Last 15 posts from Oddleg's Enterprises

Life on the NET # I

Posted on September 2nd, 2015 under , . Posted by

So as threatened this is part one of the Netrunner series and uncharacteristically for me it’s an unboxing. I don’t normally go in for these as they rarely seem to say much of actual use but it’s a very logical starting point. Hopefully I shall not disappoint, myself as much as any of you!

The first thing you come across, other than the push board of tokens, is the rulebook. I say book rather than pamphlet as it’s A4 and almost thirty six pages of high end gloss finish. I’ve had the bonus of being lead through a few games by others. This procedure comes highly recommended. It’s not a difficult game, more technical if that makes sense?

In honesty I’m not going to try to give a detailed description of gameplay, I doubt I can with any clarity. In summary Corporations attempt to complete Agendas whilst defending them from the Runners with ICE programs (firewalls), or simply killing the runner. Runners attack the Corporations to steal the Agendas using hacking Programs whilst avoiding being traced and hunted down.
In a full game each player brings a deck for each side and takes a turn at each role.

As mentioned previously it’s a very claustrophobic, atmospheric game of skullduggery, bluff and nefariousness. Very, very good fun but fairly brutal with it.

Stealing a quote;
‘Getting your head around Netrunner is like trying to grab a fish in a river. It slips always just out of your reach, lets you seize it only for a moment. And just when you think you’ve really got it, brand-new cards are released, making new mechanics possible. It is not about the climb to dominance. It is not about getting better and better until you’re impervious. It’s not about winning, but about growing, laterally, like you’re sketching a map of a world that will never be finished being born.

I fell in love with this game because becoming good at it, and having fun at it, and making it mine, meant that winning stopped mattering at all.’

Onto the cards; On the corporation side you get four Corp specific starter sets (Haas-Bioroid, Jinteki, NBN and Weyland) along with a set of Neutral cards, mainly the all important Agendas. With the Runners you get three stater sets (Anarch, Criminal and Shaper) with a similar set of Neutral cards.

Each faction is neatly themed, as are their faction cards. Haas-Bioroid and Jinteki specialise in biotech and clones respectively while NBN runs world media and Weyalnd runs the numbers. The runner factions are self explanatory with Shapers out to build a better world for everyone.

In short, you get plenty in the core set to dip a toe or two, play a bunch of games and see where you want to go with the game. For £30 that’s a very good deal. So far I’ve only played as Weyland, Jinteki and Shapers. I’ll get plenty more games out of the set before NEEDING to pick anything else up. Wanting is different…..obviously!

Having played a bunch more games down at Enfield Gamers last night I understand the principles and tactics of the game far better. For the moment I want to try out each of the factions in the core set and what tactics suit them best. Also, having read around the net a bit this seems to be general advice i.e. try before you buy. There’s quite a few cycles out there now so it makes sense to go into things forearmed.

Rich has also pointed me towards Netrunners.co.uk which has formed today’s lunchtime reading, specifically this and this beginner article as well as a browse of a recommended deck builder.

Hopefully some of that was useful, for you as well as me ;)

Reasons to be Cheerful, 1, 2, 3!

Posted on August 30th, 2015 under , , , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,

One of the reasons we all engage in our hobby, and many others besides, is to find some escapism from the occasional harshness of real life. I often find that when life bites a bit harder than usual I often splurge on my various interests.

As such, behold!

I rarely get out of my pit early on a weekend but yesterday the lure of a Hound’s Tooth and buddies did the job. Three Khiraz join the party along with two monstrous TIE Punishers to join Thrawn’s Splinter Squadron. As such I spent an enjoyable morning popping card tokens and reshuffling my card folder (GEEK!!) whilst comtemplating the Slaver repaint.  Now that will be a labour of, geeky, love!

The Infinity pile has already been discussed. The second week of September has been booked as leave and I’m looking at a couple of ITS tourneys at Wayland in October. Always useful to have an aiming point!

So that just leaves Netrunner. I have a starter set and that’s it so far. I can myself making a big investment over time and to help myself out I’m going to go all Tale of the Net with a series of posts charting my introduction. True Tale of style I’m going to set myself a monthly budget of £30 and do my utmost to stick to it. As much as anything it should be a nice change of pace from X-Wing and Infinity posts ;)
Meanwhile here’s a Netrunner site I found that will form my lunchtime reading for a while.

Happy days ;)

Embrace the Chaos

Posted on August 25th, 2015 under , , , , , . Posted by

Nothing that dramatic in honesty but whilst attempting to simplify and progress my current projects I’ve actually managed, as many of us do, to increase the mountain whilst simultaneously finding other shiny things to run after…….

Firstly I’ve finally spent my birthday Element Games voucher on this lot;

I went for the Aguacile specialists the Tunguska Inventnors (the pandas are SO cool) and a couple of Zonds to round out the selection. The rest went on completing the scenery set with a three storey apartment, some holo ads, consoles and a dumpster which is to follow.

Additionally I’ve dug out another couple of AT-43 vehicles to add to the scenery set and also picked up a Moran Massai as I’ve realised just how good they could be. While I’m at a pair of Geckos have also made thier way onto the WANT list. Meanwhile I’ll be picking up about £100 of X-Wing Wave 7 on Saturday as well as renewing the car tax……..sigh!

