Friday, November 30, 2012

Malifaux Roleplaying game?

I just wanted to post this real quick here. Wyrd is producing a malifaux RPG and funding it through kickstarter. If you back their project before 5pm PST today, you get a free Miss Terious Gen Con exclusive.

I love the world of Malifaux and this seems like a good way to get in to the game on the cheaper side. It's already fully funded, but if you want to get in on the ground floor, here's your chance.

Check out the reward levels

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

To BAO or not to BAO?

That is the question...

I have gone to this tournament in it's first two years and had a hell of a good time both years. I have finished highly in every event I have played there, but have not been able to place with a prize. (Bragging rights only go so far, haha) I still posit that we were robbed out of the team tournament, but that's in the past now... Or is it!!! Haha.

This year however, there are some pretty big differences. There is the obvious big change in editions, but there are a couple other things as well that may influence me to go or to skip it this year. This presents me with some difficulties.
  • The biggest one being that I haven't played 40k in months and don't know that much about the current lists
  • Next being that I don't necessarily have an army that can compete. 
  • And thirdly being that my crew has pretty much diminished to just me. So I would be rolling solo
So I came up with this list to help me decide

Pros of going
  1. I will get to hang out with some good friends that I don't get to see that often
  2. I get to spend a couple days playing some challenging games of 40k
  3. Warhammer groupies!
  4. It good blog material
  5. It's fun!

Cons of going
  1. It's a long drive
  2. I'd have to go solo
  3. I would have to get/paint a new army or adapt what I have to the new edition
  4. Cost of hotel, gas, etc
  5. Losing to that IG guy again, ugh!

There are some tough reasons either way. Cost is definitely going to be a big part of it, especially if I have to start a new army. I guess there are always Allies to mitigate the cost. I dunno, I'm still undecided.  Is anyone out there going this year? If so, awesome! Maybe I'll see you there and we can drink a beer. If not, think about it. It's a super fun event and the guys that run it are pretty awesome.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Privateer Press Holiday Bundles

It's that time of year again! Everyone is slashing prices and offering gift set bundles to get more stuff out the door. This is awesome for anyone looking into warmahordes as I feel these bundles offer a better look at how the game actually plays.  All the bundles are different prices and come with a set of faction tokens, a pocket-sized rulebook, and a special two-sided 1.5"x 1.5" WARMACHINE/HORDES metal holiday ornament.

Prices and contents of the bundles after the jump. As well as a quick synopsis of what I think of each of them.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

In case you've been living in a cave...

See what I did there??

GW is previewing there Hobbit battle strategy game in the next White Dwarf. I'm not sure if it's going to be similar to the Lord of the Rings game or more of a skirmish game, but it should be interesting and sell like hot cakes when the movies come out.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ArchAngel stats! (For reals)

The stats were previewed in the No Quarter this month and the actual page with them was leaked today. I'm sorry to say, the stats in the NQ were pretty much exactly the leaked stats. Take a look.

That's pretty much 100% Glass cannon. It will hit like a truck, but it will not take a beating. Even with Abbys buffs and tenacity, it's still pretty vulnerable to hard hitters.  The only cool thing that I didn't notice before is that you can make a ride by attack, shoot and then scoot back to relative safety. If they are shooting at your colossal, then you are probably ok.

The problems I see here are
  • Consume on the bite is almost 100% useless. The only benefit is against tough small bases. woo. 
  • The animus is never going to be used. I wish it was anything else. 
  • It does not have the rumored chain attack off the claws
  • The life spiral is so small...

What do you guys think? Impressed? Under-whelmed? Why? I think it's too many points for what you get, personally.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Retribution of scyrah battlegroup starter box

I know, why so soon, right? Retribution is a bit behind the other factions as far as model count is concerned, but way ahead on awesomeness as far as I'm concerned. I recently got into Retribution as I really like the models and the fluff. I'm not hot on their jacks though, which makes this box a bit of a disappointment for me.

It seems like a weird time to release it since they released Hyperion a couple weeks ago. You would assume that they would want this in the store at the same time the colossal came out so you could have an easy army in a box.

The contents are

  • Warcaster Kaelyssa, Night’s Whisper
  • Chimera Light Myrmidon
  • Griffon Light Myrmidon
  • Manticore Heavy Myrmidon
Seems like kind of an odd combination as Kaelyssa doesn't really want to give all her focus away to boost the 'jacks different field buffs. It seems that maybe Rahn would've been a better choice, but really none of the ret casters are very 'jack focused.

