As the year has gone on I have found myself blogging a lot less. I am not sure why but it just isn’t a big part of my hobby life. As well, I have been hosting my blog on the calgarygamers.net domain which I have used, for the past few years, to host a gaming site and forum. Neither the site nor the forum really worked out the way I wanted and it isn’t really feasible to keep the site running when it isn’t serving the purpose for which it was started.
The current hosting plan ends on September 24th and I am in discussions with the local Blood Bowl league to have them take over hosting the domain and the forum since they are the primary users of the site.
Even of they take it over, the blog won’t be hosted on it any further and so I will take my occasional hobby rambling back to my WordPress site: https://zacgaming.wordpress.com/
We had a gaming day at The Sentry Box and as part of that I managed to play the Imperial side in the first campaign scenario for imperial Assault game from FFG. In it the Rebel heroes have to work their way into a small Imperial station and destroy the data terminals by the end of six turns or before they are all wounded.
It seemed as if it would be a cake walk at first but in our game the Rebels were defeated at the last minute when an Imperial E-Webber team managed to wound the final hero and end the game just prior to the same hero blasting away the final terminal.
We didn’t use many of the standard accoutrements from the campaign game rules as this was just a one-off game but it was still a lot of fun. I’m going to be trying to arrange a group to run through the campaign properly and get the full experience.
Nathan and I met up at The Sentry Box today to give the Star Wars Armada game a try. This was the first game for either of us so it was certainly a learning experience and we did mess up a few rules but nothing that would have changed the game.
We only did a a 180pt game and I decided to take two Victory I class Star Destroyers with a small screen of TIEs consisting of two regular squadrons and Howlrunner. I wanted to see how the ships worked in a pair and I also thought that it might be advantageous to have the added firepower. Nathan used the default Rebel build from the Starter Set and I won initiative since I was two points under.
Last night was the monthly board game night that one of my friends hosts in the south-west. As I didn’t have any other events scheduled for the weekend so I was happily able to go. The event starts after dinner and goes into the early morning and while I wasn’t able to stay the entire evening I did stay long enough to get in a few games.
First off was a quick game of Heroes of Normandie. I was introducing the game to a new player so we tried one of the provided scenarios called Saving Private Rex. I played the Americans and my opponent picked the Germans. The goal of the scenario is for the Americans to find and rescue their General’s pet dog. The game was fun and it was easy to explain the rules but I was struck, yet again, that the true appeal of the game is in larger custom scenarios where you pick your own forces and have a larger number of available orders. The scenario we played was a quick win for the Americans as Private Rex randomly appeared in a space that was easy for me surround and keep away from the Germans.
A few of us got together at The Sentry Box on Sunday to play some games of Dust Tactics using the Battlefield rules. Kellen, and Danny brought out their Axis, Bryan and Brett brought their SSU and I had my Allied troops. We played a series of 100pt games rolling for random scenarios from the rulebook.
Bryan’s SSU force was from the Dust Models Premium range and the level of painting on them was incredible. I’ve not seen them before and the level of weathering and quality of the painting was far above what I thought the products would have. I also got a chance to see the Axis Prinzluther and its variants. They look better in person than on the box and really makes me want to get an Axis army.
I managed to get two games in against Kellan and his Axis force. The first game ended quickly with Kellan getting an objective marker in his first turn to win the game. The second game went quite differently as I was able to take out several of his vehicles using my Hammers and Rhino. The Rocket Punch that the units have is insane and can easily cripple vehicles. Sadly the models themselves are easy to kill :-)
It was my first experience with the system and I had a lot of fun. The system uses alternating activation which is, my my opinion,probably the best way to play a game short of a fantasy mass combat game. The main system also uses a series of easy to remember rules with a minimum of chrome. The morale system is based on enemy fire and has a modest but often critical impact.
The system was really easy to learn and, like Warmachine, all the stats and abilities of a model or unit are on their card and so you don’t really have to remember a lot of abilities or statistics adding to the speed of play. The game doesn’t provide a lot of complexity and so if you’re looking for a detailed system this isn’t for you but it does provide an over-the-top experience that seems fitting for the Weird WWII setting.
