Friday, August 23, 2019

Battle Report: Roadway Rumble

After taking July off, our group reconvened for a game in August.  This is a new setting.  I've had this idea rattling around in my head ever since I purchased the Black Panther mine battle set.

Me (4 Frames & 15 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 30 points. (Cucurbita)
   Red Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Blue Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR..
   Yellow Brawler -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1Gd8/2W + SSR.

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

Occam's Spork (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 18 points.
   Blue -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Red -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1Y/2W + SSR.
   White -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Recon by Fire -- 2Ra/2Y/2W.
This is what the table looked like at the start of the game.









Events of Turn 1 (DDC @ 11): Occam's Spork's Blue frame moves up to the rail line and hits my Green frame for 2 with a SSR.  My Blue frame moves to the other side of the road and hits Occam's Spork's Orange frame for 2 with a SSR.  Narbey's Orange frame moves out from behind the trees and hits my Yellow frame for 2.  Occam's Spork's Red frame moves away from his Stations and hits my Blue frame for 1 with a SSR.  Narbey's Yellow frame hits Occam's Spork's Orange frame for 4 and it does the Station Dance.  Narbey's White frame hops over the building and hits my Yellow frame for 1.  My Red frame moves closer to Narbey's Orange frame and hits his Red frame for 1.



Me: 30 points.
Narbey: 18 points.
Occam's Spork: 18 points.



Events of Turn 2 (DDC @ 8): My Red frame hits the rail line for 2 and Occam's Spork's Blue frame for 5 then moves into the space where the bridge was.  MBTA event!  Occam's Spork's  Red frame hits my Blue frame for 4.  Narbey's White frame hops back over the building and hits my Green frame for 1.  My Green frame spins and shield bashes Occam's Spork's Blue frame for 3, destroying it.  Narbey's Yellow hits my Green frame for 2.


Me: 30 points.
Narbey: 18 points.
Occam's Spork: 15 points.



Events of Turn 3 (DDC @ 5): My Red hits Occam's Spork's Orange frame for 1, destroying it.  Narbey's Yellow frame hits my Green frame for 1, destroying it.  Narbey's White frame hits my Red frame for 4.  Narbey's Orange frame follows that up with a 2 point hit on the rail line and a 2 point hit that destroys my Red frame.  Occam's Spork's Red frame hits my Blue frame for 2, destroying it.

Narbey: 18 points.
Me: 15 points.
Occam's Spork: 12 points.

{ I know why I forgot to take pictures of this round. }

Events of Turn 4 (DDC @ 2): Narbey's Orange frame hits Occam's Spork's Red frame for 2, then moves forward and seizes one of my Stations.  Occam's Spork's White frame hits Narbey's Orange frame for 2.  Narbey's Red frame hits Occam's Spork's Red frame for 2.  The Doomsday Clock is ticked to zero.

Narbey: 18 points.
Occam's Spork: 12 points.
Me: 10 points.


Here are several aftermath pictures.















Thoughts & Observations:
  • This is a new table setting.
  • I'm not sure I'm finished working on it yet.
  • The other players liked it but I felt there wasn't enough actual Cover.
  • It was just the right size for three players.  Any more and I would have had to add more baseplates.
  • I bought some of the new Road Playmats for use in this game.
  • I've been grooving on vehicles lately.
  • The train fell off the tracks when damage was being applied to the cover.  We figured it was appropriate and left it where it was.
  • Narbey's dice were pretty hot this game.
  • Here's a picture of several of the vehicles I built for the game.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Review: 75224 Star Wars Microfighter Series 6 Sith Infiltrator

I found this in Walmart a few weeks ago on Clearance so I snapped it up.

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




Instructions.







Minifig.

Parts.  Plates, Wedge Plates, Clip Plates, Bar Plates, Round Plates, Slopes, Inverted Slopes, Brackets, New Headlight Bricks, Stud Shooters, Minifig Roller Skates, and Tiles.






Build. IO Frigate and a small 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?  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+).  Another fun set for Intercept Orbit.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Review: 30393 Minecraft Steve & Creeper Set Polybag

This is one of three new polybags that can be found at Walmart.

