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  1. Did you get a chance to come out? The line for those buying the game literally went out the door at one point. There were a number of obvious Scorpion players there, including a gentleman with a cool red mask sitting next to me at one point. Got in two great games, including one against a gentleman who happened to be playing with a 3 core deck! I'm just glad I hung in against him! I'll be getting my additional cores as I can.
  2. My pleasure! I'll be there, God willing, and hope to see you. I'll be the guy playing Crane, as I have since the first release of the CCG a long time ago when we played back at the old Armory in Pikesville.
  3. Games & Stuff in Glen Burnie is running something next Saturday from 10-2
  4. I’m very much at the rules learning stage and appreciate the rules tip. Thanks. Now I’m glad I didn’t use Hawthorne’s special ability—I always feel bad after a win if I did something wrong, even if inadvertent!
  5. Daqan Mirror Match-200 pts. Objective-Bounty I know it says mirror, but our armies were different. My opponent, whom I met at the store for the first time (really nice guy), had taken an elven unit, the Deepwood Archers along with Kari. I used Kari, but with no elf friends, and I also had Lord Hawthorne (Jerry). I was the first player, and picked the Objective “Bounty” which of course lets each of us designate one of our own units. If that unit died, the opponent got 75 VP. I picked my Rune Golems, figuring they're pretty well armored, and if I didn’t act crazy aggressively with them, they stood a good chance of surviving. He picked his elven archers figuring they had no need to get close to any of my guys, and could run away if necessary anyway. Going along with his theory was the terrain. There were three fairly big pieces of terrain, two of which were essentially separating me from him on my left side of the table, and the other was pretty far right. When we set up, he figured the terrain would keep me from getting into him too much, and so he hid his archers over on his far right.The rest of his troops were pretty spread out, with his cavalry unit being on my far right. I set up with a completely different viewpoint. I was going to get into and burst through the terrain to get at his relatively week right flank. The terrain would shield me for a bit from ranged fire, until essentially I was right on top of him. Jerry was my on my extreme right flank, although really he was in the center third of my set-up area, as I was loading up the center and left. On the first round, Jerry was inspiring his troops, and thus gave inspiration to the spearmen (3x3) right next to him as well as to Kari, who was to the spearmen’s immediate left. But further left was the interesting part. I wanted to set my cav up all four stands across, but when I saw the approximately two tile gap between the two large pieces of terrain on the left, I changed my mind. I set them up 2x2 and with the cav’s 4+2 move, I shot the gap between the terrain and ended the first round essentially exactly between them and halfway across the board. My unit of two Rune Golems, next to the right of the cav, lumbered up and got near to a fortified area that could hold two trays-perfect for them when they got there! My spearmen in the center of the board moved up a bit, with Kari on their immediate left flank, heading essentially for a large block of enemy spearmen. Headed towards the center of the board and my spearmen were a unit of cav of his and behind them, two Rune Golems in a unit. Jerry stepped up to protect the right flank of my spearmen from getting crushed by this wave, and thus got hit at a 45 degree angle by the group of four cavalry trays (fortunately it wasn’t a flank). My only question was how long Jerry could hold out until they crushed him. At their first contact, they did two wounds to him and two panic. Yikes! However, that’s when they learned about my nice combo, Might of Daqan and Shield of Margath, which together put five hits on the cav (causing two losses on their turn! I couldn’t send any help to him, the spearmen on his flank were about to be tied up with a huge enemy unit themselves. He was on his own. On my far left, having cleared the terrain, my cavalry made a huge, high-speed right sweeping charge. Unfortunately, by the time they got there, the Elvish archers had shown their elusiveness by shifting a good amount back towards the center of the table. I took my panic, saw that another fast turn would put me off the table, so we regrouped, rotated to the right to aim directly at the archers, and got ready for another charge. Unfortunately while carrying out this parade ground maneuver, the archers shot and knocked several men from their mounts. Although the slippery elves were wily with their backpedaling to the middle of the table, there was a downside. My spearmen had frontally engaged his spearmen, pinning them in place (and doing good work on them with the extra die assistance of the Citadel Weapons Master). Kari then did a little mini-charge while curving to her right, which brought her onto the flank of the enemy spearmen. While doing some reasonable damage in close combat with them, she sent her famous throwing daggers off into the elvish archers, which had quite kindly backed into her range. She cut down six figures from the archers on the first round! That's a good way to start getting hits on my target unit. My Rune Golems saw that no one was going to attack them in their fortified position, and wanted to get into the action themselves. They came out of the fortification, and aimed directly towards the archers (which you’ll recall was the bounty unit for the enemy, as the golems were for my army. So it was a bit of a race to see if the cav could get into the archers first or the golems, but the golems beat them to it, tearing into the archers, who really aren’t made to fight it out in hand to hand combat, and with Kari having weakened them previously, they were no match for the two big monsters working together. Back on my right flank, the question was whether Jerry could hold out long enough to keep from having that flank turned. Short version: yeah, he could. Longer version: He was just a wrecking crew doing a good amount of hits in his own turn, and using his upgrade combo to really beat the cav unit up in their own turn too. Remember the two wounds he took at first contact? He never took another. My spearmen and Kari had combined to finish off his spear block, and my guys thus had time to face to the right and not get taken in the flank by the enemy golems. We called the game with him having completely lost his spearmen, his cavalry, and the archers. I had lost one tray of cav out of four, two trays of spearmen, and that's about it. That, combined with the bounty, made for a nice resolution. My opponent was far from a bad player, but it was one of those momentum situations where things started rolling against him, and it just never turned around. Looking forward to my next game.
