Regardless, I remembered to unpack my camera for the games during this last weekend. I convinced my family that they should go check out Durham NC while I was playing in a Malifaux tournament, then packed them all up and drove 5 hours south to get some games in! I had a really good time and was able to get in games with the NC crew, including the twitter famous @Sassylady1970 (Dawn). I event remembered to take pictures, although only 1 game actually got enough pictures to write a battle report about.
The tournament would be using shared strategies from the soon-to-be-released Gaining Grounds 2013 strategies. I am very familiar with these but have been trying to figure out what faction I will want to use in tournaments this year. I waffled all morning between Neverborn and Ten Thunders, but decided to give Ten Thunders a run for this event. I am missing some key Ten Thunders models, but still thought I could do well overall. I also wanted to see how well Saving Face really worked in the new tournament environment.
Game 1 Set-up
Our board had a number of ruins scattered around and lots of cover. The windows of the big ruins in the center were all ht 2, so models could hide behind them with no issues.
Bill - Misaki, Yamaziko, 2x Ronin, 2x Torekage, 6 stones
- Shared GG Line in the Sand, Stake a Claim (ruins near center), Hold Out
I did not grab a picture of my deployed crew, which was an oversight on my part. You can just make out the deployment at the bottom of the picture of the board.
- Shared GG Line in the Sand, Bodyguard, Hold Out
Dawn spent some of her SS to give Yan Lo more defense and regeneration. I think she may have spent the points incorrectly, as she was actually under on her hiring, having 5ss left as she went into the game. I am not sure though.
At the end of the turn, I scored a VP for having more dynamite armed and we moved on.
At the end of the game it ended up a win to Misaki, 7/0.
Misaki: Shared GG Line in the Sand (3), Stake a Claim (ruins near center) (2), Hold Out (2)
Yan Lo: Shared GG Line in the Sand (0), Bodyguard (0), Hold Out (0)
Overall the tournament was a lot of fun, and it was nice for my first tournament of the year. I played 3 great games, using Misaki in 2 of them and Jakob in the final game. I faced Yan Lo (Game 1), Ophelia (Game 2), and Dreamer (Game 3) in Line in the Sand, Beat Down, and Master of the Hill. I ended the day with 2 wins and a loss to come in second place overall. My loss was in Beat Down against the gremlin player, and was an incredibly fast paced and fun game. Both of us had lost our masters on turn 2, and a number of bad flips on my part kept me from removing his key models. After that the game ended with 2-3 turns of Ototo and Kang trying to chase down and corner Gremlin Santiago, who can move 15 inches in a turn.