Monday, September 17, 2018

Review: 41603 Brick Headz Kylo Ren

Someone on the Hangar was asking about Brick Headz and I have a backlog of them, so let's start Brick Headz week.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99.  This yields a $0.08 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Parts 1.  This was
loose inside the box.

Parts 2.  Slopes, Plates, Tiles,
 Printed Tiles, Modified Plates, Light-
saber Hilts, and a couple of Bricks.






Parts 3.  Plates, Printed Tiles, Slopes, Bricks, Modified Bricks, a Technic Axle, and that Kylo Ren Lightsaber Blade.

Build.  I was inspired by my
Modular Ship idea for this 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+).  Not bad for what feels like a box of random parts.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Battle Report: Totalcon Throwdown

P.J. Nicht posted about a Mobile Frame Zero Game at Totalcon "End of Summer Sizzler" on the Facebook group a week ago and I decided to go and see this mythical MoF0 who lived in my state that I didn't know.  :-)  This is what happened when we put Frames to table and started throwing dice.

Me (5 Frames & 20 Systems) = (7 Points per Asset) * (8 assets) = 56 points.  (Raiden)
   Purple Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   White Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   Grey Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.


PJ_Nichts (6 Frames & 24 Systems) = (3 Points per Asset) * (9 assets) = 27 points.
   Red Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   Dark Blue Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   Green -- 1B/2G+d8/1Y/2W + SSR (x3).
   Light Blue -- 2Rd/1B/2G/2W.
   Magenta Delegator -- 2Ra/1B/2Y/2W.
   Yellow -- 2Ra+d8/1B/1G/2W.

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










Events of Turn 1 (DDC@11): PJ's Magenta frame hammers the wall in front of my Orange frame for 5, and my Orange frame takes a step towards PJ's Stations.  PJ's Yellow frame thumps my White frame for 2 and it moves towards Cover in response.  My Green frame moves up to the wall in front of PJ's Red frame then hits PJ's Yellow frame for 1.  PJ's Green frame moves forward and thumps my Grey frame for 2.  My Grey frame returns fire for 1 and moves into cover behind a stand of trees.  PJ's Red frame targets my Green frame but hits the wall in front of it for 1.  PJ's Dark Blue frame hits my Purple frame for 1 and moves to the other side of the building it was using as cover.  My Purple frame blasts PJ's Yellow frame for 3, ditches its malfunctioning gun, and makes a move towards PJ's center station.


Me: 56 points.
PJ_Nichts: 27 points.







Events of Turn 2 (DDC@9): My Purple frame sprints forward and captures PJ's center Station.  PJ's Green frame runs forward and captures my Green Station then thumps my Grey frame for 2.  PJ's Light Blue frame moves forward and hits my Grey frame for 1.  My Orange frame keeps moving forward and hits the wall in front of PJ's Yellow frame for 1.  PJ's Red frame thumps my Purple frame for 2.

Me: 56 points.
PJ_Nichts: 27 points.







Events of Turn 3 (DDC@7): My Green frame moves laterally, captures PJ's far Station, and thumps his Magenta frame for 2.  PJ's Magenta frame then hammers my White frame for 5.  PJ's Light Blue frame keeps moving forward, captures my White Station, and hits my White frame for 1.  PJ's Green frame smashes my White frame for 6, destroying it, then captures my Blue Station.  My Orange frame scoots past the wall and captures PJ's near station.  PJ's Yellow frame moves towards the Station he just lost.  PJ's Red frame hits my Purple frame for 2.  In return, my Purple frame kicks PJ's Red frame for 2.

Me: 49 points.
PJ_Nichts: 27 points.







Events of Turn 4 (DDC@5): PJ's Red frame hits my Orange frame for 1.  In reprisal, my Green frame hits PJ's Red frame for 1.  PJ's Light Blue frame hits my Grey frame for 1, destroying it, then starts moving back towards his side of the battlefield.  PJ's Magenta frame moves behind the building for cover and hits my Orange frame for 1.  PJ's Dark Blue frame moves out of cover and thumps my Purple frame for 2.  My Purple frame continues kicking PJ's Red frame with 1 point of damage.

Me: 42 points.
PJ_Nichts: 27 points.







Events of Turn 5 (DDC@3): My Orange frame moves around PJ's station and slides a shot past my Purple frame to hit PJ's Red frame for 1. PJ's Yellow frame headbutts my Orange frame for 2, it does the Station Dance, and that allows PJ's Yellow frame to reclaim his near station.

Me: 35 points.
PJ_Nichts: 27 points.








Events of Turn 6 (DDC@1): My Purple frame superkicks PJ's Red frame for 3 damage, destroying it, then runs over to PJ's far Station. My Orange frame moves over to cover PJ's center station. PJ's Green frame runs up the battlefield, blasts my Orange frame for 3 damage and it does the Station Dance. PJ's Dark Blue frame follows that up with a 1 hit shot that destroys my Orange frame, then it seizes his center Station back.

PJ_Nichts: 30 points.
 Me: 21 points.






Here's a few pictures of the aftermath.











Thoughts & Observations:
  • This was a fun game.
  • The last round was really tense and basically came down to the last activation.
  • We had a few people walk by and watch.
  • It was nice to meet PJ after seeing his stuff on the Hangar.
  • We had a good talk afterwards about MFZ in general.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Terrain Primer

Having been asked about Terrain/Cover on the Discord channel, I figured I'd better write a blog post about it.  I've done posts about this in the past.  But let's take a slightly different view this time.

