Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Monthly Summary for February, 2019

Whew, pretty late for this one.  I ended up having a laptop issue that I couldn't resolve well enough, and ended up having to buy a laptop.  Couple that with two weekends of traveling, setup time for the laptop, and the various other things I do, it just wasn't possible to get something posted.  BUT, I should be back to a regular schedule, I should be able to get some good write-ups done, and as of this post, I can honestly say I've been putting paint on models.  That's for a March update though.  So let's see what I did in February.  February ended up being kind of a crappy month for getting anything done, for quite a few reasons (my wife got sick, and managing that took a lot of time).  I wasn't completely idle though.

Games Played
  • Catan - Three games, all with Megan, Christian, and Marina, and one including Chelsea.  I didn't do so hot, I think coming third in two games, and fourth in the last.  Marina won one, Christian won one, and Megan won one.  My skills with this game seem to have atrophied!
  • Warmachine/Hordes - Three games.  I have notes to write these up, but just neglected to do so for various reasons.  I'm trying to get this on the table more, and I intend to write some of them into battle reports.  Anyway, three games, against three different opponents.  First, I played my Maelok list against Rob's Wolves of Winter list, using Vlad2.  I was on the losing end of this game not so long ago, but I had a better game plan this time, trying to limit how far his Doom Reavers could penetrate at any given time.
    Mid-game, our armies clash
    It ends up going pretty well- I pull ahead pretty heavily on the attrition game, and am able to eventually get ahead on scenario, and win.  Second game, I take my Rask Will Work for Food list against Joey's Ossrum Hammer Strike list.  It's the first time I've actually had Rask WWFF ready to go in its almost completed stage.  I had a lot of concerns about how I would generate enough attacks to deal with his infantry, but it ended up being a pretty good matchup.  I removed his battle engine bottom of Turn 2, and ended up putting myself in position to win.
    Top of Turn 2, Joey attempting to put some damage on some of my army
    Unfortunately, even though I ended up 'winning', I had to concede the following day when I read up on the rules, and realized I had played Eyeless Sight wrong.  Turns out, it doesn't let you see through forests.  So, two of my charges were illegal.  One, I am fairly certain I could've found a way to do the same amount of damage in a different way.  One, I definitely couldn't have (my Swamp Horror charge that ended up destroying his objective).  That was a big enough deal I have to count it as a loss.  Final game, I played a random person from the store, Zach L, who was playing the Tharn theme in Circle, using Morvahna1.  This was actually the first time I had ever played against Circle, in any edition of the game... and, well, it showed.  He was able to destroy a full unit of Posse bottom of Turn one with his Lord of the Feast, and although I was able to kill quite a bit, I wasn't ever able to get back into the game, and he won by scenario.
  • EXCEED Fighting System - Two games against Rob, using fighters from the Street Fighter set.  I won both games, once as Ryu against Chun-Li, and one as Dan against Vega.  This is my first time trying this game against a real person, and I had a great time!  I really like how tactical the game feels- and having control over your movement (as opposed to BattleCON, where you don't) makes a real enjoyable game!
  • Monsterpocalypse Miniatures Game - Two games against Rob, both single monster games with me using the Planet Eaters starter and him using Ares Mothership and roughly a starter's worth of Martian units.  We each win one game.  We used to play quite a lot of the initial version of this game (the collectible one).  This was our first time playing this version, and although it definitely had some differences, it was similar enough that we really enjoyed it.  I can't wait to try it again, maybe with a two monster per side matchup!
    I spent a lot of the game on his side of the board
  • Warhammer 40K: Kill Team - Two games against my brother.  I take Necrons in both games.  Matt drops Death Guard in the first game, where our objective is to exit off the opposite side of the map.  I somehow get him stuck in combat, and he can't extricate himself, and I'm able to win!  My first ever Kill Team win!  The second game, he took Harlequins, came over to my side of the board, killed everything, and had no problem with a victory.  Ah well.
