General Sherman says have a great day!
A few of you seem to have liked my Patton's Best session reports, and while I enjoy the game a lot, my wife wanted to finish our grudge match from last time, shown here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/424737.
Raibeart Brus was on a two-win streak and going for three. We had decided before that the winner of a round could not change any cards, while the loser could create a whole new character setup. After tonight's play, though, we think we're going to change the structure. You'll see why.
Round 1: Raibeart Brus (Erik) vs. Freydis Eiriksdottir (Jennifer)
After seeing Rob Roy use it in the last fight, Freydis brought out Wi for a boost to both rolls and initiative, and Raibeart stuck with the Minb. Neither warrior wanted to fight early, but soon Freydis engaged, helped along by Tuisg Na Greige(which she chose by mistake), and Schutzherrin Der Meuchelmorder, which turned out to be very helpful. Robert never had initiative in a single round, and was unable to use Wanagi Wachipi or Ast, and he was killed in the fourth round, while Freydis still had three health remaining.
Round 2: Freydis Eiriksdottir (Jennifer) vs. Sgathach An Eilein Sgiathanaich (Erik)
Here's where the match structure we've been using begins to break down. Knowing that Freydis was working high initiative numbers, I designed Sgathach with the Odin inspiration, enabling her to roll one die for attack and defense while adding the opponent's initiative in place of the second die. Unfair? No. Unsporting? Yes.
The round started much like the last, with both warriors dancing for position, but by the third round Freydis had already taken four wounds, while with the addition of Leiter, Sgathach was extremely difficult to hit. This fight also finished in the fourth round, with Freydis going down hard on three additional wounds.
Round 3: Sgathach An Eilein Sgiathanaich (Erik) vs. Robin Hood (Jennifer)
Knowing Robin would have something up his sleeve, Sgathach opened with Bonaid Tri Itegan, allowing three dice for each roll in the round; this failed miserably, with low rolls regardless. Robin brought out Lorica Hamata for protection, and dealt a wound to Sgathach. Both combatants pulled weapons after that, with Sgathach dealing a two-health critical hit with L'epee Aux Cinq Croix. Robin had enough at this point and unleashed Carpat, and the cavalry promptly ran Sgathach over for two health. This was Mr. Hood's winning strategy, and although Sgathach kept it close into the fifth round, Robin won the roll-off for intiative and used the horse again to take Sgathach's last two health points.
As usual, a lot of fun with this game; however, we have reached a decision point on our match structure. Next we are going to try sticking with one setup each for three matches, but changing one support card each time. This game is quick and endlessly replayable - we just need to keep buying cards!