Despite the Taliban attempting to get a shot on the escapees they could not actually get a target. Frustrating is not the word for it.
At the end the Coalition forces scored 25 points for rescuing the two hostages and capturing the reporter.
The Taliban scored 1 for a wound and two for a serious wound or kill. The result was 23.
Close game to say the least and the last four moves were incrediably exciting.
It was a very exciting game. The Taliban players could only sit and wait for the coalition to walk into their traps and positions for a lot of the game and there was some nerve racking periods as we waited for the right time to spring a trap.
However full credit goes to the Coalition players who acted in a very aggressive manor at times and successfully destroyed all opposition. They were unlucky with some of the Fog of War cards which very much benifited the Taliban.
Full credit also goes to them for continuing to look for the second hostage who had been reported killed and was kept in a different building. Many players would have assumed the worse in order to get out of there.
The descision to put in the reserves to cover the retreat was also sensible as it dominated the area and dealt with any Taliban who were ready to block the special forces evacuation.
And now a word from one of the coalition players, Joseph McCullough.
I think the whole game actually hinged on one turn. The first turn we assaulted the main compound. For one second, there was only one SBS man standing, and everyone else was down. If that last man had gone down, or if Phil had not (once again) rolled so well for the casualties and seen all but one pop right back up, it would almost certainly have been game over.
"I think what really drove us was not knowing the scale of opposition. If we new there was a finite number of Taliban, we might have taken a more methodical approach, but many games of Ambush Alley have taught us to hit hard, move fast, stomp on spawn points, and get the hell outta Dodge!
All in all a great game enjoyed by all. Planning the next one already.