I previously wrote a post about the Tears of Isha boxed campaign, and thought that I would follow it up with an entry about the other campaign that I managed to get a hold of, The Grudge of Drong. If you read my previous review, this one is pretty much the same thing, just with a different and different armies. This particular campaign was designed to be played with 3,000 points of High Elves and Dwarfs, but that could be adjusted to whatever points level suited you.
The box contents are very similar to the Tears of Isha campaign:
1. Campaign book – This tells the story and battles for the campaign, along with sample armies used in the campaign
2. Battle scroll – This contains rules for the special characters in the story, as well as force selection guidelines
3. Punch-out terrain – Various Dwarf buildings(brewhouse, ale store, and drinking hall) are provided that you can punch out and fold up
4. Roster sheets – These are to write your army down on
The premise for this campaign is that two Dwarfen clans have a deep grudge against each other. One of the clans imposed a tax upon the other when traveling through the mountain pass to sell their goods. However, the Elves landed and set up a colony, so the taxed clan no longer needed to travel through the pass since they could trade with the Elves instead. Without the taxes, Drong’s clan became poor, so he invented a claim to the throne of the opposing clan. He has decided to challenge Helgar’s (a female ruler) claim to her throne, kicking off the conflict for this campaign. The campaign is focused more on the Dwarfen perspective, with the Elves mostly being present for somebody to fight against.
Like the Tears of Isha campaign, the campaign is split into four different battles. The results of the first three battles determine advantages for the final battle. The overall campaign winner is determined only by the last battle, but winning the earlier battles with give you advantages in the final battle.
The book contains some sample army lists for each battle, but you can’t really use those since new army books have been released, so the points values are drastically different and references are made to obsolete magic items. That’s not really a big problem, though, because you can select your own forces for the battle, with some modified guidelines from the Battle Scroll that is provided. Some of the characters in the campaign carry magical equipment or special rules, but I didn’t see anything that wouldn’t fit into 8th edition easily. There are 3 different point sizes for the battles: 1,500 for the first and third ; 1,000 for the second; and the final battle can be up to 3,000 depending on how previous battles in the campaign have concluded. I’m sure that these could all be changed to just be a standard format or different points values if desired.
My thoughts for this campaign are pretty similar to those for Tears of Isha. I think that narrative campaigns can be a fun change of pace and with only 4 battles, shouldn’t be a huge time commitment. It is another good example for a would-be campaign creator, a good guideline on how to make a campaign. I think that it would be nice if GW would start releasing things like this in the current edition.
On a side note, it was interesting to see the names of the Elven characters in the book. Previously, when looking at eBay auctions for High Elves, I would occasionally see the names of Ardath and Eldroth for some models, which seemed a little strange, since I never saw their names mentioned in the Army Books as special characters. It would seem that those models were created for when this campaign was released.