Friday, January 24, 2020

The Road to PAX Unplugged 2020

The dates for PAX Unplugged 2020 have been released.  The con is 43 weeks away.  The reason I'm talking about this now is I want to run a tournament for Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack at this con.  I've talked about this with a fair amount of people and I know that Micah, Ed, Joe, Chris, Templeton, Hydromancer, Vlad, Pete, and Peter are all down for this.  That's three tables of three players each.  That would be more games and more people playing MFZ:RA in one place than I've ever seen before.  Wouldn't you like to get in on this?  Wouldn't you like to see our community on multiple tables in the Miniatures Area at PAX Unplugged?  Start planning now.  Let's make this happen!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Review: 30533 Ninjago Sam-X Polybag

I found this in Walmart.  It was supposed to be released last year and the community was chomping at the bit to get its hands on it.

Bag.  I paid $3.97 for this which gives a $0.07 Price per Piece.




Instructions.








Parts.  Ball Joint Plates, Axle Plates, Padlocks, Plates, Minifig Shuriken, Minifig Bucket Handles, Inverted Dome, Tires, Rims, Slopes, Jumpers, Tiles, Clip Plates, Corner Stud Bricks, New Headlight Bricks, Round Brick, Minifig Katanas, Brackets, Bar Claws, Bar Ball Joints, and Nipples.



Build.  Frame and Station(?).

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- 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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  A quick Frame with plenty of extra parts.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Clearance Season

It's my favorite time of year, Clearance Season.  Both Target and Walmart are moving older sets to Clearance to make room for new 2020 sets.  You never know what you're going to find.  Case in point, this is a new set and it's already being clearanced.


Good hunting.

Monday, January 20, 2020

Review: 75970 Overwatch Tracer vs. Widowmaker

I figured since this was going on Clearance I'd give it a review before it disappears off store shelves.

Box.  MSRP was $14.99 for a $0.12 Price per Piece.





Instructions & Stickers.








Minifigs.


Parts 1.  This was loose in the box.








Parts 2.  Printed 8x8 Dish, Bricks, Slopes, Grooved Bricks, Wedge Plates, Tails, Trans-Clear Round Brick, Panels, Pin Plates, Technic Connector, Container, Printed Slope, Hinge Brick Tops, and Window Brick.

Parts 3.  Wedge Plates, Plates, Tiles, Hinge Plates, Hinge Brick Bottoms, Wedge Slopes, Round Plates, Bar Plates, Nipples, Lightning Bolt, Hinge Brick Top, Clip Plate, Rounded Tiles, Overwatch Guns, Grappling Hook, Bracket, Printed Round Brick, and Bricks.

Parts 4.  Plates, Jumpers, Ingot, Slopes,
Technic Bricks, Bricks, Corrugated
Bricks, Lightsaber Hilts, and Minifig
Neck Brackets.


Build.  Two IO Frigates & an HVA
plus a one Hit piece of RA Cover.



The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+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.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +5 (B+).  A good selection of parts hampered by the Star Wars tax.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Battle Report: Alien Planet 2

This was the first meet up of 2020 for the group.  We originally had enough players for two games -- with a 3 and 4 player split -- but one person had to drop out due to work concerns.  We ended up keeping the two game split though.  There's no battle report for the second game as I've tried keeping track of two games at once and even with someone taking notes and me taking pictures, the battle report for the second game never comes out as well as the first.  The table-settings used in both games had been used in at least six months so I felt it was time to give them some love again.

Me (5 Frames & 19 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (7 assets) = 49 points. (Goblins)
   Brown Armored Spotter -- 1B/1Gd8/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Lime Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Blue Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Yellow Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Red Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W.

PJ_Nichts (6 Frames & 22 Systems) = (4 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 32 points.  (mecha)
   Lime -- 2Rh/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green -- 2Rh/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR (x2). 
   Red Heavy Assault -- 2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W.
   Orange Heavy Assault -- 2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W.
   Blue Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   Yellow Spotter -- 1Gd8/2Y2W.

Tom (6 Frames & 24 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 24 points.  (Construction Crew)
   Red Hammer -- 2Rd/2B/1Y/2W.
   Purple Hammer -- 2Rd/2B/1Y/2W.
   Orange -- 2Rh/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR.
   Yellow -- 
2Rh/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR.
   White -- 2Rh/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR.
   Robot -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.

This is what the table looked like at the start of the game.



