Tuesday, January 27, 2015

To Infinity and Beyond!

  Did you honestly think that I was talking about the Disney movie?  I hope not.  I'm actually talking about a miniatures wargame on my hobby gaming blog.  It just so happens to be called Infinity as well...

  My buddy got the starter set, Operation Icestorm, for Christmas and brought it over to play.  A few of the guys in the game group had gotten into it many months ago and I avoided it like the plague.  I didn't need to get into another mortgage-crushing habit of buying everything there is for another game.  But having now seen the starter set and even played a game, I have to say that I may have been mistaken in my aversion to this game.  

  Let's talk about starter set first.  As you can see by the artwork on the cover of the box, this isn't a 'grimdark' game and it's definitely SCIFI, not futuristic fantasy like our favorite wargame universe.  All of the artwork in the game shares the same feel, being almost anime in style but mostly just typical scifi stuff.

  Inside the box comes a great deal of stuff considering  how small the box is.  It comes with a 2'x32" gaming mat, 4 single-story buildings, 6 shipping crates, 2 forces of 6+1 models each(the box also contains an 'exclusive' for each faction) , 3d20 themed for each of the forces, cardboard tokens, and a starter rulebook that actually works very well.  The normal game is meant to be played on a 4'x4' table, but this set is based on starting small and getting into the action even faster than normal!  The scenarios are laid out in a progressive manner, introducing more and more rules with each advance.  Both players start off with 3 regular troopers in the first scenario and then continually add more until they're using all the models in the kit.  And by that point, it's just a visit to the website to get the entire rulebook and start playing real games!  It's really that effective as a starter kit.  I was impressed already.

    I got to use the PanO guys from the set, shown below.  I do have to admit that these models are absolutely ridiculous.  First, they're metal.  I know that doesn't matter to most people (and it really doesn't matter to me), but I appreciate the timelessness of silver models.  Beyond that, the detail is phenomenal, their poses are usually pretty spot-on (the lady checking out her fingernails is my favorite; I named her "Triggers" because of her nonchalant lethality).  And only having a half dozen models to paint up in any force (that's not 'starter kit small')...  Well, we all know how good that can make a hobby day!

  I am going to pick up a force at some point in the future and bring that to you, but for right now I'm just dipping my toes in the water.  Admittedly, I may be late to a really good party, but it's better than never.  Check it out if you haven't already and let me know what you think!  The starter kit is worth it...

  Happy Gaming!

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