Dan, you can access the tournament mode by Shift-Right Clicking the army banner on each baseline and selecting Tournament Mode from the dropdown. A very handy feature. You just have to remember that it doesn't count leaders killed so they need to be added manually.
Round 3 G31 NAGASHINO 1575 AD (Takeda Left Attack)
Dan Becker (Oda-Tokugawa) 1 Banners 18 Blocks lost
Renaud (Takeda) 5 Banners 10 Blocks lost
I grouped 5 units on the right, including 3 cavalry units, and crossed the river. Helped by a Serpent and 2 Leadership Command cards, I was able to get a foothold and push through. My opponent chose to abandon his palisades, and I took advantage. Luckily, I had a Dragon card prior to my advance that reduced his Hold and Shoot card's ability from 4 to 1 unit and I escaped mostly unscathed. I did have 1 cavalry unit down to 1 block, but I was able to shield them behind my other units, and they only died in the next-to-last turn proving a useful distraction. I closed the game by taking the head of Sakabara Yasumasa. Fun game. My cards were good, and my die-rolling fine. Dan was a bit handicapped by his cards given my lack of attention to the his right flank or the center.
Round 5 G31 NAGASHINO 1575 AD (Takeda Left Attack)
boredbeyondbelief (Oda-Tokugawa) 5 Banners 10 Blocks lost
gotigersc (Takeda) 2 Banners 24 Blocks lost
<EDITED - I put the wrong number of blocks and banners - this partially had to be corrected due to us misplaying the leader rule - it’s corrected with the true outcome now). Log file will be added when I get back from my business trip).>
History repeated itself at Nagashino. The "hail of bullets" Takeda faced was again his undoing. In the opening moments of the battle, Takeda advanced on both flanks but suffered such high casualties that the only solution was to charge a strong center and try to cross the river in the center. But river crossings are treacherous and slow. This was no different as Sakai Tadatsugu brought his line up to the river's edge to prevent Takeda from getting a foothold on the opposite bank. Takeda finally broke through and was able to take the hills, but fording the Regongawa had proved too costly; his forces were too week and fell to Tokugawa's infantry.
Dice can be fickle, and this game was lopsided from the beginning when in the first 4 rounds I rolled 11 dice for my arquebusiers and hit on 9 of them! Justin meanwhile went 0 for 4 from his quickly eliminated bowmen. And the rolls didn't get any more even - throughout the battle it seemed my hit percentage was greater than Justin's. But Justin took the unlucky beats in stride and as always it was a pleasure playing with him. I look forward to the next time I get to meet him across a C&C board.
Last edit: 1 year 8 months ago by Boredbeyondbelief. Reason: Incorrect Score reported
Round 1 G23 ANEGAWA 1570 AD (Tokugawa against Asakura)
Cavie (Red Asakura) 2 banners 18 blocks lost
Mark McG (Blue Tokugawa) 4 banners 9 blocks lost
With a fairly indifferent starting hand, and my initial volley failing to gain a hit, the Tokugawa sat back and looked to cycle my hand. Whether Dan sensed this, or was just saw advantage I don't know, but the Asakura came forward into the Stream, forcing me to play my one decent card to meet him there. Here we eked out a hard scrabble of melee, hit by hit wearing each other down. The bright spot for me was the archers, hitting twice on 2 die on the Samurai Cavalry.
Ieyasu performed no great deeds, but Tadakatsu did some good cleaning up of three 1 block units with his 1 block unit until it also was eliminated. A Hold and Shoot then cleaned up the Asakura samurai cavalry.
Surprisingly, no leaders died.
Round 3 - G29 NAGASHINO 1575 AD (Takeda Center Attack)
Cavie - (Red/Oda) 7 Banners won, 17 blocks lost
rjv - (Blue/Takeda) 2 Banners won, 23 blocks lost
The Oda moved up to the river bank and taunted the Takeda to come and attack. While doing so, the Oda took shots at the Takeda and seemed to hit at about 70% rolling red on just about every roll to reduce the Samurai Cavalry down before they made their attack.