    My Necrons are set up to deal some beatings to the Nurgle forces
    I'm a guard!
  • The City of Kings - Played with Mark, Rob, and Larry.  I play as the Dwarf (Thralir Hillfeet), and focus all of my level ups on getting health.  It doesn't start off well, as people very quickly keep up with this with gear, but I continue, end up with so much health that the end game monsters can't easily kill me, and I am able to hold them in place long enough for my team to win the game!  This was pretty enjoyable-a co-operative game with a lot for everyone to do.  I'd definitely like to play it again, although I can't really justify buying it myself.
  • KeyForge - One game against Mark, using Larry's deck.  This game was odd, as my deck had a lot of things that triggered on me having creatures on the table... but it had very few creatures, and I couldn't get a lot done.  The few I do get out, Mark is able to clear out with two board wipes, and basically goes unopposed the rest of the game.
  • X-Wing (second edition) - I played a game against Ben, using a Scum list with a Falcon and a Lancer against Ben's list that had a Decimator and some smaller ships.  He flies his Decimator off the board... and that's the only damage I manage to do.  He kills my squad with no problem.
New Arrivals
  • A bunch of Warmachine minis- I didn't keep a good record of what exactly.  A variety.
  • Star Wars: Imperial Assault- Tyrants of Lothal expansion.  I love this game, although I never get a chance to play it.  Games and Stuff was offering it at a steep discount, so I picked it up, and a bunch of other Star Wars stuff...
  • Saw's Renegades, M12-L Kimoglia Fighter, and the First Order and Resistance conversion kits for X-Wing, and a 1.4 FD Laser Cannon for Legion.  Again, they had a steep sale on some overstock.  Figured I'd get in on it!
  • Middle-Earth: Gondor at War.  The first book expansion to the new version of the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle game.  I own tons of Gondor minis, and when I get back into playing, that'll likely be what I play again.  Wanted to have the book handy for when that day comes!
  • EXCEED - the Street Fighter stuff.  Twelve new fighters from the Street Fighter franchise.  Can never have too many fighters!
  • Blitzkrieg in the West.  The first release from Canvas Temple Publishing, and a game that I backed on Kickstarter.  Nice mounted maps, and it looks to be an interesting system.  I can't help but be intrigued. Who knows when I will get a chance to play it.
  • A new KeyForge deck.  Now I have two.  This one has Martians, but I don't know much else.
  • A Gate of Hell: The Campaign for Charleston, July-September 1863. New magazine issue from Against the Odds Magazine.  As I understand it, this game actually includes some action by at least one Ironclad, and it sure looks interesting.  
  • All or Nothing: The Fight for Fort Mercer – October 22, 1777. A bonus game included with the above issue of Against the Odds Magazine.  
  • HATE. A miniature skirmish game with a campaign system, and subject matter some would find objectionable.  I backed the Kickstarter, and all of the expansions, and they finally arrived.  And wow, what a lot of stuff!  That's CMON Kickstarters for you, I suppose.
  • Operation Pincher: Stalin's Drive In the Middle East, 1949.  Magazine game from Counterfact Magazine.  I'm behind on reading these, and haven't tried any of the games.  Something I'll work on.
Miniature Assembly/Painting
  • Star Wars Legion - Finished assembly of all my Rebel miniatures!  I now have an assembled 800 point army.
  • For Warmachine/Hordes, I finished the Gremlin Swarm, Dahlia & Skarath, the second Thrullg, and about half of my Bane Riders.
Reading
  • January and February issues of White Dwarf.  I was behind on reading them, but not so now.
  • The most recent Annual from Against the Odds magazine, with a lot of discussion about railway usage in wars, including the Confederate use of Rails in the Civil War.  Very interesting articles!
  • Bone Desert and Heart of Winter, books nine and ten from the Black Library novella series.  Bone Desert covers more of the exploits of Gotrek in the Mortal Realms, but it was just okay.  Fairly predictable, and kind of bland.  Heart of Winter I really liked, and would love to see a series based off it!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Monthly Summary for January, 2019

I decided I'm going to just do this once a month, instead of every week or so, as I feel like these posts aren't super interesting to most people.

I haven't managed to post any "real" blog posts this month, as my focus has been on my basement.  Over the course of the month, my wife and I managed to turn the basement from this....
To this...

