Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm - Game Four

It was the Family Day long weekend in Saskatchewan, this past weekend, and still crazy-cold out. It has been a tradition that we play games on Family Day for the last few years. The kids are less interested in playing games this year, but I did manage to talk Amanda into giving Warhammer Underworlds a try... 

This was very definitely a "learning game" (for BOTH) with lots of "take-backsies" as we tried things out and sort out the rules in our heads, and it took a LOT longer than my last game with Finnegan

In this game Amanda played Morgwaeth's Blade-Coven and I played the Dread Pageant.

I realized we'd made a mistake in playing the Dread Pageant, previously. The thing that inspires them is a total of 6 wound counters on surviving fighters - which I took to mean surviving members of their OWN warband - but realized just before this game that it's actually ALL surviving fighters, otherwise it would have been written "FRIENDLY fighters"... the rules and cards are VERY specific about these things; Friendly Fighters = YOUR warband, Enemy Fighters = Opponents warband, Fighters = EVERYONE ON THE TABLE!? So that makes their inspire condition... well... not QUITE as insanely hard as before... but still pretty difficult. I mean, you have to wound people - but not take them out of action... a LOT... 

I also realized the initials for Dread Pageant is DP.... Really, Games Workshop...? 

Amanda won the roll-off for picking boards and decided to select one herself. She also won the roll-off for set up, but let me start (as I had pointed out, regardless of whether I got first or not, becuase I had a smaller warband, I would be FINISHED setting up first and thus have the bonus to the roll for who goes first in ROUND ONE, so she might as well have me set up so she can see where I put my stuff and react to that accordingly) 

Both of us actually discarded initial hands. I discarded my initial hand of Objectives, as NONE of them would even remotely be scoreable in the first round, if at all... Amanda discarded BOTH hands - objectives and power cards. She said the Objectives seemed "impossible" and she had FOUR upgrades in her initial hand of Power Cards - which were useless if she wasn't scoring and Glory Points to actually be able to PLAY them. 

All set up and ready to GO!


ROUND ONE 

I won the roll off and went first. Vasillac the Gifted went first and moved up to Lethyr - but didn't attack. I used used Bonded Bodyguard gambit to move Slakeslash up to join him and was able to use the Surge Objective - Excess of Carnality - to score +1 Glory Point for having two fighters in contact with the same enemy. I then used that Glory Point to upgrade Glissete with Sickening Resiliance (which gives her a CHANCE to reduce any injuries sustained to only one damage).

BOOM! And THAT's how it's done. 

Feeling better about the Dread Pageant already... 


Amanda charged Khamyss into the fray attacking Slakeslash with both Whip and Buckler causing a total of two damage - and then played Bloody Venom - a gambit that caused two more! On ONE had - holy CARP - Slakeslash was within one wound of dying already... On the other hand, I was 2/3 of the way to meeting inspire objective - if only I could keep Slakeslash alive and cause two more wounds... SOMEWHERE!? Ideally on some of HER warband... (the one problem there, being, that three of her five warband members had only 2 wounds each.... and three of my four CAUSED two wounds with their basic damage - which would take them out! AND her two warriors with more wounds, were at the back and not-so-reachable...) 

Amanda played a gambit card - Drilled to Perfection - that gave both Khamyss and Lethyr Guard Tokens - giving them both increased defence and making it impossible to drive them back! 

So I moved up Hadzu (who is the only one in my warband that causes a single wound) and shot at Khamyss... but missed. 

Amanda had Kyrae shoot at Slakeslash (who had help from the TWO warriors adjacent to Slakeslash) and caused one wound - luckily I had a gambit - Shared Pain - that allowed me to transfer that damage to another Friendly Fighter within 3 hexes - so I passed that on to Glissete. It seemed a bit risky, her only HAVING 2 wounds... but since so many of Amanda's warriors did two damage - a single blow would have taken her out anyway... so... 

