Sorry for no post last week. I have sadly had some major home Internet problems since Thursday the 7th due to problems. For more information see both the Life sections. Also sorry about being late with the post, been having problems writing the post for last week.
"Life: 4th to 10th of July"
On Monday I went down to Wargames Workshop MK for a game of Frostgrave. We played the six scenario from the Thaw of the Lich Lord book with five players on one 3' by 4' board. Sadly my warband only managed to only get one treasure token like normal and my Wizard Holica only gained two levels. I up her Health to seventeen which in turn up my Apprentice's Health to thirteen, plus I made Elemental Bolt easier to cast.
On Wednesday morning (UK time) Pokemon Go was finally released. However it was not released world wide like everyone hoped for. It was only released in Japan and Australia (and the USA the next day). However there was a way round it that most people (including people from the USA before it was officially released in there) were using. APK Pure is an official Android App (but not from the Play Store) that lets people download Android apps regardless of their region. Myself and a ton of friends from Wargames Workshop MK (mostly the card game players) picked it up from there and have been playing it ever since. I even created a Milton Keynes Pokemon Go group on Facebook as it would have taking over Shell's Card Circuit M.K. group. In fact there is over seventy members by the end of the week and the game is not officially out in the UK. Wow.
For these who do not know, Pokemon Go is an augmented-reality game that involves you walking around the real world and catching Pokemon within it, your phone being your lens between the two realities.
There have been some problems with the game's servers. On both Wednesday and Thursday the game went down from four hours at about 7 pm and on Friday it went down for over five hours from about 4:30/5 pm. Due to high demand by the look of things on the servers. Hopefully things will improve over time. Also there has been an awful amount of bugs in gym battles which are most likely to do with the Server problems (also Nintendo blocking UK Pokemon trainer accounts until the game is officially out in the UK does not hope ever at those gyms are locked too). Due to these problems, the official release to the rest of the world is on pause until the problems are fixed. Oh, it eats up battery power like made mad and you need internet and GPS to play the game.
Despite the server problems and gym bugs, it is a very fun game, especially if you are a fan of the original generation. Plus it gets you out and about. Hopefully with all the extra walking I have been doing because of the game I can loss weight. All the walking to and from work and eating salad buns for lunch at work instead of a large fried chicken burger, has only lost me a couple of inches and no weight.
Now back to non Pokemon Go stuff. On Thursday BT came over to move to phone port for the internet to a different wall. They did it, however they never physically moved/reconnected the hub or tested it as the line had to be left alone (unused for about twenty minutes). I had to rush back home while out playing Pokemon Go with Liam to move and reconnect the home hub. However the broadband was not working. We phoned up BT. They said that there was a fault in the line (their end) and that it could take up to forty-eight hours to clear. The next day they phoned up saying that the fault in the line was cleared and that we needed to reboot the hub again. We have reboot and reconnected it several times and we still have no Internet. They are meant to be coming Tuesday to fix it. As this blog is meant to be about last week and not this week, I will leave it there. Apart from this post "should be posting the day after I get home internet access back to my computer. This is due to I prefer to writing the Gaming News side, the teams for HeroClix, labels and pictures on computer than phone. Oh and as I could not watch YouTube or Netflix while printing, I have not done any printing sadly.
"Life: 11th to 17th of July"
On Monday I went down to Wargames Workshop MK for the first game of the Star Wars Imperial
Assault campaign we are starting. Bob was playing as the Empire while myself, Ian and one other person (I am bad at remembering names) the Rebel Heroes. Ian was Jyn Odan the Sly Smuggler, I was Mak Eshka'rey the Bold Renegade Sniper and the other player was Biv Bodhrik the Vengeful Guerrilla. We played the first mission where you have to destroy the computer terminals. We just managed to do it on the last action of the last turn.
