Friday, April 9, 2010

First Fantasy Games

So Wed night I got together with Anthony to finally get a few first games in with Fantasy.  We decided to start with a modest 1500 point list (as it looks like 2000-2250 are more like the 'normal' tournament size similar to 1500-1850 in 40k).

We got two games in and both were fun.  It is interesting trying the new game as there are certain things that feel familiar and certain things that I'm still getting my head around.

-Placing Terrain- in fantasy you are placing terrain piece by piece and there are probably things that you should be considering for your army and against the opponent.  We just kind of tossed a few bits out there, but now I'm already thinking about what things I should be looking to get out of terrain (LoS, Cover saves, etc).

-Deployment- So movement of the blocks is really limiting.  Yes you can turn and wheel, but really you want to try to place the blocks pretty much where they want to go or you are wasting valuable movement.  Plus I put guys on hills that shouldn't have been, got trapped by bits of terrain, and all kind of noob mistakes that are just bound to happen these first few games just like it did for 40k.

- Marching- Wow, you can cover a good clip of ground pretty quickly!  I kept thinking this would be like run but since it just doubles your move it is more predictable and actually pretty good for getting across the dead mans zone.

-Movement Phase-  I have to master the structure of the movement phase- Declare Charges, Rally Troops, Compulsory Moves, Move Chargers, Remaining Troops.  I know one or two times I had thought I would charge with Sauri but I had skinks in the way (and they can't move until after charges are made).  So I need to get the hang of that.

-Magic phase- Well Magic seemed hit and miss, which maybe is the way it is supposed to be after all.  Granted we each only had one mage but there were turns were not much was happening but a few times when key things happened that probably shifted bits of the game.  I also never used my Dispel Scroll either game which was a waste.  I just didn't know how to identify what the best use would be and then never used it.  So I have to figure that part out as well.

-Shooting- I learned my army doesn't shoot.  Skinks were all I had and the range is horrible.  I think I just need to use them as harassers and flank protectors.  More testing is needed there.

-Combat resolution- This is so different than 40k that it is going to take some getting used to for sure.  There is no easy 'let me just mathammer these combat results out before I charge.' It doesn't help that there are all kinds of magic things and other gear that affect this outcome so I guess that is just going to have to come with practice.

Still a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to getting in some more games.

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