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I will be posting monthly recaps of my gaming which I have been doing in GeekLists. I'll also be commenting on games on occasion, though I can tell you that I will be behind the curve because I just don't get to play the new games as soon as some people do.

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Oh no, not another one!

Yes, another one. shake

Guild Ball is a miniatures sports game that is not played on a board with a grid, it is played on a table like a miniatures game and movement is measured with a ruler. The board/pitch is a 3' x 3' area with a goal set on each side. The pitch can be wide open, or might even have terrain in the middle of it which needs to be played around.

The general idea of the game is that the guilds in this world use the soccer-like game to settle disputes, so teams are comprised of guild members. Currently there are seven guilds: the Alchemist's Guild, the Brewer's Guild, the Butcher's Guild, the Engineer's Guild, the Fisherman's Guild, the Mason's Guild, and the Mortician's Guild. There is also the Union, which are the mercenaries of the game and these players can each play for some (or all) of the teams. The Union players even form a full team themselves from time to time.

Most of the currently-available guilds have enough figures to play the game plus an additional figure so the team can be customized a little (not counting the Union players that will play for the guild). To get the full team with the extra figure from the one site which carries the game in the U.S. at this time is right about $100. (The site is Armada Games in Florida.) So it is not the least-expensive game out there, but all any one player needs is a team and without the extra figure that can be had for around $85.

The rules for the game are free. The stats and stat cards for the players are also available to download, as well as the templates needed to play the game and stand-up figures to use in place of the miniatures. That's right, you can download everything you need to play as long as you are willing to work a little bit of arts and crafts to create the stand-ups.

I haven't fully read the rules yet, but it looks fun. The Kickstarter campaign page has a video play through of the first couple of turns of a demo game with one of the Beasts of War guys as well as a discussion of the game after that.

Mike and I plan on trying out the game soon and are likely to order teams before even playing, because that's the kind of addicts we are. I'll make sure to post my thoughts on the game after we play.

P.S. I had a brief e-mail conversation with Aaron from Armada Games last night (very late for Florida time). He responded shortly after I e-mailed a question and was very helpful answering my questions and talking about the game.
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Sat Jul 25, 2015 3:20 am
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AiO Battle 05: Fell Call of the Wild

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Another battle using the army boxes.

I played the Trollbloods all-in-one army box force list:

Grissel Bloodsong, Fell Caller (-5 pts.)
• Dire Troll Blitzer (9 pts.)
• Dire Troll Mauler (9 pts.)

Krielstone Bearer & Stone Scribe (Leader and 5 Grunts) (4 pts.)
Trollkin Champions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (10 pts.)
Trollkin Warders (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8 pts.)

Shawn played the Khador all-in-one army box force list:

Forward Kommander Sorscha Kratikoff (-6 pts.)
• Demolisher (9 pts.)
• Spriggan (10 pts.)
• War Dog (1 pt.)

Widowmakers (4 pts.)
Winter Guard Infantry (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6 pts.)
• Winter Guard Infantry Rocketeer (x3) (3 pts.)
• Winter Guard Officer & Standard (2 pts.)
Lady Aiyanna & Master Holt (4 pts.)

Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich (2 pts.)

Shawn wanted to play and I suggested the Khador army as being pretty straight forward, so he ran with them. I suggested some changes in his set-up and he ended up having almost everyone in the center, with the Widowmakers on one flank in a forest with Aiyanna and Holt by them with the intent to run up the flank. I was also bunched in the middle, though Trollkin take up more space than men.

Shawn ran the Demolisher up and tried to wipe out the Champions which were advancing up the middle. The nice thing about Trollkin is you can do 20 points of damage past his armor and he might still survive. Mine did, even after being wounded some by the Winter Guard and Widowmakers. He then found out how nasty Champions can be with Grissel's feat which gives the models extra attack dice, especially when the target is down a lot of armor. Scratch one Demolisher.


The Spriggan was in battle with the Warders and fared a little better, still having the lance arm left.

Over by the Demolisher, the Winter Guard also suffered at the hands of the resilient Champions and the Widowmakers were eliminated. The Blitzer managed to take out Holt and get in a pot shot on Sorscha, doing a fair amount of damage. It was looking hopeless, so Shawn charged Grissel with Sorscha, using up precious focus to maneuver so she could make the charge. In the end, she didn't have enough focus and Grissel had more than enough fury to prevent damage. Sure, the Blitzer had to die, but it was worth it as I finally scored a win with Grissel.

Sure, it was against someone who never played, but it was a win.

I am still not a huge fan of the Krielstone Bearers, but my biggest issues when playing these guys is making sure the beasts are free to roam. Having a bunch of 40 mm-based troops takes up a lot of space on the table and I never position my forces to give the beasts the room to wreak havoc on the enemy.

I will play a different army next time. Since I was teaching, I really wanted to play something I was familiar with. I would have played Cygnar, but I wanted to play the alternate list with pHaley and Thorn which needs the Aiyanna and Holt from the Khador list, so that was out. I believe I will either play Skorne or Cryx the next time.
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Games Played in June 2015

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I did get to play a few games of Warmahordes in June, though not as many as I hoped to get played because real life sprang up and interfered with fun and games. But that is the way it should be, even though we might not want it to be.

It was also nice to get some of the games from the last decade on the table and played and I hope to do more of that in the coming months.

I played 22 games (counting Warmachine and Hordes as the same game, logged separately) a total of 49 times and five expansions logged 13 plays. Three of the games were new to me. I played nine of the games and two of the expansions in May.

Those things played in June were:


Caverna: The Cave Farmers
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 1/2014
My Rating: 6

Beware! Weaponized dwarves live in this game!

This was painfully slow getting started because no one had referred to the rules to refresh our memories before we jumped into to playing with the copy Nico bought while we were at the store. He and I had played before, me just once about the time it was released, and I think it had been a while since he had played. Michael hadn't played before, but is quite familiar with Agricola.

Still, we managed to muddle through the game and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Michael focused on exploring with his guys, I focused on farming and family growth, and Nico played with a mix of the two strategies.

I did enjoy playing it again and Nico will likely bring it the next time he shows up to play on a Saturday so we can play it again and, hopefully, commit some of the differences between this and the parent game to memory. He also is thinking about ordering an insert/organizer from The Broken Token because this is one game that really needs organization.


Dead Men Tell No Tales
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me
My Rating: 6

An average cooperative game with really dark art and a pirate theme. I thought it was okay and would play again, but it would not be the first choice when I wanted to play a cooperative game.


Deus
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 5/2015
My Rating: 8

Nico brought this along and we played a four-player game with Arjun and Narani, who hadn't played before. Nico played first, placed his army and moved it into the board two spaces, then I played on the opposite side of the board. Narani played right by Nico's entry space, then Arjun played such that his army was between their pieces and stole VPs from each of them.

This meant that I had the inside position on the win after everyone took their first turn. I did end up winning, but the game was closer than I thought it would be with Nico and Arjun being within a few points of me. Narani was blocked off from placing early on and was unable to draw cards of the type she was looking for. I suspect that if the four of us play again the results would be quite different.


Diamant
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 5/2015
My Rating: 9

Snakes and death everywhere.


Dominion
Times Played: 6
Last Month Played: 7/2013
My Rating: 9

Expansions Played:: Prosperity and Cornucopia, each for three games.

I brought this along one Saturday and Nico and I whipped through a few games mixing Prosperity with the base set. Three games and not once did the Market show up! It's always fun to play and I still remember the cards from the original set, but need to carefully read the ones from other sets because I don't remember them quite as well as the originals.

A few weeks later I had it with me, this time with Cornucopia. Michael was there and suggested it, so he, Nico, and I whipped through three more games with them mixed in. My tastes have changed a little over the last couple of years, and maybe it is because I am not playing Dominion as much as before, but now I do enjoy the cards from Cornucopia and think I might mix them in using Prosperity as the base set some time. I have also bumped my rating up from a 5 to an 8.


Dungeon Dice
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 5/2014
My Rating: 7

Nico and I struggled through a game of this, coming in cold after not playing in a long, long time. He had a hard time finding things in the rules and I couldn't roll worth a darn, either as the monster or myself and he easily won.


Flash Point: Fire Rescue
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 4/2015
My Rating: 9

A three-story rescue that we won.

Obviously, Dave wasn't playing because we would have lost if he was.


Fresco
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 3/2012
My Rating: 8

The worst part about pulling this out to play is removing all the expansion bits from the mix before setting up the game with what came in the box (including the three "expansion" modules) so we can play with just that. I'd like to play with the expansions, but the game doesn't come out enough and I always end up having to teach someone how to play, or it is a complete refresher game for at least one of the players. It doesn't seem right to add in the expansions to this.


