$10.00
Jim Patching
United Kingdom
Newport
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
If you've already bought the base set of the new Crossbows and catapults you really should get around to buying some of the armoury packs at some point. None of them really add to the rules at all (apart from the battering ram in a very minor way I suppose) but the more funky weapons you get with this game the better. Let's have a look at each new weapon in a bit of detail:

Knight Gatling Gun
This is probably the most ingeniously designed of all the weapons. It's a plastic canon that sits on a carriage. On the top is a tube that you can stuff full of projectiles. On the back is a wheel with a crank handle. As you turn the wheel around, projectiles drop from the tube into the firing tunnel and are hurled at the enemy. It's basically a rapid firing version of the canon in the base set. If you're playing by the rules, a single action allows you to fire two shots from the gatling gun. With one elastic band I found its range to be a bit feeble so I'd recommend sticking two or even three elastic bands on it.

Orc Twin Crossbow
This nifty little device sits on a swivel platform that lets you rotate and elevate the weapon - perfect if you're one of those strange people who like to add your own sound effects to games! As it's raised off the ground it can laugh in the face of carpets everywhere, unlike its poor single shot cousin. However, the single shot crossbow probably gets the last laugh as the twin crossbow is a devil to actually aim.

It takes one action to fire the twin crossbow's two shots.

Knight Trebuchet
The trebuchet looks like the catapult's big brother. It towers over most of the other weapons and can look quite impressive from the Orc player's point of view. It fires two projectiles and, like the twin crossbow, only takes one action to fire these. It lobs the shells in a similar manner to the base set catapults, although its trajectory seems more horizontal than vertical. Like most of the multi-shot weapons, it can be pretty difficult to aim it accurately.

Orc Mortar
I think the mortar may be my favourite weapon. Unlike the other projectile-firing weapons, this one has it's very own specialised ammunition - two rubber 'rocks'!! Almost impossible to aim, you basically just launch the rocks and wait to see where they bounce or roll (and being made of rubber they are quite bouncy!)

Knights Battering Ram
The Knight's battering ram is just stupid. Stupid in a cool way, but still pretty stupid none-the-less. It's one of those pull back and let go devices (like many toy cars) and has a trigger on the front that launches the actual ram part of the weapon on contact with a hard surface. You can only use it twice in a game, and it takes an entire action to use it, but trust me that's all you'll need. The battering ram tends to do the work of dozens of regular shells in seconds. It's a bit like Chuck Norris in that nothing can withstand its terrible onslaught. I've found that the trigger that fires the actual ram part of the weapon isn't very sensitive and doesn't normally work, but it causes enough devastation without it.

Orc Triple Catapult
The triple catapult is just like the regular catapults except that it has a bucket that enables you to load three shells into it. It costs one action to fire three shells from this weapon. Almost impossible to aim, you generally just point it in the rough direction you want to hit and see what happens. Of all the new weapons I think this is my least favourite.



So there you have it. I really like the way that they've come up with different weapons for the two races. It gives them a bit of distinction and makes the game a different experience depending on what side you play. Some weapons are definitely better than others but even the naff ones are good for a giggle. Each of these sets come with a few more building blocks for your castle which is rather handy in itself as the base game didn't come with a huge amount of them.

The bottom line is, if you've got the base set and enjoy that, you've got to get at least some of these armoury packs. I'd say that the Trebuchet vs Mortar is my favourite set, followed by the Gatling Gun vs Twin Crossbow, with the Battering Ram vs Triple Catapult coming in last, but they're all worthy additions.
10 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Ben .
United Kingdom
Unspecified
Surrey
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Jim,

Any clues as to where this stuff is in stock in the UK?

Cheers,

ben
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Jim Patching
United Kingdom
Newport
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
I got them from a UK seller off Ebay. No idea how he got his hands on it. I'll geekmail you his details.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Goddammit! Quality and on time delivery are not mutually exclusive!
United States
Shelby Township
Michigan
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Jim, was your gatling gun missing the side seat as pictured on the packaging and instructions?
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Jim Patching
United Kingdom
Newport
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
Yep, no side seat on mine.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Todd Burow
United States
Florida
flag msg tools
I will agree with most of your comments except for the ones on the battering ram and triple catapult. I have all 3 sets plus the tower expansion, and the catapult comes in handy...you just gotta put 2-3 bands on it. The battering ram is a killer...if done right, it can turn the tides. All in all...great game, great expansions.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Mike Beiter
United States
Tonawanda
New York
flag msg tools
mbmbmbmbmb
The battering ram makes me nervous. We own all expansions etc, and as said, it does the work of several turns. It is very devistating to the opponents field.

Nothing is more demoralizing in the game to have several warriors as well as several blocks destroyed by one big slam.

I am so glad they limit the number of uses you get, but I am kind of fine with only 1 use per game. It kind of makes sense since you allready launched in into the opponents forces, I do not see them willingly let you retrieve it.

They should have made an orc juggernaut to balance it out.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.