Friday, October 18, 2019

Armour Con 2019 Pictures, Part 2

All of these pictures are from day 2, some of them from my phone, some from my camera.  Most of them are of the tournament game, some of them of the spare table, and one thing I saw that looked neat.  No battle report from this game as I wasn't at the table the entire time.

Pictures of the spare table.

I saw this on another table and thought it looked cool.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Armour Con 2019 Pictures, Part 1

Day 1.  As the con was in a hotel and local to me there are no photos from outside the con.

This was actually from the night before.
Booth, morning of day 1.

Worcester Room
Main Ballroom

Fusion Forge booth
26 days on 2 printers.
Completed booth!

Day 2 will be its own post.

Day 3.  The only one I have from the last day is the mostly empty vendor's hall being broken down.

Other pictures from Facebook and Instagram.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Armour Con 2019 Report

After a day off dealing with a migraine, I'm looking at my notes from the con and trying to form them into a cohesive narrative.

Day 0: The Vendor's Room was open for us to set up in the night before so I brought in all of my stock and the demo kit.  Talked to a couple of the vendors, set up the table quickly, and headed home to rest.

Day 1.  I showed up at 9 am and set up the standee, chatted a little with the other vendors in the room, and did some minor exploring.  Joshua showed up at 11 and started setting up his side of the booth.  I ran my first demo right before noon.  After that I ran a second demo for four players, including Joshua.  Sat down and had lunch because I was a tiny bit hungry.  Ran a third demo at 3 pm with Joshua and two players, one of them a kid who had really good dice mojo.  Ran a fourth demo around 4 pm.  Attendance kind of died off at 5 pm so we closed up early and headed out for dinner.  I sold two Rulers and gave out seven participation packs over the day.

Day 2.  Showed up a little before Noon after a detour to the bank.  Ran into Cmdr. Rook at the booth, then Occam's Spork showed up.  Ran one demo, sold two rulers, and saw my friend Tom.  Started gathering players and tables for the tournament.  We set up two tables even though we only had enough players for one.  Said "hi" to my friend PJ Nicht who was in the same room as the tournament and was trying out a game.  Ran another demo for one person then that person joined the tournament after borrowing a squad.  The tournament consisted of Cmdr. Rook, Occam's Spork, PJ Nicht, Tom, and David (new guy).  The next several hours was spent bouncing between the tournament and the booth.  Sold two Starter kits and three Expansion packs to an enthusiastic customer.  Ran my girlfriend through a demo -- I got destroyed -- then sold another Starter kit and Expansion pack.  Got back to the tournament to find out that Tom and PJ Nicht managed a tie after a hard fought game.  Packed up both tables, then covered the booth 'til closing time.  Went out for Vietnamese food for dinner with my girlfriend and Joshua.  I gave away three participation packs on the day.

Day 3.  Showed up at Noon and sold two Rapid Attack books right off the bat.  Joshua showed up a little after that having made a quick stop to grab a dolly at a yard sale.  But after that it was very quiet.  I ran one demo then we started packing up at 2 pm just like the other vendors.  Sold one Starter kit as we began packing up.  Sold the last Starter kit and Expansion pack as we finished packing up.  I gave away one participation pack for the entire day.

Some random Thoughts.

  • This con was really personal to me as it was my idea and I did the organization.
  • As a first time convention there were some hiccups.
  • I made some mistakes myself.
  • I'm really hoping it makes it to a second year as it's really close to where I live.
  • Figured out on Saturday I have to rework my pronouns for demoing.
  • It was cool having a first-timer in the tournament but, I was hoping more people would make it out.
  • Apparently there were a fair amount of people taking pictures of the tournament tables.
  • Let's hope that turns into increased interest down the line.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Armour Con 2019

For the next three days I'll be selling Starter Kits, Expansion Packs, and Rulers for Mobile Frame Zero at Armour Con. I'll also be running demonstrations and there's a tournament(!) on Saturday.  Joshua and I will have a booth in the vendor's room so come see us if you're there.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Build Journal: Handmaidens

Last week I reviewed a bunch of Make-It Bricks sets.  DarkSyntax made some mock-ups on Facebook of frames made from the parts in the Landmark sets.  I figured I'd give it a shot too.  This is what I came up with.  The name was inspired by a comment from Shades Corvid.

Brickshelf gallery.

I started with the London Bridge and the Golden Gate sets.  This gave me plenty of Headlight Bricks, Tile Clips, and Taps to play with.  I added in the Windows & Doors polybag for Bar Plates, 1x2 Plates, and 2x3 Plates.  Reaching back into the Golden Gate set, I took the 1x4 Mod. Plate w/2 studs, the 1x2 Tiles, the 1x1 Plates, and the Cheese Slopes.  This gave me a body, an arm, and a leg.

Up until this point I had been using a few elements from the M-IB City Patrol set to fill things out.  I removed them and started looking at other elements in the Landmark sets to use.  Looking at the Sydney Opera House set, I grabbed the Wing End Bricks for the cockpit and 1x2 Plates for the legs.  I used 1x1 Bricks, 1x2 Jumpers, and 1x2 Plates from the Empire State Building set.  I also grabbed another London Bridge and Golden Gate set to finish out the legs and arms.  So that's seven sets at $1.00 each to make one Frame.  You also have plenty of leftover parts.

I went a little crazy and made three, with Stations.

If you want to try and build one of your own, here's the parts list.

4070 Brick, Modified 1x1 w/Headlight (x8) (Primary color)
47458 Brick, Modified 1x2x2/3 No Studs, Wing End (x2) (Tertiary color)
3005 Brick 1x1 (x2) (Primary color)
2555 Tile, Modified 1x1 w/Clip (x4) (Primary color) 
2555 Tile, Modified 1x1 w/Clip (x6) (Secondary color)
3024 Plate 1x1 (x4) (Secondary color)
3023 Plate 1x2 (x2) (Primary color)
3023 Plate 1x2 (x2) (Secondary color)
3021 Plate 2x3 (x2) (Secondary color)
3794b Plate, Modified 1x2 w/1 Stud w/Groove (Jumper) (x1) (Primary color)
60478 Plate, Modified 1x2 wHandle on End (Closed Ends) (x4) (Secondary color)
41740 Plate, Modified 1x4 w/2 Studs with Groove (x4) (Secondary color)
4599b Tap 1x1 w/o Hole in Nozzle End (x4) (Secondary color)
54200 Slope 30 deg. 1x1x2/3 (x2) (Secondary color)
3069b Tile 1x2 w/Groove (x1) (Secondary color)

Monday, October 7, 2019

Expansion Pack

Last year I started making Starter Kits for Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack.  I'm expanding the options this year.  The picture you see below shows a new pack that will be for sale at Armour Con.

Flickr page.

The Expansion Pack contains one Frame with a "Soldier" loadout like the ones in the Starter Kit.  It also has two Artillery Attachments and an extra Spotting Attachment so you can field a "Recon by Fire" loadout.  It also has two Melee Attachments and an extra Defense Attachment so you could field a "Brawler" loadout too.  As before, all Attachments are color coded to the dice they represent.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Purity: Make-It Blocks White House Review

I found this in the Dollar Tree store after going to find the Scenery polybag that had been discussed on the Facebook group.  This is the final set in Make-It Blocks current Landmark line.

Box.  MSRP is $1.00 for a $0.04 Price per Piece.


Parts.  Plates, a Fence, a Tile,
Slopes, Bricks, and Jumpers.

Build.  One Hit piece of
Cover and a Station.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Station and cover.  (+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: +10 (A-).  A good dual use set.