I decided to open up one of the remaining games – one that was still taped together, to get ready to play it. To my surprise, the game had a post-it note that talked of missing cards – some of the deeds to the game. After a quick count, it was true that the copy of IU-opoly that I have had for years was missing some of the deeds to the game. Since I was going to just use the board for a poster, I hadn’t even thought of looking through it until now. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that not only is the game not complete, but the board that I was planning into making into a poster is not all that interesting. If it was some of the dice, counters or “houses/hotels” missing I could have managed, but without the actual deed cards this one is sadly going to the trash heap.
At that point, I decided that I should look at the remaining games on the list to see if they were all complete. The only one that will be a bit strange is Heroclix – it turns out that the only full game that I have these days (complete with map, rules and miniatures) is the Street Fighter set that came out in 2011. Funny that of all the heroes from all the different comics that Wizkids have done over the years and I have just enough Street Fighter miniatures for a complete game.
The game played this week is Space Hulk – sadly I own the second edition game that I got from E-bay which didn’t actually come with the miniatures or blips. Stores currently have the fourth edition for this Christmas season. Thankfully, I had purchased some miniatures that would work for it (I didn’t buy Terminators since they were too pricy at the time – there are plastic ones from the two player box set that would be serviceable these days) and made some stand-in blips so I could at least get this one finished. After a quick rules refresher for both of us, we played the first scenario twice each of us playing the two sides. Both games went to the Tyranid player who managed to kill the Space Marine with the heavy flamer before the objective could be completed. The game was a good time so I am not going to complain – its too bad that I don’t get to play it more often – it’s got solid rules and is truly a fun experience for both players. I have a bunch of additional Tyranid model types in order to spice up the board game like a friend of mine did when I lived in Indy. He has manage to collect 3 or 4 sets of the game and could make huge hulks for a large number of players (between 6 and 8 easily). Add in Tyranid warriors, Termagants and Hormagaunts to the mix with the Genestealers, and you have a fantastic experience!
That was the only one game finished off the list this week. I thought I was going to get a second one in – namely Magic: The Gathering, but I wanted that one to have a bit of meaning so I decided to hold off until I can get something actually together for that one. At first that meant for me get into one of the many drafts that are done throughout the week. To that end, I would be spending additional money on a game that I haven’t touched for years! To make matters worse, I have no idea how to draft – that wasn’t a big thing when I played and I have no idea what current cards are good or bad – I stopped buying cards during the Ice Age Set: June 1995!
For a time, I was playing board games at the local game store during the week, the same time a group of Magic players were drafting. After they were done, they would leave the cards that they didn’t have any need for and I would scoop them up. I figured that if I ever needed to play a game, I could use those to construct a deck. Sure, there rarely are any rare cards included, but that didn’t bother me. After scouring the web, I found an interesting way to draft for a game using 90 cards – at first I was going to purchase 6 current packs for that, but then I remembered that I had hundreds of old un-played cards from 2012 or so, and found a good friend that played back when I did – I challenged him to a duel!
As I write this, the first wave of terrain for the 3D Car Wars is being clear coated in the garage. I had hoped to have everything complete for the event, but sadly a rainstorm (and some failed gluing on my part) are going to force me to remake the arena walls. The ones I have now are serviceable, and I think I am going to use them for the upcoming battle, but I would like to redo them for later games.
There are two games that I have on my starred list for Kickstarter – The first is Outrider. I am on the fence about this one considering I just bought the updated version of Car Wars since Outrider is a fast and furious vehicular combat that was a print and play game for many years. Maneuvers are done through cards very similar to Wings of War and I like what I see. Tthe 40 or 75 dollar price tag for a card game is the only thing that is keeping me from backing this one.
The second one is Fireteam Zero. This is a cooperative boardgame that pits the players as an elite squad of heroes from the World War era fighting unspeakable evils. The game looks fantastic and gameplay appears solid. I’m waiting to see what happens to this one since it still has 13 days to go and the sweet backer price looks to be around 145 dollars which nets you the core game and two expansions, which I admit is a bit pricey around the holidays. There is enough set up and game play videos to make a decision so it’s worth a look if nothing else.
The last Kickstarter game that I just backed yesterday is called Viceroy. This is a strategy card game that was supposedly a big hit at Essen. With the backer price of 27 dollars (with shipping), I couldn’t stop myself from pledging for this one. It is currently over 100k of the needed 10k for the campaign. With still 18 days to go, you’ve got plenty of time to check it out before the campaign ends!
Until next time – Play a Game!