Geschenkt
Times Played: 3
Last Month Played: 5/2015
My Rating: 9

Even after more than 10 years this is still a simple and elegant design which is an addictive blast to play!


Great Heartland Hauling Co.
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 11/2013
My Rating: 6

With Isle of Trains being popular, Mike pulled out this older game from Dice Hate Me. I still find it to be okay and will play it, but it is not something I would ask to play all that often.


Heckmeck am Bratwurmeck
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 2/2015
My Rating: 8

I pulled out the mini version of the game when Dave, Patty, and I went to dinner and we played most of a game which Dave was winning when the food arrived.


Hordes
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 3/2013
My Rating: 8

I played this late in month against Nick. I played the Trollbloods all-in-one (which is why I logged it as Hordes) and he played the Cygnar all-in-one. You'd think after I have spent so much time looking over the nine army lists released so far and coming up with my strategy hints that I would remember simple things, like transferring damage from my warlock to a warbeast. I didn't. Nick beat me and I went into a little detail in this linked battle summary.


Isle of Trains
Times Played: 3
Last Month Played: 5/2015
My Rating: 8

This will definitely be seeing play for a while. Clever, compact, and it scratches the San Juan itch. Who knew something so clever could come out of Tucson?


Keltis: Das Würfelspiel
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 5/2015
My Rating: 7

Mike, one of his daughters, and I played a game and I managed to win even with the luck of the child working against my superior strategy and die-rolling skills. shake


Machi Koro
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 4/2015
My Rating: 8

Expansion Played: Machi Koro: Harbor Expansion.

Just once with The Harbor. Alex tried going without rolling two dice and buying cards which pay off on a 1 to 6. He did well, but my 'skill' still won the day. I guess living in Okinawa as a kid really does help me with this!?!? :shake


Nations: The Dice Game
Times Played: 3
Last Month Played: New to me
My Rating: 6

Better than I thought it would be, though I didn't enjoy it as much as Mike and Nico. I suspect that having turn order is quite powerful and think I planned to play to go first as much as I could the second time I played it.

In that second game, Arjun decided to go book-heavy early on and ended up winning because no one challenged him on the book track.

The third time I went blue-die (book) heavy and made sure to grab as many dice as possible. Early on it looked to me as if I was behind, because I wasn't the only one really looking at books and I didn't get out to the front until round three. I did manage a win, though. The moral seems to be to make sure you don't ignore the books and let one person run away with them. If you are in the race for them, you should be able to be in contention for the win.

I noticed how lopsided the dice were. If I was thinking about buying it, I wouldn't because the dice are not at all square and I wonder if it would be possible to get some really malformed dice. I don't know how an experienced company comes out with such low-grade components?


Pathfinder Adventure Card Game 2.0: Skull & Shackles
Times Played: 6
Last Month Played: 5/2015
My Rating: 8

Expansions Played: Island of Empty Eyes for one game and The Price of Infamy for five games.

Six scenarios down in the campaign at Mike's with Damiel, Jirelle, Seltyiel, and Oloch and five more to go. Then we can sink out ships, drop out microphones, and walk off stage to start the next adventure.


Pathfinder Adventure Card Game 3.0: Wrath of the Righteous
Times Played: 3
Last Month Played: New to me
My Rating: 8

The first time playing was with four players. None of us were strong healers and we lacked the cards to be able to cycle through the decks so we lost the first time playing the first scenario. I was playing Imrijka the Inquisitor and turned in the recommended starting spell for Cure after the loss. We did manage to win the second time we tried the scenario, but it was more because the Henchmen showed up earlier in the decks than our play. Still, it is always tough starting out a new adventure path and this one is supposed to be harder, so let's see how it goes as we advance.

The second time was so I could get the promo character at free RPG day, and a whole lot of thanks goes out to Alex and Nick for indulging me and playing.


Qwixx
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 5/2015
My Rating: 8

It's currently the filler I recommend when we're undecided on what to play or looking to play something short while waiting on others.


Roll for the Galaxy
Times Played: 6
Last Month Played: 4/2015
My Rating: 6

Nico and I played six games during the month.

I am interested in seeing how they will expand this and hope the announced expansion makes it out before 2020.


Saint Petersburg
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 9/2013
My Rating: 8

We played this and Jayson was even along for the ride. I was able to corner the market on the nobles and come away with a victory. Everyone I know, including me, who owns it has the original version which is enough for me.


Taluva
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 5/2015
My Rating: 8

Two two-player games with Nico who picked up a copy of the original version as we played last month.


Warmachine
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 5/2015
My Rating: 8

Nico and I played a game which was his first in a year. He also had never played anything more than a 15-point game so it ended up being a refresher and major learning game. He played the Cryx and I played the Khador all-in-one boxes. I summarized the game here.
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AiO Battle 04: Insurrection

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This time I was playing Nick during what I hoped would be a day where several of us played multiple games, but it just ended up being Nick and I playing a game because real life and Father's Day weekend interfered.

I played the Trollbloods all-in-one army box force list:

Grissel Bloodsong, Fell Caller (-5 pts.)
• Dire Troll Blitzer (9 pts.)
• Dire Troll Mauler (9 pts.)

Krielstone Bearer & Stone Scribe (Leader and 5 Grunts) (4 pts.)
Trollkin Champions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (10 pts.)
Trollkin Warders (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8 pts.)

The Retribution of Scyrah had just released and I hadn't quite finished building it, so Nick wanted to try out the Cygnar all-in-one army box force list:

Major Markus "Siege" Brisbane (-5 pts.)
• Avenger (9 pts.)
• Defender (9 pts.)
• Squire Solo (2 pts.)

Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Unit (6) (6 pts.)
• Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Officer (2 pts.)
Stormguard Unit (10) (9 pts.)

Journeyman Warcaster (3 pts.)

So Grissel was leading a force trying to force out some Cygnar forces that were encroaching on the territories that a Kriel claimed as their own.

When we set up, our deployment areas were a little small because the table we were playing on was not quite four feet by four feet. This is a pain when all the troop figures in a faction have 40 mm bases! I definitely felt crowded and suspect Nick might have as well.

He deployed his Stormguard in the center, the Arcane Tempest Gun Mages to my right, and the battlegroup to my left. Across from his battlegroup I deployed the Champions, then the Krielstone Bearer squished behind them and to the right. I deployed Grissel there with the Warders in the center and the two beasties to the left.

The entire battle amounted to a standoff in the center between the Stormguard and the Warders which did an admirable job standing their ground until Siege popped his feat and all hell broke loose. He dropped a ground pounder on Grissel and almost killed her in one shot. That turn Nick eliminated all but one of the Warders, three of the five Champions, and damaged the big beasties as well. The next turn he finished off Grissel with a shot.

I was definitely not used to playing a Hordes faction. I forgot that I could transfer damage from Grissel to a beast for a focus point and that would have let her ignore the big hit from Siege's attack on his feat turn. Another mistake I made was not keeping the Champions in base to base contact which gives them +2 armor which might have saved a model or two.

The Krielstone Bearer still doesn't seem worth the four points to give one unit +2 armor for a turn, and Grissel is just not my kind of warlock. I also did a poor job of positioning my beasts because they never really got into the fight nor made much of a contribution. Not having a way to ignore the terrain was also a hindrance. An Axer with their animus sure would have helped.

I'm looking forward to playing the Trolls again and trying out some of the other Hordes factions, specially the beast-heavy Legion of Everblight list. Alex was watching and stated a desire to play his Everblight again. It might be a while before we have another Warmahordes-friendly Saturday where a group can play, but I hope to play a few games here and there before we try another one.
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Upgrading the 35-point all-in-one army lists to 50 points

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Here are the 50-point lists for the four base factions from both Warmachine and Hordes. I had done a detailed post on Khador for their 50-point list and their alternate 35-point lists and that was way too much work! So I'm posting the lists and commenting on them.

The ones which are red are the units that were added to the all-in-one box to bring it up to 50 points.

Warmachine factions

Cygnar

Major Markus 'Siege' Brisbane (-5 pts.)
• Avenger (9 pts.)
• Defender (9 pts.)
• Squire (2 pts.)
Alexia Ciannor & the Risen (Leader and 9 Grunts) (5 pts.)

Arcane Tempest Gun Mages (Leader and 5 Grunts) (6 pts.)
• Arcane Tempest Gun Mage Officer (2 pts.)
Black 13th Gun Mage Strike Team (4 pts.)
Rangers (5 pts.)
Stormguard (Leader and 9 Grunts) (9 pts.)

