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Tripods, steam tanks, and relics

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Mike and I played Relic Knights last Friday and it was a blast. He played the Noh Empire starter box with an additional Berserker for his 35 points, and my 35-point list was the Shattered Sword Paladins starter with an extra Paragon.

The biggest thing to get used to is the flow of adding units to a queue to activate, which means some of the figures might not activate even once during a game. There are also a lot of powers that some of the characters have which they may activate, and not all of them are on their cards. This could end up being the one really annoying thing about the game which keeps people from wanting to play it regularly.

The game didn't flow like I suspect it will once we are familiar with the rules and various abilities. None of the rules questions we had were really contested except on line of site issue which I now suspect I am the one who took the incorrect stand. I still need to ask for a ruling from Soda Pop. Some of the key words and concepts could use better definitions and a little more time in the rules going over what they can and cannot do, but nothing was so incomplete that couldn't come up with a solution after scanning the various sections indexed in the book.

I am also not a fan of the play style of the Shattered Swords. They are more defensive than I would like to play in a fast-flowing game. I need to study the units I would use when my painted Black Diamond figures arrive in the mail.

We plan on playing it again soon so we don't forget what we learned and maybe we'll use some of the abilities which we didn't try the first game.

On the other hand, All Quiet on the Martian Front might end up being the one Kickstarter campaign I most regret dropping out of. I picked up the rules and read through the basics then ended up buying the starter box.

Nothing about the rules appears to be anything spectacular and new, but they do look like they will capture the feel of a steam vs. Martian war.

The reason I dropped from the campaign is I had/was spending too much as it was when this was going to end (June 3, 2013). I had already spent money on:

Myth: ended 4/24/13
Krosmaster: Arena: ended 5/1/13
Snowdonia: ended 5/13/13
Galaxy Defenders: ended 5/21/13
Dungeon Dice (relaunch): ended 5/25/13
Deadzone: ended 6/2/13

I'd happily trade the money I spent on Myth and probably even Deadzone for this.

So far I have built the six tanks that came in the starter box, added some ballast to their coal bins, and cleaned the metal infantry figures. I still need to build the Martian tripods and then prime everything. Yup, I plan on painting these all by myself. Nope, I don't think I will finish, but I hope to prove us all wrong.

I won't be buying any more U.S. figures. I plan on building a British force but those figures aren't out yet. In the meantime, I will increase the size of the Martian forces I have. For the U.S. forces I will be using Army Painter's "Army Green" as their base color. I was thinking of painting the pods/cockpits of the Martians "Alien Purple" also from Army Painter while keeping the legs and tentacles a silver color.

Once everything from the starter is built and painted, I want to try and get Alex and maybe Nico, Nick, or Ben to try it out at the store. It wouldn't be a demo, but hopefully people seeing it played will become interested enough to try it out. Dave said that some of his Flames of War players were interested in the game, so hopefully it will catch on.
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Relic Knights figure assembly

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I recently received the Relic Knights models from the Kickstarter campaign. I ended up getting three of the six factions, the exclusive figure(s) for each faction, the four prismatic figures, and the Super Dungeon Explore crossover figures.

I ended up receiving everything I pledged for and it came nicely packed in the retail packaging, not in the messy Mantic way. Since the campaign ended, the contents of the starter boxes has changed, but everything that was promised was included so I don't have any complaints. The Cerci Speed Circuit faction backers did not get a starter box because of the drastic changes in contents, but did get everything from the starter they pledged for as well as everything that would be in a starter box.

Over the past few weeks I've been building the models for my three factions and am done building them, except for the prismatic figures which I can't see using anytime soon. Generally speaking, the figures went together well. There are some mold lines which needed to be filed/trimmed, but generally the quality of the figures is good. I'll dole out praise and criticisms when talking about specific figures.

First up was the Black Diamond. I chose this faction as my primary because it felt more like something that would be fighting battles than most of the other factions and did not have as much cheesecake as them. The starter comes with Leopold Magnus, his cypher*, Static; an M8-Blitz Auto-Tank; and a five-man Diamond Corps squad. Part of the pledge included a second the squad of Diamond Corps and another tank. I also received One Shot and her cypher, Fritz; Suspect 7, a three-woman unit; the Diamondback; a PC-9 Breaker Team; a three-man squad of Black Dragons; and the limited Darkspace version of the Iron Chef.

One of the things that the backers received were base inserts. I used them for this faction. When choosing the inserts for the squads, I made sure to use the same one for each member of the squad.

The first thing I noticed when assembling the figures is how well keyed they are. For the units, it was a pretty easy process to figure out which pieces went with which figure. The larger figures were really easy to assemble and perfectly keyed.

My one complaint with the figures from this faction is the three Suspect 7 figures are all running and only have one toe which contacts the ground, so getting them firmly on a base was difficult. It would have been nice if there was a nub or tab molded onto the foot (that could be safely clipped if the modeler chose to) which would allow the figure to be glued into a hole or slot in the base. Fortunately the base inserts have features which allowed me to get a little extra contact with the base.

While working on the figures I decided I wouldn't use the base inserts for the other factions. Like I said, there are features which let me better anchor the Suspect 7 figures, but that also means when the figure has a good amount of flat surface to glue to the base, the amount of contact is reduced by the sculpted terrain. Some of the inserts weren't too bad, and the multiple choices for the 30 and 40 mm bases meant finding something compatible wouldn't be too hard, in most cases. The 80 mm bases only have one insert sculpt and it does not create a good surface to glue the huge model onto to them. I used some green stuff putty to put under the feet of the Diamondback because it is such a heavy figure.

One of the advantages of the bases is each baggie of them came with a few small stone or crystal outcroppings. I used these as push-off points/anchors for the running figures, like Suspect 7 when needed.

Next up were the Shattered Sword Paladins. This starter comes with Francis Mallory and Quill (cypher); a two-man squad of Paragon armor; and a five-man Sword Sworn squad. The extras from the campaign were duplicates of the two squads. I also ordered Sebastian Cross and Rook; Isabeau Durand; Austrican the Ogre; Navarre Hauser; a three-woman squad of Purifiers; and the Darkspace version of Fiametta.

