Gamer ADD – Looking for Game

As anyone who follows this blog knows by now is that I have Gamer ADD. I like to play games, a variety of em in fact. I prefer more options for when I am in the mood to game.

So lately I have been looking for a small scale Skirmish game. I don’t really consider Warmachine/Hordes as a “Skirmish” game anymore, as most people play at a level that has 15-40 miniatures per side. Its really more of a small army wargame to me. Kinda between a true Skirmish (5-10 minis) game and a large scale (50+ minis) game.

The problem I have is that any game I find has to appeal to both my sensibilities, and my gaming pal Dan as he is the only opponent I really have for anything outside of Warhammer (the Warmachine community right now is really small, and no store really focuses on anything but Warhammer around here at the moment. That will change once the Armadillo is back open I think.)

One game that caught my eye was Warcanto but it appears that Dwarf Tales has gone under as both website for that game are gone, and their twitter is dead. Rather sad, I liked the sound of it.

Of course I tried to design my own system and while it works, its very easy to break (Opposition). Further, no one seemed interested in it when I brought it out so I couldn’t get any help testing the darn thing haha.

Found one called Twilight but Dan noticed that its all Lizard People and is not interested. Can’t say I blame him either. All lizards? Booooring.

There is of course Brushfire, which is a game made by folks here in Florida. Focuses on Historical combat, but with Animals instead of human beings. I got a demo game in and it was…odd. All I can remember is that there was a character and unit that could JUMP 20+ inches in a turn, farther then most guns could fire. Basically lancers from the Final Fantasy games.

Another one is Hell Dorado, but that thing is in french apparently with an english translation and is based around fighting IN hell? Weird.

Then there are the Warhammer ones, Mordhiem and Necromunda. Dan apparently seems (surprisingly) interested in the fantasy one, Mordhiem. But not by much.

Finally there is Pulp City which is a super hero based system.

No idea what to do where to go or what to choose. Bah!

And the Winner of the Crucible is…

My old gaming buddy, Jon Galvin! I used to face his Menoth with my trolls back in Mk1. Sadly he now lives in Georgia.

He took Gators to for the whole event. In the last event it was 3 35 point lists, each with a different caster, with character restrictions in force, and you HAD to use each list once.

And he took it home.

He apparently has chosen a Nareesh (Skorne) 35 point army for his reward. I am very happy to see him pull this off honestly.

Next year, its gonna be me! Mwhahaha….better get to practicing.

Photodump: The Crucible

So Saturday me and Dan went to support the new tournament / convention that just started up down here, called The Crucible. While we were not participants in the event (sadly) we did get our own game in towards the evening, and got to watch alot of dice get tossed and people crushed. The winner of the event (which I have no idea yet who won) gets to pick an entire professionally painted 35 point army of their choosing. Basically they get to pick caster, jacks, units, solos, everything they want just the way they want it, and get to pick a scheme.

So whomever came out on top today is gonna be a happy person!

The event itself was well run, and very organized. There was little confusion that I could see when rounds changed, and they even had 2 different tournaments running at the same time, and was able to keep them organized. Another cool thing was that even the people who lost their matches got a raffle ticket, and those were called periodically throughout the day to win prizes, such as Plastic Jack Kits, decorative bases, and even Portable Warfare Army Transports. I happen to use the APC for my Cryx, works great.

I had Dan taking pictures with his phone’s camera, as my camera was unable to be found. They are not the best, and he didn’t get alot that came out, but here is what he did get.

For me and Dan we played 15 points Cryx vs Circle. I took the following:

pGaspy
– Reaper
– Slayer
– 2x Deathripper

Dan took the following:

Kromac the Ravenous
– Gnarlhorn Satyr
– Gorax
– Argus
– Shifting Stones with Stone Keeper UA

Dan actually managed to eventually destroy all my jacks, and he was left at that point with just a Gorax and Kromac. But he made a fatal mistake. He didn’t pay attention to the fact that the Gorax had only 7 boxes left, and he also ignored the fact that on his last turn he had put Kromac with his back arc facing Gaspy.

So I got my 7 focus, and charged Kromac in the back arc, boosted my charge attacks hit roll, hit, and then began to saw him. I was left with 4 focus by the time I murdered Kromac. And you know what? I think I am starting to get the hang of Cryx!

Still wish I had 2 Nightwretches instead of Deathrippers though. The guns would have been more useful I think.

Tomorrow, The Crucible!

Sadly I won’t be a part of the tournaments themselves, but I am going to be going, taking pictures, and getting an interview with the 2 man team who are behind this. So on Sunday I hope to have a huge post with pictures and that audio interview posted here.

I might even have a video instead of the audio.

Which would you all prefer: Video or just Audio, with a photo gallery?

