Friday, April 19, 2019

Battle Report: Neue Regel 2

This was the fourth month in a row for the Usual Suspects which ties the longest streak we've had.  This was a four player battle with a new rule being tried out.

Stevenik (4 Frames & 15 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 42 points.
   Orange Artillerist -- 2Ra+d8/2B//2W + SSR.
   Gold Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.
   Blue Armored Spotter -- 2B/2Y/1Gd8/2W + SSR.
   Green -- 2Rd/2B/2W + SSR.

Occam's Spork (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (6 Points per Asset) * (6 assets) = 36 points.
   Red -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1Y/2W +SSR.
   Green -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1Y/2W +SSR.
   Blue -- 2Rd/2Rh/1B/1Y/2W +SSR.
   Orange Recon by Fire -- 2Ra+d8/2Y/2W.

PJ_Nichts (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (7 assets) = 35 points. (mechs)
   Blue -- 1B/2G+d8/1Y/2W + SSR (x3).
   Magenta Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.
   Purple Tank -- 2Rd+d8/2B/2W.
   Yellow Squad Leader -- 2Rd/1B/2Y/2W.

   Cyan Fast Assault -- 2Rd/1B/2G/2W.

Me (6 Frames & 24 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 24 points. (Thanatos)
  Orange Delegator -- 2Ra/1B/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Red Delegator -- 2Ra/1B/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Brown Delegator -- 2Ra/1B/2Y/2W + SSR.
   Blue Heavy Assault -- 2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W.
   Green Heavy Assault -- 2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W.
   Tan Heavy Assault -- 2Rd+d8/1B/1G/2W.

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










Events of Turn 1 (DDC @ 11): Stevenik captures both of my Stations before the game starts, all according to plan.  He then captures the neutral Station but loses a Frame in the process.

Stevenik: 56 points.
Occam's Spork: 36 points.
PJ_Nichts: 35 points.
Me: 18 points.



Events of Turn 2 (DDC @ 8): Stevenik loses control of his white Station to Occam's Spork.  He also loses control of the neutral Station to my Green frame.  Another one of Stevenik's Frames is destroyed and I capture his red Station with my Green frame.  (My Green frame did the Station Dance after being attacked by PJ Nicht's Purple frame)  PJ Nicht takes control of the neutral Station.

Occam's Spork: 42 points.
PJ_Nichts: 40 points.
Stevenik: 28 points.
Me: 21 points.




Events of Turn 3 (DDC @ 6): Stevenik loses control of my red Station to PJ Nicht.  I destroy PJ Nicht's Cyan frame and re-take control of the neutral Station.

Occam's Spork: 42 points.
PJ_Nichts: 35 points.
Me: 24 points.
Stevenik: 21 points.




Events of Turn 4 (DDC @ 3): Stevenik loses control of my blue Station to Occam's Spork.  Occam's Spork loses control of one of his Stations to PJ Nicht.  Occam's Spork loses a Frame.  PJ Nicht loses his Purple frame.  The Doomsday Clock is ticked to zero.

Occam's Spork: 36 points.
PJ_Nichts: 35 points.
Me: 24 points.
Stevenik: 14 points.










Here's a couple of aftermath pictures.




Thoughts & Observations:
  • We used a new optional rule that Joshua told me about before PAX East.
  • It involves putting a neutral Station on the board for a four player game.
  • I didn't take detailed notes, just kept track of the scoring, as Stevenik was on a time limit.
  • We didn't hammer the clock but we did try and play fairly quickly.
  • Stevenik ended up leaving during the third turn and I played his Frames in the last turn.
  • This was a pretty competitive game.
  • If I had started moving during the first turn instead of holding my ground I may have finished in second.
  • PJ Nicht's Purple and Magenta frames were new for this game and looked pretty cool.
  • I think this is the first game where one of the Sensory Towers that go with the Stargate was destroyed.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Review: 30461 Star Wars Podracer Polybag

I found this in Target the other day, it's part of the Lego Star Wars 20th anniversary celebration.

