Monday, September 16, 2019

The Road to Armour Con

We're a little under a month away from the con.  There are a few closed events so far but, they're all small.  This is also a small, first-time con.  I know there is a fairly large group of MFZ players in the New England area.  We have a chance here to make a statement.  Let's show up with a large contingent of players and make people go "What's that game?"  We also have a chance, as a community, to meet players we only know through the internet.  A chance to build a stronger link between the players in the Greater Massachusetts area, a chance to possibly expand the player base for all of our gaming groups.

So let's have a strong turn out, eh?

We'll even have a vendor's table.  I hope to see you there.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Battle Report: Roadway Rumble 2

Continuing on with a strong year for our group, we met last weekend in an attempt to get more table time in before Armour Con 1.  I expanded and changed the terrain from the last game.

Narbey (4 Frames & 14 Systems) = (6 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 30 points.  (Skitterers)
   Yellow Scout -- 1Gd8/2Y/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.

Tom (4 Frames & 15 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 25 points.  (Construction Crew)
   Red -- 2Rd/2B/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Purple -- 2Rh/2B/1Gd8/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange -- 2Rh/2B/1Gd8/2W + SSR.
   Yellow -- 2Rd/2B/1Y/2W.

Me (4 Frames & 15 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 25 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.

Chuck (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (4 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 20 points. (Invictus)
   Purple Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Orange Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Yellow Soldier -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W + SSR.
   Green Delegator -- 2Ra/1B/2Y/2W.

PJ_Nichts (4 Frames & 16 Systems) = (4 Points per Asset) * (5 assets) = 20 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.

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




Events of Turn 1 (DDC @ 11): Narbey captures my Station before the game starts.  Narbey's Red frame moves into cover behind a police car and hits my Red frame for 1.  My Red frame moves into cover behind the wrecked dump truck.  PJ Nicht's Red frame moves towards the pond and hits my Red frame for 2.  My Blue frame destroys a solar panel, moves backwards, and seizes PJ Nicht's Station.  PJ Nicht's Orange frame jumps over a truck and slashes my Red frame for 4, destroying it.  PJ Nicht's Blue frame hits my Blue frame for 2 with a SSR, Station Dance.  Narbey's White frame moves into cover behind the tanker and hits the red minivan in front of Tom's Red frame for 1.  My Green frame moves to the edge of the road and hits Narbey's White frame for 2.  Chuck's Yellow frame hits the tanker truck for 1 -- which starts leaking a mystery fluid --and Narbey's White frame for 2.  Narbey's Orange frame hits my Green frame for 2.  My Yellow frame leaps over the frame transport and nunchucks Narbey's Red frame for 2.  Tom's Orange frame moves out of the stack and saws Chuck's Yellow frame for 2.  Tom's Purple frame moves out of the stack towards the main road and hits the second tanker for 1 along with Chuck's Purple frame for 2 with a SSR.

Narbey: 36 points.
Tom: 25 points.
Me: 20 Points
Chuck: 20 points.
PJ Nicht: 16 points.


Events of Turn 2 (DDC @ 8): Narbey's White frame hits my Green frame for 1 the jumps over the wreck of the tanker.  PJ Nicht's Red frame hits my Blue frame for 4 and captures his Station back.  My Blue frame continues to move away from PJ Nicht's forces and hits Chuck's Green frame for 1 while seizing his Station.  Chuck's Brown frame moves across the main road and hits PJ Nicht's Red frame for 3.  Tom's Purple frame moves across the main road and saws Chuck's Green frame for 1.  Tom's Orange frame saws Narbey's White frame for 2, destroying it.  Chuck's Yellow frame hits Tom's Orange frame for 2 then closes in on Narbey's (my) Station.  PJ Nicht's Orange frame slashes Chuck's Purple frame for 3.

Narbey: 30 points.
Tom: 25 points.
Me: 20 Points
PJ Nicht: 20 points.
Chuck: 16 points.