Events of Turn 1 (DDC @ 11): My Yellow frame hits PJ Nicht's Yellow frame for 2 and the barrelbushes in front of it for 1.  My Red frame captures PJ Nicht's Station in the corner of the battlefield as PJ Nicht's Yellow frame jumps to his other Station on the side of the battlefield.  Tom's Robot hits PJ Nicht's Blue frame for 2.  My Red frame leaps from its starting point and clubs PJ Nicht's Yellow frame for 2, which does the Station Dance.  My Blue frame shuffles towards the center flowertree as Tom's Red frame hits it for 1.  Tom's White frame moves to the other side of a flowertree and hits PJ Nicht's Red frame for 1 with a SSR.  Tom's Orange frame does the same and also hits PJ Nicht's Red frame for 1 with a SSR.  PJ Nicht's Green frame recaptures his Station in the corner of the battlefield.  PJ Nicht's Orange frame hits my Red frame for 1.  My Lime frame moves up to the bladetrees and hits PJ Nicht's Blue frame for 4, which does the Station Dance leaving his Station on the side of the battlefield open for my Red frame to capture.

Me: 56 points.
PJ Nicht: 28 points.
Tom: 24 points.




Events of Turn 2 (DDC @ 8): Tom's Purple frame moves deeper into the battlefield and hits PJ Nicht's Red frame for 1 as it was acting as cover for PJ Nicht's Green frame.  My Red frame clubs PJ Nicht's Blue frame for 2, destroying it.  Tom's Orange frame saws my Blue frame for 2.  My Blue frame hits PJ Nicht's Red frame for 4, destroying it.  PJ Nicht's Green frame hits my Red frame for 2 with a SSR, it then does the Station Dance.  PJ Nicht's Yellow frame recaptures his Station.  Tom's White frame saws my Blue frame for 4, destroying it.  My Yellow frame moves closer to PJ Nicht's Station on the side of the battlefield then hits Tom's Orange frame for 3.

Me: 42 points.
PJ Nicht: 24 points.
Tom: 24 points.










Events of Turn 3 (DDC @ 6): My Red frame captures PJ Nicht's Station.  My Yellow frame hits Tom's Orange frame for 2.  My Lime frame hits PJ Nicht's Yellow frame for 4, destroying it.  My Yellow frame captures PJ Nicht's Station on the side of the battlefield.  PJ Nicht's Orange frame hits my Yellow frame for 2, which does the Station Dance.  PJ Nicht's Orange frame recaptures the Station on the side of the battlefield.  Tom's Yellow frame captures one of my Stations.  Tom's Purple frame hits my Brown frame for 2.

Me: 42 points.
Tom: 27 points.
PJ Nicht: 16 points.










Events of Turn 4 (DDC @ 3):  Tom's Yellow frame captures my second Station.  My Lime frame moves back to the bladetrees and hits Tom's White frame for 2.  Tom's White frame hits my Brown frame for 1.  Tom's Robot hits the wavegrass for 1 and my Brown frame for 2, destroying it.  My Yellow frame moves behind PJ Nicht's Station on the side of the battlefield and hits Tom's Orange for 1, which does the Station Dance.  PJ Nicht's Green frame closes in and claws my Red frame for 2, which does the Station dance.  PJ Nicht's Green frame recaptures his Station in the corner of the battlefield.  PJ Nicht's Orange frame hits my Red frame for 4, destroying it.

Tom: 30 points.
PJ Nicht: 20 points.
Me: 14 points.









Here are a few aftermath pictures.




The Robot





SSR Graveyard



Thoughts & Observations:
  • I tried to make a deal with PJ Nicht to get through the game but I went back on my word, so that didn't end well.
  • Honestly I should have made a deal with Tom and then carved up the board between us.
  • We had two new players at this meet up but they weren't in this game.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Review: 30386 Poe Dameron's X-Wing Fighter Polybag

I found this in Walmart as part of a display of new Marvel and Star Wars sets.  There's already been a bit of talk about it on the Facebook group.

Bag.  I paid $4.97 for this which gives a $0.07 Price per Piece.



Instructions.








Parts.  Lightsaber Bars, Plates, a Brick, Tiles, Wedge Plates, 2x3 Plate w/Rounded End, Brackets, Clip Plates, Slopes, Minifig Ski Poles, Minifig Carrots, Minifig Telescopes, Round Bricks, Lampholders,  Round Plates, and Rounded Tiles.


Build.  Frame (2Rh+d8/2Y) and Station.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- 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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  A bunch of useful parts at a good price point that can make a Frame and a Station.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: 30555 Poppy's Carriage Polybag

I found this in Walmart as part of a display of new Trolls sets.

Bag.  I paid $4.97 for this which gives a $0.10 Price per Piece.



Instructions.








Minifig.


Parts 1.  Round Plates, Slopes, Chest, Plates, Harness
Plate, Brackets, Large Jumper, New Turntable Bases,
Bar Plates,  Jumpers, Brick w/Studs on Side, Brick,
Clip Claws, Clip Tiles, Printed Round Tiles, Bar
Studs, Bar Bar Holder, and Quarter Tiles.







Parts 2.  The Cupcake
bases could be useful. 



Build.  A Frame and a Station.



The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- 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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +15 (A).  An embarrassment of colors .