Team 51 went to OSG, NH to fight in the Halo Wars this past weekend. All I can say is WOW! Approx 200+ people came to play this big scenario. It was my first scenario outside of Field 51 and I didn't know what to expect. At first I was a little nervous, but once I went thru chrono things were a little closer to normal. The morning get together is similar to Field 51, as well as the game kick off.
For this event Team 51 consisted of Norboo (Norm), Looper (Shawn), Prowler (Isaac), 1shot (Josh), Stuka (Chris), and joining the team extension was Rental kid (Ian), and "Mr. Boyd" who's reputation precedes him. Team 51 was teamed up with Silent Nightmare from Rhode Island and other scenario teams and player from all around New England to fight as The Covenant versus the UNSC Marines. Our team captain was a regular at OSG and brought his team to lead the battle. We were lucky to have a local who knew the field and he did his home work days prior to the big game. Team 51 quickly decided radios would be a big bonus and we all dialed into the same frequency and I tried to monitor the captains freq all day. I think 2 radios might be helpful next time.
After the morning briefings and game overview we had a run-down with our captain. He quickly informed us we'd be having two battles at once as soon as the horn started the game. I was stoked for the start, yet shocked to find our huge team would be splitting up in different directions immediately. Team 51 and Silent Nightmare found ourselves on top of Hamburger Hill. There to defend and prevent The Marines from planting the bomb they were bringing from their base camp. We played valiantly. We were out numbered 3 to 1, and the Marines had a respawn spot not too far away. Despite being hunkered down and keeping them off us for awhile they slowing began picking us off making holes in our defense. Norboo, Stuka, and one of Silent Nightmare being the last stand, Hamburger Hill fell approx. 40 minutes into the designated 1 hour battle. All was not lost though. The first battle was so fierce the Marines called for added man power and pulled players off their other fight to fight the Covenant on top of the hill. This left the Marines weakened at the HALO Village giving our Covenant brothers an opportunity to gain crucial points.
As the first battle ended the next battle had already started. Norboo, Looper and Stuka joined in late but quickly found Prowler trying to push the bonus bomb (beach ball) to the enemy fortification. This fight was the exact opposite roles of the Hamburger Hill battle. The Covenant were the aggressors. The Coventant had the respawn advantage. We literally had to low crawl to get the bomb into position, taking numerous hits and swapping players to get the job done. The fort was not taken but but key point were gained by depositing the bomb and finding fuel and ammo. Again, while this battle was going on the rest of the Covenant were taking key point-rich positions and props being covert while doing their hit and run missions. During recovery part of Team 51 found themselves several points props and hauled them away and quickly forming their own hit and run mission within the big mission. Upon return to base we found that the enemy was trying to take over our base at the Urban Village. Once again Covenant blasted their way thru the Urban Village, covering each other on the move, eliminating everyone in seemingly record time. Almost a walk in the park. Haha.
Lunch break came and Team 51 aired up and resupplied. The Covenant captain re-briefed on the upcoming missions. The current score was announced...Marines 300, Covenant 700. We were winning, by a lot! Holy Mackerel!! Well this fueled the fire for sure. Some of the morning missions were two part. Now we had to get bombs placed to win and win certain battles all while keeping the enemy out of our backyard. Team 51 led the afternoon charge to the Castle. One of Covenant players was brave and rugged enough to carry two 55 gal. barrels to place in the Castle while Team 51 formed a wall preventing the Marines from advancing on our points gaining barrel hauler dude. It worked. We kept the flood of Marines at bay and even pushed them back to the Halo Village.
The last battle of the day involved a lot of paint, a lot of running, a lot of rush attacks, and a lot of intestinal fortitude to convince yourself to move up and try to gain position. We did not win the last battle but it didn't matter. The Covenant dominated all day. We had already won the war. Marines 1300, Covenant 1700.
In the end we all had a great time. Some of us didn't see each other all day except when resupplying or at the start of a mission. We met some great people. We swapped a lot of paint. We had a few funny stories to exchange. It was definitely a target rich environment. If you ever get the chance to do a big scenario I highly recommend you try it. I cant wait for Lost at Field 51! See you there.