Sunday, 10 August 2014

my new obsession - Star trek attack wing

My new obsession...



Over the past few months i have been playing Star Trek Attack Wing (STAW). I started because i play X-wing the Star wars version as i am a big SW fan and the fact that STAW uses the same rules system (flightpath system) was a huge bonus to me, it saved me learning another set of rules. Also with the painting list getting bigger and bigger, pre painted miniature was a very welcome bonus. 


Starter set


Before i started playing this game, i can honestly say that i wasn't a star trek fan. Don't get me wrong i enjoyed the original movies, when i was growing up (Star Trek IV The voyage home was always a favourite) but i didn't watch any of the series in the star trek franchise. It took a friend to persuade me to buy the game, and i'm glad i did.



After getting a few of the expansion ships i started looking for the episodes the ships where featured in to get a bit of context for the ships and crew. The ships come from all corners of the star trek universe from the Klingon D7  I.K.S Gr'oth  ship from the Trouble with tribbles , an original series episode to the U.S.S Equinox from Voyager.



Klingon D7 class I.K.S Gr'oth 
Nova Class U.S.S Equinox


Each of the expansions come with a mission card so you can play a mission that usually has relevance to its involvement in the story. For example the U.S.S Reliant  has the mission card that lets you re fight the battle against Khan in the Mutara Nebula. This is one of the appeals for me, that is to replay all the battles in the original films.

Fleet Building
The massive choice of ships and captain's gives you great flexibility as the captains don't have to stay with the ships that they came with, they can even cross faction. So you can have Jean-luc Picard on a Borg tactical cube can be locutus of borg, or Kirk onboard the Klingon bird of prey with his crew.


Kirk onboard the Klingon bird of prey with his crew in Star trek IV

The upgrades are my favourite part of the fleet building. Each ship as different upgrade slots depending on the class. These vary from crew, tech and weapon upgrades. Some captains have access to elite talents. 


Crew upgrades


Weapon and a tech upgrade 




Compared to X-wing there is a lot more factions you can use if you wanted to play pure non mixed forces.

I prefer to play with pure single faction forces. 

The choices available are

  • Federation
  • Klingon
  • Romulan
  • Dominion
  • Borg
  • Species 8472
  • Kazon
  • Bajoran
  • Ferengi
  • Independents
  • Mirror universe
  • Vulcan





The Miniatures

The miniatures are good and detailed,  but the paint job is what lets everything down. the range as a whole is a bit hit or miss. Some ships look fantastic like the U.S.S Equinox and the U.S.S Excelsior. but others look bland and are in need of a details like the Borg Tactical Cube, i had to add a few patches of bright green and a dark wash to make it look less plastic.
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Gameplay

The Flightpath system is a very good system but what set this apart from the x-wing game is that the game is more about the crew and upgrade actions. This you have to make a choice of which actions to use, not just out pilot them. So in the end it does capture the feel of a star trek battle, instead of a dogfight which x-wing does very well. Compared to X-wing the ships hit hard but dodge very little and all ships will have shields, helping to reinforce the cruiser type conflict.

The Missions cards in each expansion is a very good idea for refights with different ships, like the Kobayashi Maru mission with the Enterprise-D or the Voyager.
The multiple factions available leads well for Multiplayers games, the starter set promotes it further with three factions included. 

The large variety of crew and cross faction upgrades, makes each battle feel like its own mini episode.

My collection

Federation 

  • U.S.S Enterprise - Constitution class
  • U.S.S Enterprise Refit - Constitution class
  • U.S.S Enterprise- D - Galaxy class
  • U.S.S Reliant - Miranda class
  • U.S.S Excelsior - Excelsior class
  • U.S.S Voyager - Intrepid class
  • U.S.S Equinox - Nova class
U.S.S Voyager - Intrepid class



Klingon

  • I.K.S Gr'oth - D7 Class
  • I.K.S Kronos one - K'tinga Class
  • I.K.S Maht-H'a - Vor'cha Class
I.K.S Kronos one - K'tinga Class

Romulan
  • I.R.W. Khazara - D'Deridex Class
  • I.R.W. Gal Gath'thong - Romulan bird-of-prey
  • R.I.S Apnex - Romulan Science Vessel

