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8 years 9 months ago #130 by Cavie
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012 BATTLE OF OKEHAZAMA (1560) - DENGAKUHAZAMA GORGE (Round 4 game for Dan & Ben)

Imagawa (Red/Dan) Player: 5 Banners won, 6 figures lost
Oda (Yellow/Ben) Player: 1 Banner won, 14 figures lost

The Imagawa Army started out tentatively only possessing limited command and wondering how to protect their commander Yoshimito as he was quite exposed. The center cavalry unit nearest to Yoshimito charged in early and stopped Nobunga and his naginata from getting anything together to attack the commander.

This cavalry unit took out (with some extremely lucky strikes and the help of the Red Dragon) both Nobunga and his fellow leader early in the game. With no leadership left in the middle, the Oda army tried to make an attempt up their right flank to comprise an attack but the Ashigaru Yari on the Imagawa's army rushed in to finish the battle.

Ben had a tough battle to fight without leaders when I was lucky enough to make 2 successful 1d leader checks early in the game. We both had some questions which we've posted here and on BGG about two Dragon Cards - Red Dragon and Turncoat. I think we figured out the answers to both but as we both said, we need to play this game more so we can get all those type of questions figured out and in our common knowledge.

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8 years 9 months ago #131 by Mark-McG
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009 First Battle of Azuki-zaka (1542) (Round 1 game for Guilio & Mark)

Imagawa (Red/Guilio) Player: 5 Banners won, 24 figures lost
Oda (Yellow/Mark) Player: 3 Banners won, 27 figures lost

A real back and forth match, and quite a long one considering it is 5 banners. I've noticed that Samurai Battles seems to play about the same duration as C&C Napoleonics, rather than Ancients.

The initial stages involved ranged skirmishing, and meeting and mutual annihilation of cavalry (1 unit each). Thereafter, it Guilio pushing on the flanks, whilst I pushed in the Centre. Command Tents never came into the battle, except to effect Dragon Cards.


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“I dreamt of worldly success once.”
― Miyamoto Musashi
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8 years 9 months ago #132 by g1ul10
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Well the responsibility for the long duration is mine. You have to consider that it was a long time I did not play SB, I'm not so much used to VASSAL and since I'm travelling, I had to use a 12'' screen . I hope to become faster with the progress of the tournament. Thank you very much for your patience and guidance.

P.S.: This time the victory went to the less skilled player. Luck played an important role!

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8 years 9 months ago #133 by Mark-McG
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g1ul10 wrote: Well the responsibility for the long duration is mine. You have to consider that it was a long time I did not play SB, I'm not so much used to VASSAL and since I'm travelling, I had to use a 12'' screen . I hope to become faster with the progress of the tournament. Thank you very much for your patience and guidance.

P.S.: This time the victory went to the less skilled player. Luck played an important role!


Not at all, it was well played. And whilst I think lack of experience is pretty much a uniform extender of match duration, and that applies to me and all of us I expect, and I observed this in the match earlier vs Dan (who is a pretty experienced C&C player), it reflects the more complicated choices compared to Ancients where it is just one card to be played.

The bigger screen is an advantage. Seeing the whole map and cards at the same time makes a big difference.

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8 years 9 months ago #135 by Scottk2
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Greetings folks --
Just wondering if any of my scheduled opponents: sammysnij, Mark McG, toddrew, or plainscape might be available for a Samurai Battle later today: Sunday 8/2, or Tuesday 8/4, or Thursday 8/6 ?
Theimann and I had a tentative appt. for later today, but there still may be a chance to play.

Cheers,
Scottk2
scottk2@gci.net

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8 years 9 months ago #136 by sammysnijbonen
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Hello everyone,

Just as a general notification, these are my free moments during this week (3-9 August)
All times given are GMT+0

Wednesday: 5 AM to 7 AM and 8.30 PM to 10.30 PM
Saturday: 12 AM (noon) to 3.30 PM and 6 PM to 10 PM
Sunday: 7 AM tot 10 AM and 12 AM (noon) to 3 PM

Please send me an e-mail (cfr. the Excel-document Mark sent everyone) if any of those times suits your schedule.

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8 years 9 months ago #137 by theimann
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009 First Battle of Azuki-Zaka (1542)

Imagawa Player: (Red, Scottk2) 1 banner won, 29 figures lost
Oda Player: (Yellow, Theimann) 5 Banners won, 9 figures lost


The Oda clan started by massing a mixed force on their Left. The Imagawa responded by positioning themselves in the woods and waited. when the Oda clan advanced, there was a healthy exchange that favored the Oda clan (dice!). A Shogun command and a Personal Challenge during the ensuing onslaught killed a Imagawa Leader and the following samurai combat started to dismantle the Imagawa Right.

Suddenly the Imagawa clan charged on the weakly defended Oda Right and started a second heated fight that needed some attention.

Meanwhile a cavalry charge on the Oda Left ate up two demoralized Imagawa units and started to turn the tide. If that wasn't enough to spell doom for the Imagawa, another Personal Challenge and defeat of one of their Leaders happened immediately after on the Imagawa Left. With their Command severely weakened and a rampaging cavalry unit in their backfield, the Imagawa clan was feeling the heat.

The Imagawa clan attempted to fall back and rally to the command tent, two more samurai units died with honor defending their Daimyo, taking the Oda Leader, Nobuyosu with them. At this point it was only a matter of time before the Oda cavalry mopped up some broken units near the Command Tent.

It was a bit of a rout, but I feel like this scenario could go either way (I got lucky with dice and cards early on, and momentum took over).

TH.


