis).
We had an incredibly strong position, we had plenty of surrounding towns, we had depots on the east bank and facilities on the west side of the river. But every time we tried to open an FB, the Allies had someone ready to take it down.
Still, we had spawnables and MSPs. I lucked out and got a sniper rifle and I was picking off EI. Friendlies were streaming past but I was starting to notice lots of names repeat. Hmm. BANG, I was dead.
Things still looked promising, the Allies fellback and the last AB turned Axis. But I was noticing my deaths were happening more quickly. I started heading south from the MSP and depot I’d been working out of towards the railroad bridge where lots of troops were massing (I so wish I’d filmed all the guys moving up in groups towards the railroad depot)
But no matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t get across the river. The Luftwaffe came in and tried to take out the armored resistance, but the FAF were all over them. Axis tanks and AT guns took up cautious positions and tried to do some damage, but with so many enemy infantry running around they were continually distracted away from the hardened targets.
Finally the town began slipping back Allied, some of them even managed to sneak past us and take out our MSPs. A call went out to put as big a dent in their incoming supplies as we could while pulling out.
You know its been a damn good fight when you lose and still come out whooping ;)