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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

AVP: The Hunt Begins BattRep/AAR...




Recently, my daughter has really enjoyed playing AVP: The Hunt Begins with me, and at the request of one of the regular visitors to my blog, I decided to record the game and do a little bit of an AAR/Batt-rep.  I recently discovered that we had been making a few rules mistakes, which I hopefully have hammered out.  That said, there were still a few rules hiccups here and there... Namely, I always seem to forget the modifiers for the marines/aliens that get granted by tiles.  Just keep that in mind while you read, I've done the best I could to get the rules down, given the slightly confusing layout of the rulebook.  Also note, that the game comes with faction-specific strategy cards, meant to add further bonuses and modifiers, but seeing as my opponent is 6 years old, and reading isn't her strongest suite, we've not been using them in our games.  Anyway, on with the report!


So, here's our set up.  My daughter (playing as the Aliens) placed 16 hidden PING tokens on the board, with 8 in the Hibernation Chamber (or "Hatchery" as I like to think of it) and 8 in the Escape Pod.  She had 5 Stalkers and 11 infants total.  I placed my 5 marines on the bridge.  I had 1 smart gun, 1 flamethrower, 2 with pulse rifles and 1 with a pulse rifle and scanner.  We flipped objective cards next.  Her objective was to destroy the bridge (or maybe just the comms?) and we marked the room with an objective token, while I had to drag a bomb down to the "hatchery".  This was also one of the first hang ups in the game, my objective literally read "Target tile.  Deliver" and after reading through the missions, and coming up short on what exactly that meant, I decided to just play it out as I mentioned.  Honestly, I've only had the objective comes into play once, so I figured it wouldn't matter anyway.  Also note,  we started with a hatch located to the left of the bridge, which we took out at the start of the game.  Reason being, I could pop out of the hath, and start firing upon 1/2 her army right away, which didn't seem very fun, plus it would give her a straight path to her objective, which also didn't seem very fun either!  With all that finished, we started our game!

This Geek's Week...



Modeling/Hobby:
- Worked a bit more on the "scouts with no purpose"...


Card/Board Games:
- Played a game of the Pokemon TCG with my daughter...

- Played a game of AVP vs my daughter.  She ended up winning, playing as the Aliens, while I played as the Marines.  It was a pretty intense game.


Video Games:
- On Xbox, I've been playing Halo 5.

- On my phone, I downloaded the Rick & Morty game.  It's basically Pokemon meets Rick & Morty!  I've also downloaded and have been playing Pokemon GO!  Finally, I've played a little Pokemon Shuffle too...
 
Until next time...
-WuhSawBe -

Monday, July 4, 2016

This Geek's (almost 2) weeks...



Modeling/Hobby:
- Still no real miniatures to work on.  I raided my bits box, and hobbled together 3 scouts that I'm gonna do up in a preheresy World Eaters scheme...


Card/Board games:
- With my daughter, We played a few modified games of Halo: Bang!  We also played a round of the Pokemon TCG, and a round of Hey, that's my fish!  We also played a round of the AVP boardgame too, and discovered I've been messing up how activation works the whole the time. (I did 1 side activates all do theirs, then the other side. Instead of alternating single models)

- Played some games of ASHES, and got WRECKED!  I suck so hard at that game...

Video Games:
I had a good night... all my games ended like this!
- On the Xbox, I've been playing a bunch of Halo 5.  I've really been enjoying the latest game mode, Warzone Firefight.  I've gotten a ton of gold req packs out of it, and am loving the grunt goblin mech and piloting the wasp!  Played a bit of Alien: Isolation too.  I also downloaded The Crew, which is a fun little racing game.

- On my phone, I've been playing a bit of Hearthstone, but it has slowed down considerably.

- On the DS, I've done bit of Wonder Trading in Pokemon ORAS.  I got some pretty nice Pokemon out of it...

- I ordered the Halo Lootcrate, and I'm pretty stoked... Even though it won't ship until August/September.
Until Next time,
-WuhSawBe-

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

This Geek's Week...



 
Modeling/Hobby:
- I scrounged up some bits, enough for a Space Marine scout, and decided to experiment painting armor using inks.  I kind of like it, though highlighting is a bit of an issue...


Card/Board Games:
-Assembled the preconstructed decks for ashes, and have been playing solo games to work out the kinks and start figuring out some sense of strategy.  After a few games with each deck, I've started to create my own...

- Hung out with some friends with some friends, and played 3 more games of ASHES, losing all 3!  Still, so much fun!

- Went back to the drawing board, and made 3 new ASHES decks...

- I ordered the 2 ASHES decks I was missing, Brennan & Rin, which are coming from Canada since I could find them nowhere in the US...


Video Games:
- Played some of the Halo Wars 2 beta, and I really enjoyed.  Normally, RTS games are not my thing, but since I like all things Halo, I did enjoy it.  In a way, it feels like a computerized version of a miniatures game... Kind of what I expect Halo: Ground Command to sort of feel like.  I ended up placing Platinum.

- Played some more Hearthstone on my phone... I still shake my head at about 1/2 the cards I see played, and everyday I question why I still play....

- Also on my phone, I've played a bit of MtG Duels and Pokemon Shuffle...

- Played a bit of Heroes of the Storm, just to try something different.  Still not a MOBA kind of guy...

- Played all of 3 games of World of Tanks... That how many games it took for me to remember why I DON'T play World of Tanks!


Books and such:
- Finished "The Templar Conspiracy", and now I'm back in the mood for some Sci-fi!  I picked up a Halo novel, "The Thursday War".
 
Until Next time,
-WuhSawBe-

Thursday, June 16, 2016

AVP Boardgame - The Finished Models...



I managed to finish up the last of my AVP stuff from the main box set over the weekend.  Overall, I'm pleased with the models, how they turned out, and the game as a whole.  I don't do Kickstarter for a number of reasons, and purchased my copy from a store, which could be part of reason why I have a general positive outlook of everything, and the woes of KS haven't mired my opinion of the game and/or manufacturer.  *ahem* But, I've digressed... Anyway, here is the contents off the AVP game, all fully painted.  I'll present them in the order I completed them in, so up first are the Alien Stalkers...

What kind of monster would do this to a dog?