Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Aerodrome Tournament

Veeeeer! Planes explode in the air as enemies shoot each other down. Planes catch on fire and their elevation cables snap. The planes in World War I are fighting to the death. I was at the Aerodrome tournament. This was my first time there. I played two rounds. Each round consists of two games. My school, Bentley School, played against the Sunnyvale Middle School. They were very good. I lost two games and tied two games.

At the beginning, it was very loud and was hard to hear people who were talking to me. As soon as the game began, the crowd was silenced. Our hearts were pounding. As I was flying, I tried shooting people down. I succeeded in shooting enemies and wounding them but not killing them. Then I ran out of ammo and tried running off the board. One of my opponents saw me and blasted me from behind. It was irritating  The second game of the first round, I almost got a kill and a bunch of points. The problem was, I lost the kill to friend Max, who stole the kill from me. The third game was awesome! I got a kill on my own. However, I ran out of bullets so I couldn't continue. I flew off the board. The fourth time, we tied and nothing special really happened.

Sadly, we lost the Aerodrome competition but it was good to be there. I gained lots of experience and I hope to go again next time!

Hold the Line!

Another semester of historical games has begun! Now we are playing Hold the Line. Hold the Line is a game based on the Revolutionary War. There are two sides, the British and the American. The soldier types are regular infantry, dragoons (cavalry), militia, artillery, light infantry, and elites. When you are adjacent to an enemy, you can choose close-combat or to shoot. If you choose close-combat, it takes two of your action points instead of one. However, you have a better chance of hitting the enemy. When controlling regular infantry, militia, elites, and artillery, you can move one hex each turn. If you are moving a dragoon you can move three hexes per turn and if you are moving a light troop, you can move two hexes. When shooting with regular infantry, militia, artillery, dragoons, and light infantry, you roll three dice. If you are shooting with an elite unit with a health rank three or more health, you roll four dice. The dice tell you if you hit another person.

I have played three games of Hold the Line and won them all. So far, my friend Daniel and I are the only ones that haven't lost a game of Hold the Line yet. I think I will be playing against him next week. I feel excited that I can play against my friend who probably has a strategy that is as good or better than mine. My strategy is to spread my forces out like my fencing teacher taught me. I will spread my pieces out, and as he starts to meet me in combat, I will compact my forces and bash through the thin layer of enemy forces. Then as he is continuing to come back together, I will start to move to encircle his forces.

My past strategies were attacking from both sides then chomping down on the enemies. It was very effective and was efficient. I hope I can win my battle against Daniel if I am going to battle against him next time.


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Spring Break

This week, March 31-April 6, I was off from school. I played with my friends Arnet and Jeevan. We played Lego's together and prepared for the Lego Zombie Apocalypse. Jeevan, Arnet, and I all had survivor groups. Arnet and Jeevan's groups were the largest. They were the first to be attacked by Lego zombies.

Jeevan's base got destroyed and many of his Lego people died.  Arnet's base was overrun by zombies. I had to run to his aid and help get the remaining people away from the infected base. Many of Arnet's people died and became zombies, or got bitten and had to have amputations. Eventually, almost everyone was crippled or dead in Arnet's group. Only my group was unharmed because they were experienced fighters from the Old Lego Wars.

After fighting and defending against the zombies, other Lego people started taking advantages of zombies attacking us. Jeevan's miniscule army was wounded again and again, and I had to defend Arnet's army constantly. Since my group was small, I could only defend one ally at a time. After Lego hours of fighting the zombies ceased to come. Many people were sprawled on the floor because they were tired and sore.

I had a fun Spring Break and I cannot wait till Summer Break which is three months long!