A warm welcome to GN as we embark on combat and conquest in the Kropulu sector with
by Fantasy Flight Games
DA played as the Terran Arcturus Mengsk
GN played as the Protoss Tassadar
MA played as the Terran James Raynor
MC played as the Zerg Queen Of Blades
PH played as the Zero Overmind
The various factions quickly started claiming their neighbouring planets with Raynor and Tassadar the first to come to blows.
The Queen of Blades benefited from quickly controlling 3VPs worth of conquest areas, but suffered from the lack of resources. Particularly once Raynor started his invasion of Abaddon.
As time went on, time quickly became approaching midnight, so various attempts to speed the game play up were made. If one action had no consequence to the subsequent player then play would continue while the faffing went on. This worked quite well but did result in two simultaneous battles taking place between Raynor vs Tassadar and The Overmind Vs Mengsk. The Queen of Blades took this photo while waiting for things to conclude:
Unfortunately for James Raynor, a series of losses left him with no active forces, and it was only through his Terran ability to move his last surviving base was he even able to stay in the game. As it happens, even if he had been eliminated, the end of the game had already been triggered.
With many factions meeting their special victory conditions Phase III came into being but two players beat the rest to the punch by having 15 Conquest Points.
At the game’s conclusion (at 00:15 am), The Queen Of Blades and Arcturus Mengsk both had 15 Conquest Points. However Mengsk, being the sly politician that he is, was able to secure more resources and so attained victory.
Well done DA.
Tassadar and The Overmind both had 11 Conquest Points and the remnants of James Raynor had 9.
Another excellent play of this game!
Tonight three of us started to play
However, in round 1 Tassadar (MC) and the Queen of Blades (PH aka “The Zerg are rubbish”) clashed over the same planet leaving Tassadar with no active forces and Kerrigan with just enough to occupy Tassadar’s starting planet before any more troops could be built. Boom!. Jim Raynor (LH) looked on in bemusement as within 20 minutes of play MC removed himself from the playing area.
Fortunately MC still got to participate a bit by assisting LH who hadn’t played this game before and also was pretty sharp at doling out Event Cards and moving the score tracker pieces when needed. Otherwise, he just played with his Carriers, played the StarCraft soundtrack and discovered a not very good app that played the voices of the units.
For the next two hours, the forces of Terran and Zerg fought numerous skirmishes with both players asking MC if this is the right card to play.
True to the form of “the Zerg are rubbish” the Queen of Blades scored 15 Victory Points and attained the Secondary Victory as well. Jim Raynor had very little active units by this point but had the decent score of 10.
Well done PH.
For our first games night in the Thursday slot nobody had voted for anything so PH chose StarCraft the Board Game. Factions were chosen at random with MC ending up as James Raynor, PH as Tassadar, PM as the Overmind and PN as the Kerrigan the Queen of Blades. By the time we were set up, it was 9pm. With only a cursory reminder of the rules, Tassadar started off the proceedings. Both Raynor and Tassadar claimed planets with 2 victory points on them. The secondary empty planets were subsequently claimed within the first round. Kerrigan kicked off hostilities first sending the purple Zerg forces through a handy z-axis lane to Tassadar’s starting world, Torus – the most contested in the game because of its single 2 VP region. Tassadar successfully held back the initial attack before succumbing to a subsequent one also by Kerrigan, who by this time have very few forces left. Meanwhile, the Overmind quietly accumulated its forces and Raynor attempted to sneak onto Kerrigan’s resource planet, forgetting to build a transport put paid to his initial attempt – as seen in the photo (at the back with the purple Zerg forces attacking the yellow Protoss forces, battlers are currently choosing their battle cards while MC and PM look on):
Tassadar once again kicked Kerrigan’s forces back off of his planet once more.
It was at this point that PN realised he misread his starting unit list and had Mutalisks instead of Hydralisks giving him an unfair aerial advantage – fat lot of good that did him. The Overmnind then strode forth into the war-torn planet with his newly evolved Guardian. He then suffered a chronic case of rubbish cards and got booted of again. Raynor successfully took Kerrigan’s secondary planet and claimed his 7th resource region when the 3rd phase came into being and winning, having attained Jim Raynor’s Special Victory requirement. A close call though, Tassadar was leading on the score track with the end in sight and the Overmind had amassed a large army ready to do untold Zerg damage to either Raynor or Tassadar. Kerrigan’s forces were looking a little sorry for themselves and with Raynor’s invading Goliaths claiming precious resources, the chances of bouncing back would have been slim.
Total game time: 90 minutes, which is very impressive for a four-player game.