Friday, November 17, 2017

Winter League

With the release of the Tyranid Codex, now everyone here has at least one "real" codex. So it is time for a league! We are going to do a escalation type:

2 matches at 50PL, 2 at 75PL, and the final two at 100PL. Then some kind of grand finale at 125. The matches will be every two weeks, starting the weekend after Thanksgiving.

We have some interesting rules to go with our league:
No Flyers for the first two matches.
No Lords of War for the first four.
No Fortifications.
You will know the mission and opponent ahead of time.
You may change your list every battle, but must keep your faction.

Knowing the mission and at least what enemy you are fighting gives you the ability to somewhat tailor your force for the upcoming battle. It should make for some good matches.

The battle reports will of course be posted here. The  schedule will be as well, over there, on the sidebar -->.

May Your Dice Roll Well
At Least Better Than Normal

Friday, November 3, 2017

Guard HQ Issues

I really like the new Guard Codex. I have a Steel Legion army, so it works great for me. Lots of tanks with mech or leg infantry. I "only" have six infantry squads so I don't really run into any problems with the battleforged detachments as my HQ slots are full of HQ Tanks and maybe a Company Commander.

The Codex does have a few quibbles. Most stem from the fallout from the dissolution of the Platoon structure. Platoon Commander, Command Squads, Infantry Squads, Special and Heavy Weapon Teams are all separate selections now. For the most part I enjoy the new found flexibility. It doesn't work for everyone though.

 I have been talking with Peter who has a good sized Catachan force. His army is very infantry heavy, so to put lots of squads on the table he needs to take multiple detachments.

One issue shows up when it comes to HQ choices, the Guard doesn't have many. Peter doesn't have Tank HQ, Commissars, or Psykers in his Jungle Fighters, so that leaves him with Company Commanders. Four of them if he is to take two Battalion Detachments. Perfectly functional, but not very fluffy.

For reasons unknown, the Platoon Commander is an Elite and not a HQ. 

The Platoon CO and the Company CO are the same PL points (2) which is odd. The Company CO is a little bit better, with one more wound and leadership and can use Voice of Command twice.

The simple fix that GW should do is make the Company CO 3 PL again, and move the Platoon CO to HQ. I'm going to suggest this to them, and if you agree, you should too.

The Emperor Protects
The Most Dangerous Thing on the Battlefield is a Junior Officer with a Compass and a Map.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween

A good board game for the season? I'm glad you asked! Pandemic-Reign of Cthulhu was released late last year to good reviews, but quickly disappeared from the mainstream amid all the other great releases. Often overlooked, it is a solid go-to game for us.
A Cthulhu re-do of Pandemic is not something I thought would have worked. But it succeeds in both theme and gameplay. Instead of the world-spanning crisis of Pandemic, the scope has been limited to four cities in the lore (Arkham, Kingsport, Dunwich, and Innsmouth.) 1-4 players draw a investigator and try to seal the gates before Cthulhu is awakened and all is lost. 
I like Reign of Cthulhu a little better than Standard Pandemic. Obviously it's the theme, but I feel that being a zoomed-in level it offers a bit more detail. Gameplay flows better for me as well. There are plenty of good in-depth reviews out on Boardgame Geek and Youtube if you would like a deeper dive into the rules.

It a good choice to put upon the table and try and save the world in between waves of Trick or Treaters.

Go Roll Some Dice
And Hand Out Good Candy

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