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This is a card-by-card session report for a two player game of Nightfall

Hopefully it's easy enough to follow. The only thing I should explain is that the (k) symbol means that the card in the Chain has its Kicker triggered, and I use P1 and P2 to identify player one and player two.

I was playing with all the draft cards for the base game, Martial Law, Blood Country, Crimson Siege and a bunch of promos.

I play to 25 Wounds instead of 20 so that the game may go a little longer. I use the two player drafting variant from the rules, but draw five cards instead of four, with the final card being discarded.

Draft

P1 discards Koi Jiang
P2 discards Vehicular Assault

P1 picks Chan Jiang
P2 picks Zacharias Sands

P1 picks Blood Rage
P2 picks Tactical Prep

P1 archives Sir John Travail and discards Gather the Pack
P2 archives Volpe Volante and discards ”Brynna & Taylor”

P1 Private Archives: Chan Jiang and Blood Rage
P2 Private Archives: Zacharias Sands and Tactical Prep

Public Archives: Sir John Travail, Volpe Volante, Destiny Collins, Infected Ghoul, Lisaveta Florescu, “Pale Fury”, Franz Orlock and Relentless Grinder.

No Hunters and no yellow cards in this game. P1 sets up a nice couple of Private Archives, being able to kick Chan off Blood Rage. Other than Relentless Grinder, everything in the Public Archives is a Minion, and there are some powerhouses out there, so will this be quick and brutal knife fight or a slow war of attrition?

Turn One

P1 Chain: Yuri Koroviev
P2 passes

P1 discards 4
P1 buys Chan Jiang x2 and Blood Rage x2 for 8 Influence
P1 draws 5 cards


P2 Chain: Charlotte Reyes
P1 passes

P2 draws 2 cards
P2 discards 5
P2 buys Lisaveta Florescu, Destiny Colllins and Tactical Prep for 7 Influence
P2 draws 4 cards


Turn Two

P1: Yuri Koroviev attacks, and is fully blocked by Charlotte Reyes.

P1 Chain: Yuri Koroviev
P2 passes

P1 discards 2
P1 buys Lisaveta Florescu and Franz Orlock for 6 Influence
P1 draws 3 cards


P2 Chain: Yuri Koroviev, Yuri Koroviev
P1 passes

P2 discards 2
P2 buys Zacharias Sands and Volpe Volante for 8 Influence
P2 draws 4 cards


Turn Three

P1: Yuri Koroviev attacks, and is fully blocked by Yuri Koroviev, who is reduced to 2 Health.

(Minions blocking themselves may seem odd, but could make for some fun storytelling. I might try such a session report some time)

P1 Chain: J.J. McTeague and Blood Rage
P2 Chain: Lisaveta Florescu and ”Bad Smoke”

”Bad Smoke” takes the 1 damage from Blood Rage, and J.J.'s Chain text takes out the wounded Yuri.

P1 discards 3
P1 buys Chan Jiang and Infected Ghoul for 5 Influence
P1 draws 5

P2's ”Bad Smoke” heals back to 4 Health due to Lisaveta


P2: Yuri Koroviev attacks, is unblocked and causes 1 Wound
P2: Lisaveta Florescu attacks, is unblocked and causes 1 Wound

P1 lets the damage through to keep his J.J. around to attack on his turn.

P2 Chain: Tactical Prep and J.J. McTeague
P1 Chain: J.J. McTeague, Blood Rage, Chan Jiang(k) and Lisaveta Florescu

Chan's Kicker allows P1 to claim a Franz Orlock for free, and his Blood Rage and J.J. knock ”Bad Smoke” down to 1 Health. P2's J.J. chooses to knock out an opposing J.J. as Lisaveta does less damage and Chan has 3 Health (plus, Lisaveta would heal him back up anyway). P2 draws a card from Tactial Prep

P2 discards 1
P2 buys ”Pale Fury” for 3 Influence
P2 draws 4 cards


Turn Four

P1: J.J. McTeague attacks, is unblocked and causes 2 Wounds. 1 Wound absorbed by ”Bad Smoke” who is discarded.
P1: Lisaveta Florescu attacks, is unblocked and causes 1 Wound.
P1: Chan Jiang attacks, and J.J. McTeague must block. Chan eliminates J.J. and causes 2 Wounds.

