"We come here with no peaceful intent, but ready for battle, determined to avenge our wrongs and set our country free. Let your masters come and attack us: we are ready to meet them beard to beard. "
Statement before the Battle of Stirling Bridge (11 September 1297), as quoted in History of Scotland (1841) by Patrick Fraser Tytler.
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Me after the HOTS game.
Me after the HOTS game.
Glen, a veteran of many games and rules systems came a calling in the first of a two night game swap. He came to my place to play Hammer of the Scots (HOTS). I shall be returning the favour with a visit to his pad for "Conflict of Hero's". Hammer of the Scots is a two player block wargame by Columbia games and is themed on the Scottish rebellion for Independence in the 13th Century. As the English player, you seek to pacify Scotland by controlling all the important noble lords. As the Scottish player you seek the allegiance of your fellow nobles in a bid for freedom.
Game play is tense right off the bat. I like games where there are multiple options available yet one is not able to do every thing you want to, HOTS has this. This along with the card play, dice and levy draws, keep the game from being static. It is a clean and clear game system, simple but with depth and has a high replay value.
Sharp eyed, unshaven and with hand rolled fag hanging precariously from his mouth Glen (Scots) took to the game quickly having recently played Julius Caesar, a stable mate of HOTS. Cool, calculating and relentless in the face of weakness, this man was not to be underestimated. Countless confrontations had taught me thus. At the mid way stage of the game I was in control and played it safe when an opportunity to crush the rebellion once and for all was available. A tactic which goes against my naturally aggressive game playing nature.
Fast forward several moves and at the second last round the sharp and painful realisation that all could be lost, prompting a desperate scramble for nobles. The last round and Glen had gained ascendancy, "In the name of God" what was I to do! With a two strength card in my hand I planned to rush English troops to the danger areas. I was just about to play it, when at the last minute I swapped for an event card. It could not wait, I had to try and turn one of his nobles.