Frostgrave – the Stars are Wrong

Three-player Frostgrave this past Monday. The Headtakers, the Brass Knuckles, and the Resurrection (my temporary name for Chris’s Crew), facing off in the ‘Stars are Wrong’ scenario from the Sellsword expansion.

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Went with a ‘lower’  battlefield than usual, without so many raised catwalks, just used a lot of terrain that was closer to the ground. I started in the graveyard corner largely because I often start in that corner; it worked out well in terms of treasure and freedom of movement, but also left me open to a lot of early ranged fire.

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Those wrought iron fences don’t do much to block line of sight. Xaalia snagged some treasure early only to do it again for Skrixx Aeon’k to carry off, which freed her up to grab another. Wren the Unseen settled in behind a mausoleum and found himself a nice line of fire through the West Gate, while Alistair fired down the left side of the board at the Brass Knuckles Captain, Nicholas. Morrigan used Bones of the Earth to lock down Carl “Notch” O’Leary, a Brass Knuckles marksman who hadn’t yet had the opportunity to move.
I did this thinking it would lock him down, but in rereading the wording of the spell it very specifically points out that it prevents movement, and doesn’t technically state that the model is in combat, just that combat must be attempted to break free. With that in mind, we opted to allow non-move actions, so he wasn’t quite so locked down as I’d wanted, but it did the trick.

Later during that first turn, Notch would loose a crossbow bolt in my general direction but fail to hit me. During the second turn he opted to free himself rather than reload – “I’ll just hack this thing off” was the phrasing – and Bones of the Earth promptly rolled a natural 20. Even with Fight +0, it was enough to take an already injured Marksman right out of the game. During the End of Game rolls, Carl ‘Notch’ O’Leary would narrowly avoid death, having been Badly Wounded by the skeletal hand (dragged beneath the earth, I assume).
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She (Who Will not be Named) spent her first turn using her Casting Gloves to cast Power Word [Strike Dead], and with her second turn got a fairly devastating Strike Dead in on Chris’ Witch (Lazarus, the Arcane One). Lazarus immediately used a Ring of Teleportation to get as far from She as he possibly could.
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She would later be Badly Wounded via electrocution; an Eldritch bolt hit her hard and she failed to stay standing. This was a particularly bloody battle in general. A fair bit of treasure made it off the board cleanly, but the last few dragged every remaining soldier into the fray. If you didn’t leave with treasure, you didn’t leave at all.
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Standouts for the Headtakers included Alastair and Anja. Alistair survived two Eldritch bolts, shot down two Brass Knuckles (including taking the fingers off Joey, the apprentice), and even managed to snag a treasure.
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Anja – now Captain Anja – was a whirlwind this game, working around the battlefield with Reichenbach (the dog) and taking down five enemy soldiers before succumbing to injuries. She also managed to shift a treasure during the midgame, getting it into a better position to be carried off by one of her men. Reichenbach provided excellent support, and both Anja and her faithful mutt made full recoveries.
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Wren the Unseen also managed to do some solid damage, taking out a Resurrection thief and the Brass Knickles’ Captain, but unfortunately not making it any further than that; Horny Pete of the Resurrection shot him down from a nearby tower. The injury was fairly serious, and Wren will be missing the next foray into Felstad.

Secunda Mae, Year of the Scaled Phoenix
-at the Eldritch fields

Brass Knuckles
Recovered:
Colin the Blue, Enchanter, cut down by Swarthy
Nicholas, Captain, stabbed by Wren the Unseen
Gary Sinese, archer, shot by Alistair
Raul ‘Lightfoot’Smith, tracker, shot by Horny Pete
Badly Wounded:
Timothy ‘Relic’ Dalton, treasure hunter, gouged by Anja
Dave ‘Deadshot’ Franco, archer, mysteriously knocked out, probably in a big messy rumble between the Brass Knuckles and the Resurrection over a treasure
Carl ‘Notch’ O’Leary, marksman, dragged under the stones by the Bones of the Earth
Permanent Injuries:
Joey, Apprentice Enchanter, fingers shot off by Alistair

the Resurrection
Recovered:
Truman, apprentice Witch, knocked out by Timothy Dalton
Bagley, treasure hunter, cut down by Anja
Baldy, archer, knocked down by Anja
Gunderson, thief, shot by Wren the Unseen
Badly Wounded:
Bearchest, barbarian, cut down by Anja
Podrick, apothecary, axed by Anja
Dead:
Swarthy, ranger, stabbed by Captain Nicholas
Blondie, ranger, slashed by Timothy Dalton

The Headtakers
Absent:
Jaeger, badly wounded  at the Well of Dreams and Sorrows
Recovered:
Morrigan, Apprentice Necromancer, shot by Raul ‘Lightfoot’ Smith
Anja, Captain, knocked out by Lightfoot
Reichenbach, war hound, knocked out by Lightfoot
Badly Wounded:
She, Necromancer, electrocuted by Eldritch bolts
Wren the Unseen, ranger, shot by Horny Pete

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