So, to chase the chill away, gather close, and listen in to the continuing tales of our heroes of the Widower's Wood, and we impart on our next step in their story... and I have only two exciting words to describe the next chapter.... Kickstarter. Exclusive. WOOOOOT! That's right, when I got my kickstarter for Widower's Wood, it came with a zillion goodies, and several of them were extra adventures, three for Widower's Wood and another three for the Dead Man Walking expansion. The Widower's Wood exclusives came with a additional chapter for after the 3rd chapter, the 5th chapter, and a floating extra that can go anywhere before the finale. We've been rolling a die after each chapter to see if we're going to play the floating chapter, but no luck so far, and so here we are, chapter 3 finished, and time to bring on Chapter 3.5, Treasure Hunt, our first kickstarter exclusive. But before we jump into it...
We have the next set of dates for the Fukuyama Gaming Club! Yes, it's going to be a great new year! New Year in Japan is a busy time, but this is definitely something to look forward to through the trying times ahead!
And that will bring us to the end of the winter! Also, the Saijo Gaming Club in Hiroshima City will be meeting for the last time this year on December 10. And don't forget about the Las Vegas Open January 26-28 that some of our good friends from Iwakuni Air Base will be attending!
And a quick announcement about the new skirmish game from Privateer Press, Company of Iron. Now, I don't really know much about Company of Iron, but after reading No Quarter Prime #1, I'm pretty excited to learn more for one very, VERY good reason... Agata, the Farrow Slaughterhauser that I've been playing in Widower's Wood, my piggy princess, IS A MAIN CHARACTER IN COMPANY OF IRON!!! Squee! And she is known, now and forever, as the "Queen of Carnage." So, if you've fallen head over heels for our porcine heroine, you may want to check it out!
The Story so far...
Last time we met, our intrepid heroes had stopped the Gatorman ritual to raise an army of Swamp Shamblers that Rasheldonak, the power crazy, water fearing Gatorman Witch Doctor was going to use to take over the swamp. Continuing their way to find Rasheldonak, our team moves along the river in the falling rain and comes across a team of Gatormen and Swamp Gobbers trying to free crates of weapons from the muddy embankment. Certainly those would do more good in our hands than theirs, so it's up to us to get to the crates first!
As usual, the Queen of Carnage came to me (I'll bite the fingers of any who try and take her from me, HA!) DTB took over Olo, and Leland got both Vaskis and Skarg. We had quite a bit of XP saved up, so Agata picked up Meat Thresher, Skarg got Marksman, and Olo took Wily, Outrider and Trailblazer, all of which will make him "Side Quest Guy." We got the Side Quest bug last chapter, and now we must have more! And Olo is just the Croak to get them for us.
Chapter 3.5, Treasure Hunt (KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE MISSION)
At the bottom of the game board is a chest marker for each column on the map. As we play, these "promising locations" will be moved up their respective columns. It's us against the two Gobbers to check the locations to see if they hold either of the two chests. We need to open both chests before the Gobbers can leave the board with either one of them to win the game. Woot! This is a great chance to pick up some goodies! But there could be some trouble... reoccurring Bokors... that could be a problem... And we lose if even a single crate makes it off the board... the good news is that there are only two Gobbers, and they don't respawn after they are killed, so looks like we might want to take them out first... then we just have to worry about Bokor and Gatormen and Tatzelworms, oh MY!! Well, better get to work!
|Bokor sure are a pain in the ....|
|Choppa choppa into fish food!|
Round Three saw the waters recede and the Swamp Gasses come out, making us take hazard rolls if we charge this round. A Gatorman near Agata moved a space, and the Slaughterhauser used a feat card to immediately charge and kill him, and passed her hazard roll to take no damage from the gas! Skarg and Vaskis got a little stuck in the back field, but they were doing a good job of killing Gatormen and Bokor to keep them off of Agata and Olo, who finally made it to the first side quest card. Turns out, this side quest is actually a QUEST! It's the first of a set of three cards, and it came with a ton of XP... the other two cards may show up in later games!
|Skarg lets loose!|
|Don't worry, Skarg's got this|
|Hey guys! Nice weather, eh?|
|You got this one, Vaskis?|
|Looky what I found!|
|We got a bit scattered!|
Bokor are sure a pain in the booty... three wounds each (guaranteeing that a single character cannot kill them in one round), beast master to push nearby beasts to greater ferocity, and a magical attack that makes you lose feat cards. But you do get a lot of XP for killing them. And we killed a LOT of Bokor this game. By the end of the game, our treasury tile was full to bursting!
|Yummy XP, drool drool|
Anyone who's looking for a game, we'll catch you on the 17th!