Now that all of my rebel ships have been stripped down and are firmly out of commission for a bit it’s the perfect opportunity to have a small foray into the dark side! I’ve been on holiday for the past few weeks which has given my plenty of time to do some theorycrafting!
After playing around with interceptors in our local league I’ve really come to admire their natural speed and flexibility when equipped with Push the Limits. I’m also trying to innovate something with the Defender as I believe it’s a formidable adversary if I can just find the right way to play it!
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!
With the ascendance of crowd funding there are so many weird and wonderful games coming out that we as gamers are truly spoiled for choice nowadays. When coming up to a new game like Drakerys you never quite know what to expect. I however had the pleasure of meeting some of the guys from Don’t Panic Games and getting a demo of it this week in Paris. The end result is that I ended up investing quite substantially in the Kickstarter, why? Well that’s what I’m going to tell you all about here. For those of you who haven’t seen the Kickstarter page yet I recommend giving it a look before we get started and for those who have seen it and are still hesitant, well, I hope this will help point you in the right direction!
For many of us Conan is a very familiar figure. Whether you were a fan of the books, comics, TV series, films or action figures, Conan was a very imposing figure for a lot of our generation. He’s the original Barbarian, an icon of the fantasy genre and no doubt Robert Howard’s greatest creation. However one thing though has always irked me as a tabletop gamer…is that I’ve never really found a Conan game that lived up to the image of the man that was undoubtedly found printed on the front of the box, usually decapitating some poor sod or standing triumphantly over the most recently recovered damsel. There has been a CCG and a board game but neither has ever inspired me with the raw and brutal atmosphere of the infamous Barbarian, his companions and their adventures in the Hyborian age.
Until now that is, I had the pleasure of meeting some of the guys from the newly formed Monolith studio who are hard at work on a miniature based boardgame designed to provide a Conanesque experience the likes of which you have never seen!
No spoilers here: Warmachine is a game of tactics and knowledge. Once you’ve recovered from the shock of me stating the bleeding obvious I’ll go on to say that these principles should envelop not just your own army but that of your opponents and the battlefield (in the form of scenarios and terrain). When I went to write (or copy, see last post) the lists I planned on starting this year off with I considered each one of these points in order to create a two-list set up that would give me good coverage against any opponent.
Also what’s with the Art of War reference? Because it seems like any time anyone broaches this kind of subject the first thing they will do is quote Sun Tzu. Whilst I didn’t really want to do that, I didn’t want to come across as a completely uncultured barbarian either so there you go, this article now contains just the right amount of Sun Tzu.
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!
I know what you’re thinking; the year of the dragon was two years ago, I’m a bit late to the party…and you’d be right, but bear with me for a moment.
So this blog has been dormant for a long time. So long you’re probably wondering why this alert has popped up in your feed but I assure you it is not one of the ghosts of Christmas making a slightly late appearance but I’m firing up the old proverbial dragon slaying grimoire again in order to bring some more written pandemonium and ramblings to your screens!
As mentioned in my last post I’m trying to rediscover my Khador by moving out of my comfort zone and visiting some of the more unorthodox casters and units.OrsusSmash did a fantastic write up about Khadoran casters and this material along with my revitalized feel for the game has given plenty of inspiration for forces I’d like to try out and what follows are a few of those lists along with a preliminary analysis of what I’m trying to achieve with them.
As I sit here trying to verbally remove the layer of dust the blog has accumulated it actually made me remember a very important detail; since december Whelpslayer is 1 year old! Brings a lot of things into perspective to reread your old blog posts and to see how things change over just a year. But with the new year comes new ideas and I’ve had some pretty different ones this time round. Fair warning a lot of this post is about personal stuff and I’ve written it as much for myself (a reminder so to speak) as anyone else so if you’ve come looking for reports or tips or anything im afraid you won’t find any in this post but still if I have your curiosity then by all means read on…