Thursday, July 2, 2015

Purity: CND24 Spongebob Squarepants Pickle Tank Attack Review

And now for something completely different.  It's been a while since I've been heretical -- over five and a half months -- so let's change the pace a little.


Box.  MSRP is $9.99, for a Price per Piece of $0.11.



Instructions.







"Minifigs".  You might be able to use those pink feet as greebles.




Parts.  Plenty of Green here.  The sandbags might be useful as part of cover.  The 1x2 Bricks w/Technic Pin along the left side are interesting in that they are only  two plates high.  The red 2x2x2&1/3 Round Brick w/Cutout is interesting too, as is the red 2x2 Double-Sided Plate on the right hand side.  The gun actually shoots, but the ball on the projectile doesn't fit into the Mixel Joints.  I also like the Slope Bricks -- regular and inverted --  in the lower right of the picture.  Oh, I also like the 2x2 Round "engine intake" Tiles.




Build.  An IO Frigate.  Stats: 2Ra+d8/1Y/1Gd8/2W.





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+).  Not a bad little set.  Probably better if you get it on sale though.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Battle Report: Double Header (Game 2)

This is the second game from this past weekend.  Narbey and Grafvonbarnez had arrived after Tom and I had already completed most of a game.  Let's get down to brass tacks.

Me (3 frames & 12 systems) = (7 Points per asset) * (5 assets) = 35 points.
Tom (4 frames & 16 systems) = (3 Points per asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.
Grafvonbarnez (4 frames & 16 systems) = (3 Points per asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.
Narbey (4 frames & 16 systems) = (3 Points per asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.



The battlefield at the start of game.  Narbey's forces are in the lower left of the picture, with one Frame in the upper right.  Tom is in the upper left.  Grafvonbarnez is split between the upper and lower right.  I am in the center.


Events of Turn 1 (DDC@11):
I capture one of Grafvonbarnez's Stations right out of the gate.  Narbey pushes towards Tom's  position while getting into a scrum with Grafvonbarnez's frames in the upper right quadrant of the battlefield.



Me: 42 points.
Tom: 18 points.
Narbey: 18 points.
Grafvonbarnez: 15 points.

Events of Turn 2 (DDC@8):
Grafvonbarnez captures one of my Stations in retaliation.  One of Tom's Cutter Frames is destroyed by Narbey as he continues forward to Tom's Stations.  Narbey and Grafvonbarnez continue harassing each other in the upper right quadrant of the battlefield.



Me: 35 points.
Narbey: 18 points.
Grafvonbarnez: 18 points.
Tom: 15 points.

Events of Turn 3 (DDC@4):
I retake the Station that Grafvonbarnez captured from me.  Tom captures the Station I had taken from Grafvonbarnez and  I lose my Assault Bullfrog in the process.  Grafvonbarnez's frames finally break free from Narbey's harassment.



Me: 28 points.
Narbey: 18 points.
Tom: 18 points.
Grafvonbarnez: 15 points.

Events of Turn 4 (DDC@1):
Tom loses a Station to Narbey.  One of my Multi-Purpose Bullfrogs is destroyed and one of my Stations is captured by Grafvonbarnez.  Tom and Grafvonbarnez get into a scrum around my other former Station and Narbey tries to move in on my remaining Station with his Scout frame.


Narbey: 21 points.
Grafvonbarnez: 18 points.
Tom: 15 points.
Me: 14 points.

Thoughts & Observations:

  • This game didn't go too bad for me until the final turn, besides my awful dice luck continuing from the last game.
  • Everyone had Artillery frames on the board in some form or another.  They were basically untouched because they were too far away for non-Artillery frames to effect.
  • Some of them even became involved in "Artillery duels".
  • Tom did the "Station Dance" to perfection to avoid damage.
  • This was Narbey's first game and he ended up winning.
  • I think he's hooked.  :-)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Battle Report: Double Header (Game 1)

The usual suspects managed to get together for another game this past weekend.  Some of them showed up late, Tom and I managed to get in a game before they arrived.

