We wanted to get a feel for the rules again and see what we thought of the mechanic. I am deciding whether to pay the astronomical price for the new models (see Scott's post here) and wanted to see whether the game is worth it. Here are some pictures of the game:
|The Battle line and where the game was played out|
|Marauding Goblins a little lost in the forest|
|Are you sure we should be here? Don't we appear in the next films?|
|The Dwarves about to be taken out by Goblins and Uruk Hai|
|My view of proceedings|
This might have been due to a decision to choose few ranged weapons and not to play magic (for simplicity reasons), but even when we have played with magic and more ranged weapons, the same outcome occurs - a clumping at one point and an epic dice roll off to the death.
Might Will and fate do add to the game and these are nice tactical options to have, as are the heroic actions available, which have been expanded in the Hobbit.
Playing Thorin's company is also difficult with all the special rules applicable to each dwarf, so I accept we may not have been getting all we could have out of the game - but back when we were more on top of these things and playing normal warbands of one hero and 12 warriors, the same outcome eventuated.
I wouldn't mind seeing what other's thoughts are on this, and if our experience are the same as others. Lovely models and all, but just not particularly challenging tactically at all.