This Friday I had a pleasure to play – and present – Falling Sky to two new players – Andrzej and Bartek. We were also accompanied by veteran player – Konrad.
The idea was to play 54BC scenario – not necessarily till the end of game but enough to teach new adepts the COIN mechanics and get the flavor of the game. The goal was achieved and we had a lot of fun!
Set-up and first developments:
So we decided that I will take Romans as they are hardest to play. Andrzej really wanted to test Vercingetorix while Bartek (also known as Kaszpir) received furious Belgae. Konrad again lead Aedui – and immediately you were able to see that he knows how to play them – at some point they controlled 4 regions, threatening even Arverni.
And now first two winters:
1 – As said, Aedui (Konrad) were very successful in first year – mainly to multiple Commands+Special and double suborn…
2 – Belgae (Bartek) were gradually building up forces but also used opportunity to teleport themselves to western Gaul.
3 – Romans (Michal) dispersed Britain and Carnutes regions, built 3 allies in Belgica and then recruited tons of auxiliary in Provincia. That was slow but steady build up.
4a – Arverni (Andrzej) first retook Carnutes (once disperse markers were removed)
4b – And then did a run through all Aedui provinces, wiping out most of their war bands and Allies
And the status after 3rd winter:
5 – things started to get complicated for Aedui in their home lands so they moved to Germania!
6 (should be 6 but there is 3 on picture 😦 ) – Romans initiated search for new places to disperse as well as to get supply line to Belgica. However…
7 – … in the process they were devastated by Arverni. Unfortunately, the latter did not survive Roman counter-attack and all units plus leader were dead.
8 – The sneaky Belgae took opportunity and wiped out Romans from Belgica completely. That was painful.
This was good session – we played around 35 cards / three winters which is good result for training campaign. Definitely, the plan is to test the game again with some shorter – but more tense and packed from the start scenario. And then the expansion – Ariovistus!
Looks like a fun game!!!
Definitely! We played as training exercise which really lowered the tension of play and allowed everybody to have great time!
In my opinion this game is probably great. But only for experienced players. It is hard to catch on and not intuitive. But the meeting was very plesant, there was a lot of fun and it was my first visit at Michał new appartment. 🙂