I am really quite stoked to be going. The first of its kinda down here in the South East. All the cool stuff happens up north here in the states (grumble grumble). Am I bitter? Noooo never that >.>

Blood fancy northerners! I will get you my pretties! AND YOUR LITTLE JACKS TOO!

In other news: Owen of Far Far Away has surprised me. If you remember a while back he came all the way here on Vacation, and spent a day playing Warmachine using a set of Campaign rules created by him, called the Scourge Bringer.

Lo and Behold I have discovered he has KEPT GOING with that storyline! I am rather chuffed that I was part of the start of that.

Tomorrow the adventure begins! Hope you all stay tuned!

Randomness is Fun! As are PODCASTS

Another day, another random ass post. I don’t even know what I am going to talk about. I mean there was ALOT of news last night but..everyone and their brother already discussed it! So while I will mention it, I won’t really give it much time.

Crxy Spiderjack Box Set – Awesome
Hordes Plastic Warpacks – EVEN MORE AWESOME (Lookin at you TROLLS and SKORNE)

Yea Kurt, I LIKE THE TROLLS.

There, I said my piece about them.

So Saturday on my new twitter account (@LichLordClay) I will be reporting from the Crucible for the afternoon things, as I have go in the morning for an oil change. I might even play a few small 15 point games with that pGaspy list I discussed in my last post in the comments.

Here is the list in question:

pGaspy
– Slayer
– Reaper
– 2x Deathripper

I really wish I had Nightwretch’s instead of the Deathripper’s though. That way I could actually shoot things instead of having to just have 2 arc nodes that I DONT want in melee. I might proxy em to try out the Nightwretchs.

I want to talk Podcasts for a minute.

I have now listened to 3 podcasts (or episodes from 3) and wanted to mention my thoughts on em.

Chain Attack – My favorite of the 3. I love their style, their humor is not forced at all and they seem very unbiased. I have learned quite a bit from the various battle reports. I have listend to EVERY episode thus far. And I also drink the Cygnar Haterade.

Lost Hemisphere Radio – I am not a fan honestly. I listend to about 4 episodes, and found that the humor seems really forced (And not funny really to me). Because of this, I cannot enjoy the podcast. I still like the blog, but thats about it. Oh and their intro is STUPID loud. I had to turn my volume down when it came on, then back UP to hear em.

Elite Cadre – I find this one somewhere between Chain Attack and Lost Hemisphere. Despite chatting with one of the hosts frequently (HI KURT) I still find a few things messed up. The intro music is a tad loud to me, but not like the LHR stuff. I think there is a bit too much dead air sometimes in the early stuff, but so far (I am on Ep 6 as I write this) it seems to have gotten better. I do like the tourny reports! I will continue to listen to this one.

I think next I am gonna check out Guts and Gears and Focus and Fury.

Oh and I did have a question for my Cryxian friends!

How would Dark Guidance and pSkarre’s feat work with a Stalker, since it has Extended Control range?

Learning my Cryx (I suck at Dirty Tricks)

Hey my title rhymes! So, I realized my issue playing my Cryx thus far: I did what I should not have done and thats jump beyond the battlebox quickly. I find myself trying to figure out what I should be doing with all my bits, and even thinking about it in theory is confusing me.

Arc nodes are very new to me you see.

That and the idea of speed, casting ability, and denial is all new to me. I mean I used to play pButcher! All he did was walk up and hit things. Playing pDenny or pGaspy is WAY WAY different. And its hard to wrap my head around.

I should stick to small 15 point games.

Is pGaspy a good caster for a newbie Cryx player? He seems a bit too general for me to really get a grip on. I wanted that, but now I am not sure I can handle it.

I do like the Bloodgorgers though. I like guys with gang who get up to MAT 8 PS 13 with 2 attacks, and can shoot forward 10 inches on a charge vs living (HI HORDES!). But I think pDenny would support them better then pGaspy honestly. She can debuff things HARD, but pGaspy doesn’t really do much unless I can get Parasite on something.

I did consider pSkarre though. Her feat would be BRUTAL with them. And they would be a good target for the “Skarre Bomb” at ARM 15 base. Maybe I should proxy her at 15 points. Something like this? (use pDenny for Skarre)

Pirate Queen Skarre
– Deathripper
– Reaper
– Skarlock Thrall
6 Bloodgorgers
Gerlak Slaughterborn

Would that work at a low point level? I feel kind of bad having to possibly Sac my Bloodgorgers for either Focus or a Bomb, but they would be there if need be. I also get a decent heavy in the Reaper, my Skarlock to cast my Ritual Sacrifice, and I have an Arc Node just in case (and both my jacks have Sustained Attack!)

Does the focus you gain from Ritual Sacrifice stay if you don’t use it all or do you always reset to normal max focus at the start of your turn? I assume it stays during your opponents turn.

Should I try pSkarre, or should I stick to a 15 point pDenny list to get the hang of her?