Friday, May 6, 2016

Review: Playmobil 6693 Cleano Robot

I've been eye-balling this set for months.  For those of you who want to play larger scale games, this may be the set you're looking for.

Box.  MSRP was $14.99 for a $0.40 Price per Piece.  I purchased it for $7.98 on Clearance from Toys'R'Us.

Instructions and Stickers.  These
are included in the parts count.


Parts 1.

Parts 2. The Gold shaft at the bottom
of the picture is actually the figure's
right eye.
Parts 3.

Parts 4.  The clipboard-looking piece in the lower left is the pilot's remote and gets a sticker.

Figure.  That hat does not want to stay on.

Comparison shot.

Build.  Here's what it looks like without stickers.

Comparison shot 2.

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?  No.  (-5)
Score: -5 (B-).  While I was able to generate a score, it doesn't really fit as none of the parts are compatible with anything you might use for a game.

Since the usual rating system doesn't really work, let's try listing some positives and negatives.

Good: It's a Frame in a box.  It has several pieces you can remove to represent systems and White Die damage.  It will look pretty good once stickers are applied.
Bad: It's expensive for what it is.  It is the only set like this currently available from Playmobil.
Ugly: It was somewhat difficult to assemble.  You'll probably have to use Duplo blocks for terrain.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May the Fourth

Today is May the 4th, the made-up Star Wars holiday.  Be that as it may, there are still some decent deals to be found.

The Lego Store has 75074 Snowspeeder and 75075 AT-AT for $7.99, which is $0.08 and $0.09 per piece.  They also have 75126 First Order Snowspeeder for $7.99, for a $0.09 Price per piece.  75141 Kanan's Speeder Bike is not on sale but it was already $0.09 per piece.  There are also some non-Star Wars sets on sale but I'll let you sift through those on you own.

Walmart, Target, and Toy'R'Us do not seem to have any specific Star Wars sales.  Toys'R'Us does have a build event on the 7th though.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Battle Report: PAX East 2016 Triple Threat Match

It turns out only three of us could make it to PAX East this year.  This game is the result.  :-)

The point totals for the beginning of the game were as follows:
Me (3 frames & 11 systems) = (7 Points per asset) * (5 assets) = 35 points.  (Hellhounds)
Stevenik (3 frames & 12 systems) = (6 points per asset) * (5 assets) = 30 points.  (High Steppers)
Jay Biquadrate 
(3 frames & 12 systems) = (6 points per asset) * (5 assets) = 30 points.

Here are the pictures from the start of the game.
Events of Turn 1 (DDC@11): Stevenik seizes one of my stations.  I make a break for one of his with my Yellow Hellhound.

End of Turn 1 pictures.

Stevenik: 36 points.
Jay Biquadrate: 30 points.
Me: 28 points.
Events of Turn 2 (DDC@9): I seize one of Stevenik's Stations.  Jay seizes one of my Stations.  I make a move towards it to try and reclaim it with my Blue Hellhound.

End of Turn 2 pictures.

Jay Biquadrate: 36 points.
Stevenik: 30 points.
Me: 28 points.

Events of Turn 3 (DDC@7): Stevenik seizes his Station back.  I loop back in an attempt to seize his other one with my Yellow Hellhound but he blocks me with another of his Frames.  Jay's forces collapse in toward the Station he captured from me.

End of Turn 3 pictures.

Jay Biquadrate: 36 points.
Stevenik: 36 points.
Me: 21 points.

Events of Turn 4 (DDC@5): Some jostling for position occurs.  I make a break for one of Jay's undefended Stations with my Blue Hellhound.  While on the other side of the table I try and force Stevenik off of one of his Stations with my Yellow Hellhound.

End of Turn 4 pictures.

Jay Biquadrate: 36 points.
Stevenik: 36 points.
Me: 21 points.

Events of Turn 5 (DDC@3): Stevenik destroys one of  Jay's Chubs for the first kill of the game.  I seize one of Jay's Stations.  Stevenik clicks the DoomsDay Clock down one because he's in the lead and I click it down to zero to finish the game.

End of Turn 5 pictures.

Stevenik: 36 points.
Me: 28 points.
Jay Biquadrate: 24 points.