All I needed was to cause ONE WOUND and I could inspire ALL of the DREAD pageant! So Vasillac attacked Lethyr... now, she only had two wounds, and he does 2 damage... which would take her OUT... BUT, both VAsillac and Slakeslash have an ability that allows them, when they make a successful attack action, to either HEAL one damage our deal THEMSELVES one damage... so if I'd managed to take her out, he could deal himself one damage and kill two birds with one stone... sort of... by taking down one enemy - reducing their numbers - and INSPIRING THE WHOLE WARBAND!?

But he missed... 

(f-bomb)

We kind of both played with our cards out - not that either of us could read or recognize any of the others cards... it's hard to keep them in a hand, hidden and be able to keep in mind what all of the do and when and how to play them exactly... hopefully that will come with time... a bit... maybe... 

Kyrae took another shot at Slakeslash and caused another damage - as I had no more ways to get rid of it... Slakeslash was taken out of action - and all those wound tokens with it... 

DAMMIT! So close.... SOOOOOOO close.... 

Morgwaeth also used her ability to inspire herself. (she gets to inspire one Friendly Fighter every time an enemy fighter is taken out of action) 

With that she gained +1 Glory and was able to upgrade Morgwaeth with a Crimson Shard and then played a Gambit card - Headlong Fury - Which allowed Morgwaeth to take a free Move Action - and not place a move token! 


Vasillac attacked Lethyr... again... desperately trying to take SOMEONE out of action and bring their numbers down... but failed to do so. 

Morgwaeth shanked Vasillac causing three damage! 

Yikes. 

in the END PHASE I was unable to score any Objectives. I can't remember what I had but I feel like I might have discarded some...? Amanda was able to scored two - Purposeful Strike and Trimphant Stance - for +3 Glory Points. 

Morgwaeth's were already winning 4-1... and I'd lost a quarter of my number... but that quarter was also my biggest meanest toughest member... GAH!? 


ROUND TWO

Amanda won the roll-off this round and went first. 

Morgwaeth stabbed Vasillac again and took him out (+1 Glory Point). And then there was a flurry of card playing! Amanda played THREE upgrades - all of which she'd picked up at the end of the previous End Phase and had piles of Glory Points to spend. Morgwaeth got the Rune of Khaine, Lethyr got a Crone Blade, and Kyrssa got Death Dancer! I was able to play two Gambits - Fuelled by Sensation (which removed the one damage counter of Glisette) and Dark Desire (which allowed me to push Khamyss one, as Amanda chose to not take a movement token for her). 

Morgwaeth inspired... someone.. I can't remember... I feel like it was Kyrae...? Maybe...? 

Things were looking bad... half of my warband gone - including the two heavy-hitters. Morgwaeth's was at full strength and growing stronger, it seemed, every activation!?

Glissete charged and attacked Khamyss - and took her out! +1 Gory for me! Woo! 

I was pretty sure I was going to lose big again, but determined to at least go down fighting! 

I upgraded Hadzu with with Swift as Desire - as there was zero chance Glissete was moving again this turn... and I had objective cards that could score if I had all my warband in enemy territory and another that would give points if I held two objectives - with the extra point of movement, Hadzu MIGHT be able to make it to one of the other objectives in enemy territory.... if... some of the enemy got out of the way! 

Kyrae took a shot at Glissete, aided by Lethyr, but missed... I realized that Glissete's always On Guard ability is AWESOME - being on guard, she ALWAYS counts both Shield and Dodge results on the defence dice and is NEVER driven back!? Daaaaaaaaaamn. 

Hadzu shot Lethyr - causing only one wound - but he has an ability to push, rather than drive back, and moved Lethyr away from Glissete (so that Kyrae wouldn't get a bonus if she shot at Glissete again) and.... other reasons... 

Kyrae DID shoot at Glissete again... and missed again.. but scored Torturous Death - for attacking teh same enemy three times in one round (+1 Glory Point) 

Hadzu took another shot at Lethyr - both scored a crit and a success - tying... but a tie means a Drive-back and Lethyr got driven back into a lethal hex causing one damage - as she'd already had one damage, that took her out of action! +1 Glory Point for me! 

