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One of Raine's biggest hobbies has always been gaming. It all started with an Atari and spread out to Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: the Gathering, and Dungeons & Dragons. As an artist, Raine takes pride in painting models for games as well as making his own terrain. He's also been a writer for many years, working both in the journalism industry and writing pieces of fiction. He decided to create Initiative : Tabletop as a platform to talk about all things gaming that he simply thought were cool, and reviewing games became a part of it!

Guest Post: The Plan – Part 36: Campaigning

I admit that this has been a slow couple of weeks. I have a bit of an excuse, but I won’t bore you about the other hobby I am involved in (it’s roller derby and to make a long story, short – I was at a division 1 tournament this week and was focused on that and not gaming). I hope to get back into the swing of things in the next couple of weeks and really get some games off the list. One of the reasons that more games didn’t get played from the list this week is a friend returned to the city for a little gaming. Since the gang was all back we decided to pull out one of our campaign games that we had started this year. It was fun and I still really enjoy it, but it didn’t help the overall gaming goal. Sometimes you have to put aside your plans when a gaming friend returns to town.

To the list –

The only game off the list is Zombicide Season 2: Prison Outbreak. I have already talked about Zombicide in a previous column so there isn’t much to talk about. This game’s flow and rules are pretty similar to the original – the only difference is that the game takes place in or near a prison so you have a couple of different rules that revolve around that (like prison cells, prison doors and guard towers). Also included is a new type of zombie – the berserker zombie. This zombie is immune to ranged combat so you are forced to move into melee if you are to defeat them. It puts a new spin on the game and really makes it interesting. Still haven’t completed the first scenario for this game – it’s pretty depressing!

Zombicide – Prison Outbreak:  The first mission – find a map of the prison… At least the heroes start with a nightstick instead of a pan…

Zombicide – Prison Outbreak: The first mission – find a map of the prison… At least the heroes start with a nightstick instead of a pan…

I have backed all three instances of Zombicide when it showed up on Kickstarter so you can imagine how much money I have spent. I have a dozen of additional characters, extra tiles and more zombies than I know what to do with. I have an entire shelf dedicated to the game! Looking back, I have enough money invested in this game to have a sizable army (be in either Warmachine or Warhammer). Perhaps I should set up a huge Zombicide game around Halloween this year. There is a bunch of this game that I haven’t even played let alone opened since the amount of stretch goals that occurred in the first two games was ridiculous and attempting to carry it all to our weekly game session is impossible.

As hinted above – we had all of the original players to the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game (the original game not the one that just came out) so we tried to complete our current scenario twice without any success (we are still in expansion pack 3 of 6). It’s still a fun game but having two copies of this game in my gaming group is overkill. I can safely say that I have played my actual copy under five times and I own the base game with all the expansion decks. This was one of my mistakes in my game planning from the previous year. I thought this campaign game would get more plays outside of my normal gaming group, but so far that has not happened. With this game heading to be a phone app, perhaps I will buy it when it becomes available for my phone; it would be nice to enjoy it without the need to make all the location decks before the scenario.

There is a small convention being held at the Indiana University Union on the weekend of September 27 called BloomingCon. There will be a Magic: the Gathering tournament on Friday and a bunch of Pathfinder on Saturday I will be demoing Warmachine/Hordes between 10am and 2 pm followed by a game of Level 7: Invasion at 4pm if there is any interest. In any case stop by and say hello.

Until next time – Play a Game!

Brendan Mayhugh


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