Archives for January 2013

Colonial Africa Game

Today I was invited to this excellent game. A full write-up will follow with many more photos and a full AAR. It was the miniatures and the great terrain that made it so much fun, along with the excellent companions to play with.

A Method for “Gaming” Predictions for the D6 Generation

D6_badge_transparent_472_CroppedI have been listening to the D6 Generation for a few months now and enjoy the podcast. I highly recommend all gamers to listen to it. It’s long so great for listening to in parts during your commute or between classes or during your performance review. At the end of last year apparently they did gaming industry predictions. This year they did the same and scored the previous years results. They have a loose set of rules they use. It’s amusing. As a data scientist in my real life job I’d like to suggest an alternative system to them that will make it more of a game and more strategic.

Rule 1: Each prediction must have a quantitative final measure. This can be true or false or a verifiable number. “FFG will bring out a new line of miniatures in 2013.” That is good, it is either true or false. “FFG will bring out another full-of-fail Silverline game.” No, that doesn’t work because its not testable. The “full-of-fail” part of it is subjective. “FFG will do really well in 2013.” No, that is also subjective. “FFG sales will double in 2013” That follows the rules but unless FFG releases the numbers it is unverifiable. “Games Workshop’s stock price (GAW: LONDON) will be greater than 740GBP by the time of the next end of year show.” That one is good – It can be researched (and is adjustable in the case of stock splits.) It is resolved in time for the follow on show.

Rule 2: Each question has a value of 1 point, +1 points for each hosts that doubts it will come true, for the predictor. If the prediction fails to come true then the predictor looses that many points. Hosts may agree with the prediction and may win or lose 1 point if it comes to pass or fails to. Neutral votes are an automatic deduction of 1 point.

Example 1: Prediction “Paizo will introduce a D7 die in 2013!” Hosts, 2 and 3 say nay. Value of the prediction is 3. If it comes to pass the predictor will get 3 points. If it fails, they will lose 3 points.

Example 2: Prediction “Games Workshop will introduce a Tau Titan in 2013” Host 2 is all for it, Host 3 doubts it. Prediction is worth 2 points to the Predictor. It is worth 1 point to Host 2.

Example 3: Prediction “Dark Future will make a comeback in 2013 due to a Kickstarter project!” Host 2 is neutral. Host 3 is vehemently against such a possibility. The Predictor risks 2 points and Host 2 will automatically lose a point.

Rule 3: All information is public. If a host has inside information they must reveal source and all relevant data. This is an honor system rule.

This form of the game puts a consequence on every action. In order to score well you have to make outlandish predictions but they also have to come true. You can disagree with a prediction but that indicates it is risky and thus there should be payoff. You can agree with a prediction but you share some of its inherent risk.

It is unlikely that anyone will cast a neutral vote but the option is there to limit the gains another player/host might make. Having a penalty for risk avoidance means that the hosts have to make a priority of understanding the market and making informed decisions over just “winging it.”

I think these rules can make the little game of chance interesting. It would be really interesting to see them go back over the December 2012 predictions and rework them into the framework – rejecting soft predictions or modifying them and seeing how it plays out.

Siege of Augusta, HMGS-Midsouth gaming convention

It’s on, it’s this weekend, I am totally pumped for it. I am heading out a zero dark thirty on Friday morning and it’s going to be a blast. The team down in Georgia has really stepped it up this year and this convention should have a wide variety of really great games. I honestly haven’t been gaming much and I am really looking forward to this convention. I’m bringing with me my Wings of War planes for pick up games but mainly I plan on checking out the other games and just enjoying myself. Running games is both fun and work and I haven’t had a lot of time to prepare games. Heck that is what this year’s resolution is all about!

Siege of Augusta’s website can be found at here.

Check it out! It is going to be a great time.