Tom (7 frames & 24 systems) = (7 points per asset) * (10 assets) = 70 points.
Cutters: 2Rh/2B/1Y/1Gd8/2W (x4)
Gunners: 1Rd/2B/1Y/2W (x2)
Recon-By-Fire: 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W
Me (8 frames & 30 systems) = (3 Points per asset) * (11 assets) = 33 points.
Soldier Spider: 1Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W (x4)
Assault Spider: 2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W (x2)
Leader Spider: 1Y/1B/1G+d8/2W (x2)



At the start of game we're generally split between the two sides.




Events of Turn 1 (DDC@11):
Tom starts to push towards two of my stations that are near each other.  I push towards his least defended station.  I manage to destroy one of Tom's Gunner Frames in the process.



Tom: 63 points.
Me: 33 points.


Events of Turn 2 (DDC@8):
Tom continues to push for my paired stations and I redouble my efforts to take one of his.  I also try for a second of Tom's Stations.  During this turn he destroys my two Assault Spiders.




You can see one of my horrendous damage rolls in the lower left picture.






Tom: 63 points.
Me: 27 points.






Events of Turn 3 (DDC@6):
I lose a Soldier Spider in my attack, but Tom loses one of his Cutter Frames and a Station.  Then I lose my Artillery Spider and a Station in return.


Tom: 56 points.
Me: 21 points.




Events of Turn 4 (DDC@3):
I lose another Soldier Spider and a Station.  We tick the clock down to zero as Grafvonbarnez and Narbey have arrived and are waiting to join in.




Tom: 63 points.
Me: 15 points.



Thoughts & Observations:
  • Underbid.  Underbid!!!
  • I really have to upgrade those Leader Spiders to 2Y.
  • Scale differences can look really jarring in play.
  • It was nice getting a game in after skipping May.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Review: 41532 Mixels Burnard

Wrapping up the Infernites tribe and the Series 4 Mixels.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99 for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.








Parts.  We've got quite the smorgasbord here.  A Lightsaber Blade/Bar in black, a giant flame piece, another new Clip Tile, plenty of Slope pieces, some 1x4 Hinge Plates, a couple brackets, a few Apollo Studs, some Barbs, a couple Technic Ball eyes, a couple of my favorite piece, a Jumper Plate, several Clip Plates a few Tooth Plates, a Bar Plate, Mixel Joints, a Hinge Cylinder, and a Hinge Plate.  The only pieces I'm not sure what to do with are the 2x2 Dome Bottoms.



Build.  Another T.U.R.D. Bot variation!

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+).  It looks like the Infernites were the winning tribe from this series.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Review: 41530 Mixels Meltus

Over the hump and into the home stretch, here's another Series 4 review for you.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99 for a $0.08 Price per Piece.



Instructions.








Parts.  An abundance of regular Plates in this set.  Plenty of Jumper Plates and five other types of Modified Plates too.  Once again we've got a lot of different Slope pieces.  The 1x2 Hinge Bricks are good, as is the 1x2 Modified Brick w/Studs on 2 Sides, and the Mudguards are fun too. Only a few Mixel Joints though.


Build.  This one involved some interesting parts choices to build 
the arms.  I see the big eye as
a sensor dome with the cockpit underneath in the central body.

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+).  The Infernites tribe continues with another max score.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Review: 41531 Mixels Flamzer

Heading into the home stretch, let's start the third tribe from Mixels Series 4.

Bag.  MSRP is $4.99 for a $0.08 Price per Piece.



Instructions.








Parts.  First thing I notice is the three new 1x2 Modified Plates w/Bars (both ends, closed).  That Tile Clip in the center of the picture is one of the new ones.  Other than that there's plenty of Slopes, Brackets, and Clip Plates.  The 1x4 Bricks w/Horizontal Groove are interesting too.  Not that many Mixel Joints though.



Build.  I'm calling this the
Bull Centaur.  Taurusaur?



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+).  Back on top with another max score.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Review: 41529 Mixels Nurp-Naut

Let's wrap up the Orbitons, shell we?

Bag.  MSRP of $4.99 gets us a $0.10 Price per Piece.




Instructions.








Parts.  Plenty of Brackets, Clip Plates, and Cheese Slopes.  Only a few of everything else though.  The 2x2 Double Convex Slopes are pretty interesting as are the Technic Bricks w/Axle Hole.





Build.  Another IO Frigate.





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).  A tiny bit disappointing after the last two from this series.