Friday, May 30, 2014

Coming out of my corner swinging

Three lists.
Two unconventional lists and one noncompetitive caster.
Lets look at them, shall we?

Who is your warcaster and what does (s)he do?
[That's rough on the throat...damn...]

35points [ Goreshade the Bastard ] WC:1 WJ:4 U:4 S:4
Goreshade the Bastard(*6points)
* Stalker(4points)
* Stalker(4points)
* Stalker(4points)
* Stalker(0points)
Cylena Raefyll & Nyss Hunters(7points)(6models)
Bane Thralls(5points)(6models)
Bane Thralls(5points)(6models)
Bane Thralls(5points)(6models)
Bane Lord Tartarus(4points)
Machine Wraith(1points)
Machine Wraith(1points)
Machine Wraith(1points)

     This is the generic take all comers list.  With +1 to the starting roll, Advance Move for the Banes, and Advance Deployment for the Stalkers this is much faster than it appears.  Its stealth heavy, responds to enemy deployment, and basically starts 15 inches into the field.
     There's a lot of discussion on whether or not to go first or second.  This one likes to go second to take advantage of that extra 3 inches and be at the halfway point on the board in turn 2.
There are a few lists that skew heavily against it - Gatormen Shamen and Alexia come to mind.

35points [ Scaverous ] WC:1 WJ:2 U:3 S:8
* Nightwretch(4points)
* Nightwretch(4points)
Blackbane's Ghost Raiders(6points)(6models)
Bile Thralls(5points)(6models)
Skarlock Thrall(2points)
Pistol Wraith(3points)
Pistol Wraith(3points)
Machine Wraith(1points)
Machine Wraith(1points)
Madelyn Corbeau, Ordic Courtesan(2points)
The Withershadow Combine(5points)(3models)
Warwitch Siren(2points)

     Warjacks and assassination vectors abound.  The math says this can pop a caster on turn 1 just outside their deployment zone.  My biggest concerns with this list are Colossals and character jacks.

35points [ Witch Coven ] WC:1 WJ:6 U:1 S:6
Witch Coven(*5points)
* Nightwretch(4points)
* Nightwretch(4points)
Iron Lich Overseer(3points)
* Slayer(4points)
* Slayer(4points)
Iron Lich Overseer(3points)
* Slayer(4points)
* Slayer(4points)
Bile Thralls(5points)(6models)
Machine Wraith(1points)
Machine Wraith(1points)
Machine Wraith(1points)
Warwitch Siren(2points)

I still haven't figured out this list.  Medium advance with an interesting beatstick, but I Must play midfield support of I lose the coven.
I lose the coven a lot.

Good luck to everyone!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Season 2 Episode 19: The Memorial Day cookout

Grab a beer, a hamburger, and relax to the soothing sounds of the Beerthralls' cookout!
03:12 Talk about V
04:46 The habits of Memorial Day and the Wounded Warriors' Project

Wounded Warrior project link:

20:30 Dear God, Nathan! More terrain talk?
33:40 Nathan, show us on the doll where the mean elephant touched you.
40:00 Your faction's Facebook page
46:26 Skin Games came one day early and other Nerdery
53:35 Our Breweries
59.32 We try to get back on topic
1:00:00 Once again turn your tables 90 degrees
1:08:00 Close out


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Zomg! Teh lazies!

So you probably noticed that we've stopped posting for almost a month now. We've been lazy.
We make a podcast once a week but we don't hand out homework at the end of the damn thing. We should be fixing that shortly.
Our cat herder ( Because cat boy sounds somewhere between juvenile baseball And super hero anime furry) can attest :Keeping us on topic is difficult enough!
We are however aware of the things we're behind on:
"Painting Nemo"  - A project Orange Crush themed army.
Our table - interestingly there was a Kickstarter that blew the wind out of our sails on this.  We should talk soon about coming back around to this.
Then there's a video we shot.. Topic Boy apparently wanted to avoid this so hard he got engaged.  We haven't forgotten.
This year's genuine project Orange Crush...Legion of Orangeblight?
Warmachine Weekend
NoVa Open
Damn we got some stuff going on!
And in the next few days we have
Of course there's Memorial Day weekend
And a tournament at The End Games on the 31st where we get to watch our enabler lose time and again while we point and laugh!
More stuff coming this year!
Grab a scorecard and make your bets as to what gets done!

