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Andreas Kaiser
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Daqan Lords Vs. Waiqar

We had a beautiful map, which had every neutral Unit available in the game on it. But it was a pity no one took control of that Giant. But it looked damn cool having him on the board!
3 Cities were there to take control of, but in the end only 2 were taken. The third one was just too far away for the Daqans and Waiqar just ignored it.



Both sides had female Heroes, played the core game Hero version. Means no Hero joined a battle. The cool thing about the quests was that both Heroes had to reach places next to the opponents Home area. Plus 1 duel quest. But first things first...

First year...first season

Daqan played the Strategy Card, spread out and took control of the first city which was right next to his homeland. Waiqar mobilized his undead troops to drive out 2 neutral Units in front of his homeland.

Second season...

Moving Heroes, both sides took what their lands had to offer and updated their Raw Materials.

Third season...

...brought 2 neutral units (higher offer than Waiqar) for the Daqan Lords.
Daqan mobilized his troops this round to make that Dragon a friend of his. A mighty one indead! Waiqar recruiting 4 Zombies plus 1 Undead Archer. Highest number in the year...

Fourth season...

Daqan recruiting Units, Waiqar aiming for power. The first year was unspectacular. But war was coming! Slowly...

Second Year... first season...

The year started good. Each side gained 2 Foodpoints!
Waiqar played his Strategy card to move out and take control of his first city, Daqan played card #7 to get some power.
Second season brought the 2 female Heroes together and the Waiqar Hero killed the Daqan Hero asap, which brought him his first Dragonrune for succeeding his secret Mission. At the same time fulfilling his Duel quest card, he was also able to take away up to 5 markers from the Daqan but they had only left one. Better than nothing huh?



Waiqar mobilized his rotting troops again to drive out the next neutral Units in front of him. Guess they just smelled too badly that anyone wanted to join or even fight them. Daqan recruiting Units this summer but only from 1 of his Raw Materials because he already played Card number 7 in spring.

Third season...

The Daqan Lords played the Strategy card to spread their troops and gave them a good stabilized army all over their frontline. Waiqar recruiting more troops, 2 Skeletal Archers and 1 Vampire.

Fourth season...

Daqan calling for support (playing card number 6) and Waiqar aiming for more power, also taking away the Title card the Daqan just took last year.

Third year... first season...

Waiqar played his Strategy Card to pimp his frontline Armies. The Daqan Lords mobilizing Troops but all they could do was drive out neutral Units on their way. The neutral ones will have their time!

Second season...

Summer is beautiful! And gave both sides the chance to take one activation marker back to his hand. Good for the Daqan Lords! Waiqar moved his Hero (the only one left on the board) into his second Questcard Destination and pulled the wrong card.



So with both Heroes dead in the third year already I can tell you this: no more Heroes joined the game. A pity I know but War was it that both sides concentrated on.
Waiqar mobilizing troops again and finally making a good friendship with 6 neutral Units with a 1 card lucky pull! Unbelievable! Summer is the time to harvest and that’s what the Daqan did! Also using the second Option of card number 2, to get the support from the Daqan people. And that’s a damn good support!



Third season...

Both sides played card #3. The Daqan Lords used it to drive out 2 neutral units. That Dragon is just too big to fight. Waiqar was taking no prisoners on his turn and killed a neutral unit on his way to gain more land.

Fourth season...

Winter is a damn important season and it got Waiqar his next Dragonrune because of a higher Offer. The Daqan Lords had nothing to offer at all so it was an easy earned Rune for the Undead.
Waiqar recruiting more units this winter. Ready for War in the upcoming year. The Daqan Lords again called for support (1 neutral Unit because of the city they controlled.)

Fourth year... first season...

Spring was good for both sides. Every side was able to recruit Units with the Raw Materials they had! So what other choice did both sides had but to go to war?
Both sides played their Strategy Card. Stabilizing their Armies all over the board.



Second season...

The Daqan Lords mobilized their troops and gained control of the first Hex controlled by the Waiqar. The Daqan Units were just too strong... 8 Units including 1 Dragon against 3 stinking Zombies? Waiqar harvesting one more time. Thanks to the special Power card he took away from the Daqan Lords he was able to take 2 more of his Materials than he had. That Trade Master card is a powerful one indeed!

Third season...

