Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review: 75029 Star Wars Microfighter Series 1 AAT

I'm firing up the wayback machine for this review.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a $0.11 Price per Piece.



Instructions.








Minifig.  The legs might be the hardest part to actually use.



Parts 1. Plenty of Plates, Slopes, and Brackets, 
with a few Modified Bricks and Plates.








Parts 2.  Plates, Slopes, Cones, a couple
of Clip Tiles, Boat Studs, Bricks, Bricks
 w/Studs on both sides, Levers & Bases,
 Minifig Telescopes, Flickfire Missiles, a
Turntable, a Dish, a Hinge Brick, a
Technic Axle, and a Technic Hinge



Build.  A Frame, a Station,
and a 1 Hit piece of Cover.

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+).  A few more parts would have gotten this a better score.  As it stands, it's a decent set.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Purity: FNL87 Pokeball Rattata Review

I grabbed this Pokeball set because I thought the purple parts might match the Crabrawler.

Box.  MSRP is $6.99 for a $0.25 Price per Piece.


Instructions 1.  These are in a bag.











Instructions 2.  Here's why.

Parts 1.  Those are Inverted Clip
Tiles over on the bottom right.









Parts 2.  The Ball Joint Plates in the top right are double sided.



Build.



Size Comparison.

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-).  I like the Magenta pieces but the actual build isn't that great.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Review: 71285 Dimensions Marceline the Vampire Queen Fun Pack

I picked up a bunch of these the other day at TRU for cheap, so I decided to do a quick review.

Box.  MSRP was $11.99 for a $0.20 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Minifig.


Parts 1.  Octagonal Bar Plate, Motor Bricks, Clip
 Plates.  The Dimensions Bases can be fun too.








Parts 2.  Bar Plates, Apollo Studs,
Exo-Force Arms, Bar Holders
w/Clip, and some Purple pieces.

Build.  A 2Rd+d8/2Rh/1G Frame.

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+).  An Ijad frame in a box, or at least I think so.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Review: 41071 Elves Aira's Creative Workshop

Digging into the archives for an old set to review, mainly because I need the parts to complete a squad I'm working on.  Apparently this is the first Elves set I've reviewed.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 for a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Minifigs.



Parts 1.  Not really much of note here.








Parts 2.  The translucent Bricks are nice as is the 1x2 Plate w/Bars.
Minifig Wings are always useful as are the 1x3 Studless Slopes.




Parts 3.  Two Pneuma-Ts, two Taps,
four Lampholders, two Headlights,
one New Headlight, and assorted
Tiles, Plates, Slopes, and other bits.



Build.  Cover, Frame (2Ra+d8),
and a 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?  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).  Not bad if you're looking for quick, simple builds.  Otherwise this is an accent piece set.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Purity: Arcade Classics Asteroids Arcade Cabinet Set Review

There's another group of Arcade Classics sets from "The Bridge Direct".  These are brick built versions of old arcade game cabinets.  As before the only real source of information is a Youtube video.  I originally thought these were all the same pieces with different stickers but turns out I was completely wrong on that count.

Box.  I paid $3.99 at Toys'R'Us for a $0.10 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Stickers.


Parts 1.  Those 1x1 Round Tiles in the bottom row are like the Brick Forge versions rather than the regular Lego ones.  Everything else is bog standard.



Build.  Station and a 2 Hit piece of Cover.

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? No. (-5)
Score: +5 (B+).  A cheap way to score some Terrain type clone brick pieces.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Review: 70365 Nexo Knights Battle Suit Axl

Let's finish the week with another review.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99 which is a Price per Piece of $0.11.



Instructions.










Minifig.


Size Comparison.  The Axl Minifig
could function as a Frame in a pinch.







Parts 1.  That Axe Blade could be interesting.  Nexagon is always
 useful.  Pentagonal Tile and 1x3 Inverted Double Slopes are fun.


Parts 2.  Lots of good parts here
and, I'm really starting to get into
Bright Light Orange as a color.





Build.  Station and
Frame (2Rd+d8/1Y).

