Friday, October 2, 2015

Battle Report: TopatoCon Throwdown

Last Sunday I helped run demos at TopatoCon with CmdrRook.  Comrade Gorbash, whom I hadn't seen since PAX East 2013, showed up with his gear so we decided to have a game.  This is what happened.  :-)

Me (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 42 points.
Yellow Strider (2Rh+d8/1B/1G+d8/2W)
Green Strider (2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W)
Blue Strider (2Ra+d8/1B/1G/2W)
Red Scrambler (2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W)

CmdrRook (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.

Comrade Gorbash (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.

This is how the table looked at the start of the game.

Events of Turn 1 (DDC@11):  I capture the Minigun Station CmdrRook placed beside my frame.  I capture Comrade Gorbash's Tall Station.  I also hit one of his Melee frames for five damage.  He hits my Yellow Strider for four damage in return.  CmdrRook destroys my Blue Strider, seizes his Staion back and captures one of mine.  I destroy the Melee frame of Comrade Gorbash that I damaged earlier.  CmdrRook destroys my Yellow Strider, then captures the Tall Station I had seized from Comrade Gorbash.

CmdrRook: 27 points.
Me: 21 points.
Comrade Gorbash: 15 points.

Events of Turn 2 (DDC@9): CmdrRook captures my second Station.

CmdrRook: 30 points.
Comrade Gorbash: 15 points.
Me: 14 points.

Events of Turn 3 (DDC@6): I capture CmdrRook's Drone Launcher Station.

CmdrRook: 27 points.
Me: 21 points.
Comrade Gorbash: 15 points.

Events of Turn 4 (DDC@4): Comrade Gorbash destroys two CmdrRook's Soldier frames and recaptures his Tall Station.

Me: 21 points.
CmdrRook: 18 points.
Comrade Gorbash: 18 points.

Events of Turn 5 (DDC@1): I capture Comrade Gorbash's Flat Station after he does the Station Dance to keep one of his Frames alive.  CmdrRook destroys my Green Strider then recaptures the Drone Launcher Station it was holding.  After that he destroys one of Comrade Gorbash's Melee frames.  In retaliation Comrade Gorbash destroys CmdrRook's Scrambler.  The Doomsday Clock is then ticked down to 0.

CmdrRook: 18 points.
Me: 14 points.
Comrade Gorbash: 12 points.

Thoughts & Observations:
  • The Primary Attacker position was decided with a die roll.
  • Once again we have a game with mixed scale Frame designs.
  • We did not use Single Shot Rockets.
  • I played a little too aggressively.
  • I also tried the "Forget About Me" strategy from PAX East 2015.
  • CmdrRook's decision to place one of his Stations directly under my control at the start of the game was curious and maybe a little bit of genius.
  • I'll leave you with a picture of the first Activation roll of the game for my Red Scrambler.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sales Alert

Remember a few weeks ago when I mentioned BJ's had Lego again?  They now have more sets.  21115 Minecraft First Night, 31036 Creator Toy & Grocery Shop, and 70748 Ninjago Titanium Dragon all for $32.99 each.  This is roughly a 17% discount from the $39.99 MSRP.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Getting Started

I've seen a few "Mobile Frame Zero, getting started" search terms used to find my blog, so it's about time I tackled that topic.
  1. You'll need a copy of the game.  Those can be found here.  A simpler rules only document can be found here.
  2. {* Keanu Reeves voice*} Dice, lots of dice. {*/Keanu Reeves voice*} You'll need 4d6 Red, 4d8 Red, 4d6 Green, 2d8 Green, (X+1)d6 Blue, and (X+1)d6 Yellow.  X = The number of frames you are using.  This will give you enough dice to cover all your frames and enough to roll dice for at least two at a time.
  3. Frames.  For four people; one team of three Frames with less than maximum attachments, one team of three frames with maximum attachments, one team of four frames, and one team of five frames will give you a span of starting points with clear Defender, Primary Attacker, and Secondary Attackers. That's fifteen frames total. Ordering from would cost you $150.00 for three sets of five frames. Or you could try and build your own frames from a bunch of Umbaran MHC polybags. It's basically an Ijad frame-in-a-bag. Or you could look at any number of creations people have made for the Single Set Challenge.

