By now you should have heard of the Fall of Winterhold Side Event at KoHIT - and have a few questions.
Here’s how it will work and what the result will (or might) be.
The side event will be played continuously on a table set aside for it. On it will be a stack of 50 cards (including Siege cards like Defensive Wall, Ramparts or Castle Gate). When an attacker arrives (or more than one), a call to war will go out for a Dwarven player to defend.
The Dwarves have 15 minutes to respond to the thread, or the top card will be removed from the game. When a Dwarf player does respond, he places his deck against the attacker(s) and has a choice of drawing 1-3 cards from the deck and placing them in any rank in his army (before revealing them and without causing an illegal rank).
There may be several players to each side, but each side can only have one more player than the other (so if one dwarf comes to defend, only two of the attackers may attack, if a second dwarf arrives, a third one may enter the battle and so on or vice versa).
The battle is resolved much like in Strategic - any player can enter at any time (given the limit above) and any player can attack armies in front and on either side of him (on the opposite side of the table that is - all Dwarves are on one side of the table). Initiative goes back and forth between the Dwarven side and the opponent side (effectively giving a single Dwarf player against two (for example) Deverenian players two actions while each of them has one until he runs out of options).
When a Warlord is defeated, the next player in line moves up. A defeated Dwarven player has to remove all Winterhold cards in his army or his discard pile from the game. A Dwarven player having eliminated an opponent has the option to withdraw from combat, placing any remaining Winterhold cards under their draw pile. He has to wait at least an hour before he can rejoin the queue. Also there can always be only one of each Warlords in the fray (so not three Kruns against three King Alarics, for example).
If and when all 50 Winterhold cards have been removed from play, Winterhold has fallen. What happens then?
The Dwarves have suffered a dire defeat. They appear to be the least favored faction. There will be future tests to determine their fate. Ultimately it will be up to the players all over the world with their actions on the field of battle to decide whether the Dwarves are a dying race, bar of hope, or whether they are going to have a chance to thrive.
Dwarf players - rally to the cause!