When I said I was done building everything but the prismatic figures, I guess I lied. I haven't even opened the second box of Sword Sworn because the first squad was such a pain to build. They may be keyed as well as the Black Diamond figures, but it was hard to tell. Each torso has large shoulder pads that extend out over the shoulder, covering almost 180 degrees of the access to the holes that the arms go in to. The problem with these is it's really difficult to line the arms up and hold them into place while the glue sets. One of the figures has both arms and the gun as one piece and the arms need to be spread to fit over the torso so the keyed nubs and slip into the holes. I almost broke the gun doing this. I also had problems bending the swords while trying to get the arms into the holes all the way.

The bending of the thin weapons is one of the problems with the soft resin plastic. It was an issue for me with the Sword Sworn, the Purifiers, and Isabeau Durand.

The rest of the heads and capes for the Sword Sworn went on easily. There were also sword scabbards that were meant to be attached to the back and there was a small nub on the backs of the figures to attach them. I chose not to attach them because they are mostly covered by the capes and it would just mean more to paint. I later noticed that they weren't attached in the video showing the figures sent out to the KS backers. It was nice that they were included for those who would want to use them. At some point I might end up building the second unit, but after dealing with them and the Purifiers, the squad was dead to me for now.

The Purifiers were also a mixed bag when it came to assembling them. Their torsos and miniskirts (yes, miniskirts) were the main portion of the figures. The legs were cleverly slotted and keyed so it was obvious which leg went where. The arms and heads, on the other hand were the worst-keyed of any of the figures I built from the three factions. I had so many problems figuring out which of the three sets of arms went with which figure, that I ended up drilling out the holes in the torso of one of the figures and did my best to make the pose look like the artwork. Again, the swords were bent and almost broken in the process.

The only other issue I had with the faction is Durand's arms didn't line up as nicely as they should have and the sword is really flimsy for such a large weapon.

I used a few of the terrain crystals/stones to anchor some of the figures. It worked really well on them. One of the figures needing this treatment is a Paragon, which is a larger-than-man-sized figure and I was a little worried about it staying on the base without the addition.

Then came the Noh Empire.

Ah, the Noh. These guys, except for the cyphers, are all large figures with terrific keying that went together easily. The figures I have are Zinenda and Spite, a two-demon Berserker squad (with a second included) and a Render (also a second included). Besides them, my forces include Kasaro-to and Azi; Marikan-To and Lakmi (a second Questing Knight for the faction); a Beast Master; a four-dog unit of Agha hounds; a Serpent Priestess; and Darkspace Rin Farrah.

The trickiest of the figures for me was Zinenda. I trimmed what I thought was a superfluous piece of plastic from a bell on one of her braids and it turns out it was a nub that was supposed to go into a slot to anchor the hair to the body. I was able to fit the piece where it was supposed to be glued and it stayed firm even though the nub was gone.

The Agha hounds were one large piece, with the legs from one side being separate pieces. They fit really well, but the seam is visible. If they were metal figures I would use some green stuff to fill the seams and then file/sand down the area to make them invisible. I am not sure how this would work on the plastic figures.

The Render figures have really huge guns. The gun and parts of both arms are one piece that attach to the body. The fit is pretty snug, but one of the two has a slight gap where the bottom of the right arm connects to the top of the arm at the shoulder pad. I suspect it won't be noticeable once the figure is painted.

Final thoughts

I'm really happy with the figures and what I received from the Kickstarter campaign against what I paid. I wish I had picked up the limited figures for the other three factions. They would be playable when I get around to building and using the prismatic figures.

Having the play mat would also be nice and I wish I had ordered one. It would be nice to have the well-defined 3' x 3' play area. No, it's not a necessity to play, but would make it easy to set up quick games. But one of the negatives of backing on Kickstarter is once I start spending a lot of money I start holding back on some of the extras because of the delay in getting product.

I haven't decided what to do with the SDE figures. I did back the Forgotten King on Kickstarter and will have more heroes to play than I will likely use in the foreseeable future. Should I sell them or keep them? I'm leaning towards keeping them, but selling them is tempting.

I have read about half the rules and sent my Black Diamond figures off to be painted. Mike and I have talked about getting together sometime soon to try it out with Jerry, possibly trying a three-player learning game. We'll see what happens. I've also talked to some acquaintances at the Game Depot who backed it and might get in games with them at some point.

Here's hoping the game is as fun to play as it looks to be.


*Cyphers are essentially the familiars for the questing and relic knights.
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Kickstarter update: the ones which aren't (fully-)delivered

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Generally speaking the things which I have received after backing on Kickstarter have been okay with some being exceptional, and one being utter, useless crap of "mythic" proportions.

The latest surprise was Kaosball, which is a heck of a lot more fun than I thought it would be. I wish I had backed it to get all the teams and am really hoping a couple of the ones I am missing get released soon to the public.

I also really liked Galaxy Defenders more than I thought I would and am looking forward to the Kickstarter for the expansions which should be happening soon.

These are my currently undelivered Kickstarter projects.

Relic Knights

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 09/09/2012
Month Promised: May 2013
Date Received/Target Date: June 2014
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: These should be shipping soon. It's going to be more than a year late and I've lost interest in it. Maybe getting it in hand will rekindle my interest.


Airborne In Your Pocket

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 09/12/2012
Month Promised: March 2013
Date Received/Target Date: Summer 2014
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: I still have hope, though backing it for life was a mistake.


Through the Breach: A Malifaux Roleplaying Game

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 11/28/2012
Month Promised: September 2013
Date Received/Target Date: June 2014
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: The books are done and will be going out to backers soon.


Up Front

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 01/02/2013
Month Promised: June 2013
Date Received/Target Date: March 2014
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: I still hope it will make it out to backers this year.


Myth

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 04/24/2013
Month Promised: January 2014
Date Received/Target Date: 3/20/14
Delivery Status: Incomplete and Late
Comments: The single most disappointing piece-of-crap game delivered yet. I sold my copy and just want them to actually deliver the second batch so I can be done with the publisher and their behavior of ignoring and actually insulting backers.


Deadzone

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 06/02/2013
Month Promised: December 2013
Date Received/Target Date: 12/9/13
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: Who knew someone would pass Mantic as the worst company to deal with concerning Kickstarters? I got my replacement parts more than five months after reporting the missing pieces. Still no second shipment. We've also not been playing because of a rules question that i asked which was never officially answered. We had people agree with me and disagree, so I wasn't keen on asking to play and I found out that is why Mike's also not been asking to play.


