Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Dystopian Wars 2.5 game

This past weekend I was able to actually get in a game of Dystopian Wars. Yes, there is someone else in Portland that plays! Unbelievable.

I totally forgot to take pictures, but you really aren't missing anything. We did a 750pt game and I brought a battle flotilla from the FSA. I faced off against a bloke called General Eric from the spartan forums and his Prussian fleet.

This was a friendly learning game as I had not tried out any 2.5 games yet and just got the digital rules a couple days before. I haven't even read them yet...just glanced here and there.

I think we went through 5 or 6 turns in around 3 hours. That is pretty good for Dystopian Wars. Granted, we didn't play with all the bells and whistles, as I wanted to focus on core mechanics, but still, the game flowed fairly well. In the end, my FSA limped off the field of battle. My dread was almost dead and I was down to one gunship, vs his barely damaged battleship. I did a ton of damage to his smaller stuff, but the dice failed me on a few crucial initiatives and one round of shooting at this battleship. He was able to keep plinking away on my dread and made it completely ineffective. That Rugged 2 on his battleship was just harsh.

It was fun though and again, the play went fairly smooth. So that is enough proof to have me spend more time reading the book. Who knows, maybe 2.5 will help resurge the game in this area again.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

All Is Not Lost

Ha! snuck in another update before a month had past. Whew! Not bad considering I was out of town for two weeks with no internet. <shudder> But as you can see, I have survived. So, what is up in Brother G's gaming world?

The tabletop wargame world has really taken a turn towards the strange. I have people asking me to meet up to play Dystopian Wars and Kings of War. Wha huh? All the while my own interest was to get going with 8th edition 40K. Yeah, I'm not sure when hell froze over, but damn. Either that or I need to check to see if everyone has a goatee. Bizarro world no? Long time readers will know that I have tried several times to get people into the former games, and have blasted the latter for its evil policies. Okay okay, that isn't true...I don't have any long time readers....

What can I do but take a stand and help these minorities by adding another player. Just have to hope that the scheduling can work out. Also, I need to figure out what KoW army I want to play, and I need to dig out my Dystopian Fleet. I'm going to go with the Federated States of America this time around. Long long ago, they were my first fleet, but I gave them up when I had heard that an Italian fleet was going to be produced. And then I bought a Empire of the Blazing Sun fleet to hold me over until the Italians got released, but then discovered they were only going to be a secondary nation...long story slightly shortened, I own FSA once again and will be fielding them soon. Now I just gotta paint them all over again.

The prospect of which KoW army is going to be a little trickier. Apparently I am the odd man out for a league which means I need to have two armies? One for the side of good, one for evil. No idea what I want to do yet. I'll think of something.

D&D has been going strong, though current group is on a summer break. On my trip back east, I did meet up with some of my college buds (some haven't seen in over 20 years), and we gathered for some D&D one day. What a blast! It was like the last two decades hadn't even gone by. So much fun. Wish I could see them more.

Not much going on with the PC front. Still playing DDO and Overwatch. Keeping an eye on Total Warhammer 2, but will wait until after release and then get it on sale. Pre-order is for suckers. Oh, and I have played a few games of Vermintide with one of my college friends. Not bad...will give it a few more tries.

I'll try to start posting up pic of the Dystopian Wars fleet I come up with. That painting is fairly easy and enjoyable for the most part. Until next time.

p.s. Rick and Morty season 3 has started. God damn that is a funny show!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Plague Wind

Ugh and howdy,
That's right boys and girls, old Brother G. has contracted Nurgle's rot and he is not happy. First off, I can't believe it has been over a month since my last post. Must have lost some time in the warp there. So much has been going on and it is mostly a blur. So bear with me as I try to recall some of it.

So first up is 40K. Seems like forever since a GW game has been a priority, but here it is and rightly earned. Well I got my box set in, as well as my Xenos II book. That book was the best purchase for me. I own all the flavors of models for the Eldar, and my painted 40K army is the necrons. So I can use that whole book. Looking through it, I've been focusing on the Necrons and it doesn't seem like that army is out of whack in either direction. Solid units and rules, but nothing abusive so far.

