Wednesday, 5 October 2016

5th October - 3rd October Family Frostgrave Game

With Monday being a public holiday and the last day before school went back, I decided to set up a four person Frostgrave game. We all lined up our wizards and their warbands. I of course had Christian the Humble, Worker of Miracles and Thaumaturge Extraordinaire. My wife Jen took her now hopefully familiar Enchanter, Jenny Crafter of Trinkets. My eldest Theresa had her Necromancer; Theresa, Seducer of Corpses and my youngest Arwen brought her Elementalist; Arwen the Puddle Maker.

While Theresa started off slowly with one of her thieves taking out a skeleton. Jenny, Crafter of Trinkets manged to cast the only successful spell of the game but her skeletal target manged to avoid the explosively charged rock but her archer's managed to take out the undead creature. Arwen's warhounds worked together ripping apart one of the wandering skeletons then burying a few parts for later. One of my Thug's made it to the closet treasure piles ready to snatch up what he could in the following turn. My archer missed his shot at Theresa's archer while Jenny, Crafter of Trinkets managed an amazing back flip narrowly avoiding the bolt from Arwen's crossbowman. Jen finished off the first round charging her Infantrymen toward Arwen's Templar but the unfortunate man who closed the distance was cut down by the heavily armoured veteran warrior, while a skeleton mauled another of Theresa's thieves.

The second round began with a high note for Christian the Humble, Worker of Miracles and Thaumaturge Extraordinaire. His Thug grabbed some treasure and began heading back to camp, while his archer almost killed yet another thief employed by the Necromancer and he managed to successfully cast Blinding Light on the apprentice Puddle Maker. Arwen's attempt at an Elemental Bolt singed her own fingers so she just ordered her Templar into combat with the remaining Infantryman and he managed to wound the opposing soldier. Jenny's archer took out another skeleton while the Enchantress failed her own attempt at magic wincing as the backlash from the mud spell lanced through her. Theresa, Seducer of Corpses summoned an Imp over near her polar opposites lines in retaliation for the arrow in her thief. His apprentice attempted to summon a Wall of Fog between the suddenly present Imp and his masters hirelings but he failed the spell from the unfamiliar magical school, so was forced to merely redirect a nearby Thug to assist the Men-at-Arms. Jenny's apprentice took Theresa's distraction with Christian the Humble as an opportunity to hurl a grenade spell into the centre of the Necromancer's pack, and the sudden surge of magical energy took out her summoned zombie and an archer. The Necromancer herself didn't fair much better only barely escaping the inky blackness of unconsciousness herself. Her apprentice attempted to get some revenge but his Imp spell failed and left him pained. Jenny's remaining Infantryman fought back against the Templar and with a surge of adrenaline took the man out with a massive swing of her massive weapon. Theresa's thieves began to earn their upkeep as two of them grabbed chests and prepared to move it back to camp. Christian's Thug proved his worth taking out a Skeleton before turning and felling the oncoming summoned Imp in swift succession.

The Puddle Maker's apprentice finally found the willpower to shake off Christian the Humble's blinding light spell. Theresa pulled the stopper off the healing potion on her belt and soon felt her wounds healing. Christian the Humble, Worker of Miracles and Thaumaturge Extraordinaire cast a shield spell on his infantryman offering the man more protection before he made his attempt on one of the central chests. Arwen failed yet another offensive spell and had her crossbowman fall to one of Jenny's archers. Theresa's apprentice raised a new corpse to replace the recently exploded zombie while Christian's apprentice fumbled another spell and his archer missed one of Theresa's thieves allowing the man to continue securing the treasure. Jenny's apprentice tried to cast another grenade spell but his one blew up in his face wounding he young wizard. Yet another thief in the employ of the Necromancer grabbed a third chest for his employer. Followed by Christian's Infantryman also grabbing one, as well as Arwen's Man-at-Arms. A few quick whistles had Arwen's warhounds screening her treasure laden soldier.

Christian the Humble quickly conjured up a Wall of Fog between his infantryman and the skeletons scuttling out from the crypt obscuring his soldier from view. Seeing Jenny, Crafter of Trinkets muttering a healing spell, Arwen tried to send more aggressive magic her way but again the spell backfired into her face. Sensing a increase in Jenny's health Theresa tried to siphon some of it off for herself but the Enchantress's iron will foiled the Necromancers plan. Christian's apprentice tried to get a Glow spell onto one of Theresa's many chest carrying mercenaries but again the spell failed to go off. Despite this his nearby archer put an arrow through the thief causing him to drop the chest to the ground. Arwen's apprentice tried to send a bolt of elemental energy at Jenny's archer but again failed to control the destructive power of the elements. Jenny's apprentice managed to throw another successful grenade spell out towards Theresa's thieves but they easily manged to avoid the much smaller explosion this spell gave off. The warhounds serve their purpose as one of the hounds is killed but the skeletons are held back from Arwen's retreating Man-at-Arms.

Jenny, Crafter of Trinkets has her own attempt at a grenade spell dropping it right at the feet of Theresa's chest carrying thief wounding the man and one of her archers quickly follows up killing the man. A second thief quickly re-secures the haul as the Necromancer attempts to cover his retreat only to have a bone dart spell back fire on her. Arwen the Puddle Maker finally manages to control the elemental power at her disposal sending a large ball of energy smashing through Jenny's line leaving one archer on the ground while severely wounding the rest of the warband but for the archer who had just secured a nearby pile of treasure. Jenny's warband immediately begins to retreat, sensing they'd just used up all the luck they had for the day, but seeing weakness Theresa's apprentice sends a bone dart toward the young enchanter in training and Jenny's apprentice falls never again to rise. Arwen's apprentice stays true to form failing yet another spell as the final warhound is pulled to the ground by a skeletal horde.

Another ball of energy knocks Jenny, Crafter of Trinkets to the ground and her warband is broken with the few solders that remain streaming back to camp. Theresa, Seducer of Corpses attempts another health siphon on a fleeing crossbowman but again the spell is resisted, but while her attention is focused on the fleeing men her apprentice is stuck down by a well placed arrow from Christian the Humble's archer. Arwen's apprentice continues with yet another failed spell, while the apprentice Thaumaturge manages to blind the Necromancer. Taking advantage of the now blind caster Christian's Man-at-Arms moves to take out one of the treasure laden thieves, and Arwen the Puddle Maker finds herself surrounded by skeletons and wounded.

Theresa, Seducer of Corpses shakes off the blinding lights and seeing the Man-at-Arms challenging her recovery of the loot she kills the man with a well placed Bone Dart. Christian the Humble, Worker of Miracles and Thaumaturge Extraordinaire decides that he has enough loot for one day and withdraws back to camp to see what he'd secured. Arwen and her apprentice after finishing off the skeletons follow suit and what was so recently a heated battle ground returns to the unnatural silence that reigned before the treasure seeking wizards had appeared.

It was a great game and the aftermath had a few soldiers out for the next game to recover, but Jen did lose her apprentice and Arwen her Templar. I think the girls are going to try to get a game in between themselves soon, and I'm ready for my next one, having spent some money on upgrading my base and hiring a Knight to my bulk out my roster.