On Friday night I went to Simon's for a game of Kingdom Death Monster with Richard and Darren H. We hunted a Level one Screaming Antelope. We did consider hunting a level two Screaming Antelope, however due to time because of doing the previous lantern year's Settlement phase and the news on the attempted coup in Turkey, we decided against it. The fight was quick and easy. The Settlement event "Murder" might have cost us two Survivors, however this was not a bad thing as the Killer was retired due to a disorder and this person who got killed had the Sleeping Virus Flower. As there ended up being two Nemesis events (that is if we retaliate against the King's Hand) this Settlement phase, we decided to call it a night and do them next time we play Kingdom Death Monster.
During the weekend I have been keeping up with Pokemon Go, managing to get to level seventeen. However apart from going on a large group walk on Saturday I did not do much during the weekend as I was busy tidying my bedroom and other stuff. However the group walk on Saturday was a great time.
There were also so chaos with the Pokemon Go MK Facebook Group that really got me stressed out. I will not go into detail, just that it was mainly due to my horrible miss reading a message from Shell on Friday evening. I was in a rush trying to get my Kingdom Death Monster stuff before Richard and I was running late due a phone call.
I got back into tidying my Bedroom on Sunday. It is still a bit of a bomb site, however I managed to get rid of over a box and a half stuff and that is after transferring a ton of stuff into boxes too. I still have more work to do. Just have to remember that the floor needs to be clear before the 1st of August so my parents can store stuff in my room while we get new carpets laid throughout the house (not including my room.
Now for the Internet chaos. When the BT engineer came they worked out the problem. For some unknown reason BT had changed us from fibber line to copper line broadband even though we are still paying for. This meant our Hub was not picking it up due to the Openreach modem. He reconfigured the Home Hub setup without the Openreach modem and we had internet back again, however it was damn slow. About 1.1mb/s. BT contacted us to apologise about the mistake. They will swoop us back to fibber on Monday and will send us their newest up to date Home Hub, the Home Hub 5, as compensation for the trouble they caused. (As I was finishing this post off the post I learnt that it was not the newest one as they release a newer model earlier this month.) Due to the slowness, I decided to leave posting a post that week and make this week's post a double size one, as I did not want to deal with the poor quality connection. I later found out that the connection was not as bad as I first thought (but it was still crap). Dropbox was slowing things down as there was about a weeks worth of Pokemon Go pictures to download to the computer and Laptop.
"Thursday Night HeroClix 7th of July"
Storm (003 Marvel Uncanny X-Men) 50
Professor X (034 Marvel Uncanny X-Men) 70
Nightcrawler (044 Marvel Uncanny X-Men) 60
Colossus (014 Marvel X-Men Days of Future Past) 150
Shadowcat (204 Marvel Wolverine and the X-Men) 70
Wolverine (001 Marvel Wolverine and the X-Men) 100
On the first round I was up against Robert Adams who was using a Yu-Gi-Oh team who were:
Dark Magician Girl (018 Yu-Gi-Oh Series Two) 140
Mystical Elf (044 Yu-Gi-Oh Series One) 50
Dark Magician (055 Yu-Gi-Oh Series One) 175
They is a figure I am missing (and maybe Trap and Spells) however oddly I do not have a picture of his team (must have done Darren's team twice by mistake). I managed to win this game. Also Darren S got the bye and Michael won his game against his brother Adrian. On the second round I was up against Michael was using an Assassin themed team who were:
Lady Bullseye (029 Marvel Deadpool) 72
Bullseye (036 Marvel Deadpool) 110
Lady Deadpool (037 Marvel Deadpool) 112
Black Widow (003 Marvel Captain Ameria Civil War) 95
Looks like I am missing something, however the photo of the team I have matches with what I have here and I cannot remember if he had any more. I won this game by white wash. Also Robert Adams got the bye and Darren S won his game against Adrian. On the third and final round I was up against Darren S who was using an A.I.M. themed team who were:
M.O.D.A.M. (049 Marvel Age of Ulton event) 131
MODOK (050 Marvel Captain America) 160
Proteus (057 Marvel Uncanny X-Men) 35
Dreadnought (204 Marvel Invincible Iron Man) 75
2x Dreadnought (006 Marvel Invincible Iron Man) 50 x 2 = 100
Storm (020 Marvel Heroclix 10th Anniversary) 98
Mr. Fantastic (101 Marvel Chaos War) 90
Joe Fixit (036 Marvel Incredible Hulk) 115
Black Panther (024 Marvel Avengers) 92
She-Hulk (007 Marvel Incredible Hulk) 105
"Cardfight Vanguard Tournament"
On Saturday I went down to Wargames Workshop MK for a Cardfight Vanguard Tournament. I decided to stick with my Cosmic Heroes deck. Due to having an odd number of players, fifteen, one player round had to take the bye. It was the standard Cardfight Vanguard Tournament rules. Four timed rounds of best of three games followed by top four play off that are single game with no time limit. Draws are classed as a lost for both players.
