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Subject: February Session: The Graveyard of Kings rss

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Jon G
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This was our most recent session, being posted now because that's more pleasant than calculating my taxes I played green, Sarah (in her second game) played yellow, Randy played blue, and Robin (first game) was red.

The Romans made the mistake of fighting the Downlands battle first and losing, which allowed four Belgae to take refuge there, and come screaming down the mountain on their turn and burn most of the southeast. Seeing this, I tried to retake an unmanned fort in Devon on the first Welsh turn, but failed 3-on-1. Since the Welsh numbers were reduced, I negotiated a surrender that allowed the Romans to ignore me and head north, where they beat on the Brigs and Picts with minimal losses.

With the southeast burned by the Belgae, the Romans defended the rest fairly easily, and the Saxons and Jutes landed and spread out quickly. The main Saxon invasion was less successful (very lucky Jutes, a sign of things to come), and was further hurt by Arthur's counterattack. This allowed the Angle invasion to take the entire east coast, excepting Jutish Kent and Essex, and hold it until the Danish invasion in Round 12. Meanwhile, up north the Caledonians managed to expand slightly and co-exist with the Scots and Picts till the end of the game; noting the growing Saxon disaster (six points in round 10), the Angles generally left the Brigs alone. The Irish did a little better, but were forced out of Wales and got their points largely at the expense of the Saxons. The Viking invasions largely followed the prevailing luck: The Danes battered the Angles (since there wasn't much of the Saxons), the Norse died en masse on Caledonian shores, the Dubliners failed to take York from two Danes. Then the Danes then wore down the Angles, and captured both Round 14 kingships.

The endgame was an absurd comedy of errors: Harold, from his only(!) territory in South Mercia, died tried to take the Downlands from two Romano-British, extinguishing the Saxons. Then William landed on the now-Jutish south coast, but the Jutes managed to kill most of his infantry before retreating into Kent and Essex. William chased the refugees on the second Norman push, but got himself and the rest of his infantry killed. Harald took York, but was left there with only two guards, so the Welsh (with nothing else to do) made a run on York to clear the way for Svein. They were too successful, leaving two Welshmen to guard York from the Danes. Svein finally arrived and lost one of his three men taking York, allowing the last Norman cavalry to counterattack, resulting in a pile of dead bodies. So all four kings were dead, and the Brigantes (who considered attacking York too), ended up one territory shy of claiming kingship.

Green: 295
Welsh 103
Cals 62
Jutes 42
Danes 88

Blue: 216
Belgae 42
Picts 52
Angles 92
Normans 30

Yellow: 212
Romans 115
R-B 24
Scots 36
Dubliners 5
Norwegians 32

Red: 174
Brigs 83
Irish 34
Saxons 45
Norse 12


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Philip Thomas
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42 must be a record for the Jutes!
 
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FYI - the Brigantes cculd not have claimed kingship the last round no matter how many territories they controlled. Only the four leaders are eligible. If they all die, there will be no king.
 
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Chris is right. Only the four kings are eligible.
 
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Philip Thomas wrote:
42 must be a record for the Jutes!


Yes. I even fail to imagine how this could happen.
 
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Well, first you need a Belgae revolt that burns most of the south coast forts; the Romans abandoned the South coast and defended the rest very effectively. This let the Jutes take Kent uncontested in Round 4 and Essex in Round 5, while the Saxons moved into Sussex and Wessex. In Round 6, the R-B's migrated northward, so the Saxons mostly expanded north. Aelle did take Essex, but a third Jute retreated into Kent, making it undesirable for a 2nd-wave attack. Arthur then swept south into the Saxons, and the Jutes took back Essex. The Saxons went after Arthur instead of the Jutes, and took more ugly losses that they never really recoved from. Meanwhile, the Jutes had full population in 2-3 territories for most of the game, and actually held Wessex, Essex, and Kent when the Normans landed.
 
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