Of course, that doesn't show the progress from last month, of sanding and painting this!

Anyway, I have a decent sized gaming space now, with a ton of storage (that bottom "now" picture is basically another room of this sized, completely unfinished, that we are putting wire shelves in for storage.  There's a bit of mess, but I've told my wife that it's just a matter of furniture to solve this.  Every month, we buy one or two pieces of furniture for downstairs, and this will look perfect in no time.  I also need blinds, and to re-seal the door, but that will likely be accomplished by the end of February

Games Played
  • Warhammer Underworlds - Four games of this total, two against BK, and two against my brother, Matt.  Against BK, he takes his newly assembled Eyes of the Nine warband, and I start out using my Cursebreakers.  We actually play a fairly non-interactive game, aside from a summoned Horror on my side, and I fail frequently to cast spells, ending up with him winning 9-12.  The second game, I switch to my Skaven, and I play a lot more aggressive to stop him from scoring his objective points.  I over-extend myself, and he kills Spiteclaw, and I can't recover, and lose 4-9.   My two games against Matt go better, as I take a newly built Steelheart's Champions deck against him running the Farstriders.  The first game, we don't really engage until Turn 3, which works great for me, and I win 7-3.  Game two, we fight a bit more, but literally every break goes my way, and I end up winning 11-1.
    Start of game 1 against BK
    Early in game 1, with a Blue Horror that my spells refuse to hit.
    Game two against BK, after I've committed myself, and before things all fall apart.
  • Kill Team - One game against BK.  I take my Grey Knights against his Thousand Sons.  The scenario is Take Prisoners, which require melee success.  I figure I'm in good shape.  We shoot at each other for a bit before we get stuck in, and I end up going up 1-0 as I kill his Tzaangor in close combat.  However, the following turn, his Sorcerer is able to kill my leader with a pistol shot, after I fail several different methods to put the game out of reach, and that kill puts me down 1-3, and I lose the game.  So, my streak of losses continue, but I feel like I played this game better than my previous ones!
  • PitchCar - Three games against Christian.  This is a dexterity based racing game, combining something I enjoy (racing game) with something I am TERRIBLE at (dexterity).  The end result is that I lose two out of three, with the losses MUCH more impressive than the wins.  Still, what a good time!
  • Aton - I bought this for Christian for Christmas, as it is a game from his favorite designer, and we managed to play it twice.  The first was a learning game (where I won), and the second game (that counted) I lost.  It's an interesting game with a simultaneous action selection mechanic I don't think I've seen before, and an interesting, varied scoring system.  It's a game that I think more experience would be super necessary in order to play effectively.
  • Nemesis - Two games, one with Bob and Forrest, and then one with Rob, AJ, and Dan.  The setup for this game is that we are waking up in a ship like the one from the Alien movie franchise.  We hear noises, we have to investigate, and we have secret objectives that may not be to everyone else's benefit.  Ended up being very tense!  The first game, I was the Mechanic, which let me fix issues quickly, but we ended up getting overwhelmed by the Invaders, and lost.  In game two, I was the scientist.  In this one, I chose the objective to send the signal and investigate the alien corpse. I handle the latter part pretty quick, send the signal the turn after, slowly move across the board, turn the escape pods on, and escape!
    Start of my first game- we all start in the center, dazed and confused.
    We begin to explore, and attract some attention
    And then we attracted too much attention...
  • Infinity - Four games against Matt, as we learned the system from the Operation: Icestorm box.  I took the Nomads, Matt took the PanOceania forces, and he trounced me in every game.  We had a blast though, and the rules have me eager to finally build the small Ariadna force I've owned for a few years.
  • Tokyo Highway - A dexterity based game about building highways in a city.  It goes badly, as dexterity games frequently do for me :(.  Matt ends up winning.