On the first round I was up against a Shadow Paladin player. I managed to win this game.
On the second round I was up against Liam who was using a Gold Paladin deck. Sadly I lost this round. Afterwards we stopped for a lunch break.
On the third I was up against Jasper who was using an Oracle Think Tank deck. Sadly with one game win each and only like two minutes left we had to call it a draw.
On the forth and final round before the top four cut off I got the bye. Sadly I did not make the top four cut off. While the top four was happening, myself, Jordan, Wai-Yin and one other did a little bit of Pokemon hunting on Pokemon Go.
"Thursday Night HeroClix 14th of July"
Black Widow (001 Marvel Avengers Assemble) 110
Dagger (003 Marvel Amazing Spiderman) 45
Cloak (022 Marvel Amazing Spiderman) 55
Moon Knight (032 Marvel Amazing Spiderman) 109
Daredevil (021 Marvel Incredible Hulk) 75
Luke Cage (014 Marvel Captain America) 98 + Thunderbolts (ATA) 8 = 106
Black Cat (023 Marvel Clobberin' Time) 32
Shang-Chi (012 Marvel Avengers) 58
On the first round I was up against Darren S and like normal against him I lost. Also Adrian won his game against his brother Michael.
On the second round I was up against Michael and I won that game.
On the third and final round I was up against Adrian who was using a Black Lanterns themed team and I somehow managed to win the game.
Sorry for the lack of information and teams lists. I oddly forgot to take pictures and I only noted down half of the results,
This week's scenario is "Ladies Night". 400 points, Female Characters Only.
"Watch, Listen and Read”
Watched: That week’s episode of WWE Raw.
Received: The Druid from Kingdom Death.
Received: Pokemon Go.
Watched: Episodes 1 to 4 of Pokemon X and Y and episode 9 of Supergirl.
Brought and Received: Two Luck and Logic BT-01 "Growth and Genesis" booster packs.
Watched: Episodes 5 and 6 of Pokemon X and Y.
Received: My Frostgrave Into The Breeding Pits stuff.
Watched: That week’s episode of WWE Raw and episode 10 of Supergirl.
Received: Pokemon Go.
Watched: Last Saturday's episode of Weekenders.
Watched: Last Sunday's episode of Weekenders XLBS and that week's episode of Weekenders.
Brought and Received: The current local map.
Watched: That week's episode of Weekenders XLBS.
Still in the post or soon be should
July's Loot Crate.
First off we have the Bushiroad news. With Weiß Schwarz, last Friday saw the release of the "Rinne of Boundary" extra booster set in Japanese. Also today sees the release of the booster set "Kantai Collection European Fleet" in Japanese.
With Cardfight Vanguard, today sees release of G Technical Booster Two "The Genius Strategy" in Japanese. Also next Friday will see the release of G Clan Booster Three "Blessing of Divas" in English.
Also with Future Card Buddyfight, last Friday saw the release D Trial Deck one "Dragon Emperor of the Colossal Ocean" in both English and Japanese. Also today sees the release of D Booster Set Two "Roar! Invincible Dragon!!" in English.
