Monday, May 2, 2011
I don't think her rack is THAT great...
Got a really fun game in tonight on Vassal against a nice guy in Malaysia named Tekanan (well, at least that's his Vassal name...)and his Pirate Queen Skarre led Cryx force. Lessons learned tonight: dice are weird, and apparently her boobs are lethal!!
I was really tired yesterday, after a hard Friday night / Saturday morning...my first time to a Korean "Night Club" resulted in not getting back to my hotel until almost 9am Saturday morning. Fun times! But I'm feeling a little too old to stay out on all-night drinking binges with these kids, even if I did drink them all under the table!
Regardless of fatigue, I soldierly led my Absylonia force in to battle on Vassal. I was using Absylonia with two Shredders, Harrier, Raek, Scythean, Angelius, Seraph, 3 Forsaken, and a Shepherd. This list is something that seems like I should do well with, but I'm struggling to put the pieces together in my brain still.
Tekanan used Pirate Queen Skarre, Seether, Reaper, Cankerworm, Stalker, 6 Bane Thralls, Bane Lord Tartarus, 6 MechanicThralls, a Skarlock, and a Necrosurgeon with Stitches.
He won the roll-off and chose to go first.
As an aside, at the LGS they use 2d6 to determine who chooses, but on Vassal it's 1d6. Is this in writing anywhere?
He deployed right in the middle, and I deployed behind a forest. Go figure :)
First turn he ran, with the Stalker and Canker going to the right, with the Reaper and Seether leaning left.
I had deployed my Raek on the left, with the intent of tying up his big jacks, but got distracted and ran him off to my left to help deal with the fast little jacks coming that way. I was really good at distracting myself from my own plan this game!
I'd shuffled back enough that I'd left him no good targets on turn 2. He kept pushing the Stalker and Canker up the middle, wrapping around me and being a serious threat. He ran the MechThralls up in front of my forest, and moved the Reaper near the crates. He took at shot at Seraph, but was a bit too far. But based on this range measurement, I could see I had an opportunity to take out the Reaper early and hopefully tip the scales a bit.
On my turn I used Harrier to kill one of the McThralls blocking the lanes out of the forest. I used the Seraph to Slipstream the Angelius and take out another McThrall (they were spaced nicely so not to be within 2" of each other). Now here my sleepy factor set in. I had intended to try to slipstream up the Scythean too (using Absylonia), have Absy put a Blight Field on the Seether, and have both Angelius and Scythean charge the Reaper, finishing it off and using the Scythean to block charge to the Angelius (or at least making it harder for him to throw everything at one of the two). But instead a lot of sleepy brain and weird dice blew that plan out of the water. First, I started to move Absy up to be in position to Slip the Scythean and put the Blight Field down...but somehow distracted myself (again!) and moved her sideways so that the Blight Field couldn't be placed on the Seether...at the end of my turn I was really pondering how I had 2 points of Fury left...it was left because I screwed up! I did remember to Slip the Scythean in to position, though. Then the Angelius did her charge, standing on the boxes and stabbing the shit out of the Reaper. She hit with her charge-boosted Pow 16 AP strike and rolled 5-5-6 for the damage...at dice +7, for a wopping 23 points of damage in one shot! She was forced for another attack and easily finished off the jack in one charge. I wish that would happen everytime!
Sadly, though, this left nothing for the Scythean to charge except some McThralls. So in another fit of sleepiness I used my super-cool Raek to kill off three McThralls (throwing one at another, then biting the third). It was cool, but a damned waste! The Scythean then just stood in the forest. I probably should have moved him up continue the plan of keeping the Angel and Scythean supporting each other, but I failed.
Not only all of those mistakes, but I also did very poor Fury management. I only had a handful of Fury on the Forsaken, but still had too much fury on beasts! WTF?!
So of course, Skarre wasted no time in dismantling the poor Scythean with the Bane Thralls and Tartarus. This left the Seether free to charge in to the Seraph, doing a fair amount of damage with his unboosted attacks, and throwing the poor dragon at a Forsaken, that refused to die, but was knocked down. The Seraph, luckily, is immune to KD...yeah.
So now things are really looking grim. I have just a shooty Seraph, a couple Lessers, and a few Forsaken. I admit, I began to despair. But I soldiered on. The Seraph flew to the left part of the forest (I don't know why...too sleepy), and took 3 shots at the Seether. A decent first damage roll took off all his M, allowing me to hit without having to boost for the rest, which freed up Fury to boost the damage. This put a great deal of pain on the Jack, leaving him only a handful of boxes. Absylonia charged in then with her Reach and Strength mutations up. Her first strike finished off the Seether, and I moved Forsaken to try to block charges on Absylonia.