Does anyone out there have a different opinion? Did I miss some awesome synergy here?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Legion of Everblight Archangel and you: Part 2

There are many guesses floating around as to what the Archangel's stats are going to be. With that in mind and knowing approximately what they should be, I thought I would take a little time to think about how the Archangel (AA from here on out) is going to interact with the various Legion casters. Their spells, their feats, their play styles.

Saeryn - Obviously Saeryn's feat is good against anything trying to hit the AA. Or it would have been, had PP not FAQ'ed it to not work on huge bases. Wah wah...
And while her spell list has a couple interesting interactions with Banishing ward and respawn (oh, respawn) I don't think this is a good fit.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Supposed Archangel stats

There's a rumor floating around that the Archangel's stats have been leaked from the next no Quarter. I can't seem to actually find the images or any other source, so take this with a grain of salt.

Mv6 Str14 Mat6 Rat5 Def11 Arm18 Cmd7
bite is pow 19, 2 x pow 17 claws, dragon breath is range 10 AOE 3 Pow 14 D3+1 Strafe crit fire, Animus is Draconic aura(end within 2" of it, set on fire)
46 hit boxes
4 Fury

These are very similar to the "guessed stats" from the PP forums so I am not entirely convinced. That animus is kind of crap, as well as the gun, so hopefully there's a little more development into this. Def 11 is definitely cool, as this means you can bump it up to 14 with Abby, which puts it out of the "needs snake eyes" range of most things. But that also means you're never using the animus which kind of sucks.

What do you guys think? Are these reasonable stats?

Legion of Everblight Archangel and you: Part 1

There are many guesses floating around as to what the Archangel's stats are going to be. With that in mind and knowing approximately what they should be, I thought I would take a little time to think about how the Archangel (AA from here on out) is going to interact with the various Legion casters. Their spells, their feats, their play styles.

Absylonia - Regardless of whether the archangel's stats are good or not, you will see a lot of people playing it with Abby. Forced Evolution is just too good to not put on the AA. Along with her feat, which means you either have to kill it in one turn or have to deal with a fresh AA a second time.  Also, Abby loves her beasts and the biggest, baddest beast of course deserves a spot in her lists. Abby has also seen a boost in the meta due to Blight field shutting down the slower colossals/gargantuans, so you can't really go wrong with this pairing. This is also what I'll be playing for sure.
The only question is what to bring with the AA? Carnivean for spiny growth? Shredder for sure. I don't know if he will need help hitting, but with the supposed 4 attacks he is getting... he should be able to put down most opposing huge bases.

More After the jump

Friday, November 2, 2012

Warmachine Mercenaries: Galleon previewed!

From the PP website:
The raw might of a naval ironhull now walks the lands as the Galleon. The colossal fires a rolling broadside before reaching out with its enormous cargo claw to toss warjacks like rag dolls. It can also use its massive trident to reel in foes and finish them off at close range with a series of punishing blows. The Galleon commands a high price, but for those mercenaries who have the fortune to spend, it fights as a symbol of unquestionable affluence and might.

Seems legit. I'm not sure if this really makes mercenaries any more playable as an army, but it's pretty cool to shoot a big trident/harpoon at someone and drag them in for a beating. It's kinda janky looking, but in a charming way. A pile of parts that were thrown together in a way that works.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Taking games "seriously"

Last week, as I wrapped up another 0-2 week at the FLGS, my buddy I was playing with gave me some odd/interesting advice. He said "I know you would be a good player, but you just don't take it (warmachine) seriously" I thought this was an odd statement given the context of the game we were playing (A "who's the boss matchup" where we pick a random caster out of a hat and play them in a pre-made take all comers sort of list).  But I got the gist of what he was saying and it got me thinking.

Or did it???

Warmachine is a complicated game. It's similar to chess, but with big monsters. Protect your king, sacrifice pieces if need be, but the ultimate goal is checkmate. I guess this isn't something that was clear to me at the onset of playing the fame and learning the rules. I was more focused on trying to learn what my dudes did. But... as I get more familiar with the rules, it is definitely becoming apparent. 

I think I have been having difficulty due to my lack of understanding the strategy. I have had my eyes on the prize, but you can't always go for the throat in every match. Sometimes you have to wear them down and play the long game. 

It's definitely got me thinking, that's for sure. I mean, do I want to take it serious? Do I care? Given my lack of presence on the local gaming scene, it would seem not so much as of late. On the opposite end of that, I have spent hundreds of dollars on these models and plenty of time doing my research and assembling them. So I must care at least in one way. 

Anyways, it has given me food for thought and definitely made me think more about gaming in the last couple weeks.
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