Warmachine: Tactics

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 08/09/2013
Month Promised: August 2014
Date Received/Target Date: August 2014
Delivery Status: On Time
Comments: The extra stuff is out. Still waiting on the game being released.


Dungeon Roll: Winter Promo Pack

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 11/18/2013
Month Promised: February 2014
Date Received/Target Date: February 2014
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: TMG is behind and we haven't had an update in about a month.


Shadows of Brimstone

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 11/24/2013
Month Promised: August 2014
Date Received/Target Date: August 2014
Delivery Status: On Time
Comments: Maybe the cooperative adventure game which Myth should have been? I backed to get both the starter games and all the free extra bonus items.


Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 12/12/2013
Month Promised: June 2014
Date Received/Target Date: June 2014
Delivery Status: On Time
Comments: Looking forward to this. I have a feeling it might be a short time late -- possibly July.


Among the Stars: The Promos

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 02/28/2014
Month Promised: June 2014
Date Received/Target Date: June 2014
Delivery Status: On Time
Comments: I backed this to get the promos, Among the Stars and The Ambassadors.


Viticulture: Tuscany

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 04/09/2014
Month Promised: November 2014
Date Received/Target Date: November 2014
Delivery Status: On Time
Comments: I had picked up the game, but sold it since it was for all intents and purposes a beta edition. I liked it enough and immediately backed the new edition with all the expansions.


Super Dungeon Explore: Forgotten King

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 04/16/2014
Month Promised: December 2014
Date Received/Target Date: December 2014
Delivery Status: On Time
Comments: I was hesitant to back this, but the extras made it hard to pass up, especially since they are automating the bad guys and the players will be fully cooperating against the bad guys.


Among the Stars: Reprint

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 05/05/2014
Month Promised: September 2014
Date Received/Target Date: September 2014
Delivery Status: On Time
Comments: This came quickly on the heels of The Promos and I backed it to get some of the extras, specifically the coins and the tuck boxes.


Dragon Slayer

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 05/06/2014
Month Promised: August 2014
Date Received/Target Date: August 2014
Delivery Status: On Time
Comments: It looks like fun.


Custom Game Dice: Dungeon Dice Official Boosted Level Dice
=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 05/11/2014
Month Promised: October 2014
Date Received/Target Date: October 2014
Delivery Status: On Time
Comments: I backed this to get boosted level dice for Dungeon Dice which was one of the reward levels.


Castle Dice: More Castles!

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 06/02/2014
Month Promised: December 2014
Date Received/Target Date: December 2014
Delivery Status: On Time
Comments: Even though I haven't played the game a lot I like it enough to get the expansion, which doesn't have an entry in BGG at this point.


Dungeon Dice: Guilds

=> Kickstarter Link
Date Funded: 06/19/2014
Month Promised: February 2015
Date Received/Target Date: February 2015
Delivery Status: On Time
Comments: I backed this on the first day because I wanted to help unlock the extra dice. Since there is no box I may end up dropping it because I really hate the storage bag and the only way I have to vote is with my dollars.
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Updating my Kickstarter purchases...

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My Kickstarter mania has subsided some since April. I am still checking out new projects, but I am not backing as many and I currently have none which are waiting to be funded.

I suspect that the backlash of people's unrealistic expectations might also stop some of the campaigns from funding so much. It's funny to see complaints based on expectations which come from backers not inferring things from the campaign versus what is promised. I bet it is not a blast for the project organizers, however.

Of the 27 (up from 22) projects I've backed, I've received seven of the games, one of the CDs (though the download of the second was already sent), both the comic book items, and one of the decks of cards. That leaves 14 games, one deck of playing cards, and the second CD. Some have been late, some are going to be late, and some might be early.

The non-game projects are:

Dark Zoey which became A Voice in the Dark delivered on time.
Raven CD/download by Paula Cole delivered on time.
Steampunk Cthulhu playing cards which arrived later than promised, but with decent communication, on 8/19/13.
A Voice In The Dark Vol. 2 - Killing Game on time for what I pledged for.
Elves & Orcs playing cards due in October by the same guy who did the Steampunk Cthulhu cards.
New Constellation CD/download by Toad the Wet Sprocket. The download was available immediately and the CD should be along soon.

Here are the games, organized by received/funded and then by campaign end date:

Delivered

Flash Point: Fire Rescue - 2nd Story
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Indie Boards and Cards
Date Funded: 8/9/12
Month Promised: October 2012
Date Received/Target Date: 9/29/12
Project Status: Finished
Delivery Status: Early


Kanzume Goddess
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Japanime Games
Date Funded: 8/18/12
Month Promised: September 2012
Date Received/Target Date: 3/13/13
Project Status: Finished
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: Played it a couple of times and wasn't a big fan of the game. Unless Loki is in play it looks like it takes a long, long time, which is too long for what it is.


DreadBall
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Mantic Games
Date Funded: 9/30/12
Month Promised: December 2012
Date Received/Target Date: 12/19/12
Project Status: Finished/More to Come
Delivery Status: On time
Comments: Season three stuff is coming soon and then it will really be all done.


Castle Dice
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Fun to 11
Date Funded: 11/4/12
Month Promised: June 2013
Date Received/Target Date: 6/24/13
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: On time
Comments: It's a pretty fun game in an odd-sized box. Mike ended up buying a copy after we played my copy because it will play well as a two-player game.


Drum Roll
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Artipia Games
Date Funded: 3/10/13
Month Promised: May 2013
Date Received/Target Date: 8/13/13
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: So far I have managed to play this once as a two-player game. I suspect it will be more fun with three and hope to play it again. That being said, it is a decent game and I am glad I bought it to have a copy in the group.


Dungeon Roll
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Tasty Minstrel
Date Funded: 3/19/13
Month Promised: August 2013
Date Received/Target Date: 8/5/13
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: On time
Comments: While this may be the best Kickstarter I've participated in from communication to using Amazon to ship the product, the game was a little disappointing. It feels like it needs just one more change to be a really fun game instead of one I will play from time to time.


