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Friday, 14 March 2014

Gaming with Neoscream: 14th March 2014

Welcome to “Gaming with Neoscream”. This is my weekly gaming post for miniature games, RPGs, some card games and computer games. And what a whooper of a post we have this week.



Gaming News

First off is the Mantic news. The DreadBall Xtreme KickStarter is still going strong. Let us have re-look at some of the key levels at the end of the last post:
Rage - the PDF of the main rule book; the starter box set which now includes four more free agents; the digital Short Story Compilation; the KickStarter Exclusive Ardia Shi’lek sponsor figure; an extra set of the five original free agents; an extra set of the Convicts team; an extra set of the Asterian Kalyshi Team; the MVPs Brickbat, Deadman Davitz, Kailasa and Asylum; one extra team of your choose; and the PDF version of the Season Four rulebook. All for $100.
Rampage everything from Rage level apart from the extra team of your choose must be a Season Five team (Crystallan, Rebs, Brokkr or Sphyr); the Players Manual with four extra sponsors and PDF copy of the rule book; Xtreme Xpansions which now comes with the Giant Chovar, multi-player rules and PDF copy of the rule book; a set of the Plague team; a set of the Mechanites Robot team; the MVPs Brute Force, Lyra the Fixer and Crypt; and a pack of two Decal Sheets (one black, one white). All for $150.
And Frenzy - everything in Rampage apart from you do not get a Season Five team of you choose; the Speedball 2 MVP Weiss; Acrylic Counters, an extra set of the Plague team; an extra set of the Mechanites Robot team; the physical version of the Season Four rulebook; two sets of the Crystallans team; two sets of the Reb team; two sets of the Brokkr team; two sets of the Sphyr team; a rubber-backed Deluxe original Dreadball Pitch; and a set of six exclusive silver six sided dice with red detail. All for $375.
The goals it manage to unlock during the third week were: the Forge Father Giant Iron Ancestor and the Sphyr Giant Sann-gar were both added to the Xtreme Xpansions set; the second Galactic Tour Series set “DreadBall Challenge Cup” which includes four new MVPs (Blitz the Great Drake, Eko’o, Hexan the Witch of Visvera and Alo-Khan) was added to Frenzy level; the Sephalin MVP Irsala was added to Rampage level and above; the Rebs Kraaw MVP Galdo was added to Rampage level and above; the Brokkr MVP the Excavator was added to Rampage level and above; the Players Manual and its sponsors are being added to the Xtreme Xpansions set to make it one massive expansion pack instead of two; the MVP Schnorkel the Avenger was added to Rampage level and above; the Season Five DreadBall book which the PDF will be added to Rage and Rampage level while a Physical copy will be added to Frenzy level; a Kickstarter Exclusive Cover art print was added to Fury level and above; Rampage level backers can pick a Season Six team of their choice when they are unlocked; a dice bag, the Xtreme Playbook app, the MVP Blaine, a Battle Foam Bag, translucent blue acrylic doors/windows for Deadzone Terrain and Deadzone Zombies were all added as add-on; an Xtreme Medibot was added to Frenzy level; and Season Six teams Koris and Hobgoblin.
The stretch goals that were still going as I post this were: a Kickstarter Exclusive Cheerleader Turn Counter called Minx added to Rage level and above at 2,250 backers; the Koris MVP Kryphos added to Rampage level and above at $535k; and the last two more Season Six teams Ada-Lorana and Tsudoshan at an unrevealed amount(s).
Sunday is the last day of the KickStarter and the last two days are normally the craziest.
With Mars Attacks news this week we got CAD images of Jaret, Shadow, Barnabus, Zeke, Corus and his Bounty Hunters from the Tiger Corps box set. Drex was not shown as he needs a little more work.
With the Deadzone news this week the PDF version of the Nexus Psi rule book is now available to everybody who backed it on KickStarter. Also they have started sorting out the missing stuff from the first shipment. It should take them four weeks to ship all the missing bits.
On future KickStarter news from Mantic. There are plans on doing two mini KickStarter after Mars Attacks and the second wave of Deadzone ships. The first will be a second Deadzone KickStarter that will add more to the current six factions and add at least a seventh faction. The other will be a Dwarf King's Horde one. Then the second Kings of War KickStarter is planned for late this year or early next year and it should be a BIG one.