The Daqan were all out war now. Playing card number 3 and made a mistake or let’s say I call it one because they had to fight 4 neutral units and eliminated them. If those Units would have joined the Daqan troops it would have been a much better outcome of the Daqan turn. Waiqar recruiting Units from 2 Material this round and brought in his first rotting Dragon. Now we’re talking!

Fourth season...

Winter and what a powerful one again! Another bet... Daqan again could not offer anything, lost and had to put 1 Dragonrune in 1 Hex controlled by Waiqar. The Undead smiled, laughed and was damn sure that by now he will win this match.
Waiqar attacked the Daqan who came too close to his homeland with his (again) new born Dragon supported by 2 Vampires plus Hordes of Zombies. But the Daqan still had that mighty neutral Dragon on their side and a powerful Army on that Hex too. Waiqars loss was bitter and he had to flee. The Daqan Lords built a Fortress this winter to power up their new won frontline near the Waiqar territory.

Fifth year... first season...

Long Winter! Only 2 Cards were to be put back into hand this round! Daqan left 3 and 8 on the table, Waiqar 4 and 5.
Waiqar played his Strategy card to regroup his troops and he did a fine job, and probably the best he could do! Because the Daqan Lords mobilized troops to take over that city Waiqar controlled and into which his troops from the last battle fled.



BIG mistake! Daqan lost all but 2 of his units and fled back into their fortress.

Second season...

Waiqar wanted revenge and played card #3. Separating the Daqan troops and cutting their Frontline into two. The dead smile grew bigger and bigger. The Daqan harvested their land...

Third season...

Waiqar was unstoppable by now, mobilizing more troops and taking control of that Daqan Fortress.



The Daqan recruiting Troops. And that’s what they needed the most. Their frontline was shrinking!

Fourth season...

Daqan called for support, 1 neutral Unit for their city. Waiqar built another Fortress on the frontline. If you don’t know who will win this match by now...

Sixth and last year... first season...

Waiqar wanted blood and he got it! Mobilizing his troops, wiping out Waiqar armies and taking land. That’s what the Undead is good at. But the Daqan recruited troops for the final battle. Archers and Horsemen were ready to kill.

Second season...

Waiqar played his Strategy card to support his frontline with fresh (guess that’s the wrong word for an undead army) troops. The Daqan Lords attacked with Card #2 to get back some of the lost land.



Guess what... they lost bitterly.

Third season...

Waiqar continued to kill, kill and kill. Taking no Prisoners but land. All the Daqan could do was call for support. But it was ridiculous. 1 neutral Unit for the city they controlled...



Fourth and last season...

Winter. All was lost for Daqan. Take a look at the last picture. No reason to play any more cards. 7 units left. At the end of year 6 Waiqar won with 5 Dragonrunes under his control.

The Daqans Secret Mission to gain 1 Dragonrune was to have 8 neutral Units under his control. That’s why they so often tried to make friends with them but it often ended in a runaway action or a fight. A little bit more luck on that Mission and it would have been fulfilled faster they would have concentrated on other things. And that big loss in the battle near the Waiqar border where they lost a huge army including that powerful neutral Dragon was the turning point in the match. Up until then I was sure Daqan will win this one. But that’s how it goes… and next time there is a Giant on the board I get that one on my side!

Hope you enjoyed this little review.
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Jeffery Bass
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What's this? Why, it's the Hiller Flying Platform! It flew in 1955.
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Thanks for the session report. Always fun to get in a game of Runewars!
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great session report! Thanks for that!
I already knew who would win by looking at the setup
Way better position for Waiqar here. 3 food and 3 wood right in front of him. Then the city on top! Really not bad, if he wanted, he could have smoked out that giant for another 2 ore which would have given him early access to dragons. Daqan has nothing comparable here, only the dragon. If he had failed the diplomacy there the game would have ended sooner I suppose.

Edit: Just to make sure: You do know that the cities are placed face up during setup, right? Because in the first picture, they are face down...
 
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Thanks a lot for the feedback guys!

Anduin wrote:
Edit: Just to make sure: You do know that the cities are placed face up during setup, right? Because in the first picture, they are face down...


Yes I know. But sometimes we play it like this. So you first know what the city is about when you control it. Some kind of "Fog of War of Cities" I guess...
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We always play with cities face down until "discovered" when a unit arrives in the space. Heroes are unable to view hidden cities. It's more exciting and less deterministic.
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