1. The Look.
We can take cues from real world architecture here.  Different neighborhoods within cities have different looks depending on the architecture styles and building materials in use at the time of their creation.  Old neighborhoods are brick, not so old neighborhoods are cement, newer neighborhoods are glass and steel.  Building materials define color.  Style defines the look.  So work forward from there.  In my Sci-Fi Outpost setting I worked with primarily white and lime pieces to make it look like everything was made from similar materials.  If you have a big enough table you might even have enough room for different neighborhoods on that table.  Outside cityscapes things are a little different.  In the real world vegetation is primarily green due to clorophyll.  If you want something a little more sci-fi, we can change colors away from green.  I'm working on an idea where plants are made of white and gold pieces.  Vegetation in the Oasis setting is either blue & purple or red & black.  Do what you want, just have an internal consistency to what you do.  Also, don't forget that a good battlemat or piece of felt can add to the look of a table as well.

2. Composition.
I'm going to make up a formula here.  60% of your Cover should be 1 or 2 Hit pieces, 30% of your Cover should be 3 or 4 Hit pieces, and the remaining 10% should be 5 or more Hit cover.  Keep in mind that really heavily built Cover can be a problem.  The Milano in this game looked really good but barely looked scratched after taking damage that would have crushed most targets.  I don't have a formula yet for how many pieces of certain sizes of Cover you should have.  There should be a fair amount of Cover that can only hide one Frame.  There should be some that can hide most of a squad and, a few that can hide an entire squad.  Maybe call it 50% small, 30% medium, and 20% large pieces.  Of course all these numbers change if you want to have a super frangible battlefield or an almost indestructible one.

3. Quantity.
Looking at my Actual Play pictures on Flickr, I count between 14 and 26 pieces of Cover on the table at any one time.  Depending on the size of the table, this can be either a roomy or cramped battlefield.  This is why it can be hard to set down a number for what you should use.  Total area of the cover in relation to the total area of the table is a big variable.

4. Arrangement
Generally the arrangement of Cover on the table is up to all the players before the game starts so this note is more of a "How Not To" than anything else.  In our Missile Base Omega game I put a fence across the table and tall structures behind that fence with shorter cover on the other side.  The Defender set up in the structures pushing the Attackers to the other side of the fence.  There was one incursion through the fence towards the Defender and the rest of the combat occurred in the mostly open area.  I feel the fence discouraged people from trying to go over or through it -- despite being easy to destroy -- and this led to the fighting being bottled up on one side of the table.

One more caveat, all of this depends on what you're trying to accomplish and the supplies you have available.  Aiming to have an awesome looking table is one thing, feeling guilty because all you can do is put some simple walls on a bare table is another.  We're all here to have fun.  Nobody is going to judge.  I hope this helps people and I'm going to try and do more posts in this vein.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Sales Alert

Target is running a $5 off select Lego sets sale this week.  It looks like the majority of those fall in the 300 piece range so there should be some good deals to be found.

Good hunting.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Review: 70364 Nexo Knights Battle Suit Aaron

A quick Nexo Knights review to start out the week.

Box.  MSRP is $9.99.  This yields a $0.13 Price per Piece.


Instructions.











Minifig.

Parts 1.  Ball Joints, Plates, Tiles, Slopes,
Clip Tiles, Wedge Plates, Minifig Axe Heads,
Technic bits, a Bracket, a Boat Stud, a
Minifig Handlebar, and a Hinge Plate.






Parts 2.  Nexagon, Giant Clip
Claws, Ball Joints, and Angle
Tiles are all cool.

Build. 2Rh/2B for Systems.

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+).  As you can see, I didn't pay full price for this. On the other hand, all the Nexo Knights Battle Suit sets are a good starting point.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Purity: Kre-O 83140 Transformers Optimus Prime Brick Box Review 2

Here's the last review for Kre-O week.

Box.  I paid $5.25 for this at Dollar General.  This yields a $0.07  Price per Piece.




None of these sets came with instructions.







Kreon.

Parts 1.  Wedge Plates!  Slopes,
Hinge Plates, a Projectile without
a launcher, and that Modified Tile
for mounting Transformer Heads.







Parts 2.  More Slopes, Clip Plates, Bar
Plates, Wedge Plates, Plates, and Bricks.

Build.  I managed an IO Cruiser this
time.  Four hardpoints to mount Attachments, it currently has
two sensor wings (2Y).

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+).  Three for three for the week!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sales Alert

Lego has been spotted in BJs again.  Must be getting close to Christmas.  :-)

For $16.99 we have the following:
60181 Forest Tractor
60137 Tow Truck Trouble
60179 Ambulance Helicopter
31074 Rocket Rally Car
70638 Katana V11
21140 Minecraft Chicken Coop
10713 Creative Suitcase

For $25.99 we have the following:
41311 Heartlake Pizzeria
41335 Mia's Tree House

For $26.99 we have the following:
75208 Yoda's Hut
75209 Han Solo's Landspeeder

There's also a Champions of Roblox six figure set available for $16.99.  They might make for an  interesting Melee based squad -- assuming they have enough pieces and can be dismantled in a meaningful way -- but, the set is available elsewhere for cheaper.

Good hunting.