Journeyman Warcaster (3 pts.)
Reinholdt, Gobber Speculator (1 pt.)

This is an expensive list to get to 50 points: Alexia Ciannor ($64.99 retail), Black 13th ($16.99 retail), Rangers ($30.99 retail), and Reinholdt ($5.99 retail).

The Black 13th is another effective ranged attack unit, the Rangers would help the ranged attacking units, Alexia can be a machine that cuts through units like a hot knife through butter, and Reinholdt can give Siege an extra shot with his cannon. I still can't see buying all of this to boost the list to 50 points. I can see getting Alexia at some point because I didn't realize how good the unit could be for only five points.


Cryx

Wraith Witch Deneghra (-6 pts.)
• Leviathan Helljack (9 pts.)
• Nightmare Helljack (10 pts.)
• Nightwretch Bonejack (4 pts.)
• Nightwretch Bonejack (4 pts.)
• Skarlock Thrall (2 pts.)

Bane Riders (Leader and 4 Grunts) (11 pts.)
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8 pts.)
• Bane Thrall Officer & Standard (3 pts.)

Pistol Wraith (3 pts.)
Warwitch Siren Solo (2 pts.)

All that is added is the warjack and a couple of solos. Nightmare gains Stealth while in Deneghra's control area, so it's a good match. The Pistol Wraith is a solo-hunting machine, and the Skarlock Thrall is attached to Deneghra and can cast one of her spells each turn.

This is a list that I could easily see upgrading to the 50 points if we end up playing at that point level.


Khador

Forward Kommander Sorscha (-6 pts.)
• Demolisher (9 pts.)
• Spriggan (10 pts.)
• War dog (1 pt.)

Kayazy Assassins (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8 pts.)
Kayazy Assassin Underboss (2 pts.)
Lady Aiyana & Master Holt (4 pts.)
Widowmakers (Leader and 3 Grunts) (4 pts.)
Winter Guard Infantry (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6 pts.)
• Winter Guard Infantry Officer & Standard (2 pts.)
• 3 Winter Guard Infantry Rocketeers (3 pts.)

Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich (2 pts.)
Widowmaker Marksman (2 pts.)
Yuri the Axe (3 pts.)

I talked about this list in a long posting on expanding the Khador box. I already own the Widowmaker Marksman and Yuri and had planned on getting the Kayazy Assassins at some point, so I'll likely be upgrading this when I am done getting the army boxes and having them painted. As a 50-point list, I like what all three of the additions do for the list.


Menoth

Grand Scrutator Severius (-6 pts.)
• Redeemer (6 pts.)
• Reckoner (8 pts.)
• Vanquisher (8 pts.)
• Hierophant (2 pts.)

Choir of Menoth (Leader and 5 Grunts) (3 pts.)
Exemplar Errants (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8 pts.)
• Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard Bearer (2 pts.)
Holy Zealots (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6 pts.)
• Holy Zealot Monolith Bearer (2 pts.)

Exemplar Errant Seneschal (2 pts.)
Initiate Tristan Durant (3 pts.)
Rhupert Carvolo, Piper of Ord (2 pts.)
The Covenant of Menoth (2 pts.)
Vassal of Menoth (2 pts.)

The Exemplar Errant Officer & Standard Bearer is a nice addition though I suspect it means the wrath of God will rain down on the unit from the word go. I guess that could be a good thing since it means other things won’t be targeted.

The Holy Zealots and their Monolith Bearer make a nice, inexpensive unit of rabble that also sets things on fire and have the ability to get tougher when one of them is killed. They seem like a nice addition to the list as a tarpit to slow the progress of the enemy.

The Covenant of Menoth is a solo and it gives crazy protection to the friendly figures in its command range or stops enemies in the range from casting spells. All-in-all, it's an awesome addition to the list. I see more and more why Menoth is all about the buffs.

Initiate Tristan Durant is a journeyman warcaster and really should be assigned a warjack. Unlike the Cygnaran basic journeyman, Durant’s spells work on a model in his battlegroup alone, so I would want to assign one to him. I just don’t know which one it would be.

If I had bought this box, I could see myself looking into adding the additional models to bump the list to 50 points. The only additional model not used in the alternate 35-point lists is Durant and those add a warcaster, a warjack, and a mercenary (and I have both mercenaries already). See, I should have bought this one as well!


Hordes factions

Circle Orboros

Kromac the Ravenous (-4 pts.)
• Warpwolf Stalker (10 pts.)
• Ghetorix (11 pts.)
• Gnarlhorn Satyr (8 pts.)
• Gorax (4 pts.)

Tharn Blood Pack (10 pts.)
Shifting Stones Unit (Leader and 2 Grunts) (2 pts.)
• Stone Keeper (1 pt.)

Gallows Grove (1 pt.)
Gallows Grove (1 pt.)
Blackclad Wayfarer (2 pts.)
Lord of the Feast (4 pts.)

Ghetorix is a another Warpwolf which is better melee attacker than the Stalker and it can be bonded to Kromac. The Gallows Groves are terrific solos that Kromac can use to channel spells and prevents enemies from healing and making Tough rolls. The Blackclad Wayfarer can help fury management by allowing friendly models charge or make slams without being forced. The Wayfarer is also has a magic spray attack.

This would be a pretty easy to expand and everything additional works with what is already there.


Legion of Everblight

Saeryn, Omen of Everblight (-5 pts.)
• Nephilim Bloodseer (5 pts.)
• Angelius (9 pts.)
• Neraph (7 pts.)
• Scythean (9 pts.)
• Zuriel (10 pts.)

Blighted Nyss Striders (Leader and 5 Grunts) (6 pts.)
Spawning Vessel (Leader and 5 Grunts) (3 pts.)

Blighted Nyss Shepherd (1 pt.)
Blighted Nyss Shepherd (1 pt.)
Strider Deathstalker (2 pts.)
Strider Deathstalker (2 pts.)

At first glance this looks like a relatively inexpensive list to bring to 50 points, until you consider that you'll have to purchase some lesser warbeasts to add during the game as the Spawning Vessel creates them. So this is a pass unless I come into a bunch of mini-beasts. Zuriel looks like an awesome addition and a second Deathstalker can’t be a bad addition, so it’s possible I could change my mind.


Skorne

Supreme Archdomina Makeda (-5 pts.)
• Basilisk Krea (4 pts.)
• Molik Karn (11 pts.)
• Titan Gladiator (8 pts.)
• Aptimus Marketh (3 pts.)

Cataphract Incindiarii (Leader and 5 Grunts) (9 pts.)
Paingiver Beast Handlers (Leader and 5 Grunts) (3 pts.)
Praetorian Keltarii (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8 pts.)
Praetorian Swordsmen (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6 pts.)

Tyrant Commander & Standard Bearer (3 pts.)

Like the Trollbloods, they had only two large beasts in the initial box, but at least they got another warbeast in the Basilisk Krea. The Krea get plus points for having Eyeless Sight and causing Paralysis, but negative points because its animus targets itself and its Flank bonus doesn’t work in this list. Still, it seems like a decent enough beast. The Tyrant Commander & Standard Bearer is like having an über-powered Kovnik Joe because the Commander’s orders work on all friendly faction units or models.

The Keltarii are decent-enough models, but I still have nightmares from trying to assemble the Stormguard and these guys look like they might be just as cantankerous to assemble. I really don’t want to put the Keltarii together, so I’m likely to pass on expanding this box, though if they are a lot of fun to play I might change my mind.


Trollblood

Grissel Bloodsong, Fell Caller (-5 pts.)
• Dire Troll Blitzer (9 pts.)
• Dire Troll Mauler (9 pts.)

Kriel Warriors (6 pts.)
• Kriel Warrior Caber Thrower (Leader and 2 Grunts) (3 pts.)
• Kriel Warrior Standard Bearer & Piper (2 pts.)
Krielstone Bearer & Stone Scribe (Leader and 5 Grunts) (4 pts.)
• Stone Scribe Elder (1 pt.)
Trollkin Champions (Leader and 4 Grunts) (10 pts.)
Trollkin Warders (Leader and 4 Grunts) (8 pts.)

Fell Caller Hero (3 pts.)

I didn't like the Kriel Warriors when I used them in the past and mine are for sale. I would rather have seen the Fennblades plus UA and a Trollkin Sorcerer in place of the Kriel Warriors. The Fennblades have one less armor, but one more point of MAT and speed as well as having reach, doing two more damage when they hit and Vengeance, which lets them advance up to 3" and make a normal attack during the maintenance phase if they any member of the unit was destroyed or removed from play in the opponent's turn. Plus you would get the Sorcerer added, which is a handy little solo. The other loss is two less bodies, but I like the ability advantage over the numbers advantage.