A nice Combat Phase for P1, who causes 4 Wounds and eliminates all opposing Minions.

P1 Chain: ”Genesis One”
P2 Chain: ”Genesis One”

Both players get the preacher out and Exile a Wound.

P1 buys Blood Rage for 2 Influence
P1 draws 5 cards


P2: ”Genesis One” attacks, and is fully blocked by ”Genesis One”, who is reduced to 1 Health.

P2 Chain: Zacharias Sands, Enraged Wight and Enraged Wight
P1 Chain: Franz Orlock, ”Genesis One”, Chan Jiang and ”Bad Smoke

P1 throws out a big chain, leaving himself with just the one card to play on his own turn. He does 2 Wounds with Franz, and his ”Bad Smoke” absorbs the damage from the Wights, and Zach finishes the job. P1 loses his ”Bad Smoke” straight away, but has a strong line of Minions ready to attack on his turn.

P2 buys Tactical Prep for 2 Influence
P2 draws 4 cards


Turn Five

Here it comes...

P1: ”Genesis One” attacks, and is fully blocked by Enraged Wight
P1: Chan Jiang attacks, and Zacharias Sands must block. Chan eliminates Zach and causes 1 Wound
P1: ”Genesis One” attacks, is unblocked and causes 1 Wound
P1: Franz Orlock attacks, is blocked by Enraged Wight. Franz eliminates the Wight and causes 2 Wounds

Another 4 Wounds to P2. Things are not going well for him.

P1 Chain: Charlotte Reyes
P2 Chain: Charlotte Reyes, Destiny Collins, Volpe Volante and ”Bad Smoke”

Anything you can do...

Volpe causes 4 Wounds to P1 straight up. Both players draw 2 cards for Charlotte.

P1 discards 1 card
P1 buys Relentless Grinder for 3 Influence
P1 draws 3 cards


P2: Charlotte Reyes attacks, and if fully blocked by Charlotte Reyes
P2 plays a Martial Law Wound on Destiny Collins and increases her strength to 3
P2: Destiny Collins attacks, is unblocked and causes 3 Wounds
P2: Volpe Volante attacks, is unblocked and causes 3 Wounds

And the tables have turned, with 6 Wounds finding their way into P1's discard pile.

P2 Chain: Tactical Prep and J.J. McTeague
P1 passes

P1 calls P2's bluff and refuses to Chain, knowing that the only viable target for P2's J.J. is his own ”Bad Smoke. No doubt P2 was hoping that P1 would drop a Minion out and give him a viable target, but P1 passes.

J.J. inflicts 2 damage on a friendly ”Bad Smoke”, and P2 draws a card from Tactical Prep

P2 discards 1 card
P2 buys Destiny Collins for 3 Influence
P2 draws 5 cards


Turn Six

P1 Chain: J.J. McTeague, Infected Ghoul and Chan Jiang(k)
P2 Chain: Lisaveta Florescu

Chan steals another Franz Orlock, while the Infected Ghoul destroys ”Bad Smoke” before dealing another Wound to P2 and being discarded. J.J. eliminates the J.J. that P2 brought out last turn.

P1 draws 3 cards
P1 discards 1 Wound and draws 2 cards


P2: Lisaveta Florescu attacks, and is blocked by Chan Jiang, who is reduced to 2 Health

P2 Chain: ”Pale Fury”
P1 Chain: Enraged Wight

The Wight does causes 1 Wound.

P2 discards 1 card
P2 buys Zacharias Sands for 3 Influence
P2 draws 3 cards
P2 discards 3 Wounds and draws 6 cards


Turn Seven

P1: Chan Jiang attacks, and ”Pale Fury” must block. Chan eliminates the werewolf and causes 1 Wound
P1: J.J. McTeague attacks, is unblocked and causes 2 Wounds
P1: Enraged Wight attacks, is unblocked and causes 2 Wounds

The Wound pile is exhausted. The game is over.

Final Score

P1 has 10 Wounds
P2 has 16 Wounds

P1 wins

There we go. The game was very close until the end, when the final attack caused 5 Wounds and tipped the balance. I think that the difference was probably P1 having strong Private Archives, with Chan Jiang being the pick of the bunch. He's a cheap Minion with very respectable Health and Strength and a decent ability that can prevent the other player holding a Minion back to attack with.

Thanks for reading.
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Cool report. Lots of power-houses indeed surprise
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