  • Warmachine/Hordes - Three games.  In an effort to reach my resolution goal, I try to get as many games as possible, and only manage to get three (I did have two cancellations this past week, so the potential for me to get through these isn't bad!).  First game was with Jaga-Jaga in Will Work for Food against Rob, running Vlad2 in Wolves of Winter.  He surprises me with the Doom Reavers, who make short work of a heavy on turn 2, but my counter attack is pretty vicious, and I put myself in good position to win.  However, I leave myself open to assassination, and Rob sets it up, and takes it, winning the game.  Game 2 was against a random person I met at the game store, Jesse, who takes Irusk2 in Legion of Steel against Rask in Will Work for Food.  This is an army I've never seen before, and I had no idea how to approach it, and he literally tables me.  Seriously- he saved my caster for last.  Game 3 was against Joey's Ossrum Hammer Strike list.  I drop Maelok Blindwater Congregation.  He plays very aggressive, which puts me on the back foot, but I manage to get ahead on attrition, and end up winning by scenario.
    Game 1
    Game 2
    Early game 3
    End game 3
  • Small World - Two games, once with Marina and Eric S, and one against just Marina.  The first game, I taught to everyone, and ended up coming in dead last.  The second game, I ended up winning.  I didn't really take great notes, I admit.
  • Artifacts, Inc - One game against Marina and Eric.  My first time ever playing this game.  Worker-ish placement, some die rolling... I'm not sure how to describe it, but it was a lot of fun.  I focused on buying more workers immediately, then tried to go with a buy/upgrade everything strategy, but I wasn't getting points as fast as Eric was, and he won over me.
  • Star Wars: The Card Game - I played Eric's Sith deck against Eric's Jedi deck.  He drops Luke early, but I kill him with Force Lightning.  Then I drop the Executor.  He manages to destroy two objectives, but by this point, I out-gun him significantly, and he's no longer convinced he can take objectives, and I end up winning.
  • Star Wars: Legion - Taught the game to Matt.  I forgot how I was supposed to handle Vader in a game like this (basically, run the heck away from him), and instead kept throwing things at him, which he then killed.  Ended up losing my army by the end of the game :(
  • KeyForge - Two games against Frans.  I didn't take any notes, but I do know I went 2-0, using his decks.
  • Codenames: Deep Undercover - Three games with Christian, Megan, and Cassie.  A lot of bad references, and a lot of laughter. I believe we end up going 2-2.
  • Ticket to Ride - Played against Marina, Chelsea, Megan, and Cassie.  I focus on completing and getting new destination tickets, and manage to rack up an impressive score... but only got me to second place behind Marina, who ended up with higher scoring destination tickets than me.  She wins by five points.
    Before destination ticket scoring... game is VERY close (look at far side of board).
  • Splendor - Four games against Christian, as I teach the game to him.  I go 3-1, helped by my experience playing this game against Marina!
New Arrivals
Miniature Assembly/Painting
  • I got off to a slow start, as basement work was more important, but I'm definitely getting moving on quite a few projects.
  • Star Wars Legion - I have filed all of the Rebel miniatures I have, which is the Core Set, another box of Troopers, Leia, and a snowspeeder.  The AT-RT is assembled, but not on its base, the other minis are in various states of assembly
  • For Warmachine/Hordes, I have the Retribution Battlegroup Box filed, and I'm starting assembly, as well as some Minion models- Dahlia Hallyr & Skarath, a Gremlin Swarm, and the Bog Trog Mist Speaker are all filed and currently under assembly.
Reading
  • Several of the Novellas in the Black Library novella series- I read #4 through #8, Spear of Ultramar, Dreadwing, Wanted: Dead, Warqueen, and The Red Hours.  Mostly, they were good, although I found the writing of Spear of Ultramar to be a little amateur-ish.  Saved by being a good story at least.  The rest had good stories AND good writing.
  • The new Gloomspite Gitz Battletome.  I'm doing my best to keep up with Age of Sigmar stuff, even though I haven't played a game yet.  Really fun looking book.  Wish I got it on the table!
  • Anna Karenina.  WHAT A FANTASTIC BOOK.  If you haven't read it, you should.  It's a bit lengthy, but there aren't too many characters to remember, which is nice.  It really was a satisfying read, and very engaging.  I could not recommend this book enough.
  • I've read the rules to Saipan/Tinian, with the intent to set it up and play it in my basement.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Looking into 2019

Well, 2019 has started, and I've already posted my resolutions, but I wanted to talk a bit about what I'm going to be trying to accomplish this year on this blog, and in my gaming life in general.  I am going to break it down by genre, somewhat.