I.R.W. Khazara - D'Deridex Class

Borg
  • Tactical Cube 138 - Borg Tactical Cube
  • Borg Sphere 4270 - Borg Sphere
  • Borg Soong - Borg Ship Type 03
Tactical Cube 138 - Borg Tactical Cube
Bajoran

  • Interceptor 5 - Bajoran Interceptor


And no doubt more will be coming soon

"I'm from Iowa, i only work in outer space." - Kirk

Sunday, 30 March 2014

Legend of the five rings - Ivory edition CCG - Draft



Legend of the five rings - Ivory edition CCG - Draft

This was the first Legend of the five rings draft that most of us had done. (six out of the eight players) We have been playing with our constructed decks since the release of ivory edition, and all of us were looking forward to drafting. Mark Wootton (AEG Games designer) was their to give advice on how to draft (Holdings to Personalities ratio etc)
The event took place at one of my LGS Major Arcana were the game has really taken off.
During the draft other people were also getting demo games too.

The draft rules were included in most of the Ivory edition booster packs along with  draft strongholds. Both Fate Dynasty decks have to have a minimum of twenty cards.

The Draft Strongholds (going first and second)


Deck Construction and Picks

The early picks i started off with unaligned personalities such as Komori Taruko and then spells for the Shugenja's. After the second booster pack I decided to pick Scorpions as one of my clans with Crane being the other. My decision was made for me after i landed my second Bayushi Meiko. and a Bayushi Masashi.


The Cranes i managed to pick were a Kakita Amiki, Doji Dainagon, Daidoji Tanshi and a couple of Kakita Ibara.  and to just give the deck an bit more shugenja i added the unaligned personality Yotsu Shinzai




It was quite tough to limit each deck to just twenty cards. Kakita Amiki didn't make the cut along with Shosuro Tosaku

 


Holdings i picked was Slanderer, one of my two rares i drafted.



 And thus the Scorpion Crane alliance was born.


Game 1
Against Liam running a Spider/Scorpion Union

Scorpion/Crane went first
The Spiders equipped a lot of weapons and followers and attacked my provinces early forcing me to defend, after some small skirmishes causing my opponent to fall back his troops, and causing minimal casualties but enough for me to keep gaining the honour from battle resolution.  the Crane Courtier Doji Dainagon lobbied for the imperial favour to help keep the Spider/Scorpions back. A few turns of gathering troops, the spider player ran out of cards in his dynasty decks. i was able to hold back the spider attack and gained enough honour to win by honour at the start of my turn.
Honour Victory

Game 2
Against Mark using a Phoenix/Crane treaty
Scorpion/Crane went second.
The game was quite a quiet game with both forces just happy to gather forces and the Phoenix/ Crane gaining Honour with three of the holding Kabuki theatre troupe and high proclaims, after my opponent reached thirty honour i decided i couldn't wait longer and i had to launch an attack on his provinces. I managed to take down one of his province but it was made more difficult with Encircled terrain. the next turn i issued a challenge with Katika Ibara on the Phoenix shugenja Agasha Kyokuta. I won the duel and managed to equip the Sadamune blade as a focus effect.

 V

 The Phoenix/Crane left with two provinces and now on forty honour at the end of his turn i had to go all out and try and take out his provinces, however i was beaten back and the Phoenix /Crane won via honour.
Honour Defeat


Game 3
Against Dan playing a Unicorn/Dragon coalition
 Scorpion/Crane went first
Pretty much from the start personalities were equipped with high force followers and and started to attack all out, then lose a province to the counter attack. The turning point was when the Unicorn/Dragon only had one province left and three personalities available. Two non equipped low force personalities and one personality with two followers that could take out a province by itself. My personalities were all bowed from attacking and destroying two of the provinces from the turn before. The Unicorn/dragons were faced with a choice and was worried in case i had cards in hand that could unbow units and personalities. So playing it safe Tamori Shaisen issued a challenge to Bayushi Meiko (who was sitting as a force nine unit , as she had the heavy infantry follower attached)

