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Luckiest Battle Ever!

Posted February 17th, 2010 at 04:19 PM by Sylvano the Wasabus
Battle Report: Capture the Flag in the Forest

Wonder of wonders, my fifteen-year-old daughter has begun playing with us. She says it’s because of this blog- that she didn’t really understand what HS was about until she read what it was about… which seems to be the problem with everyone who’s never played it. And did you know that this site is blocked at her High School?

Anyway, so we’ve all been playing, and my daughter has been enjoying it. We’ve tried to hold back- just get her to play a little at time, so we don’t blow her mind. She gets the same army every time: Warriors of Ashra, the frog warriors (custom squad with only 2 move and land and five in water plus little spears that can sometimes stun as well as wound) and Xantha.

Xantha is a favourite of ours. You might know her as Ana Karithon, but before she appeared in HS DnD she was Xantha. She’s not a healer in our game, but a powerful sorcerer with a decent ranged attack and a nasty special called Flame Nova, which hits a targeted hex and every hex around it with an attack of 4 dice.

We were playing 500 pts against 500pts, with each person getting 250. My daughter and I were on a team against my two sons. I took Mimring, Brave Arrow and Silvano the Wasabus. My younger son drafted a dwarven army, excited to use the new dwarf bolt thrower that’s small enough to be transported on horseback. It has a range of 12. My older son enlisted his favourite squad- Centaur Archers and a hero that could give them a second turn.

The map was long and large, with a lot of trees and bushes. The scenario was a simple capture the flag.

My daughter and I had lost the last two games to my sons so I was anxious to get out there with Mimring and roast me some common squads. But as usual, I didn’t do well.

I had three turns of Mimring advancing- he left everybody else behind because of the heights and streams. My older son sent his Centaurs deep and they engaged Mimring and immediately shot him down. After that I was pretty much done. My son even said, “guess you’re pretty much done now Dad.” Smirk, smirk.

My daughter began to fall back into a defensive position. Brave arrow began firing at the Centaurs. My youngest son was advancing the dwarven bolt thrower and its staff on horseback. And then we had the luckiest game ever.

My daughter moved Xantha into range and she flame nova-ed a Centaur. The flames also destroyed a tree beside the horsey-guy. Our destructible trees fall to the ground in a direction determined by 6d, and when this one fell it took out two more centaurs. My son started flopping around on the floor in disbelief. He’d also drafted the Zigga Figga, an arcane squad of sorcerers who can immediately sacrifice their lives for others. The Centaurs reappeared back in his starting zone where the Zigga Figga had been.

“Let’s destroy her!” My sons agreed and advanced the centaurs and the dwarves. Xantha stood ready. The next flame nova killed a centaur and a tree, which fell on two other centaurs. One other tree was torched and it fell on the advancing dwarf column, killing two horses and smashing the bolt thrower.

My eldest son began to sob. My younger son struggled, holding the tears in. They discussed Seppuku to rob us of the victory. (this has happened before- a figure simply attacks itself). In the end, my older son went to bed and the younger stayed and fought on, determined to kill as many of us as he could before we inevitably took their flag.

And my daughter? She had the time of her life.

Total Comments 6


chas's Avatar
Great creative post, as usual. You are a wonderful balance to all the "tournament only" players! Scape On, Dude!!!
Posted February 17th, 2010 at 05:35 PM by chas chas is offline
BassistofDoom's Avatar
I always love reading your blogs because it seems like you and your family have such a great time. I am also getting jealous of all your great customs and I have been trying to make my own. I have read every one of your blogs so far and my face lit up when I saw you had another one. Keep writing and happy scaping to you and your family!
Posted February 17th, 2010 at 06:25 PM by BassistofDoom BassistofDoom is offline
WOW!! Sounds like an awesome battle.
Posted February 17th, 2010 at 06:27 PM by Samwise1125 Samwise1125 is offline
Sup3rS0n1c's Avatar
Geting a 15 year-old girl to play Heroscape? Dang, you're lucky. The closest I've ever gotten my 13 year-old sister to liking Heroscape was letting her fawn over Mimring and Nilfheim, who she called Mimmy and Nilfy, respectively (though I do admit I often call Nilfheim Nilfy myself :P).

Sounds like it was a fun game, though. For both sides, although at different points of the game, of course. ^_^
Posted February 17th, 2010 at 08:22 PM by Sup3rS0n1c Sup3rS0n1c is offline
Heroscape Elffy's Avatar
I'm with Bassist. Your blog posts are excellent reads and the amount you guys have done to this game is amazing! All these customs that sound like they could be actual figures, the awesome Tree Mechanics, the little skirmishes you have while moving pieces on the BIG map. You, sir, are truly deserving of Onacara's award. Congrats again. And for heaven's sake, don't stop!
Posted February 17th, 2010 at 09:12 PM by Heroscape Elffy Heroscape Elffy is offline
DrLivingston's Avatar
Another great one!

What are the stats/powers of your custom Silvano figure?

(All your customs are indeed wonderful--I love that the cards are colored by crayon!)
Posted February 20th, 2010 at 03:37 PM by DrLivingston DrLivingston is offline
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