Wow, What a Game!
Another Saturday, another brain burning, 8-hour fantasy-themed dicefest at Chris' house. I arrived a bit before 9 o'clock to see World of Warcraft with both expansions laid out in all their glory, ready to be played. The five of us split into two teams (Chris, Travis, and I vs. Rob and Sean). My team was generous enough to let me play the Orc warrior again; Chris took the Undead mage; Travis had the Tauren druid. Rob played two Alliance characters: paladin and priest; Sean played to not nearly so good Gnome warlock.
Things began with a rocky start for the Alliance, as they all died a couple times on the first few turns, giving the Horde an early lead. By mid game they had closed the gap though, by aggressive and well calculated play. Around half way through the game, everyone seemed to be humming along on all cylinders, and it became an intense power leveling race.
We, the Horde, decided to pursue a strategy of taking down instances, while the Alliance ventured into Outland to challenge some tough quests. Both strategies seemed to pay off in experience points, but I think the loot we pulled out of the instances seemed pretty superior. In addition, even with three of us together we were able to ratchet up the risk and reward of the instance such that it was worthwhile for everyone.
In the end, the Horde made it to the boss dungeon probably about a turn or two before the Alliance was ready to. We totally crushed the first of three levels when we had to call time. Argh! Still, I think it was pretty clear with our carefully selected buffs that we would have sailed through to victory.
I had a great time, and I enjoyed the fun times gaming with everyone all day. Thanks go to Chris for his continued outstanding hosting, and to Sean and Travis for being willing to learn and play such a monster of a game.
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