Michael Hopcroft wrote:
I brought my copy of CC:N to the game day in hopes that someone would let me teach them to play. I got my wish when a boy who couldn't have been more than fourteen offered to learn the game -- his parents had dropped him off at the event and he needed something to do.
I chose the Waterloo scenario and offered him the French, fully realizing that in all likelihood I would lose. We did the setup together (my using the time to teach him about terrain and units) and sooner than last time I played a physical game we were ready to go.
When cards started being slung, it became obvious I was in trouble. For one thing he had utterly seized the initiative and could not have it taken from him. For another he got some really good rolls and my attempts to counter his moves were limited. I won't go into the details of what he did except to say that he played mainly on the flanks, driving for the two towns that gave a banner each and pretty much rolling over everything I put in his way.
I ended up not getting a single banner, because I could not make him pay for his audacity the way I would have preferred to. It only took him about an hour and fifteen minutes to claim his eighth banner.
Nonetheless, despite what many could thing of as utter humiliation, it was a good result. I got to teach the game, always a good thing. Hopefully I turned the guy on to history a little bit as well. He's probably wondering how Napoleon lost as we speak...
Don't feel bad, my 14 year old son has defeated me in this game numerous times....and rarely did he need an hour and 15 minutes!