It’s been so long since I posted on the blog I was pretty close to just shutting it down but that’s a little silly, I can always come back to it. So here I am with a general update and a look at some of the games that are really impressing my right now.
First things first, I’m a busy guy or at least I like to think so but I’m probably just really lazy. I digress. Between school and shitty health I haven’t felt much like talking about games to 2 people that read this thing for the once in a blue moon post. That being said I have played a lot of new game and rekindled some interest in games that had been collecting dust.
As I’m sure you know it can be difficult to find time for giant games like Warhammer and Twilight Imperium so I tend to focus on what I can play in 2 hours, tops. Keeping that in mind as well as my love for minis I’ve been spending some quality time with Super Dungeon Explore, the more I play it the more I love it.
The real beauty of SDE is that the whole thing is a hat-tipping to the golden age of the JRPG dungeon crawls. There’s no role playing, no unneeded subplots about love and lose, and no unnecessarily long monologs from the boss about his bond-villainian plans. It’s balls to the wall combat as wave after wave of minions, mini-bosses, and boss crash upon your shield desperate to dispatch you. The mechanics are super easy, almost everything is a roll-off with the number of dice listed on the character cards. The board is 5 12″ x 12″ tiles with a 1″ grid to make things easy. It’s more than I could have asked for in such a high quality board game. Did I mention the minis? They’re gorgeous, little chibi models and normally I don’t go for chibi but these guys are just too well done. A quick downside before I move on, the minis in the core set do not come assembled which makes for a trying task if you’re not a skilled hobbyist, all the expansions come preassembled so there that at least.
Next up is Star Wars: X-wing: The Miniature Game. or for ease of use X-wing. I’m a sucker for Star Wars, particularly the Rebellion Era, though after the prequels I have a bad taste in my mouth when it comes to new content. This game however may be one of the single best additions to the plethora of other Star Wars projects out there (I wish I could say the same for the LCG that was released by Fantasy Flight). If you’ve played Wings of Glory or Wings of War you know what you’re getting into, X-wing is essentially those games with a new coat of paint. Call that good or bad the game manages to capture the glory and agony of the space dogfights depicted in the original trilogy, the whole game so far in confined to the Rebellion Era. There are a lot of seemingly abstract rules at play here but as you work through the first game it become very clear that this may be the best way to handle something as complex as space combat (keeping in mind that yes there is no banking in space, but this is Star Wars and everybody banks in Star Wars). Really the only downside is the cost and the availability. This game is damn expensive, the small ships run about $15 a pop and the larger ships like the Slave 1 are $30, something that lessens that blow is the fact that you can have a mighty fun game with as few as 2 or 3 ships aside. As for the availability it’s pretty well sold out most places because it’s very popular, though Fantasy Flight says we will see rereleases of everything in the near future.
Last but not least the siren song of Magic: The Gathering has called me back to its voluptuous, greedy bosom and I have sunk my wallet and face deep. That being said I don’t buy a lot of cards because I don’t care about tournaments so I play with the cards I like and I already own most of those. I don’t know why I keep coming back but I do and secretly I really enjoy it.
That’s all the news that fit to know and just this little bit of typing has been fucking exhausting. I know that sounds silly but fatigue is a companion that never leaves my side.