Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Review: 41537 Mixels Jinky

This is the second of the "steampunk" Mixels so that brings us to the 2/3 mark of the Series.

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



Instructions.







Parts.  Some Plates, Grille Tiles, Tooth Plates, a Jumper, Mixel Joints, Slopes, a 1x2-2x2 Inverted Bracket, Technic Axle Pins, Technic Gears, Robot Arms, Small Steering Wheel, a Wedge 4 x 3 Open w/Cutout & 4 Studs, a couple Vehicle Exhaust Pipes w/Technic Pin, Technic Bricks w/Axle Holes, Technic Bricks w/2 Holes, and a newish part Plate, Modified 1 x 2 w/Pin Hole on Top.






Build.  A quad with a pair of guns.

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.  (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: +20 (A+).  Another maxed Mixel.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Review: 41541 Mixels Snoof

Monday brings us to another review of another set from this Series.

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



Instruction.









Parts.  Plenty of Slopes -- regular, Inverted, and Studless -- including a 2x3 w/Curved Top, Mixel Joints a Boat Stud, a Jumper, a couple Quarter Travis bricks, a couple 1x1 Round Bricks, a couple of 1x2 Technic Bricks, a couple of Flick Missiles, a few Plates of different types, a couple of Clip Plates, and 2x1 Plates w/Bar (open ends), a Large Trans-Light Blue Barb, and a couple of Trans-Clear/Blue Minifig Swords, w/Jagged Edges.



Build.  Pretty ugly, but it works.

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+).  Another max Mixel for the Blue tribe.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Review: 41544 Mixels Tungster

Let's finish out the week with another Series 5 Mixel review.

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



Instructions.








Parts.  Plenty of Mixel Joits, Tooth Plates, Lampholders, Slopes, Brackets, Plates, Barbs and Tiles.  A couple of 1x2 Bar Plates (closed ends), and a 2x1 Double Clip Plate (horizontal) round it out.







Build.  A biped Frame with 2Rd (left blaster) 2Rh
(right claw) 1Y (sensor wings) 2W for stats.
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+).  Another excellent Mixel set.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Battle Report: Mano-A-Mano 2

Tom and got together two weekends ago for MFZ, unfortunately the other members of the group couldn't make it.  To make up for that lack we managed to play a pair of games on our own.  This is the second of those games.

Tom (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (7 assets) = 49 points.
Me (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 24 points.








Events of Turn 1 (DDC @ 11): Tom captures one of my Stations.

Tom: 56 points.
Me: 21 points.




Events of Turn 2 (DDC @ 9): Tom destroys my Red frame.  I capture one of Tom's Stations.

Tom: 49 points.
Me: 21 points.






Events of Turn 3 (DDC @ 7): I capture another one of Tom's stations.

Tom: 42 points.
Me: 24 points.


Events of Turn 4 (DDC @ 5): Tom destroys my Blue frame.

Tom: 42 points.
Me: 21 points.

Events of Turn 5 (DDC @ 3): I recapture one of the Stations that Tom captured.  I tick down the clock to end the game because there is no way for me to win.

Tom: 35 points.
Me: 24 points.

Thoughts & Observations:
  • Games go pretty quickly when there's just two experienced players.
  • I played a little better this time and managed to break even in scoring.
  • Once again, I thought I took pictures of every turn but turns out to not be the case.  I'm going to have to keep a physical log of the pictures I take and see if there's something wrong with my camera.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Review: 41536 Mixels Gox

The first of the third Mixel tribe for this Series.

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



Instructions.








Parts.  Plenty of my second favorite part Mod. Plate w/Bar (open ends), those "new" Hero Factory Claws, Robot Arms, Plates, Mixel Joints, a few Slopes, a few Tooth Plates, a Technic Connector, a Technic Gear, a 2x2 Turntable, Technic Axles, Large Barbs, Grille Tiles, and several Modified Bricks.









Build.  Mecha Devil Horse.  Plenty of attachment points on this one.


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+).  Another one for the top Mixel pile.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Battle Report: Mano-A-Mano 1

Tom and got together two weekends ago for MFZ, unfortunately the other members of the group couldn't make it.  To make up for that lack we managed to play a pair of games on our own.  This is the first of those games.

Me (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 56 points.
Tom (7 Frames & 28 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (9 assets) = 30 points.


Events of Turn 1 (DDC @ 11):
Tom destroys my Gold frame.  He also does three damage to my White frame.


Me: 49 points.
Tom: 30 points.








Events of Turn 2 (DDC @ 9):
I seize one of Tom's Stations.  He destroys my Bronze frame in retaliation.  My heavily damaged White frame start making its way to Tom's other Stations.

Me: 49 points.
Tom: 27 points.









Events of Turn 3 (DDC @ 7):
Tom seizes one of my stations.

Me: 42 points.
Tom: 30 points.

Events of Turn 4 (DDC @ 5):
Tom reclaims the Station I captured but I steal another one of his in return.  He then grabs my other two Stations along with destroying my Black and White frames.

Tom: 36 points.
Me: 14 points.

Events of Turn 5 (DDC @ 3):
Tom destroys my Red frame to clear me off the battlefield and cement his complete victory.

Tom: 39 points.
Me: 0 points.








Thoughts & Observations:
  • I played way too aggressively this game.
  • To be honest Tom simply outplayed me.
  • I could have sworn I took pictures of every turn.
  • Trying to build hills in terrain can be problematic.
  • We used the Elevation rules but I don't think they ever really came into play.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Review: 41540 Mixels Chilbo

Let's start out the week with another Series 5 Mixel review.

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



Instructions.









Parts.  Plenty of Mixel Joints, Plates, and Slopes, a couple of Quarter Travis Bricks, plus one 1x2 Trans-Clear Brick, some Barbs, A couple of Tooth Plates, Googly Eyes, and a handful of Bar Holders w/Clip.




Build.  This one's naked but
there are plenty of spare parts.





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+).  We're back on top with the first max score for Series 5.