Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tis Nice

It is nice to feel appreciated sometimes. On the Facebook page of Arkham, there has been much talk of balancing Kill Points, Objective contesting/scoring etc. Whether the arguments on either side are legitimate or well thought, people are so far in agreement about my scoring system. Everyone thought it was incredibly balanced, and they have enjoyed playing games with it. I am glad that people like my idea; it reminds me that I can have some good ideas :P .

Friday, October 21, 2011

So many choices!

So, I will admit. I have fallen into the Grey Knight craze just a tiny bit. I am not head over heels for the codex, but I definitely acknowledge the awesomeness within. Like every 5e codex so far, there are some balls ass awesome choices, with some chumps thrown in.

My plan with the Grey Knights codex to field a primarily Terminator based army. I have about 15 Terminators that I have not used in about a year or two. 5 will go to making some Thunder Hammer and Storm Shield Assault Terminators to complete a squad of 10. The other ten will be the basis for some Grey Knight Terminators.

Now there are some interesting choices within the Grey Knights codex for running a primarily Terminator list. First, regular Terminators are indeed a troops choice. 40 points per model, running around with a Storm Bolter and 2+/4++ base. Hammerhand comes stock of course. These require no special characters, no other gimmicks or taxes, just basic scoring unit goodness. Definitely a decent choice.

To compare them though, there are the Paladins. WS 5, 2 wound, 2+/4++ combat fiends for 55 points. Not to mention the chance for Feel No Pain, a S5 large blast, and double the amount of special weapons. The trick, however, is the addition of Draigo for Troop status, and the ridiculous investment in this unit.

I am having a very hard time making the choice between the two. I think they both have their merits in the grand scheme of things, but my gut says Paladins, for the sheer ridiculous.

Thoughts on some army composition? Minus Coteaz. For now at least :P

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Blood Bowl is awesome!

Today, I played my first full game of Blood Bowl. It is a hell of a game. My first opponent in our ABBL was John with his Undead. It was a back and forth game, with my Dwarves beating the hell out of the undead. Bad luck shot it down for me in the end, and John earned an overtime victory.

If you ever have the chance to play Blood Bowl, you really should. It's fun, fast, and furious. I am very glad that I joined this league.

Upgrade to 1850!

So I want to bump up my 1500 Space Wolves list to 1850 for a possible tournament in Pittsburgh. I don't know what the missions are yet, but if they release them ahead of time, I will certainly make edits.

Hq
Njal-245

Elites
3 Wolf Guard (3x Power Fist, combi-Melta)-129
5 Wolf Scouts-85
5 Wolf Scouts-85

Troops
3x(7 Grey Hunters, Wolf Standard, Meltagun, Rhino)- 155

Fast Attack
2x(Land Speeder, Multi-Melta, Heavy Flamer, taking up two slots)

Heavy Support
3x (5 Long Fangs, 4 Missile Launchers)

This list has been performing very well recently, so I think i'm gonna stick with it for a while. I have a number of units I could add in to bump up, but I wanted to see what you guys thought would be good options.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Why Do I Even Bother?

Why do I bother reading the mainstream blog sites? The ones in particular that I read are Kirby's Blog and YTTH (on the rarest of occasions. Stelek is a massive whiner. I'd feel bad if he wasn't a total online asshole.)

Anyway, I question reading these blogs anymore because of this post:
http://kirbysblog-ic.blogspot.com/2011/10/comparison-games-workshop-privateer.html

The post itself is pretty good. It's a fair analysis of each company. What I hate most are the comments.The negativity in these posts is toxic. I don't feel any more knowledgeable or informed about the topic. I just feel depressed.

I admit, I complain about a number of things in life. Bills, professors, people, and a myriad of other things will come up in conversation fairly unfavorably. Everyone does it. The trick is when to complain and how. To complain on a blog, which has been defined a group interested in furthering the 40k experience, seems out of place.

I love to blog, don't get me wrong. While only 5 people read it regularly, I feel more connected to those people. They share their opinions, and I can give mine. It's an equitable system. I do not like the toxic nature of these mainstream blogs.

I think I may just stick to the secondary level bloggers. These guys love the game. They have good insight and information. Maybe this will inspire me to write more of my own material! I certainly hope so.

