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|Thoughts after a day of friendly gaming|
|Topic Started: Oct 21 2010, 09:48 AM (66 Views)|
|Gerry Lee||Oct 21 2010, 09:48 AM Post #1|
Hello O' Chamber of Kings!
Today was a great day for me. I was invited by the owner of the friendly local games store, Glen Fong of the Armchair Adventurer, to run Kings of War. I arrived at 11:30 AM with my 1500 pt Elf and 1500 pt Undead armies and terrain. Glen and I chatted, along with Joel, another Mantic collector.
A little later a customer came in, a fellow from Florida. He was looking for a Privateer book, but cheerfully accepted the challenge to Kings of War. With his background in Wargaming, he literally figured out the basics of the game in about 5 minutes and was playing to win! Great game, his undead routed my elves handily.
In fact, I wasn't such a good teacher, I had good intentions but am a bit mentally disorganized. Still, do you know, Alessio's rules are very intuitively logical to wargamers, I played 3 games and every player figured out how to play very quickly.
And they all complimented the game and said it was good fun:)
I played against 2 regulars of the store after that, one after the other. Against one I used the undead, against the other I used Elves. I lost all my games, but it was a close thing! Some memorable moments, when the foe's 4 Balefire catapults 'Wavered' my two Stormwind Cavalry on the verge of a charge, and the undead slammed into them next turn. Wraiths ruled the boards, their speedy flights let them flank like mad, a poor man's cavalry for the Undead.
Hordes are so fun! They slug it out like champions! Each of the games lasted over an hour, and was a satisfying and engaging experience. I'd been worried that the games would end too quickly because units just perish when routed, but Alessio's got the balance perfect. Whether it was a total massacre or a nail biting near thing, each game had buckets of dice, and buckets of blood! Death and carnage were everywhere, the screams of the dying and the shrieks of the damned...
'Dark Surge' is very good! Both with and against the Undead, I saw the armies close reasonably quickly, and my missiles mostly just softened up the enemy hordes. Melee decided the battles, as it should be I think. Even with just 3 spells, everyone enjoyed the magic phase. The Sabertooth throwing Cat got laughs all around:) But the undead dog rats, people laughed at first but then went wide eyed with awe as the skeletons recovered bloody handfuls of wounds per turn! With Mhorgoth's heals (thanks Dren!) and Antonia's heals as back ups, the skeleton horde was the Thing that would Not Die! Their rich cousins the Revenants did all right, but were as dust compared to the skeletal superstars. I think if I replaced my Revenant horde and regiment with skeletons with rat dogs, the undead would dominate the battlefield!
My beloved ghouls died at every turn. I don't care. They are my favorites, so fluffy and characterful!
All in all, a very good day full of 'Kings of War'! I'm unsure if any die hard 'Kings of War' gamers were born today, but who knows? I've been invited to do it again sometime, I think I will make this a monthly event:)
Be well, Be Blessed!
Edited by Gerry Lee, Oct 21 2010, 09:53 AM.
|Llewelynn||Oct 21 2010, 03:47 PM Post #2|
That sounds like you had a great demo day! I hope to have time to run demos on a Saturday at my FLGS, or maybe even some competitor's stores. I think the game shows well and is a lot of fun. It's a good, fast, tight rule set and it really gets the fun and excitement of a game into a comfortable time window.
Now, you just need to work on your tactics.
Nice work on the demo.
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