Sunday, March 31, 2019

Monthly Summary for March, 2019

Another month gone, and more gaming was had!

Games Played
  • HATE - Six games, all against Rob.  He and I have been playing a Chronicle, with me as the Um'Gorr tribe (who are extremely aggressive in combat), and him taking the Bul'Gar tribe (who focus on tricks with their Shamans).  Over our three clashes (six total battles) I have gone 5-1, and at this point I am holding all plenty of spaces, and am up on both Resources and Hate, AND have inflicted one more death on his warband than he has on mine.  I have had my Prince with two upgrades killed, which was unfortunate, but overall, I am in pretty good shape.
    Our first battle, King of the Hill, with me as the attacker.
    A scenario with me as the Defender... collecting things to bring to my shaman
  • 3-Up - Three games with my brother and his kids, teaching the game to them.  We let the kids win each game.
  • Codenames: Duet - This is a weird two player cooperative version of Codenames.  I played Three games with Christian, with us losing each game.  I have to say, I think each of the losses were primarily my fault- either bad clues, or bad choices.  We were very close to winning the final game.  I have to say, I did like this- if my wife enjoyed Codenames at all, I would definitely pick this up.
  • Shut the Box - Three games against Christian.  Extremely quick games, I lose the first one, and win the last two.  Neither of us fully closes the box, sadly.  We got close once or twice.
  • Keyforge - Two games against Frans, my first times using my own decks!  Apparently, I have a deck with a lot (7 or 8?) artifacts, that moves some of my Amber onto them for protection, and controls the board effectively.  My other deck... depends on Martians for the heavy lifting, and everything else deals with Amber generation.  Both seem a lot of fun.  I end up winning both games, with Frans running a Horseman deck.
  • Star Wars: The Card Game - Two games against Eric S.  First game, I take my Sith/Imperial Navy capital ship deck against his Hoth Speeders deck.  I get a ship out, go aggressive, and destroy one of his objectives, and keep a hold on the Force.  However, I leave myself open, and he begins to counterattack, using his Tactics icons to keep my capital ship completely worthless.  He kills two objectives, and I'm starting to get nervous... but then I draw two capital ships with blast icons, put them in play, and kill enough of his objectives to get the win.  Whew.  Second game, I take MY Hoth Speeders deck against his Sith deck.  I go very aggressive, wear him down, and keep the Force to my side.  Eventually, I win.
  • Hordes - Two games, both with my Minions.  First game I take Rask in Will Work for Food against Joey's Armored Corps force with Kozlov as his warcaster.  I alpha him, and kill quite a bunch of stuff, but I don't kill any of his heavy jacks, and he's able to kill the first wave of beasts I send.  My second wave isn't nearly so strong, and I run out of army to throw at him, and end up conceding.  Second game, I play against Ryan B, who I met for the first time, who took Rasheth in the Exalted.  I make tons and tons of mistakes, but do okay in the attrition part of the battle.  However, I make a mess of the scenario, and end up getting assassinated anyway.
  • Traveller Customizable Card Game - Two games against Rob, my first time playing this game.  I win with the Type S Scout starter against his Beowulf starter, and win with the Marava Free Trader starter against his Beowulf deck which is a starter with a few changes.  This is a game I backed on Kickstarter, as I can't turn non fixed-release card games.  This one is pretty good.  I have to admit, I feel like it has a lot of similarity to the Star Trek card games, with the mission requirements and hazard/dilemma cards.  The mechanic of using your cards to pay for other cards is not my favorite, but it does play smoothly.  I could see playing it more.
  • Shadows of Brimstone - One game with Mark and Rob.  We played with the asian-themed expansion, with Rob taking the Ninja, me taking the Monk, and Mark taking a Samurai warrior.  We didn't get very far- our third room we all got swarmed and killed, sadly.
  • AuZtralia - My first time playing this, and I played against Rob and Mark.  I play kind of at random, as I've not played it before, and end up getting into the center too quickly.  When the monsters start spawning, they all come for my stuff, and just wipe me all over the place.  I end up dead last at 20 points.  The game ends at 30 points, Mark ends at 39, and Rob wins, scoring 40.
  • Blitz! A World in Conflict - This is World in Flames light, and I played with Rob (as the Axis powers), Mark (as the US and UK), and I take Russia.  I spend almost the entire game doing nothing, although Rob does eventually launch an invasion against me, but it ends up grinding away to no effect.  The effort he puts in does give Mark all the room he needs to win.  I think I needed to have been a bit more aggressive in the early game, maybe take out Turkey and something else, and try to give me at least some cushion.  It might also be that I need to let the Germans in, at least some, since that is a path for the USSR to gain victory points.  Seems like an okay game, but the victory point rules are kind of a turn off.
  • Star Wars: Legion - Played a full 800 point game against my brother.  I took the Rebels, with Luke + Leia, a bunch of Rebel Troopers, and a T-47 Snowspeeder.  Matt took Veers, Boba, an AT-ST, and a bunch of Stormtroopers.  I am able to manage the AT-ST pretty well, giving it an Ion token one turn, and getting behind it with the T-47 to put on a ton of damage, and I eventually destroy it.  The rest of the board I get into a heated firefight with, but manage to grab just enough objectives to win, 3-2.