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+).  Not a bad set, it just needs more parts or a lower cost.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Purity: Mega Bloks FPM03 Pokeball Crabrawler Review

Here's a quick Pokeball set review for the middle of the week.

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


Instructions.










Parts 1.  Everything in this photo
is neat except the 1x1 Plate.

Parts 2.  Those Double Ball
Joint Plates are double sided,
as are the Half Moon Plates.




Build.  Those big hands
really unbalance it.

Size Comparison.

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-).  I'm not sure how I feel about this set.  I like the colors but the actual build isn't that great.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Post Game Interview

I'm trying something a little different today.  After the last game, due to this discussion on the Hangar, I handed out a questionnaire with a few simple questions on it to try and get some insight into the choices made before the game started and while we were setting up.  I did this because I wanted to do something new on my blog and I wanted to take a look at the strategy and tactics used in Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack.

Here are the questions I asked.

1.) Why did you choose the squad composition and size that you brought to today's game?
Tom: See 2a.
Chuck: I have no idea, really.  I went with the max loadout minus one System, because I didn't want a unit disadvantage.
Occam's Spork: More units are more fun.
Stevenik: Try to start at a higher position.  Less guys, more systems.
Me: I crunched the numbers on past games and saw a trend in squad sizes, so I tailored my squad size to take advantage of that.  Squad composition was my normal Soldiers plus one Brawler.

2.) Did you have a strategy for today's game?
Tom: Yes.
Chuck: Yes.
Occam's Spork: No, strategy falls apart as soon as other units are put down.
Stevenik: Yes.
Me: I thought I did but it all fell apart when my anticipated position in the battle order changed.

2a.) If so, what was it?
Tom: Try to get 6 PPA.  If not Defender, use Artillery to provoke fights between other players then use Melee to claim a Station or two at the end.  If Defender, deny as much area as possible during set up and place Station forward for other players to fight over.  Then apply previously mentioned strategy.
Chuck: Try not to suck.
Stevenik: Attack Tom.
Me: My backup plan became steal 1 - Tom's Station,  2 - ????, 3 - profit?!?

3.) Why did you place your squad on the table the way you did at the start of the game?
Chuck: I have no idea, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
Stevenik: Place my Double Spot/Double Artillery at furthest point on the table which was changed in the first round.
Me: It was the closest spot to Tom's Station and the only really open area on the table.

4.) Did your strategy for today's game change at any point while we were playing?
Tom: No, things went entirely to plan.
Stevenik: In the first round.
Me: Yes.

4a.) If so, how?
Stevenik: Artillery was attacked first round.
Me: In the last turn I saw open Stations and I went after them in an attempt to win.

5.) Any personal comments you'd like to add?
Tom: Despite everything going to my plan, this was a strange game as there were a lot of ways I could lose.

The answers I received are under the corresponding questions.

I hope this gives some insight to the strategy and tactics of the Missile Base Omega game.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Battle Report: Missile Base Omega

For a change of pace, and to see if scheduling was any easier, we tried playing a game on a Friday night as opposed to a weekend day.  Here's how it all went.

Tom (6 Frames & 24 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 24 points.
   Brown - 2Rh+d8/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR.
   White -- 2Rh/2B/1Gd8/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green -- 2Rh/2B/1Gd8/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange -- 2Ra/2Y/2W.


Stevenik (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (6 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 30 points.
   Blue Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.
   Gold -- 2Rh/1B/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Artillerist -- 2Ra+d8/2B/2W + SSR.
   Green Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W + SSR.

Me (5 Frames & 19 Systems) = (4 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 24 points.  (Tarantulas)
   Green Brawler-- 2Rh+d8/1B/1Gd8/2W.
   Orange Soldier-- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Yellow Soldier-- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.

   Red Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   White Soldier-- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.

Chuck (5 Frames & 19 Systems) = (4 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 24 points.
   Red Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Purple Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   White -- 2Rh/2Rd/2B/2W + SSR.

   Beige -- 2Rd+d8/1G/2W + SSR.
   Yellow -- 2Rd/2Rh/2B/2W + SSR.

