Friday, October 31, 2014

Battle Report: Creepy Crawlies (Part 2)

Continued from Part 1.

Events of Turn 3 (DDC@6):
I seize one of Stevenik's stations.

Tom: 42 points.
Me: 24 points.
Stevenik: 21 points.









Events of Turn 4 (DDC@4):
Tom destroys my yellow frame.

Tom: 42 points.
Stevenik: 21 points.
Me: 21 points.









Events of Turn 5 (DDC@2):
Tom destroys Stevenik's green frame.
Tom seizes Stevenik's other station.
Tom destroys my orange frame.
The Doomsday Clock ticks down to zero.

Tom: 48 points.  (5 frames & 3 stations)
Me: 18 points.  (3 frames & 3 stations)
Stevenik: 7 points.  (1 frame)













Thoughts & Observations:
  • If you're aiming to be the Primary Attacker, as I was, bring more guns.
  • As the Primary Attacker, I should have been more daring with placing my frames during set-up.
  • My stations were remarkably unthreatened through the entire game.
  • I'm really looking forward to our next game.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Battle Report: Creepy Crawlies (Part 1)

After a month off, the usual suspects managed to find some free time and get together for a game of MFZ:RA.  I'm calling this the "Creepy Crawlies" game because it 1) occurred in October, and 2) we all fielded multi-leg frames.

The point totals for the beginning of the game we as follows:
Stevenik (5 frames & 19 systems) = (7 points per asset) * (7 assets) = 49 Points.
Tom (5 frames & 20 systems) = (6 points per asset) * (7 assets) = 42 points.
myself (7 frames & 27 systems) = (3 points per asset) * (9 assets) = 27 points.

Here are pictures of the start of the game.










Events of Turn 1 (DDC@11):
Stevenik targets my Point Frame, the red one, and destroys it.
Tom targets my white frame and destroys it.

Stevenik: 49 points.
Tom: 42 points.
Me: 21 points.

The remains of two of my Crab Mecha.












Events of Turn 2 (DDC@9):
Stevenik's tan frame is destroyed.
Stevenik's blue frame is destroyed.
Stevenik's orange frame is destroyed.
We actually destroyed terrain!

Tom: 42 points.
Stevenik: 28 points.
Me: 21 points.

The battle for a rooftop.










To Be Continued...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Purity: A3370 Star Trek Kelvin Review

There was one more Star Trek small scale ship that I missed out on in the first set of reviews.  Here it is.

Package.  MSRP is $4.99.  Which gives us a Price per Piece of $0.15.  Not good.









Instructions and stickers.



Parts 1.  Hey, another light brick I will never use!
I've always liked the Trans-Blue Kre-O pieces.






Parts 2.  Another giant base I will
have to find a use for in the future.


The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  The set, as built to the instructions, falls inside the Cruiser length limit for IO.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Above.  (-10) (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes, but not very many.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: B- (-5).  Like all of the small scale Star Trek ship sets, this one gets hamstrung by the cost
.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Review: 30241 Mandalorian Fighter Polybag

Let's finish up the week with a Lego polybag.

Bag.  $4.99 for 49 pieces leaves us with a Price per Piece of $0.10.






Instructions.





Pieces.  Mostly plates and tiles.  I do see a Lampholder and a couple of the new, small brackets.  There's also that funky Double Pin w/Pin Holder Technic piece on the middle left of the picture.  All in all, not really a lot of exceedingly useful parts.







Creation.  I came up with a Scouting
Frame.  MFZ Stats: 2Y/1Gd8/2W.
The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  At.  (0)

(The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: B+ (+5).  This one's a little sparse but does have some useful pieces.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Purity: 3743 Speedy Racecar Idea Builders Set

The last review of the new Mega Bloks Idea Builders sets.

Bag.  I paid $3.00 at Target for this.  The Price per Piece is $0.09.







Instructions.






Parts.  Yay, wheels.  Mostly plates, tiles, and slopes -- studless and
inverted -- in this set.  The "T" shaped plate is really interesting because
it has that half stud offset that you usually only get with Jumper Plates.







Build.  Okay, I know, another IO frigate.  What
can I say, they're easy with these kinds of sets.

The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  A Frigate for MFZ:IO, again.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Below.  (+5) (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: A- (+10).  This one's a little sparse but does have some useful pieces.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Random Mechs 9

Here's another set of mechs for your enjoyment.

Heavy Assault Drone "นาค" by MijeW. The Brothers Brick beat me to this one.  It looks like something from District 9.








Kabutops by Invader_Quirk.  I'm not sure why I haven't blogged
this before now.  The ankle connections look a little dicey though.



Infantry Drones by Ordo.  These would make a good "multiple units to a plate" frame.  Especially as the ankle and shoulder connections look a little flimsy for game play.




Titan YL by Si-Mocs. These look to be in
scale and have some great sticker use.





Ares by Max.  This looks like it would be excellent for 4P scale.  I wonder if it could actually be built in those colors?

Friday, October 10, 2014

Review: 30301 Batwing Polybag

Here's a review of the second Lego polybag from the Hallowe'en seasonal section in Target for this year.

Bag.  Purchased for $3.99.  That gives us a Price per Piece of $0.09.







Instructions.



Parts.  Lots of plates in this one, mostly of the wedge variety.  We have some slopes w/no studs of the 2x2 and 1x4 variety, along with some Cheese Slopes in opaque and translucent.  Some axle  holders, technic bits, a cone, a mudguard plate, a modified bracket, and a flame piece round out the selection.  The only piece out of this set that I can never have enough of is the translucent 2x2 studless slope.  They make great cockpit pieces.








Creation.  A Frigate for MFZ:IO, for the Nth time.  I call it the
Bat-Frigate, which has the following stats, 2Ra+d8/1G/2W.
The Questions:
Can you build a frame, or frames, right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Below.  (+5) (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  No.  (-5)
Score: A- (+10).  No minifig is a good starting point but beyond that I'm not seeing a lot to recommend this set.