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Eric Bridge
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After the absolute blowout two nights before in our first game ever, where my Naboo DECIMATED my wife's Federation forces, she reluctantly agreed to switch places this time. Ahh yes, I finally get to be the bad guys....

The game begun as most games do - Anakin racing through space as wave of Starfighters are thrown at him. The Federation was giving Anakin no quarter, sending a wave of Starfighters as their first action. Good thing too, because Anakin responded next with some fancy moves to try to elude his pursuers. This time the young prodigy was blocked by the first enemy wave. In the reactor core Darth Maul traded blows with Qui-Gon. In the palace, the Queen's bodyguards were picking off droids with eerie accuracy. But on the battlefield 2 destroyer droid groups made quick work of 2 gungan groups.

The next round saw Anakin advance through to another star-grid - not once, but TWICE! The Viceroys, monitoring the space battle from the throne room, turned even more pale than they usually are. But Darth Maul was serving them well, landing 2 blows on Qui-Gon for every one that Qui-Gon dealt to him. Now if only the Sith would learn to block....On the first floor of the palace those pesky Queen's guards were still hitting everything they shot at, but two destroyer droids rolled out and used Panaka as a laser-pinata, taking him very near death in one round. On the battlefield 2 groups of battle droids advanced and eliminated another gungan group, this one thankfully including Jar-Jar Binks. Gungan catapults rained down death from above, and 4 battle droids met their maker (well, not really). As the Federation seized on its bonuses of earlier rounds, Darth Maul would whittle away some more at Qui-Gon's health.

The middle rounds would see Darth Maul heal himself 2 times, and also take out Qui-Gon Jin. Darth Maul became even more powerful as he stole the life force of the valiant, but slow, Jedi Master. Darth Maul turned to his next target, experienced Padawan Obi-Wan Kenobi, and gave him a sadistic grin. Obi-Wan charged out to avenge his mentor's death, and got Darth Maul down to about 5 lifepoints. In the palace Panaka fell to a stray destroyer droid ricochet. Alas, he will be missed. The Queen, her decoy, and the palace guards continued to make huge nuisances of themselves, eliminating EVERY Destroyer Droid in the palace!(Answering the Viceroy's question "Where are those Droidekas?!") The red queen had moved herself and 5 or 6 guards to the third floor by scaling the outside of the palace. They were at the windows near the stairs to the middle level. The night sky above Naboo was ablaze with activity. The Federation finally mobilized enough Starfighters to slow the elusive Anakin, for a time. The battlefield began to stall out, as two Destroyer Droid groups failed to bring down a mighty Faamba holding up that #$%!% shield! Those things have some THICK skin. Gungan Catapults continued to rain purple fire from the heavens, but always seemed to come up one short of anhihilating an enemy group. Battle Droids, walking so slow across the Naboo plains, had difficulty getting within range of the enemy. Seeing this, the Federation transferred a group of them into the first floor of the palace for support. But it was near the end of the middle rounds that two things happened that probably sealed the game, and that no one expected.

The Federation didn't know what an amazing thing it had done at first. All we did was call out "Intruder Alert" and bring some battle droids up the stairs from the second level to attack the red queen and her guards on the third level. The neat thing is, these droids were really "booking it", and had enough movement, with the help of their peers who were already there, to block further access to the third floor from those windows. The red queen and her 5 or so guards were "stuck".

The second thing that no-one expected is that Darth Maul, weakened as he was, drew upon the power of every Sith who had ever lived! He unleashed a series of attacks and double-attacks that dizzied poor Obi-Wan. Obi-Wan had never seen anything move so fast. He blocked what he could, and got a jab in here and there. Finally, Darth Maul launched a combo of FIVE HITS upon a padawan with only 1 health remaining. Bye Obi-Wan. Darth Maul breathed in the life force of the Jedi, but he could sense he still had much to do. He sensed that Anakin had moved to the last Stargrid before being able to shut down every single droid on the scarred planet below! Time was short. Despite having only 3 lifepoints remaining, Maul sprinted and leaped across the reactor platforms to emerge right behind an EXTREMELY surprised palace guard in the corridor.

On the third floor of the palace the Queen's guards, who had been so accurate up until now, all of a sudden couldn't hit the broad side of a Faamba. The guards kept trying to take out the battle droids blocking the windows, but these were no ordinary destroyer droids. They seemed absolutely indestructible. The battle droids responded by picking off the Red Queen's guards one by one, and bringing the Red Queen within one inch of her life. But as she was blocking a window with her own body, they figured "Why rush? On the battlefield the wounded Faamba finally went down to more Destroyer Droids. The shield dropped, but as it would turn out this was a waste of time for the Federation. In orbit above the planet Anakin sliced through two waves of Starfighters, but stalled out on the third and final wave. Darth Maul, for the first time in his life, was confused. Did he need to sprint up the stairs to defend the Viceroys in case all the droids shut down, or should he hack away at the forces on the lower level? He could sense the presence of 4 Naboo on the top floor. It was a gamble either way. He decided to run for it, stopping only to slice down a couple Palace Guards on his way to the stairs. What he DIDN'T EXPECT to happen was for the uninjured purple queen and her 2 guards to shoot him in the back! Where's the honor in that? Darth Maul's back was singed by the two hits, and now he himself was at death's door. "No way", he said to himself, "No way I'm going down to these palace guard peons!"

But on the third floor the 5 remaining battle droids were having a little fun. They picked off ALL THREE of the Queen's guards, leaving only the red queen with her one health, and still blocking all windows. The force was strong with the Sith, who could sense all of this as he charged to the stairs. Sensing the time for slicing and dicing had come, he made an abrupt U-Turn and with blazing speed returned to the vulnerable purple queen and her two Palace Guards he had just run past. At the droid ship above, all was quiet. Anakin had fallen asleep at the wheel. Little boys need their naps I guess. Darth Maul swung one time at guard number 1, but MISSED! But the second saber blade connected, and Darth Maul leaped to the last palace guard. His pleads for mercy could be heard throughout the corridors. Darth Maul looked at the Purple Queen and smiled as he slowly slid his blade into her devoted guard's belly. The two queens were all that remained of the "good guys" in the blood-stained halls. It didn't really matter anymore which one was truly Amidala. Darth Maul licked his wounds, thinking to himself that queens are much more powerful in chess than in real life. He'd leave it to the Viceroys and the 8 remaining battle droids to decide what to do with their two foolish, but beautiful, prisoners.
 
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Justin Borges
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Both write-ups were quite enjoyable! Thanks for the fun reads.
But...think your wife will ever play this with you again?
 
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Ha! Awesome report.


I love this game.
 
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