Star Wars X-Wing [FFG]

This past weekend we played a game of Star Wars X-Wing by Fantasy Flight Games.
As far as games go, this one is tremendous fun. One thing I really love about it is that the complexity is quite low but it still offers great tactical challenge. You have to think several turns ahead, more so if you are the rebels. The game takes the standpoint, though misguided, that some how the Rebels are the “good guys” and thus the paragon of all that is right and true. They have better combat scores and better vehicles. Of course, being such an elite force they also cost more points. The Empire is depicted as a bunch of poorly trained and outfitted rabble, meant to be picked off anonymously. In spite of such a terrible crime, we realize that when life hands you such indignity, laugh it off and turn the tables. that is what we did.

In our game we had 3 Tie Fighters and one Advanced Tie vs. a Y-Wing and two X-Wings – one piloted by Luke Skywalker. Get this; we all know the kid was itching to join the academy and fight the rebels before he hooked up with that zealot “Old Ben” in Beggars Canyon. So, the game has the audacity to say seasoned academy graduates have a very low piloting score and this runt from Tochi Station somehow manages to be one of the BEST PILOTS IN THE GALAXY?!? Yeah, I know what you are saying! In-Sane!

OK, lets get past the obvious flaw in the game makers logic. We all know the Empire is the best so what do we do about it? Well, for one we have numbers. Quality vs. Quantity. As Stalin said once, Quantity has a Quality all of its own! On turn 1 our entire side lines up on the Y-Wing. The Y-Wing is both tough and it has an Ion Cannon. That cannon shoots 360 degrees and disables engines on what it hits. Sure enough when we finally got within range it spiked the engine on the Advanced Tie. Luckily our opponents had nothing lined up in subsequent turns to take it out. Meanwhile one Y-Wing is tough but it’s not able to take the attention of 3 Tie Fighters kinda tough. By turn 3 or 4 it went boom.

The Rebels got in their licks during this time and severely shot up the Advanced Tie and then blew up a regular Tie Fighter. Another Tie fighter was also shot up. Dancing in the sky, using barrel roles and high speed the Empire managed to divide the two remaining X-Wings. The one that wasn’t the “Moisture Farmer” was destroyed in detail which left a rather target rich environment for Luke. Then came a rather interesting turn of events. Luke aggressively got on the tail of the Advanced Tie. What you might not know is, if ships overlap in this game, you back then up along their tracks until they are just touching. Ships that are touching are considered so close they cannot combat each other. Luke managed to overlap the Advanced Tie for two turns which was all it took for the remaining Tie Fighters to line him up and smoke him.

3 Rebels shot down for 1 Tie Fighter. I’ll take that deal all day long!

One tip I would like to pass along is what I am using to store and transport these ships, counters and rules in. I am using a plano box system shown below. It is double sided so it has great capacity for future expansions. I don’t think I’ll get too many of the larger ships in it but I’ll deal with that problem when I have them. It also has a handle which makes it easy to transport.

If you don’t have this game and are on the fence about it, I have to say it is a blast to play. The figures are quite nice. The rules are clear and the system is designed to drain your bank account over a long period of time. Oh just wait. they have vehicles from at last 5 more movies to incorporate into the game. I for one can’t wait for Tri-Fighters and Jedi Starfighters.

crotale IIIc Model

I just picked this up tonight from Genet Models. I’ve gone all in on paper craft for 2013. I love several of the models at Genet and a few of them will help fill out my projects and help me complete my goals for this year. I’m aware there is a learning curve with paper craft and I am hoping the more models I build and the more dedication I show to it the better I’ll get.

Crotale IIIc

Genet Models Crotale IIIc

SOLD — [Full Thrust] Kra’vak Fleet for sale

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SOLD

Yet another treasure pulled from the basement that needs to find a loving home that will paint and play with these babies. This is a great looking fleet and if I remember the Full Thrust rules well enough, breaks all laws of physics basically handing you a win against your club mates. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by to humiliate the other players when you unleash weird alien technology on them!

No asking price. I will accept any reasonable offer. As with the Phalons I’ll even consider barter, trade OR you could turn the tables and quote me a price you’d ask to paint them. If I like it – then money goes the other direction!

OK what do we have in this lot?