Krosmaster: Arena
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Japanime
Date Funded: 5/1/13
Month Promised: June 2013
Date Received/Target Date: 7/31/13
Project Status: Open
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: This is a lot of fun and something I can see playing semi-regularly for a while. I still would like to try a four-player team game out. There have been a lot of complaints about the campaign in the forums, and a lot of them appear to stem from expectations of the backer and not the promises of the campaign. Yeah, their communication could have been better and we still haven't seen how they deal with all the problems some of the backers have had, but I've been happy with what I got vs. what was promised. Remember, Kickstarter is not a discount store.


Finished and waiting for delivery

Relic Knights
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Cool Mini or Not
Date Funded: 9/9/12
Month Promised: May 2013
Date Received/Target Date: November 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: They still seem to be shooting for a November delivery date, though I am beginning to wonder if they will make it because we're still seeing new sculpts posted. I am really looking forward to this!


Airborne In Your Pocket
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Valley Games
Date Funded: 9/12/12
Month Promised: March 2013
Date Received/Target Date: November 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: They are now targeting November 2013 as the delivery date, so here's hoping the date is made and that the designer is healthy and the company has their house in order and can be a thriving business from this point on.


Through the Breach: A Malifaux Role-playing Game
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Wyrd
Date Funded: 11/28/12
Month Promised: September 2013
Date Received/Target Date: September 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: I wonder if the release of Malifaux 2.0 will delay this?


Up Front
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Valley Games
Date Funded: 1/2/13
Month Promised: June 2013
Date Received/Target Date: November 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Likely Late
Comments: Like Airborne in Your Pocket, the updated delivery date is November.


Small World: Royal Bonus
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Days of Wonder
Date Funded: 4/10/13
Month Promised: October 2013
Date Received/Target Date: October 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: It now has a title and its own entry in the BGG database.


Eminent Domain: Escalation
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Tasty Minstrel
Date Funded: 4/10/13
Month Promised: December 2013
Date Received/Target Date: December 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: I've been wanting to play the original game again and just haven't packed it up and taken it to the store to play.


Flash Point: Fire Rescue - Extreme Danger
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Indie Boards and Cards
Date Funded: 4/16/13
Month Promised: October 2013
Date Received/Target Date: October 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: Speaking of good campaigns, Indie does a great job and I expect this to be on time.


Myth
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Mercs, LLC
Date Funded: 04/24/2013
Month Promised: January 2014
Date Received/Target Date: January 2014
Project Status: Done
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments:: I ended up backing this co-op dungeon crawl with all the extra characters and game expansions, though I didn't order any of the extra monster minis. If I end up needing more of them I am sure I can figure something out.


Snowdonia
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Indie Boards and Cards
Date Funded: 05/13/2013
Month Promised: October 2013
Date Received/Target Date: October 2013
Project Status: Done
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: I didn't back the game, just the Jungfraubahn & Mount Washington expansion. It closed at a time when I was spending a lot of money and I figured I would get the game from my FLGS when it is released. I wanted to get some of the extras so backing the expansion seemed to be the best way to do this. Being Indie Boards and Cards, I knew I would at least see the expansion on time and that my FLGS will be carrying the game.


Galaxy Defenders
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Ares Games
Date Funded: 5/21/13
Month Promised: September 2013
Date Received/Target Date: September 2013
Project Status: Open
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: I spent a lot on this to get a bunch of the extras which don't look to be released in the future. I don't know if they are going to make the September release date, but I sure hope they do.


Dungeon Dice
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Potluck Games
Date Funded: 5/25/13
Month Promised: October 2013
Date Received/Target Date: February 2014
Project Status: Open
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: It funded and things looked good for a fairly-timely delivery, but we just got an update that the factory making the dice has delayed the production and not it looks like it might not ship until the end of the year, or even early next year. The publisher is playing it safe and set the new target date to February 2014.


Deadzone: Contagion
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Mantic Games
Date Funded: 06/02/2013
Month Promised: December 2013
Date Received/Target Date: December 2013
Project Status: Done
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: More minis from Mantic. Mike and Rob have played several games using a mock up of the board and proxy minis and they really liked it. Since I ended up with so many extras for DreadBall that I will never use, I decided to be less of a completionist on this game and held off buying everything.


Kaosball
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Cool Mini or Not
Date Funded: 06/30/2013
Month Promised: February 2014
Date Received/Target Date: February 2014
Project Status: Done
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: I bought into this because no one else I knew was doing it and the freebies for backing it were hard to pass up. I am not sure it is going to be a great game, but it looks like it really is worth trying out. Here's hoping I am wrong and we play this one a lot.


Warmachine: Tactics
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: Privateer Press
Date Funded: 08/09/2013
Month Promised: August 2014
Date Received/Target Date: August 2014
Project Status: Done
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: It's not turn-based and it plays like one of my favorite minis games? I am in!


Ended up not backing

Guardians Chronicles
=> Kickstarter Link
Company: IELLO
Date Funded: 6/17/13
Month Promised: October 2013
Date Received/Target Date: October 2013
Project Status: Open
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: It went on too long and I just wasn't that excited about it, so I decided to drop it. I think the two month window which they had for pledges was too much. It gave me too much time to think about it and the progress was slow.
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Yeah, I'm talking about Kickstarter again.

Before I go on, I highly recommend checking out A Voice In The Dark Vol. 2 - Killing Game by Larime Taylor. He is a disabled artist whose first volume was funded and has been picked up by a comic book company and will see print. If anything, you should check out his web site at larimetaylor.com. How he works and produces it is amazing. Even though I am not a fan of the genre, I backed the first one and have backed this one because I feel Taylor exhibits everything we strive to be when faced with long odds in life. I passed along the first volume to a friend who would enjoy it and will do the same with this one. Now back to games.

I was really excited about Wild West Exodus in my last entry on Kickstarter, but I ended up not backing it because none of my regular miniature game opponents were going to be backing it. Alex is really interested, but as a poor college student he couldn't make the commitment. Plus, he may be moving to Flagstaff for graduate school which means even fewer chances to play.

I do expect we will be picking up the game when it comes out, I just won't be getting multiple factions to a game I haven't played yet like, you know, DreadBall and Relic Knights.

