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Subject: Solo Metemma game rss

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Ruben Rigillo
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Just fought a solo Metemma battle. Ethiopians won with just three units left.
Dervishes placed all the Spears inside the Zeriba; Ra Rifles were placed behind the hill to the north but was forced to retreat by all the Ethiopian Rifles approaching from there too; Ib Rifles, near the southern oasis, offered a tough resistance to the Ethiopian Cavalry (although I mistakenly assumed these can fire too!!!). The core of the battle was the first attempt by the overwhelming Ethiopiam Spears to cross the Zeriba: the Dervishes (thanks to the +1 DRM due by the barricades) forced back all the enemy units, causing several losses, including....the Emperor!!!
So the Ethiopians adopted another tactic: all the Rifles was dislocated around the Zeriba and adjacent to it (most of them were Spears armed with the rifles of the eliminated Dervishes). They fired a series of volleys against the defenders just behind the barricades which forced the Dervishes to retreat one hex into the village. This caused a breach: waves of ferucious Ethiopians flooded inside! In spite of the desertion (5, 1, 5 and 6 DR results!!!), Ethiopians slaughtered the Dervishes which, caught in the middle between Rifle fire and Spears, fought desperately to the last man.
Perhaps, if the Dervishes Rifles were placed inside the fortification as well, they would have been more useful: Ethiopian units, due to the full MP cost to cross the Zeriba, have to stop just inside it, allowing the defenders Rifles to take a lot of advantage from Opportunity Fire; furthermore they would have not let the possibility to the Ethiopians to take their rifles. It should be considered the real difficulty of the Dervishes to play in attack outside the Zeriba: this will ruinousely reverse the advantage of defending behind the barricades (+1 DRM).
Very nice Scenario and quite balanced (although the death of the Ethiopian Emperor can change the fight in a flash!).
Of course I have a lot of rule question more.........I prepare another post!
Thanks Marco for your game!!!

Ruben
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Ruben, well done.
Any photo?

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