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Re: Quick Norbayne Combat Test
« Reply #30 on: March 19, 2017, 02:23:01 AM »
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Re: Quick Norbayne Combat Test
« Reply #31 on: March 19, 2017, 04:46:26 AM »
Two problems:

1. Not in a position to provide a full document yet.

2. No local gamestore here, and hasn't been for about ten years.
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Re: Quick Norbayne Combat Test
« Reply #32 on: March 20, 2017, 07:19:34 AM »
We played out the Combat Test, and it went for approximately two hours.

TEAM ONE:
Dorien:
- Dev: Held him back too much and made fundamental mistakes. Mismanaged, just about everything about the character in my opinion.
- Ladyhawk: Bound Sword is cool and Shadow Fields is a really good spell, but we didn't get to see that today.

Gryffynn:
- Dev: Badly overextended him and put him in Corbulo's way. Did have a moment to shine, charging in on a Wild-formed Dayne/horse, but was bogged down and put down pretty easily.
- Ladyhawk: To be honest, barely noticed him.

Varrik:
- Dev: Great at range, but was essentially shut down by Caelwulf's Flame Curtain. Also unlucky with rolls to hit. (Probably hit with 6 shots out of 20)
- Ladyhawk: My biggest problem. Heaviest hitter on Dev's team, if I had to nerf anyone it would be him. Big trade-off in terms of the 5 shots a round and then 2 rounds of reloading. My first priority if I faced them again. Dev was unlucky to not hit more often, and rolled reasonably poorly for damage, but on another day he'd be a massive problem.

Dayne:
- Dev: Unfortunate spell-choices from PG here, many of his skills and spells were lacking in utility. I thought turning him into a horse wasn't a bad idea, but in execution, it went poorly. I definitely should have used him more as a distraction than I did. (I overcompensated slightly for Team One's lack of casters by giving Dayne some high-utility spells, but didn't keep in mind how much he'd struggle casting them)
- Ladyhawk: The horse idea was a good one, and if they had gone for the squishy characters rather than Corbulo I would have been in trouble.

Briala:
- Dev: Fireloques are terrifying if they bloody hit.
- Ladyhawk: Agreed, thankfully they weren't too accurate.

TEAM TWO:
Corbulo:
- Ladyhawk: Really tough and heavy hitter. Just as I would want from a Warrior. I would expect a Beserker to do more damage, but be squishier, and a Guardian to be harder to hurt but inflict less himself. A Duelist should emphasise quickness, but a Warrior should strike a good balance.
- Dev: Overpowered, scary as portugal. I demand a nerf.

Jagoda:
- Ladyhawk: Perfect battle-field control Warlock.
- Dev: I didn't realise how overpowered Warlocks might be. I think there may be a need to limit how the Warlock produces power.
- Ladyhawk: I don't think they really are that overpowered, they're balanced through potential danger. I got lucky and rolled well, so Jagoda didn't get hit in the face by a daemon, but if I had rolled poorly, she's probably going down.

Caelwulf:
- Ladyhawk: Pretty good. Good battlefield control once again. The Flame Curtain in the end game shut down the battle completely, preventing Dev's ranged attacks from having much impact, while ensuring that I could get through without hassle, but force Dev's characters to walk through the fire to get there. (Kindleflame was a little lackluster)
- Dev: Yeah, it's a Mage.

Roberre:
- Ladyhawk: Not too bad, better than I thought. Thought Duelists were a bit armadilloty, but he actually did pretty well.
- Dev: Not fantastically optimised but definitely 'made his points back' so to speak. In taking Gryffynn down, he managed to put both Gryffynn and Dayne out of the fight.

Lilliana:
- Ladyhawk: If Lullaby had gone off I could have tabled him. Really strong battlefield control.
- Dev: Very useful. Possibly OP'd having the Mage and the Bard on one team. Too much battlefield control on one team between them and the Warlock.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
Ladyhawk: I was quite concerned when Dev kept his force together, but then he split the party, and I was able to pick them apart one by one.
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Re: Quick Norbayne Combat Test
« Reply #33 on: March 20, 2017, 03:26:50 PM »
Unfortunately I was unable to keep a detailed play by play of what occurred, but I can provide the basic overview.