I'm not going to say things were looking up for me, at this point... but they did look a little LESS SHIT AWFUL! 

She's behind me, isn't she... 

Morgwaeth charged across the board, dodging past Hadzu and jumping onto the objective behind him... And then stabbed him in the back.. KO +1 Glory Point. 

Dammit... I'd discarded an Objective, that could be scored if either MY leader held an objective in Enemy Territory OR if an Enemy Leader held an objective in MY territory, I'd discarded it when Vasillac died figuring I obviously could no longer use it for myself and what were the odds Amanda would send MORGWAETH to take an objective in MY territory... it didn't seem like she was playing an objective holding game... and if she suddenly did, there were so many more in her OWN territory that were so much closer... 

GAH!? 

So I had only Glissete... and she had a charge token and couldn't be activated, so I picked up a Power Card for my final activation, as there was little else I could actually DO!? 

In the END PHASE, Amanda scored Blessings of Khaine (+1 Glory) and I scored Godseekers (+2 Glory - for all friendly fighters ending the round in enemy territory... all ONE of them...). 

Discards, draws and on we went! 


ROUND THREE

Well... doing better than SOME games, as the Dread Pageant actually survived to take part in the Third Round! 

I was really struggling trying to juggle the mess of gambits and objectives and only having ONE fighter... I could only make ONE move action. If I did it as part of a Charge, that would be the ONLY attack I could do...

On top of this Amanda was barraging me with questions about how HER cards all worked and how to use them best!? 

Morgwaeth's Balde-Coven went first and Kyrae shot at Glissete, hitting and causing one damage. 

Another flurry of recently-drawn-Power-Card play: Amanda upgraded Kyrssa with Rapturous Defence, and upgraded Kyrae with High Oracles Butcher, and played Fanatical Faith - which would mean the most damage I could do in the next activation would be one. I played the Lure of Slaanesh, pushing Kyrssa onto an objective, and then Cruel Pangs which caused one damage to an enemy on an objective (Kyrssa). 

for my first activation I moved Glissete over to Kyrssa, standing on her Objective marker - I hoped that Amanda might think that the only reason I lured her onto the objective marker was to use that Cruel Pangs card - actually I had an Objective Card that scored Glory for taking out an enemy HOLDING an objective. 

I did not make it a charge, though, only a move. The reason for that was twofold. One was that if I charged, Glisete could NOT be activated again for the rest of the round (whereas if it were only a move, she could, in theory, keep attacking EVERY activation for the rest of the Round - provided a) she survived and b) there was still an adjacent target. The second reason I didn't want to attack was that I was REALLY hoping Amanda would take the bait and move up one of her other warriors into contact, as I had another Objective card that scored points for a friendly fighter being adjacent to two enemies. 

I'd struggled really hard about that last bit... I could have moved far enough that I wouldn't be in range of Kyrae's ranged attack or being charged by either Kyrae or Morgwaeth... but decided to risk it and place Glissete where she COULD be shot at and/or charged. 

(Amanda actually DID move in Morgwaeth in and attack Glissete - and failed - and so I scored the Glory for two adjacent enemies... but then she mentioned her plan was to move right back to the Objective marker, I pointed out she could NOT do that having moved/charged... which lead to the biggest take-back-sies of the game...)

She decided to leave Morgwaeth where she was and just shoot at Glissete with Kyrae for the next two rounds - missing and then moving Kyrae to an objective marker on her fourth and last activation of the round and game.

Glissete just stood there and slashed at Kyrssa again and again and again... and all I seemed to be able to roll was support... GAH!? So I didn't get to score EITHER of those last two Objective cards that I even had the remotest possibility of doing so... not that I would have helped. 

In the End Phase, Amanda scored Proof of Devotion (+3 Glory!! for controlling all objectives in Enemy Territory!?) 

In the end, Morgwaeth's Blade-Coven won with 11 Glory Points to the Dread Pageant's 6 Glory....

It was disappointing, to be sure, but I'm STILL not writing them off just yet!!! They are doing BETTER - I think I just need to learn how to PLAY them better, still.