I did make some purchases as some ad mech models became available at a good price. I'm also going to be trading some ork stuff away for the Xenos I book. Beyond that, my wallet is officially closed to the hobby for the time being. The Summer has been crazy busy, and if I can find time to play, I have the rules and models for several armies already.

Flames of War has pretty much died out for me. The company's decision to go with this slow roll out of material and models for only two factions has really bummed me out. I love mid war, and I love my DAK and Italians....I also love my 8th Army Desert Rats...But so far only two books are out and they left out a ton of units that I own. They just killed the momentum for the release. I suppose if you don't own any FoW, then the release would make sense. But as an existing player, with multiple mid war armies, this sucks. Before we got beautiful books like Afrika that contained everything we had for every army. Now I have a book that contains the rules for DAK and maybe a quarter of the units? So Flames has been put on the backburner once again, waiting for them to give me the rest of my mid war armies.

Surprisingly, Dystopian Wars popped up on the radar recently. Found out there was another local player who actually played the game with a few friends. Nothing has happened except for a few messages back and forth, but who knows...I may be breaking out the models for some DW action.

Digitally, there is quite a bit of movement. DDO is still going strong, although summer has made our group shrink from time to time as people go on vacations. Blizzard actually got me to play Heroes of the Storm again with a few events and I actually am having fun doing elite AI runs. Still going with Overwatch from time to time as well, but I quit if it pisses me off to much. Gotta work on that temper of mine. :)

Also, I'm looking at upgrading my system again. My daughter's PC has been having issues, so I started looking into upgrading hers at first...but then when I saw the prices and performance differences, I realized it was time to update mine as well. That should be happening soon, as I've decided upon the update, and now just need to pull the trigger.

So for the gaming stuff, that's a pretty good recap I think of where I'm at.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

8th edition 40K has arrived

Hey Sportsfans,

As much as I hate to admit it, the gaming airways are pretty much filled with the sounds of 40K. Despite my long standing issues with GW, I have to say they are knocking this one out of the park. In just two days, the new 40K set goes on pre-order and I'm expecting it to blow up. Already the internet is flooded with info from the new army books.

From what I have seen, GW has done a good job and took this quite seriously (unlike some of the stuff that made it into AoS). As a huge fan of orks, I was very happy to see the rules they have received so far. I think they are one of the most characterful armies in the game and now you can actually take those units without being blasted off the table.

Of course, we won't know anything for sure until it actually gets in the hands of players and games are played. And we also have to mention that there is no whining. I have yet to hear someone come up with a legitimate issue. Simple rules. Rules for all existing models out at launch! That right there is unheard of for 40K. No more waiting a few years after new edition to get your new book. Day one, you have your updated rules for your army. That is a pretty huge undertaking and they did it well.

For anyone local to the Portland area, the Ordo Fanaticus club is having a garage sale at their Western Oregon Wargamers location. It will be going on this Saturday starting at 11am. They typically end up with 10-20 people bringing games, books and models for sale or trade. Deals are to be had. Sometimes whole armies can be purchased. I know I've got stuff that I don't need and will try to sell.

My D&D group is going very well. So happy that I have a steady group that I enjoy playing with. We are still using Pathfinder and that seems to be going okay. For someone how never jumped on that train, the amount of info and options is a bit overwhelming. But all in all, its still D&D and that is what matters most.

Flames of War has gotten bowled over by the 40K hype I'm afraid. I probably should be on the looking for some of the stuff I wanted to get...but honestly, all thoughts and extra cash are going to be going to the 40K set and those books...which I need 4 out of the 5. My fault for having so many armies I guess.

Apparently the Dystopian Wars kickstarter stuff should be hitting in June as well. Wonder if I'll even notice it? Let's face it...the biggest thing on my mind is which army to focus on for 40K. :)

Until next time....

