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Re: AOA: Playing The New Factions

In the NYCG4 thread (see my signature below) I have now also posted up how I'll be initially using the AOA bonus figures--the customs for the upgraded 5 SOTM Heroes (my versions) and the 7 Kyries (Anitar's versions). Check it out there. The custom cards are all in the Customs threads of this site section.

I've already played a couple of games with the SOTM Heroes: the four Good Guys vs Evil Raelin with some Marro forces on the AOA First Scenario map. This is now also briefly described on my local group signature thread.

This month I'll continue to use the eight AOA Faction armies (600 Points each) I made up and played with Taeblewalker in games with more than 2 Players. These are posted, along with photos and commentary, in my signature thread. Later on I'll be considering all Scape cards for army building along with the 51 AOA cards now available.

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Re: AOA: Playing The New Factions

I'm continuing to integrate my new AOA cards and proxy figures into our games. We have two dates to use the eight armies I've posted on my signature NYCG4 thread. We'll be using them in combo armies with other Classic and Custom cards in February and March for the first time. Our most intense army buildier, Kolakoski, will allow for such mixed armies in his March game. See his Blog for his scenario.

Since I'm getting little feedback on this thread, and I'm used to posting there the details of what my local group is doing, I refer you again to my signature thread for many more details, photos, etc.
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Re: AOA: Playing The New Factions

As a final touch to my AOA games, I have now posted up my Draft Rule For Illusory Walls. This is a Scenario Rule. It is a formalization of the Avalon Hill description during the offering period on an online discussion. You can find it here (Scroll Down):

https://www.heroscapers.com/communit...40#post2553140

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Re: AOA: Playing The New Factions

I've now played four more AOA games with Thrasher Darkrai (a new member of our local group). See the descriptions and photos on my signature thread (as usual). These games include our first use of Illusory Walls. I got to play all the other AOA cards I hadn't used yet! Coming up later in the month will be my first AOA games with more than two players.

These last games were played on my AOA Mirror map. It was free built, based on the Haslab Offering Display Photo but changed to make a balanced battlefield. So I've now put in everything offered by Avalon Hill and The War Council that was revealed to us during the offering period last Fall (and some cards that were not) except the 7 Kyries! Wow.

Some of TD and my commentary describe how we used the AOA Faction Armies I'd posted previously. So far I'm having a great time--even if I've lost 7 of the 8 AOA games I've played so far! Well, another was very close.

On January 25 I expect to be facing Taeblewalker, Kolakoski, and anyone else who can be there!

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Re: AOA: Playing The New Factions

Next month the floodgates will be open! I will remove my artificial requirements to only use the eight "playtest" AOA armies I made up for our games, so that we could get as many of the AOA cards as possible out on the table quickly. Almost all of us will have played at least some of them by then.

We will then fully integrate AOA into the rest of Classic and Custom Scape (except Supers). Kolakoski and Thrasher Darkrai are already contemplating playing such "combo" armies. While I've bee busy providing the physical components to play AOA, they've been forging ahead in considering the best synergies for "combo" armies.

It will be interesting to see what they and the others come up with for sure.
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Re: AOA: Playing The New Factions

Had two more games with the AOA cards, a map based on the Haslab Display Photo, and even the 7 Kyrie by Anitar. These were 3 Player games; the first with more than 2 Players, and the second session with my Illusory Walls rules. For details see my signature thread!

While I don't plan on changing the cards any (except perhaps my own customs; I just made a work change on my Zed Nesbitt), I'll mention any discussion we have about using the cards as such. One of my pals did criticize one of the cards, but that's a can of worms I don't want to open for now, unless its done here by group.
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Re: AOA: Playing The New Factions

How have the Vorid Glide Strikers been working out? Do you find that your custom Zed Nesbitt is a must in terms of mobilizing them?
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Re: AOA: Playing The New Factions

Pretty much so far. Although both times I or Sherman Davies used them they had my Zed, so I don't know how it is to put them out only one at a time.

They are much weaker than the old Airborne Elite, but good shooters--they put a couple of wounds on my Brood Queen! I specifically limited Zed's Tow power to take a turn dropping them and doing nothing else, for the bump he gives them in dropping the entire squad at once! When I was playing Zed, I found it difficult to do so, since you have to get to the drop zone a turn before you drop them, and by the time you do the situation may have changed. But I meant it to be a tricky maneuver.

I was actually towed in a Glider one time.

Its great to be finally able to talk specifics about the new cards, having played them all. But "once is not enough" to make any but preliminary remarks. I look forward to further games with AOA units.
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