The day had finally arrived – our second Geek Day. My game group recently began hosting a monthly Geek Day. We rent space at a nearby church and organize gaming for an entire Saturday. We aren’t playing any more than usual, however, these gaming days give us time to play in a closed-off location, with no interruptions from jobs, spouses, or children.
Another Warmachine tournament was the order of the day. This time, we adjusted our scoring system. The victor earned 2 victory points for winning in the first three turns of the game, and only 1 victory point for a win in the latter three turns.
Black 13th Strike Team, Mechaniks x 3, and a single Stormsmith
Last time I took Major Victoria Haley as my warcaster. I came in 4th place (out of 4 players… call it last place if you will). I still think she’s an excellent caster, however, I wanted to try someone new, and on Keir’s advice, I took Stryker for a spin. We played 33 points this time round (to match Chris H.’s painted total) and strangely, the games seemed to go faster than last time.
After three games, the outcome was as follows:
- 1st place: Menoth (Epic Feora) played by Ken
2 wins; 2 VP; 0 draws, 1 loss
- 2nd place: Cryx (Skarre) played by Marc
1 win; 2 VP (turn 3 victory), 1 draw, 1 loss
- 3rd place: Cygnar (Stryker) played by me (aka JET)
1 win, 1 VP, 1 draw, 1 loss
- 4th place: Khador (Sorscha) played by Chris H.
1 win, 1 VP, 0 draws, 2 losses
Game #1: vs. Khador
I started the morning off by facing Chris H’s Khador force. Since the last Geek Day, he has acquired and painted his Man-o-war Shocktroopers. This game was very interesting in terms of manouverability. What I mean is, I could cause damage and negative effects to the Khador army without getting close to danger. Stryker kept casting Earthquake to neutralize the big jacks while I concentrated the rest of my force on the Khador flank that contained Sorscha. In the end, a well-timed Earthquake knocked down Sorscha and her bodyguard, while Cygnar shooting finished the job.
Game #2: vs. Menoth
My second opponent was Ken, leading his Menoth force with the newly-painted Epic Feora model. I had never played against her during MK I, so I had nothing to compare her to. Suffice it to say, she is a terror on the battlefield, with many abilities that allow her to cause and manipulate the Fire continuous effect.
Ken and I were rather aggressive this game, as both of our flanks bashed each other around the impassable, forested hill. Near the end of the game, I made an assault that included knocking Feora and company down and doing considerable damage. Unfortunately, I didn’t do enough damage, and Ken struck back with a vengence. Stryker was damaged badly, and being caught on fire, he died of fire damage during the next turn.
Game #3: vs. Cryx
Marc and his tryxy Cryxy ways… oh how I hate them! (but how I enjoy them) Marc took Skarre to the field, and the entire army was focused around a pile of thralls and two heavy helljacks. Like a fool, I put a lot of effort early in the game into killing mechanithralls, but misjudged my ability to kill the Necrosurgeon. Needless to say, they kepy coming back, and soaking up resources I should have been directing elsewhere.
Like the game against Menoth, I made a good run at Skarre, caused damage, but never killed her. This time, we both recoiled from the failed assassination attempt, and although there were some blows traded between units, the game ended in a draw.
The Day in General:
Warmachine wasn’t the only game being played. Chris E. and a newly-discovered geek named Jeff played a 1000-point game of Warhammer 40k. It’s always nice to discover new geeks in area, especially those in our age bracket and who function (relatively) normally in the outside world. In any event, Jeff plans to take part in our Battlefleet Gothic tournament next month, so we’ll see how it unfolds.
Although most of the close-up game shots didn’t come out, Chris sent his own synopsis of the game action which I post here for your amusement:
“We played two games over the course of the day. In the first we rolled ‘Secure & Control’ and ‘Dawn of War’ which allowed my DG to set up right in his face. Highlight for me was my leading squad being hit on turn one by an assault squad led by a chaplain who failed to kill a single PM (the rest of the squad following his example like good Astartes)! Not only that but he managed to repeat this feat on the second turn as well and the squad was wiped out. The game ended on turn five with me in control of both objectives and only a single intact squad remaining in his army. Gloat gloat!!!The second game was an Imperial victory. ‘Pitched Battle’ & ‘Annihilation’ allowed him to set up a gunline with his two tactical squads beyond my range. He then proceeded to crucify me with his plasma cannons until turn four when one of them blew up. I did manage to destroy his deep-striking terminators with massed bolter/plasma fire and his jump-packing Chaplain once again won the title of “MUT” (“Most Unbelievable Tit”) for the game, his assault squad following suit like good Astartes. Assaulting on turn three and failing to wipe out my squad by game’s end (turn five) AGAIN! I swear this is the guy that spent most of his seminary training falling on his own Crozius. You had to see it to believe it. Anyway, suffice it to say I struggled to get to grips while his PC’s won the game for him: Two Kill Points to one. A great day out all in all and an a good sporting opponent. Well done Jeff!”
This monthly Geek Day is turning into quite a success. With the first two under our belt, we are ready to move on and start some new tournaments. Our next one will be a Battlefleet Gothic tournament, and the following one will likely be an all-day Old West campaign. All in all, everyone has been enjoying themselves, and perhaps because we are paying money to geek, everyone is a little bit more driven to complete their projects.
Thanks for reading,