Bag.  $3.97 for a $0.11 Price per Piece.

Instructions.











Minifigs.  I might be able to do
something with that Creeper body.

Parts.  Plates, Bricks, Round Bricks, Round Plates, Large Jumpers, Printed Bricks, a Tile, an Axle Plate, a Brick w/Pin, a Plant piece, and a Minifig Telescope.




Build.  Two pieces of 1 Hit Cover.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Terrain gets you no points.  (0)
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: -10 (C+).  If you need the parts or you're a Minecraft fan, otherwise not worth it..

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Build Journal: Zizy Vehicles 2

Last year I hopped on the Zizy vehicle bandwagon.  I'm returning to those vehicles because I have this idea for a table-setting that involves cars and because I'm on a creative streak.  This time around I took it in a different direction and went civilian.



I also figured out a way to make a shorter, four stud long vehicle.  This one involves sticking a Friction Pin between the two Travis Bricks that form the axle.  It's loose but it prevents the axles from pivoting too far out of line.






One thing I've disliked about this design is the three stud width of the chassis.  This basically limits you to 2x3 and 3x3 Plates stacked on top of the 1x? Plate "spine" to form the body of the vehicle.  And looking at later builds from Zizy I see he's moved away from it too.

But, if we keep the same "axle" set up of three Travis Bricks linked by 1x1 Round Plates with 1x1 Round Bricks attached we can attach that to a 2x6 or 4x6 Plate in the same manner it attached to the 1x6 Plate.  Except this time it's easier as we're inserting into anti-studs as opposed to clicking into the mini-bar pieces that are on the bottom of some Plates.


This allows us to make vehicles that are a little sturdier, with lower part counts, and can be made with more common pieces.  It also allow us to make vehicles of varying widths, 3x and 4x, to make our scenery a little more varied for a better looking game table.  Also, as you can see from the pictures above, you can use standard Lego wheel arch pieces.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

The Meta Game

There was a small discussion yesterday on the Discord channel about the metagame of MFZ.

As far as I can tell, the metagame changes from group to group which is true of every game.

When it comes to different strategies, there's the Swarmer strategy where you try to overwhelm your opponent's with a squad of Swarmers.  There's a "Recon From the Corner" strategy where you set up away from all the other players and attack them with artillery.  "Soldiers All The Way Down" is a squad composed entirely of Soldier frames.  The "Soldier+" squad is 90% Soldiers with one other archetype splashed in for contingencies.  Joshua has a strategy called "Hammer & Anvil" which is a split squad of Hammer archetypes driving opponent's Frames into Anvil archetypes.

There are a few different types of players I've seen.
The one that tries different things every time. (That's me by the way.)
The one that shows up fully loaded (most Frames & Attachments) every time.
The guy who just shows up to show off his builds?  (This may also be me.)
The one that is good at social engineering.
The one that is the MFZ equivalent of Mr. Suitcase.  (Also me.)

Can you think of any other strategies or player types?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Non-Human 32

Time for more non-human mecha.


SBM-12 Balaur by dryvvall.  The Minifig
Rollerskate as a sensor really makes this build.









the use of Wolverine claws as the toes.




Gobekko Rover by dryvval.  I like the use of the Vehicle Brush.








SFPD T-1 by Strombots.  Very Battletech-y.  Not sure I like the feet though.





Shanag by dryvvall.  Kinda big -- looks to be
18 Studs long -- but has a great use of color.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Armour Con 1

I've been sitting on this information for a while and I'm finally able to talk about it.  Armour Con is a new convention in Massachusetts that is happening in October of this year.  I've been talking with them for a few months about setting up a tournament for Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack.  We're on the schedule!  That's right, we're going to be doing a MFZ tournament.  Joshua and I will both be there as vendors.  I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Lego AFOL Book Survey

As pointed out by Joshua and others, Lego has put out a survey about books for AFOLs.  Now is the time to mention Mobile Frame Zero and any other Lego-based games that you feel the company is not paying enough attention to.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Sales Alert

I was in Walmart last week and they had a ton of sets on Clearance.  Listings in italics are good deals, items in bold are really good deals.

