Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
My husband Mike and I played a quick game after we got the new figures from Special Collection 10. They didn't feature prominently, but I did try out the Granite Guardians, whom I thought were pretty cool.
600 pts, 8 rounds, most points left wins. Army placement on your half of the board (with middle, neutral forest area to remain clear during initial placement).
Play took place on the left side of this canyon board. Mike placed his army in the swamp; I placed mine in the rock/snow/ice area. Armies on the board are from a prior game--just ignore them.
Granite Guardians (x2)
Protectors of Ullar (x2)
I took a beating in Round 1: The Protectors of Ullar flew down (into the neutral forest area) and thwomped Zelrig and Zetacron before I could really do anything with them (those blasted Protectors can be frustratingly good against heroes!). A sad ending for Round 1.
Rounds 2-3 saw me taking the fight to him with my Granite Guardians. I liked them, although their move of 3 was almost depressing. Still, I took out all his Protectors w/them in the end. Their end move power (moving one space, which can be up to 4 levels taller) is excellent.
Rounds 4-6 saw me abandon my last 2 Granite Guardians and fly Cyprien Esenwein into the fight. He took out Laglor in a few turns (did Chilling Touch for 4 wounds--sweetness!) and went after Raelin. After Cyprien took out Raelin by rolling a 20 on his Chilling Touch power (she already had 4 wounds, so it wasn't as monumental as it could have been), he went after Taelord. Sadly, Taelord dealt Cyprien 3 wounds with one blow, killing him off mercilessly.
So, Mike won. We both played some parts poorly (tactically), but it was fun to try out the new Granite Guardians. They worked fairly well, since I had many minor terrain changes on my board that made use of their special height powers. Thumbs up to them!
Game Highlight: Isamu fell to his death trying to get to Cyprien.
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I can see why you leave that set up - must have taken hours to build. Very good report.