 
There are less than 24 hours left to pledge for Myth. There are a lot of amazing rewards and extras but I am not sure I need to get it. Alex (him again) picked this as something he wanted to back because he is a fan of dungeon crawls. Mike is also thinking about it and I wouldn't be surprised if Nico has backed it. I need to read up on the game tonight and check out the various videos.

From what I've seen, they have been on the ball with their updates and have been very responsive. It's from the same company which produces the miniature game MERCS, which Mike has played and likes so they have a track record of delivering on games with miniatures.

While thinking about a last-minute pledge for Myth, I started looking at the other games I've pledged and their current status.

Below are the game projects I've backed in the past nine months. Besides the comics mentioned above I have also backed a CD, forgot about a second CD until the day after it funded, and a deck of Steampunk Cthulhu playing cards which will be printed by the Bicycle playing card company.

Of the 22 projects I've backed, I've received three of the games, the CD, and first set of comics. That leaves 14 games, the playing cards, and the second comic (which is still being funded). Some have been late, some are going to be late, and some might be early.

Here are the games, organized by received/funded/ongoing and then by campaign end date:

Delivered

Kickstarter Project: Flash Point: Fire Rescue - 2nd Story
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Company: Indie Boards and Cards
Date Funded: 8/9/12
Month Promised: October 2012
Date Received/Target Date: 9/29/12
Project Status: Finished
Delivery Status: Early
Comments: My first Kickstarter project which made it to me a little earlier than promised. I backed this before it funded, not knowing how fast it would fund. I thought it might be my only board game or expansion I funded, but how I was wrong. I still try to buy most of my games through my FLGS, but some of the deals are too hard to resist.


Kickstarter Project: Kanzume Goddess
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Company: Japanime Games
Date Funded: 8/18/12
Month Promised: September 2012
Date Received/Target Date: 3/13/13
Project Status: Finished
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: I backed this even though it came in a tin because I am a big fan of Tanto Cuore and it looked like it might not fund. This has a lot of delays but they seem to be learning issues. They appear to have made plans to avoid the same issues with Krosmaster: Arena.


Kickstarter Project: DreadBall
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Company: Mantic Games
Date Funded: 9/30/12
Month Promised: December 2012
Date Received/Target Date: 12/19/12
Project Status: Finished/More to Come
Delivery Status: On time
Comments: They made their target date for their first shipment but some of the extras promised for the Spring 2013 shipment have been pushed back to the third shipment in the fall. We should be getting our second shipments soon as the minis have started showing up in the warehouse. Overall, this might be the best KS campaign I've been part of to date.


Finished and waiting for delivery

Kickstarter Project: Relic Knights
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Company: Cool Mini or Not
Date Funded: 9/9/12
Month Promised: May 2013
Date Received/Target Date: November 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: Six weeks of extra time to make the molds delayed the game to November. At least they let us know the first week in April what the new projected date was which is better than waiting until the last minute or waiting past the initial date and letting the natives get restless.


Kickstarter Project: Airborne In Your Pocket
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Company: Valley Games
Date Funded: 9/12/12
Month Promised: March 2013
Date Received/Target Date: Unknown
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Late
Comments: This one I backed probably as much because I liked D-Day Dice so much and I missed out on backing it. This has been delayed due to designer's real life interfering with game designing as well as a well-publicized lawsuit against the publisher. After what I suspect was a lawsuit-induced period of silence, updates are fairly regular now and I hope it makes it out soon.


Kickstarter Project: Castle Dice
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Company: Fun to 11
Date Funded: 11/4/12
Month Promised: June 2013
Date Received/Target Date: June 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: They seem to be on schedule. Updates every few weeks on status are nice.


Kickstarter Project: Through the Breach: A Malifaux Role-playing Game
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Company: Wyrd
Date Funded: 11/28/12
Month Promised: September 2013
Date Received/Target Date: September 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: Likely the only RPG I will buy for the rest of my life. I wanted to read the background and get the minis associated with the game. I'm a little surprised this is not in the database. (At least I couldn't find it.)


Kickstarter Project: Up Front
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Company: Valley Games
Date Funded: 1/2/13
Month Promised: June 2013
Date Received/Target Date: Unknown
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Likely Late
Comments: A project I decided to back because of all the great stuff and extra decks that were at a reasonable level. I gave away my copy of Up Front a few years back because I hadn't played it despite owning it for years. There have been a lot of delays due to the primary artist getting ill as well as a well-publicized lawsuit against the publisher have delayed this. Like Airborne in Your Pocket, updates are fairly regular now and I hope it gets an updated delivery date in the near future.


Kickstarter Project: Drum Roll
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Company: Artipia Games
Date Funded: 3/10/13
Month Promised: May 2013
Date Received/Target Date: May 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: I got into this really late because of a post on the BGG news feed introduced me to the game and the campaign. There are a lot of promotional items which are included and the price was good, and I don't think any of my friends backed it, so I did. According to an update, the delivery date might even be sooner than this, though it is almost May.


Kickstarter Project: Dungeon Roll
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Company: Tasty Minstrel
Date Funded: 3/19/13
Month Promised: August 2013
Date Received/Target Date: August 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: I wasn't going to back this just because of the stupid box shape. But the man from Lesser Mesa (which is Lesser Tempe, which is Lesser Phoenix) runs a great campaign and I ended up backing it. It looks to be on time. I still can't believe I backed a game in a treasure-chest-shaped box. The dice kept calling to me. Stupid dice.


Kickstarter Project: Eminent Domain: Escalation
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Company: Tasty Minstrel
Date Funded: 4/10/13
Month Promised: December 2013
Date Received/Target Date: December 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: I think I liked the original game the most out of my friends, so I backed the expansion. This and Dungeon Roll are my first TMG projects and I hope they are on time. I also need to get the original game played again in the near future.


Kickstarter Project: Small World Kickstarter Races
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Company: Days of Wonder
Date Funded: 4/10/13
Month Promised: October 2013
Date Received/Target Date: October 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: No, this isn't a board game. I backed it at the level to get the updated iPad version as well as the extra cardboard races and abilities for the physical game. The races are why I included it. While I will back board and miniature games I can't see myself ever backing a computer game by itself. I like so few of them and they never seem to make it out on time anyway.


