Another long pause…….

Well…… sooo….. yet again there seems to have been a delay in postings!! This time I do have a valid reason!

In between my last post and this post Mrs J, Little J and I have moved house and have stated a 1:1 scale terrain decorating project, so no hobby building/painting work has taken place, although there has been 3 games of Bolt Action completed with varying successes!

The first two games were completed on the same day. Mr A, Heer J, Comrade S and myself met in Mr A’s garage to be confronted with a 10ft long by 4ft terrain board. A 4ft x4ft town had been added!

The Town....
The Town….

For this games day we tried something different, two games running at the same time at different ends, the loser’s of the first game would then face each other, followed by the winners facing each other!

Initially I met Herr J in the farm area of the board, it was a capture the objective scenario…..

The objectives were the Farm House, a bunker, and a down Sherman. To win the attacker needed to hold two out of the three objectives, if the objectives were shared then it would be a draw and the winner would be decided on the amount of opposition order dice held.

I would be the defender and Herr J the attacker. in truth is was so long ago I can only really remember a few details…..

A stand out moment was running a squad of infantry towards Herr J’s troops when an air strike was called, the area had too many of my units in with pins to survive an air strike! the result on the game was a win for me, I think we each held an objective and one was contested, i went through to the ‘final’ as I held more of Herr J’s order dice!

Mr A was beaten by Comrade S meaning that in the final I would meet Comrade S in the final.

For the final I would be the defender holding the town and Comrade S had to take the town square fountain, and two houses one at either side of the town. This was a resounding win for Comrade S and the Russians, out of 15 units I was left with only 5. Comrade S still had 10 out of 16 units and the objectives were his!!

My third game was just this previous weekend. I went against Mr A and the British in a similar scenario, this time we would both hold one edge of the town and we would need to capture the fountain plus the oppositions targeted building it win the game.

This was the first time I had played in an urban setting and boy was it a different way of thinking! the building were both opportunities for cover but physical blocks for both thinking and movement – it was amazing! Unfortunately by the time i had worked out my game plan the game was all but over, I had lost too many units and gained too many pinned units to enable a significant attack/response. The fountain and Mr A’s designated house were his with the victory!

For only a second time in all the games we played a unit had equal amount of pins to its morale  value, causing the unit to flee rather than being destroyed!

This game made me think and learn a lot, so much so I was still thinking about the game a few days later. the biggest thing I have taken from the day apart from ‘pins mean prizes’ is that if you take the time at the beginning to think of a plan stick to it! for the first three turns I was reactive and not proactive, I was reacting to Mr A’s moves instead of concentrating and playing my own. it was another excellent gaming experience!

The more table time we have the more gems I find from Bolt Action!

until next time (I’ll try not to leave it so long!!)

J

a view of the farm land
a view of the farm land

Who knew backstabbing would lead to this!!

So, its been nearly a month since my last blog and yes it would have been sooner if I hadn’t had bloggers guilt!

Blogger guilt: having a post idea to write but not posting beacuse ‘it’s been too long’

In the last four weeks I have played and enjoyed more games of Formula D with Mr S, and introduced some other friends to the game that accelerated my love of tabletop gaming.

That game is Munchkin.

A bit of history, for a long time now I have been speaking about Munchkin to a friend at work, not going into too much detail. I held back on the detail as you never know how much of a geek the other person is. I can go on about the game for an age but find out the other person  has lost interest when they hear the words dungeon and cards. This didnt happen, Mr A wanted to hear more.

Mr A was asking about the game and the dangerous phase ‘I’d like to try that’ was uttered.

This phase sparked an new geeky friendship, the conversations soon gained another member in the form of Mr D.

These converstaions always revolved around our geek passions, tabletop games for me, model making for Mr A and star gazing/train set building (one off project) for Mr D. We would each describe progress on projects and bounce ideas off each other until we made the decision to get together and have a games night.

This night was to introduce Mr A and Mr D to Munchkin.

Munchkin is a game when you kick in the door, defeat a monster, take its treasure and backstab your friends.

It is essentially a RPG but without the character backstory and long length of storytelling.

The main premise is to get to level 10 first, yup thats all!

You start the game as a level 1 human, you are dealt eight cards (four door and four treasure), these cards will be a mixture of Monsters, weapons, curses, potions, races, classes and special items.

The weapons will give you bonuses, so as a level 1 human with a rat on a stick with a +1 (hey its better than nothing) will mean you have +2 to attack with. This is good if you have to fight a level 1 monster, but you will either need help from another player or run away.

As you defeat monsters you go up a level and get treasure, increasing your attack points, potions and curses as you go.

When you get a few levels ahead of the other players, they will backstab you to stop you from  winning. This can be done in any number of ways, cursing the player to lose bonuses, stealing items, stopping them from defeating a monster or aiding the monster by giving it additional bonuses.