Occam's Spork (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.
   Grey Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.
   Orange Charger -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1G/2W.
   Green Charger -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1G/2W + SSR.
   Blue Charger -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1G/2W + SSR.
   Yellow Charger -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1G/2W + SSR.


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

















Events of Turn 1 (DDC @ 11): Tom's Green frame hits my Orange frame for 2.  My Orange frame moves towards the fence while shooting Chuck's White frame for 1.  Stevenik's Orange frame hits Chuck's White frame for 1.  Tom's Orange frame shoots at my Yellow frame and destroys the Cover it was hiding behind.  My Yellow frame hits Occam's Spork's Blue frame for 4.  My Green frame captures Tom's Station.  Stevenik's Blue frame hits Occam's Spork's Orange frame for 1 while trying to hit Occam's Spork's Yellow frame.  Occam's Spork's Yellow frame hits Stevenik's Blue frame for 3.  Occam's Spork's Orange frame hits Stevenik's Blue frame for 1.  My White frame tries to attack Stevenik's Blue frame and hits the Cover it was behind.  Occam's Spork's Grey frame hits Stevenik's Blue frame for 4, destroying it.  Stevenik's Green frame captures my Station.  Chuck's Purple frame hits my Red frame for 1.  Chuck's Beige frame hits my Orange frame for 5, destroying it.  Chuck's Yellow frame hits Stevenik's Green frame for 3.  Tom's Brown frame hits my Green frame for 3 with its SSR.

Stevenik: 30 points.
Tom: 28 points.
Chuck: 24 points.
Me: 20 points.
Occam's Spork: 18 points.



Events of Turn 2 (DDC @ 5): Occam's Spork seizes Tom's Station away from me.  Occam's Spork's Yellow frame hits Stevenik's Green for 2.  My Yellow frame hits Occam's Spork's Blue frame for 5, destroying it.  I recapture the Station it was guarding.  My White frame hits Occam's Spork's Grey frame for 1 and it does the Station Dance.  Chuck's Purple frame targets Tom's Brown frame but hits Cover instead.  Tom's Green frame hits Chuck's Purple frame for 2.  Tom's Orange frame hits the Cover in front of Chuck's Red frame for 1 and the Frame itself for 2.  Chuck's Yellow frame hits Stevenik's Green frame for 1.

Tom: 28 points.
Stevenik: 24 points.
Chuck: 24 points.
Me: 20 points.
Occam's Spork: 18 points.



Events of Turn 3 (DDC @ 2): Tom's White frame hits Chuck's Red frame for 2.  Stevenik's Green frame hits Chuck's Yellow frame for 2.  Chuck's Purple frame hits Stevenik's Green frame for 2, destroying it.  He then seizes the Station it was guarding.  Tom's Green frame hits Chuck's Red frame for 2, destroying it.  My Red frame destroys Chuck's Purple frame and seizes the Station it was guarding.  My Green frame seizes Occam's Spork's Station that had been left open by the Station Dance from the last turn.  My White frame seizes Stevenik's Station that had been abandoned by Occam's Spork.  Chuck's Beige frame moves towards my Red frame trying to attack it but does no damage.  Occam's Spork's Orange frame hits my Red frame for 4.  Occam's Spork's Green frame destroys my Red frame and the Station it was guarding falls under Chuck's control.  The Doomsday Clock is ticked to zero.

Tom: 28 points.
Me: 24 points.
Chuck: 20 points.
Stevenik: 12 points.
Occam's Spork: 12 points.











Here's a couple of aftermath pictures.





Thoughts & Observations:
  • This was the debut of this table-setting.  It still requires a little work before I'll be happy with it.
  • It took us two hours to play the first turn.  We did have dinner during that time though.
  • We hammered the clock at the end of the first turn because of that.
  • We set up for a battle and it turned out to be just that.
  • We had 23 Frames on the table at the start of the game.
  • There was some interesting discussion about whom you're supposed to attack in a game.
  • I coined the phrase, "Always punch up."
  • I know Tom's frames took a little damage but I have no record of it happening.
  • I stated the large frame pieces only took one Hit before being destroyed.
  • I did some math after the game was over and figured that it should have been four Hits.