Maybe I am being a lame-o and shying away from the reality of the situation. Perhaps. I accept this though, and I'm gonna do what I love: Gaming.

So, forget all of you whiny bitches.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

FrOG's Fury! Arkham Tournament 10-15-11

A very successful tournament! We had 12 participants in the tournament, each played three games. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves immensely. My parents provided some pizza for everyone (Thank you!), and we all had a great time.

Some comments about the Tournament:

Parameter Points:
I think this system actually worked out fairly well. We ended up with two 3-0 players, but the Parameter Points clearly show who was the more dominant player between the two. In addition, the painting score bonus, surprisingly, did have an effect on the overall score. The Best General brought Orks, that were very well painted. Lots of conversions, solid paint scheme, and every last model was painted. The bonus did help swing it in his favor at the end.

List checking:
I did have some problems with incorrect and illegal lists. I do not think this was done out of maliciousness, but it was the product of some math and reading errors. I need to find a way to check the lists for correctness ahead of time. I imagine an email based submission ahead of time is more appropriate. In the end, justice was met, and the player apologized. No harm, no foul.

Prize Support:
I think the prize support could have been a little better. I am debating whether to increase fees for increased prize support. I will have to ask the store crowd their feelings on the matter.

Mission Parameters:
I received a few critiques on this part. Some thought 5 objectives was too much, others thought it was fine, etc. For the time being, I feel that 5 objectives is as fair as I can possibly make it. It creates a balanced board making each game systematically the same. I want to see if I can develop a few more mission parameters for the next tournament, just to add some spice.

Overall, if I do say so myself, it was very well run and things went smoothly. On the flip side of things, let me do a little analysis of actual game play.

Orks took first place, and Dark Eldar took second and third. This was very surprising to me. I did not expect these rankings. I think the local meta supports a very infantry based outlook on the game. Pairings also took a tole on the games. In addition, there were no high tier codexes in play.
1 Orks, 3 Dark Eldar, 1 Daemons, 2 Chaos Space Marines, 1 Black Templar, 2 Space Marines, 1 Tyranids, and 1 Eldar.  Very atypical presentation of codexes. Black Templar player took Player's choice, and the Nurgle CSM earned the Best Painted award.

Both Orks and Dark Eldar contained a number of vehicles in their lists. The other players had very few vehicles. These two codexes dominate the infantry game, hence, they placed very well.

Terrain and lists were fairly balanced. Nothing crazy.

All in all, it was a great tournament. I hope to host more of these as time progresses. Please leave a comment if you have a question/critique/bitch/ or other constructive criticism.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

2,000 Chaos Daemons

Great Unclean One-220
Cloud of Flies, Breath of Chaos, Aura of Decay, Instrument of Chaos

(2) Heralds of Tzeentch-100 each
Chariot of Tzeentch, Master of Sorcery, Bolt of Tzeentch

4 Bloodcrushers-200
Fury of Khorne, Instrument of chaos, Chaos Icon

10 Bloodletters-170
Fury of Khorne

10 Bloodletters-195
Fury of Khorne, Chaos Icon

5 Plaguebearers-75

5 Plaguebearers-75

10 Horrors-180
Bolt of Tzeentch

10 Horrors-180
Bolt of Tzeentch

Soul Grinder-185

(2) Daemon Princes-160
Mark of Tzeentch, Bolt of Tzeentch, Daemonic Gaze

I have been brewing this list for a while now. It takes advantage of most of the stuff I have so far. I think it could definitely be effective, and it would be a more fun army to play. Of course, it could also prove useful in those odd tournaments. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Innistrad Release

A little late on this perhaps, but last week was the release of a new set in Magic: The Gathering. Innistrad is based heavily on Gothic themes of Werewolves, Vampires, and Humans.

For me, this set is not nearly as cool as it sounded. The flip cards are also fairly lackluster. One side is awesome; the other side really sucks. They also require spending money on sleeves... lame.

I have been improving my red aggro deck, and it has been kicking ass. My troll deck is as fun as ever, and I am working on an infect deck. We shall see about that.

Next week is my tournament! I'll definitely post a few things about that in the upcoming week. A recap will also be written.