I had a fantastic couple of days that were well worth the travel (even if my Papal Italians went down in a screaming heap on day 2). My game against Jason, featuring two dead generals and a final death toll of 5-4, was an absolute nail-biting epic.
I'd like to thank Steve for putting this on. Hopefully I'll see some of you chaps at Lanswaster in November or Cancon next year.
Winner of "World's Okay-est DBA Player", 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Hi there, thanks indeed to Steve and the MOAB team for another fine event. I'm a 50:50 to make Landwaster.
I watched some of the other ancients games over the weekend and thought, the troop interactions ultimately boil down to a % chance of one side winning, and how long this might take. Now you can get to the end-point with a soup of factors, exceptions, charts, hit points or whatever - but in the end the result with other rules is hardly more realistic or fun that DBA.
As Phil mentions above, the critical moment is usually in sharp focus in DBA and you get a great story. My battle with Jason turned on an Artillery dual, which I won, and the live artillery ganged up with my archers to pick on his archers to prize out a win.
Sincere congratulations to Steve for organising another great comp. The historical pairs format really works well and the traditional campaign on the Sunday is always enjoyable. And thanks to all my opponents for some great games...don't think I had to open the rule book all weekend. That's the great thing about DBA....no rule mongering and as a result, attracts really nice people.
The best monger I could come up with was accidental, I wheeled the end shooting element of a line to put it in arc - it remained in overlap for a later combat as a corner-to-corner contactor with friends.
In DBm(M) such kinked line things don't count as overlaps, but I wasn't sure how it worked in DBA-3 until it came time to compute the close combat. I guess the new conforming rules in V3 mean the kinked lines have their own vulnerability when attacked.
Another great feature was the standard of presentation of armies, they looked great.