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Acquired a large haul of terrain today at FMGCon 2017

Posted on September 23rd, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

My friends Jeff, Jim and I popped in to a local gaming convention today, FMGCon2017, or Field Marshal Gaming, in the small city of Oshawa, which is about an hour away from Toronto. The venue was in a Royal Canadian Air Force Reserve building that was r…

Unboxing: Battle Systems Sci-fi II Terrain (Kickstarter)

Posted on September 15th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

Another of my kickstarters came in this week. Last week it was Battlestations II, and now (and not to be confused) Battle Systems II, which I completely forgot about. I shouldn’t have forgotten it, as I kickstarted it (one of 1,104 people worldwide) in…

Unboxing: Battlestations II Second Edition (Kickstarter)

Posted on September 6th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

My March 2016 Kickstarter of the second edition of Battlestations by Gorilla Games finally came in today, along with my stretch goal, a box of minis.

Battlestations, in case you don’t know is, to quote Boardgamegeek:

is a tabletop starship simulator – a multi-map board game that simultaneously features ship-action in space AND the events on board the ships involved in the conflicts. It is also a roleplaying game in which your characters grow throughout campaigns, picking up experience points, upgrades, and new abilities.

The game rules are very simple but they allow for complex RPG-like imaginative choices like teleporting to an enemy ship, hacking their helm controls and steering their ship towards a black hole before ejecting yourself out the air lock. Inside the box is an infinity of alien worlds to explore, rickety spacecrafts to upgrade, and a rowdy crew of lifelong comrades to adventure with.
One player takes on the role of “the enemy”, and works against the other players who are cooperating with each other.

The original game if I remember correctly, had 15mm minis, but the new kickstarter had it in 28mm, so I jumped in and got it.  Space battles *and* land based miniatures? How can you go wrong. 

The second edition box seems a lot bigger than the first edition, which is natural I suppose since it’s been scaled up, but also a lot heavier than the first box. 

Rules are nice and glossy.. 

 and apart from a couple of pages of rules..


it seems to be composed of a ton of scenarios, which I imagine, form an “rpg” campaign. 


The game’s weight seems to come from the bulk of the game box, which are counters and tiles.. I don’t recall ever seeing counters and tiles stacked so thick before. 


It is composed of the usual game counters




map tiles done very prettily I might add..






and good old fashion space map tiles for the space battles. 


There are the usual dice, cards, character sheet and meeples of course..


and the minis are in that soft plastic boardgame style, which is good enough I imagine… 

The gallant heroes I suppose..

 
The creatures look strange and plentiful..








This robot is retro cool enough that I am tempted to paint it just to see how well I can do the reflection of it’s egg-like glass head. 



The stretch goal extras I got were  more of the same..



I am a bit disappointed though to find only 1 ship mini.. not sure how you can have space combat with only 1 mini, but we’ll see..

I see though, that it’s linked to a tile…

Anyways, the game looks intriguing but we’ll see how it fares. 



Playing Star Trek: Ascendancy with old friends like it was 1985 all over again

Posted on September 3rd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

These last couple of years, my friend Craig has been visiting my friend Jim and I from out of town on Labour Day weekend, a once a year happening only. The three of us over 30 years ago were avid players of FASA’s Star Trek RPG and were well immersed i…

My workbench: More industrial terrain built and painted

Posted on August 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I recently painted up some industrial terrain (as discussed here). I don’t have the energy just yet for GW’s complex Shadow War terrain, so I’m just sticking with the quick wins and continuing on with some more easy terrain..Speaking of Shadow War, I h…

My workbench: More industrial terrain built and painted

Posted on August 19th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I recently painted up some industrial terrain (as discussed here). I don’t have the energy just yet for GW’s complex Shadow War terrain, so I’m just sticking with the quick wins and continuing on with some more easy terrain..Speaking of Shadow War, I h…

Books that give a historical overview of tabletop RPGs

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I am too old to now enjoy tabletop RPGs. I don’t have it in me anymore to suspend disbelief and or even have the time and interest to devote to it. However, I remain interested in the hobby from a distance and can be, when I’m in the right mood, nostal…

Books that give a historical overview of tabletop RPGs

Posted on August 12th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I am too old to now enjoy tabletop RPGs. I don’t have it in me anymore to suspend disbelief and or even have the time and interest to devote to it. However, I remain interested in the hobby from a distance and can be, when I’m in the right mood, nostal…

My workbench: Building some quick and easy mdf industrial terrain for Shadow War

Posted on July 30th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

After I played my first session of Shadow War Armageddon with my friend Jeff (as discussed here), I promised him I’d play again.Only, I didn’t feel, and still don’t, that we have enough terrain. Though I bought some of GW’s Shadow War terrain, I am not…

