Monday, March 2, 2015

PAX East 2015

Once again I'll be helping Vincent, Joshua, and the others demo Mobile Frame Zero.  I'm definitely going to be there Friday (3/6), and Saturday (3/7).  I'll be there Sunday (3/8) too, but I'll be wandering around the con with friends as I'm there on my own dime.  I'll have my gear for all three days, and I will have a fleet or two for Alpha Bandit so we can give that a try.  Here's a discussion thread over on the Hangar if you're interested on meeting up.  We'll be at booth 701 so stop by and say "hello"!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Sales Alert

Toys'R'Us has a coupon for $5 off $25 Lego purchase that's valid until 3/12/15.

I tend to stay away from announcing offers from the Lego company because they're different by region.  But this month's offers -- at least in North America -- sound fairly interesting and open to being "gamed" a little.

North America March 2015 LEGO Offers:
-FREE LEGO Bionicle Hero Pack with any purchase (valid March 1-20) 
-FREE Elves Azaris's Magic Fire polybag with any LEGO Elves purchase (valid March 1-31) 
-Double VIP Points (March 14-19)

If you get Aira's Creative Workshop for $9.99, you end up with 134 pieces (9 from the Bionicle set and 27 from the polybag) which is $0.08 per piece, and if you buy this after the 14th you get double points for that purchase.  Not bad for $10.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Review: Build Your Own City Book

Subtitled as "The Big Unofficial Lego Builder's Book", this is a third party book about building Lego City creations.  It's full of instructions, parts lists, and pictures.  The breakdown is as follows: pages 1-19 = Intro, SNOT, Tips & Techniques; pages 20-239 = Midi-Scale; and pages 240-400 = Minifig Scale.  So, about 57% of this book is aimed at a usable scale for MFZ.

What the authors call Midi-Scale looks to be about 5P Scale in MFZ terms as the representations of people are five plates tall.  This is one of the lesser used scales but I think that the items these instructions build will still help to flesh out a gaming table.  There are 24 vehicle instructions, 4 of which are construction vehicles, 1 is a plane, 1 is a helicopter, and 3 are trains.  There are instructions for two different types of trees.  Instructions for a house with two different types of roof and two different types of floor design.  And there's instructions for a Department Store that covers 32 x 16 studs and is 23 bricks, 1 plate tall.  Each set of instructions has a little introduction blurb that also gives a tip  or trick concerning building.  There are also plenty of pictures between the instructions that show alternate builds and things that haven't been included in the instructions.

There are only five sets of instructions in the Minifig Scale section, all of which are vehicles.  There may be some techniques that can be adapted to other scales but all I've done so far is glance through this section.

Price is about $24.99 depending on the source.  With only -- roughly -- 33 sets of instructions and not all of them relevant to MFZ I can't really recommend this book.  A lot of the instructions in the Midi-Scale section are just variations on the base car design.  I've seen similar complaints about this book elsewhere.  Maybe if they put in some different instructions and reduced the size of the instructions themselves they could have fit a little more variety in the book.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Sales Alert

Last time it was Target, this time it's Walmart. They have also been clearancing items to make way for the new sets. The selection is a smorgasbord.  The ones I personally saw were 79121 Turtle Sub Undersea Chase for $45, 41051 Merida's Highland Games for $5, 70012 Razar's Chi Raider for $11, 76003 Superman: Battle of Smallville for $15, 70722 Overborg Attack for $15, 79119 Mutation Chamber Unleashed for $13, and a bunch of others that had already sold out. As always, YMMV. Good hunting!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Propaganda Wars in Mechaton/Mobile Frame Zero

There was an old Mechaton campaign that was posted on the Storygames forum.  It was awesome for what was done outside of the games and not just what happened on the table.  Battle reports mixed with propaganda posts and storytelling driven by wargaming from Malcolm Craig and Simon Carryer led to a sum greater than the individual parts.  This was neat stuff.

There's something similar happening on the Hangar at the moment, although it doesn't actually involve any games of MFZ -- that I'm aware of.  Four different frame designs, Twanks, Clankers, Twanzers, and Squibs, are being pushed by four different creators, AtavismSkrob, Lorc, and FragsturBait respectively.  It's fun and interesting to see these people go at it -- and in the process weave a story -- without anything being contested on the table.

If anyone in the MFZ community knows of something similar that isn't posted on one of the big three social media spots -- the Hangar, the G+ group, or the Facebook page -- I'd like to hear about it.

Updated 2/25/15 @ 9:14 am EST.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Terrain & Scenery 5

Once again it has come time to show you random Lego creations from around the internet that might look good on your gaming table.

Riding an Elephant by Jag Bill.  Oh, this is neat.

IMG_3321 by Paulo Castanho.  Anyone remember Space 1999?
These look to be at 5P scale.  And there are more pictures.

Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant by P. Voranc.  If you've ever to
play a game at Super Robot scale, this would make great terrain.

Permanent Moon Base and Mars Mission Launch Facility by Nostalgic Bricks.  Yeah, this would look great on a table.

msp_tractor_trailer_mk1_01 by 3D Foundry.  After doing some quick calculations on this piece, it not only looks like, it is 7P scale.  Now
all we need is some road surface or a truck stop.  :-)

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Sales Alert

Target is clearancing a number of sets to make room for Spring arrivals.  I saw most of the Ultra Agents line at 30% off, one of the new Bionicle sets(70789), a small City set (60041), The Super Secret Police Dropship 70815, the Technic Snowmobile 42021, the Turtle Sub Undersea Chase 79121, and the Batman: Joker Steam Roller 76013.  Check out your local store and see what they have.  Good hunting!