The Stone Scribe Elder is a good single-point addition to the Krielstone Bearer unit and I was surprised that the Fell Caller wasn't used in the initial list because the bonuses and abilities it gives to the others is awesome.

In fewer words, I won’t be making this 50-point list or one of the alternate 35-point lists, which uses them. I might build the other list at some point, if I decide I would like to play with Grim Angus as the warlock.
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AiO Battle 03: Cold Death

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Nico and I got together to play a game. He has been a Cryx player every time he has played, so it was obvious who he would play.

I played Khador all-in-one army box force list:

Forward Kommander Sorscha Kratikoff (-6 pts.)
• Demolisher (9 pts.)
• Spriggan (10 pts.)
• War Dog (1 pt.)

Widowmakers (4 pts.)
Winter Guard Infantry (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6 pts.)
• Winter Guard Infantry Rocketeer (x3) (3 pts.)
• Winter Guard Officer & Standard (2 pts.)
Lady Aiyanna & Master Holt (4 pts.)

Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich (2 pts.)

Nico played the Cryx all-in-one army box force list:

Wraith Witch Deneghra (-6 pts.)
• Leviathan Helljack (9 pts.)
• Nightwretch Bonejack (4 pts.)
• Nightwretch Bonejack (4 pts.)

Bane Riders (Leader and 4 Grunts) (11 pts.)
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8 pts.)
• Bane Thrall Officer & Standard (3 pts.)

Warwitch Siren (2 pts.)


I set up the board with a terrain feature in quadrant of the board, with one of them on the Cryx side being shallow water. The others were all forests. I didn’t put anything in the center of the board and that really had an effect on the game.

First, I had the extreme advantage in shooting and it made Nico and I both hesitant to try advancing through the middles of the field, but the terrain in the middle-area of each of the quadrants really forced us to congregate in the middle of the table.

I tried charging the Leviathan with the Spriggan while managing to scatter some AOEs from the Demolisher into the Bane Thralls. The Demolisher did his job, but the Spriggan ended up a bit short. The Leviathan and Deneghra managed to severely damage the Spriggan while the Bane Riders came to realize why the Demolisher is such a tank. Denegrha popped her feat, which left the Khadorans stationary.

The remaining Bane Thralls took out Master Holt while Lady Aiyanna was harder to hit. The Riders were unable to hurt the Demolisher too badly, thanks to poor rolls, and the Spriggan was finished off while Deneghra moved back to get out of the line of sight of the mostly-intact Winter Guard.

The Winter Guard then moved in, did some damage to the Leviathan while another group targeted one of the two remaining Bane Riders, boldly shooting into melee because they knew that they couldn’t harm the Demolisher, took out one of the Riders. Snezhok (a.k.a., Snowball), the War Dog, lined up and charged the other remaining Bane Rider and finished it off before bringing back a nice, large bone for Sorscha to throw for him during play time. She then moved up to make sure Deneghra was in the range of her feat, which she activated then cast Boundless Charge on the Demolisher, which then activated and charged, turning Deneghra into a pile of bone dust and goo in one hit.

We plan on playing again soon, with Nico keeping the Cryx, which is fine with me, and my playing one of the other all-in-one lists.

He needs to rely more on the Bane Thralls being hard to damage with ranged attacks and use them as a screen as they move to engage the enemy in melee combat. I think he should also have used the Bane Riders to charge into and try to eliminate the Winter Guard.
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Games Played in May 2015

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I've still been spending a lot of time working on my Warmachine and Hordes army box overviews and trying to get the figures ready, but this month I kept up with my board game plays so I am back to my meandering thoughts.

In May, I played 26 games a total of 61 times and six expansions a total of 20 times. Four of the games and three of the expansions were new to me, and I played six of the games and one of the expansions in April.

Here's what I played in May.

Baseball Highlights: 2045
Times Played: 4
Last Month Played: New to me
My Rating: 7

Mike and I worked this out and enjoyed it. He won the first, third, and fourth World Series 4-1 and I won the second 4-2.

It makes a small-deck deck builder playable, which other games have failed it. I think I would buy it if it was something that could be played with three players, but since it is really a two-player game which can be increased by groups of two players in a tournament format it really won't work for the Saturday group.

My one gripe is the card stock. Gryphon has always used a highly-textured linen-finished card stock that is high quality. Visually, I'd always prefer less texture on the cards, but that a preference. When trying to shuffle the tiny deck, the texture creates friction and the cards are difficult to shuffle when there are so few. So boys and girls, I recommend getting sleeves for the game. Normally I would suggest that for a deck builder, but the shuffling doesn't happen so much to put wear on the cards. Don't let this minor quibble stop you from trying the game because it is a lot of fun.


Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 11/2014
My Rating: 6

This is much better with three than it is with two, though I would still rather play its big brother. It's also one of the ugliest games on the table and some of the pieces are tiny.


Ciúb
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 4/2015
My Rating: 7

Four players. It looked like Nico was losing the entire game, but he finished strong and triggered the end game which made the difference for him.

Being able to remove cards from the top row can speed the game up and prevent it from taking too long. Overall, this is a solid design and a lot of fun.


Deus
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 4/2015
My Rating: 8

Nico, Mike and I played. A load of fun that Nico and I like more than Mike, but it's not something Mike will avoid playing. For me, it scratches a similar itch to Race for the Galaxy in that the players are making the best tactical use of the cards they get dealt during the game.


Diamant
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 4/2015
My Rating: 9

I had a great first round and that's all it took to win the game.


Diamonds
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me
My Rating: 7

It's an interesting take on trick taking with the suits having powers related to scoring. We played with three, and if we play with three again we're likely to do the alternate set-up so all the cards are dealt out each hand.


Elder Sign
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 2/2015
My Rating: 8

Expansion Played: Unseen Forces

We fought Cthulhu's minions and lost. It looked like we were going to lose badly right off the bat and Joe Diamond and Ashcan Pete were killed, but the intrepid adventurers made a comeback and almost saved the world, but we lost in the end.


Elysium
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me
My Rating: 6

Eh. In the end it seemed like we didn't get to use the cards we picked but once or twice and there was no engine building in what felt like an engine-building game. Generally, I am not going to complain about some attack cards, but losing one, or more, of your three cards on a turn is a bit extreme, especially when you've made careful plans. I think I would want to leave out the Neptune cards if we played in the future.

Now I am thinking I might want to lower my rating.


Geschenkt
Times Played: 3
Last Month Played: 5/2014
My Rating: 9

Three times with five players. You have to remember who is nearly out of chips because if you send something around one more time that will fill a straight, it sucks big time when someone has to take it.


Hansa Teutonica
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 1/2011
My Rating: 6

Yikes! Time sure flies! I can't believe it's been over four years since we played this.

Mike, Nick, and I gave it a go, and it took a little while to get the hang of it again. Sure, it may be the most-soulless game ever, but it is a lot of fun and a solid design. Hopefully we will be able to play it again soon.


Isle of Trains
Times Played: 7
Last Month Played: 3/2015
My Rating: 8

Nico taught it to Dave and Mike and it was the first time we played it with four. I like it much better with three since there is still more player interaction than two, but it works with four. I'd rate the number of players I like playing it with as three, two, then four.

Later in the month, Mike and I played some two-player games and discovered we were playing incorrectly. We were delivering routes anytime, not upgrading a route before delivering another. Nico and I might have played it this way the first time we played, I don't know for sure, but we've been playing it wrong since then. The correct way gives you a reason to build up your trains and makes buildings more feasible.

We played it some more later in the month and I might need to up my rating.


Keltis: Das Würfelspiel
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 3/2015
My Rating: 7

I easily won both games, flexing my dominating die-rolling skills over Mike's puny abilities.

That's right -- it's all skill!


Lanterns: The Harvest Festival
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: New to me
My Rating: 4

We played with four and it was completely boring. It was also a bad decision to limit the number of the cards available to players. I think it would also have been better if the cards were tokens. If I never play it again I won't miss it.


Nicht die Bohne
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 11/2012
My Rating: 7

Another that hasn't been played in a long time. I like this more than the others seemed to, so it might be a while before it gets played again.


Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles
Times Played: 17
Last Month Played: 4/2015
My Rating: 8

Expansions Played: Tempest Rising for three of the games, Island of Empty Eyes for eleven of the games, and The Price of Infamy for another three games.

We're progressing in the campaign at Mike's with Damiel, Jirelle, Seltyiel, and Oloch and we're ready to play the next set.