Monday, February 15, 2021

February Games... and stuff... (Part One)

Well... we are getting in a lot more games this month! (Compared to January). So much so, that I thought I might break this month's update into two! 

The first week of February I picked up a few early birthday presents for myself.... 

My FLGS (Dragon's Den Games) had like FIVE of each of these old Nightvault Warbands (which are actually the two warbands that were originally included in SHADESPIRE core set, reboxed as individual warbands for Nightvault?) and somehow I talked them into giving me a killer deal on them!!! I am thinking I will totally run this for ToonCon at SOME point...  when there IS a ToonCon again... (or host a WArhammer Underworlds weekend campaign... or BOTH!) but there is ZERO chance I'm going to bring Morgwaeth's Blade-Coven or Skaeth’s Wild Hunt or any of these spindly, fragile warbands to a learn-to-play game and have some ham-handed brute break my $50 warband... (like they did my Blackstone Fortress figures!). So, I got some super cheap ,older ones that are SUPER CHUNKY and SOLID to use as loaner warbands! 

Because I "think ahead" like that... 

(Like a moron)... 

This falls under: "It seemed like a good idea at the time"... 

I also picked up Champions of Dreadfane and Khagra's Ravagers and some other stuff. I picked up the Castigators because the Champions of Dreadfane included a group of Sequitors - and both are part of the Stormcast Eternals Sacrosanct Chamber and could be used together in a Warcry warband... which reminds me... missing from this picture is the Warcry Bringers of Death Book - the last of the four Grand Alliance books for Warcry - now I have them all! MWA-HA-HA-Ha-Ha-ha-ha-haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa...

This kind of threw a wrench into the original painting plan for February... Despite Myari's Purifier's being partly painted... I kind of wanted to PAINT ALL THESE before getting back to them!? 

We tidied up a little corner of the upstairs the first week of February - as Amanda was doing a thing for an online conference the UofS was hosting, and she didn't want to look like she was presenting from a trash heap. While it was all tidied up, I thought I'd take a little "Shelfie". This is my Graphic Novel book shelf. Yep. Those are all comics. I've kind of run out of space, though... not sure if it's time to cull the collection.. or BUILD MORE SHELVES!? 

All of the history and game books are mostly in boxes and will go on shelves in the basement Game Room... y'know... whenever that gets finished... 


Friday, 5 February 2021

Amanda agreed to play board games with me on Friday evenings - and agreed to try and play five games of Kingdom Builder and London over the next two months. The first Friday of the month (the 5th), we played BOTH!

We started with Kingdom Builder and somehow convinced Finnegan to join us!

We were playing with Hermits, Lords, and Discoverers. 

I ended the game - running out of settlements first. 

But Finnegan (black) just crushed it!

after that, Amanda and I played London. I like London. I like every Martin Wallace game I've played - which certainly isn't ALL of them... but I have played a few. 

I did win this one... but I had a feeling that after a few more games, Amanda will figure it out, and i'd never win again! 

We also started watching The Expanse, Season Five on that Friday. 


Saturday, 6 February 2021

Saturday we continued the Harnworld adventure Chris had started the week before, at the end of January. Our group got into a fight. I bashed a guys head in with my club. That was about it. 

(and then, another episode of The Expanse) 


Sunday, 7 February 2021

Finnegan also agreed to play Warcry or Warhammer Underworlds on Sunday evenings with me through the rest of Q1. I thought we should start with Warhammer Underworlds, while it was still, relatively fresh in our heads... 

Finnegan decided he wanted to swithc things up and try out Morgwaeth's Blade-Coven... and utterly destroyed the Dread Pageant with them! A Full report of the game (and loads more pictures!) can be found here:

Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm - Game Two


Friday, 12 February 2021

Had another board game evening on Friday...

That's Amanda's Look of Serious Concentration. 

We started with Kingdom builder - with played with Merchants, Citizens, and Workers victory cards and the Oracle, Barn, Paddock, and Farm boards. I finished, but Amanda totally won - largely because she did a good job of keeping ALL of her settlements as one big winding line and surrounded a few locations.

