Friday, February 16, 2018

Battle Report: Ice 9 @ Hobby Bunker

A friend came in front out of town last weekend.  He had expressed interest in playing MFZ, so I arranged a game at the Hobby Bunker in Malden.

Me (4 Frames & 15 Systems) = (6 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 36 points.  (Aurelii)
   Red Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Blue Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Yellow
 Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.

Shifty Ginger (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (4 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 24 points.  (Solidboxes)
   Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Blue Soldier -- 
2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   Yellow Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.

Narbey (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (4 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 24 points.  (Skitterers)
   Yellow Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Red Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   White Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.

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









Events of Turn 1 (DDC @ 11): We both pass to Shifty Ginger and his Yellow frame hits my Blue frame -- whom he feels is too close for comfort -- for 1.  Again we pass and Shifty Ginger's Orange frame also hits my Blue frame for 1.  Having had enough of getting smacked, I activate my Red frame, move it towards Shifty Ginger's Green fame and one of his Stations, and I end up hitting the short building for 1 damage -- leveling most of it.  Continuing the attack on my outlying Frame, Shifty Ginger's Blue frame moves forward and hits my Blue frame for 3.  My Yellow frame hits Narbey's White frame for 1 and it moves in to cover behind the long building.  My Orange frame hits the long building for 2 damage and Narbey's White frame for 1.


Me: 36 points.
Shifty Ginger: 24 points.
Narbey: 24 points.


Events of Turn 2 (DDC @ 8): I start this turn swinging.  My Red frame hits 
Shifty Ginger's Orange frame for 1, it Station Dances.  I seize his Purple station.  Narbey seizes my open Blue Station with his White frame.  Shifty Ginger's Blue frame moves into cover and hits my Yellow frame for 1 and it does the Station Dance.  Shifty Ginger's Green frame hits my Red frame for 1 and my Red frame also does the Station Dance.  Shifty Ginger's Yellow frame destroys my Blue frame as it limps towards the Station I had captured from him.  Narbey's Red frame moves out of cover and hits my Orange frame for 2 as it moves out of cover.


Me: 30 points.
Narbey: 28 points.
Shifty Ginger: 20 points.



Events of Turn 3 (DDC @ 5): Shifty Ginger seizes my White Station that I had left undefended.  His Orange frame hits my Red frame for 4 and seizes back his Purple station.  Narbey's Yellow frame hits my Yellow frame for 1.  Shifty Ginger's Green frame hits my Red frame for 1.  My Orange frame keeps moving and hits Narbey's Yellow frame for 2.  Narbey's Orange frame hits my Orange frame for 1.  Narbey's Red frame hits my Orange frame for 2.  Shifty Ginger's Blue frame moves to another piece of cover and  hits Narbey's White frame for 2.

Narbey: 28 points.
Shifty Ginger: 28 points.
Me: 18 points.



Events of Turn 4 (DDC @ 1): Narbey's Yellow frame hits Shifty Ginger's Yellow frame for 2.  Narbey's Red frame changes direction and also hits Shifty Ginger's Yellow frame but for 1.  Then Narbey's Orange frame hits Shifty Ginger's Yellow frame for 2.  Shifty Ginger's Orange frame destroys my Red frame with 2 damage.  Shifty Ginger's Blue frame hits Narbey's White frame for 1.  My Yellow frame smashes the big building with 2 damage, destroys Shifty Ginger's Yellow frame with 2 damage, then seizes back my White Station.  My Orange frame makes an attack with its SSR on Narbey's Yellow frame but comes up empty on the damage dice.  The Doomsday Clock is ticked to zero.

Narbey: 28 points.
Shifty Ginger: 20 points.
Me: 18 points.

Here's a couple of aftermath pictures.


















And as a bonus, here's pictures of the battlefield before the game started.





Thoughts & Observations:
  • This was Shifty Ginger's first game.
  • This was a competitive game from beginning to end.
  • The final round was really tense for me.
  • My attempted comeback with the final activation of the game came up a little short on the final Damage roll.
  • Narbey had horrible luck with damage die rolls, and also with d8 rolls.
  • It was really nice to damage a few buildings in this game.
  • We had at least four people come over to the table to see what we were doing.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Review: 30405 Friends Stephanie's Hockey Practice Polybag

I was in the Greater Boston area the other day so I decided to visit the Legoland Discovery Center.  I found a few polybags that haven't hit general circulation yet.  In general the pricing for the sets they sell is competitive, but the polybgs and Pick-A-Brick cups are overpriced.

Bag.  I paid $5.00 for a $0.13 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Minifig.

Parts.  Nothing really remarkable here.  The
Red 1x1 Round Plates in the lower right
corner are the new Flower pieces though.








