My New Hobby: Lords in the Field Series

August 11, 2014

Are you guys tired of Mount & Blade posts with no screenshots? Well then, I have good news for you!

What? No! I’m not putting an end to the Mount & Blade posts. Geez. You still have to put up with them. But at least now they will have pictures!
(I happened to be looking in the options and noticed the keybinding for screenshots. Score!)

So of course, once I found the key to quick screenshots, I came up with a new hobby … shots of me next to the other lords in the field! I took a lot over the weekend but I am only going to subject you to a couple of dudes at a time.

May as well start at the top with the boss man himself.

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Hmelnitski is a hard man to catch standing still. Usually he leads the charge, and since he’s on a fast Thoroughbred, I can’t catch him before he gets himself knocked out. In this battle, however, we had a huge advantage in number of troops, so he elected to stay back and let our men take care of things.

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Here we have me and my boyfriend Les’ … oh. Wait. You don’t want that one, that’s the one in the dark. (No futher comments, I am going to behave. hehe)

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Better? Ok. Somehow when I was previewing that one I managed to make it my desktop background. I think I’ll just leave it for awhile. That sky is *amazing*.

You might have noticed that I am wearing different armor than I had been in the first post I made about this game. Last time I posted I was still fighting back and forth to get and keep Minsk. Over the weekend, I helped take it back, but Zolotarenko led the siege and had recently lost his fortress to the Crimean Khanate, who we had recently gone to war with. So, since I still had my town and Vasil had nothing, Hmelnitski gave Minsk to him. Ok, fair enough. But THEN the lousy Tatars took Ladyzhyn Fortress .. and my town was attached to it. So I lost my town and was back to having zero holdings. To add insult to injury, we made peace with the Poles, so Minsk hasn’t needed defending. I’ve taken over Ladyzhyn and been awarded it, only to have the Tatars take it back .. same story, different fortress, right? So one of the times they took it back (with difficulty, I might add .. I have learned a lot about the garrison and holding out in a siege) and imprisoned me, they decided that taking my weapons wasn’t enough, they also stole my armor. I ran around bare-chested for awhile (and looked good doing it, I might add) but eventually found some crap armor and, well, gave it to one of my followers in exchange for this shiny coat of mail that he had on. Hey, I gave the mail to him in the first place, and without any holdings, I have no income and can’t afford to buy more. I have to make do right now. Anyway, I built my army back up and enlisted Popovich and Nesterenko to come help me take it back. We would have succeeded if they hadn’t sent several armies to come break us up. We did survive, however, and decimated their forces in the process. I even captured one of them to deliver to Hmelnitski. (What? I had a quest!)

Ok, more to come later! I hope I’m not boring you all to death but if I am … well, it’s my blog. :p

I Hate Summer

August 8, 2014

Blargh. Work is so busy and I want to post. Leave me alone, phone! Ok, I’ll make this short.

Last night I took Bar Fortress from the Poles. I figured since the not asking thing worked for Minsk it would work again. I patrol around the fortress for awhile and then Colonel Matviy Gladkiy’s flag appears over it. Hmmm. Ok. The Poles come and take it. (I leave and let them. It’s not mine, I’m not fighting 600 of them to defend it by myself!) Once they’re gone I take it back and again, don’t ask for it. And again, it goes to Gladkiy. I guess since Gladkiy owned it for a long time before they came and took it, he’s got rights to it. So maybe if I can get Minsk back, then it will be mine since it was before. Oh well. At least I got more siege practice in, and when I took it back the second time I also freed my favorite buddy Les’ Gritsenko and Colonel Ivan Sirko, who were being held in the prison there.

One other really cool thing happened. I was hanging out with Colonel Ivan Bogun and we ran into Skrzetuski. When he defeated me a few nights ago, he took some things from my inventory, including some of my books and my backup horse Teddy. When we defeated him, I got all my stuff back, including Teddy! I was very happy, especially since I had been unable to find another heavy thoroughbred with the same stats. Instead, I bought a lame troop horse on the cheap. So now I have a healthy troop horse that I don’t need. I guess I’ll just increase one of my followers’ riding skill enough that they can ride him, because I’d feel bad selling him back and taking a loss on him without him ever even being ridden.

