Friday, April 13, 2012

Dark Age rumble

Well, Wednesday has turned into our official Dark Age day at the local game shop. I hadnt initially thought to take any pics, but it struck me about mid game that it might be kinda cool.
We had an odd number of players there, so we decided for a 3 person battle. We also decide to go for scenarios, since a 3 person free for all, inevitably sees one person getting crushed between the other two armies.
In Dark age, for those who aren't in the know, you roll for individual random scenarios. So, you basically have your very own agenda throughout the game. Each player places 3 objective markers in the "no mans land" area of the board(center strip), and then your scenario tells you what you have to do with the objective markers. Whether it will be running to a friendly objective to gather supplies and then retreat, or stealing something from an enemy objective,and so on.
You have to try and find a balance between disrupting your opponents conditions, and completing your own.
 I played a St Mark Forsaken force
My objective was a weapons grab. I had to make it to a random enemy objective(determined before game start) steal a weapon, and take it back off the field through an opponents deployment area. Yikes! The kicker is that this weapon is so heavy or cumbersome to the bearer that it slows them down substantially.

Grim, playing Ice caste Dragyri, had an objective to kill half of his opponents force. Since it was a 3 person event we just let him spread that across both armies.

The Wyrm, playing Air caste Dragyri, had to have three troops pick up supplies from his own objective marker and get them back to his  deployment area.

I ran my small Strike squad out early game, since they were one of the few units in my army that could heft the weapon and still be fast enough to move at all.
My Warwind and lone Junker headed over to Grims ice caste force to be a pain in his side. I had a squad of three banes on the table before this, but a lightning strike spell from Wyrms, Yovanka made sure they were exiting the battle early. 

 St mark and his Medic escort stare down Yovanka and her oncoming horde of Guard slaves.
In typical fashion, Marks gun Malfunctioned once, causing himself a wound. My medic had done a little healing, but these two were really inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.
 Grims insane armor rolls made sure that most of his ice caste slaves survived the onslaught of the Warwind and Junker. They did drop a Frostbite trueborn on the way down though. (consolation I guess)
 Grims force prepares to assault the Wyrms ranks with the Deaths Device trueborn warrior. With some more astounding armor saves and  a brutal assault on the elementals, the Wyrms other flank was pretty decimated.
By this point, Grim had more than completed his objective. My Snails pace strike squad was cut down in hand to hand combat by Yovanka herself, dropping their precious cargo to the ground, and the Wyrm was trying to make a mad dash back to his deployment zone. With mine and the wyrms objective not completed after the hour and a half time limit, we called the game in Grims favor.

There were a lot more things going on obviously,  but these were some of the highlights of the battle.

Really was a fun game. I find myself enjoying Dark Age more and more, each time I play.
You guys out there may want to give it a try, you wont regret it.
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