Next is the HeroClix news. This week there was previews of: Kinetic Soldier from Yu-Gi-Oh Series One; and Avalanche (a long awaited remake) from Marvel X-Men Days of Future Past. Also the whole of the Marvel Captain America: Winter Soldier set and a bunch of the Marvel Avengers vs X-Men LE figures were posted up on the HCRealm's unit section.
They have revealed this week that the “Marvel Captain America: Winter Soldier” starter set will include the new 2014 rulebook. They have revealed some major changes. They will be introducing Ultra Light Object, relic rolls will no longer once per game per character and they have done some major changes to Themed Teams and ATAs. Here is a brief look at the changes to Themed Teams:

  • First of a Themed Team is now any team that has at least two figures on it and where all of the figures share a keyword. 
  • Next Themed Team Probability Control (TTPC, also known as Themed Team Re-Rolls) can now only be used on NAMED keyword Themed Teams. You now also get one TTPC use per character on your force, but only up to one per each 100 points of the build total. 
  • Themed teams can no longer cancel Battlefield Conditions.
  • And finally ATA’s are now only allowed to be used on Themed Teams, however the ATA you use does not have to share a keyword with the Themed Team you built.

Now for the Cool Mini or Not news. The Arcadia Quest KickStarter is still going strong. Let us look at what the main level “Guildmaster” at the end of the last post contains: the main box game which now includes eight more monster cards; the Kickstarter exclusive The Nameless Campaign box set; the Kickstarter exclusive Hero Sonja; a pack of thirty plastic gold coins; the Kickstarter exclusive Hero Montoya; a pack of twenty plastic wound counters; the Kickstarter exclusive Hero Koba; a pack of special Guild Dice; the Kickstarter exclusive hero Hitch; a pack of sixteen plastic Guild Tokens; the Kickstarter exclusive hero Viktor; a pack of twenty-four plastic Death Tokens; the Kickstarter exclusive hero Pluck; and the Kickstarter exclusive hero Morgan.
The goals it manage to unlock during the third week were: eighty plastic Guild Tokens will be added to the Goldilocks Token Pack add-on (it now contains forty plastic Coins, forty plastic Wound Tokens and the eighty plastic Guild Tokens); the Kickstarter exclusive hero Elysia was added to the Beyond the Grave set; the Kickstarter exclusive hero Black Newt was added to Guildmaster level; two extra Attack and three extra defence dice were added to the main box game; the Kickstarter exclusive hero Bob the Conjurer was added as an add-on; the Kickstarter exclusive hero Prince Aaron was added to Guildmaster level; Kickstarter exclusive hero versions of Nameless and Heartless were added to Guildmaster level; the Kickstarter exclusive hero Pigsy was added as an add-on; Kickstarter exclusive hero versions of Lord Fang, Lydia and Lilith (Sister of Pain and Sister of Pleasure) were added to Guildmaster level; and Sonja and all the stretch goal promos that were added to Guildmaster level have been move to a Guildmaster box set that will be included in the Guildmaster level.
The stretch goal that were was still going as I post this was: two Kickstarter exclusive heroes of Monkey King and Monkey Queen at $550k.
A PDF copy of the main rulebook has been posted online as well as painting guide to one of the heroes. Sunday is the last day of the KickStarter and the last two days are normally the craziest.

Next is the RoboTech RPG Tactics news. We got two KickStarter updates this week. In the first update there were two new images. The first image was a mockup of the scatter template as the end product will look. It will be made out of transparent blue plastic with designs molded in, and some details painted in white. The second image was a parts broken down of a Valkyrie in Fighter mode. A whopping twenty-two parts for one figure (not including optional parts). They will take forever to build. In the Second update we got a bunch of pictures of the Spartan. One was of all the parts including the optional ones and the other pictures were of two assembled Spartans in different poses next to other things for size comparison.

