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Subject: Our Star Shield Session on 3/12/2016 rss

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Legend particulars:

It was a three-player game, with Brigha, Liphardus (yours truly), and Chada
The Prince’s Task was: repair the damaged gate of Rietburg Castle
The Main Threat was: the Catapult
Gifts of the Andori: we had chosen the Horned Falcon (aka "Cornelius"), the Torch of Cavern, and the Hadrian Hourglass

We were using the E card
We were playing with the "Rietburg Battlements" mini-expansion


Game Highlights:

Narrator on Space E:
The E card had just been triggered (we rolled a 2), causing 4 extra Creatures to spawn, including a Gor on Space 42.
Liphardus, who was escorting two Farmers, had just ended his day on space 39. At the next Sunrise, the Gor which had just spawned would take out the 2 essential Farmers!!!
Brigha and Chada were a long distance away in the Castle. Chada heroically ran all the way to space 42, using her Herb (value 4) and thanks to the Hadrian Hourglass, which Brigha flipped for her. With the Torch, Chada pushed back the Gor to Space 44, before ending her day. At Sunrise, the Gor moved back into 42, a safe distance away from the Farmers: Chada had saved the day! Hurray!



The next day (Narrator on Space F):
On this turn, the Wolves deployed. Good fortune shone on the heroes: at Sunrise, a clear path through the monsters in the vicinity of the Castle had opened up for Liphardus; it wound from the Marketbridge through the farm and the Free Market along the road leading to the Rietburg. The Mage was able to escort his 2 Farmers to the Castle unhindered! Phew!



The plan was that Chada would have the task of taming the Wolves. The Event card that had been drawn that day (The Royal Forges) worked out very nicely: it gave Chada the extra Strength Point she needed before taming the Wolves. She traveled the short distance to the Witch (just across the bridge, in space 47) to pick up a potion, which Reka generously gifted to the Hero and which Chada would need to tame the Alpha. Before moving back across the river to intercept the Alpha, Chada moved to the adjacent Space (56) to uncover a Runestone: no luck, it wasn’t the green Stone Liphardus needed to complete his set.

Next, Chada moved the short distance back across the river to intercept the Alpha Wolf (in 64). At Strength 3, she succeeded in taming the great Wolf, with the aid of a swig of brew! Chada then had to spend more precious time travelling to Space 66 to fetch the green Runetone, and a Herb, before sending it to the Mage via Cornelius…

Narrator on Space L :
We had nearly completed our Prince’s Task: Brigha, who had impressively levelled up to Strength 7, had hauled a value 6 log to the Castle. All we needed to do was deliver 1 more log (value 4), and we could then deal with the main Threat, namely to take out the 2 super Trolls manning the Catapult. We had earlier succeeded in recovering the Star Shield, but had used (perhaps too soon) both its red crosses to slow the advance of Creatures on the Castle.

Time was running out fast. The only possible path to victory, we thought, was to multitask: Chada would focus on completing the Prince’s task, while Brigha and Liphardus, assisted by the 3 Wolves, would attempt to take out the Trolls operating the Catapult.
Chada in the Watchful Forest had levelled up to the 5 Strength she needed to carry the last value 4 log back to the Rietburg. She was able to do so without it costing too much time or gold, by making good use of a +1 Strength fog token and Melkart’s Event card (+1 Strength), sitting at the Tree of Songs, which had been revealed earlier in the game and which were both close at hand (in Spaces 56 & 57). Without wasting any time, she fled back to the Castle with the lumber.

Brigha and Liphardus could now initiate battle with the 2 great Trolls manning the Catapult. They fought heroically. Brigha was wearing a Helm and had 1 dose of brew left, and the Mage was wielding the Black Die. They were helped by the 3 great Wolves, contributing a Strength bonus of +9! Each Troll, however, had an awsome Strength of 30!
In their first combat round, the two Heroes sustained a loss of a few Willpower Points, but they courageously fought on against the behemoths. In round 2, they achieved a battle value of 42! (Brigha rolled high doubles, Liphardus rolled a 12 + 9 Heroes' Strength + 9 for the Wolves’ bonus), delivering 6 points of damage; the Troll dropped down to 6 WP and lost 1 red die! What a fantastic battle round that was, we thought! However, Brigha had reached Hour 10 in the third round, which had resulted in a draw: she could not fight another round, the battle was over… (the Hadrian Hourglass had already been used that day).

At Sunrise the next Day, the Narrator advanced to Turn M. At this point, we sadly realized we had no chance of winning. Defeating the first Catapult Troll on this last day would immediately cause the Narrator to advance to N, triggering the end of the game before we would have a chance to take out the second Troll.



Debriefing:

We had lost the game. But we considered we deserved an Honourable Mention! We had played a solid game, optimizing our every move. And we had had a great time, as usual!

