Thursday, January 29, 2015

Battle of Wolf 359

  As promised last week, the guys at the shop played the Battle of Wolf 359 in Attack Wing.  They used the massive Borg Cube and tons of Federation ships.  I missed it because I had pneumonia, but the guys were cool enough to post a pic and some descriptions.

  First, they made sure to limit the ships that could participate in the battle.  This is important because it would be weird to have Romulan ships out there.  Remember, the Federation lost 39 ships (which, before the Dominion War, was a huge amount).  

  Here's the AAR and the plan for the next one...

"Resistance is not futile! Today we had the battle of Wolf 359 where the federation fleet ran by Joe and myself engaged and destroyed the Borg fleet operated by Jan, Bud, and Jared, recapturing Capt Jean Luc Picard."

  Being the smart guys they are, they already planned for the next battle.  

  "Next week we will move on to the battle of sector 001 from the first contact movie. It will be a 400 point game Borg vs Federation using only ships that were involved in the fight. These ships were Nebula, Miranda, Galaxy, and Saber class ships. Also the Enterprise-E, Defiant, and Yeager named ships were there from the ships available through STAW. Fighter squadrons where also involved in the battle. It was decided for the named ships that it must have crew that was assigned to it as best as possible. Also once the Borg cube is destroyed a sphere will pop out of it and attempt to run to make a temporal vortex to travel back to the 22nd century. This will work very similar to the way the Collective Month 3 OP worked. Federation objective is to eliminate the Borg fleet and prevent the sphere from exiting the board. Borg objective is to eliminate the Federation fleet or make it to the 22nd century. Like this week- no crew or captains from the original series era. Any changes made for canon accuracy will be posted here if my research brings up anything. Hope to have a great matchup like we did this week."

I think my guys are better at designing these campaigns than Wizkids!!!  Stay tuned for more storyline action from America's Heroes!

And, as always, Happy Gaming!

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!