Now for the Privateer Press news. Next Wednesday will see the release of the Warmachine Vengeance book, the Cygnar unit Trencher Infantry with Three Weapon Attachments, the High Command Hordes expansion pack Elemental Rage and issue 53 of the No Quarter magazine.
We also got the image of the standard version of “Goreshade the Bastard and Deathwalker” as well as an image of “Fyanna the Lash”.

Next is news on a third KickStarter I back this week that has ended. It is a computer game from Juggernaut Games called StarCrawlers. It is a sci-fi dungeon crawler. During the KickStarter they: funded the game; added Heavy Weapons and Submachine Guns to the game; added Security Camera Trap System to the game; added alternate gender portraits of all the classes to the game; added Alien Weaponry and Artifacts to the game; added Black Market Data Auction System to the game; a fifth player class, “Engineer”, was added to the game; added ISP – Interstellar Postal Service to the game; six Backer Exclusive items were added; both the Inferno and Plague Squad emery encounters were added to the game; a sixth player class, “Smuggler”, was added to the game; the CLAW machine was added to the game; a seventh player classes to be chosen by the backer will be added to the game; Deplayable Battle Buddies were added to the game; and a Backer Exclusive portrait of each of the classes to the game.
It managed to make $100,278 with 3,652 backers over the course of the KickStarter.

Here is an example of the
new artist for Mekton
Now for the Mekton news. They have hired another artist to help get the art work done.

Next is the Kingdom Death news. On Tuesday the long awaited update finally came. The game it still on track for a Q2 shipment. The pledges manager has been reopen to the original backers (meaning not for the Black Friday 2013 backs like myself sadly). In the update they showed off more of the new hard plastics and a bunch of non-spoiler pages (in fact you can read most of the text due to the size of the previews). Everything is looking great.
Also the shore was massively restock with new and old things. Now in the store are: Slender Man for $30; Pinups of Death - Hard Plastic Collection for $100 (it was on a two day $80 offer); Flower Knight for $30 (sold out in less than two days); Beyond The Wall for $27 (sold out in less than a day); White Speaker Nico for $27 (sold out in less than a day); Illuminated Lady for $25 (sold out in about two hours); Pinup Twilight Knight for $25; 54mm Twilight Knight Pinup for $40; Pinup White Speaker for $25; White Speaker for $25; Pinup Great Game Hunter for $25; 54mm Pinup Preacher for $40; The Chosen for $65 (low in stock); Dung Beetle Knight for $50; and the Experiment of Death box set for $65. The Pinups of Death - Hard Plastic Collection is a new box set that includes eight old pinups in hard plastic form with several new changes, the artwork post cards for all eight pinups, a promo settlement event and a promo gear card for Kingdom Death Monster. Here are the eight Pinups and the changes done to them:
Pinup Forsaker – She is an all new sculpt that is much closer to the original concept.
Pinup Twilight Knight – She now carries the official Twilight Order sword and has a brand-new improved cape.
Pinup Architect – No real changes, but does come with the variant parts.
Pinup White Speaker – Remastered with improved proportions.
Pinup Great Game Hunter – Remastered with a new head and a tweaked pose.
Pinup Survivor – Remastered and includes brand new variant head as well as the original head remastered.
Pinup Preacher – Remastered proportions to be closer to the concept art, new face and hair. She includes the variant parts.
Pinup Savior – Face tweaked to be closer to the original concept art. Now includes parts to turn it into the variant Sculptor Edit.
Also all of them were re-scaled to be the same scale as each other and the game pieces as there was a little scaling issues with the old resin versions. I have not picked this up yet, but I do plan to in the future if still available as I have too much money going out due to KickStarters and I need to save for Salute, but I did manage to get an Illuminated Lady before she sold out.
There is something about this game I really REALLY like and I cannot wait to get a hold of it.

Now for the Journey: Wrath of Demons news. The pledge manager will be rolling out on e-mail to all backers from the 18th. They have decided to include two more double sided map tiles in the Spider Demon expansion set.

