Seamus & 6SS
3 Rotten Belles
3 Crooked Men
Ramos & 5SS
4 Steampunk Arachnids
We flipped for strategies, I got Distract and Joe got Reconnoiter which he didn't like so he burnt a SS to reflip and got Slaughter which suited him fine. We then picked our schemes. I took Holdout & Bodyguard (Seamus) and Joe took Bodyguard (Ramos) & Kill Protege (Sybelle). I'm not going to give a blow by blow account of the game just the edited highlights.
|My starting positions.|
I'd never played against Ramos so I didn't realise how fast his crew moved. Before I knew it I had a Steampunk Arachnid swarm in my face. Worse was to follow. The swarms have Melee Master (+2) and get a positive flip to its damage So the swarm proceeded to take apart it's first belle leaving it with just one wound left. So I retaliated by companioning Sybelle and the Belles expecting to quickly deal retribution. However the swarm has 9 wounds and Armor +1 and a combination of poor flips, a poor hand for me and a good hand for Joe meant that attacks from my four models only did 8 damage.
However I expected to kill it next turn, especially if I won initiative, which of course I didn't. Then I found out that the swarm has a zero action which allows it to make a healing flip. I was expecting the swarm to heal 1 or 2 wounds but Joe flipped the red joker which meant he got to heal all the swarm's wounds. The swarm then hit Sybelle with it's four attacks killing her and gaining him 2 vp. I again retaliated damaging the swarm but not killing it. His Steamborg Executioner then came rampaging through the woods into Seamus' face with it's paired attacks and 4/5/6 damage inflicting a world of pain on Seamus.
Joe won the iniative again next turn (I'm sure his deck only has 12's & 13's in it). So his swarm killed the wounded belle and proceeded to kill a second belle as well. Seamus managed to hurt but not kill the SBE and was using all the tricks he could think of to survive. Joe moved up his second swarm so now Seamus was facing a potential eleven attacks all with a positive flip. Things were not looking good.