  6. Hey Kris, Do you want us to post battle reports right in this thread if they’re not posted anywhere else?
  7. I hope you're not offended by this, but my guess would be that you don't have that much experience in miniature gaming. There is a learning curve for miniatures that is completely different from that in board gaming. Few board games take more than a couple plays to really spot the strategies and concepts that will make for what is considered better play. I have found that most miniatures games require much more experience, and you are, wittingly or not, just in the middle of the learning curve. If the theme is still to your liking and the mechanics make sense to you, keep playing. I would suspect that in just a few more plays you'll be knocking it out of the park. Once you just start getting everything so it's all second nature, even more strategies and tactics will present themselves. Also, as mentioned above, get just a few more boxes with some of the cards you don't have and also switch sides. Pretty sure it will come to you then. If you play, say, five more times, and you feel still like it's not rewarding you, you should probably then sell it.
  8. Shooting over other troops did occur regularly among certain armies. For example, late Roman (Byzantine) had that specific tactic in their manuals, such as the one in Maurikius (that is not the only one-see the thematic period). It is also described in Arrian. Generally speaking, these armies in the game, like most fantasy armies, seem more akin to the less rigorous feudal period armies rather than more strictly drilled units in earlier times. As referred to above, it could easily be handled with a training card for a particular unit, as well as potentially a requirement on the card that the friendly unit you're shooting over must be at range one. Easier to make sure you're not hitting them if you're close to them.
  9. Hey Scott, unfortunately I have a double that day, so I can't do that one. I'm more than happy, though, to drive there from Baltimore County for a 100-200 point game on an upcoming weekend. I can play either Daqan or Waiqar. PM me if anybody in your gaming group is interested.
  10. Presumably, you're referring to the changeover to 64-bit. This was pretty important or the game wouldn't have run on iOS 11.
  11. Sir, You are are the John Madden of Runewars!
  12. I know this topic is older but the direction you're heading is where I want to go. Sort of a cross between Leverage and Shadowrun minus the fantasy elements.
  13. My recommendation? Do NOT get rid of the episodes you already have in the can. The quality of conversation is too high, and in my experience sometimes you just capture some lightning in a bottle that can't be recapitulated when you re-hash a topic for the second time. Sometimes the freshness and spontaneity is lost. Can't wait for the next one!
  14. OK, just listened to the episode. Here's my review: It's perfect. Alright, not perfect but darn near to it. What I look for in a good card-related game podcast (Netrunner, LOTR, Magic, whatever) is intelligent analysis of the cards and strategies by people who have obviously played the game sufficiently often to get the proper use, combinations, advantages and disadvantages, and that's exactly what you guys have come up with. I will definitely be listening fortnightly or thereabouts. My only cavil at this time, and indeed it is minor, is that the second, "off-site" gentleman needs a new mike, or needs to be put directly into the recording app somehow. I believe there are a number of Blue microphones that I can recommend for podcasting, and you could do the double-recording trick if you like, which provides better sound and back-up as well. He is certainly audible, it's just a sound quality issue that detracts only slightly from the great content. Eagerly looking forward to upcoming episodes.
  15. Just subscribed. Looking forward to listening to it.