It went quicker - but we were just playing with two. 

Afterwards we played London again, as well. This went a bit quicker - mostly because we're remembering more now. Amanda seems to have groked it... She had this crazy engine going where she all these cards that didn't flip and gave her PILES of money and points each turn - and we each had ten Burroughs, so poverty wasn't a concern - and she just sat there and did the Run City action and amassed piles and piles of cash and points. 

Like ALL the cash. By the end we'd run out of the £5 coins. You score 1 point per three £ at the end of the game... she scored 45 points!? So over £135... !? I'm lucky to end the game with £13 (though I think I ended THIS game with about £20. She's ended the game without ANY money and uable to pay off loans (-7 VP per loan) 

It's WAY easier to do well in the game with only two players. Three or four makes it MUCH more competitive and cutthroat - and HARD. 


Saturday, 13 February 2021

Sometimes... Amanda just gets a bee in her bonnet. 

Today, that be was Kingdom Builder. 

I'm not sure if it was just that she had so much fun playing it the night before...? Or if it was that she wasn't sure how she ended up winning and wanted to see if she could do it again. Regardless, just after lunch she asked if I wanted to play another game, and I said "Sure!"

WE ended up playing on the Tower, Harbour, Barn, and Oracle boards with the Citizens, Hermits, and Discoverers victory cards... and I ended up winning... 53-33... 

So she said, let's do it again... 

In the next game we played with the Oracle, Farm, Barn, and Oasis boards, with the Lords, Merchants and Knights victory cards... and I won that one, 74-67. She scored higher and tightened the gap. 

She said "Best two out of three?" and i said "I've already won two...!?" and she said "you know what I mean - I want to see if I can win one". I said "okay..."

I didn't get a picture of Game Three.  We played with the Paddock, Harbour, Oasis and Barn boards, and the Hermits, Knights, and Merchants victory cards.... and I won that one 75-32!?

Then she had a zoom-quiz-get-together-thingie with her folks and relatives in England, who are all in LOCKDOWN! 

Afterwards, she asked if I was up for another game... and I asked if SHE was up for another game and she said YES!!! (Bee + Bonnet)

We played with the Paddocks, Oasis, Tower, and Oracle boards, and the Merchants, Lords, and Hermits victory cards.... and... um.... 89-54... 

"ONE MORE?! Before your game?!"

"why not..."

This final game with played with all the boards we didn't use in the previous game (so, Harbour, Tavern, Farm, and Barn) and Citizens, Knights, and Workers. And AMANDA WON! 80-67!? WOOO!

(Okay, at that point, I ended up helping her with a LOT of her moves... but whatevs... fun was had!)

So... that was FIVE games of Kingdom Builder in ONE DAY - I can check THAT off my Quarterly 5x5 challenge list! 


Later in the evening... 

We were scheduled to play one more game of Harnworld this week... but Chris wasn't feeling up to it... so we got together for a chat on Discord and I'd thought maybe we'd start making characters, or at least talking about AGe of Sigmar: Soulbound... but we didn't really get to that. Next week. For SURES.


Sunday, 14 February 2021

Because we are gluttons for punishment, Amanda suggested ONE MORE game of Kingdom Builder... 

We played with the Barn, Farm, Paddock and Oracle boards, with the Knights, Hermits, Citizens victory cards. 

AND Amanda totally won this one - without even any help from me!

Well... not much.... She did finally pick up on how to do things a little better and played a pretty solid game. Woo! 

later, just befoer supper, finnegan and i got in a game of Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm. Tried out the new Khorne Bloodreavers warband. It was a pretty one-sided slaughter... 

You can see more pictures and read the complete Game Report here:

Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm - Game Three


Monday, 15 February 2021

the 15th was the Family Day long weekend in Saskatchewan and still crazy-cold out. It has been a tradition that we play games on Family Day for the last few year. The kids are less interested in playing games this year, but I did manage to talk Amanda into giving Warhammer Underworlds a try... 