         V

Meiko lost the duel and was destroyed, however Shaisen was bowed as a focus effect.
the Last personality that the unicorn/dragons had unbowed was given two followers to get enough force to destroy my last two provinces unopposed.
Military Defeat


Results 
  1. Mark - Crane/Phoenix
  2. Alastair - Lion/Crane
  3. Dan - Unicorn/Dragon
  4. Brady - Dragon/Lion
  5. Kenzie - Scorpion/Crane
  6. Irish - Scorpion/Mantis
  7. Liam - Spider/Scorpion
  8. Ross - Crabs/Unicorn

I placed fifth out of eight

Rare Picks:




A choice of a Promo 
This card was a play set promo pick  


Promo card
This card was given to everyone who took part in the draft. 

All in all it was a great day and managed to play a new players and try out some clans i had never considered using before. I'd definitely want to take part in another legend of the five rings draft and i am considering going down to the Kotei later in the year. 
So look out for my report on that event. 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Dreadball - Azure Forest League - Week 4



Dreadball - Azure Forest League - Week 4




Hello Sports fans, thank you for joining the OSQDB network for the thrilling highlights of the Galactic tour series week four. My Name is Eddie Alba and I'm here in the Blue moon of Azure IX for the Azure forest league. 

This week we have a handful of MVP's are up for grabs.

A'teo Adysi - Joined the Teo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard in Pod A
Drake - 
Joined the New Luna Elements in Pod A
The Praetorian - 
 Joined the Wraith Children in Pod B
Dozer-
 Joined the New Luna Elements in Pod A
Reek Rolat-
 Not Hired
Gorim Ironstone Joined the Major Nuggets in Pod B
Gabe -
 Not Hired
The Veteran 
Joined theTeo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard Project in Pod A 
Big Mech - Joined the Eurocorp's Eugenics Project in Pod C



Week Four Pods

Pod A

Dwarves under the Mountain - Forgefathers
IRN Wildcats - Trontek Humans
Teo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard - Trontek Humans
New Luna Elements - Void Siren Humans


Pod B

Team Kappatate -  Teratons
Major Nuggets -  Forgefathers
Wraith Children -  Asterians
Dagobah Monks - Judwan



Pod C

Eurocorp's Eugenics Project - Zee
Hard Carries - Void Siren Humans
Barr's Girder Grinders - Trontek Humans
Silence - Judwan*  - Tip Tap went the Crab - Nameless

* the Judwan team Silence have had pull out of the Azure league, to be replaced by Tip Tap went the Crab - Nameless 




Pod A

Round one - Highlights

New Luna Elements Teo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

IRN Wildcats Dwarves under the Mountain 
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Scores 
Score - ( )  league points

  New Luna Elements 1 (2) v 0 (1) Teo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard

 IRN Wildcats 0 (0) v 7 (3) Dwarves under the Mountain

Round two - Highlights

New Luna Elements   IRN Wildcats
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Dwarves under the Mountain V Teo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++


Scores 
Score - ( )  league points

 New Luna Elements  0 (1) v 3 (2)  IRN Wildcats

 Dwarves under the Mountain 3 (2) v 0 (1) Teo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard

Round three - Highlights

IRN Wildcats Teo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Dwarves under the Mountain New Luna Elements
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Scores 
Score - ( )  league points

 IRN Wildcats  7 (3) v 0 (0) Teo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard

 Dwarves under the Mountain 0 (0) v 7 (3) New Luna Elements


Pod A final League standings

 Team name - League points - Team rating-  (Strike difference)

New Luna Elements  - 6 - 267 - (+16)
Dwarves under the Mountain - 5 - 309 - (+3)
IRN Wildcats - 5 - 257 - (+3)
Teo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard - 2 - 243 - (-11)

Pod B

Round one - Highlights

Team Kappatate V Wraith Children




Dagobah Monks Major Nuggets
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Scores 
Score - ( )  league points

Team Kappatate  0 (1) v 3 (2) Wraith Children

 Dagobah Monk 7 (3) v 0 (0) Major Nuggets

Round two - Highlights

Wraith Children Major Nuggets



Team Kappatate  Dagobah Monks
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Scores 
Score - ( )  league points