  • Hive - Taught this game to Christian.  Sent an ant onto his side of the board, spawned a beetle, and walked it on top of his Queen Bee, holding her in place, and I spawn a bunch of things to slowly surround her.  Christian threatens my Queen, but I get her out of the way just in time, and end up winning.  I forgot how much I like this game.  I should get it someday!
    After my Beetle move which helped seal the game.
  • Magic: The Gathering - One game of Commander against Matt and his kids.  Jonas and Eli use Jonas' decks, Matt uses a Wizard precon from last year, and I take my Kalemne deck, which is the only deck I have handy.  There are a lot of dead creatures every turn, but eventually I manage to get enough out to win.
  • Jenga - One game against Matt and his kids.  Eli ends up knocking the tower over, and we decide to play something else after that.
  • Kill Team - One game against Matt.  I take my Gellerpox Infected again, using the three Hulks plus a Glitchling.  Matt takes Space Marines, but the missions is Take Prisoner, which doesn't favor him.  He doesn't accomplish much with shooting before we get stuck in, and once I am in, I have no problem getting a few points, and end up winning.  It helped that I rolled like fire, and he... didn't.
  • Dominion - Two games against Christian, teaching him the game.  First game was with the recommended starter setup, and I use Mines to upgrade all of my Treasure cards before chaining markets and other things to buy a bunch of Provinces.  I end up winning 40-30, I think.  We then randomize to get ten cards for the tableau, and play again.  This time, I use a Moneylender to upgrade my coppers into Silver, effectively, and manage to kill my deck up with Gold.  I then grab two Adventurers, use them, and am able to blow through the Province cards.  I end up winning 42-24, I believe.
  • A Few Acres of Snow - Played against Eric S, taking the British.  This is my first time playing this game- him and I have both heard that there is a broken strategy for the game, but neither of us knew what it was, and ended up having a great, close game.  He and I bumble around a bit, I lay a few sieges, take a few places, and manage to successfully defend against every raid, luckily enough.  I end up winning 59-52, with almost all of my points from developing locations.  Definitely a game I enjoyed, and would love to play again.
  • Ft Sumter - Played this against Eric S, playing as the Union.  I focus on the Political and Opinion places, with a bit of work on the Armament track.  Eric focuses on the Armament section, and tries to just slow me down in the other places.  We play, and end up tied.  Unfortunately, Eric's focus on Fort Sumter helps, as control of it determines who wins ties.  So, that'd be him.  Overall, the game seems just okay.  I didn't love it, but I certainly didn't hate it.  Just... okay. 
  • Treasure Island - Played this at a Winery with Dan, Marina, and Kaitlyn.  I've never played this, but I really enjoyed it- you use dry-erase markers to mark where you've searched, where you've moved, and what you're doing, and you have a person who hid the treasure also working to give you clues that could be true or false (he has a limit to the amount of clues he can give that are false).  Just, a lot of fun ways for him to mess with us, and the game was a lot of fun.  We ended up sticking Long John Silver right next to where he buried the treasure, and I found it on literally the last chance we would've had to find it.  Whew!
    Taken literally 15 seconds before I move and find the treasure (as orange)
New Arrivals
  • Empire of the Sun - I owned a previous version of this game, but it got destroyed in a flood in Catonsville, so I am extremely excited to own it again.  I haven't had the chance to play it yet, but it's a game I've always been eager to get on the table.  Pacific Theater, World War II, and Card-Driven.
  • Nations at War: Stalin's Triumph - This is the Nations at War expansion dealing with combat around Kursk in World War II.  Buying this means I own everything that's currently out for this game.
  • Massive Darkness Bloodmoon Assassin and Heirophant - And buying this means I'm caught up with THIS game.
  • ORIGINZ: The Superpowered Card Game - I backed this on Kickstarter, and it finally arrived.  Seems like a decent game.  Allows deck building as well, which is something I always look forward to.
  • Tonkin: The First Indochina War (Second Edition) - From Legion Wargames.  Covers, as you can imagine, the First Indochina War.  I know a little bit about the system, which seems interesting, but I don't know much about the war.  Still, overall looks like a good game.
  • Ici, c'est la France! - This game covers the Algerian War for Independence.  I own the first edition of the game, but never played it, but I prefer the current packaging from Legion Wargames, and mainly bought it because it'll match the other games on my shelf :(.  I know, a stupid reason.
  • A variety of Warmachine minis, and some Infinity minis.  Can never have too many minis, right?
Miniature Assembly/Painting
  • Warmachine/Hordes - I get most of the assembly done for a fourth unit of Gatormen Posse, a Battle Boar, AND I actually put some green paint on my gators!  There's still a lot of painting to go, but it feels good to have at least some paint on my models.
  • Counterfact Magazine Issue 9: War in the Megacity.  Overall, a pretty interesting read, although the title article about combat in megacities wasn't particularly earth-shattering.  It felt mostly like common sense, honestly.  With that said, there were some articles I found interesting- the history of the Spanish nuclear weapon program, for instance, was something I knew nothing about, but learned from this issue.
  • Nemesis Games, from the Expanse Series.  I'm maybe a third of the way through the book.  Very different style of story than the previous books, as the characters are all out dealing with their own personal issues.  Can't wait to finish it!

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.
  • 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!