  • FT401 Ra’San Class Fighters (12)
  • FT402 Lu’Dak Class Intruders (4)
  • FT403 Ka’Tak Class Strikers (4)
  • FT404 Da’Kak Class Frigates (3)
  • FT405 Di’Tok Destroyers (3)
  • FT406 Vo’Bok Hunter Cruiser (2)
  • FT407 Si’Tek Patrol Cruiser (2)
  • FT408  Heavy Cruiser (2)
  • FT409 Battlecruiser (1)
  • FT410 Battleship (1)
  • FT411 Battledreadnought (1)
  • FT412 Superdreadnought (1) (comes with instructions to put together the SAGAN number of parts)
  • FT413 Attack Carrier (1)
  • FT414 Light Carrier (1)
  • FT415 Light Transports (3)

29 Capital Ships and 12 fighters.

Let’s Make a Deal!

[Full Thrust] Phalon Mega Battlefleet for sale!

Phalon FleetBack in the day I loved Full Thrust! I now play Starmada but I would not turn my nose up at a good game of Full Thrust. Alas with my new years resolution I have to make choices and space gaming is out until further notice. That said, take at look at this amazing collection of Phalon Ships! I won’t set an asking price. Make an offer in trade, barter services or offer cold hard cash for this lot! OR turn this into an opportunity for YOU and quote a price that you’d paint these for!

Contains:

  • FT805 Destroyers (3)
  • FT803 Corvettes (4)
  • FT804B Frigate type B (3)
  • FT802b Battle Scout (4)
  • FT802a Recon Scout (4)
  • FT806 Light Cruiser (2)
  • FT809 Battlecruiser (1)
  • FT807 Medium Cruiser (2)
  • FT808 Heavy Cruiser (2)
  • FT801a Fighters (12)
  • FT801b Heavy Fighters (12)
  • FT801c Fighter Interceptors (12)
  • FT813 Light Fighter Mothership (1)
  • FT811 Battledreadnought (1)
  • FT812 Superdreadnought (1)
  • FT810 Battleship (1)
  • FT814 Heavy Fighter Mothership (1)

17 blisters all told 26 capital ships and 36 fighters.

Let’s make a deal!

SOLD — [Warmaster] Orc Army for Sale, 17 blisters asking $140

Warmaster Orc Army

SOLD

This army looks even more interesting than the Empire one, I think. It lacks the heavy hitting aspect of the Empire Army but it has loads of mobility. It contains the following blisters:

  • Night Goblin Archers x4
  • Orc Characters
  • Orc Boar Riders x4
  • Ogres x2
  • Orc Warriors x3
  • Orc Lord on Wyvern
  • Goblin Wolf Chariot x2

Proceed from this will help me finish my other projects. I’d love to see these go to someone who will paint them and enjoy them!

Treasure From the Basement: A.T.A.C. APC

A.T.A.C. APCAlready my first project done. I found this model in my basement this morning. I’ve had it, what, 15+ years? How many times did it hit the table in that time? Not one that I recall! I got Woodbine Designs Not Aliens Colonial Marines at Historicon so I’m keeping this baby and putting it to work. When I found it, it was missing 3 wheels and the turret. Some digging and luck turned them all up. A bit of glue and she is good to go!

This is what I’m talking about. This baby you can still get here online. Who wouldn’t want 17 quid in their pocket all for the cost of 3 drops of superglue? I know I would and this is a pretty doable project – right up there with several of the others I have planned to finish. The key is – are the elements of this project that can combine with other projects? The more overlap you can find the better as it maximizes your work. A one off building only good for one project? Don’t waste your time. A building or model you can re-use in many projects – that is a winner!

This model could use some more paint. It looks cool, though, so it will be a popular piece to have on the table.

You can now follow us on Twitter

twitter-bird-logoI just set up a twitter account for this website. I’ll make sure to install a plugin that will send alerts on new postings here. Check it out at: https://twitter.com/Victory_Points

If you have ideas of how we can spread the word about the twitter account and this web site I am very interested!