She played Morgwaeth's Blade-Coven and I played the Dread Pageant. 

Morgwaeth's Remains unbeaten! 

Teh Game took a little longer, having to explain and reexplain everything to Amanda. She did say she'd play again and expected it would take less time as she was finally, at the end of the game, starting to cotton on to what was going on. 

There will be a full game report (with lots more pictures) in the next day or so! 


Wow... what a month so far! Lots of games - and looking forward to lots more! Amanda is committed to playing boardgames every Friday evening (and fitting in a few more here and there). Finnegan is still keen to play Warhammer Underworlds (or Warcry on Sunday evenings). I'll be starting up Age of Sigmar: Soulbound next Saturday - and we have an EXTRA session planned for my birthday the following Thursday - as well as a few games with the family in the afternoon! Stay tuned! 

Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm - Game Three

Another Sunday, another game of Warhammer Underworlds: Direchasm... 

Being Valentine's Day, I asked Amanda if SHE'd like to play with me.... because... Valentine's...!?  She declined. She did say she'd try it out at SOME point, but just wasn't up for learning a new game that day (Probably because we had stayed up ridiculously late the previous evening, finishing off Season Five of The Expanse... and everyone was feeling a bit tired all day...). 

As I'd finished up a new warband, this past week, we decided we ought to try them out. Finnegan wanted to play The Dread Pageant again, so I played... 

Garrek's Reavers! 


THE GAME

I won the roll off for setting up boards - I knew Garrek's Reavers had little in the way of Objective Cards that involved holding Objectives, so I didn't care where they ended up. To try something different I set up the second board end to end with the first - with as many Deployment locations as close to the enemy as possible. 

I also won the roll-off to determine warband deployment - as I had a larger warband and there was zero chance I'd be able to finish setting up first - and thus get a bonus to the roll-ff for who went first in the first round - I let Finnegan go first again. 

All set up and ready to go. 


ROUND ONE

Vasillac the Gifted - The leader of the Dread Pageant - Charged up onto an Objective Marker and stabbed Arnulf across a Lethal Hex with his Reach 2 Spear... causing two damage and killing him... 

Boom! 

+1 Glory for the Dread Pageant and Finnegan upgraded Slakeslash the Slaangor with... some kind of upgrade....? I forget which....? I think it was the reduce attack dice of any attacker by one?

Karsus charged one whole hex, around that Lethal Hex and chopped at Vasillac, causing two damage, and drove him back onto a different Lethal Hex causing a third point of damage! I played Insensate - a gambit that reduced the damage of the first attack in the next activation to one. 

Hadzu went next, as he only does one damage. He moved up and shot his Blissbarb Bow at Karsus.. and missed! I played Blood Offering - another gambit that gave one damage token to one of my own (Saek) but gave them two bonus dice in their next attack. 

Saek stepped up and gave Vasillac a chop with his mighty axe, doing three more damage, taking him out! 

+1 Glory for Garrek's Reavers. I played Skulls for the Skull throne - allowing me to pick up two more power cards after taking an enemy out of action - and upgraded Garrek with Grisly Trophies. 

Slakeslash the Slaangor went next, moving up to hack at Karsus... and missed...!? 

Garrek then charged Slakeslash and attacked. Originally I'd hit and wounded it... but then we remembered it's upgrade and I should have only rolled ONE attack die. Re-rolling, I missed (and denied an objective - Let the Blood Flow - for having three fighters make successful attacks in one Round). 

Glisette moved onto an objective, scoring Endless Revel (for each surviving fighter having a Move or Charge Token) +1 Glory and gave Slakeslash another upgrade.  

Targor moved up to finish the round - unable to get into contact with any enemy... 

In the End Phase I scored two more Objectives - It Begins (if at least one fighter from each warband is out of action) and A Worthy Skull (for taking an enemy leader out of action) +2 Glory. 

I was able to upgrade Karsus with Terrifying Howl (an action allowing him to Push any adjacent enemy) and Saek with Berserk Charge (which allowed him to count both Smash and Fury attack die results as successes when he charged) 

At the end of Round One - Garrek's Reavers winning 3-2


ROUND TWO

To start things off, Hadzu moved up one and shot at Saek, missing. 

