My brother Norman and I took some time out of our busy schedules yesterday (ahem…) to play a game. After our recent Cincycon outing, I was in the mood for more fantasy, so I suggested that we have a game of Dragon Rampant. As I have mentioned elsewhere, an advantage of Dragon Rampant in a remote setting is that each player has a relatively small number of maneuver elements to concern himself with, and the exact angle and positioning of those elements is less important than the general idea of which other unit (or piece of terrain) their activation is intended to address.
My solo campaign has a battle pending which I have already determined will be resolved using the DR scenario “The Crystal Gale”, so I thought it might be interesting to try it with two players first, and my brother was agreeable.
Accordingly, I set up my 3×5 table with a little slice of the borderlands of the Myzantine Empire, in the northern reaches where it borders on the Orc lands. (This is a bit of background from an unfinished fantasy map, intended to give some structure to my collection of older “true” 25mm figures.)
My first observation was that my table was too small to have much flexibility with respect to the placement of the objective markers (the royal crystals by the scenario write-up, reskinned here as information tokens).
|The battlefield, as seen from the east, from whence came the Orcs|
|The battlefield, as scene from the west, from whence came the Myzantines|
|The Orcish force|
|The Myzantine force|
|Orcish wolf riders advance boldly to open the action|
|The Governor’s Guard faces down the goblin berserkers|
Norman’s rat swarm was subject to the Wild Charge rule, and they ended up getting into a protracted charge/response cycle with the allied horse, which wore both units down. Eventually the allied horse were wiped out, but at least they didn’t rout.
|Allied horse takes on swarms of rats|
I got involved in the mechanics of running the game, and didn’t get a picture, but over on my right flank, my spearmen were under heavy attack by javelin throwing wolfriders, and even repulsed an unexpected attack by the orcish heavy foot, who waded across the river at a disadvantage to come to grips with them. Eventually they were routed by the unanswerable rain of javelins. It turns out that one of Norman’s chosen quests was to destroy that particular unit…
|The Governor’s Guard in pursuit of the Orc Warlord and his Bodyguard|
However, the real primary objective, of taking my mind off of things for a little while, was achieved. The total elapsed time was two hours, which left me with time to prepare dinner.
I’m sure that more remote games will be on the agenda in the near future. I will try to take a few more pictures next time I’m hosting.
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