Seafall Campaign: Game 11

Before we played game 11, we went back and discussed enmity distribution that happened in game 11 and lead me to believe I was relatively safe from my adversaries.

Oh man, how do I describe this game without spoilers? Since we opened up two chests in the previous game, there was naturally a big difference in how things happened to play out. With new unlocks around the board, particularly the one from the Octopus chest, strategies of players all changed a bit. As a result, I was able to settle back into my old strategy as nobody was deliberately trying to stop me.

My strategy was to play the roll of the explorer, and it was going reasonably well. I was able to pick up an upgrade that helped out, and also used the Navigator, who proved to be quite helpful in exploring. Sadly, through no fault of my own, one of my ships sank due to an event card. Even in hindsight, I don’t believe there was anything I could’ve done to prevent that. The harder part is that my other ship also wound up sinking. That one, however, could’ve been prevented. I played a calculated risk and it really didn’t pay off for me.

Sam turned out to have a good game though and took the win. His last turn, he might have been able to perform a major milestone unlock, but we were really pressed for time, so instead he attacked me for a few final extra points.

And though that’s fairly vague, I think that’s about all I can say without spoiling things.

Trust me, there’s going to be far more in the spoilers below…

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Deathwatch: Invasion Review

I don’t play video games much anymore. Back in the 80’s, I got fascinated with games like Wizards Crown & Phantasie on my Apple IIe. Later, in the 90’s, I got a 486 and played the hell out of games like Warcraft II, Quake, and even Duke Nuke’um. That eventually lead to the monstrocity that is Everquest. That game single-handed sucked away the better part of a few years of my life and caused me to swear off MMO’s completely.

Well, sort of. I held WoW off for a year, but eventually caved. I also played some City of Heroes and Warhammer: Age of Reckoning before remembering of my lack of self control.

It got bad for a while on my phone as well. Phone games are generally quick to play, but they’re always with you, so a couple of years ago I decided to delete all of the games off of my phone to increase my productivity, and it’s helped out.

Well, back in September, I went to a conference out of town that involved 14 hours of travel, so I figured I’d splurge and throw a game on my phone. The game I chose?

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Battle Reports for 7th Edition: A Summary

Back in 2012, at the onset of 6th edition, I had taken the time to do a write-up of all of the battles I’d played throughout 5th edition. I liked the idea of it enough that I repeated the process in 6th edition, and meant to do it again this Summer for 7th edition, but it seems that the idea slipped my mind until now.

Well, 8th edition has been here for a while, but there’s no reason I can go back and retroactively do a review of 7th edition now, so that’s what I’m going to do.

One of the key reasons I started the blog in the first place was to document my win/loss ratio and see if there were any patterns. Many of my gaming group tended to believe that I won almost every game, though I felt that it was more 50/50. My first numbers indicated that I only won about 58% of my games, but in 6th edition, that number jumped up to 77% of them. Let’s see if that still holds true.

I played the following games in 7th edition (in reverse chronological order):

  1. 4000 point (as of yet, undocumented Apoc game) between my Ultramarines and others random armies (Unsure)
  2. 1487 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Brandon’s Orks (Win)
  3. 1500? point Standard game between my Tyranids and Albert’s Chaos (Win)
  4. 2000 point Standard game between my Genestealer Cult and Mitch’s Demons (Win)
  5. 2159 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Brandon’s Space Marines (Win)
  6. 1500 point Standard game between my Ultramarines and Simon’s Chaos (Win)
  7. 1850 point Standard game between my Genestealer Cult and Sean’s Space Wolves (Win)
  8. 1799 point Standard game between my Ultramarines and Sam’s Imperial Knights (Win)
  9. 4000 point Apoc game between my Ultramarines and *’s * (Win)
  10. 1845 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Brandon’s Space Marines (Loss)
  11. 1850 point Standard game between my Ultramarines and Albert’s Chaos (Win)
  12. 1349 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Sam’s Space Marines (Loss)
  13. 1584 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Brandon’s Orks (Loss)
  14. 600 point Standard game between my Ultramarines and Simon’s Chaos (Unfinished)
  15. 1650 point Standard game between my Chaos Space Marines and Simon’s Chaos (Win)
  16. 4000 point Apoc game between my Tyranids and *’s * (Win)
  17. 1750 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Kurt’s Space Wolves (Win)
  18. 3381 point Apoc game between my Ultramarines and Kurt & Sam’s Space Wolves & Space Marines (Win)
  19. 1850 point Standard game between my Ultramarines and Simon’s Chaos (Win)
  20. 1800 point Standard game between my Ultramarines and Brandon’s Space Marines (Win)
  21. 1357 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Brandon’s Space Marines (Win)
  22. 1850 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Brandon’s Chaos (Win)
  23. 1350 point Standard game between my Ultramarines and Brandon’s Space Marines (Win)
  24. 1850 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Sam’s Space Marines (Win)
  25. 1850 point Standard game between my Ultramarines and Mitch’s Chaos (Win)
  26. 1543 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Mitch’s Demons (Win)
  27. 1314 point Standard game between my Ultramarines and Brandon’s Orks (Win)
  28. 1850 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Andrew’s Chaos (Win)
  29. 2000 point Planetstrike game between my Ultramarines and Brandon’s Chaos (Win)
  30. 1765 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Brandon’s Space Marines (Win)
  31. 2988 point Doubles game between my Tyranids and Cole’s Necrons (Loss)
  32. 1625 point Standard game between my Ultramarines and Brandon’s Chaos (Loss)
  33. 4000 point Apoc game between my Ultramarines and *’s * (Win)
  34. 1888 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Brandon’s Orks (Unfinished)
  35. 1500 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Sean’s Eldar (Win)
  36. 1777 point Standard game between my Tyranids and Brandon’s Space Marines (Loss)

