Having read through three of the four tomes contained in the Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay boxed set (the exception of the Tome Of Mysteries which I’m still working through), I was eager to play out a mini scenario to test my understanding of the basic rules before taking on something more meaty.
I therefore put together a very basic encounter for Theda, my female Sigmar initiate, and Hans, my Reikland mercenary. For now I decided my scout Dieter would stay out of the picture – I didn’t want too many things to look after for my first run-through of combat. Here’s the beginning of my narrative of the scenario:-
A lone figure trudged along the road to Ubersreik, or at least what passed for a road this far south of the Empire. Overhead, leaden clouds scudded across the darkening skies – a storm was coming. The howling wind blew bitterly cold into the face of the traveller. Skirting the large water-filled potholes and avoiding the deeper patches of glutinous mud, Theda Hartmann, initiate of Sigmar, pondered what lay ahead of her.
The Ubersreik Road, Southern Reikland
For the two weeks since she left the temple in Kellersborn, she had been been heading south. Her objective was the borderland of the Empire where the foothills of southern Reikland met the mighty peaks of the Grey Mountains. Father Anselm, her priest and mentor these past twenty years, had tasked her to use the abilities she had learnt in his temple in the service of Sigmar. Merchants passing through her village had talked of greenskin incursions from the Grey Mountains, attacking the more remote communities that eked out a meagre living in the Empire’s southern borderlands. Theda believed it possible that here her skill with her hammer could best be used, and where the consoling and inspiring words of Sigmar would be most appreciated.
Any noble thoughts of this kind were fighting against the more mundane concerns of the present though. Her boots were fast wearing out, as the blisters on her feet would testify, and the weather for the past three days had been foul – cold and wet. Even now, although the rain had relented since early morning, more threatened in a darkening sky. Pulling the cowl of her sodden and dirty cloak over her tonsured head, she moved onward towards the relative comfort of the next roadside inn, at least two to three hours walk distant.
The Ubersreik Road in these parts cut a path through ancient and largely untamed forest. The dense trees on either side pressed against the road so closely that overhead they often met and created an arching canopy of sickly green. Although wary, Theda had seen nothing in the woods. In fact, she had seen no-one for the past hour or so, the last sign of life being a caravan of three heavily guarded merchant carts heading north. Now though, some second sense made her look closely to her left. There she saw a flash of movement some fifty yards distant, then more ahead of it. Dropping down to a crouch she looked more closely – Greenskins! There seemed to be a small group of them moving parallel to the road, which curved sharply to the left a small distance ahead. Pulling her hammer from her belt and her shield from her back, Theda ran down the road in the direction the greenskins were moving.
As she approached the bend in the road Theda heard the familiar clang of metal against metal. Quickening her pace, she rounded the bend and about 30 yards ahead in the road she saw a lone human warrior backed up against a small cart, facing two goblins. Two more goblins and a human were lying motionless nearby. As she approached, another three greenskins including a much larger figure, crashed through the undergrowth at the side of the road and looked set to join the fight. These were clearly the creatures she had seen in the woodland. So far, all were too preoccupied to have seen her.
And there it stopped! After laying out all the relevant cards, counters etc, and starting the combat by going into initiative, I realised (of course) that things were still very sketchy after just one reading of the rules… ‘How does initiative work again?’, ‘What stat does I use when a creature attacks?’ and ‘So where do I find that darned Defence stat?’ were just a few of the questions I was asking myself.
Rather than just stumble on, looking in the various rulebooks every couple of minutes and probably still getting it wrong, I decided to go back to basics. So, it’s a re-read of all the books again, this time making more notes!
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