Monday, May 22, 2017

Where are my orks?!?

Hey people,

So what the hell GeeDub? You keep releasing these Focus pages on the various armies....but somehow the orks haven't gotten one yet? What's up with that nonsense?

Don't get me wrong, I'm proud of you for releasing all these previews and rule snippets. But damn...give me my orks! :)

So as you can see, I've been keeping an eye on the 8th ed updates for 40K. I haven't seen anything yet that is worrying people or scaring anyone away. I've liked what I have seen so far. Just going to come down to whether or not any armies got screwed at this point. I own lots of armies, so the odds of one of them getting hosed is pretty high. But I'm holding out hope that they did they all a solid. For the orks, they need a way to mitigate morale. As a horde army, if they don't get some way to ignore morale, then their number of valid builds is going to be very small.

I am really hoping that GW is also working on a nice transport model for my Ad Mech. There are going to be lots of strategies using transports in 8th and that seems like a big glaring hole in their list right now.

All the rest of my armies seem to be pretty solid for the most part. I wonder if the necrons will get some sort of wound regen. And I want to see how the gauss weapons are going to work.

In other news, I've just plugged up some model needs for my undead army. I think it will be my main force going forward in Kings of War. I have always loved my undead, and while in Kings, they lose some of their sparkle due to the more generic army list, they still are going to look great on the table. I just need to get creative with some of the units and model choices. For the first time, I'm actually going to replace a GW model with a Mantic one. I've bought a bunch of the mantic zombie models. They are quite decent and actually fit better with the newer GW models than the old GW zombie. Maybe I'll even put some together and toss in a pic or two down the line.

Nothing new to report on the PC gaming front. Been pretty much playing the same games. For DDO, my dragonborn Sorcerer build is just crazy good. Granted, he is still only level 10, but the damage he can put out is just redonkulous. So much fun and since it's Monday, I get to use him...woot!

I did actually install and play the Blizzard MOBA game Heroes of the Storm. They had this Nexus 2.0 event going on where if you played games with "friends" you could unlock bonuses for Overwatch. It worked in that it got me to play again. But I'm not so crazy about some of the character balance I witnessed, so I doubt I'll play anymore than I have to.

Oh, I did get Dawn of War III, but I haven't played it yet. Meh..I'll get to it eventually.

Well, that is it for this week. The sun is coming out in the PacNW and that means models can be primed again. That means I might actually paint something. Till next time.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

And on the 8th edition, he played

Hello gentle readers,

Today we are doing the near unthinkable, talking about a GW mainline game. For those that have read my previous posts, they have seen a hate/hate relationship bloom with GW over the past few years. I watched my beloved games turn into miniature selling schemes and prices go through the roof. My investments in their miniatures have kept me in the orbit of their games if not actually playing them.

Well, GW is about to release their 8th edition of Warhammer 40,000 and the journey so far has been surprising.

Winds of Change or Clever Ruse?
First off, GW has been releasing good info about the new edition. Nearly every day they have talked about the various phases of the game, giving a general outline of how they work. These are actual articles with real words as opposed to a ten second teaser video that showed nothing. For those that are wondering, no, I don't know the name of the rogue GW employee that has released this info. For his safety, that is being kept very secret. :) You can't blame anyone for thinking that. This is a huge turnaround for GW from years past. So either someone hit their head really hard, or they actually paid attention to the community when AoS dropped. Either way, this has been well received by the community at large by all accounts that I have seen. Lets hope that this new direction for GW is a permanent one.

