Saturday, 27 December 2014

Christmas Acquisitions

Tis the time of year for new games etc and Santa has been very kind this year and brought me 2 new games to play.

The first is Whizkids Star Trek Attack Wing. Now I know this has been about for a while but I'd actually given it a miss due to its pre - painted miniatures and it's association with X Wing Attack Wing (while I like Star Wars I find the Trek universe far more interesting and find the "cult" status of Star Wars a little annoying). This is one the wife is interested on playing too so looking forward to trying it out later this week.

The second offering is Deadzone by Mantic Games. I've had my eye on this one for a while but with new baby, finds and time were a little scarce. I'm especially looking forward to playing this as it was designed by an old work colleague of mine Jake Thornton and I'm keen to see what he's done with the premise. From what I've gathered so far, it's a Necromunda like skirmish game which uses D8s and a unique grid gaming surface movement mechanic. I've only just started reading the rules but I'm rather impressed on what you get in the boxed set alone.
Having said this one thing I have noticed is missing from this and other non GW games is lack of extensive background fluff. Now I'm as guilty as the next man of skipping the fluff and playing the game BUT in recent years I've found a decent setting really helps to get into a game. I'm probably being picky tho.

A world without GW

Well I've finally done it. I now no longer own any currently supported Games Workshop games.
While I had intended to keep the Warhammer stuff to occasionally play at my local club and eventually play with my son when he's old enough, several things happened to kill that. Firstly the local club fractured due to a power play by some nobbers in the club and there are no alternatives in the grim north. 

Secondly I realised I'd need to have a second army for my son to play and at the rate of GW price increases it just seemed to much.

So I sold my Empire army and all the books and spent the money on some games that the wife and I can enjoy right now (such as Firefly the board game and Munchkin).
In more recent news it was reported by Kitguru that Games Workshop is losing share value at quite a pace in the last 6 months and may be headed down the pan. Without wanting to jump on the "We hate GW" bandwagon, I do feel that of late they've really turned down a bad road (new 40k, new Warhammer and no specialist game support at all). With their annual above inflation price hikes and the abundance of decent alternatives from other companies, I fear unless they radically adjust their business model they will fold in the near future.

Sunday, 29 June 2014

Warhammer 9th Edition?

Well seems I'm the last to hear about this (given other life priorities I'm not surprised) but there is one (or possibly several) rumours that Warhammer Fantasy will get a new Edition  this summer.

The timing would make sense as 8th came out in 2010 and 7th about 2006 if memory serves. The rumours appear to have come from the ever popular Faint 212 which did a reasonable job for the 2012 40k release. However my contacts have since informed me that GW actively participate in rumour mongering themselves using several accounts. This is how they double - bluffed us with the 40k leak back in 2011 (which apparently was the genuine thing lost on a memory stick on London transport - which as a security analyst makes me very queezy).

The summing up of the rumours (again as far as I can tell) are :

- due for release thus summer. Some say after Bretonian Army Book.

- boxed set of Bretonian vs Orks due Autumn (very much like 5th edition).

- Rules will be completely changed to be more 40k like, incorporating many of its nuances.

While the first 2 are entirely plausible the 3rd I find highly dubious. As has been mentioned by others 40k has no model facing whereas in Fantasy this plays a huge part in the game. Additionally I find this mostly bollocks as I seem to recall this rumor being released before with previous editions. While GW does indeed appear to be shaking things up a bit (White Dwarf and general douchbaggery) I don't think they'd change things so much as to put off existing players.

The reason for this thinking is that the majority of new players to Warhammer Fantasy are introduced by existing players and passing them off is not the smartest move. I've been wrong before and indeed if it was due for release thus summer I would have expected the hype to have begun ramping up by now.

We will see. Certainly if the rules were to change that much I'd stick to 8th and tell them to jog on.

Edit : for the full skinny you can see BOLS summing up here  which generates some interesting new conclusions especially if they're dragging the main time frame forwards. Should be interesting.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Back on the wagon

Finally picked up where I left off with the Warhammer Empire army. It was a bit of a challenge as I wasn't sure where I stopped!
Turns out my Hand gunners were in mid paint so finished the white on them. Had to stop there partially due to crying baby and partly due to hand cramp. Obviously not used those hand muscles in a while.

Friday, 20 June 2014

o.O oooh yeaaaah... this place

So... yeah.. ok well I'll save the "I forgot about this place" speech for some other day and crack on with the news. Fast forward almost a year. I've not played any wargames in a considerable length of time. I played some Dystopian Wars but found that I simply didn't have any spare time to go to my local club to play.
I sold off those minis. Got into Magic The Gathering for a bit at work but that seems to have petered out for now.

Why'd I come back? Well I've recently become a dad (my boy Joel is currently 5 weeks old) and its got me thinking about the future and how I'd like him to play games with me (assuming he's into that of course). Long story short I thought about Blood Bowl again and also the Warhammer Empire Army I have waiting to be finished. So I decided to have a look at both these for future use. 

Sure Joel isn't going to be ready for these for several years yet, but its something to think about for now.