Kickstarter Project: Flash Point: Fire Rescue - Extreme Danger
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Company: Indie Boards and Cards
Date Funded: 4/16/13
Month Promised: October 2013
Date Received/Target Date: October 2013
Project Status: Funded
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: I have no reason to expect it this to be anything but on time. Travis from Indie runs great campaigns as well.


Still ongoing

Kickstarter Project: Krosmaster: Arena
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Company: Japanime
Date Funded: 5/1/13
Month Promised: June 2013
Date Received/Target Date: June 2013
Project Status: Open
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: This looks fun and it will not be collectible, like the original version. That is causing a small problem with some of the rewards not being as readily available as you might think they should be. This seems to be because the French publisher and Japanime games does not want to upset the original audience, which seems fair to me. The pledge levels are still very attractive and getting codes to the online game for each character is a plus. It looks to be on time since the game is an English translation of a French game.


Kickstarter Project: Galaxy Defenders
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Company: Ares Games
Date Funded: 5/21/13
Month Promised: September 2013
Date Received/Target Date: September 2013
Project Status: Open
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: Ares is an established company and it has some really successful game. I have backed at a low level to get the updates while I think about this. I am leaning towards backing it because it looks fun and there are some nice stretch goals on the horizon.


Kickstarter Project: Dungeon Dice
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Company: Potluck Games
Date Funded: 5/25/13
Month Promised: October 2013
Date Received/Target Date: October 2013
Project Status: Open
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: It was up earlier in the year with a higher price point and it looked like it wouldn't fund. They pulled the plug on the project and re-launched it a few months later with a lower goal and price point. It looks like they learned a bit more about the production of dice during the first campaign and they reduced the number of players the game can support from four to three players, though one stretch goal is making it a four-player game again. This is one I suspect might run a little late because they are a new and small company, though since they restarted the initial campaign they might have a better idea of how long it will take to get everything done. I sure hope it reaches the level where we get the dice for a fourth player. Yes, this makes three fantasy dice games I've backed in the last six months.


Kickstarter Project: Guardians Chronicles
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Company: IELLO
Date Funded: 6/17/13
Month Promised: October 2013
Date Received/Target Date: October 2013
Project Status: Open
Delivery Status: Unknown
Comments: Wow, this campaign goes on forever! It looks like a superhero Super Dungeon Explore or Descent. Like Galaxy Defenders, I have backed at a low level to get the updates while I think about this one as well.
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Armored space bimbos, gator on steampunk action, and other mini thoughts

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It's time for some miniatures talk!

First, a little begging. If any of you Khador players out there have an extra Decimator rip saw arm from plastic Khador warjack, I would like to buy/trade for it. Contact me, please! I've tried Bartertown, Hoards o' Bits, and posting elsewhere without any luck. I have all the parts I need to magnetize a plastic warjack but that one, which is popular because it's used in a special character.

Warmachine and Hordes

This past weekend, Alex and I played another game. This time I decided to play with some of the painted Hordes Gatorman army I won off eBay (and the pictured Swamp Gobbers painted by BGG user Jormi_Boced), and Alex once again played a different Khador warcaster, this time Sorscha.

I really like how the gators played, though I quickly realized I probably would want another type of large war beast. The army came with two Blackhide Wrastlers, which are awesome figures, but I sure could have used the Ironback Spitter's ranged attacks or the animus of the Swamp Horror which could be used to give another model reach.

I was able to use the terrain and Barnabas' swamp pit spell to funnel the Khador big stuff to the middle. The Manhunter came up on my right flank and I send the Bull Snapper after him. I forgot that I got a bonus 2" move when charging a living figure so I gambled by double-moving into melee range to tie him up for his turn, hopefully snaking on him on my next turn. The Manhunter slaughtered the lil' gator, so I charged him with the one remaining Gobber (which had survived being frozen by the Greylords). It was a fool's errand, but it almost paid off as I just missed with the feeble attack!

On the right flank, Alex took a shot with his Demolisher at the Gatorman Posse because his Widowmakers and small Winterguard units were not doing that much damage. The shot scattered and wiped out most of the Widowmakers.

Sorscha them popped her feat and made short work of one of the Wrastlers and the other was damaged. On my turn, I was able to move my one mobile Gatorman into melee with her and just missed her with the attack. On the borders of the swampy terrain, I was unable to kill of the Juggernaught with the remaining Wrastler (damned rolling snake eyes to hit), so I gambled and moved Barnabas into combat with the Juggernaught because if it got to activate, I was going to lose anyway once he finished off the Wrastler. I almost managed to take its arms off, but fell just short, and he finished off ol' Barney for the win.

If I had thought about popping the feat on the last turn, I might have had better luck. The Gatorman would have been able to attack a downed Sorscha and the Juggernaught would have been more vulnerable, too.

Once again, it's me needing to remember to do things which likely cost me the game.

On the other hand, the Gatormen were a blast to play! I am looking forward to getting an Ironback Spitter, possibly a Swamp Horror, a Feralgeist, and a Thrullg, along with a second Gatorman Posse to round out this army. Plus there is apparently a tactic revolved around throwing your own gators at the enemy which I need to read up on because that sounds like awesome fun!

DreadBall is coming, with more than initially expected

When DreadBall ships later this month we will have a few extra MVPs in the initial shipment.

It's possible my initial league will be expanding from six to eight players. I will have to come up with a schedule that will work for eight players and decide if I want the league to last longer than I initially planned.

There was a play day/Mantic day somewhere in the U.K. this past weekend and there were pictures of the plastic figures from the game. It looks like the models are going to be in a few more pieces than I thought, and that they will need a little cleanup before assembly. Still, they look easy to put together and it shouldn't take too long to assemble a team.

Using the basic rules, I have now played all four initial teams at least once, and played against everyone but the humans. It's a really, really good game and if you are at all interested, you should get it, or do whatever you can to try it out.

Warpath and Project Pandora

I had the Veer-myn from Project Pandora: Grim Cargo painted for me by BGG user braveheart101. As you can see, they turned out awesome! I asked to have the bases done up in normal table-top sand and grass because they can also be used in Warpath. I have the Corporation Marines from the box primed and ready to go, and need to whip them out myself so I can play with a painted set.

