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Where we play we roll a d3 +1 to see how many pieces of terrain that each player has. Then we roll the scatter dice with 2 or 3d6 for the distance the piece is moved. How do you all set up your boards. Also how many woods should one take? I will always take one wood and another terrain piece to keep it fair. We already get to have a free wood because we are Wood Elves.
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My group just does the normal of min 3 pieces and then either player can stop putting new pieces down. When one player stops then the other can put one more down if they please. I've played one game like how you mentioned. I like that way bc it is random to a degree and therefore less on how skilled you are at placing terrain to your advantage. More emphasis on the game.
As to how many forests I use: I usually try to place all forest except for one hill. Since I usually play with more vs less terrain the extra wood normally doesn't do much for me. I like using forests for their soft cover and because it doesn't slow us down at all. Provides a good place for ambuses and for slowing others down.
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Terrain is an absolutely key component to the game and chosing the right terrain or laying down terrain to your advantage is again every bit as important as deployment. For that reason, I'm not sure what I would think about a random approach.
As you never know which side you will play on. . . it makes things very interesting!
I only play with friends, so when our group puts down terrain, it's just a case of the two players putting down something that looks fair to both sides, and both guys agreeing. I've never had any of my mates try to set up a dodgy map, and we all know that if we tried, we'd get told by the rest of the group to pull our finger out and play fair.
In my group we usually put down one piece of terrain per quarter of the board and then roll D6 plus deviation. And i usually try to throw a hill out there so my GG can shoot in two ranks off of it. Kinda sucks when my buddy who plays dwarfs gets it and puts his thunderers up there though, but them's the breaks
I do it the same way as Trodi. Put out the minimum and keep placing terrain till someone stops.
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I usually try to get a friend at the next table to set it up for me, and do the same for them. Otherwise, tournament style (3pieces and stop when you want) I find that the tournament style hurts you the most, because many armies would just prefer not to have terrain to begin with!
We play D3+3, so up to 6 pieces. Then I add my free piece. We just decide what we'll use and roll off to place them. I always remind my opponent that I'll be adding my free wood just to be sportsmanly.
We just chuck a few pieces on the board so it looks cool and promotes tactical play. Generally the host (9/10 times me) deploys the terain. We roll for board edges so it prevents anyone making the board unfair (it can easily backfire) and someone points it out when there's too much.
Remember that we only get our Free Forest in Pitched Battles, so you may want to place some more forest in other missions.