TöeJam vs the Norse team “McClechland Mjolnir”.
Things went normally for the gobbos for the first part of the first half. TöeJam received the kickoff – and was patient with the ball for the first 3-4 turns. I was being cautious after the lesson I learned last week. I didn’t want to rush things. My hope was stall for a half and push for a draw.
As normal, I start moving the ball and on que I somehow drop the ball. This time I think I tried to make a dodge. Team Mjolnir gets the ball and I do all I can to stifle the advance. A turn or so later they score.
Things are normal. I’m down 0-1. It’s just past midway on the half. My bribe works out and I get to keep my fanatic in the match. I set up to receive the kick off again.
I get a favorable bounce and soon I’ve made a pass. With some lucky dice I make a hand off and my pogoer is leaping down the pitch. I dodge some tackles and on the last turn of the half he bounced in for the score. Knotted up 1-1 at the half.
On the second half I kick off – and the Norse team slowly moves the ball around the pitch proding for a weak point in my defense.
With several defending turns – the game seems destined for a stalemate. I try to clog every option – hoping not to let a draw get away this time. By turn 6-7 he’s moving through my side of the pitch. Desperately I’m trying to avoid the go-ahead score on his part.
About this time somehow – passes are dropped and the ball lay on the pitch… Waiting for some really screwed up luck for anyone to take a chance on picking it up.
The goblins make their move … I put tackle zones everywhere possible and surround the open spots around the ball. Then I bounce my pogoer through two tackle zones (dice passed) – and then pick up the ball (5+) and out the other side of the scrum.
Success! Initially I’m thinking just hold on to the ball and kill the clock. But soon I realize that the path is sorta open to make a dash toward the end zone. I dodge several more tackles in the last couple turns and stretch out for the “go for it” (on a re-roll) and score!
– it took 6 weeks to learn patience. Or it was just losses to please the dice gods to allow TöeJam a chance to not screw it up.
Fitz, whom has his own blog (Exiled from Albion) – brought down his hand made pitch in a box. It was really nice. Check out his blog for the particulars. Here are a couple shots of it.
I’m jealous – now I have another project to build my own 😉.