40K, Age of the Emperor
The rules themselves are very much like Age of Sigmar. Movement values are back for troops, and armor is no longer a static save. Since 40K has always been a skirmish game, the change isn't so drastic unlike Warhammer Fantasy Battle to AoS. I believe we have been promised a free 12 page rulebook. So more meaty than AoS, but still very simple and streamlined. This means that the units themselves are going to be loaded with any special rules they might have. I'm fine with that. I always liked that units could have very individual abilities in AoS that fit their nature. One sore point that may come up is that the 7th ed books are completely irrelevant now. But to sooth that over, GW is going to release info for every unit currently in the game, IIRC. So again, very AoS like. But learning from AoS, they are releasing point values for units from the start. Using them is optional, but at least they are there, allowing no disruption to the competitive community.

Is that Hope?
So what does all this mean? Well honestly, it means I'm actually excited for 40K again. I have friends that have sworn off GW, reading the forums and asking questions about the new rules. In one swoop, GW looks to be making 40K accessible to new players with the "Play with what you have" style of play, yet keeping the veterans happy with point values. Also, they have outright said that they are hoping to speed up play, so that a typical game (based on previous game size) will take only 90 minutes.

Wasn't Born Yesterday
That said, we still don't have the rules yet, nor a solid release date. Also, we don't have the "warscrolls" for the various units. Simplifying the rules is good and all, but if you don't get the flavor and balance right for the units, then it is all for naught. GW seems to be heading in the right direction with 8th edition 40K. Whether or not they will stay on that path is still to be seen. I will say that with what they have done so far, I would recommend people to keep an eye on this one. It could turn out to be not only GW's biggest win, but a win for the players as well.

Till next time...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Close calls and forging ahead

Hello True Believers,

So here we are, smack dab in the middle of April. That was fast. Not that I had any goals to hit before now, but still, seems time is in a hurry to get somewhere.

Welcome to my random thoughts on gaming. I'll try to organize them a bit though.

Latest temptations from GW, Blood Bowl and Shadow Wars.
I have to say, I'm digging the new models for Blood Bowl. The orcs in particular look fantastic. In the past, I had tried Blood Bowl a few times, and even own a couple of iterations of the PC game. There is one constant with the game in that it throws me into a blind rage pretty much every time I play. Something about those darn block dice just trigger that inner barbarian. Looks fun, seems fun, going to cause me to have an aneurysm one day.
And now we have the "spiritual successor" to necromunda with the new Shadow War game. I haven't delved too much into this one. I have owned a necromunda gang since that game came out. And the whole "gang campaign" game seems like it should be fun. One thing always bothers me though, the dreaded WYSIWYG. In most cases, I'm all for it. However, in a game where a character/model may end up changing weapons several times...I can barely get the motivation to convert/paint a model once. Now you want me to cut it up after the fact just because they now have a bolter instead of an autogun?? Screw that. I get that you want to represent whether its a heavy weapon, standard, or a CC kind of model..I do. But there is no way I'm going to cut up my classic escher models just because of a gear change. So necromunda sits on the bench.

Spartan Games reaches out...to late?
So I'm a big fan of Spartan Games. I love the models they come out with. I'm not so much of a fan of the rules sometimes...and definitely the sheer amount of games they keep pushing out, each one with little support. Well it seems they are trying to right their ship and have taken a big step with reaching out to the Firestorm fans. They've laid out their internal changes and a roadmap for the future. So it's a big "wait and see" with them. I hope the community hold their feet to the fire on this. They really need to change their ways if they want any hope of winning people back.

Leading the way for Flames of War v4
So I've invested in V4. I probably should have waited to see if the community would take hold of it first, but they suckered me in with the Africa focus. So now I'm going to see if I can help this game get some local traction. I think Flames is a great game, and I'm really hoping that V4 follows in that tradition. I'm going to go digging through my collection and see what forgotten DAK models are still in blisters and boxe and start working on them. I think I have a few units that are present in 4th that I had never used before. Also, the new command cards that were talked about might prove to let me use some of those units that were left out of the book. For instance, I could see a card that lets you bring Nebels instead of the 105s. At least that is what I'm hoping for. The best part is, assembling Flames units is normally pretty easy, so I will hopefully get a few done this weekend and then can add pics later. Hold your breath for that.....heh.

'Til next time...