Finnegan then scored Excess of Gluttony (for having a fighter - Slakeslash - with two adjacent enemies) +1 Glory. He also upgraded Slakeslah a third time! I realized, just now, that that is why he didn't START with Slakeslash, as there was a possibility that Slakeslash could have KILLED an adjacent fighter, and thus would not have been able to score that Objective Card. 

Saek Charged Glisete... and missed. 

Glisete tried to stab back at him... and also missed. 

Targor Charged in to join the attack on Glisete... and ALSO missed. I think he might have tied and I got excited thinking I might have driven her back onto a Lethal Hex... but Glisete cannot be driven back! 

Glisete slashed at Targor... and missed... 

I had contemplated moving up Karsus and using Terrifying Howl to shift her off of that Objective, but then realized that would take TWO activations - one to move over there (and NOT attack) and a second to use the Terrifying Howl to Push her one... 

So I just Charged with Karsus and took her right out! +1 Glory 

I was able to use Boon of Khorne - a Reaction Gambit that allowed me to removed a damage token from a fighter when an enemy fighter is taken out of action. 

At this point Garrek's Reavers were all inspired as three fighters were out of action. ANY three fighters. The Blood God cares not fro whom the blood is spilt. Easiest warband to inspire EV-AR!!!

I had a second Reaction Gambit - Fueled bu Slaughter - that allowed a fighter to make an attack after an enemy was taken out of action. Targor attacked Hadzu and took HIM out of action!? +1 Glory!

with all this Glory rolling in, I was able to give Garrek TWO upgrades in teh Power step after all the reactions from Karsus' attack were finally finished. I have Garrek Ever Advancing (when he would be driven back, I can push him instead) and Bloodslick (+1 Defence die) 

With only Slakeslash left, it was time for it to get in on the slaughter! Slakeslash charged Targor... aaaaand MISSED!? 

Finnegan decided, at this point, that the Dread Pageant had just gotten back from a rave when they encountered Garrek's Reavers and were still tripping balls on pleasure drugs and had no time to get all crunked up on combat drugs... 

Garrek followed Slakslash into the melee. I played Frenzy, which gave him +1 attack die (which made up for the -1 attack die sue to Slakeslash's upgrade) and hit the Slaangor! I scored Let the Blood Flow (+2 Glory for making three or more successful attacks in this Action Phase) and Blood for the Blood God (+1 Glory for three or more fighters with charge markers) 

In the End Phase I scored There is Only Slaughter (+1 glory if no fighters hold any Objective Markers) 


Round Three

Things not looking good for Slakeslash, the only surviving member of the Dread Pageant...

Garrek went first and Finished off Slakeslash with a single critical hit. +2 Glory (bonus one from Grizzly Trophy upgrade).

In the End Phase I scored one last objective; Khorne Cares Not (+2 Glory if five or more fighters are out of action... ANY five fighters...) 

So the game ended with Garrek's Reavers with 13 Glory and The Dread Pageant with 3... 

Wow... 

What is with the Dread Pageant... !?

Do they just suck that bad? Do we just not know how to play them!? Were these just bad match-ups?

I feel like it was a bit of the latter two. Garrek's Reavers are pretty bad-ass - they have a super tight, focused deck that is solely dedicated to SLAUGHTER - pretty much ALL the Objective and Power ards reflect that. 

The Dread Pageant, I think, has a deck that begs for some customization. It has some cool cards, but a few seem to be at odds with each other - benefitting different styles of play. I think playing them, one needs to decide on a style of play, keep the cards that are good for that, discard the ones that aren't and replace them with generic cards that benefit the selected style of play....? That's going to take some time, though, until we've got out heads around the differing styles of play and what all the differing cards do... I'm not giving up on the Dread Pageant just yet, they are just TOO FABULOUS not to be playing with! 

I think we'll try Garrek's Reavers against Morgwaeth's Blade Coven next and see how they fare.