Wraith Children  7 (3) v 0 (0) Major Nuggets

 Team Kappatate 0 (0) v 7 (3) Dagobah Monks

Round three - Highlights

Wraith Children Dagobah Monks





Team Kappatate Major Nuggets
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Scores 
Score - ( )  league points

 Wraith Children  0 (0) v 7 (3) Dagobah Monks

 Team Kappatate 0 (0) v 7(3) Major Nuggets


Pod B final League standings

 Team name - League points - Team rating-  (Strike difference)

Dagobah Monks - 9 - 230 - (+21)
Wraith Children - 5 - 196 - (+3)
Major Nuggets - 3- 226 - (-7)
Team Kappatate - 1- 231 - (-17)


Pod C

Round one - Highlights

Barr's Girder Grinders V Eurocorp's Eugenics Project 





Hard Carries V Tip Tap went the Crab
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Scores 
Score - ( )  league points

 Barr's Girder Grinders  1 (2) v 0 (1) Eurocorp's Eugenics Project 

 Hard Carries 7 (3) v 0 (0) Tip Tap went the Crab

Round two - Highlights

Hard Carries V Barr's Girder Grinders
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Eurocorp's Eugenics Project  V Tip Tap went the Crab
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Scores 
Score - ( )  league points

Hard Carries  0 (1) v 2 (2)  Barr's Girder Grinders

 Eurocorp's Eugenics Project  0 (2) v 0 (1) Tip Tap went the Crab

Round three - Highlights

Barr's Girder Grinders Tip Tap went the Crab
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Eurocorp's Eugenics Project  V Hard Carries
++Unfortunately the Vidpix operator have been taken by a bad case of Jungle Sickness so no vidpix were taken++

Scores 
Score - ( )  league points

 Barr's Girder Grinders  7 (3) v 0 (0) Tip Tap went the Crab

 Eurocorp's Eugenics Project  0 (1) v 2 (2) Hard Carries


Pod C final League standings

 Team name - League points - Team rating-  (Strike difference)

Barr's Girder Grinders - 7 - 220 - (+10)
Hard Carries - 6 - 208 - (+7)
Eurocorp's Eugenics Project - 4 - 197 - (-3)
Tip Tap went the Crab - 1 - 155 - (-14)



Final League standings Recap


 Team name - League points - Team rating-  (Strike difference)

Pod A


New Luna Elements  - 6 - 267 - (+16)
Dwarves under the Mountain - 5 - 309 - (+3)
IRN Wildcats - 5 - 257 - (+3)
Teo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard - 2 - 243 - (-11)

Pod B


Dagobah Monks - 9 - 230 - (+21)
Wraith Children - 5 - 196 - (+3)
Major Nuggets - 3- 226 - (-7)
Team Kappatate - 1- 231 - (-17)

Pod C


Barr's Girder Grinders - 7 - 220 - (+10)
Hard Carries - 6 - 208 - (+7)
Eurocorp's Eugenics Project - 4 - 197 - (-3)
Tip Tap went the Crab - 1 - 155 - (-14)



Total League Points

 Team name - League points - Team rating-  (Strike difference)


  1. IRN Wildcats - 26 - 257 - (+29)
  2. Dagobah Monks - 25 - 230 - (+40)
  3. Teo-Ti- Wakan Temple Guard - 24 - 243 - (+31)
  4. Wraith Children - 22 - 196 - (+23)
  5. New Luna Elements  - 20 - 267 - (+9)
  6. Barr's Girder Grinders - 18 - 220 - (-3)
  7. Dwarves under the Mountain - 17 - 309 - (-6)
  8. Hard Carries - 15 - 208 - (-9)
  9. Major Nuggets - 15 - 226 - (-15)
  10. Eurocorp's Eugenics Project - 11 - 197 - (+9)
  11. Team Kappatate - 7 - 197 - (-46)
  12. Tip Tap went the Crab - 1 - 155 - (-14)


Next week we will check out the biggest cheers. So stay tuned and remember this was brought to you by the Exotic fragrance that is "Judwan No.5"