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The Watchers on the Wall

The horn echoed across the frigid night sky. One blast: Rangers returning. Wind and snow beat against the guards' cloaks as they shuffled to their posts. The Night's Watchmen stopped in their tracks as the second blast rang out: Wildlings.

The Haunted Forest erupted in flames, signalling to the Raiders to strike Castle Black. High upon the battlements, Jon Snow and Alliser Thorne saw tiny shapes move out from underneath the dark boughs of the forest. Tens of thousands of Wildlings boldly marched towards the Wall. Lumbering behind them were monsters out of myth, giants and mammoths. The Night's Watch were outnumbered nearly a thousand to one. Each man vowed to give their lives in defense of the Seven Kingdoms. It seemed they would give it tonight.

The Story

"North of the Wall, Mance delivers on his promise to "light the biggest fire the North has ever seen," and the massive wildling army emerges from the woods, their numbers including giants riding atop mammoths. Alliser Thorne orders the archers on the Wall to nock their arrows, but they draw instead while Grenn accidentally drops a barrel down the Wall. Alliser angrily drills his men on properly following orders when another horn blows from down below at Castle Black, signaling the unanticipated appearance of Tormund's band of wildlings at the castle's southern entrance."

- Game of Thrones Wiki, Battle of Castle Black

Gameplay & Strategy

If you’re playing this scenario as the Night’s Watch, you’ll start to feel pretty claustrophobic as the Wildling horde closes in on both sides. Your immediate reaction may be to focus on survival, to play as defensive as possible and keep your units bundled together in Castle Black. The major problem with this strategy is that the Free Folk army could potentially gain a ton of Victory Points by destroying the Castle Walls.

That’s why the best strategy is to go on the offensive. Go after the Free Folk units south of the Wall and try to take them out as quickly as possible. The other option is to have one or two hardy units defend Castle Black while your other troops race out to meet the swarm on the north side of the Wall. Utilize the amazing healing potential of the Conscripts. Set them up near Jon Snow or the Veterans of the Watch and there will be almost nothing that can take them down.

As the Free Folk player, you must carefully split your force in two. You must decide if you want to attack the Castle Wall right away or wait a few Rounds when they are worth even more Victory Points. You may be tempted to spam Savage Giants in the north, but if they take any damage before they hit the Castle Wall they could die when the Wall Activates and shoots with Precision.

This is a fan-made scenario inspired by CMON Limited’s A Song of Ice & Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game and is in no way associated with CMON.

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