Bag.  I paid $3.99, for a $0.07 Price per Piece.



Instructions.







Parts.  Round Bricks, Round Plates, Round Jumpers, Tiles, Plates, Bar Plates, Pins, Clip Plates, Clip Tiles, Travis Bricks, Cones, Rims, Bars, Slope, Brick, and Technic Brick.




Build.  Frame.  Yeah, that's pretty horrible.

  
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+).  Good parts and a good price but I'm not impressed.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Review: 30383 Star Wars Naboo Starfighter Polybag

I found this in Target the other day, it's part of the Lego Star Wars 20th anniversary celebration.

Bag.  I paid $3.99, for a $0.08 Price per Piece.



Instructions.









Parts.  Wedge Plates, Plates, Apollo Studs, Technic bits, Bars, Brackets, Cones, Slopes, Tiles, Boat Studs, Barraki eyes, and a Jumper.



Build.  IO Frigate. (2Ra+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?  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-).  Not a bad set, two more pieces and it would have had a better score.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Review: 75193 Star Wars Microfighter Series 5 Millenium Falcon

This gets me halfway through the Series 5 Microfighter reviews.

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


Instructions.










Minifig.

Parts 1.  Boat Studs, Brackets, Headlight Bricks, Handle Bricks, Plates, Round Plates, Wedge Plates, Slopes, Pneuma-Ts, Apollo Studs, Stud Shooter Triggers, Jumper, Hinge Brick Base, Log Brick, and Modified Plate.





Parts 2.  Plates, Round Plates, Wedge Plates, "L" Plate, Round Tiles, Grille Tiles, Round Tile w/Hole, Bricks, Round Bricks, Wedge Bricks, Printed Truncated Cone, Stud Shooters, Slopes, Jumpers, Clip Plate, Hinge Brick Top.


Build. IO Frigate (2Ra+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+).  There are some really useful pieces in here, it just needs a higher parts count.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Review: 30452 Iron Man & Dum-E Polybag

I was out at Walmart last night and found this along with other new Avengers sets.  Since it's mainly a minifig set I'm going to try something a little different with this review.

Bag.  I paid $3.97 for this which gives a $0.11 Price per Piece.


Instructions.










Minifig.

Parts.  Plates, Round Plates, Bar Plates, Clip Plate, Liftarms, Pins, Grille Tiles, Round Tiles, Flame Pieces,  Minifig Neck Brackets, Cheese Grater, Lightsaber Handle, Bar Holder w/Claw, Mod. Plate w/Pin Hole, Dish, and Bar 12L w/1x2 Plate End Hollow Studs &  1x1 Round Plate.


Assembled Minifig.  I'd go with a Brawler
archetype.  There are plenty of extra pieces to modify this though.

Size Comparison.

The Questions:
Is it below, at, or above $10 per Frame?  Below.  (+5)

Is it a good size to use in a game?  Yes.  About the same size as a Classic.  (+5)
How many parts does it have to represent systems?  Four.  (+5)
Does it have enough parts you can remove to represent White Dice damage?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +20 (A+).  Excellent score as a minifig.


Build.  I copped out and went with the set build.  (2Rh)

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-).  Not a great score as a set.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Mobile Frame Zero: Dog Fight

Long time member of the community, Vitor Faria has been working on a spin-off game from Rapid Attack called Dog Fight.  He feels like it's finally ready to be released to the public for testing.  The Version 0.03 pdf is here.  He's also running a Challenge on the Hangar, to design fighters and lore for this spin-off.

Give it a look!

Friday, April 5, 2019

New MFZ Social Media

With the demise of Google+, the community that was there has scattered to the winds.  Other options are available, we'll just have to see if they're as good as the G+ group was.

There's a MFZ group on MeWe.
I've started a group on Pillowfort.

I'm posting on Pluspora and dice.camp for increased bandwidth.