Friday, August 18, 2017

Battle Report: Stone Garden

Another weekend and another game.  We played at Narbey's place this time, and we tried another table setting.

Me (4 Frames & 15 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 42 points.  (Centurions)
   Purple Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Lime Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1Gd8/2W.


Narbey (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 30 points.  (Skitterers)
   White Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Red Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Yellow Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.

   Lime Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W.

Occam's Spork (6 Frames & 23 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 24 points.
   Blue/Green Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Green/ White Light Tank -- 2Rd+d8/1B/2W.
   Blue/White Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR.
   White Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   Blue Moving Wall -- 2B/2G+d8/2W + SSR (x2).
   Green -- 2Rh+d8/2Rd+d8/2W.

This is what the table looked like at the start of the game.









Events of Turn 1 (DDC@11): In the opening move of the game, my Lime frame hits Occam's Spork's Blue/Green frame for 2.  It, in return, reaches down the table to hit Narbey's Lime frame for 2.  Occam's Spork's Blue/White frame then hits Narbey's Lime frame for 2 more.  Narbey's Yellow frame then hits Occam's Spork's Blue/Green frame for 1.  Narbey's Red frame hits Occam's Spork's Blue/White for 1.  Occam's Spork's Blue frame launches a SSR at my Lime frame for no effect then moves up to support his Blue/Green frame on his Station..  Occam's Spork's Green/White frame hits my Lime frame for 1.  Occam's Spork's White frame hits my Lime frame for 2.  My Purple frame moves down off the rock formation, attempts an attack on Occam's Spork's Blue/Green frame and misses.  My Green frame hits Occam's Spork's Blue/Green frame for 1.  My Orange frame hits Occam's Spork's Green frame for 2.


Me: 42 points.
 Narbey: 35 Points
Occam's Spork: 24 points.




Events of Turn 2 (DDC@8): My Purple frame attempts another attack on Occam's Spork's Blue/Green frame, fails, then moves back towards my Station.  Occam's Spork's Blue/Green frame attempts an attack on my Lime frame, misses, then retreats to the safety of his other Station.  Occam's Spork's Blue frame launches a SSR at Narbey's Orange frame for no effect.  Narbey's Orange frame hits my Purple frame for 2 then captures my Station.  Narbey's Yellow frame hits my Green frame for 2.  My Green frame attempts an attack on Occam's Spork's Blue frame then moves towards his Station.  Occam's Spork's Blue/White frame hits Narbey's Lime frame for 2, destroying it.  In return, Narbey's Red frame hits Occam's Spork's Blue/White frame for 3.  Occam's Spork's Green frame hits Narbey's white frame for 1.  My Orange frame hits Occam's Spork's Green frame for 1.  Occam's Spork's Green/White frame hits my Lime frame for 2, destroying it.

Narbey: 35 points.
Me: 28 Points.
 Occam's Spork: 24 Points





Events of Turn 3 (DDC@5): Occam's Spork's Blue/White frame launches a SSR at Narbey's White frame for naught.  Narbey's Yellow frame hits my Purple frame for 1.  Narbey's Orange frame hits my Purple frame for 3.  Narbey's Red frame hits my Purple frame for 5, destroying it.  Occam's Spork's Green frame hits Narbey's Yellow frame for 5.  Occam's Spork's Green/White frame moves forward after a failed attack.  Occam's Spork's White frame hits my Green frame for 1.  My Green frame hits Narbey's Orange frame for 1 and moves into cover behind the rock formation.

Narbey: 35 points.
 Occam's Spork: 24 Points
Me: 21 Points.

Events of Turn 4 (DDC@2): Occam's Spork's Green/White frame seizes my other Station and hits Narbey's Red frame for 1.  Narbey's Red frame returns fire and hits Occam's Spork's Green/White frame for 4.  Narbey's Orange frame hits Occam's Spork's Green/White frame for 1 and it does the Station Dance.  Narbey's Orange frame then seizes the Station from Occam's Spork.  Occam's Spork's Blue/White frame hits Narbey's Yellow frame for 1, destroying it.  Occam's Spork's Green frame seizes one of Narbey's Stations.  Occam's Spork's White frame hits Narbey's Red frame for 2.  My Orange frame hits Narbey's White frame for 1 and Occam's Spork's Green frame for 2.  The Doomsday Clock gets counted to zero.

