by Ze Mario in Portugal from BGG:
I read somewhere that this is the ideal scenario for learning the game, so we decided to play it. Hugo had already fixed the map with the missing rice paddies, so we gave it a go. For no particular reason, I got the Ikeda Army and Hugo, Tokugawa’s.
Tokugawa’s army begins with three contingents. Tokugawa begins on the top of a large hill, surrounded by rice paddies. It seems a pretty hard position to attack. Imagine the battlefield from my point of view, Tokugawa’s on my left, with 15 units.
On the right are his other two contingents. We have a long valley across the battlefield, and on the right, Naomasa is on extreme side of the valley, near the mountain to the north. Oda’s behind that mountain, a bit far from the area where the action is going to take place on a near future.
My army, Ikeda’s, has 4 contigents. On the left side, I have Mori, that I’m guessing is supposed to battle Tokugawa. The problem is that the army of these two that decides to strike the other has to cross the rice paddies, which will take a long time during which they’ll be exposed to range attacks in the meanwhile. On the right of Mori, is Ikeda’s contigent. Across the valley, opposite to Naomasa, I start with two contigents Yokisuki, and Terumasa. On this side, it seemed clear to us that Naomasa was supposed to hold Yokisuki and Terumasa’s attack until Oda forces arrived to help him out.
The actual session report:
I marched Yokisuki and Terumasa across the valley to hit Naomasa while he was alone. I was hoping to eliminate that contigent before Oda arrived, since they still had a long way and rough terrain to cross. When they got in range, they were saluted by archers and gunners, and my own returned fire. Oda’s forces began their cross-country march.
Yokisuki and Terumasa continued to walk, and they finally hit Naomasa’s men. Both sides sustained a more or less equal damage. Maybe it shouldn’t have been like that, but I guess we’re still amateurs with the maneuvers. Oda continued to march. The left side of the battlefield is asleep.