Michael and I also played through eleven more scenarios in the two-player campaign. We lost the "The Land of the Blind" scenario, which was the extra one included in the fix pack. We didn't replay it because we were just one turn away from winning and because the directions on how to handle the winning conditions aren't clear. This isn't the only one of the scenarios which isn't clear and it's quite disappointing to deal with when sitting around the table in the middle of playing the game.


Qwirkle
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 1/2014
My Rating: 8

Mike had two relatively early Qwirkles and had a pretty good lead. I managed one later in the game and went out first to take the game-end lead over him and Nick.


Qwixx
Times Played: 5
Last Month Played: 4/2015
My Rating: 8

Two games played this month beginning with 'Qwi' on the same day. Not something that occurs every day!

I also taught it to Michael and Nico this month. It does work as a two-player game, but it is better with more.


Ra: The Dice Game
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 3/2015
My Rating: 8

Speaking of skill, I drove my slaves, err employees, to build many monuments to my dynasty and the incredible amount of points won the game for me.

Seriously, it was the most points from monuments I think I have ever seen in all the games I played.

Mike ended up winning the second game.


Risiko Express
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 2/2015
My Rating: 7

Mike, Nick, and I fought over Japan and I once again proved my skill at rolling dice and handled the challengers easily for the win.

Call me Sensei.


Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 1/2015
My Rating: 7

Michael and I played this while waiting to see if anyone else would show up on a Saturday. I ended up rolling lots of Pestilence and Michael never bought the prevention and he ended up losing because of it.


Run, Fight, or Die!
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 12/2014
My Rating: 8

Expansion Played: Zombie Horde Expansion.

Always fun. I still think the expansion does slow the game down but it is a lot of fun and makes the game a little more difficult.


Taluva
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 8/2012
My Rating: 8

I've been wanting to play this again for a while and it was great to play it with four. Nico hadn't played it and ended up buying an original edition copy off BGG while we were playing.

I attained a premature victory with a couple of turns left and it was satisfying because I was more in conflict with Michael and Mike and not the newbie.


Temporum
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 4/2015
My Rating: 7

I thought Mike might like it, so I made sure to ask Nico to play it when Mike made it on a Saturday, and then Mike bought it and we played it that night with Hilary at their house.


To Court the King
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 12/2011
My Rating: 7

With the Favor of the Pharaoh implementation coming out soon I wanted to play this again.

Mike, Nick, and I played it. Nick hadn't played it before and it had been a long time for Mike and I. I thought I was really in the best position when the end game came around and Mike looked to be in the worst position, but he managed to make a roll that Nick failed to match (since he had the Queen) and I couldn't beat.

Stupid luck-based games.


Vegas
Times Played: 1
Last Month Played: 12/2014
My Rating: 7

Expansion Played: Played using Las Vegas Boulevard.

We tossed in the large die and the $100,000 certificates. I like the additions and am interested in trying out the other mini expansions.


Warmachine
Times Played: 2
Last Month Played: 6/2014
My Rating: 8

Mike and I played what amounted to a refresher game with of Warmachine using the 35-point lists from the all-in-one boxes for Khador and Cygnar. That was summarized here.

We played again a few weeks later, this time switching sides, and that little dust-up was summarized here.

I’m hoping to get in a lot more games this month. There are plans afoot...
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Cryx all-in-one army overview

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For the Cryx death is not an ending but a beginning. They are followers of the Toruk the Dragon Lord and masters of death. The whispers of their raiding parties strike fear into the hearts of townsmen and even the mighty armies of the Iron Kingdoms, because no one wants to become fodder for the experiments of the Cryxian Necrotechs or undead thralls in the armies of Cryx. Not all of their forces are undead. Some are servants and others slaves, though all but one of the non-'jack models are undead in this army list.

I've got limited experience against Cryx and just about everything in this list is new to me. Please let me know if there are errors or if you see something that the list can do that I didn't see.

Here is the contents of the all-in-one army box:

Wraith Witch Deneghra (-6 pts.)
• Leviathan Helljack (9 pts.)
• Nightwretch Bonejack (4 pts.)
• Nightwretch Bonejack (4 pts.)

Bane Riders (Leader and 4 Grunts) (11 pts.)
Bane Thralls (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8 pts.)
• Bane Thrall Officer & Standard (3 pts.)

Warwitch Siren (2 pts.)


Much of the army is Undead which means they will never flee and are not living models. You know, because most non-fashion models are alive!

Warcaster/Warlock

Wraith Witch Deneghra is the experienced version of the character which you might see referred to as eDeneghra. She's armed with a Magic Weapon that has Reach. The weapon has the Dark Banishment ability which allows Deneghra to place the hit enemy anywhere completely within d6" of its current location, plus 1" for each focus point Deneghra has.

Abilities

She's Undead and she can Cull Souls which means she gains one soul token for each living enemy model destroyed within 2" of her. When she replenishes focus during her next Control Phase each soul token is replaced by one focus point which lets her increase her focus beyond her focus stat. Also, because of Parry, Deneghra cannot be targeted by free strikes.

While she may be dead, she's still dead sexy! Her Seduction ability is an action that lets her take control of a living enemy non-warcaster, non-warlock warrior model in base contact with her. It allows her to make the enemy model make a full advance then make a normal melee attack.

Wraith Walker lets Deneghra gain Incorporeal, basically turning her into a ghost that can only be effected by magical weapons, magic attacks, animi, spells, and feats and makes her immune to continuous effects. She cannot gain Incorporeal two rounds in a row.


Feat

Web of Shadow is all about staking out the enemy for sacrifice for a round. When it is set off by Deneghra, enemy models currently in her control area suffer Shadow Bind, which gives the model -3 DEF. On top of that, the model can only change facing when it tries to move!

Spells

Deneghra has a bunch of spells which she can cast for the cause. The first, Curse of Shadows, is an upkeep offensive spell. The target model or unit suffers -2 armor and cannot make free strikes. Other models can advance through an affected model if they have enough movement to move completely past its base.

Ghost Walk makes the target model or unit Ghostly for one turn. A Ghostly model can advance through terrain and obstacles without penalty and can advance through obstructions if it has enough movement to move completely past them. They cannot be targeted by free strikes.

Hellmouth is an area effect attack that does nothing if the caster fails to hit. If she does hit, all models within 3" of the model are pulled to it and then every model within 3" suffer a full power 12 damage roll. There is no half-power AOE here, buddy!

Another upkeep spell in Deneghra' s arsenal that targets enemy models or units is Marked for Death. The target enemy -2 defense and loses Incorporeal and Stealth and cannot gain those abilities while affected by Marked for Death. It also makes the target a shining beacon for friendly faction models which can target an affected model regardless of line of sight.

Pursuit is yet another upkeep spell in her spell book. It targets an enemy model or unit. If that target advances during its activation, immediately after ending this movement one model in Deneghra' s battlegroup that is in her control area can make a full advance.

Venom is a corrosive spray attack. It causes the Corrosion continuous effect.


The Battlegroup

The Leviathan Helljack has four crab-like legs which makes it different from most other heavy warjacks. Because of this it has Pathfinder, which is always a plus and it is Steady which means it cannot be knocked down. It's also Amphibious, which means it can move through water without penalty. It's armed with a Spiker gun and a Crushing Claw.

The Crushing Claw works like a normal fist or hand while the Spiker has a rate of fire of three, allowing it to fire up to three times a turn. The first time it fires would be part of the initial attacks and focus would need to be spent for the second and third shots to be taken. The Spiker has Burst Fire which gives it +1 to damage rolls against medium-based models and +2 against models with bases larger than medium.

The two Nightwretch Bonejacks are pretty basic light warjacks. They can attack by bashing, which might damage infantry and it has a gun called the Doomspitter. The Doomspitter has the Blaster ability which allows a point of focus to be spent to make the attack an AOE 3" attack instead of attacking a single target.

What sets the Nightwretch apart from every other warjack in the all-in-one boxes is it has an Arc Node. Arc Nodes allow warjacks to channel spells from their warcaster. The warcaster is the source of the spell, but range and line of sight is measured from the Arc Node so it effectively adds to the range of the spells and makes it easier for the caster to get a line on a target.


Units

The Bane Riders are the only cavalry unit in the all-in-one boxes and they have one of the highest armor values for units in the all-in-one boxes. They are Undead and have the Ghostly ability, which lets them advance through terrain and obstacles without penalty. They can advance through obstructions if they have enough movement to move completely past them and cannot be targeted by free strikes. They are armed with a cleaver which has Reach and Brutal Charge which gives them +2 to attack damage rolls and because they are cavalry they get +2 to their attack rolls, so they are at a total of +2 to both hit and damage!

