|The colorful armies are deployed|
|Knights were in the center for Alpia|
|Horse was massed on the Stagonian left|
|Stagonian foot were the right wing|
|while Alpia had foot on their right and a mix of horse and foot on the left|
Bluebear Jeff's wonderful 15th century collection took to the table, with five active players to command them.
|by the third deck we had actually had a turn where ALL units got to move|
|blades men were sent up the road|
|while Alpian crossbowmen stormed into the fields|
|Stagonia used a more measured deployment|
|Horse were facing foot on each flank|
|The colorful flags of Stagonian foot|
|Stagonian General and staff with messenger|
|Alpian General and messenger staff|
The use of the cards makes the 'length' of a turn hard to accept for those who have played simulations, while for those new to the game table find that having a clear direction of who is moving and what they can do makes for a simple 'game'. Hence using this mechanism at the library with four essentially 'new' players they were able to keep on top of the game.
|after 7 decks (turns) we had done two full decks of movement|
|The Alpian forces were leading at this point, yet not enough to call a victory|
|Alpian horse was finally going into action|
|Sadly the Alpian knights had such new mounts that the sound of the cannon sent them into a skittish randomness, that was to doom the knights in the end ...|
|At the end of turn 9, one Stagonian General had totally lost his command, here he is seen desperately trying to rally the last stand of pike ...|
The Stagonian left had collapsed by turn 10, sensing a chance at total victory the Alpians rushed forward ... only to fall apart in morale as they made charge attempt after charge attempt and failed over and over ...
|short of powder this group of Stagonian foot held against repeated Alpian attack|
|Alpian horse, though not much damaged, flee from the battle|
|Stagonian potential shifted, now they send in their horse|
|The Stagonian horse threatened to overrun the Alpian command|
|while Stagonia came close to snatching a victory, the final score was 1 stand (not a unit a single stand) in favor of an Alpain win.|
the first battle at the Library tabletop.