Our conclusions as to why we had lost the game:
- we probably lost by as close as 1 Day/Turn. No doubt we should have saved 1 use of the Star Shield for the endgame, when it would have allowed us to cancel a Narrator advance at Sunrise and buy us the little precious extra time we needed.
- perhaps we weren’t ready yet for the E card. Using this card is very challenging: it causes a extra handful of monsters to spawn, with the obvious effect on the game that Heroes will have to defeat more Creatures, causing the Narrator to advance more rapidly towards N.
- Rietburg Battlements mini-expansion: we really enjoy using this expansion. It gives the Archer an added special ability in combat, making this character even more interesting to play, which is nice because the Warrior/Dwarf have the Helm, and the Wizard has the Black Die.


Although these session reports take a little time to write up, it’s a lot of fun! I for one would like to see more session write-ups by Andor fans posted on BGG (especially for the replayable Legends, like L3 and Star Shield). I think it would be a great idea if regular players could invest a little time, perhaps at frequency of only once per month, to post their game sessions. And the session posts needn't necessarily be very long. Players could even upload pics. Not only would this be a lot of fun for other players to read, but it would also be helpful by allowing players to learn about new tactics and strategies. It would also be a cool way to keep the Andor fan community alive on BGG!

Any Andor fans out there think this would be a good idea?
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Nice write-up. I tend to have trouble planning exactly when the narrator will reach N, based on days ending and monsters being killed. It should be simple math, but it seems like I often get it wrong.

I'm nowhere near wanting to add E in!

For what it's worth, my recorded plays are mini session reports:
https://boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/136986?userid=348955 (Star shield)
https://boardgamegeek.com/plays/thing/127398?userid=348955 (Base game)
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Hi Peakhope!
Thanks for the links to your Andor session reports. I look forward to reading them, and perhaps to more in the future! I tried locating them through your user profile page, by consulting the contributions tab, under boardgames session reports, without any success. I must be BGG illiterate... Do you think it might be better if players posted their reports in a single central location like the Andor page?

peakhope wrote:


I'm nowhere near wanting to add E in!


Yeah,the general consensus after our last play was that we would definitely forego the fearsome E Card in our next play!


 
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Caylusboy wrote:
Thanks for the links to your Andor session reports. I look forward to reading them, and perhaps to more in the future!

I log all my plays, and almost all include a mini session report.

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I tried locating them through your user profile page, by consulting the contributions tab, under boardgames session reports, without any success. I must be BGG illiterate...

Yeah, they hide the plays-for-a-user page pretty well. The way I know to navigate there is from the game page, Stats tab, plays. That shows a list of people, and you can scroll down to the user you are interested in. Far from ideal.

Or you can use the links above, and just plug in the game id and user id.

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Do you think it might be better if players posted their reports in a single central location like the Andor page?

I honestly don't know how popular session reports are. It probably depends on the game, and Andor would be better than most. I enjoy reading them, but they're not "must see" material for me. I'm not sure I'm motivated enough to post each of my sessions in the forums, but might be willing to give it a try.
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peakhope wrote:
Caylusboy wrote:
Do you think it might be better if players posted their reports in a single central location like the Andor page?

I honestly don't know how popular session reports are. It probably depends on the game, and Andor would be better than most.


I agree, Andor is such a good story-telling game! I think that's what makes session reports in this case such good reading!

peak hope wrote:
I'm not sure I'm motivated enough to post each of my sessions in the forums, but might be willing to give it a try.


Glad to hear it! I certainly wouldn't want to report every session either. What I had in mind was that fans of the game might post their most exciting/interesting sessions once in a while, say 1 a month.

If enough people did so, that would make for a pretty regular turn over, and be just another way of keeping this game's page on BGG alive and interesting.
The Andor fan base out there seems to be pretty healthy (though perhaps not nearly as active as in the German-speaking world, naturally! ). I just thought it would be a good idea to encourage more fans to share their experiences and sessions on BGG!

 
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Caylusboy wrote:
I think it would be a great idea if regular players could invest a little time, perhaps at frequency of only once per month, to post their game sessions.


I also think that's cool idea! But I tried to write up session report some time ago... And I just couldn't. I don't know why. It's really hard for me
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Uncivil wrote:
Caylusboy wrote:
I think it would be a great idea if regular players could invest a little time, perhaps at frequency of only once per month, to post their game sessions.


I also think that's cool idea! But I tried to write up session report some time ago... And I just couldn't. I don't know why. It's really hard for me


Hi Uncivil! Glad to hear you like the idea!
It's quite courageous of you to post on BGG, considering English is not your native toungue! (your love for the game is quite obvious!meeple)
I really enjoyed your recent Andor review (Overview of All Legends and Short Review). Don't worry about the English: what people like me are interested in are your experiences with the game, not grammar, and the session reports don't need to be long!

If we can get a gang of Andor enthusiasts interested in posting their sessions from time to time (maybe with pics, stats, etc.), that would be fun!

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...another idea if people don't feel like writing a report is (and I've seen this done on the French board games website): players could post a picture of an particularly interesting turn or highlight in their session, and provide a short commentary and description of it.

That could be cool too!
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