My workbench: Building some quick and easy mdf industrial terrain for Shadow War

Posted on July 30th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

After I played my first session of Shadow War Armageddon with my friend Jeff (as discussed here), I promised him I’d play again.Only, I didn’t feel, and still don’t, that we have enough terrain. Though I bought some of GW’s Shadow War terrain, I am not…

Battlestar Galactica starfighter combat using X-Wing rules

Posted on July 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

My friend Jim and I must be part of the extremely rare group of people on the planet who’s very very first X-Wing: the Miniatures game battle was not in the Star Wars universe. We’re probably the only ones ever to have their very first X-Wing game not …

Battlestar Galactica starfighter combat using X-Wing rules

Posted on July 22nd, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

My friend Jim and I must be part of the extremely rare group people on the planet who’s very very first X-Wing: the Miniatures game battle was not even in the Star Wars universe. We’re probably the only ones ever to have their very first X-Wing game no…

Is this movie supposed to be Shadowrun?

Posted on July 21st, 2017 under , . Posted by

Shadowrun was an RPG from the good old days in the 1980s from FASA that mixed cyberpunk with elements of fantasy like Orcs and magic.  Very well known..This new movie trailer, called Bright, starring Will Smith, sure looks like Shadowrun minus the…

Is this movie supposed to be Shadowrun?

Posted on July 21st, 2017 under . Posted by

Shadowrun was an RPG from the good old days in the 1980s from FASA that mixed cyberpunk with elements of fantasy like Orcs and magic.  Very well known..This new movie trailer, called Bright, starring Will Smith, sure looks like Shadowrun minus the…

Painting the bombastic and pompous Stormcast Eternals (my workbench)

Posted on July 20th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Anyone into miniature wargaming has been familiar these last two years with what happened with Warhammer Fantasy. I sympathized with the people who loved GW’s Old World and who had massive armies even though I did not have a dog in the fight. I general…

Painting the bombastic and pompous-looking Stormcast Eternals (my workbench)

Posted on July 20th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

Anyone into miniature wargaming has been familiar these last two years with what happened with Warhammer Fantasy. I sympathized with the people who loved GW’s Old World even though I did not have a dog in the fight. I generally liked the old Europe cha…

Why… kids today are spoiled.. do not have to wax in their dice :-)

Posted on July 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I got into a conversation with this owner of a large gaming store here in my city once, and he did not believe me when I said that in the early 80s, we had to wax in our own dice..Back then, I found d10s so.. futuristic! I’ve never seen anything like t…

Why… kids today are spoiled.. they do not have to wax in their dice :-)

Posted on July 16th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

I got into a conversation with this owner of a large gaming store here in my city once, and he did not believe me when I said that in the early 80s, we had to wax in our own dice..Back then, I found d10s so.. futuristic! I’ve never saw anything like th…

Avast me hearties… tried out Sails of Glory..

Posted on July 8th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

About a year ago, I bought Sails of Glory by Ares Games and finally got around to playing it today with my friend Jim.I was looking forward to playing some ship combat these last couple of days. I love the Age of Sail, especially the Pirate Age. I am n…

Avast me hearties… tried out Sails of Glory..

Posted on July 8th, 2017 under , , , , , , . Posted by

About a year ago, I bought Sails of Glory by Ares Games and finally got around to playing it today with my friend Jim.I was looking forward to playing some ship combat these last couple of days. I love the Age of Sail, especially the Pirate Age. I am n…

EnWorld interview with Guy McLimore about the late, great FASA Star Trek RPG

Posted on July 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

My first RPG gaming love was FASA’s Star Trek RPG, which I played from 1984 to about 1987, and then used Gurps rules to convert our FASA characters, but stay in the FASA universe, for another 4 years after that, to about 1991.I was very bitter about wh…

EnWorld interview with Guy McLimore about the late, great FASA Star Trek RPG

Posted on July 8th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

My first RPG gaming love was FASA’s Star Trek RPG, which I played from 1984 to about 1987, and then used Gurps rules to convert our FASA characters, but stay in the FASA universe, for another 4 years after that, to about 1991.I was very bitter about wh…

Light boardgames night

Posted on July 1st, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I sat down today with my friends Jim and Pixie to play two light resource management/worker placement and area control games…Lords of Waterdeep by Wizards of the Coastand Mission: Red Planet (second edition) by Fantasy Flight GamesPixie came wearing …

Light boardgames night

Posted on July 1st, 2017 under , , , , , , , , . Posted by

I sat down today with my friends Jim and Pixie to play two light worker placement and area control games…Lords of Waterdeep by Wizards of the Coastand Mission: Red Planet (second edition) by Fantasy Flight GamesPixie came wearing a dice necklace for …

Getting started for Kings of War with an undead Army first Part 1

Posted on June 30th, 2017 under , , , , . Posted by

I never had the opportunity to get into Warhammer Fantasy Battles when I got started in minis in 2007 as I was just getting into the hobby, and was exploring different brands and games.I found the fantasy side interesting, but every time I went to a GW…