Saturday, June 28, 2014

Pokemon and YUGIOH

Arkham Games has now added Pokemon cards to it's repertoire of games supported. I had played the Game Boy Game many years ago, and I absolutely loved it. I bought a starter deck, and I am trying to create an all Fighting type deck. Regardless of its competitiveness, I really enjoy the fighting type Pokemon. I will be slowly working on a deck to participate in those events.

The YUGIOH crowd at Arkham has been really cool about helping me get into the game. A guy even helped me build a deck and is willing to sell me the cards. Awesome! I also played YUGIOH many years ago, and I enjoyed the game immensely.

I have this urge to be able to participate in any event throughout a given week. I already play the other games during the week, so now with an easy transition into both Pokemon and YUGIOH, I can play ALL THE GAMES! 

Ladder League Incoming

A miracle occurred a few days ago. The community for 40k at Arkham Games came to a strong collaboration on an event for the strengthening of the minis night. We threw some ideas and thoughts on a Facebook thread, and we came to a rousing conclusion. The positive thoughts and discussion were all constructive and meaningful, which was a pleasant change for all.

The community decided upon an Escalating Ladder League. A Ladder League requires each of the participants to be seeded in an order. The number 1 seed remains at the top of the League, while the others take lower spots. The lower seeds challenge higher seeds to switch places with them. As the players switch seeds, a sort of ranking is formed over the length of the event. The top seed is the winner at the conclusion of the league. The escalation refers to the increase of point totals as the league continues. The first month league, for example, would start at 500 points. The next month would increase to 1,000. This escalation will hopefully attract new players with a low-cost entry point for the event itself.

The fun part of this ladder league involves a raffle for half of the prize money dependent on playing games on the minis night. A person can win the raffle and earn some money to fund the hobby, and it brings people in on Thursdays to play 40k. Everyone wins. There is a structured event, the raffle and escalation should hopefully attract new blood, and the veterans have a chance to improve their play.

Overall, I am really excited for this event. I think this is the BEST solution for the issues the 40k community has been involved in. I can't wait to compete and see if this can bring in new members for the community.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Magic 2015 Core Set

The new reveals for the Magic Core Set have been absolutely awesome. I haven't seen cards this cool in quite a long while. I finally can figure out what I want to play in Standard and even lesser formats just to have a good time and even be competitive.

Here are some of my personal favorites from the reveals thus far:

Friday, June 20, 2014

Escalation of Power in 7ed

After playing one game of 7th edition, the game has not really changed much. There are some details that are nuanced in their nature, such as rolling weapon types at once, declaring jink and skyfire, but the important steps are mostly the same. 

My game yesterday featured a new addition to my Grey Knight force in the Stormraven. The mind strike missiles were the best weapon for knocking down a psyker, and I think it has some serious potential for handling the psyker heavy armies. In general throwing Draigo and paladins was a poor choice, but I was just looking to experiment with the model. 

A noteworthy part of the game was the caliber of list my opponent brought. As a newer player, his lists were in the earliest stages of development. After some advice, they have improved to be tournament worthy lists. This is a solid indicator for me as a 40k player to increase my level of competitive play. I have always enjoyed 40k at that high level of play, and I would like to return to it. As I play, my lists will hopefully improve and manage to become better over time.

I have a very slight concern for the negative responses to return, but I think the crowd has improved beyond that reaction.