Sunday, January 16, 2011

Thoughts on Objective Scoring

So I played a 4,500 point per person game yesterday with 3 Space Marine players (myself included) against a combined Eldar/Dark Eldar force.  Now before I get to the Objective Scoring, let me make some observations on the opposition armies.

1)  An Avatar is CHEAP!  But died to a single Drop-Podding Sternguard unit with their Hellfire Rounds.

2)  WraithLords are a pain in the butt.

3)  Dark Eldar Scourges are insane.  They die immediately the next turn, but my opponent deep-struck 6 units and they killed a lot of stuff.  The number of dice he rolled looked crazy.  My Whirlwinds cleaned them off the board.

4)  Wyches and Lilith are heinous.  Just shoot the hell out of them after they kill one of your units.

On the Space Marine side:

1)  A Land Raider Achilles is very survivable against Eldar/Dark Eldar.  Since it is immune to Lance weapons, all they can do is glance it.

2)  You can never have too much AT.

3)  Ultramarine characters are under-powered.  The whole codex is weak compared to every other codex released since.  You can put Marneus Calgar, Cassius, Tigirius and Sicarius in one army and they don't match up to any characters in any other codex.  VERY weak.  

Mephiston smacks down a Wraithlord, even after suffering a Perils of the Warp!

OK, so now to Objective Scoring.  We used the same rule we are using in The Big Game.  It is the objective scoring we use in SoCal Apocalypse and with the San Diego group I play with.  

Starting with Turn 2, you count each objective after every PLAYER TURN.  So after the top of Turn 2, the bottom of Turn 2, etc.    This leads to:

1.  More aggressive play.  You can't sit back and try and go for that last turn scoring.

2.  More assaults!  You have to get in their and mix it up and get the opponent off the objective.

3.  Less reserves.  You need your stuff on the board.  If you keep stuff in reserve those items are not helping you.  Units must have an impact all game long.

So try this method with your game.  If you don't think about it and go for objectives right away, you will find you get behind in the scoring and you can't come back.

We will be using this method in The Big Game and I think it will make for some great battles.  we have a discussion thread on this on the Apocalypse40K.com forums.

Alec


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