SPHERE OF EZEKIEL
Campaign Final: Round 10
Warning: Lots of Pics.
It’s been a long road but the time has come. The last battles have been faught, ruins have been raided for secret techniques and the Sphere has been claimed.
Over the course of two days the top three players battled it out for supremacy in the concluding matches of the Sphere of Ezekiel campaign.
Both days started with the players chaffing at the bit to get underway, barely giving me time to get everything setup and ready.
Seven matches took place with six of them being at the final level of play. The Campaign was a very close finish with the top three players all looking like they could win and even the final match hung upon a single turn before the winner was decided.
Here is the summary of the final Weekend
Sphere of Ezekiel: Battle Reports
Battle 1: Azur (Player 001) v Dark (Player 002) 200lvls
The first match was the concluding level 2 Exploration event players 001 and 002 took to the field lining up their teams swiftly amid a series of ruins and stone structures. The largest theme for the match was the modified initiative roles with both sides gaining modifiers.
Player 001 held back his Azur forces which gave Player 002 and his Dark team an opportunity to utilize the terrain as cover (Something many of the following games would lack). Azriel and Kairos closed on Kirsten who stepped in to protect Reinhold while Justina and Damien moved into position for a final strike and the game was swiftly complete with Player 002 earning enough points to add Goethia to his side while Player 001 used the few points he scored to swap in Arkeid (in place of Dereck) who he had swiftly painted overnight.
Battle 2: Dark (Player 002) v Azur (Player 001) 270lvls
The Second Battle for the day was initiated by Player 001 who challenged Player 002 to a tier 3 conflict hoping that a victory would give him access to one of the Sealing Techniques required to unlock the Sphere.
During Setup a special location was called for the result being that the battle would take place in Paradise. An area so beautiful it was distracting enough to reduce Ap regeneration by one point per turn.
Both players suffered from the lack of Action points but managed to race towards a central ruin.
Azriel, the first to reach the ruins was quickly obliterated by ranged fire while Kyler who snuck forward to engage Justina. Goethia took the high ground and attempted to annihilate the Cluster of Azur enemies but was soon forced from its perch by Reinhold and the battle wrapped up with Player 001 gaining his Seal Technique.
Battle 3: Dark (Player 002) v Azur (Player 001) 270lvls
Player 002 quickly rechallenged Player 001 hoping that a rematch without any special rules might earn his revenge. Not only was the battle going to be a standard match but it ended up an open field with only two terrain pieces on the table.
Both sides raced towards the table’s centre with Damien being the only character to try and use what little cover the terrain provided.
Kyler and Azriel soon met and began to smash away at each other with the rest of the Azur Alliance closing to firing range where the abundance of extra actions provided by Arkeid and the Colonel quick backed Player 002 into a corner as character after character was beaten to the ground handing Player 001 another victory and a massive points bonus, enough to almost return Dereck into his forces.
Battle 4: Dark (Player 002) v Azur (Player 001) 270lvls
The first match of the following day saw players 001 and 002 again battling it out. Player 002 once more initiated the challenge hoping that maybe a new day would help him achieve victory. This time the field sported several ruins that looked like they would provided excellent cover to reach the Azur Alliance without taking too much fire.
Unfortunately for player 002 his opponent refused to engage him, instead the Alliance staked out a hill repeatedly firing at whoever stuck their head out from cover. The hill proved an effective platform to defend especially with the aide of Reinhold and his telekinetic powers.
Battle 5: Samael (Player 004) v Azur (Player 001) 275lvls
This battle saw player 001 being challenged by Player 004 and his Samael force. With little in the way of effective ranged attacks Player 004 setup to advance as far as possible beneath the enemy “guns”
Time and Again the Samael forces were thrown back by Reinhold and his movement abilities. In the end Konnosuke stubbornly managed to get into charge range, only to fall short of his target by less than an inch and a moment later the demon was thrown back towards his allies.
The rest of the battle proceeded in the same manner with Player 004 unable to close to hand to hand. And Player 001 claimed his forth straight win.
Battle 6: Dark (Player 002) v Samael (Player 004) 270lvls
It was clear that Player 001 had earned his place within the grand Final and so player 002 and 004 turn to each other to decide who would place third and who would go on to the concluding match. With a quick check for any special rules the player setup the field centred around n only ruined street. Dark v Samael, Kairos v Kairos. Both players were ready to do battle and the match was close run.
Each team raced forward lining up their forces beneath the ruined arches unleashing what range attacks they had across the intervening gap while the Damage Accumulation models and heavy hitters moved into position.
Shinigami Ayl stuck her head out of the ruins only to receive a torrent of fire from Justina forcing Bael to hastily vacate the area as Ayl was slaughtered. Meanwhile Kairos and Ophiel engaged Azriel and Damien in a close fight with poor rolling afflicting both sides.