    There are any number of ways to build a starter squad in this game. Unfortunately I don't know what you have for a budget, what you like, or what you're looking for in a play experience so I can't really suggest more than that.
  4. Other people to play against.  That I can't really help you with beyond pointing you to the Game Finder section of the Hangar.
I hope this helps you begin your journey with Mobile Frame Zero.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Build Journal: Hedgehogs

One of the "problems" of buying sets in bulk is that you sometimes end up with parts you don't immediately have a use for.  You then have to find storage space for them, put them away, etc.  I sort of had this problem with 1x2-2x2 Inverted Brackets.  They don't stack neatly and they take up a lot of space when loose.

I noticed recently that when assembled into my usual storage configuration
they look kind of like a Czech Hedgehog.  I remember having a discussion
with Malcolm Craig about Travis Bricks making a good starting point for Hedgehogs but they were a little too rare in the community at the time.

That led me to attaching a bunch of pointy bits in different configurations
to make a handful of different variations.  The two on the outside will
each take two hits before being brought under the height limit for cover.

One of the benefits of these creations is that you can toss a handful onto a table like they were Jacks and they won't break apart.  That makes set up really easy if all you are using is these Hedgehogs.  A coincidental good thing for me is that these are built out of White, Black, and Lime colored pieces, so they match the color scheme for my Sci-Fi Outpost setting.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Cool Real-World Locations

I took a trip by train a few weeks ago and traveled through an interesting looking train station.  I thought it would make a great place to create out of Lego for a MFZ:RA tabletop.

Westerly, Rhode Island Amtrack Station.  Use Friendship St., Canal St., and Railroad Ave. as three of your borders and you've got a nice playing field to fill with MFZ goodness.  There's lots of open area to travel through, buildings for hard cover and trees for soft cover.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Road to PAX East 2016, Part 2

Back on Tuesday, Sept. 8th Dark Cloud Blogs hosted a G+ chat for us to talk about PAX East 2016 and other things.  We discussed a number of topics and had a few people from the community join in.  Here's a breakdown of most of the things we talked about.

Dark Cloud Blogs vs. The Mobile Frame Garage.  A MFZ: Rapid Attack game at mini-figure scale.  It will be a skirmish and the field of battle will be from 9 feet to 13 feet on a side.  We're probably going to need Joshua's help securing the necessary square footage.  I've got a solid idea of the squad I want to field, I just have to build it.

Since last year's PAX East I've wanted to run a Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack Tournament.  Twenty-seven  players is the magic number.  That gets us the optimum table breakdown for three rounds of play.  There are at least 20 MFZ players in Massachusetts alone.  I know because I've seen them on the Hangar.  If we can get them all to attend along with several people from outside the state we can have a really fun get-together and play MFZ at the same time.  Of course this would be helped if we got this on the official PAX East schedule.

Mobile Frame Zero Review Panel / Blogger's Symposium.  Another thing I want to do is get all of the MFZ bloggers in one place and do a panel on what it takes to do a blog for MFZ.  Or maybe do a "State of Mobile Frame Zero" type panel involving Joshua.  This idea is less clear in my head than the tournament one.

MF0: Music Vid.  John came up with a parody of "Hello" from Book of Mormon based on MFZ.  He wants to make a MFVA (Mobile Frame Music Video!)?!?

John has set up an ongoing G+ Hangout for us to talk about MFZ.  It will be every other month on the second Tuesday starting Oct 13.  There can only be 10 in the chat so the guests will be limited but any open slots means there will be an entrance link in the watch room on a first come first serve basis.