I finally got a chance to get my Ninja Turtles on the table in a game of 7TV by Crooked Dice. 7TV is a great little system that allows a lot of flexibility and they just happened to release a TMNT Programme Guide a couple of years ago but it has taken a while to give them a whirl. Having assembled forces for the Turtles and their enemy, the Foot Clan, I assembled a couple of small 30 Rating forces (the 4 Turtles vs 3 groups of 3 Foot Ninja, led by a Foot Ninja Leader and of course, Shredder). A quick word on balance – 7TV was errata’d to try to take some of the power away from forces which focus on Co-Stars and Stars, so a requirement of 1/3 of the force to be Extras was introduced. I was a bit disappointed by this change, and speaking to the game designers, they suggested a fix of adding 2 points to the cost of each Co-Star, and 4 points to Stars if the 1/3 requirement was not followed, so that’s what I did here.
The scenario we played was a standard Fight on a 3 foot square table. I bodged up some objectives using old counters from Tannhauser and a green bead to represent mutagen. I imagined that the area had recently suffered some localised seismic activity, and the Turtles went out to investigate, against the wishes of Splinter. Having reached the site of the quakes, the discover the damaged buildings and a number of mutagen canisters, along with dark hooded Ninja, intent on recovering the ooze for their own nefarious purposes. I imagined this as a first initial encounter between the turtles and Shredder’s forces.
What follows is a collection of highlights of the game. The models are largely repainted Heroclix figures. You can find more info on the collection in this post.
So in the end it was a fairly one-sided affair, as the sheer number of Foot Ninja took its toll on the Turtles. It was a fun game and the Countdown deck, as always, added some flavour to the proceedings. For my next outing, I’m keen to get Splinter in the mix, as he is a full-on Action Hero, so it’ll be cool to see a classic showdown between Oroku Saki and Hamato Yoshi.
I’ll take this opportunity to give a shout-out to the IDW TMNT comic series – if you like the Turtles even a little bit, you owe it to yourself to check out the series. It’s a fantastic amalgam of a lot of what has come before and a unique take on the Turtles mythos (and the art, largely by Mateus Santolouco, is outstanding).
Until next time, Happy Gaming!