Friday, August 25, 2017

SAGA, end of season 4: the Burh

We played the Burh scenario from the Age of the Wolf campaign.  The Anglo-Danes were attacking a Norman village.
As with many things in AotW some of the scenario aspects were a bit vague.   Can mounted units cross the palisade/wall?  Can the defenders open the gate to go out?  Or come back in (for those that started outside?)

The layout:  the Anglo Danes attack from the left side.  They get points for every figure over the wall at the end of 7 turns.  Standard victory points for kills are added as well.
I had my warlord and 6 mounted warriors outside the wall on the left flank.
And 7 crossbow warriors on the right defending the wall.
Waiting in reserve was my hearthguard unit (10, including a warbanner).  After the first turn I had to roll a 6 on d6 for them to arrive.  How hard could that be?
The Anglo-Danes approach.  3 units of warriors and 1 unit of hearthguard (i forgot if this was 6 or 8 strong)
The first round of crossbow fire finds several victims.  The crossbowmen are then able to turn away the first unit of Anglo-Danes at the wall, but as it looks like they will be overwhelmed, I pulled them back.
Their expert shooting disappeared after that- they were not able to inflict anymore casualties before the Danes ran them down.
Outside my horsemen were too burdened with fatigue inflicted by Anglo dane battleboard abilities to get into the action.
Rogbert charged forward trying to lure out the Angle Warlord, but he was too cowardly to take the challenge.  I guess he felt too comfortable in his shiny new burgh.
So by turn 7 i was still not able to roll a "6" to bring on my reserve unit.  Garrett called it the "Death Star" because it was so potentially dangerous, just lurking over the horizon, but in the end I had to name them "Jeb Stuart", as they were riding all over the countryside except where I needed them.

Thus ended season 4 of our campaign.  A double loss season for the Normans.
The Anglo Danes and Anglo Saxons picked up a victory each while the Vikings stayed quiet and rebuilt their forces.
 We had a side game going on at the same time.  Dan walked Nate through the rules in a viking on viking hack fest.
They started off playing clash of warlords but Nate managed to kill Dan's warlord right off the bat, so they switched to a 2 player "Feast for crows".  Nate won by a few figures.

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