Narbey: 30 points.
 Occam's Spork: 27 Points
Me: 14 Points.

Here's a couple of pictures of some of the aftermath.




Thoughts & Observations:
  • We actually put together a storyline for the game by accident.
  • Amazingly enough, none of the Terrain got hit.
  • With the table being small, there wasn't a lot of movement in this game.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Review: 30473 Juniors Racer Polybag

This polybag was released in 2016.  It apparently didn't create much fanfare because the first time I saw it was in the impulse buy bin at my local Lego Store.

Bag.  I paid $3.49 for this at the Lego Store, for a $0.12 Price per Piece.



Instructions.








Minifig.


Parts.









Build.  A quick IO Frigate.

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-).  The limited number of parts kills the score.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Review: 30425 CRU Master's Training Grounds Polybag

This is one of the new Fall polybags.  so new in fact that I basically took it out of the box before it was even on a hangar in the Lego aisle.

Bag.  I paid $3.97 for this at Walmart, for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Minifigs.


Parts. Red 1x1 Round Tiles!  A Gold
Minifig Head!  Oh, the Bar Clips
and Technic Half Pins are nice too.
As are the Red Skeleton Legs.




Build.  I just built a variation of what's in the bag.  It'll make for a decent Station.

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?  No.  (-5)
Score: +10 (A-).  A decent score and some interesting parts.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Battle Report: Teslaville 2

We went back to "Teslaville" again last weekend.  This time with two players who hadn't had the chance to play in this setting before.

Stevenik (3 Frames & 12 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 35 points.
   Orange Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Lime Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W + SSR.
   Tan Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W + SSR.


Me (4 Frames & 15 Systems) = (4 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 24 points.  (Centurions)
   Purple Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Lime Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1Gd8/2W.


Tyler (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.  (Quattros)
   Purple Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR(x2).
   White Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.
   Green Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Red Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.

Narbey (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.  (Skitterers)
   White Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Red Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Yellow Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.


This is what the table looked like at the start of the game.









Events of Turn 1 (DDC@11): Narbey's Yellow frame hits my Green frame for 1.  My Lime frame moves forwards and into cover near Stevenik's Stations.  Stevenik's Orange frame hits Narbey's Orange frame for 2.  Narbey's Orange frame then hits Stevenik's Lime frame for 2 and hides under the tracks.  Narbey's White frame hits my Orange frame for 2.  My Orange frame rolls out and hits Stevenik's Lime frame for 2.  Narbey's Red frame moves out and attempts an attack on Tyler's Green frame.  Tyler's Green frame then hits Stevenik's Lime frame for 2.  Tyler's Red frame hits Narbey's Red frame for 1.  My Purple frame moves forward and hits Stevenik's Tan frame for 1.

Stevenik: 35 Points.
Me: 24 points.
 Tyler: 18 Points
Narbey: 18 points.




Events of Turn 2 (DDC@6): Stevenik's Orange frame attempts to attack Narbey's Red frame.  Narbey's Red frame then tries to attack Tyler's Purple frame and retreats.  Tyler's Purple frame seizes my Station on the ground.  Stevenik's Tan frame jumps to the top of the tracks.  My Green frame moves forward, toward Stevenik's Stations.  Tyler's Red frame hits Narbey's Red frame for 3.  Narbey's Yellow frame hits the tracks and Stevenik's Tan frame for 2 damage each, blowing the tracks out from under the train.  The train falls and takes 2 damage on each car.  Stevenik's frame remains perched on the track support.  Narbey's Orange frame hits Tyler's Purple frame for 2 and moves closer to its target.  My Purple frame hits Stevenik's Lime frame for 3 damage, destroying it and seizing the Station it was guarding.  Tyler's Red frame hits my Green frame for 3.  Tyler's Green frame hits Narbey's Orange frame for 4 damage, destroying it, after destroying the Whirligig it was in Cover behind.  My Lime frame jumps in and hits Stevenik's Orange frame for 4, trying to seize the Station it's guarding.  Narbey's White frame moves forward and hits Tyler's Purple frame for 2.

