Finally, it’s the end of the Border Princes campaign. We finished playing the games about 5 months ago, but real-life intervened and posting the results has suffered. Still, better late than never.
The most important battle in terms of final standings is the last ever Siege of Malko, in which Aramoro‘s Bretonnians managed to hang onto the city despite repeated assaults from the Empire. Furycat was significantly hampered during this final turn as it coincided with the release of the updated Empire army book (a significant decrease in power if ever there was one); the Empire were defeated in every game they played this turn. The overall story of turn 15 ended up as one of the Empire’s star waning while Forkbanger‘s High Elves’ waxed. From a Beastmen perspective it’s been a highly successful turn, pushing back forces from the Empire (here and here) and completing the rout of Justinmatters‘ Orcs and Goblins (here). The only relative fly in the ointment is a draw in the Old Silk Road, a battle in which both the Beastmen and Bretonnians think that they are defending the territory on behalf of their mutual ally, the High Elves. Considering that, it is probably fitting to be a draw. The last ever battle of the campaign is a force of Orcs and Goblins holding out their outpost in the Northern mountains against the High Elves; in fairness to Forkbanger he could have played it safe in the last turn but opted for a far more amusing charge into some Black Orcs (sadly for him it didn’t work out).
So, at the end of the campaign, our final scores are:
Beastmen: 50 points (38 territories, 3 of which are special)
Empire: 27 points (23 territories, 1 of which is special)
High Elves: 23 points (18 territories, 1 of which is special)
Bretonnians: 16 points (7 territories, 1 of which is Malko)
Orcs & Goblins: 7 points (7 territories)
To my great surprise (counting from our original plans to run the campaign) the runaway winners are the Beastmen. Furycat’s Empire limp over the line in second as a catastrophic final turn is not taken full advantage of by Forkbanger’s High Elf forces. Aramoro’s Bretonnians hang onto fourth by dint of holding Malko leaving Justinmatters’ Orcs and Goblins bringing up the rear. Furycat will get his prize in due course.
Thanks very much to my friends for playing along with the Border Princes campaign for so long, and especially to Aramoro for doing the maps. And, finally, thanks to everyone who read the saga of the Border Princes. I hope you’re inspired to try something bigger than ‘just another game’.