I was already looking at taking a weeks leave in early September which is now likely to become scenery week. I’ll also paint a few of Rob’s bits to alleviate the mild guilt.

Moving swiftly on, Rich introduced me to Kaos Ball and the Netrunner LCG over the weekend.

Kaos Ball looked pretty much like another Blood Bowl / Dreadball clone when the Kickstarter came round so I didn’t really take a look. Apparently it’s aimed at novice / non gamers and it certainly comes across that way with simple, primary coloured graphics / print.

However, despite deceptively simple gameplay there is a lot more depth to the game than I expected. Card driven there’s a decent element of resource management and bluff. There are various cheat / power up cards with some drastic penalties if you get it wrong. Most impressively there’s multiple methods to score points, which ramp up as you play through the quarters which in themselves are timed by how many cards you’ve played.

As such there are quite a few variables knocking about that you have to pay attention to. All of a  sudden it wasn’t nearly as basic a game as I first thought. Probably still not a replacement for DB, if and when I get round to playing it again, but I’d happily play a few more games of it :)

Which brings us to Netrunner, which has already been registering on the fringe of my radar for a little while now. In honesty it was already hitting a lot of buttons for me. The background, imagery, concept and the fact that as a card game it’s straight out of the pack with little room required are all big wins. the only downside is its LCG nature and the potential need to catch up with the pack.

I’ll admit that I wanted this game to be good and I was HUGELY impressed. Learning as we went with pre-built decks meant we surely never got all the bells and whistles going but they weren’t necessary. There’s a great tech feel, and thrill, to the game.

You alternatively play as the Runner and the Corporation and both feel significantly different to play. As with many LCGs there are strong resource management elements but the big thing here is the feeling of paranoia and pressure that comes with it.

As I’m sure you’ve already guessed I forsee a fair bit of Netrunner in my near future :]

Top Gun

Posted on August 19th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people, Fair warning this is not just another musings post but also one in which I seemingly big myself up, so pay attention and acknowledge my awesomeness!! ;) Returning from the X-Wing Scandinavian Nationals it has finally sunk in tha…

Scandi-licious part 3

Posted on August 16th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Not a lot of chance to post yesterday as it was a very long intense day.First off Nigel took the Armada title to become Nordic, and as such European, Champion!For myself I ended up going 5-1 to claim 10th in the Swiss and my first top 16 c…

Scandi-licious part 2

Posted on August 14th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Greetings from Ballerup! Other than a slightly delayed flight the trip in was straight forward and uneventful.Rocking up at the venue this morning you could hear the event logistics continue to creak but at the end of the day Imperial Assault, Netrunne…

Scandi-licious prt 1

Posted on August 13th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Hello people,This was a mobile post from Nandos Gatwick south terminal as myself and Nigel set out to Copenhagen for the FFG Nordic Nationals. I’ve just noticed that it didn’t publish so this is some 30 hours delayed.Soon to join to a number of 186 Squ…

Little by Little

Posted on August 10th, 2015 under , , , . Posted by

Hello again people, No, not too much has happened since last time I showed you some actual figures. I’ve had some time but, in  honesty, haven’t always made the best of it as the coalface has been somewhat flinty recently. I have however finally c…

It’s a hard life ;)

Posted on August 3rd, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,So basically I spent the whole weekend gaming and I’m knackered. Definitely looking for a soft day in the office but ill be smiling so not a problem.Saturday myself and Rich headed down to Tonbridge Wells for the Totally Crit 3rd ITS tourn…

And now for something…..

Posted on July 31st, 2015 under Posted by

…..completely different.Another busy week elsewhere unfortunately but hey that’s life.Last Sunday was another X-Wing tourney this time run by Warboar down in Croydon, ostensibly as a celebratory event for 186 Squadron. Plenty of the  squadron we…

Tohaa

Posted on July 24th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello again and welcome to Rob’s Tohaa as previously promised / threatened  (delete as appropriate)I have to admit that I’m not so sure who is who other than a decending order of elite status. Command, rankers, auxiliaries and support from what I …

Age of…….Confusion

Posted on July 22nd, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Brace yourself it’s another meandering musings post.So, as I don’t live under a rock I’ve been watching the community reaction to Age of Sigmar. On the face of it its been pretty polarised with plenty of RAGE to go with the usual froth.For…

Nomads

Posted on July 19th, 2015 under , , . Posted by

Hello people,Sunday evening I finally set up a photo shoot for the To INFINITY and Beyond project.As such here are my Nomads, from bottom to top;- Mobile Brigada and Lupe Balboa proxy- Tomcats,  a big personal favourite of mine – Zero, Spektr…

Hit and Run

Posted on July 17th, 2015 under , , , , . Posted by

Hello people,Yes, yet another I haven’t done too much this week though that isn’t entirely true.Tuesday night at the club we ran through several rounds of an Infinity TAG mini game, that I shall attempt to link at some point, for which I did complete p…

WORK sucks. ……so make it better

Posted on July 13th, 2015 under , . Posted by

Hello people,I’ve not said much because there’s not been too much to say. Going back to work and having a few other bits on has meant very minimal Hobby-time.I’ve managed to build and base the Nomad support pack and Iguana but that’s been about it. I’v…