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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

StarCraft

StarCraft the Board Game - Fantasy Flight

Today was gaming day, So I turned up at Mark’s for some Legends of the Old West. But after seeing my StarCraft board game, it was just to much goodness to resist. Even though I hadn’t gotten to read all the rules, we started up a game with three players. (A space for Will once he turned up later on)

So for the first two rounds it was spent on learning the basics of building, moving and orders etc. About round three Will turned up and got the short end of the stick, not knowing as much as we did and having to pickup the rules and from where Mark and I had gotten him to on the board.

StarCraft the Board Game - Fantasy FlightFantasy Flight - StarCraft the Board Game

I shot off a couple of pic’s during the game, to show what it looks like. In the end Mark won with all his resources, only after a draw with me on conquest points.

We screwed up the combat to begin with, as I was skip reading the rules as we went, but for the most part we got things right. I thought it was pretty good for our first game, and I really enjoyed it. (rules blunders aside)

I’ll reserve my overall rating of the game for now, but out of the gate I enjoyed it alot and I have no dought that Will is going to master it far to quickly :-). The box and component quality is awesome. Its my first Fantasy Flight game, so I don’t have a lot to compare it to. I’d defiantly agree with the other reviews out there on the quality of FF games, just awesome. I can see that there will be a few board games appearing over the coming year.

Infinity - Street Wars - Security Compound

Will’s revenge came swift and fast in a game of Infinity late afternoon. I made my typical mistake of spreading my forces out to much and forgot a few rules. I really , really hate flame throwers. (I think I need some in my force). So I lost yet another game of Infinity. But on the bright yellow side, my security fences looked pretty darn good on the table, even in there unfinished state. Looking forward to getting the rest of the set done and on the table.


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Vikings vs Carthaginians

After not playing FOG for several months and getting the bug again after our FOG Napoleonic's game last week, The Hung Over One (Mark…LOL… serious hangover he was) and I thought we would bust out the troops in an 800 point game on Sunday. It turned out to be an epic all day battle, with some mind bending re-learning of the rules as we went. We started mid morning after messing about with lists and making sure we had the step-up the table all correct, as per the rules. Straight off the bat Mark had most of the terrain in my half, which is no good for my Heavy foot troops, which is almost all my army.
FOG - Field of Glory - Vikings Battle lineFOG - Field of Glory - Carthaginians Battle Line
It started out pretty much even, with the Cathy’s moving up and holding position on the far side of the open fields, mean while this gave my Vikings time to move about. Somehow I managed to rearrange my line and move past most of the open fields causing me grief in the deployment.
Then it was a bit of cat and mouse as our light troops picked away at each side trying to cause someone to break or inflict enough to do some damage. We blundered a few rules as we went, but corrected ourselves as and where we realised.
Then we did the whole over think the rules bit, and got ourselves lost in rules as an entire battle lines clashed, with all sorts of overlaps all the way along the main battle line. After lunch and lots of rule reading we figured it out.

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In the end I managed to break enough of the Carthy’s to take the win, just as several of my mighty Huscals were on the edge of auto break due to loss of numbers. (Which was a first for me, as there cohesion was untouched, I just kept failing on the the death rolls and losing stands, but making the cohesion tests every time)

Hail to the Dice God’s… I think they were laughing too hard at Mark and his hangover to lend him a hand …LOL.

It was an epic battle, taking all day with us re-learning the rules. But who cares how long it took or who won, it was fun, rolling dice and pushing toys around the with mates. Now that's what it’s truly all about. Roll on Christmas with more toys and lots more games.