Next is the Elven Adventurers Box Set KickStarter news. They are now getting metals back and they should be getting resin casters of all the trolls back in the next few weeks. Due to an USPS held some March orders will have to be delay into early April depending on which miniatures were ordered. This should not affect April orders as they should have everything back by then. Both the address survey and the pledge manager are now out to all backers. Due to them being busy making the figures there is no web base form to fill. There is just a price list which backers pick what they want and then the backers message a break down list to them paying any extra via PayPal. I went for Elven Rogue, Elven Sniper, Elven Swan Magus, Elven Thief, Elven Frost Queen, Elven Pilot on foot, female Kitsune and three Swans that I had to pay extra for.

Now for the Warlord Games news. All orders placed to be picked up at Salute next month will get a Beyond the Gates of Antares Boromite figure and will be entered into a prize draw to win one of each Boromite figure they have made so far. Also states for the basic Boromite team were posted.

Lastly is the Crooked Dice Games news. This week the 7ombieTV supplement “Vlad’s Army” is released in PDF and the physical book is available for a pre-order for an April release. There is an additional massive PDF of cut out and assemble buildings and scenic items by Carl Stoelzel as well, for a staggering combination of products. Plus some Vlad’s Army Cards and Tokens are available for a pre-order for an April release.



Past Events

The alternate art card that "should"
be available at the High Command
tournament next month  
On Friday I went to Wargames Workshop MK for this month’s High Command tournament. The first game was a standard one on one game which I won mine. However the second game was a four way game. I sadly did not win the four way, but I did get second place, which means nothing in the league.

On Saturday I went to Simon’s with Richard to play some Zombicide. We played mission four of Prison Outbreak called “The Welder”. We all survived without taking a wound, but here was a sick comb we had that helped do it: Josh at red with Luckily, +1 to dice rolls in combat, two American Bulldogs, a German Shepherded, a Riot Shield and the Concrete Saw.

On Wednesday I received a text from Darren S saying that HeroClix will be happening this week so on Thursday I went down to York House to play some games of HeroClix. The Scenario this week was “Four is the Magic Number”. You can find it is the HeroClix Scenarios page at the top of the blog, just under the logo.
In the first round I was up against Adrian who was using an Avengers themed team. During the game Adrian’s dice rolls were terrible and mine where great. Sadly he forfeited before my Silver Centurion’s torpedo could hit. So I won that game. Also Darren S won his game against Michael.
In the second round I was up against Darren S who was using an Avenges themed team too. Like normal I lost against Darren S, but he did have to put a lot of effort into it. Sadly my Silver Centurion’s torpedo missed a very suicidal Spider-Man with 20 defence. Also Adrian won his game against his brother Michael.
In the third and final round I was up against Michael who was using an X-Men themed team. My Silver Centurion’s torpedo finally did something, it hit Colossus at full power crippling him for my character to finish off and the wipe the floor with the rest. OK, Emma Frost was a pain to kill, but I did manage to do it at the end with only losing Captain America. So I won that game. Also Darren S won his game against Adrian.
Darren S won over all this week, however I did get a solid second.
For those who are wanting to know, the other games happening at York House were Warhammer Fantasy and Flames of War. I think there might have been a couple of other games being played in other rooms.



Future Events

These are local gaming events in Milton Keynes I know of, Guardians of Tyr events at Wargames Workshop Northampton and other events I plan on going to or want to advertise.

