You know its going to be a great day of SAGA when your first opponent is an honest-to-goodness Viking named Tor. We played The Challenge twice on account of Tor smiting my Norse-Gael warlord in a first move strike with Viking berserkers. We rebooted and ran the scenario again with my Norse-Gaels going first. Thanks for the do-over, Tor!
In my 3rd game, I played my old friend Mark and his Pagan Rus. Fighting in the mountains was a natural for his Rus and my Norse-Gael went down to defeat. Mark bought me a consolation beer so all hope was not lost.
Next up was the Shores of Normandy with a custom Breakthrough scenario that saw each side trying to fight through the other. The beer must have contained some magical properties as I had a great run in the late game, coming up with a victory against John's tough as nails Scotsmen.
By dinnertime I was starting to wear down. After a big cup of coffee, I threw in for the Grand Melee- 5 Viking type warbands on one side versus 5 non-Viking factions on the other. In the Wooden Oaths scenario we were playing, it's one side against the other for 3 turns. After turn 3, it becomes a free-for-all with points scored for kills. Each side of the table ran their battleboards simultaneously, allowing us to complete this epic megabattle in just over two hours.
I got 5 games in with my Norse-Gael warband. I got to see a lot of my old gaming buddies and meet a lot of new SAGA gamers. I can't wait to do it all again and with any luck, I won't have to. We're talking about setting up a SAGA group to keep the energy and good times rolling. An naturally, I'm thinking about painting up a new warband. Thanks once again to the organizers and to everyone who turned out!