Now for the Cool Mini or Not news. The Massive Darkness KickStarter has ended and made $3,560,642 with 22,361 backers. Since the last post the following Stretch Goals have been unlocked: The Kickstarter Exclusive Roaming Monster Low Troll; the KickStarter Exclusive Hero Lil'Ned Bonecrusher; the KickStarter Exclusive Bonecrusher Class Sheet Pad; the Kickstarter Exclusive Roaming Monster Graz and Prug the two-handed Ogre; the Kickstarter Exclusive Roaming Monster Hellsbane; five KickStarter exclusive Artifact cards; and the Kickstarter Exclusive Roaming Monster Chromatic the mad Unicorn.
Next is the Frostgrave news. The Nickstarter (or Gnickstarter which they are calling it) stuff for "Into The Breeding Pits" has started to ship. I have received stuff.
Now for the Miniatures Wargaming The Movie news. Since the last post they have unlocked the "Behind the Scenes" extras has been unlocked. The next stretch goal is "Spanish Subtitles" at £15k.
Next is the Mantic news. DreadBall is BACK on KickStarter today. This time is is for its second edition. There is currently only one real one pledge level at the moment, Striker. This level gets you the new base game that comes with two band new teams (Draconis All-Stars Robot Team and Ninth Moon Tree Sharks Yndij Team), the Team Guild which has rules for all twenty-seven teams with their Captains and MVPs, the DreadBall 2 Ultimate expansion (now no longer contains giants) and two KickStarter Exclusive Coaches (Fergus and Tracer).
As I post this they have so far unlocked: The game is funded; and two extra players and two prone markers for the Draconis All-Stars was added to the Striker pledge level and above.
The current stretch goals as I post this are: Romeo Blue the KickStarter Exclusive Captain of the Draconis All-Stars will be added to the Striker pledge level and above at $120k; and 3D counters will be added to the Striker pledge level and above at $130k.
Now for the Force of Will English news. Next Friday will see the release of the Vingolf fixed cars set in english.
Next is the return of the Crooked Dice Game news. Last week saw the release of this month's new release. This time we got four new villains to lead your casts with (the Double Agent, Faithful Lackey, Insidious Industrialist and a Jack Booted Sadist and two new criminal minion packs (Criminal Firm which has four criminals and their boss, and a Criminal Dog Handler.
Last there is a new KickStarter I like to report about, Giga-Robo. It is the card-driven miniatures game of anime giant robot combat, where two to four players duel across a fully destructible 3D city. There is two main pledge levels, Giga Core and Giga Premium. Giga Core comes with the Giga-Robo core game, the KickStarter Exclusive bonus pilot Med'racht Singh and all applicable stretch goals. Giga Premium is basicly Giga Core, however the four figures of the mecha will be pre-painted (only $15 extra).
As I post this they have so far unlocked: The game is funded.
The current stretch goals as I post this are: The "Assault of the Armada" expansion at $52.8k; the "Warrior of the Wastes" expansion at $62k; plastic buildings to replace the card ones in the core set at $70.5k; Unique art for every card at $77k; all twelve Ultimate Technique cards from the core set will be upgraded to full foil cards and $79k; two-hundred double matte sleeves feature exclusive artwork and 50 sleeve pack as add-ons at $84.5k; and a fifteen track Original .
- Wave four of Kingdom Death Monster (December 2013), “Mekton Zero” (digital December 2013, physical March 2014), wave three of “Journey Wrath of Daemons” (July 2014), “Paranoia” (June 2015), wave two of “Shadows of Brimstone” (August 2014), “Zero Agents” (December 2015), wave two of “Robotech RPG Tactics” (December 2013), wave three of “Infinity RPG” (October 2016) and wave two of “Slaughterball” (June 2015) have all been delay due to problems and currently have no dates on when these will start shipping.
- "Mechabrick Upgraded" (March 2016) and "Frostgrave: Into The Breeding Pits" is shipping or will be starting to ship soon.