That all filters out nicely into a few charts that are easy to read:

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Seafall Campaign: Game 10

I’m a little late to the game on this post, as we’ve actually had two sessions of Seafall since my last blog post. In the first, I was awakened to a couple of surprises. The first was, as we had learned from our previous game, that not all of the contents we had been keeping obfuscated were intended to be treated that way. I can’t talk about it too much for fear of spoilers, but suffice it to say that Sean had discovered that things were supposed to be in the open, and I had been sandbagging. That lead to Sam playing the role of spoiler and attacking me to gain that particular item.

That wasn’t a surprise though. Back games 5 & 6, Sam painted a target on my back and it was evident that he was going to start attacking me.  The thing is, he hit a lull for games 7-9, before coming back with a vengeance. Realistically, the game’s enmity mechanic really limits the amount of attacking that one player can do throughout the course of a game though.

What I didn’t expect though was that he conspired with Sean to both plot against me. Sean isn’t the force for attacking that Sam is (though I suppose with the proper advisors and upgrades, he could be). Instead, he waged financial war against me–buying the various upgrades that he figured I wanted (ie. the ones I had been purchasing in previous games).

Their strategy worked to some degree. By the fifth turn, I was in the back of the pack as far as points go. The thing is, when playing in first place, you can’t depend upon the same strategy game after game. I’ve learned to be flexible, so when they had taken my preferred buildings, I opted to go another route: exploring.

That left me to a relatively slow start, but things picked up quickly. By the second winter, I had jumped up to the rest of the pack, and after that, I had taken the lead. In fact, I was within range to win the game completely by the first turn after winter, but Sam was going after me and was in a position that he could assault my port if things went awry. Rather than pushing it, I played it safe and had to wait two more turns for him to get out of position. Unfortunately, that meant that Derek had a chance to catch up.

Actually, he didn’t do much catching up in those two turns. I fiddled around, getting myself lined up, and Derek inched closer. When Sam moved away from my port, I snatched the points to win–but didn’t see Derek having an absolutely astounding turn. He wound up discovering an island, earning a milestone, and buying a large treasure with money he had earned earlier in the day. That scored him a whopping 14 points and pushed him over the top. Heck, he had to roll over on the point track to actually accrue all of those in a single game.

After that, Sean and Sam both went and they each looked for ways to attack me and take me down in points (they weren’t concerned about how to score points themselves, but rather how to make me lose by more). Both were out of position though, so there wasn’t anything they could do.

We only played one game that day because of a Star Wars tournament that some guys had to go to so we wrapped things up quickly. There was a fairly large factor we overlooked at this point though. More on that in the spoiler section below.

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Knight Titan Follow-Up – Sun Shots

Last week I posted one “last” blurb about my Knight Titans, but I also snuck out and took a few pictures of them back when there was sun in this forsaken wasteland (for those that don’t know, I live in Alaska, and though there’s little truth to the “six months of night” rumor, it is based in fact.  December is the darkest of our months, and the picnic table has long since been covered in snow).

Anywho, this isn’t a post on Alaskan winters, but rather the joy of sunlight.  Since the pictures of these guys in a lightbox turned out so well, I decided to try them in some natural sunlight.  It was a little blinding at the time (and truth be told, I suspect I was taking the light box pictures in the sunlight on the same day), but it was great to be able to get shots of them all together.

I’ve droned on for months about these guys, so I don’t have anything more to add, except I wanted to include a few more pictures and call these guys officially done.

Well, until those transfers arrive.

And until I get off my duff and work on their bases.

But otherwise, completely done!