It was a smaller get together for the BGitBR tonight. John had officially left the organization and had shared with me last week that he wouldn't be able to attend tonight's game.
James was expected to deliver a presentation to a client tomorrow, so he needed the time off to prepare.
Indy took a road trip to Michigan so he was out of the country.
I tried to get some other recruits from the management consulting practice, but they were also caught up in business and couldn't take the night off - they're working remotely for a client who is on the west coast so they have to conform to the client's working hours.. which makes for some late nights for them as we're on Eastern Standard Time.
Finally, I had tried the day before to get my other colleague George involved. There was a glimmer of hope there yesterday as he showed some interest, but ultimately it was not to be - he was called upon by his family and had to leave work on time.. (maybe next time?)
Thankfully, there was Jack.
I had asked Jack yesterday about another BGitBR event, and he was interested. I guess he enjoyed himself when we played D&D: Castle Ravenloft.
So, not knowing that there would be very little turnout today, I packed the following games:
- Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of Ashardalon
- Summoner Wars
I figured that if we had a fair compliment of players, we could give Ashardalon a try (seeing as Castle Ravenloft appeared to go down so well) and if we had 3 or 4 players I figured Taluva would be a good choice.. but in my sneaking suspicions based on the declining attendees, I packed Summoner Wars in case it would be a two-player affair.
It was a two-player affair.
The good thing was that Jack was really interested in Summoner Wars. Apparently he used to make games like this when he was younger, so he was keen to try it. I had a bit of work to take care of until 5:30, but once that was done Jack and I sat in the boardroom for a game.
I had played Summoner Wars the weekend before (for the first time) with a good friend of mine, so the rules were fairly fresh in my mind. I currently own both of the starter packs as well as the Fallen Kingdom and Vanguards faction deck, plus a mounted board.
After going through the rules, Jack decided he wanted to be the Tundra Orcs and I chose to be the Guild Dwarves. I hadn't seen either in action, because the last time I played with my friend I was the Vanguards and he was the Phoenix Elves (and I was trounced that game, fyi).
Neither of us were aware of what our respective factions' strategies were, so we kind of played by ear.. it wasn't until much later in the game did the apparent strategies emerge.
With that said, both Jack and I had some devastating rounds. There were a few rounds where the Orcs took advantage of the Dwarves' low HP (in the commons) and there were a few rounds where the Dwarves took advantage of their special actions to destroy the Orcs.
A few rounds into the game I summoned a Baldar but a few rounds after that the Orcs summoned Krung.. the badass mega-champion. I countered with summoning Gror and the Orcs countered that by summoning Ragnor.
It was a really good battle. I swear I should have lost early but Jack rolled some very poor dice.. and I mean, very poor. There were at least one round were Jack's attacks (including the champions) ended up with zero hits.
In the end, it was Grognack and Ragnor vs. Oldin. Grognack was hit previously by a raging Baldar (and others) and was down to 2 HP. Oldin was trying to protect himself by hanging out next to a series of walls. Ragnor moved in for the kill, and for some reason, also moved Grognack in for the kill - only for Ragnor to miss his attacks and for Oldin to sidestep him and fire two ranged hits at Grognack for the win.
Jack was cursing himself for allowing Grognack to be put in such a vulnerable position, and I had said many times that I really shouldn't have won... but I did.
Jack really enjoyed this game - moreso than Ravenloft, so I told him of the upcoming expansion. Maybe one more customer for Plaid Hat Games?
While it was a fun night, I'm really hoping that attendance increases. Jack won't be here for much longer, and with John gone it's up to me to see what we can do to keep Boardgames in the Boardroom alive... we shall see!