Me: 24 points.
Stevenik: 21 Points.
 Tyler: 21 Points
Narbey: 15 points.





Events of Turn 3 (DDC@1): Stevenik's Tan frame hits my Purple frame for 2.  Tyler's Purple frame hits my Purple frame for 1 with a Single Shot Rocket.  My Green frame -- going with a 0 defense in favor of placing a Spot-- jumps from the tracks to the top of a Whirligig, attacks Stevenik's Tan frame with a SSR for 3 damage and destroys it.  My Orange frame attempts to attack Stevenik's Orange frame but hits and destroys the track support instead.  Narbey's Yellow frame attacks my Green frame destroying it and the Whirligig it was standing on.  Narbey's White frame then hits Tyler's Purple frame for 2 damage, destroying it.  Tyler's Green frame targets Stevenik's Orange frame but hits my Lime frame for 1.  Tyler's Red frame then hits Stevenik's Orange frame for 2 damage, destroying it.  I seize the Station it was guarding.  The Doosday Clock ticks down to zero.

Me: 20 points.
Tyler: 18 Points
Narbey: 15 points.
Stevenik: 7 Points.








Here's a couple of pictures of some of the aftermath.










Thoughts & Observations:
  • Once again each section of train track takes one Hit of Damage before being destroyed.
  • Primary Attacker was decided with a die roll.
  • I removed Artillery attachments from my squad again.
  • I placed one of my Stations on the back of the train.  I figured the train moving would keep it away from anyone else.
  • I tested out a new squad for this game, I wanted to give the Solidboxes a break.
  • We got to test out falling damage on the train.
  • We almost got to try out Ramming rules when Stevenik's frame jumped in front of the train but, the train had the tracks blown out from under it before that happened.
  • We kinda went with the "Rule of Cool" with allowing Stevenik's frame to remain perched on the track support.  It was located directly over it and it looked neat afterwards.
  • We we pretty aggressive with the Doomsday Clock as one of our players had to leave as soon as the game was over.
  • This game came down to the last activation of the last frame on the last turn.  It got pretty seesaw-y in the last turn of the game.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Review: 41303 Friends Puppy Playground.

After a few unexpected purchases changing my plans for the next few weeks, here's today's review.

Box.  I paid $4.99 for this at the Lego Store, for a $0.08 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Minifig?
Parts 1.  The 1x2 Bricks
w/Pin might be useful.









Parts 2.  I don't have a lot of those Green 1x1 Round Plates so those are
a welcome acquisition.  A Bar Plate, plenty of Slopes, a couple Robot
Arms, an Antenna, Round Bricks, 1x2 Bricks w/Studs on 1 Side, Jumpers,
Plates, Grill Tiles, a bracket, and Axle Plate are all interesting.


Build.  A quick IO Frigate (2Ra+d8/1B/
/2W).  All Attachments are in Yellow.

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+).  Not really a surprise, other smalls Friends sets like this have scored well.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Review: 41233 DC Girls Lashina Tank

These have recently dropped to really good Clearance prices in both Walmart and Target.

Box.  MSRP is $14.99 which is a Price per Piece of $0.10.



Instructions & Stickers.









Minidolls

Parts 1.











Parts 2.  An interesting mix of selection and color here.  I dig those printed 1x1 Round Tiles.


Parts 3.  More interesting colors and parts.  Pneuma-Ts!  those Trans-Light Blue Skeleton Arms!  A Travis Brick!


Build.  2Rd+d8/2Y/2W for 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?  At.  (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: +15 (A).  A decent set with good pieces and interesting colors.