Ancients, Orcs, and Demons: Monday, 30 Jan 2006
The clash of arms resounded throughout the night, mixing with the howls of foul orcish battle cries and shotgun blasts! A good crowd assembled to do battle on the fair tables of Dragons Lair. Brian, Jon, Ted, Rob, Simon, and I all took our places behind the boards.
First, Brian and Ben tried out the variant version of Lord of the Rings: Confrontation. We spent the game figuring out the various special powers of the new characters, when Brian made a suprise move to land his third evil character, the Uruk-Hai in the Shire, just as Frodo had Mount Doom on the horizon. Unfortunately, we flubbed the rules a bit, but a fun game nonetheless.
Next, we had two games of Commands and Colors Ancients on the table simultaneously: Brian vs. Ted; and Jon vs. Me. I, playing the Carthaginian, was able to collapse Jon's entire left flank with a massive cavalry charge, sending Publius Scipio scurrying back to his center. I then pressed forward on the right with my heavy infantry, but Jon counterattacked with barbarian warriors who were soon seen dancing on my proud warriors remains with my General's head on a pike! My troops rallied, showering his disordered mob with sling bullets, arrows, and javelins, killing just enough to secure me the required 8 victory flags. What a fun game! On the other table, Ted carried the day against Brian with repeated, well-timed play of line advance cards.
Next up were Doom (Jon, Simon, me) on one table and War of the Ring (Brian, Rob) on another. I had to pinch myself at sight of so many great games coming out on a single night. Simon's well-crafted house rules and expertly painted miniatures really made the Doom board game come to life. Jon and I fought our way through the first three areas, making good headway and doing our best to carve our way through the evil hordes with shotguns and chainsaws. Alas, the witching hour struck for me, and I had to come back to reality. I hope my Marine made it through the carnage!