Dev put Dayne in the centre of his line, with Dorien and Gryffynn flanking him. Varrik took the right flank and Briala the left.

Opposing this, Ladyhawk positioned Corbulo foremost to anchor the centre of her line, with Roberre in his back pocket. Behind and on the right flank were Lilliana and Caelwulf, while Jagoda was a little wider on the left.

The first two rounds saw some preliminary jostling for position as neither side seemed keen to engage closely, wary of being cut off from their fellows. Ranged attacks were traded early as Varrik was able to land some shots on Corbulo and Jagoda successfully inflicted Agony on Briala. Lilliana successfully cast Inspiring Melody in the second round, strumming her lute and inspiring her compatriots.

(I'll take a moment to talk about this period of the match. Both players were hesitant to make the first move, and rather than being a bit boring, both players suggested the tension was a positive for their experience.)

Concerned that the spells available for Dayne to cast would take too long to come into effect, Dev decided to Wildform him into a horse and have Gryffynn mount up. Dorien also attempted an Arcane Disruption, but was unable to get the spell off and blew a fair chunk of Soulfire in the process.

With Gryffynn mounted, Dev decided to attempt a ride-past attack on Corbulo, which was his first major error. His attack was never going to do enough to trigger the Ride Down extra move (dropping Corbulo was very unlikely, even with a full Mounted Charge, but Dev attempted a Ride-By, which is resolved as a Quick Attack. As discussed later, he would have been better served by declaring a Mounted Charge on Roberre, who was also in range and would likely have been brought down, triggering the Ride Down free movement)

Key points in that round include Roberre charging Gryffynn, triggering a free Quick Attack due to Gryffynn's Spear Mastery, which Roberre duly Parried, triggering a Riposte straight back at Gryffynn. That exchange to me personally felt very fluffy, and Roberre proceeded to put Gryffynn down. Dayne immediately took his natural form and raised his hands in a gesture of peace and was allowed to patch up his fallen and bleeding comrade.

Briala opened up with both fireloques. One missed but the other almost dropped Jagoda in one shot. Jagoda gritted her teeth and inflicted Agony on Varrik, making it significantly more difficult for him to hit anything with his crossbow. Caelwulf also hit the dwarf with Kindleflame, which the artificer calmly shrugged off initially.

Caelwulf proceeded to block one half of the field from the other by placing a Flame Curtain between both halves of the field, providing significant cover against ranged attacks for Ladyhawk's characters. 

To cut a long story short, Ladyhawk had Briala attempt Lullaby, trusting to the protection afforded by the Flame Curtain, but was unsuccessful casting it. Dev and Ladyhawk both came to a sporting agreement that Dayne would not be targeted as he assisted Gryffynn off the field as long as he did not strike from behind.

In the end, Ladyhawk had Caelwulf drop the flames momentarily when ready, allowing Corbulo through to charge Dorien, who had finally summoned a sabre, but never used Shadow Fields. She also had Roberre charge through to an unsuspecting Briala, who was in the middle of reloading her fireloques. To top it off, Jagoda was able to ensnare Dorien in a Malefic Grasp, making it a simple matter for Corbulo to bring the Roanfaille down.

In the end, despite still having three characters practically untouched and Jagoda and Corbulo having a total of 5 Health between them, Dev called a surrender. With his two tanks down and Briala locked in close against a reasonably competent opponent, Dev had definite reasons for this.

AFTERWORD:
I was very proud of how Ladyhawk played today. She went in with a plan, used some spells and abilities I would not have expected of her and made good tactical decisions.

Team Two is triumphant! Next time either both players will have selected their own teams, or alternatively, Dev would like someone to take the idea I put forward as the context and turn it into an actual campaign. Not sure what we will do just yet.
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