I really need to get a fortress soon. Now that my renown is higher, my army size has increased to 140+, and the types of campaigns I am going on are tough without the more expensive soldiers from the mercenary camps. My funds are dwindling.

Oh, and since I promised something about WoW this week, here .. have a screenshot of Lyss and Kash hearthing away from me at the end of our alt raid on Saturday night. Lyss and Slice both came along! It was really awesome to get to raid with them again. :)

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My First Siege!

August 7, 2014

Last night, I noticed that Minsk had been besieged enough recently to severely deplete its garrison. It was down to less than 100 defenders. I had 120 men or so in my army, but I was afraid that would be cutting it too close. After all, my personal specialty is cavalry, and while that extra long Hussar lance is superbly effective when mounted, it is a clumsy hindrance on foot. So I rode back over towards Cossack lands in hopes of finding assistance. As I drew near Chernigov, who should I see but my favourite buddy Les’ Gritsenko patrolling the area. In the past when I had chosen the dialog ‘Would you follow me? I have some ideas …’ the answer would be ‘That would hardly be appropriate, why don’t you follow me instead.’ But my renown has grown to the point where it is higher than many of the other Cossacks, so this time, he said something like ‘Lead the way. Together we will bring mayhem to our enemies.’

So, with Les’ following, I rode back to Minsk and blew a hole in the wall. We entered the city and fought off all of the defenders. The fortress was ours! Or rather, mine. I was given the option to request that it be awarded to me. Since my relationship with Hetman Hmelnitski is 100 and I led the attack, I had faith that he would give it to me anyway, so I chose not to ask for it. Within a few minutes, I received notice that he awarded it to me … although I was also given the option to accept or reject it. Of course, accepting it meant I was expected to defend it, which … well … 900 Poles showed up to take it back before I could even begin to get the garrison built back up, so it was only mine for a day or two. But still … now that others will follow me, I will be able to lead more of my own sieges! Well … once Colonel Jan Skrzetuski releases me from captivity, that is. /sigh

Fun With Jaraxxus

August 6, 2014

I finished a quest in Hearthstone over the weekend which put me over the 100g mark again, so I spent it on a card pack. Normally this nets me some dust and if I’m lucky, a rare or epic that I don’t have yet. On very rare occasions, however, it can be like this:

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So of course I immediately went to my warlock deck and put him in there. I had to try him out. I still hadn’t played against Loatheb yet, so I took him there for his trial run.

Note: Some spoilery stuff here for the Plague wing. If you haven’t bought it yet and don’t want to know, do not proceed!

Loatheb, as you might remember if you raided Naxx early in Wrath, had a ton of health and could only be beaten at those gear levels through use of the mechanics … namely, killing the spores that occasionally spawn with as many people standing close to it as possible so as to get the buff that it gives when it explodes. I believe the buff was an increased critical strike chance. In Hearthstone it gives all of your minions +8 attack. Oh and Loatheb’s health is 2.5x higher than the other bosses you face. That’s a whopping 75 health for those of you who would rather not do the math. (waves at Cococat)

Now, his boss ability does 3 damage to your hero. So you might think ‘what the hell are you thinking playing a warlock who has life tap as his special’ … but it can work to your advantage if used intelligently. I used it once early, but then didn’t use it again until late in the fight. I had a summoning stone out, decreasing the cost to summon Jaraxxus to 7. My health was at 4, so first I tapped 2 of that health off for a draw, then dropped the big boy and bam! I turn into the demon and have 15 health. NOW it gets fun, because my new superpower summons a 6/6 infernal. In short order I have a board that looks like this:

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Good times. Will Jaraxxus continue to be useful? I don’t know. But that one game was enough to make me happy that I got him.


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