Miniature gaming - I want to get a lot done in the miniature hobby this year.  Whenever my basement is set up, I will have a dedicated space to do painting, and room to store and work on various miniature projects.  I'm really excited about it, and I'm going to be trying to post a lot of various pictures of things I'm working on, as well as focusing on writing battle reports for games I play.  Some people enjoy reading them, and for me they are a great way to look back and consider how I can improve my gameplay.

There are quite a few games that are on my radar that'd I'd like to play this year.  I mentioned Warmachine and Hordes, of course, as part of my resolutions.  In addition, I'm getting back into Games Workshop games pretty hardcore.  I'd love to get into Age of Sigmar, Necromunda, Blood Bowl, and the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game this year, in addition to more games of Kill Team and Warhammer Underworlds.

Outside of the GW games, there are still so many games that I want to do at least something with.  There's talk of us starting a Frostgrave campaign in the next month or so.  I'll definitely have Monsterpocalypse assembled and will be teaching it at some point.  Gaslands and Kings of War: Vanguard are also likely plays for the year.  X-Wing, Armada, and Legion are also games that I can see myself playing more, especially due to their popularity.  If I manage to get these played, look forward to some battle reports on them.

Card gaming - Honestly, this feels like it has kind of died off around here.  I'd like to catch back up with Ashes, and get it played regularly.  I'd like to find someone to play VS 2PCG with.  I may have to just figure out how to play these games online, if I want to get plays in.  That's a shame.

I think Eric Stubbs and I may get some games of Star Wars LCG this year, however, so that could be a positive trend.

One thing that I'm hoping to do is get more seriously into the old Star Trek CCGs.  These are games that were just dripping with flavor, and with the Continuing Committee putting out so many interesting expansions, I'm going to try to get a few interesting decks built as see if I can't wrangle ANY interest in it.

Board Wargaming - Unfortunately, I just don't have many opportunities for this.  I have a lot of games that interest me, but I may be alone in my interest of these.  Therefore, they'll probably have to be solo plays, which means I need space.  This is another case where the basement is the solution.  So here's hoping that's done sooner rather than later.  I plan to have some pretty detailed battle reports of games that I do manage to play, including plenty of information about the game itself- generally wargames don't have a lot of information online, so interested people frequently don't know what to expect.  I can help somewhat with that.

RPGs - I'm unsure what's going to happen this year here.  I bet I'll be playing more Mutant Year Zero, but I don't really have a whole lot to write about with that.  My nephew has expressed an interest in Mutants and Masterminds or Dungeons and Dragons- I expect I'll be running one of these systems at some point.  If so, I'll put as much as I can on here about what the players are doing in the campaign!

I also want to mention, some work is being done for some friends and I to start an RPG actual play podcast.  More information to come, if that gets off the ground.

Finally, Board Games - my wife, and many of our formerly non-gaming friends, are getting into board games.  I will be working to introduce them to a few new games in the upcoming year.  I don't know that I'll write too much about them, other than brief mentions that they are getting played.  For other boardgames that aren't as popular, there will likely be a lot more I'll say.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Years Resolutions for 2019!

So, the last time I did this, nine years ago, I made a few mistakes.  To start, I made a lot of achievements that just weren't likely possible (painting full armies?), which as I fell behind on them during the year, made them so difficult that I gave up.

I also made too many resolutions (nine), which meant I would've had to spread myself too thin to accomplish them.

The end result, of course, is that I failed every single one of them.  I am not sure I even was close to completing most of them.  It was a colossal failure, and as I considered my plans for this upcoming year, I put a few rules into place so that I can ensure I have good goals, and that I was in position to achieve them.

To that end, I made sure I limited the number of resolutions I was going to shoot for to five.  That's high enough that achievement would mean some good progress in my hobby and personal life, and low enough that I'm not overwhelmed by everything I'm trying to do.