Build.  A couple of small Stations.

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-).  Buy it if you're a completist .or really need the parts.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Review: 30499 Robot / Vehicle Free Build Polybag

I was in the Greater Boston area the other day so I decided to visit the Legoland Discovery Center.  I found a few polybags that haven't hit general circulation yet.  In general the pricing for the sets they sell is competitive, but the polybgs and Pick-A-Brick cups are overpriced.

Bag.  I paid $5.00 for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Parts.  Three Taps, two 1x4 Offset Plates, Bricks w/Studs on 1 Side, Antenna, Minifig Bullhorns, Clip Plates, Robot Arms, Plate w/Ladder, Blaster w/Studs on Sides & Handle are the pieces that catch my eye.



Build.




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+).  Features decent parts at a decent price.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Review: 71220 Dimensions Lord of the Rings Gimli Fun Pack

I picked this up the other day at TJ Maxx for cheap, so I decided to do a quick review.

Box.  MSRP was $11.99 for a $0.21 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Minifig.  That helmet might be fun.



Parts.  Technic Bricks, Brackets, Plates, Bars, Tile Clips, Clip Plates, Bar Plates, Friction Pins, Pin Axles, Slopes, New Headlight Bricks, Dimensions Bases, 2x2 Trans-Light Blue Round Brick, Round Tiles, Flame pieces, Minifig Axe Blades, Ice Cream Cones.






Build.  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?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +5 (B+).  This is more a parts pack in my opinion.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Spotlight: Ksenolog

It's been a while since I've done a Spotlight post.  It's also been a while since I've done an artwork inspiration post.  I'm combining the two today.

Ksenolog is an artist who posts to a daily tumblr site.  He tends to be a bit of a workaholic and he also tends to beat himself up about his artwork.  Honestly though, his artwork is fantastic.  Here's a few random selections to give you an idea.




That club is great.



I think I can make those legs in Lego.





I dig spears.



This one gives me ideas too.






I can see that gun existing in Lego.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Purity: Mega Bloks FPM04 Pokeball Spinarack

It's been a crappy weekend so let's do another easy Pokeball set review.

Box.  MSRP is $6.99 for a $0.21 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Parts 1.  Printed head and body pieces and some barbs.


Parts 2.  Plenty of Ball Joints, Double Jumpers, those Ball Joint Plates are double sided.  The bottom half of that head piece is interesting too.


Build.  Awww, it's cute.


Size Comparison.







Pokeball.  Looks like the pokeballs for the third wave are a different color.


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-).  Pop the back off and you can turn this into a "taur" type frame.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Good Sets for Parts 15

It's been a while since I've done one of these, and I've been sitting on a new catalog for a few weeks.

10401 Rainbow's Fun -- 85 pieces for $4.99, $0.06 PpP.  I already reviewed this one.
10402 Fun Future -- 186 pieces for $9.99, $0.05 PpP.
10403 World Fun -- 295 pieces for $19.99, $0.08 PpP.
10404 Ocean's Bottom -- 579 pieces for $29.99, $0.05 PpP.

All of the "Building Better Thinking" sets have useful and interesting pieces in a wide variety of colors at good price points.  Look in to them.

70638 Katana V11 -- 257 pieces for $19.99.

70641 Ninja Nightcrawler -- 552 pieces for $39.99.  Plenty of Green and Lime, plus a Padlock and Black Pneuma-Ts.

70639 Street Race of Snake Jaguar -- 308 pieces for $29.99.  I think I see a ready-made Station.

70629 Piranha Attack -- 216 pieces for $19.99.  Useful pieces and Sand Blue parts.  I already reviewed this one too.

76100 Royal Talon Fighter Attack -- 358 pieces for $29.99.  This is an interesting looking set.

75195 Ski Speeder vs. First Order Walker Microfighters -- 216 pieces for $19.99.  Tons of good parts in this one.  Also already reviewed.

31073 Mythical Creatures -- 223 pieces for $14.99.  Tons of Dark Red.

41329 Olivia's Deluxe Bedroom -- 163 pieces for $14.99.  I like the Dark Azure and Dark Pink.

41191 Nadia & the Water Turtle Ambush -- 205 pieces for $19.99.  As always, the Elves line is knocking it out of the park.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sales Alert

I was alerted to this by Phayze81 over on the Discord channel.

On Feb. 3, Feb. 7 and Feb. 11 -- at Walmart -- you can get the Lego 60th anniversary “bundle” for just $5.65.  60th Anniversary Bundle For Just $5.65.  The bundle is Classic Creative set 10702 and a 10699 Sand Baseplate.  This comes out to $0.01 per Piece, which is a tremendous deal.  Hop on this if you can!

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