Thursday, March 29, 2018

Adepticon 2018 - Giga-Robo Interview

This was a fun one! We got a chance to sit down with Giga-Robo and talked about their game of giant robots, throwing each other, destroying cities, and exclamation points!!!!





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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Adepticon 2018 - Breachstorm Interview

We sit down with the first interview of the night, Breachstorm: A sci-fi game small model count game coming to kickstarter soon. We pop a bottle of Dark Hallow and talk about how awesome we thought the game was.



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Adepticon 2018 Has Come and Gone

Between a 17 hour car drive from Northern VA in the snow and a 14 hour car drive back with a sick wife in the car there was an Adepticon! It was an interesting year and some things were better and some things were worse. All in all, this is the good, bad, and ugly of Adepticon 2018.

The Good:
Oh man... there was some amazing things at this year's Adepticon. Star Wars Legion was released and the events were amazing. The staff really pulled together to run events with people opening and playing the first time ever. X-Wing and Destiny had some huge turnouts. Anvil Eight, once again, stepped up and ran some great events and demos. The booth looked great and they were passing out free models to everyone who came by. Even the 40K and AoS guys were bringing it with some amazing tables.

So many smaller and Kickstarter companies were there pitching some original and interesting games (looking at you Giga-Robo and Breachstorm). Even though I didn't attend, we have had reports that the classes this year were better than last year. Even the vendor hall was packed with the regulars and was amazing.

Oh, and of course, our fans being awesome and joining us around the convention and heading off to dinner.

The Bad:
Son-of-a... Seriously Privateer Press. Seriously. Your booth with the size of a postage stamp. There was no demos and even the events were poorly attended this year. I will rip you apart on the swag bags later but, seriously, the biggest Adepticon to date and you didn't bring it. You didn't bring it so hard that the Wyrd Miniatures guys had a bigger room and more excitement at their booth. Wyrd! Why are you making me praise Wyrd?!

We get it, hotel. You don't like people sleeping on the couches and chairs in the hallways but did you have to take every chair and couch out of the area? People carrying a ton of crap around with them would like to sit and rest their backs. While we are at it: $10 for a Guinness?! The hell are you thinking? I could have gotten a 4 pack for $10! It was only $14 to buy a huge loaded up burger from the bar. Oh... and could you get more parking. All lots were filled by 8am.

Ah Crystal Brush... you never fail to disappoint me. Entries were at an all time low. Voting opened late again. Surprise, surprise... the popularity contest went to those people with the biggest following on CMON's site. The "top" prize winners shouldn't have been. Maybe its time you reevaluated what you are trying to do.

The Ugly:
Some you nasty people need to clean yourselves. Dear God.... I walked past one person and it smelled like they shat themselves. I mean, I get it... ha ha stinky gamers but there is a HUGE difference between "Oh man this guy has swamp ass" or "They didn't shower today..." and "HOLY GOD! Did you just give up and shit your pants so you can play more?!"

BONUS ROUND! Swag Bags:
CMON... I hate praising you also... but two thumbs up. Every bag got a two player starter box for Dark Age. Very nice. VIG bags also got two faction books for Dark Age. I was giddy because I love Dark Age and maybe I can get my locals to play.

There was also your smattering of models and bases. Couple of coupons and "buy X get X free!" deals. Wyrd threw in a mini and a storyline for their RPG. There was a Black Library calendar and a hard cover book for 40K. GO STEAMFORGED! A Godtear model AND Kick Off! in every bag! A card box and some pluck foam. Scale 75 threw in a model for their game.. which is fleeing my memory on the name... VIGs got the new Star Trek mini game and a few other small items. Not really impressed with the difference between the VIG and normal bag this year.

And then there is Privateer Press.... They threw in a hard cover book for a faction!... oh wait... those are useless now and there is what... three faction books since you stopped making them. Almost everyone I knew got Trollbloods. But wait! They threw in a starting box for a faction!!! no..no.. my mistake... it was a coupon for buy one get one free at the shop... and when I walked by there wasn't any on display... When we talked to the guy manning the booth he was completely clueless about everything going on...

Wrap Up:
I am not sure that the VIG bag was worth it this year. The whole con felt like there was more but less also. It was weird. It was packed and I am thinking that Adepticon has outgrown this hotel. Maybe it is time to look for a larger, more accommodating, location.