Speaking of Warpath, I got my Enforcers army a few weeks ago and was disappointed in the metal add-on bits for the figures. The arms on the assault squad need a lot of work to figure out how to assemble, and the rocket launchers on the suppression squad also need a bit of work get them on the bodies properly.

Here's hoping that Mantic will be able to do all their special parts in the same plastic in the future. Not only is it easier to work with, but I bet the figures would be easier to assemble.

Mike has a Veer-myn army he needs to assemble and we will give the game a shot. The second version of the rules look good and getting a 1000 point army for $80 MSRP can't be beat. As a bonus I can use the Corporation Marines from Project Pandora with the Enforcers, as well as any other Marines, so there is a lot I can do with them.

Hordes again

I'm trying to decide which of my two Trollblood lists I want to get painted first. One is the Burrownomicon list led by Calandra which uses the Pygmy Burrower unit to terrorize and decimate the enemy with just a couple of war beasts.

The other is a smaller, all-beast (plus Janissa Stonetide) force led by the grumpy grandpa Trollkin, Hoarluk Doomshaper. While I am deciding, I sent both warlocks and several of the solos the lists use to Euen to paint for me.

I haven't played either list and need to decide which one would work best for me as I learn some of the ways of the Trollkin. The Burrownomicon would give me several painted figures along with two different painted units to experiment with, while the Hoarluk list would be an experiment of using a lot of big bad beasts and making their synergies shine in a bloody battle royale.

I am leaning towards getting the Hoarluck army done first, just because I like the idea of having the beasts painted up for use in a game.

Kickstarting space bimbos and demons

I filled out the final survey for the Relic Knights Kickstarter this morning. Thanks to some advice from a friendly BGG user, I was able to get an extra faction spending the same money by saying I wanted a Gotta Get Them All pledge level instead of the Double Savior level I had intended to select.

I will be getting the Black Diamond, the Shattered Sword Paladin, and the Noh Empire factions, along with all their extras, when the game releases in the second quarter of next year. I added in all the Super Dungeon Explore minis just in case I end up reacquiring the game. If I don't, I am sure I can find someone who will want them.

The survey was really easy to use, especially after the demonstration video they made allowed me to see what to expect. Yet another game I am looking forward to trying.

Steampunk skirmishing

Another game I am interested in is Dystopian Legions, which is the skirmish game based on the mass-combat Dystopian Wars. I've never played any of the Spartan Games mass combat games, but the theme on this one really interests me.

The only thing is, with the initial release, two of the four factions looks to be the ultimate representation of the steampunk-type war and the other two look to be not what I am looking to play.

I wouldn't get the British because I really don't feel like painting their Victorian era red and blue uniforms with the pith helmets. That leaves the Prussians, but that is also the faction Mike is going to buy figures for to use in Flying Lead games and the one he would want to play if we tried the rules out.

Maybe after some more releases are out one of the initial four factions or a new faction will strike my fancy?

Yikes! This was a lot longer than I thought it would be. Who knew my brain could hold so much drivel?
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Kick-waiting

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Wow. This Sunday is the last day of the DreadBall campaign on Kickstarter. Three days and it will be paid for and then the waiting starts.

I'm finding this is what I dislike the most about Kickstarter. A lack of instant gratification.

Since I joined in July I have backed five projects: Flash Point: Second Story (who knew it would fund in a few hours and it got me into KS), Airborne In Your Pocket (because D-Day Dice was so fun), Kanzume Goddess (because I have to be a perv, right), Relic Knights (because Mike and I talked each other into it), and DreadBall (because Mike is evil and he knows it).

The first of these should be arriving this week, or early next week. The rest are going to be longer.

Airborne In Your Pocket (March 2013)
Kanzume Goddess (October 2012)
Relic Knights (May 2013)
DreadBall (December 2012)

So I've spent the money, gotten all excited, and have nothing to show for all of this. Now what? I would happily play Dreadball for the next 100 evenings beginning tonight, even though I don't know the entire rules! I want to build my Black Diamond figures for Relic Knights and fly across the board and banish the evil Noh! I want to see how the different decks in Airborne In Your Pocket play! I want to see if there is actually a good game behind the provocative art in Kanzume Goddess!

So now what? Play these used games I already own? Leave the house and see a movie? Eat dinner? Don't these companies know how much they are torturing me?!?!

Patience may be a virtue, but it sure isn't a trait I have.
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Love/hate relationship

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Miniatures.

I have a love/hate relationship with them.

When I was playing Earthdawn I started painting minis because I really liked some of their minis and, after paying someone to paint a few of them, I decided to do it myself.

I then picked up some of the old Warhammer Fantasy halberdiers to use as generic city guard and got bit by the minis game bug. But I never got involved to be a modeler. I did it to play the game. Being painted didn’t matter, having fun did. I didn’t mind modeling figures when it was something I wanted to do, but when a figure required a lot of modeling I got quickly frustrated.

A few years later, after being ripped off and disappointed my Games Workshop’s insane price increases and their killing their best games to keep their money-makers in print, I was intrigued by Warmachine. It was then that I swore off miniatures and figured I was cured. Then I opened the Devil Dogs box and was completely put off by the number of pieces the troops were in. That, combined with having a heck of a time getting one of the merc warjacks assembled had me swearing off minis for good.

Falling off the wagon

A couple of years ago my FLGS started carrying Malifaux. My friend Mike, who was still playing all kinds of miniatures game said he heard good things about it and you only needed a few figures to play.

Well all right! This is something I could get into. I like the free-flowing skirmish games. Limited figures meant I only need to spend a little time building anything, and there would not be that much painting involved. Painting had become a chore. I was never happy with the results and could never get them as good as I wanted. Plus there was "new" technique called dipping.

I finished a few Malifaux figures and bought a whole lot more. We stopped playing in part because the rules were errataed to death, reprinted, and generally not well thought out at times. It’s a good system that seems to need editorial control. Plus the figures have so many special rules that it can be hard to keep track of which character can do what.

It’s still fun, but we weren’t playing much. I hope to play some more in the near future since I just paid someone to paint some figures for me.

Now I am really into playing Warmachine and Hordes, even though I have only played a few games. I also jumped into the Kickstarter for Relic Knights because it looks really fun. Mike and I kind of talked each other into it, and he has a friend who also jumped in so I will likely play some next year when it is released.

C’mon, man! Get to the point!

