We stayed at the Lancaster Host again... that place is getting to be a bit of a dump. We got a pretty crummy room: it reeked of smoke and had clogged drains. Fortunately we really only slept there anyway so it wasn't a big deal. On the other hand, food options are better than they used to be. There are burritos available for lunch, and the "family restaurant" next door turned into a Japanese/sushi restaurant. They also still have the nightly pig roast, if you're into that sort of thing.
JM and I arrived a bit after 8pm on Thursday, so we probably could've played the Dismounting Knight event. Instead, we decided to get in some more games of Hordes of the Things, since we had hardly ever played and had an event on Saturday that sort of expected us to know most of the rules.
BBDBA DoublesFriday's main event was BBDBA Doubles. JM and I took Alexandrian Imperial (II/15) with a Mountain Indian Ally (II/2). This was supposed to give us good punch in Alex's mounted wing, a defensive wall of pike, and lots of bad going troops in the ally. It's a high aggression army, so we expected to attack every game, and weren't disappointed. Although we considered many of the enemies we might face, some of our opponents gave us a bit of a surprise.
|Stephen Aspenberg and Doug Austin|
|Alex and Jonathan Bostwick|
I think our setup worked better in this game, and I'm not sure how we could've improved things very much from a strategic perspective. One possibility would've been to place our Mountain Indians in the center, and hope they responded by deploying their Cavalry opposite us. This would've been essentially the same matchups we had, except our pike would have been able to gang up on them... eventually, if they ever made it into contact with the enemy.
In the third round, the only teams we were likely to face were both from Pittsburgh and were both playing Ptolemaics. We ended up facing Larry and Rich instead of Tim and Lisa.
|The Stooges: Rich Baier and Larry Chaban|
The Mountain Indians have 7 elements that can't be harmed by pikes unless they step out of formation and make themselves vulnerable, so that's relatively safe. Our light horse general can also quick kill their pikes relatively easily... in theory. We did relatively well, but our main mistake was to send too much of our pike against their pike instead of facing their lighter troops. Our other big mistake was thinking the center of their line was made up of auxilia, when it was in fact blades. They concentrated two commands against our C-in-C command, and crushed us relatively quickly.
Littoral Landing LoversAfter BBDBA Doubles was a themed event that only allowed Littoral armies. In the first round, I faced Larry and he finally got his payback against my as-yet-unbeaten Leidang (III/40d). This time, I took 1xKn, 5xBd, 3xAx, 1xPs, 1xSp, 1xBw. I did a landing and had some initial success, until he killed my bow with his knight and rolled me up.
This leaves my Leidang with a 7-2 record, which I'm only keeping track of because it's one of the only armies I've managed to win consistently with.