My wife and I recently played the first game in our Frostgrave 2nd edition campaign. We decided to play the default scenario first before we start playing through more involved scenarios.
Before the battle, our wizards had a few spells to cast. I managed to have a bear join as my wizard’s animal companion, but my apprentice failed her casting. That meant I was going to have Rhane the Thief in my warband rather than my snow leopard Jaeger. Both of my wife’s spellcasters failed to cast Awareness.
I set up my warband in two main groups with a couple of soldiers operating independently. My wizard, bear, barbarian, and a thief were positioned to try to claim the central treasure. My apprentice, tracker, and two thugs were set up to one side to claim a 2nd treasure. My other thief was operating alone to go for the closest treasure to my board edge. Finally, my archer was positioned between my two main groups so that he could move to support either one during the battle.
In the middle of the battlefield, my wizard used mud and fog to slow down enemy soldiers and protect my warband from her arrows and spells. She used telekinesis to make one treasure easy to grab, and then moved most of her soldiers to engage my two main groups. Both of those battles turned into vicious melees. My bear and her knight managed to score critical hits on one another and both get taken out of the game. On the side of the battlefield, her apprentice’s group slowly took out my apprentice and soldiers to claim a 3rd treasure for her. A minor demon wandered on to the battlefield from my board edge which forced me to use fog to block its line of sight to my soldiers and then lure it away with a thief. As the battle for the central treasure raged, the demon eventually made its way to engage my wife’s wizard. Eventually my archer managed to get the central treasure off the board.
As the battle ended, only three members of each of our warbands were still standing. My wizard was the only spellcaster still standing. I had claimed the central treasure and one other while my wife had collected the other three.
Most of the wounded spellcasters and soldiers recovered. My bear was badly wounded and will miss our next battle as he licks his wounds. Two of my thugs also died from their injuries, but luckily they are easy to replace. My wife’s warband was left in a little worse shape. Her apprentice was badly wounded, and she decided to go 150gc into debt to avoid having her miss a battle. Her knight and infantryman also died.
The treasure both warbands recovered was mostly sold to pay medical bills and hire new soldiers. I kept a grimoire with Dispel since they cannot be sold. My wizard already knows Spell Eater, so Dispel won’t be a particularly useful addition. I hired a demon hunter to join my warband and established my base in an inn (The Grey Pony Inn). The inn’s benefit will let my bear recover while letting me still bring a full warband so it is paying off immediately. My wife paid for her apprentice’s treatment and then hired a new knight and a tracker. She established her base in a tower (The Silver Tower). That will hopefully give her better luck with Awareness next game.
The Druid’s Warband
- Audric Silverbeard the Druid (+2 levels: +1 Fight, improved Heal)
- Roslin the Apprentice
- Jormund the Barbarian
- Nils the Tracker
- Dimitri the Archer
Will the Thug(dead) Greta the Thug(dead)
- Leif the Thief
- Rhane the Thief
- Jarl the Bear (badly wounded)
- Red the Demon Hunter (new hire)
- Yara the Thug (new hire)
- Harold the Thug (new hire; will be dismissed immediately if Roslin manages to cast Animal Companion before the next game)
The Trickster’s Warband
- Freya the Trickster (+2 levels: +1 Health, improved Fleet Feet)
- Ophelia the Apprentice (badly wounded; paid for treatment)
Sylvia the Knight(dead)
- Leopold the Ranger
Karl the Infantryman(dead)
- Robb the Thug
- Scarlet the Thug
- Moira the Thief
- Jess the Thief
- Annabelle the Thief
- Kate the Knight (new hire)
- Alissa the Tracker (new hire)