Who is your Enabler, and what does he do?

I stole the Enabler's phone to make this post!

So, not only is it Memorial Day weekend so you need to help donate to the Wounded Warrior Project

Raise a pint to our soldiers that gave their all to protect what we have while you barbequeue this weekend.


Monday, May 19, 2014

Season 2 Episode 18: This is where NCIS hides the bodies

No seriously... we are at the Forge Brew Works in Lorton, VA. You know. Where NCIS always finds a body.

01:25 Godzilla
03:08 Forge Brew Works
06:57 Cheers
09:07 Anne has rejected another beer
10:20 Deep water and amphibious models
21:20 Conversion rules
35:05 We are huge in Japan
55:00 Upcoming ideas

Wounded Warrior Project raffle!

Select Huzzah Hobbies!

1:01:29 Close out


Practice makes perfect. Pt. 1

As a player of possibly the least conventional faction lists I am a proponent of trying new things. Things outside the norm, and well outside what most would call a comfort zone.

I wanted to talk a little about practicing what I preach. Lucky you.

This had originally started out as a screed against those cookie cutter so called "top tier" casters and lists. I came to the realization that I sincerely don't care. I will never be able to convince my fellow Cryx Players that the "moar banez" doctrine is stupid.  There's another cliche for each of the  factions.

Having read the forums about Warmachine for 8 years now I think I've seen every round of adoration for every model.   It bores me to tears.

Don't get me wrong I'm all for going with what works. Unlike in Street Fighter you can't just spam the A button.  There's a way around everything.  There is no perfect synergy.

"But what about supermegaheroguy? He's the best in the world!" Do. Not. Care. If we spend our time learning how to beat SMHG we're not spending that time leading to play better. In fact we're learning to play worse - If SMHG Flips the script and plays to beat his own hard counters... oh wait we've already seen that.

I get stuck on this topic a lot: More banes is not necessarily more good.  Apparently some players are insane and insist that this is the only way to go.   The "More Banes" yheory simply doesn't fly anymore. The reason I'm so about describing Cryx in particular Is that I am so very familiar with it.

Blah blah blah Top Tier caster blah blah.  You simply don't understand your casters. You don't get your whole  toolbox and your opponents know it.

I'd love to say the any one unit is empirically better than any other. For every argument I could make  there are at least two counter arguments against.  My personal favorite is "bane x". Most argumentation is done in a vacuum. Perfect strategic position, and perfect timing are the crux of any of these arguments.

Every unit has a purpose. Sometimes the applications are niche like the boarding party, or broad like banes.  The trick is to not judge in a void but to look at best /worst cases.  Sometimes a single bile thrall is worth more than 18 bane thralls and vice versa. More educated game theory and more mature reasoning would tell me a unit's value is all about the exchange we can make it create. 

People who do the same safe thing over and over only teach how to counter that tactic.


Monday, May 12, 2014

Season 2 Episode 17: Just a small fix

Happy Nathan's Mom day! We are at the house with a small group because... well... we had beer and everything was packet. We talk about the new errata, Gatormen, and stuff.

We babble. No timestamps =)


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Season 2 Episode 16: There's a pig we have to kick

Welcome! That's right. We start with Bacon Beer and end with more babbling!
04:51 We have seen the first people ejected from the Alamo
11:12 Beer Talk: What is a flight of beers?
12:12 Owen informs us of something important
16:24 Minute Rant: Nathan
18:25 Minute Rant: Nyan Cat
22:08 How to set up your War 
29:55 Dominar Rasheth goes epic 
32:42 And back 
37:38 Sidetrack to Incorporeal 
40:47 local and national Meta 
1:00:11 FoodMachine 2014
1:04:01 Closing and Nathan's story


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