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After a full day of water sports out on the lake - tubing, wake boarding, and knee boarding, 6 knights of the round table figured they could handle whatever the evil-doers in and around Camelot could throw at them.

OFF TO A GOOD START

With 6 players we normally would play with a 10-card handicap whereby 10 black cards are placed out onto the quests before the oath of the round table commences. But, we had two young, new knights at the table so we, instead, went with a 5-card handicap. Significantly, Dark Forest was one of the 1st five cards. So, during the oath of the round table, when two of the knights wanted to supplement their existing grails with the 3 grails which were offered, it became imperative for a quest to be won rather quickly to remove the Dark Forest.

One of our favorite tricks is to have Convocation hit the oath of the round table and give it to King Arthur. This tactic was true to form and thus Sir Tristan, who was only one 5 fight card away from dispensing with the Saxons, easily became fully equipped after the Convocation.

Galahad played his Heroism, picked up during the oath of the Round Table, on the Saxons fight and things were off and running. Sirs Palamedes and Bedivere picked some cards and went off to Excalibur until the Dark Forest was removed. Their plan was to then go and attempt the Grail quest.


THE MID-GAME...THINGS SEEMED TO BE GOING WELL

A very quick and efficient Sir Tristan heroically defeated the Saxons and also came home with Lancelot's Armor. Sir Tristan owed much to his comrade Sir Bedivere who assisted ably at the Saxon quest and called upon the wizard Merlin to give Tristan enough time to win the armor. Meanwhile, King Arthur bested the Black Knight in tournament. Palamedes had jumped into the Saxon's victory at the end and was pumped full of health.

Also, with the early work on Excalibur done by Palamedes and Bedivere, Gawain and Galahad were within striking distance of bringing Excalibur to Camelot's shores. There was much discussion of the appropriate timing since Palamedes planned on acquiring even more health. Gawain moved Excalibur to within one step and then King Arthur, surprisingly, ALSO joined his comrades. Arthur pushing himself to the limit to acquire the sword before Palamedes or Galahad's turn with the black deck could, perhaps, spoil the timing of acquiring the magical sword.

We consider the powers of the Excalibur relic to be very valuable and everyone was happy to see it in it's rightful place...the king's hand.

So it was 6 white swords - 0 black as everyone set off for their next quests. Things looked good. However, the Picts and Saxons were assembling again and a few seige engines had built up around Camelot with all of the knights off attempting and winning quests.


GONE IN 60 SECONDS

Sir Tristan had a particularly close relationship with Merlin the wizard and, with his abilities in battle, Tristan was prepared to secure the interior of Camelot, once again, by smiting seige engines.

Sir Galahad went off to defeat the boastings of the Black Knight.

A fully equipped Sir Gawain was off to the Pict fight while King Arthur himself went off to handle the Saxon threat.

Then....in what seemed like an instant, mass lunacy appeared to grip ALL of the knights. Perhaps it was the Mists of Avalon slowly creeping in and around Camelot. Perhaps it was the siren call of Guinivere who had to be handled by the wizard. Whatever the cause, the history books will tell of a fateful series of events which doomed Camelot.

Sir Galahad (a newb), ever confident in his squire to provide the right weaponry needed at just the right time at tournament, was one card short and could no longer continue his competition with the Black Knight.

Sir Tristan (not a newb...perhaps just tired from all that tubing), eager to beat back some seige engines which sat at 10, forgot to wear his newfound armor into battle and left it at Camelot unused this turn. He then called upon the power of the wizard and smote down one seige engine. Finally, he was a little low on health and decided it was ok to not push himself and remove another. Both opportunities lost which would haunt him...

Sir Gawain then picked the 4th Saxon, which would have been removed by Tristan if he had remembered his shiny new relic. King Arthur has FAILED to defeat the Saxons! But wait - what of Excalibur! Our king - use your sword! Use your Sword!!!!

But nay says King Arthur! He is more then happy to have the Saxons over-run Camelot from the sea. The power of Excalibur will not be unsheathed this day.

TWO MORE SEIGE ENGINES HIT THE FIELD AROUND CAMELOT - 11 NOW STAND.

It is all quiet at the table. Gawain, who is at the Pict quest, has no way to call upon the wizard for help at this dark time and can only accuse King Arthur of base treachery. The traitorous King Arthur happily shows his true intentions and places the 12th seige engine around Camelot.

Arthur's revenge devil against the treachery of Guinivere and Lancelot is complete!
 
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