Sunday, January 29, 2006

Hammer time...

Years of suffering under the ambitious eye of King Edward Simon of England led to this moment. The time was right for the long awaited scottish uprising led by the infallible Lord Moray Robert, and William Wallace in 1297.

The scots quickly gained the favor of most nobles in the north while the Edward Simon flawlesly brought the Nobles Bruce and Galloway in the south under his will. The scots took advantage of their survival skills and set a strong secure camp in the unforgiving mountains of the north, knowing that it would be brutal for the english to mount an attack in those altitudes. Alas, bad planning led to Wallace having to disband early in the war, having moved to a small castle too close to the winter season.

The english had a very hard year during 1300 trying to mount an offensive with very low number cards. This year Moray Robert waited to build up their units efficiently using the limited supplies provided by their small mountain castles. Meanwhile he attempted to bring back Wallace to no avail. Unfazed he moved on...

Around 1301, Moray Robert controlling the majority of nobles by 1, decided to move south on to the bottle neck at Mentieth, the site of many bloody feuds as history will later show, to have a secure hold on his victory. The tactic was fairly effective, but like Napoleon and Hitler with Russia, Moray's men were not prepared for the brutal winter ahead. Most of his men were left out on the field to freeze and starve due to poor planning for the upcoming Winter.

This left many many scottish nobles weak and weary with no supporting units. Wallace would come back at this point of the war only to be disgraced by finding his army in shambles. No motivational speech could save them at this point. This combined with 2 consecutive years of very good card draws by Edward Simon, led to the eventual victory of the English by controlling all nobles and showing them that no good ever comes out of revolting. Just Submit! So for tonight at least, there is no freedom for the poor scottish folks who laid their trust on the greedy and foolish Moray Roberts..... only crumpets and tea.

6 Comments:

At 8:52 PM, January 29, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Simon, thanks for coming by btw... look forward to the rematch.... or we can try Crusader Rex, or Wizard Kings...anything with wooden blocks in it I'll try.

 
At 10:55 PM, January 29, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Excellent session report! It's nice to see the Brits win one after the sound thrashing Scottish Ted handed to me.

 
At 1:24 AM, January 30, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

The English definitely need a decent set of cards to mount any sort of effective offensive. For a good three hands, I was not feeling the love from the draw deck and so the Scottish wore down my forces, winning over many nobles. Eventually they were foolish enough to attack my weary lads at Mentieth. Fortunately the battle system seems to really favor defenders and I was able to drive them off.

About this time, my luck came around and I got a good two solid hands in a row, driving every able bodied Scot off the board. The victory at Mentieth and unexpected winter early in the game (we both played event cards) were Rob's death nails. Although I can't say if I were him that I wouldn't have prepped an assault on the English at Mentieth either...

I'm going to have to play this game again to see what other kind of results can happen. It seems like a game that could swing a lot of different ways. The winter resets on the English are maddening!

I'll grant you a rematch, Rob. -Just name the block game...

 
At 6:38 AM, January 30, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Oh sweet revenge...

 
At 9:46 AM, January 30, 2006, Blogger Kendahl said...

You sure it was Simon and not Jonathan?

 
At 5:13 PM, January 30, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Actually there was no confusion until Jon showed up mid game.

He came by my house just as my forces froze to death.

 

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