Because they are cavalry, they have some special abilities. When declaring a charge, the cavalry model can ignore intervening models with a smaller base. If they come into melee range (1/2") of a model while making a charge, they attack with their mount and can destroy the smaller model, but can also end up being blocked or targeted by free strikes if they don't destroy the model. They can also make ride-by attacks, where they declare the target, move up to it, attack it, then finish their move.

The leader model has the Curse [Bane Riders] which allows it to target an enemy model or unit within its command range and Curse it. A friendly Bane Rider model charging a cursed model gains +2" movement and +2 to attack rolls against any cursed models. Curse lasts for one round and can only be used once per activation.

Bane Thralls are a fairly tough core unit that is just made stronger by the addition of the Bane Thrall Officer & Standard unit attachment. All the models are Undead and have Stealth, which prevents them from being hit by ranged attacks that are from further than 5" away. Any target within the melee range of one of the thralls also comes under the influence of Dark Shroud which reduces their armor by 2.

They are armed with a huge axe with which they are Weapon Masters and that makes them do an extra die of damage when they hit. So what does the officer and standard add? The officer gives the unit Dead Rise, which doesn't make a lot of sense until you see that the standard gives the unit Tough. Tough when a model is killed, it can make a Tough roll and is not killed if a 5 or a 6 is rolled on a single die. The figure is instead knocked down. Dead Rise lets knocked down models stand up during the Maintenance phase (at the beginning of the turn) and removes the stationary condition from models in the unit. So the unit just gets tougher to kill and can ignore effects that make them stationary.


Solos

Warwitch Siren Solo comes armed with a Shadow Blade which is a Magical Weapon that has Reach and Shadow Bind. Shadow Bind lasts a round and causes a model hit to suffer -3 defense and only allows it to change facing when it would normally move.

She has Stealth and her Magic Ability [7] is used for one of three abilities:

Power Booster is a special action that targets a friendly faction warjack within 5" of the siren. If the target has no focus points, it gains one focus point and if it was Disrupted, it is no longer Disrupted.
• The Siren has the same Seduction ability that Deneghra has.
Venom is a special attack which has a spray area of effect. Models hit suffer corrosion damage and the Corrosion continuous effect.

She also has Parry which means she cannot be targeted by free strikes.


Summing it all up

I wouldn't try and go toe-to-toe with the Khador warjacks or the heavy beasts of some of the lists because this list doesn't look to have that real heavy hitter which can crack armor and damage them. Deneghra can help out a lot because she can reduce armor with her spells, and the Nightwretches extend her range because of their arc nodes.

The Leviathan can be a nasty hitter, but remember that you will be running one heavy warjack against at least two heavies, unless you're up against the Convergence of Cyriss box, so you'll be outnumbered. Keep it safe until it's time to strike.

On the other hand, the Bane Thralls should be able take out a warjack if they are able to charge it because of the Dark Shroud's armor reduction and the extra damage from their having Weapon Master. The Bane Riders can hit hard, but knocking out a heavy jack might be a bit much to expect, especially since their own bases will end up blocking preventing too many others from being able to attack the same target.

Another way of reducing armor on targets for all your models is to first engage them with a Bane Thrall, whose Dark Shroud will reduce the target's armor for everyone.

The Siren works as a mini-Deneghra. Her weapon's Shadow Bind will make a model hit easier for someone else, to come in and hit the target, and if their armor has been reduced then they will also be easier to kill. Power Booster can be used to keep a Nightwretch moving along by removing effects on it and giving it a point of focus to spend and her Venom attack is a strong spray that can be used to clear out units

What the list really looks to do well is kill off the enemy meat shields to clear the way to kill the enemy warcaster. Also, because of all the Stealth in the army and the Tough nature of the Bane Thralls, they should also be pretty good at holding and contesting objectives in scenario play.
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Circle Orboros all-in-one army overview

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The Circle Orboros is an ancient society of mystics who have spent millennia working to master the secrets of nature. They are a loose organization which protects nature and their ancient sacred sites. The main body of their forces consist of humans and the savage Tharn race. They control giant wolves, satyrs, griffons, as well as stone constructs in their arsenal which protects their interests. They appear to be a formidable, flexible foe which can come at their enemies with living or animated forces.

I really don't know much about the Circle Orboros. Like the Skorne I haven't seen much of them, only playing against them once in a fang and claw game.

Here is the contents of the all-in-one army box:

Kromac the Ravenous (-4 pts.)
• Warpwolf Stalker (10 pts.)
• Gnarlhorn Satyr (8 pts.)
• Gorax (4 pts.)

Tharn Blood Pack (Leader and 5 Grunts) (10 pts.)
Shifting Stones Unit (Leader and 2 Grunts) (2 pts.)
• Stone Keeper (1 pt.)

Lord of the Feast (4 pts.)

Warcaster/Warlock

Kromac the Ravenous is a shapeshifter. He can be either in human form or in beast form and can switch between them during the game. He's armed with two axes which are both Magical Weapons and have Reach.

Abilities

In both forms he has Pathfinder, meaning he can move through rough terrain at no penalty and can even charge through them. He also has Altered States which lets him switch forms during the Circle's maintenance phase.

In Human form, he also has Beast Out that will let Kromac switch to his Beast form after taking damage from an enemy attack on the enemy's turn.

In Beast form he causes Terror, forcing enemy models in his melee range to pass a command check or flee. He is also unable to upkeep spells and cannot cast non-animus spells because he has a Beast Mind while he's a Beast. Finally, he can Jump, which means he can move any place within 5" of where he finished a full advance.


Feat

Blood Rage allows Kromac to suffer up to seven damage points and he gains one fury point for each damage suffered. His fury point total cannot exceed his current fury stat as a result of Blood Rage. If Kromac is in human form when the feat is used, he can immediately take beast form. Effects on the replaced model are applied to the beast model.


Spells

Kromac can cast Bestial on himself to make it so enemy models in his control area cannot cast spells or be used to channel spells. It doesn't seem like it would be useful all that often, but sometimes it might just completely shut down someone's plans so it is a nice weapon to have in the arsenal.

Inviolable Resolve is a simple defensive upkeep spell that gives a friendly faction model +2 armor and the Fearless ability for a round.

Rift causes the area in the 4" area of effect to become rough ground for a round, as well as being a fairly strong attack spell.

Warpath is another spell that would be cast and upkept on himself. It lets a friendly faction warbeast advance up to 3" after a faction model in Kromac's control area kills an enemy. Each warbeast can only advance once per turn because of this spell.

And for his warbeasts, Kromac has Wild Aggression in his arsenal. It is a spell that he can pay to upkeep on a friendly living warbeast that lets it run, charge, or make slam or trample power attacks without being forced and gains boosted melee attack rolls.


The Battlegroup

The Warpwolf Stalker is a huge bipedal wolf carrying a huge sword and it can still attack with its off hand. The sword has Reach.

This versatile beast has Pathfinder to move through rough terrain and Regeneration[d3] that allows the it to be forced one a turn to heal d3 points of damage. It also can choose one of the Controlled Warping effects at the beginning of its activation. Warp effects last for one round and the choices are:
Berserk: When this model destroys one or more models with a melee attack during its combat action, immediately after the attack is resolved it must make one additional melee attack against another model in its melee range.
Prowl gives Stealth to the Stalker while it is within terrain or an AOE that provides concealment. Stealth means any ranged or magic attack originating from more than 5" away automatically misses.
Warp Strength gives it +2 STR.

His animus is Lightning Strike which can target a friendly model which gains Sprint for a turn. If a model with Sprint destroys one more enemy models on its turn with a melee attack it can make a full advance at the end of its turn.

The Gnarlhorn Satyr has two fists and its horns that it can attack with. It's a little easier to hit than the Stalker, but it's harder to hurt and a little stronger. It makes a great partner to it.

Like a bull, urr, goat in a china shop, the Satyr likes to put its head down and run over things. Thanks to the Grand Slam ability, it can make slam power attacks without spending focus or being forced. And it is so good at it that figures slammed by it are moved an additional 2". On top of that, Follow Up lets the satyr advance directly towards a model it slammed up to the number of inches said model was slammed.

And speaking of slamming, if an enemy model advances and ends its movement within 6" and in the LOS of this model, the Satyr can Counter Slam: immediately make a slam power attack against that model. If it makes a counter slam, it cannot make another until after the Circle's next turn. It can't make a counter slam while engaged.

The Gnarlhorn's animus is called Bounding. It can be cast on a faction warbeast and gives it + 2" of movement and +2 to hit if it charges or makes a slam or trample power attack.