The objectives also need to be measurable and specific.  I wanted specific goals to achieve.  The numbers themselves could be low for a specific goal, but the hope is to move things in the right direction for me.

So to that end, let's look at my goals- I have three hobby goals, and two more personal goals in 2019.

Get 15 painting points
I'm using the painting system that Old West Chronicle uses.  If I paint 15 models, I'm basically set.  If I paint bigger models, I can paint fewer than 15.  Back in my first hobby resolution post, I shot for 100 painting points!  One hundred!  I managed to paint zero.  As a matter of fact, I have painted zero points in the past eight years.  The goal is to paint a few things, and get me in the habit of painting more often.  Fifteen points is a good start.

Reduce my number of unplayed games by 10
As of the start of the new year, I own 236 games that I have never played.  Seriously, 236.  Truthfully, I'm not going to stop buying games (too many things interest me).  I want to start trimming this number though.  Owning games is FINE, but I haven't played them, why am I buying them?  So, the goal is to end the year at 226 unplayed games or fewer.  If I buy a new game, that's clearly a move in the opposite direction.

Play 50 games of Warmachine/Hordes
This will be the biggest challenge on the list.  I played 13 games of Warmachine/Hordes this past year.  I want to push myself to get it on the table more.  Get in the repetitions, get in the practice, and see how it goes.  As I'm doing this, I plan to get my other armies playable in Mk3 as well- my first Minion pairing will be basically completely assembled by the end of January, and I've already planned my Cryx pairing (the fairly standard Skarre1/Asphyxious3 pairing).  After that, Skorne, and then we'll see.  The dream is to have enough games getting played that I can get a lot of practice with my armies as they are completed.

And onto my more personal goals...

Read 18 books
I finished last year with 16 books read.  I have a hard time judging how much more I can go, while still growing, so I figure adding two is a good start.  So 18 it is.  Magazines don't count.  Rulebooks without an ISBN don't count.

Lose 25 pounds
Towards the middle of last year, I reached the heaviest I have ever weighed (in the mid-290s).  Honestly, I need to lose weight.  I joined Weight Watchers, and have been doing an okay job losing weight (I've lost about 8 lbs so far).  I will keep my current weight out of sight, but the goal is to lose 25 pounds by the end of the year.  Two a month is not a tremendously high pace, so it should be something I can achieve.  I just need to keep up with what I'm doing, and I'm sure this will be an easy one.

Anyway, what about you guys?  Anyone have any good resolutions?

Happy New Year!

Just wanted to wish everyone reading a Happy New Year!  Hopefully 2018 was good for you, and hopefully 2019 will be even better!

I plan to get a lot more posting done this year, with a bunch of random projects planned.  As they get ramped up, I'll make sure to talk about them on here, and I hope you'll come around and see what I'm up to!

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Gameplay Summary of 2018

With the year winding down, and with there being a good chance I don't play any more games for the year, I wanted to look back over my year of gaming briefly.

First, let's look at the ten games I played the most this year:
  1. Splendor - 31 plays
  2. Magic: The Gathering - 30 plays
  3. Warhammer Underworlds - 23 plays
  4. Settlers of Catan - 16 plays
  5. Warmachine/Hordes - 14 plays
  6. Codenames - 14 plays
  7. Android: Netrunner - 13 plays
  8. Mutant: Year Zero - 13 plays
  9. Ticket to Ride - 10 plays
  10. Lost Cities - 8 plays
I played a lot of different games this year only one time, but these are interesting to look at.  A lot of my gaming lately is with friends who are new gamers, and with my wife becoming more interested in gaming, I am playing a larger amount of "light" games like Splendor, Catan, and Ticket to Ride.

For RPGs, my play this year was limited to those 13 sessions of Mutant: Year Zero, and a single session of Technoir.  Overall, it's kind of a shame.  I don't love Mutant: Year Zero- I dislike the setting, and I strongly dislike the system itself.  Yet, that's what Rob chose to run, so I'm playing through it.  Technoir is interesting, but I don't have enough experience to know how I like it long term.  I wish I had gotten a bit more variety here, maybe with some of the systems I'm actually interested in.