See you next year!
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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

New Godtear Beta video is up

Wanna see James and josh play the new rules of Godtear. Well check it out!

https://youtu.be/Z3eK7JOjbvA
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Season 6 Episode 3: Crucible Guard and Privateer Press Renews Our Spirit

Man this has been a week. Adepticon is quickly approaching and we took a few moments out of painting and packing to record an episode. Great thing is James' beer is on the table.

We discuss two things: James' post and how Privateer Press did something good to renew his spirit and the Crucible Guard.



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Kickstarter no more: Harry Potter Miniature Game moved to pre-orders

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Looks like Knight Models is moving away from Kickstarter and right into a Pre-Order on their own website.

From their web page (Source):
Dear customers,
Knight Models has decided to move the release of the Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure
Game to our website http://www.knightmodels.com.
We are aware of the great excitement and expectation that the Harry Potter Miniatures
Adventure Game is generating, and believe that this is the best way to ensure our product
reaches the greatest number of customers, with the fulfilment guarantee provided by our own channels.
Pre-orders for the Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game will start on March 14 at
http://www.knightmodels.com.
Stay tuned to Knight Models social media for all updates.
Thank you for your continued support.
The Knight Models Team.

Well interesting. I am wondering why the shift?
We also have updated prices on the core and miniature packs: https://www.knightmodelshp.com/copia-de-showcase-1
Dear customers,
Knight Models has decided to move the release of the Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure
Game to our website http://www.knightmodels.com.

We are aware of the great excitement and expectation that the Harry Potter Miniatures
Adventure Game is generating, and believe that this is the best way to ensure our product
reaches the greatest number of customers, with the fulfilment guarantee provided by our own channels.

Pre-orders for the Harry Potter Miniatures Adventure Game will start on March 14 at
http://www.knightmodels.com.
Stay tuned to Knight Models social media for all updates.

Thank you for your continued support.
The Knight Models Team.
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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Pathfinder Second Edition playtest is coming!

We are some huge geeks. Yes we play other things than just tabletop and board games. We also delve into the depths of the RPG. Right now I am running a Dresden Files RPG game and my wife is dragging us through Ravenloft, kicking and crying while she laughs maniacally. That why when we saw that Pathfinder was coming out with a second edition there was a instant curiosity.

It doesn't look like it will be released (for FREE) until August, but damn... here are some of the features:

10th-Level Spells and 4 Spell Lists
Alchemists in Core
Archetypes and Multiclassing
Class Changes
Classic Monsters and Magic
Clean, Modular Information-Based Design
Combat Maneuvers that Rock
Designed for All Levels of Play
Easier to Play
****  Goblin Player Characters ****
Golarion-Infused
Heroic Storytelling
Innovative Initiative
More Customization
New Background System
Race Changes and Feats
Rebalanced Magic Items
Simplified Actions
Streamlined Proficiencies

For more info you can go to Paizo's site at http://paizo.com/pathfinderplaytest


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Monday, March 5, 2018

Why do I feel let down, Privateer Press?

Another week has gone by and here I sit going over all the things to look forward to:

- Godtear Alpha/Beta/Early Release
- Star Wars Legion is coming up
- Gloomhaven is going strong
- A Harry Potter miniature game kickstarting soon
- Aetherium is releasing a new faction
- Adepticon is coming up!

and then I look to Privateer Press...

Oh, Privateer Press... Another minicrate model that looks amazing. A new CID. What I am missing is the passion...

We use to have passion for the game. We would wait for new minis and when they came in we would go over their benefits and disadvantages. We would see hype on every small thing that came out. A new PIN!!! Why do I need a Shredder plushy? I don't know but BUY TWO!

Now, I can't bring myself to even paint the minis. I feel like the game is in perpetual Beta. New miniatures for gators that once would make me all excited I just shrug at. Is it me? Is it just I have fallen out of love with the game?

I look at our local meta and see 40K growing, Guildball staying the same, and Aetherium growing. I see people talking up their games of Destiny and Magic. But when it comes to Warmachine I just see defeated players. I hear "What changed this week?"

But they released Theme Lists! New Ones! but even that is just eh... what does it do? Oh... get more models... awesome...

It just seems like Warmachine and Hordes has lost that leather-jacket, motorcycle riding, bad boy image and is now dad in the minivan just trying to get the kids in the car.
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