Once more into the fray.

Posted: August 6, 2013 in Uncategorized

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.

Happy gaming.    

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Looks like it’s been a some time since I posted, I wish I could say that I’d been busy playing games of all stripes, alas I cannot. Certainly not for a lack of interest or wanting mind you. At the very least I can say some progress has been made, I settled on a rule set, Gruntz 15mm. It’s simple enough that explaining it to new comers should be fairly easy and has enough depth to really customize the hell out of an army allowing the vets all the details they could ask for. Plus it’s by all accounts a indie game and I always like supporting people with the balls to through their hats into the ring with a bunch of heavy hitters. Of course I will try to post any and all progress as I stumble my way through learning the game. 

Now I’m on the prowl for minis, there are so damn many it’s hard to make a choice. I generally prescribe to the theory that more is better but the shear number of options is daunting and I want them all. I’m hoping to 3D print a few costume designs for tanks and walkers too. I had though about loading up Zbrush and seeing if I could whip up some infantry but I really don’t have the time for that AND making vehicles, and vehicles are my preferred minis.

Unfortunately my health isn’t helping get anything done either, I generally have some fairly bad health issues that keep me from doing too much. Some new things have cropped up and they’re really taking a toll on me. Between general exhaustion, chronic pain, and chronic nausea I feel like shit most of the time and now I get to have fun with tremors, blackouts, and uncontrollable muscle spasms. It’s not fun and makes getting together with people for a game a difficult from day to day and sometimes hour to hour. As far as I know, and my doctors know, this isn’t going to kill me any time soon but it does make things very unpleasant. 

On the bright side my gaming group is a very patient and understand bunch and have taken all this nonsense in stride. In stride enough to continue to make plans with me, even with a 60/40 split in favor of me not showing up. 

As for games, like I said I haven’t played too much lately, though my gaming group has settled in on a weekly Descent game followed by several rounds of Starcraft 2. It’s not a lot but it’s nice to sit down with the guys and throw some dice. 

This week I’m going to start working on some 15mm terrain in hopes of a limited run to be sold by my LGS, ideally this will fun my robot model kits I’ve been working on. I don’t know what I’m going to do with said robots but the idea behind them was to make several plug and play robots so if people collect the whole set they can build all kinds of cool stuff. I don’t know if this will go anywhere but it’s been a fun process so far, as I get stuff done I’ll post some pictures.

I guess that’s it for now, I’ll try to get back on a regular schedule of posting.

So, I may or may not have said I am a full time student studying Industrial Design with a focus in toy and miniature design, now you know. Anyway, a friend and I are working on a series of mech model kits and here are some of the parts. I’m drawing them in Rhino3D and then we 3D print them, clean ’em up, and cast ’em in silicon molds. Right now we’re mostly in the test molding phase as we work toward completion of the designs.

These parts are legs and upper arms, the rest of the mech is designed but not detailed, I’ll continue to post the progress as things get done. As with anything I work on constructive criticism is always welcome.
builder bot leg 1 builder bot leg 2

builder bot leg 3


builder bot arm 1

 

builder bot arm 2

I posted yesterday that I was looking for a tank battle game in a smaller scale, like 6mm small. Much to my surprise I got a response from a fellow blogger, Robert (I believe) over at Tin Pot Revolutionary shared some gamer knowledge with me.

Here’s the links he shared:

Microworld Games – They have some great looking minis, I’m particularly smitten with the Lizard Riders and now I just have to find a rule set for them.

Fighting 15s – More good minis, not really my cup of tea but might as well give ’em a mention.

Free Wargame Rules – This is really impressive, a treasure trove of rule sets for every genre you can think of, this is definitely worth looking into.

These are some really cool examples of what’s out there for the smaller scale wargames and I have to thank the community that supports these games, may of them have contacted me with great suggestions and ideas. When I left the Warhammer/Warmachine scene it was because the community was awful and didn’t make me want to play, maybe it’s a stateside thing or maybe I’m getting older but I just want to have something to enjoy for the sake of enjoyment. These nice gamers have given me hope that I might find people interested in playing for the sake of having a good time.

Anyhoo, on the heals of starting this mission Spartan Games dropped Armored Clash on me, I might argue that this isn’t that different than their run of the mill Dystopian War game but it is focused on tank battles. Needless to say this is pretty exciting since it’s a lot easier for me to find these particular minis in the states and frequently below asking price. The rules are a free and available for download on their website, it’s all there so check it out.

On a Mission for Little Things.

Posted: February 22, 2013 in Minis, Tabletop, Wargaming

I’m on a mission, I am desperately looking for a tabletop tank battle game (I’ve finally given up on finding a space naval battle game, and boats just don’t do it for me). I’m hoping for something in the 40k Epic scale but without paying 40k Epic prices.

Here’s the criteria:

  • I live in a very small apartment with my wife and dog so I can’t put up a 4×8 table, in fact 4×4 is pushing it, so it can’t require a large playing area.
  • I’m disabled and can’t carry 100 pounds of plastic every time I want to go to a store and play, so the minis have to be small and preferably not metal.
  • I like Sci-fi a lot, it’s not required but it’s a plus.
  • I don’t want to deal with infantry if I can help it, aircraft are a bonus but not required.
  • I really like a game that has reasonably priced starter armies, though it’s not required.
  • Finally, it need to be cheap. Obviously every game costs something but like I said I don’t want to pay Epic prices.

I heard good things about Dropzone Commander but that seems to have fallen by the wayside and after that it’s all WWI/II game which don’t tickle my fancy. Also I don’t want to give money to GW if I can help it.

That being said anybody have any suggestions?

As the end of a console generation looms ever large on the horizon and the forum flame wars take over the gaming blog-o-sphere, I have to wonder if backwards compatibility really matters. When I bought my PS3 it seemed like a big deal but now, years later, I never get out my PS2/1 games and play them. It’s not that I don’t like those games, I loved them enough to keep them, but I have the newer, shinier games to distract me. The question begs the answer does backwards compatibility make a difference?

In my humble opinion, it’s a resounding no. I don’t think many gamers go back and play games from a previous generation, at least not console games, PC gaming is another story. Sure, there are always outliers and there may be more here than would be acceptable in a scientific study but I think it still stands. Hell, most people I know don’t even have a PS3 that is backwards compatible.

Let’s not forget that Sony bought a company that specializes in cloud gaming, so even if the disc won’t play it doesn’t mean all the previous PS game are gone forever, and PSN isn’t going anywhere. I’m not pleased that there is a very good chance that if I want a PS3 title I already own to play on my PS4 I’ll have to buy it again but some games warrant it and if I can vote with my dollar twice why not if the game is just that good.

I’m not really sure where I’m going with this or if I have a point beyond what I’ve already stated, I think it just boils down to me getting mentally ready for the new hotness.

In an Untimely Manner.

Posted: February 19, 2013 in Minis, Uncategorized

I’ve been assembling my Heavy Gear Arena minis which just so happens to be my favorite part of the hobby. So after several hours of building I decided I’d start painting, another part of the hobby I really love, but in my infinite wisdom I didn’t give myself enough time to paint properly . . . I’m sure you know where I’m going with this. So now my mini is soaking in a bath of Simple Green to remove my slapdash paint job. So since I can’t post a picture of what should have been my newly paint mini here’s a video of kitties versus mini ninjas.