For card games, my gaming exposure this year was pretty limited.  Sure, Magic got a moderate amount of plays, but Netrunner basically died of, and we barely touched Arkham Horror this year.  I did play some Star Wars: Destiny, but after selling that off, I won't likely play it ever again.  I tried Warhammer Age of Sigmar: Champions for a bit, and I may give it more attention at some point.  Eric expressed interest in the Star Wars LCG, too, which also got on the table.  Overall though, the amount of different games I've played this year in this category is WAY WAY down.

Miniature gaming is finally picking up for me again.  Warhammer Underworlds is helping, as it is so quick to get games in that we can easily put it on the table.  I've rediscovered my love of Warmachine and Hordes as well, exciting me to get it played.  Kill Team, a recent release, also saw the table a few times.  But the others- Malifaux, Armada, and X-Wing- they did not get on the table nearly as much this year as I'd have liked.

For straight tabletop board wargames, not a single game had more than one play.  I did get a few played this year- Battle of Five Armies, Blitz!, Star Fleet Battles, and Strike of the Eagle.  This was hindered by limits to my time and inability to have a cat-safe space available.  Hopefully the near year will see an improvement here as well.

Finally, the board games that don't fit the above categories.  Overall, I think I've been growing here.  My wife's interest in board games really helps.  And what's more fun then sitting down to share something you love with someone you love?  The fact she has friends that are enjoying it just gives me more opportunities to play, and combine that with my friends?  The future for getting games in this category played is bright indeed!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Weekly-ish summary for week ending 12/29/18

This has been a pretty hectic month, with the holiday and all.  I did manage to get some work done on the basement, however! It is fully primed (twice!), and we've set up wire shelving in one part, where all of my card game boxes have started to get organized.  Progress is being made!

I want to make a brief mention of a friend's blog- Boardgame Strategist.  This is written by a local friend, Dan, where he discusses his thoughts on improving gameplay for a variety of boardgames.  Take a look!