·       On Mondays at Wargames Workshop MK is Wargaming and board games night. Board games use to be on a Friday, however
·       On Tuesdays at Wargames Workshop MK it is Card games night (or is it just Magic the Gathering).
·       On Thursdays York House in Stony Stratford is open from Wargamers and Boardgamers.
·       On Fridays at Wargames Workshop MK it is Friday Night Magic.
·        On Saturday the 15th of March, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Steam Roller Warmachine/Hoards tournament at Wargames Workshop MK. I will be there.
·       On Monday the 17th of March at Wargames Workshop MK, Guardians of Tyr will be running the third week of their Warhammer 40,000 Kill Team League.
·       On Thursday the 20th of March, there is HeroClix at York House in Stony Stratford. The scenario should be to my knowledge “Pimps and Hoes”. Details of the scenario are below. I should be there.
·       Every Monday in April at Wargames Workshop MK, Guardians of Tyr should be running a Star Wars League.
·       On Friday the 4th of April, Guardians of Tyr will be running a High Command tournament at Wargames Workshop MK. I should be there.
·       Saturday the 5th April will be International TableTop Day.
·       On Saturday the 5th of April, Guardians of Tyr will be running a DreadBall tournament at Wargames Workshop MK. I plan on being there.
·        Saturday the 12th of April will be Salute 2014 at London Excel. This year's theme is the D-Day Landings. I will be there.
·       On Sunday the 13th of April, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Steam Roller Warmachine/Hoards tournament at Wargames Workshop Northampton.
·       On Friday the 18th of April there will be a Bolt Action tournament at Wargames Workshop MK.
·       On Saturday the 19th of April, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Warhammer 40,000 tournament at Wargames Workshop MK.
·       On Saturday the 3rd of May, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Star Wars X-Wing tournament at Wargames Workshop MK.

Wargames Workshop MK has a £2 gaming fee or £4 with a pack of Magic the Gathering cards unless it is a paid tournament run by Guardians of Tyr (not including High Command). Weekday events normally start “playing” at 7PM.

For rules for Guardians of Tyr tournaments and leagues as well as information on pre booking your place in tournament. Pre booking is highly recommended so they know how many people are coming. So please go to their website which there is a link to it under my links section which are located on the right hand side of this blog.

York House has a £3 on the day gaming fee and a £5 fee for a year’s membership. However the first day is free and they only take yearly membership fee at the start of the year. The Hall officially opens at 7PM, but normally people start arrived 15 to 20 minutes early.

HeroClix Scenario “Pimps and Hoes”: 500 points. Pick a character. No other character in your team can be more than or equal in point to the chosen character and they must be the opposite gender to the chosen character.



Painting and Converting

This week I have doing the Zombie version of Raul, both Human and Zombie versions of Bella, the Human version of Grindlock and two Reciprocators.

This week's figures front view.
This week's figure rear view
This week's Zombicide figures
This week's Warmachine figures
The Zombie version of the survivors from Zombicide: Toxic City Mall
Both the human and Zombie versions of the survivors from Zombicide: Toxic City Mall

Next week should be doing two Reciprocators, three past done Kingdom Death figures now on bases, a Battletech Axman, Miranda Ashcroft Authorized Bounty Hunter from Infinity and the DreadBall Giant Barricade.



Armies

Here is my team from this week’s HeroClix game:

Silver Centurion (001b Marvel Invincible Iron Man) 161
War Machine (029a Marvel Invincible Iron Man) 125
Scarlet Witch (006 Marvel Chaos War Fast Forces) 50
Captain America (001 Marvel Chaos War) 60
=396 points and four TTPCs. Yes I am saying TTPC (Themed Team Probability Controls) instead of re-rolls now.

Here is Darren S’s team from this week’s HeroClix game:

Spider-Man (004 Marvel Avengers vs X-Men) 100
War Machine (029a Marvel Invincible Iron Man) 125
Hawkeye (039 Marvel Chaos War) 98
Scarlet Witch (006 Marvel Chaos War Fast Forces) 75
=398 points and four TTPCs.

Here is Adrian’s team from this week’s HeroClix game:

Spider-Man (004 Marvel Avengers vs X-Men) 100
Iron Man (009 Marvel Heroclix 10th Anniversary) 125
Scarlet Witch (006 Marvel Avengers vs X-Men) 100
Wolverine (005 Marvel Avengers vs X-Men) 75
=400 points and four TTPCs.

Here is Michael’s team from this week’s HeroClix game:

Colossus (029 Marvel Fear Itself) 200
Emma Frost (010 Marvel Avengers vs X-Men) 100
Cyclops (002 Marvel Mutations and Monsters) 50
Cuckoo (009 Marvel Mutations and Monsters) 40
=390 points and four TTPCs.


Until next time, Keep Rolling.