Got a Blue win. Their start was harder than Red's, because of the 10 less hp, but I countered that by fighting over corpses. The end fight was much easier. Only needed to use two pearls (a white to stop the shaman from healing wave repeatedly, and a black to get away into the corner while recharging -- still had a couple whites, a green, and a blue left at the end). Thunderclap is awesome not so much for the damage but for the 3 stun turns. I used that, followed by Chain Lightning, followed by Breath, then Wing Buffet, then Trample. Took out some of the bad guys and then I invisoed and ran for better terrain, Biting to heal as necessary.
Some other things I've learned about Drakefire:
1. This game really isn't about using melee. I do way better when I play using breath was my only
means of attacking. So when it is loaded, I fight. When it is recharging, I move away. Against early bears, for example, one shot may not be enough so I shoot, back up until I reload, then shoot again.
2. The AI doesn't track you very well when you break line of sight. So just hugging an outcropping along the wall or rounding a corner is often enough to survive a mob. If you are Blue with Blink, breaking LOS is much easier.
3. Getting a Stamina as your first boost (if you are not Red) is actually not such a bad idea. It boosts HP by a good chunk for level 2 and also powers up your breath. I am starting to go Sta and then Str, rather than just Str all the way.
4. There is a way to skip turns! Using the 5 key on your number pad. But as Brad Pitt said in World War Z: "movement is life." Standing still and fighting = death in this game. Move to lure enemies to fight where you want to. Ideally over a corpse farm you've set up earlier or a good LOS break. And then 5 to make them come to you.
Blue Great Wyrm
Won in 4054 turns.
Scored 106954 points.
Strength: 22, Stamina: 17, Will: 17.
Bite, Thunderclap, Line Breath, Devour,
Chain Lightning, Frightful Presence, Gem-Encrusted Hide, Hardened Scales,
Magic Resistance, Rake, Trample, Wing Buffet.
9 orbs were found.
165 enemies were killed:
27 cave bears
22 earth gnomes
16 giant rats