For a more coherent overview I would suggest watching the episode on TableTop.

We agreed that we would go to Mr A’s house one Saturday and the introduction would begin. Due to having the deluxe version (comes with a board and figures) of the game we set up on the coffee table and started.

The next thing we knew SIX HOURS HAD GONE BY!!

We played quite a few games, laughed through out, and without knowing started something which has grown.

We left Mr A’s and the next time we saw each other we discussed meeting up again, we now have regular chats as a three via Whatsapp discussing each of our geeky passions, spurring each other on, offering advice and continuing to laugh!

The geek circle grows! (I won’t leave it so long next time!)

That New Game Experience

More often than not, when there is some quite time I will be watching Tabletop or The Dice Tower on YouTube. If something catches my eye I will text a friend, Mr S, will something like ‘this is worth a watch’ and wait for the response before giving my opinion.

My geekyness about tabletop games has rubbed off onto Mr S after introducing he and Mrs S to Munchkin, Mr S asked where I found the game and when I started explaining, alot of the references were to Tabletop. Since then we have regular conversations on the videos or what looks interesting to play.

The games I have got and use to introduce friends and familiy to other tabletop games have all come from me getting over excited watching Tabletop.

One evening whilst texting about Tabletop I suggested that Mr S should watch the Forumla D video. 20 minutes later a text came through:

‘Sweet! Formula D looks awesome, like it!!’

‘Hahaha, its different isn’t it!!’ Was my reply.

We then moved on to discussing our staple topics.

Last night Mrs J, myself and Mrs and Mrs S had an impromptu games session. After dinner we had the usual favourites ready, Munchkin, Zombie Dice, Qwirkle but Mr S added to the mix, Formula D was revealed.

Mr S and I explained the premise of the game and it received a good response from Mrs’ J and S. The game was set up and we settled down to play………….

In short Formula D is a risk taking strategy game, each player has a car, a gearbox counter with scorecard. The aim of the game is to finish the race first, simple.

There is a catch though, speed depends on which gear you are in and the gear signifies the dice which you roll. Heres a brief explination:

1st gear – yellow die – 1-2spaces
2nd gear – orange die – 2-4spaces
3rd gear – red die – 4-8spaces
4th gear – green die -7-12spaces
5th gear – purple die – 11-20spaces
6th gear – blue die – 21-30spaces

Add to the mix each for corner on the track there is a requirement to stop the designated times (1,2 or 3 times dependant on how difficult the corner is).

If you end up stopping on your die roll too close to another racer, you and the player who you stopped close to have to roll the Danger dice. This d20 will let you if your car has taken damage.

The game comes with two courses, Monaco and a street track. There are also different types of car, a F1 type car and a street car.

We raced using the begineers rule of each player gets 18wp (wreck points). These come in to play if you take damage by getting too close to another racer, or if you do not stop in the red zones of the corners the stated number of times you take as much damage as the number of spaces over shot.

The better you roll, the faster you go, changing gears to take corners. If you change down too quickly you put strain on your gear box and loose WP. Go from 5th to 3rd you loose 1WP, 5th to 2nd you loose 2WP.

In the end we completed three races, two using the Monaco track and one on the street track, with which ever cars took our fancy. Each time the races were varied and so much fun.

I can say this is only the second game that has given me the ‘WOW, that was amazing! Lets play again!’ Feeling straight away.

When I initially watched the Tabletop episode featuring Formula D I thought the game looked good but Mrs J wouldn’t be a fan because of the racing element. I was really wrong! Both Mrs J and Mrs S really enjoyed the game and were looking forward to racing again.

This is why I really enjoy Tabletop gaming, finding the game that connects with everyone is amazing. When the races had finished we were all talking and disscussing the game, what we would have done differently and looking forward to playing again. Formula D is definatley a game I look forward to playing again and most probably again, and again.

Thank you Mr S for sharing this game!

J

Heres a shot of us racing f1 cars on the street track, the yellow two signifies the amount of time you need to stop in the red/white corner area.

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Games Night Part 1

On a regular basis, Mrs J and I with a few friends, get together for a games night, its a chance for us all to catch up, eat good food and play table top games.

One couple hosts and feeds, one couple supplies pud, one couple brings the beverages.

Tonight its our turn to host, and I’ve gone slightly off piste.

A few months ago I had a bright idea, a ‘why not for a change create a fun competition for games night’ kind of idea.

I ran the idea past Mrs J who was on board then drafted an invitation email to send to all parties, the response was positive so being the geeky kind of chap I am I then made a trophy and various other ‘bits’.

All is a suprise for now!

I will post an update of the night, im just finishing the last bits now! 5 hours to go!

J

Update:Unfortunately one of our friends was not able to attend so we have postponed the GNWC evening till we can all participate and enjoy together.