The original plan was to start and finish the epic boardgame Twilight Imperium. Chris E. (who owns the game) had to cancel, so we decided to play Warmachine instead. However, Chris H., (our regular Khador player) had to cancel as well, leaving only three players. In a fateful move, Keir called from the west coast of the province and announced that he would be making the day-long drive to the city with his Khador army in tow. Although the others were missed, it was great to have the four original players together again.
We decided against a tournament format this time, as Keir hadn’t played in many months, and had never played Mk II. We managed to play three games at a leisurely pace, each of us taking on each of the other three a players.
Game One: Cygnar vs. Cryx (loss)
My game against Marc’s Cryx force was the classic “one bad choice and it’s all over” kinda game. I advanced carefully in the beginning of the game, dealing with threats from a distance where possible. I had caused serious damage on Marc’s helljacks, and had survived Asphyxious’s feat turn. However, I kept Epic Haley a little too close to the lich lord and in his line of sight. He moved in, and thanks to sustained attack, took her out.
Game Two: Cygnar vs. Menoth (win)
Ken played a pKreoss game and started off by marching fast toward my line. My plan was fairly simple – Ken kept using the choir to protect his warjacks from magic, so I used eHaley’s spells against Ken’s infantry and my shooting against his warjacks. As the game progressed, I kept moving my force back out of Kreoss’s control area. By the time Kreoss got in range to threaten Haley, most of his force had been destroyed, and Haley and her warjacks finished the job.
Game Three: Cygnar vs. Khador
Keir fielded Epic Vlad, a caster he had never played before and a caster I had never played against. He advanced the Khadoreans quickly in two groups. Through a series of shooting and magic the Khadorean force was more or less decimated, leaving Vlad to do the killing himself. He failed, and Haley, with the assistance of her battlegroup took Vlad out.
It was great to get out again and play Warmachine all day. The four of us nipped out to Wendy’s for a greasy lunch and had the opportunity to chat and shoot the crap in between the games. As usual, everyone had fun at Geek Day, and I was glad that Keir had the chance to take part.
After geeking all day, Keir came to my house for supper, and then, he and I retired to the geekroom for Keir’s first game of Impetus while Marc looked-on. Keir is a great painter, a great opponent, and a great friend, and frankly speaking, his moving away just as I developed the hunger for historical gaming has been the great tragedy of my geeking career thus far. With any luck, he’ll find a way to justify another trip before Xmas. and who knows – 15mm medieval Impetus may be the order of the day.
Thanks for reading,