The Gorax is a strong attack light beast. It has a Pain Response which lets it charge or make power attacks without being forced. And its animus, Primal, gives a friendly living warbeast +2 STR and MAT for one round but it automatically frenzies during the Circle's next Control Phase.


Units

The Tharn Blood Pack are bad boys that have both the Fearless and Pathfinder special abilities. They can also be given the Assault & Battery order which allows them to make a ranged attack before making their movement, which must be a charge or a run. If charging, the target is not declared until after the ranged attack is resolved. This stacks well with Treewalker which means they ignore forests when determining line of sight. They also gain +2 defense against melee attack rolls while in forests and can advance through obstructions and other models in forests if they have enough movement to move completely past the model.


The models in the unit are Heart Eaters which collect "corpse tokens" each time they destroy a living enemy in melee combat. They can use the corpse tokens to make an additional attack, boost their hit roll, or boost their damage roll. Each model can have three corpse tokens at a time.

The Shifting Stones are three rocks. They have Advance Deployment which lets them set up after normal deployment and up to 6” beyond the established deployment zone. Because they are rocks, they are Constructs. They're also Immobile, meaning have no movement or action, cannot be knocked down nor moved. Their front arc extends to 360° and they have no melee range, cannot engage, and are automatically hit by melee attacks because, you know, they're rocks.

Because of Serenity they're calming rocks. Serenity allows the removal of one fury point from a friendly faction warbeast within 1" of a stone at the beginning of the Control Phase.

The Stones aren't rolling. They have Shifting Powers which let them do one of the three following powers which they select at the beginning of their activation:

• The Healing Field allows models in this unit that are in formation and friendly Faction models within 1" of one or more of them heal d3 damage points. This is one way which warbeasts that are Constructs can be healed, not that it matters in this army list.
Shifting is how the stones more. If they are in formation, they can be placed anywhere within 8" of their current location.
Teleportation allows one other faction model which are within the triangle formed by these three models (if they are formation) anywhere within 8" of its current location. The placed model must forfeit its movement after teleporting.

The Stone Keeper, as you might guess from his name is attached to the Shifting Stones unit. That's right, he's a leader of rocks. More than that, the apparently listen to him because he's an Officer. Like the rocks he leads, he has Advance Deployment and he can Shift, though when he does his Disorientation ability kicks in. Disorientation means he can't advance after shifting. He's armed with a Magical Weapon that has Reach.

The Rock Commander also has Pathfinder and the Granted: Stealth abilities. Granted: Stealth gives the Shifting Stones Stealth as long as he's not stone cold dead. He also has Stone Heart which means he never flees and automatically passes command checks.

He has a Magic Ability [6] which is used to power one of these two things:

Rock Hammer is a special area of effect magic attack that will knock down models hit on a critical hit.
Stone Form is a special action that gives the Stone Keeper +4 armor and reduced the defense to 5 but makes it automatically hit by melee attacks. It lasts for a round or until he makes an advance.


Solos

The Lord of the Feast is loaded with special abilities, including Fearless, Pathfinder, Stealth, Terror and Heart Eater. He also has Advance Deployment. He's also a Virtuoso allowing him to make both initial ranged and melee attacks on his activation.

He's armed with two "weapons," one of which is a Raven. The Lord makes a ranged attack with the Raven and if it his, the Shifter ability kicks in and it allows the Lord to immediately move into base contact with the hit model. It allows him to move around and get to targets and beat on them with his Wurmblade, which is a Magical Weapon with Reach and Blood Reaper, which lets him makes his first melee attack during his activation with it against each model in his LOS and this Wurmblade's melee range.


Summing it all up

I don't understand the Blood Rage feat. (See comments below.) I know what it does and that makes sense, but warlocks can already cause damage to themselves to gain fury, so the only bonus I can see is he is able to change shapes if he is not in beast form, which he can do during the maintenance phase or when damaged by an enemy. The feat seems pretty weak to me, but that doesn't mean Kromac is not a powerful warlock. He seems quite deadly.

During battle I can see putting Inviolable Resolve or Wild Aggression on any of the warbeasts to buff them up. He can also cast any of the three animi which the beasts have and they are all good at boosting attacks or movement. Lightning Strike is especially good if you want to play a hit and run game, attacking then moving back to a defendable position.

Besides his boosts for the beasts and the troops, the Bestial spell looks to be a great way to block the enemy from casting spells, hopefully gumming up their plans from the very beginning since his control area is 14" around his base.

Both the big beasts are good killers but they aren't the only ones. While the enemy looks at the two heavy warbeasts as the threat, use the Gorax to sneak in and kill whatever needs killing.

The Shifting Stones can help keep the fury down on beasts as well as healing those that need it. The Teleportation ability can also help with the mobility of the army.

The Blood Pack is great at clearing out enemies that want to try and use the forests to hide in and attack from. Their Treewalker ability means nothing in the woods is safe from them and they can use the Assault & Battery order to shoot first and chop off heads later in the same turn. Add their Heart Eater ability to gain extra attacks or boosting attacks and they are a serious threat.

We still haven't looked at the Lord of the Feast. If the enemy warlock gets too close to him, the Raven can be used to pop the LotF right next to it and the Feaster has any corpse tokens on it already, then he can go to town, possibly killing it in one turn.

There are lots of options with this army. While there are some buffs from outsides sources, it doesn't require a complex chain of activations in the right order to get the perfect combo like the Molik Karn one I mentioned in the Skorne overview or the combo building of the Menites. It still needs to be played smart and activations need to be handled properly to be effective, but it feels like it might be a little more forgiving than some army lists.

To my barely-trained eye, this army list looks to be neither over-powered nor under-powered. It feels like one which should be in most games and could win any time if played right. I look forward to playing these guys and seeing how things play out with them.
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Upgrading the Khador all-in-one army

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Each of the all-in-one boxes comes with a card that has a suggested number of buys to take the army from 35 points to 50 points. There are also two alternative 35-point armies with different warcasters, some units from the all-in-one list, some from the 50-point list, as well as some additional figures to round out the alternate lists.

This is what is on the Khador card and some thoughts about them.

The items listed in blue are the units/models suggested by Privateer to make the list 50 points and the red ones are additional models suggested to make the alternate 35-point lists.


50 point list

Forward Kommander Sorscha (-6 pts)
• Demolisher (9 pts)
• Spriggan (10 pts)
• War dog (1 pt)

Kayazy Assassins (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8 pts)
• Kayazy Assassin Underboss (2 pts)
Lady Aiyana & Master Holt (4 pts)
Widowmakers (Leader and 3 Grunts) (4 pts)
Winter Guard Infantry (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6 pts)
• Winter Guard Infantry Officer & Standard (2 pts)
• 3 Winter Guard Infantry Rocketeers (3 pts)

Kovnik Jozef Grigorovich (2 pts)
Widowmaker Marksman (2 pts)
Yuri the Axe (3 pts)

The Kayazy Assassins have the Stealth, Backstab, Gang, and the Parry abilities. They are armed with a sword and nothing else. A rundown/reminder of their abilities. Stealth means ranged attacks beyond 5" miss; Backstab gives them an extra damage die when they attack from behind; Gang gives them +2 to hit when attacking a model in melee range of another model in the unit; and Parry allows them to move freely in the melee range of enemies because they can't be targeted by free strikes.

Sounds cool, huh? But wait, there's more. The Kayazy Assassin Underboss is the unit attachment and he whips his backstabbing rogues into shape. The best thing he does for them is bestows Tactics: Duelist which gives the unit +2 defense against melee attacks. He also has Kill Stroke which he can use once per game. Kill Stroke allows the unit to move through models if they have enough movement, ignore intervening models when declaring a charge, and bestows the same ability as Parry. So the enemy warcaster is shielded by a wall of troops and warjacks? No worries, he's still dead when the boss says he's dead! He's also Tough, but doesn't share that ability with the rank and file. How do you think he survived long enough to be the boss?

The Widowmaker Marksman is better version of the Widowmakers. He has Stealth and Swift Hunter, which lets him advance 2" after destroying an enemy model. He also bestows Swift Hunter on any Widowmakers within his command range.

Yuri the Axe is a stone cold killer. He has Advance Deployment, Fearless, Pathfinder, Camouflage, Elite Cadre [Kossite Woodsmen and Manhunters] (ignored in these lists), and Treewalker. He's armed with a big axe and has Reach and Weapon Master with it along with the ability to make a special attack called Thresher.

