Here concludes the last part of the "Ziggurat of Doom" battle report.
You want to play games?
Okay, I play with you.
You wanna play rough?
Say hello to my little friend!
There! You like that?
You think you can take me?
You need a army, you gonna take me!
Balin: I shall call you Mr Maloonigans!
Suddenly a fizzling sound is heard from the Last Crystal...
A disembodied Jedi voice: That dwarf is our last hope.
Bullywug King: There is another
A disembodied Jedi voice: Ah yes, another Skywalker...
Bullywug King: Skywalker? No, another dwarf who can bring stability to Moria. He comes from a distant Western land with 7 Kingdoms ruled by an Iron Throne.
A disembodied Jedi voice: This doesnt sound canonical at all!
Bullywug King: (sighs) I dont have time to explain it, please read this blog from the beginning and get caught up, ghostly Sir Alec Guinness...
A disembodied Jedi voice: A Jedi always pays his debts!
And there it is. Probably my favorite battle so far in this project. Like a good boxing or mma match, there were plenty of back and forth moments. Those Orcs kept getting really high die rolls for reinforcements.
I am really getting used to the rules and the implications. Routed units pretty much stay routed in 1st edition. And retreating units, usually end up routing. 1st edition isnt pretty, but again, it gets the job done. For me, the story's the thing, and what a story that was. I really enjoy not worrying about points. I love building scenarios, almost like historical wargaming, but using my imagination instead. Although I will admit, I have and will use historical set piece battles as inspiration. I like the fact that 1st edition has so few special rules to keep in the back of your mind. Its got alot of modifiers, but what game doesnt. I prefer the modifiers on a summary sheet, rather than a bunch of special rules for each figure or unit. I must remember that providing choices in the scenario is what makes for good gaming. Choices and consequences. No matter what rules you use, those two things must bear out in the scenario, otherwise you are just throwing dice. Ok, enough with the ruminating...
Hold on, I wonder if Age of Sigmar, might work for me as well though. I feel dirty for thinking it, since I want to think of myself as a proper old-school grognard. But, its got round bases! It doesnt seem to be a point tournament game. It seems really streamlined. Im not interested in the models or fluff, just the rules.
Meh, go home, self, you are high on die rolls... ;p
Next post: Winter is coming... to Moria?!
Bonus feature: Soundtrack To This Post!
Music I listened to while playing the game...
Hawkwind - Warrior On The Edge Of Time
King Crimson - In The Court Of The Crimson King
Rainbow (w Dio) - On Stage Live
Yes - Tales From The Topographic Oceans