31058 Mighty Dinosaurs $9.00 (174 pcs.)
31072 Extreme Engines $9.00 (109 pcs.)
31084 Pirate Roller Coaster $54.00 (923 pcs.)
31089 Sunset Track Racer $13.00 (221 pcs.)
31090 Underwater Robot $13.00 (207 pcs.)
31093 Riverside Houseboat $25.00 (396 pcs.)
31094 Race Plane $19.00 (333 pcs.)
41161 Aladdin and Jasmine's Palace Adventures $19.00 (193 pcs.)
41347 Heartlake City Resort $74.00 (1017 pcs.)
41349 Drifting Diner $17.00 (345 pcs.)
41351 Creative Tuning Shop $21.00 (413 pcs.)
41363 Mia’s Forest Adventure $9.00 (134 pcs.)
41364 Stephanie’s Buggy & Trailer $13.00 (166 pcs.)
41367 Stephanie’s Horse Jumping $25.00 (337 pcs.)
41368 Andrea’s Talent Show $35.00 (492 pcs.)
60179 Ambulance Helicopter $13.00 (190 pcs.)
60190 Arctic Ice Glider $5.00 (50 pcs.)
60191 Arctic Exploration Team $5.00 (90 pcs.)
70650 Destiny's Wing $13.00 (181 pcs.)
70651 Throne Room Showdown $13.00 ( 221 pcs.)
70659 Spinjitzu Kai $7.00 (97 pcs.)
70660 Spinjitzu Jay $7.00 (97 pcs.)
70677 Kai's Blade Cycle & Zane's Snowmobile $19.00 (376 pcs.)
70679 The Ultra Dragon $64 (951 pcs.)
70822 Unikitty’s Sweetest Friends EVER! $7.00 (78 pcs.)
70828 Pop-Up Party Bus $49.00 (1024 pcs.)
70835 Rex's Rexplorer! $89.00 (1187 pcs.)
70838 Queen Watevra's 'So-Not-Evil' Space Palace $74.00 (997 pcs.)
70839 The Rexcelsior! $109.00 (1826 pcs.)
75203 Hoth Medical Chamber $21.00 (255 pcs.)
75223 Naboo Starfighter Microfighter $7.00 (62 pcs.)
75234 AT-AP Walker $40.00 (689 pcs.)
75926 Pteranodon Chase $13.00 (126 pcs.)
75927 Stygimoloch Breakout $19.00 (222 pcs.)
75950 Aragog’s Lair $9.00 (157 pcs.)
75951 Grindelwald's Escape $13.00 (132 pcs.)
75952 Newt's Case of Magical Creatures $30.00 (694 pcs.)
75975 Watchpoint: Gibraltar $64.00  (730 pcs.)
76101 Outrider Dropship Attack $9.00 (124 pcs.)
76109 Quantum Realm Explorers $15.00 (200 pcs.)
76110 Batman: The Attack of the Talons $13.00 (155 pcs.)
76111 Batman: Brother Eye Takedown $17.00 (269 pcs.)

As always YMMV.

Good hunting.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Non-Human 31

Here's a few pictures to gawk at because I'm feeling lazy.


Support Bot by Sunder_59.  Nice build
but, there's some render magic going on.








Mini Robodog Instruction by Gamabomb.  An interesting quad with instructions.



Eency Weency Spider...Bot by Wukoslav.  It might
be a little large but I love the way this looks.







BUX by (Flavio).  More Bionicle/Hero Factory parts goodness.





DSC_1067 by ironweasel.  This thing is massive but
I feel like it would look awesome on a battlefield.

Monday, July 8, 2019

[Guest Post] Purity: Sluban B0595A M38 Police Review

Yet another guest post by Francisco Duarte.

Hi, there, once more! This set was actually a Christmas gift, and it took me forever to get around to review it, due to several reasons.