The battle dice continued to favor the Oda throughout the rest of the battle. Renaud made an excellent effort to move his final cavalry across the river and try to take out the weak Oda left flank. The dice continued to only favor the Oda despite the coordinated effort and move into the Oda side.
Good game with Renaud that was not reflective in the banner count. Block count shows a little better how much closer it really was.
Round 4: G30 NAGASHINO 1575 AD (Takeda Right Attack)
Cavie (Red - Oda) 3 Banners, 34 Blocks lost
gotigerssc (Blue - Takeda) 7 Banners, 19 Blocks lost
Shortest summary I can write is that I made some noise with the cavalry and then got really lucky. Only one non-cavalry unit (heavy spear) made it across the stream for me the entire game. Instead, the cavalry caused just enough chaos in the center and left to keep the Oda units in check. The match was really decided on three lucky rolls early on in close combat that claimed three Oda leaders. It took away so many inspired attacks that could have chipped away at my advancing cavalry. Not much Dan can do in that situation as it really put him in a bad position. I look forward to playing him again in the future!
Round 1 G23 ANEGAWA 1570 AD (Tokugawa against Asakura)
beckerdo (Red Asakura) 3 banners 18 blocks lost
gotigerssc (Blue Tokugawa) 4 banners 13 blocks lost
Quite an interesting fight that we both thought would be fast and decided at close combat but that was not to be the case. I started out by taking ranged shots on both flanks and then moving the samurai spearman on my left across the river where he was promptly met and defeated. Oh, and Tadakatsu didn't survive the leader check. On that same turn I also lost Ieyasu, which meant there were no leaders left on the board for either side - Asakura up 3-1 and my chances looked bleak. Units from both sides were scattered across the board in no real formation and over the next several turns we both focused on regrouping. Eventually the Asakura cavalry and medium spearmen crossed the river on my left and nearly took out my light bowmen (cav got 3 hits and then a first strike forced a retreat to save me). Following turn I moved him back to safety. My Samurai bowmen then claimed a one figure Asakura cavalry to tie it up. On my final turn the arquebusiers were able to defeat the red SB at range (aided by Shogun command card) for the win. Tense fight where both sides advanced and then backed off.
Round 5: G31 NAGASHINO 1575 AD (Takeda Left Attack)
goshublue (Red / Oda) Banners 5 Blocks Lost 18
PScipio42 (Blue/ Takeda) Banner 3 Blocks Lost 19
This is the weak point in the battle for the Oda and I think their best bet is to hold out and hope for Order Ones. They only drew one this time, which they played early and were very fortunate to pull it off, particularly with the Command card distribution. They drew almost all right cards so migrated their forces to that flank, which the Takeda wisely denied by moving that flank to the centre, so that the Oda right was barely involved for the rest of the battle except for some long range pot shots. This was compounded by the Takeda having a stellar hand...Order Red (Oda dropped Wild Winds straight up to nerf that and buy one turn before the entire Takeda cavalry force hit the stream.....maybe it made the difference?), Flying Geese x 2, Shogun and Cavalry Charge. That should have resulted in a trampling but once the cavalry were across the stream, the Oda played their one good card (Flying Geese) with a Panic they had saved for the occasion, and this was decisive, killing a Takeda cav, forcing others back into the stream and inflicting lots of H&F loss so that the bad guys dropped to zero. It didn't quite force the Loss of Honour roll but slowed the Takeda tempo just long enough for the Oda to draw breath and reposition. Yasumasa committed seppuku, further restricting the Oda hand but Tadatsugu was able to survive on the 1 block Oda cav and use a Tactical Wisdom to get a centre order to take 2 final banners. Desperate stuff. Dice were with me and it could have been 5-3 either way there. The Dragon cards made the difference for the Oda, no question. Thanks to Forrest for a very well played, engaging and tight game.