- “Myth Journeyman” (June 2016), wave two of "Zombicide Black Plague" (December 2015), "Warbears and Stagriders, Fantasy Wargames Miniatures" (March 2016), "Teenage Mutant Turtles: Shadows of the Past" and "Odyssey Argonauts" should be shipping this month.
- Wave one of "The Walking Dead All Out War", wave one of the “Infinity RPG” (February 2016), "Dropfleet Commander" (June 2016), "The Others: 7 Sins" (March 2016) and “Battle System’s Urban Post Apocalypse Terrain” (June 2016) should be shipping in August 2016.
- "Miniatures Wargaming The Movie" will be ending on the 7th of August 2016.
- Both wave one of “Warpath”, “Demigods Rising” (July 2015) and the PDFs for "Fragged Empire RPG: Protagonist Archive and Miniatures" should ship in September 2016.
- “Conan” board game (February 2016), "Rail Raiders Infinite" and "Arcadia Quest Inferno" (June 2016) should ship in October 2016.
- Both wave two of “Journey Wrath of Daemons” (July 2014) and wave two of the “Infinity RPG” (July 2016) should ship some time between October and December 2016.
- "Masmorra: Dungeon of Arcadia" should ship in November 2016.
- “Super Dungeon Explore: Legends” should ship in December 2016.
- "Widower's Wood" should ship in January 2017.
- Wave two of "Warpath" should ship some time between January to March 2017.
- The physical stuff for "Fragged Empire RPG: Protagonist Archive and Miniatures" should ship in February 2017.
- Both "Dark Souls: The Board Game" and "Massive Darkness" should ship in April 2017.
- "Ghostbusters The Board Game 2" should ship in May 2017.
- "DreadBall 2" should ship in July 2017.
- "Miniatures Wargaming The Movie" should ship in November 2017.
"Up and coming 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.
- Every Monday (except Bank Holidays) and now Thursday night at Wargames Workshop MK is their Wargames and Boardgamers night.
- Every Tuesday and Friday night at Wargames Workshop MK is their Magic the Gathering nights.
- Every Thursday night Milton Keynes Wargames Society holds a gaming night at York House in Stony Stratford.
- On Saturday the 23rd of July 2016, there will be a Cardfight Vanguard tournament at Wargames Workshop MK. Please check the "Card Circuit M.K." Facebook group for details.
- On Saturday the 30th of July 2016, there will be both a Luck and Logic and Force of Will tournament at Wargames Workshop MK. Please check the "Card Circuit M.K." Facebook group for details.
- On Monday the 1st of August 2016, will be the seven part of the Frostgrave campaign being played at Wargames Workshop MK. We will be meeting up once a month on the first Monday of the month for ten months. For details please check the "Frostgrave: The Beginning" Facebook group.
- On Saturday the 6th of August 2016, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Steam Roller Warmachine/Hordes tournament at Wargames Workshop MK.
- On Sunday the 7th of August 2016, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Warhammer 40,000 Conquest tournament at Wargames Workshop Northampton.
- On Sunday the 21th of August 2016, Guardians of Tyr will be running an Android Netrunner tournament at Wargames Workshop Northampton.
- On Saturday the 27th of August 2016, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Warhammer 40,000 tournament at Wargames Workshop MK.
- On Sunday the 4th of September 2016, Guardians of Tyr will be running a Steam Roller Warmachine/Hordes tournament at Wargames Workshop Northampton.
Wargames Workshop MK has a £3 gaming fee or £3.50 for tournaments that do not already have a charge. With non-tournaments you will also need to pre-book a table for
For rules for Guardians of Tyr tournaments 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 (unless you are a child or unemployed where it is £1) and a £5 fee for a year’s membership. However the first day is free and they normally only take the yearly membership fee at the start of the year. The hall officially opens at 7PM for us gamers, but normally people start arriving about fifteen minutes early to grab tables.
Until next time, enjoy life.