So first of all, what exactly IS the MCBD ? I mean I’ve mentioned it multiple times under the header of “a special board gaming event in Korea” but that could be many things, so let me elaborate. The Korean board gaming market is fascinating, it’s full of some very bright and creative individuals that have started to turn their efforts to what is an emerging new market in their country. Rising 5 is just one of the great projects to be coming out of Korea and we’re certain to see many more over the coming years.
The MCBD or Master Class of Boardgame Design was an event meant to stimulate and titillate these new actors in the board gaming industry. Organised by our own Kevin of Mandoo Games, he secured an amazing location in Seoul before inviting industry professionals from all over the world to speak about their adventures and share their knowledge.
Well, well, what have we here? My first blog post in what, 18 months? It’s time to dust off the old blog, the place where it all began. Those of you that follow me on Facebook and Twitter will probably know what has happened since October 24th 2014 but for those of you that don’t let’s just say that Conan has been and gone, as well as other projects and that if I stopped writing here it’s mainly because writing for a website is one of my primary occupations nowadays but I have more and more personal gaming stuff I want to talk about and that’s what I made this place for!
Anyways, I’m not going to blather on about that here. I may do a catch up post in the future, or not, we’ll see. In any case, work has been pretty busy since my last entry and I admit I haven’t been playing or attending as many events as I used to. As part of a new year’s resolution/promise to myself I’m starting to do more gaming events again and I’ve been fully embracing my newfound love of the Game of Thrones (second edition) card game (don’t worry, I still play miniature games!). I managed to start up quite the little community here (Oh I’m in Orleans now, no more Paris) and we’ve been attending quite a few store events which have led up to this weekend and the “Hand of the King” tourney in the capital!
A Pilgrimage, a journey of spiritual or moral significance. Some pilgrims travel to significant shrines or holy cities and some dudes even trekked across a desert once carrying a load of spices that everyone knows the names of even if nobody knows exactly what they are. Me? I went to Germany with a boatload of models and some dice.
Now I’m not saying Spiel is of some religious significance but for a lot of gamers this is it, this is where it all happens. This is the Promised Land. And to be honest, yeah, I was kinda feeling it too. What I’m offering here isn’t a full blown review, I was working during the event so didn’t get to see enough to do a full blown coverage. What you get here is my personal experience along with the games that really moved me. Enjoy!
Nothing beats getting up at 6am on a cold, wet, Parisian morning to go and play some toy soliders. This time was slightly different however as this time I was preparing myself to be fired across Europe in a tin can, direction: Poland and the Warmachine and Hordes World Team Championships!
I had a great time today at the Robert E. Howard event at the <Derniere Bar Avant La Fin du Monde> in Paris.
I was helping with the event, mainly for the Conan boardgame which we were demoing all day. It also gave us the chance to introduce the game to a wider audience as well as taking questions about it. All in all people were very impressed and excited to get their hands on the real thing so good returns all around!
My last piece about the French national championships where I quickly ran through the event and posted the top 16 players with their lists. Today we are going to talk about the top 3 lists which I’ve respectively labeled; Wave 1 or Bust, Phantom & Friends and The Z Chromosome. Their strengths, their weaknesses and how they got so far in such a top level competitive environment.
Last Weekend, in a part of France far far away, 71 people gathered in the small town of Parthenay, to battle it out in a two day event, this was the French national x-wing championship and man was it awesome!
Right then I’m back into it so enough talk (big words for a guy writing a blog I know) let’s get down to business. Getting back into the game means essentially two things: I need to play and I need to paint. Best get cracking then!
The end of October saw the arrival of Frontlines 2 to The Outpost in Sheffield. It’s been a few months in the making and as my first time organizing an event like this it was a learning curve but in the end it turned out to be a great day! I thought I’d talk a bit about what we did, show you guys some photos and also give out some tips on how to run your own event like this!
A real treat for you boys and girls, a fantastic video, with commentary, of the finals of this years Warmachine Weekend! Many thanks to Team Covenant for such fantastic video coverage, from all of us who couldn’t be there it’s great to see this kind of high level play move by move. Enjoy!