Games Played
  • Warhammer Underworlds - Six games, all against my brother, Matt.  The first three games were basically teaching games, where Matt was able to get more experience with the game and the rules.  I used it to good effect, however, and managed to get a little bit of practice with the Thorns of the Briar Queen.  Matt then proceeded to get all of the available product, and showed up this past Wednesday to play.  Game one, I ran Spiteclaw's Swarm against his Sepulchral Guard.  Matt, having neither used the Guard, nor seen them in action, basically lost on setup- he put the Warden too far forward, and I was able to kill him before the first turn was over.  Unable to resurrect his Petitioners, he parked two of them on objectives, and sent the named guys forward.  I keep killing them, and end up winning 13-5.  Game two, I again run the Skaven, and Matt drops Steelheart's Champions.  He used a deck he found online, and came out playing aggressive.  I kill two of the members, losing a few myself, but then I pull my warband back away from his, and score a bunch of objectives.  I end up winning 10-6.  I point out to Matt that he is likely running a defensive deck- coming forward should be secondary to scoring his objectives, which are designed around keeping his guys healthy.  Final game, I switch to the Cursebreakers, and he keeps running the Champions.  He plays more defensively, but leaves one of his guys too far forward, and I kill it.  He attempts to enact vengeance, but leaves Stormsire on one health.  I manage to get Stormsire back, however, and pull everything too far away for him to do anything to me, and manage to win, 9-6.
  • Settlers of Catan - One game, against Marina, Christian, Megan, and Andre.  A pretty interesting game- Andre decided to go after Marina the entire game, which led to her trying to get revenge, and ended up with them unable to really compete for first place.  Christian and Megan race for the win, and Megan eventually gets what she needs to win.
  • KeyForge: Call of the Archons - One game, against Matt.  This was my first time trying this game, which has been extremely popular.  It has fairly common mechanics, with the distribution scheme being the most interesting draw.  Overall, it was fine.  I don't love it, but I suppose I could consider buying a deck in order to play it with interested people.  Maybe.  I end up defeating Matt in our game.
  • Warhammer 40K: Kill Team - One game, I take the Gellerpox Infected with three Nightmare Hulks and a Nurgling dude against Matt's Genestealer heavy Tyranids.  I take quite a beating, but I can't get models to the objectives, and Matt can.  Even though I do eventually kill quite a few of his models, he is able to outnumber me in quite a few battles, kill some Nightmare Hulks, and outscore me heavily.  He ends up crushing me, something like 19-4.
  • Mutant Year Zero - One session.  This is with Rob as our GM, and we had myself, Dan, and Mark as the players.  In this campaign, I am playing as Lug, a Bruiser.  This session, I manage to kill some spiders, and we make contact with a woman in the north, who will help us in our battle with the Singing Monolith. 
  • Hordes - One game against Joey.  I run my Maelok Blindwater Congregation list against Joey running his Ossrum Hammer Strike list.  I make a bad mistake, letting him score three control points on the bottom of turn two.  I respond by putting a unit of Gatormen Posse into each zone, and begin going for attrition.  We trade pieces, but in general, I'm getting good value out of my trades.  He is forced to commit Ossrum to try to clear the zone on my left, and when he does, I kill him, and win.
New Arrivals
  • Necromunda: Underhive.  My wife bought this for me as a Christmas gift, as I had been eyeing it for some time.  I played Necromunda in college, and am really excited to try the new version.
  • Saipan & Tinian: Island War Series, Volume I.  This is a re-release from Legion Wargames, a company I frequently by wargames from.  Small company plus a pacific theater wargame?  How could I pass that up?
  • Armies of the Hobbit, for the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game.  I stopped playing the previous version of the game before all of the Hobbit material was released, so I'm pretty excited to have all the rules and point costs for the Hobbit-relevant models.  As I try to get back into this game, I'll eventually pick up an army from this book, I'm sure.
  • A Bog Trog Mist Speaker and a Gremlin Swarm for Hordes.  These are going to be additions to my Rask Will Work for Food list.  A support solo and a great flag-scoring solo.
  • Destroyers starter box for Monsterpocalypse.  I already had the Protectors starter, but I wanted the included map, and really- I played Lords of Cthul so much that I consider myself more of a Destroyers player anyway.
  • Deadpool vs the World.  This was another gift from my wife.  A bit random, but hey, more casual games is never a bad thing for when we have guests!
  • Buffy Battles for VS 2PCG.  Two new teams, ten new Main Characters, and a bunch of new cards to add the Photographic Universe.  I really wish I had chances to play this game.
  • Space Marine Adventures: Labyrinth of the Necrons.  I bought this because it looked like a fun game to play with my nephews and niece- it is a cooperative game that has miniatures I can have the kids paint, and we can all play together, and looks interesting enough that their parents would play.
Miniature Assembly/Painting
  • I finished the assembly of the Gellerpox Infected for Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team.  I put them on the table, as well!
Reading
  • Finished the December issue of White Dwarf.  What a fantastic issue- lots of new rules and variants in addition to all the regular articles.  The January issue is looking to be very impressive as well!
  • Continued reading Anna Karenina.  Finished part five of eight.  Fantastic book.
  • Finished the Overlight RPG core rulebook.  Seems pretty interesting, but I wish they had more content out, I have so many questions.  With that said, I may try running this next year!
  • Started Spear of Ultramar, a part of the Black Library novella series.  So far, it is unimpressive.
  • Started and completed The Blooded Rose, a part of the Black Library novella series.  I was very impressed with this- I haven't read very much fiction about the Sisters of Battle, and this was very good.  Well written with an interesting plot.  
  • Started and completed Auric Gods, a part of the Black Library novella series.  This one is a story dealing with the Adeptus Custodes, another group I've never read fiction for.  Once again, a very very interesting tale!  I'm really finding these novellas to be a great value, overall! 
  • Finally, started and finished Steel Daemon, another of novellas.  This follows the story of a Cadian tank regiment.  This, once again, was fantastic.  If you haven't tried the novellas, you should!