Sluban actually seems to have some good sets floating around in Europe, and the previous two that I reviewed seemed quite solid and with a good price per part. I cannot state the price of this one, given that it was a gift, but judging from the previous sets, this ought to be around 0.03 to 0.06 Euros per part. This set contained 35 parts.

Box.







The instructions are on the back of the box, interestingly
enough.  Not that I mind, given that it allows the buyer
to assess which parts will be found therein.



Parts. Canopy, helicopter rotor, tiles, mod. bricks, bricks
with pinhole, cones, slopes, and two half skid parts.







Made a quad frame, steampunk-themed. It is equipped
with a steam engine, two searchlights and a dual mortar
launch system (G/2Y/Ra). I also made a windmill station.

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+). This company seems to produce really good sets, although the plastic is kind of soft and thin at times. I also didn’t find any defective part on these smaller sets, but that may be luck on my part.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Battle Report: Alien Planet

I've had a couple of ideas for new table-settings in the pipeline for a while.  This is the debut for one of them.

Me (3 Frames & 12 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 35 points.  (The Draz)
   Blue Defender -- 2B/1G+d8/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Red Defender -- 2B/1G+d8/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Grey Defender -- 2B/1G+d8/1Y/2W + SSR.

Occam's Spork (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 30 points.
   White -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1Y/2W +SSR.
   Blue -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1Y/2W +SSR.

   Red -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1Y/2W +SSR.
   Orange Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.

PJ_Nichts (5 Frames & 19 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (7 assets) = 21 points.  (Branson's Raiders)
   Red Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.
   Green -- 2Rd/2B/1Y/2W + SSR.

   Orange -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1G+d8/2W + SSR.
   Blue -- 2Rh+d8/1B/1G+d8/2W + SSR.
   Yellow -- 1G+d8/2Y/2W.


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














Events of Turn 1 (DDC @ 11): PJ Nicht's Red frame hits my Blue frame for 1.  PJ Nicht's Green frame hits my Blue frame for 2.

Me: 42 points.
Occam's Spork: 30 points.
PJ_Nicht: 18 points.




Events of Turn 2 (DDC @ 9): My Blue frame hits PJ Nicht's Yellow frame for 2.  Occam's Spork's Red frame hits my Grey frame for 1, Station Dance.  My Grey frame hits PJ Nicht's Yellow frame for 1.  PJ Nicht's Green frame hits my Grey frame for 1.  PJ Nicht's Red frame hits my Grey frame for 4.  PJ Nicht's Blue frame hits my Blue frame for 4, destroying it.  PJ Nicht's Orange frame hits my Grey frame for 6, destroying it.


Occam's Spork: 30 points.
Me: 21 points.
PJ_Nicht: 21 points.




Events of Turn 3 (DDC @ 7): Occam's Spork's White frame hits my Red frame for 1.  Occam's Spork's Red frame hits my Red frame for 1.  PJ Nicht's Blue frame hits Occam's Spork's Red frame for 1.  PJ Nicht's Red frame hits Occam's Spork's Red frame for 4.

Occam's Spork: 35 points.
PJ_Nicht: 24 points.
Me: 7 points.




Events of Turn 4 (DDC @ 4): PJ Nicht's Blue frame hits Occam's Spork's Red frame for 3, destroying it.

Occam's Spork: 30 points.
PJ_Nicht: 24 points.
Me: 7 points.


Events of Turn 5 (DDC @ 2): Occam's Spork's Blue frame hits the cover in front of ?? for 1, destroying it.  Occam's Spork's Orange frame hits PJ Nicht's Red frame for 1.  PJ Nicht's Red frame hits Occam's Spork's White frame for 3, Station Dance.  My Red frame hits Occam's Spork's Orange frame for 5.  The Doomsday Clock is ticked to zero.

Occam's Spork: 30 points.
PJ_Nicht: 24 points.
Me: 7 points.









Here's a couple of aftermath pictures.



Thoughts & Observations:
  • This is what happens when you bring the wrong squad to a game.
  • We were originally set for five players but had two drop out.