Okay, okay! I’m getting there.

I also Kickstarted DreadBall. Yes, I’m talking about that game again!

Because I was so excited about the game I wanted to see some of the Mantic figures up close, and Mike owns and has been a fan of their other board games. He's talked up the Dwarf King's Hold games. I asked him to show me either Dwarf King’s Hold or Project Pandora: Grim Cargo. We played Dwarf King's Hold: Green Menace and I really liked the figures in that one and the others, which he showed me. They are not oversized like the Games Workshop current standard and were still nicely detailed without being too crammed full of extraneous, pain-in-the-butt-to-paint little details.

I even started looking at their mass combat games, Kings of War and Warpath and wondered if I might enjoy playing those. Maybe I was woozy from excitement because I traded away those Devil Dog figures last weekend?

I picked up Dwarf King's Hold: Dead Rising this weekend. I opened the box knowing I would have to do some figure assembly. Half way through putting together the seven dwarves and their dog I was cured of any desire to ever get into one of the mass combat games. I was bored and done with the task after just a few dwarves, there is no way I could put together another 100+ figures for Kings of War of even half that for Warpath.

I’m not sure I will even want to get the other Dwarf King's Hold games or Project Pandora: Grim Cargo, which is a shame because it is a really good system. I bet that if they were repackaged with slightly bigger tiles with brighter art and one-piece figures that these games would be hits among the fans of dungeon crawlers and Space Hulk.

Some parting thoughts

I need to stick to games that have fewer figures with fewer parts. The DreadBall figures are going to be mostly one-part and will be playable with minimal work. I also want to play it NOW!

Mantic makes some nice figures at a really good price. If you are looking for some affordable figures for your RPG gaming, check them out. They require some modeling, but it isn’t hard. They go together pretty well.

I recently learned the second edition of Descent and believe if you like this you might like Dwarf King's Hold, and vice-versa.

Never pick the Cardinals, or against them, in a survival football league.

I love my new iMac. I am already getting retrained in the Mac way and am trying to do things the Mac way on my work PC. Soon I will be a total Mac zombie.

Dominion: Dark Ages is now sleeved. I think I may be done with getting expansions for the game because we just don’t play any of them that often. It could have reached critical mass for me.

Check out Bravey's blog to look at the Malifaux figures he painted for me. And also Michael Jordal's Painting for Profit and Pleasure for some Hordes figures he painted for me. I've come full circle, paying people to paint for me.

One of these days I need to rant against tournament players, but I'm off to check the DreadBall Kickstarter to see if we've got access to pre-order the insect Z'zor before heading off to bed.
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Kickin' it with Warmachine and Kickstarter...

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Warmachine game 4

First of all I got to play a game of Warmachine on Saturday against Alex.

Alex is very old school, playing with figures that are from the pre-plastic figure era. He played "the world's angriest torso", Karchev, leading a force of two Berserkers, a Juggernaught, a unit of Widowmakers, some Winterguard, and a Manhunter against my Rhulic mercenaries. I played the same basic army I played against Mike way back in November, except I substituted Lord Rockbottom in place of Thor Steinhammer. For those who didn't look at that change and go, "oh no", it means I gave up some flexibility and ended up with a large group around my leader with less flexibility.

I almost pulled out a win but I made what I consider to be two big errors. The first was letting the Widowmakers draw in my Forgeguard unit, which is especially good at breaking heavy armor of machines, so they weren't around for the deciding melee. The second mistake I made was not using my warcaster's feat on my last turn. I would have lined Karchev up to take quite a bit of damage, if not killing him for the win. Instead, Gorten had to face a frenzed Juggernaught and even a tough ol' bastich like him can't take too many hits from that tin can.

For my fourth time playing the system I was happy with my results and the things I learned.

Kickstarter and more minis
I'm generally not a fan of using Kickstarter. I think it is a bad trend because now established companies are using it to finance their games while taking sales from the brick and mortar stores that made them. I did support the Flash Point expansion, Flash Point: Fire Rescue – 2nd Story2nd Story when it went up because I really wanted to see it and did not imagine how quickly it would fund.

Then I jumped in on the Airborne In Your Pocket because I was hyped up from the new and excellent game, D-Day Dice, and the line for life level was too good to pass up. In other words I had become a fanboy. (Not that there's anything wrong with that!)

So now I feel dirty because I've been bitten by the bug.

Mike mentioned a few weeks ago that the Relic Knights figures looked cool and the game looked fun. "Bah! It's anime," I said.

Then I looked at the game and figures. After some discussion, we're both now supporting it at the level that we'll have two armies each. They have some complicated rules for being able to trade in some of the things in the pledge levels to use as credit for the extra Purchases, so it's a little like homework figuring out what to pledge.

As part of the campaign they are making some special edition Super Dungeon Explore available to those that pledge. If you think you might want the figures you need to pledge by 6 p.m. PDT on Sunday (today).

Then the Evil One (which is what we will call the man formerly known as Mike) pointed me (now called the Weak-Willed One) at Dreadball, which is sports miniatures game like Blood Bowl, which is still a great game.

 
Right now, a $150 pledge will get you the game which will come with two eight-figure teams, which are boosted to 12 figures, plus the other two teams in the initial release (with two extra figures each) and seven (soon to be 9) star players. If they get up to $400,000 it looks like they might be including four teams from the expansion as well. They haven't officially committed to that last part, but mentioned it as a possibility in one of their latest updates.

Yes, I am likely going to pledge for that one as well.

Here's hoping it gets played. Besides Mike, I suspect I might be able to get Nico and Ben to play in a league, and it wouldn't be beyond Michael to play as well.

I need to buy some more games at the Game Depot to wipe the stain on my soul from the influence of the Evil One.

One last thing...

Are you ready for some football?!?!? It'd be great of the Vikings could finish around 8-8. It would be a step up from last year, but I don't think it will happen. They are still rebuilding.

At least they aren't as continually pathetic as the semi-pro team here in Arizona. They might win four games this year with their porous offensive line, below-average QB, and one of the worst GMs in the league.

I picked Chicago in the survival pool. Here's hoping those bloated relatives of pigs handle the Colts as they should.

And I'm done rambling and off to bed after a 20-hour day of computing, gaming, and gaming.
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