Ophiel met his fate just as Konnosuke made his way into the battle, a moment later a second Kairos appeared engaging his twin in a duel. Within moments only a single Kairos stood as Konnosuke exploded obliterating his own side more than his opponents.
The fall of Konnosuke left Bael engaged by Justina, the witch quick escaped from combat and made a run for it rather than sticking around and the match was over Player 004 had earned third place.
Battle 7: GRAND FINAL
Player 001 v Player 002
Azur Alliance v Dark 270lvls
At 4 o’Clock the field of battle was cleared terrain was placed away and the final began with the placing of the Sphere of Ezekiel itself into the centre of the area. The rest of the terrain was soon laid out offering little in the way of cover. No hills this time for Azur to camp or blocking walls for the Dark Faction to lurk behind.
In the best imitation of Admiral Horatio Nelson the two sides raced straight at each other, making their way towards the Sphere in the table’s center.
Player 002 split his forces, reaching the Sphere first and sweeping round it while Player 001 set up his assault line to bombard his enemy as Kyler tried to sneak around the Sphere he was spotted by Justina.
The match slowly crept forward with Azriel being the first to fall while Kyler tried to engage with Goethia and Kairos sprinted forward taking out Kirsten while trying to reach Reinhold.
Every move was matched by the players in turn. With combat quickly becoming an all in brawl with blow for blow falling so evenly there was little to indicate who had the upper hand.
Suddenly Justina and Kairos fell leaving only Goethia standing pouring fire at Arkied, The Colonel and Reinhold. Who were surprisingly unable to hit the giant robot with return fire.
Arkeid swiftly closed on the mecha hoping to destroy it with a charge that ultimately did little more than scratch some paintwork.
As the other Azure character closed Goethia escaped from Arkeid and flew up onto a ruined building hoping elevation would even the odds. Despite the valiant last stand it was all over with Player 001 claiming victory and the Sphere of Ezekiel’s secrets for the Azur Alliance.
So after seven weekends and a number of additional games fought on Demonstration days I present to you the winners of the Sphere of Ezekiel Game.
First Place: Jordan (Player 001, Middle) who received a LE Celia, $25 Gift Voucher and a Copy of Dragon’s Blood
Second Place: Mechafox (Player 002, Left) who received a copy of Dragon’s Blood
Third Place: Isaac (Player 004, Right) who also received a copy of Dragon’s Blood
The entire campaign ran without too many problems and now that it’s over I am already on to working out next years with modifications to the rules learned from this year. Thanks to Mind Games Melbourne (City Store) for putting up with us on a regular basis (and the occasional heated debate) and Thanks to the Players for coming along regularly I hope to see you all next year as well as some new faces.
Player 001 (360 levels)(1 Unspent Exploration points)
Colonel + Covert Operation
Reinhold + Presence
Kyler + Nu
Kirsten + Piercing Weapon
Dereck Shezard + Clock of Kronos
+ Les Jaeger (Team Card)
Purchased: 28x Resource Increase (Spent), 3x Magic Weapon (Arkied, Kirsten, Reinhold)
Player 002 (270 levels)(7 Unspent Exploration points)
Azriel + Raphael's Gift
Kairos + Aura
Justina + After Image
Goethia (Pilot: Frederick Mausser)
+ Damien/Justina (Team Card)
Purchased: 24x Resource Increase (Spent)
Player 003 (150 levels)(34 Unspent Exploration Points)
Daniella + Supernatural Weapon
Purchased: 3x Resource Increase (Unspent)
Player 004 (270 levels)(3 Unspent Exploration Points)
Shinigami Ayl + Control Bound
Konnosuke + Raphael’s Gift
Bael (Replaced Harod)
Purchased: 24x Resource Increase (Spent)
Player 005 (205 levels)(20 Exploration Points)
Aliss Testarossa + Raphael’s Gift
Nero + Combined Combat
Purchased: 11x Resource Increase (Spent)
The Colonel stepped towards the softly glowing sphere of energy the remnants of the ancient sealing techniques flicked like lightning along the edge of the Sphere’s containing ruins. A feeling of endless power filled the air as the Colonel approached the swirling mass. Arkied and Reinhold looked on from a short distance still weary from the conflict to seize the necessary anti-wards.
Stretching forth his hand the Colonel watched as the Sphere’s surface rippled away from him as if a stone had been dropped into a calm pond, his flesh made contact with the Sphere and in that moment he knew it was a mistake. Light flared and a thunderclap of noise threw him backwards, wind whipped at his scarf tugging it from his shoulders as something vast and unseen was released from its techno-arcane prison that had kept it for untold millennia.