Thoughts & Observations:
  • We didn't use Single Shot Rockets.
  • Knowing when to run away is an important skill.
  • Knowing when to quit is also an important skill.
  • Next year I'm going for Primary Attacker.
  • We should have cleared the table a bit more.  It would have helped with photo editing if the back border of the play area was clearer.
  • Even with less people this year this was still a fun game.
  • This was Jay's first full scale game.  Two years in a row for that.

Friday, April 29, 2016

PAX East 2016 Pictures

The post you've all been waiting for.

These first five are courtesy of Dan Alphonso.

The next four are from Marvin4095.

These are the few I took.

Here's one last picture that I didn't get permission to post..

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

PAX East Observations 2016

My thoughts and observations from the con this year.
1.) I only managed to attend for two days this year.
2.) It seemed like the space for tabletop gaming was a little smaller this year.
3.) I only gave out a handful of business cards this year. I have to get better about that.
4.) I didn't notice that many cool cosplay costumes this year.
5.) Problems with my voice was an on and off thing. I had access to throat lozenges but the air was still fairly dry due to the AC.
6.) We managed to get in another full game of MFZ on Sunday this year.
7.) I didn't do any demoing of Intercept Orbit this year.
8.) I'm definitely going to change the contents of my demo bag. Lugging that much plastic to and from the con is taxing.
    8.1) My demo bag next year will be teams of canon Frames, walls, a Station, felt drop-cloths, and dice.
    8.2 ) I'm going to need a new set of dice for MFZ for the new demo bag.
9.) Coming down from the con was tough this year. I didn't take the day after off from work and felt like I had bee run over by a truck for most of the day.
10.) I managed to have dinner with a friend of mine after the con on Sunday, but not with any of my booth-mates. I also didn't have my traditional end-of-con dinner at No Name Seafood with my wife. :( Next year!
11.) Last year my friend Ron came up with a great idea for little "care packages". Anyone who plays a demo gets a little baggie with a business card, Lego brick, and a six-sided die. I'll try and implement that next year.
12.) I'm still thinking about having Friday be my "me" day next year. The crowds are slightly less and there's less impetus to "get it all in" before the con closes.
13.) I need a bunch of business cards from Mike Raichelson for his website to hand out as I spend a lot of time talking about his site.
14.) I still want a MFZ hockey jersey.
15.) I totally forgot to get my badge signed by all my booth-mates this year. Bummer.
16.) As always, it was great to see everyone, all the friends I've made because of the con and my friends from outside the con.

Monday, April 25, 2016

PAX East 2016 Report

Once more I have returned from PAX East.  I only attended Saturday and Sunday this year due to life getting in the way.

On Saturday I got there a little late but cruised through the line in record time.  I helped to set up and then started running demos.  All told I ran seven demos, several of them involving kids which is always cool.  I met Xenovorous from the Hangar and he sat in on a demo.  I talked to a fair amount of people and the Gundam models seemed to be a big hit.

Sunday I actually arrived on time as the doors were opening.  It only took a minute more to get through this time so ingress speeds were consistent.  I got down to the booth and helped set up the demo tables.  It was supposed to be my "day off" but I ran a demo for someone.  I then went off to explore the con.  I purchased a few things for friends that I said I would then wandered around the hall.  I made it back to the booth before our scheduled game was supposed to start.  While I was waiting for the group to show up I ran two more demos.  Jay Biquadrate from the Hangar was there for the game and helped with the demos.  Then Stevenik showed up and we got to playing the full game.  Details will follow soon.  After the game finished I ran one last demo for a gentleman that had waited patiently to try it.  After that we broke down the tables, I did some last minute shopping, and Stevenik and I left to go grab some dinner.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Review: Gundam Converge V-2 Buster Gundam

This is the second of the Gundam Converge "model" kits I bought recently.

Box.  I paid $5.95 for this at Barnes & Noble.

Parts.  It didn't come with instructions and none were needed.

A shot of it fully assembled.

And disassembled.  I can see four Attachments and you can lose the arms to represent losing a White die.

Here's what it looks like in comparison to a Chub and a Classic.

The gun can only be held in the left hand.  It's another fun model.  It's made of a nice rubbery plastic so it will stand up to rough handling.   A single model costs less than a Chub from  My usual rating system doesn't really work here so make of this what you will.