A lot of companies and small businesses have Pages on Facebook that they use to communicate and engage with customers. The idea seems simple. People Like your Page and get Notifications that appear in their Facebook News Feed when you post. The reality is quite a ways off from this and we recently had a post on The Sentry Box Facebook Page that illustrated that quite nicely.
The store manager, Greg, posted a link to a video of someone doing a rapid-fire archery demonstration. This video is utterly unrelated to what the store does but it is a bit of fun. That link reached 94% of our fans. I’ve replaced the actually reach numbers with percentages for this discussion.
Greg’s comment is inadvertently accurate. The reach of this post is insane.
My lethargic painting progress continues as I have now managed to finish the figures in the starter set for my Shattered Sword figures. Aside from the usual issues that limit my painting time, I also spent a fair bit of hobby time assembling the rest of my Relic Knights figs. Now that they are all primed and ready to paint I should be able to get a few more figures done.
All of these minis were primed white and painting them just reminded me of how much I loathe painting over white primer. Every tiny spot you miss pops out from the figure and it really highlights that rather cavalier way in which I paint. I also painted these troops up as traditional knights mostly to speed the process up but also because I really like how metallic armour looks.
Francis Malory is actually a very nicely sculpted figure and unlike a lot of the smaller Relic Knights figures he has some good definition in his face. The Paragons in the background are a bit of a mishmash of a paint scheme. I started them first and really couldn’t decide what colours to use or what to use as the primary colour and so they got painted over with the metallic base after an unsuccessful initial attempt. There is some precise details on the front of their shields that I really couldn’t pick out well enough so it was left without any paint on it.
These are a bit of a rush job (for me that is) and I will be taking my time with the rest of the Shattered Sword figures I have.
But first, the Noh starter.
This week was the start of the Multiverse Week promotion from Greater Than Games. For three weekends in January they are providing promos for stores to give out for people playing Sentinels of the Multiverse, Galactic Strike Force and Sentinel Tactics.
I have been playing Sentinels of the Multiverse on my iPad for some time and been having a heck of a time with it so I was happy to be able to try the game out in person. The Sentry Box ran events on Saturday and Sunday and while I wasn’t able to play on Saturday (I was running a Dicemasters event) I did get a chance to play today and it was a blast.
The physical game has a vast number of additional heroes, villains and environments and so the card game provides a lot of additional options to modify and change the game. As much as I like the digital version, it pales in comparison to just how entertaining the card game is. And the game also has a lot more co-operative play than a lot of co-op games I have played. Everyone involved is working to create situations that best use each hero’s powers and also allow you to create beneficial situations to mitigate damage from the villains, minions and environments.
In the second game I played I was using a team of lesser heroes called The Sentinels fighting with Legacy and Bunker to take down Voss in the Temple of Anubis. The team played unlike any of the other heroes I had encountered before and the Temple of Anubis environment provided an additional unique twist to the game meaning that even though two of the heroes and the villain were from the base set of the game, that it was utterly unlike any game of SoTM I had previously.
We also used the Sentinels Sidekick app app in the second game which let us track damage and other effects in the game on the iPad. An awesome addition to the game.
If you like super-hero games or co-op games I really can’t recommend this highly enough.
I was out at a monthly boardgame event and managed to get my first game of Ars Victor with Charles. As neither of us had played before we used one of the scenarios, number 3, from the back of the book which had two armies to use and a predefined board layout.
Ars Victor is a sci-fi(ish) themed board game that takes some of the unit themes of 40K Space Marines, Eldar and Imperial Guard and then combines it with a command and control system that is somewhat reminiscent of the Command and Colors system. Players have a deck of 24 cards that have two colours (gold and silver), four suits and values from 2 to 7. These cards are used each turn to determine the type (colour and suit) of units that can activate as well as how many. A more detailed description of the game can be found in the rules which are available as a PDF download from their website.