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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 8 months ago #140 by g1ul10
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010 Second Battle of Azuki-Zaka (1542)

Imagawa Player: (Red, Giulio) 5 Banners won, 23 figures lost
Oda Player: (Yellow, Todd) 6 Banners won, 22 figures lost


Great battle. I build up a large advantage and then I had the chance to close the game early, but I missed the opportunity and Todd recovered and won. My homework for he next round: read the Dragon cards!
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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #141 by toddrew
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010 Second Battle of Azuki-Zaka (1548)

Imagawa Samurai Army (Red/Giulio) 5 Banners won, 23 figures lost
Oda Samurai Army (Yellow/toddrew) 6 Banners won, 22 figures lost

The opening was played masterfully by the Imagawa commander, as the reds were moved up, and able to get hits on one of the Oda archers. Oda responded with some misdirection, attempting to move the battle to the center, but it backfired when Oda Spearmen attacked Imagawa archers and were hit twice on the battle back. Reds were ordered on the next turn, and even though the attack was weakly rolled, Oda lost a leader and the archer unit while being severely weakened, though did manage to get a leader kill of their own on a battle back.

The next break went Imagawa's way, as a three figure Naginata was dealt two hits, but gave three back, taking the Oda reds and forcing a Seppuku. The Imagawa Cavalry then charged and wiped out two Spearmen units (3 and 4 figures respectively), pushing the Oda side to the brink at 5-1.

And here is where the game got sloppy by both players. Oda played a leadership card, but having been playing lots of Napoleonics, didn't bother to read the card, and played it as though it could only order leaders and units with leaders attached. Not understanding the Imagawa Commanders question of "is that your move?" (thought it was about the number of hexes, not the number of orders, doh!), the Oda commander proceeded. Later it came out that the Imagawa commander committed a gaffe, as he was holding Insult, but neglected to play it. And here is where the game got nuts. Taking the one figure Naginata was expected, but rolling four hits on that roll seemed like the wrong choice had been made. However, the next roll was just as potent, also netting four hits on the full strength Imagawa Cavalry that were poised to end the game by attacking the aforementioned 1 figure Oda Spearmen. This gave some distance between the weakened target and the Imagawa forces.

Instead of the dead meat Spearmen, now out of striking range, Imagawa chose to go full offensive on the 3 figure Oda Cavalry - who happened to be holding First Strike and Ambush. Both were played at the right time, and the game was knotted at 5 banners. Out of center cards, the important First Strike draw garnered Scout Center, but then Insult was played, preventing the Cavalry from running down the 3 figure Imagawa Spearmen. Unable to mount much of a challenge for the Oda Cavalry, an Arquebus shot was fired, bringing the mounted unit down to two figures. Another Center card had been drawn, and the Cavarly was able to reach the Imagawa Spearmen, but Followers of Bishamon had been played, and the two hits brought the Spearmen to their last figure, but the flag was able to be ignored. The battle back garnered no hits, bringing us to the final play: Infantry onslaught coupled with Panic, giving a solid chance to the Leader attached 4 figure spearmen to fend off the Oda Cavalry. However, after a slight internal debate, Ambush was played (having been picked up by a Ninja Thief, earlier) and the resulting roll scored two flags and a hit. The two flags ended the threat, and the hit triggered a leader check that was true, ending a wild scrum at 6-5, Yellow.

Went on a bit there, but really was an exciting game. Likely should have ended at 6-1 Red, but that would have stolen some very choice tension-wrought play that followed. Great fun, Giulio, thank you for the game.
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8 years 9 months ago - 8 years 9 months ago #143 by toddrew
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007 Domyoji (1615) - Heights of Komatsuyama

Osaka Samurai Army (Red/Scottk2) 3 Banners won, 30 figures lost
Tokugawa Samurai Army (Yellow/toddrew) 6 Banners won, 16 figures lost

The hills too daunting, the Tokugawa army spent the early game firing away, and with much success - sniping a full spearmen unit and taking Kaimio as well, for an early two banner lead. When the Osaka Samurai did come off the hills in an infantry onslaught, a whiffing first strike lead to moderate success, and ultimately one of the Tokugawa Spearmen units fell, but so did one of the Osaka's in a series of feast or famine rolls over a few turns.

Osaka retreated their wounded units back through the hills, and that is when the Tokugawa army made its move. This game featured many Dragon Card plays, as the initial high Honor & Fortune totals and stagnant nature of the early game lead to many dc draws. After the initial summitting of Komatsuyama was repelled by a Shogun play bolstered by Ashigaru Attack that netted the Tokugawa Cavalry, a play of Timid Success stunted the next Tokugawa charge up the mountain, after one of their Naginata units had Moved as the Wind and pushed the Osaka archers against the Ishikawa.

Card attrition prevented further pursuit on the Osaka left, so the Tokugawa army shifted to the other side of the board, sending Masamune and the other Naginata to take to the peaks. However the Osaka Arquebus held the mountain, and the Tokugawa army had to bear the brunt of a Mounted Charge before being able to finally finish on the Osaka left with a timely Tiger Tail Right draw.

Always hard to know when to risk and when to play safe in this game - the fragile leaders and surprising Dragon Cards making every move fraught with potential disaster. Tokugawa played it safe, and was ultimately rewarded, though not without a few scares. Good game, Scott, had a lot of fun playing with you.

(Note, not sure why I named this file round 4 - I think this was the first round battle)
(EDIT: nope, 5th round)
EDIT II: Correction to banner score, Scott won 3 banners - neglected to award the banner for having a majority on the hills, which Osaka held the entire game.
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