Events of Turn 3 (DDC @ 4): Narbey's Orange frame hits Tom's Orange frame for 2.  Tom's Orange frame hits Narbey's Red frame for 1 then moves into cover behind the wrecked tanker.  Narbey's Red frame hits my Green frame for 3, destroying it.  Tom's Purple frame saws my Blue frame for 3, destroying it, then seizes my (Chuck's) Station.  PJ Nicht's Green frame hits Tom's Purple frame for 1.  PJ Nicht's Orange frame hits Tom's Purple frame for 3 with a SSR.  Chuck's Brown frame hits Tom's Purple frame for 2, destroying it.  Chuck's Green frame captures his Station back and hits Narbey's Red frame for 2, destroying it.  My Yellow frame headbutts Narbey's Orange frame for 3.  The Doomsday Clock is ticked to zero.

Narbey: 24 points.
Tom: 20 points.
PJ Nicht: 20 points.
Chuck: 20 points.
Me: 5 points.




Here are several during and aftermath pictures.
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Thoughts & Observations:
  • This table setting has been tweaked from the last time it was used.
  • Tom felt there wasn't enough actual Cover.
  • It was a little tight for five players.
  • This was another evening game and I felt like we were all a little silly.
  • Maybe a lot.
  • I should have set up all of my squad where I placed my Brawler frame.
  • There's actually an inadvertent storyline here with one player bringing an Ijad squad.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Review: 853842 Xtra City Park Playmat

Like Monday's, this review is going to be a little different.  Before my group's last game I picked up some of these new Xtra sets to fill out the number of road pieces in my collection.  Over the last couple of years I've been exploring different methods of representing new environments in this game we all love so much. Back in the day I wrote about wanting my gaming table to look awesome, this is just a continuation of that quest.

Box.  MSRP is $7.99 for a $0.73 Price per Piece.

Parts.  Bricks, Plates, Minifig Snake.










Side 1.



Side 2.








Side 3.




Side 4.









Size Comparison.  The standard Chub and Classic for reference.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  No.  (-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: -15 (C).  It basically fails the normal review questions.  But that's not the reason to buy these.  One thing I will say about these is that they are half the price of regular Baseplates.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Review: 853840 Xtra City Road Playmat

This review is going to be a little different.  Before my group's last game I picked up some of these new Xtra sets to fill out the number of road pieces in my collection.  Over the last couple of years I've been exploring different methods of representing new environments in this game we all love so much. Back in the day I wrote about wanting my gaming table to look awesome, this is just a continuation of that quest.

Box.  MSRP is $7.99 for a $0.73 Price per Piece.

Parts.  Bricks, Plates, Minifig Shovel.










Side 1.



Side 2.








Side 3.




Side 4.







Size Comparison.  The standard Chub and Classic for reference.



Build.  One of the things I noticed about these boards is that they can be connected underneath where it cannot be seen.  A Plate and a Tile lies flush with the top of the board.  You can see this in the lower right corner.


The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  No.  (-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: -15 (C).  It basically fails the normal review questions.  But that's not the reason to buy these.  One thing I will say about these is that they are half the price of regular Baseplates.

Friday, September 6, 2019

[Guest Post] 911836 Star Wars Magazine Quadjumper Limited Edition Review

Another in the series of continuing guest posts by Francisco Duarte

I got this pack with two Lego Magazines (Portuguese edition) and assorted Lego sets for 4.95€ at a local store. This meant I have acquired 90 parts at 0.05 cents per part, which is not a bad price overall.  The second set I got was this Quadjumper.  It comes in a small bag within the magazine. The magazine itself includes the instructions inside.


Parts 1. Slopes, 2x2
cylinders and 2x2 cones.





Parts 2. Tiles, padlocks, claw bar holders, 1x5 plates with hole.




Made a ship – it looks like a science vessel, so I’d say it is an HVA.


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? Kind of – some parts are very specific in their potential uses. I think I would be hard pressed to make a proper Frame out of this set. (+0)
Score: +15 (A). This is a great set, but it is highly advisable to get it with a magazine pack, as it has the better price.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Review: 10707 Red Creativity Box

Something simple off the backlog pile to start things out.

Box.  MSRP was $4.99 for a $0.09 Price per Piece.


Instructions.









Parts 1.  Plates, Slopes, Arches, Tires, Axle Plates, a Brick, a Mod. Brick w/Pin, a Panel, and a Helicopter Rotor.

Parts 2.  Plates, Slopes, Bricks,
Mod. Bricks w/Studs on Side,
Wedge Plates, Printed Round
Tiles, Rims, and a Panel.





Build.  A small 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?  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 but, I'm not sure it deserves the score.