Advance Deployment lets him set up after normal set-up and up to 6" beyond the normal deployment zone. Fearless means he never flees; Pathfinder means he can move through rough terrain as if it were normal terrain; Camouflage means he gets +2 defense when he has Concealment or Cover; and Treewalker allows him to ignore forests when determining line of site and, while he is in a forest, he gets +2 defense against melee attacks and can move through other models as long as he has enough movement.

Weapon Master means he gets an extra die of damage when attacking with his axe. The Thresher special attack allows him to make an attack against every model in his line of site and within his 2" Reach.


Alternate 35-point List 1

Supreme Kommandant Irusk (-5 pts)
• Spriggan (10 pts)
• War Dog (1 pts)

Kayazy Assassins (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8 pts)
Kayazy Assassin Underboss (2 pts)
Widowmakers (Leader and 3 Grunts) (4 pts)
Winter Guard Infantry (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6 pts)
• Winter Guard Infantry Officer & Standard (2 pts)
• 3 Winter Guard Infantry Rocketeers (3 pts)

Widowmaker Marksman (2 pts)
Gorman Di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist (2 pts)


Supreme Kommandant Irusk

This is the experienced version of Irusk. He's armed with a hand cannon and a sword that is a Magical Weapon.

Abilities

Irusk has three really useful abilities, beginning with Martial Discipline. It allows friendly living faction warrior models with small or medium bases ignore friendly faction warrior models in this Irusk's command range when determining line of site, and lets them advance through friendly faction warrior models in his command range if the model has enough movement to do it.

Total Obedience gives living (non-warcaster) models in his command range the Tough ability.

He also has Warjack Bond which lets him bond with the a non-character warjack in his battlegroup (the Spriggan in this list). The warjack gains +2 defense and cannot be knocked down. Since it is bonded, it can also be allocated an additional point of focus.

Feat

Desperate Ground Friendly Faction models currently in Irusk's control area ignore cloud effects and forests when determining line of sight and they gain Pathfinder. Knocked down models immediately stand up. Enemy models/units beginning their activations in his control area suffer -2 speed and cannot give or receive orders. Desperate Ground lasts for one round.

Spells

Airburst is an offensive spell that targets any model in Irusk's control area, ignoring line of sight. Airburst also ignores cover, concealment, elevation, and Stealth. All models hit suffer the same power damage roll, so nothing is halved here.

Artifice of Deviation is a 5" area anywhere completely in this model's control area. Friendly models in the area gain Pathfinder and can advance through obstructions and other models if they have enough movement to move completely past them. Enemy models treat the area as rough terrain and the effects last for one round.

Battle Lust gives a friendly faction warrior model or unit Fearless and an additional die on melee damage rolls for one round.

Energizer allows Irusk to spend up to 3 focus points to cast it. Models in his battlegroup that are currently in its control area can immediately advance up to one inch for each focus point spent. It can be cast only once per turn.

Fire for Effect is an upkeep spell that lets a friendly facito0n model boost the attack and damage rolls of its first ranged attack each activation.

Tactical Supremacy is an upkeep spell that lets the target model or unit advance up to 3" after all models have ended their activations on Irusk's turn.

The solo model, Gorman Di Wulfe, Rogue Alchemist is a popular dude. He's used in this alternate list as well as one of the alternate Menoth lists. He's armed with alchemical grenades and stiletto. He has Immunity: Corrosion Immunity: Fire, Stealth, and an Alchemical Mask which lets him ignore gas effects as well as ignoring cloud effects when determining line of sight and resolving attacks.

As a special action he can place Smoke Bombs which are a 3" area cloud effect that's center point must be within 1" of Gorman and remains in play for one round.

Whenever he makes a ranged attack, he chooses one the following effects for the attack:

Acid Bomb: Models in the area are hit and suffer corrosion damage and the Corrosion continuous effect.
Black Oil causes no damage. Instead, models in the area are hit and suffer Blind for one round. They cannot make ranged or magic attacks, suffer -4 MAT and defense, cannot run or charge, and must forfeit either movement or their action during their next activation.
Rust also causes no damage. Instead, warjacks in the area are hit and suffer -2 armor for one turn.



Alternate 35-point List 2

Vladimir Tzepesci, the Dark Champion (-5 pts)
• Spriggan (10 pts)

Kayazy Assassins (Leader and 9 Grunts) (8 pts)
• Kayazy Assassin Underboss (2 pts)
Kayazy Eliminators (Leader and 1 Grunt) (3 pts)
Widowmakers (Leader and 3 Grunts) (4 pts)
Winter Guard Infantry (Leader and 9 Grunts) (6 pts)
• Winter Guard Infantry Officer & Standard (2 pts)
• 3 Winter Guard Infantry Rocketeers (3 pts)

Widowmaker Marksman (2 pts)


Vladimir Tzepesci, the Dark Champion

Like both Sorscha and Irusk, this is the experienced version of Vlad. He's armed with a Magical Weapon sword that has Reach. It also has the Balefire ability, which adds an additional damage die against undead models. Cryx beware!

Abilities

Blood Trials: When Vlad suffers damage points from an enemy attack, he gains one blood token. During your next Control Phase replace each blood token with 1 focus point.

Defensive Strike: Once per turn, when an enemy model advances into and ends its movement in this Vlad's melee range, he can immediately make one normal melee attack against it.

Might of Kings: When Vlad is first damaged, he gains + 1 speed, strength, defense, and command for the rest of the game. If he is reduced to 10 or fewer unmarked damage boxes, the bonus increases to +2 for the rest of the game. If he is reduced to 5 or fewer, this bonus increases to +3 for the rest of the game. These benefits remain even if Vladimir heals. To stop cheesy tactics, if a friendly model damages him with an attack, Vladimir loses Might of Kings for the rest of the game.

Feat

Blood Legacy lets Vlad choose d3 + 3 friendly faction non-character warrior models currently in his control area. Those models gain +3 added to their speed, strength, MAT, RAT, defense, armor, and command for a round.

Spells

Vlad is an upkeep spell machine.

Assail is an upkeep spell that targets a friendly faction warjack and then it can charge or make slam or trample power attacks without spending focus. The warjack gains +2" movement when it charges or makes a slam or trample power attack. Models slammed by the target warjack are moved an additional 2".

Hand of Fate is an upkeep spell. Target friendly faction model or unit gains an additional die on attack and damage rolls. The lowest die from each roll is discarded.

Martial Paragon is an upkeep spell which Vlad casts on himself. Vlad gains an additional die on melee attack rolls and he cannot be targeted by free strikes.

Razor Wind, which is the same spell Sorscha has.

Transference is an upkeep spell. While in Vlad's control area, friendly faction non-warcaster warrior models can spend 1 focus point on this model to boost a melee attack or melee damage roll during their activations.

Wind Blast: Vlad places a 5" area anywhere completely in his control area. Cloud effects overlapping the area expire. Models suffer -3 RAT while within the area. The area remains in play for one round.


Kayazy Eliminators are a small, two-woman unit. They have Stealth, Acrobatics, Duelist (like the tactic given by the Underboss), Gang, and Side Step. They are armed with two Assassin Blades which they can use the Combo Strike special attack, combining both their power plus the strength of the model into one attack.

Acrobatics lets them move through other models as long as they can get completely past them as well as being unable to be targeted by free strikes. Side Step lets the model move 2" after it hits with either an initial or special attack and also prevents them from being hit by free strikes when they are making the advance.


Conclusion

I don't know if I would build the two alternate 35-point lists. I like having more than one warjack. Warjacks (and warbeasts) are why I was interested in the game in the first place.

I will likely buy the Kayazy Assassins and Underboss to make the 50-point list once I am done with the rest of the armies. I can see using the Kayazy's to get into melee with units and even small beasts and warjacks and really messing them up. The Widowmaker Marksman just makes the Widowmakers a little better than they already are, and Yuri can clean up units, small beasts and annoying solos himself.

Irusk looks like an awesome warcaster and his spells and abilities really do help the infantry-heavy list. If I pick up the Kayazy as I probably will, he'd be all that is missing from the alternate list. I can see myself using him in normal games from time to time, so I just might end up having everything for the list after all. While I like adding the Widowmaker Marksman, I think have Kovnik Joe would be a better choice in most cases. However, Irusk will give the Winterguard, and every other living model in his command range Tough so it might work out.

Vlad also supports his infantry but doesn't give Tough, which helps the Winterguard be their best. He allows them to be more effective if he puts Hand of Fate on them. The Kayazy Eliminators are a nice addition, but could have been replaced by Yuri from the 50-point list for a similar effect on the overall list.

I prefer the original list over the two alternate lists but can see playing them. Should we graduate to 50-point lists, I can see trying out the one suggested.
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