Posts Tagged ‘Review’

One Hour Wargames

Posted on June 27th, 2017 under , . Posted by

I got a copy of One Hour Wargames by Neil Thomas a little while back. The idea seemed to fascinate me when I heard about them and I went out and searched for a copy of the rules. I have played a few Two Hour Wargames rules and they simply lie, it’s muc…

Unboxing Dark Souls: The Board Game by Steamforged Games

Posted on June 27th, 2017 under , , , . Posted by

I’ve never been a huge fan of the Dark Souls video games (I prefer fun to frustration usually!) but some might remember I tried the demo of this board game adaptation at Salute a couple of years ago and really enjoyed it, I love co-op games in general. I’m usually a bit wary of these miniature games on kickstarter, I feel a lot are sold more as miniatures with some token rules. Steamforged however are a well established gaming company with the popularity of their flagship game, Guild Ball over the last few year. Sadly I haven’t got a group together yet to play it so this will just have to be a contents review!

First up with all kickstarters, did they deliver with their promise? The original shipping estimate was April and I got it in May so that is an acceptable tolerance level, congrats guys! This is only phase 1 so there is still more to come but this is everything they initially promised. Let’s see what we get shall we?

The box is bulky as most miniature games are:

Opening it up you’re immediately greeted by the iconic death screen from the video game.

Under that we have the standard set of cards, the card stock is good quality and the cards are very clear with no tiny text (which I appreciate as I’m forever having to read out cards for my parents with some games!)

A large cardboard box might contain some miniatures?

It does! A bevy of bosses! The base game comes with 2 main bosses (The Dancer of the Boreal Valley and Dragon Slayer Ornstein & Executioner Smough) and 4 mini bosses (Gargoyle, Titanite Demon, Winged Knight and Boreal Outrider Knight) Also a aset of wooden subes for recording information on character sheets (which have recessed slots for them)

The sculpts are good and you can see how big they are.

Another cardboard box contains the rest of the miniatures (the 4 heroes as well as 16 lesser enemies)

And here are the intrepid heroes that the players can choose from.

Next up perhaps the most important part of any game, the rule book. A bad rulebook can ruin a game. This one is A4 in full colour and as far as I can tell from flicking through it is well presented.

Cards, rulebook, miniatures….what else does every kickstarter game need? Tokens! These come on the standard pop out sheet complete with player equipment sheets (that look awesome, an area where I feel the likes of Zombicide skimped slightly.

Finally we have the board tiles 9 of them, double sided.

I’m impressed with the quality of the game, the components all look to be well produced and thought out (I love the hero cards and wooden blocks system, so much better than the flimsy card sheets you usually get with these type of games)

The game was £80 on Kickstarter with £75 early bird pledges and is available from the usual retailers right now for £100. Shipping was £20 on kickstarter (which I felt was a little high) so it comes out pretty much the same.

Review: Ulterior Motives for Frostgrave

Posted on June 26th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

A while ago, Osprey Games sent Must Contain Minis an advanced copy of Ulterior Motives. For those that don’t know, Ulterior Motives is a card based expansion for Frostgrave that adds extra player objectives.Must Contain Minis Reviews Frostgrave: Ulteri…

Review: Ulterior Motives for Frostgrave

Posted on June 26th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

A while ago, Osprey Games sent Must Contain Minis an advanced copy of Ulterior Motives. For those that don’t know, Ulterior Motives is a card based expansion for Frostgrave that adds extra player objectives.Must Contain Minis Reviews Frostgrave: Ulteri…

Analysis: Astra Militarum in 8th Ed, Troops Units

Posted on June 24th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Let’s analyse the Troops options available to Astra Militarum. This review is from a competitive play perspective, at around 2000 pts scale.
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Analysis: Astra Militarum in 8th Ed, Troops Units

Posted on June 24th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

Let’s analyse the Troops options available to Astra Militarum. This review is from a competitive play perspective, at around 2000 pts scale.
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Warhammer 40K 8th Edition: A Better Version of Age of Sigmar

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

It’s convention season, and I’ve been super busy with terrain commissions, which means I’ve been neglecting my blog, and I’ve barely had time to work on any personal projects.

 

 

Even making new products for Skull Forge Scenics is on hold s I work to hit my deadlines. But the store is still open, and my entire range of graveyard scenery is available, so check it out if you haven’t already. Thanks to everyone who has supported me in this endeavor. I hope you’re all enjoying your scenery! It’s always exciting when I see one of my pieces worked into someone’s conversion on the Age of Sigmar groups.

I have been following the developments and rumors of the new edition of 40K, and now that it’s here, my predictions seem to have come true (mostly).

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Warhammer 40K 8th Edition: A Better Version of Age of Sigmar

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

It’s convention season, and I’ve been super busy with terrain commissions, which means I’ve been neglecting my blog, and I’ve barely had time to work on any personal projects.

 

 

Even making new products for Skull Forge Scenics is on hold s I work to hit my deadlines. But the store is still open, and my entire range of graveyard scenery is available, so check it out if you haven’t already. Thanks to everyone who has supported me in this endeavor. I hope you’re all enjoying your scenery! It’s always exciting when I see one of my pieces worked into someone’s conversion on the Age of Sigmar groups.

I have been following the developments and rumors of the new edition of 40K, and now that it’s here, my predictions seem to have come true (mostly).

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Warhammer 40,000 Index: Imperium 1

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

Warhammer 40,000 Index: Imperium 1 A Warhammer 40,000 Supplement Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 is a bastion of miniature games, having been around for thirty years […]

Unboxing Blood & Plunder – French Bundle

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

A while ago at a convention, I came across the prettiest game that I have seen in a while. This game was Blood & Plunder by Firelock Games. After playing, I reached out to Firelock Games and they sent me a Blood & Plunder French Nation Bundle.

Blood & Plunder French Nation Starter Set
Above is part of the French Nation Bundle. It also came with a Sloop Sailing Ship. 

The Bundle comes with 25 French Nation Miniatures, a Sloop Sailing Ship, and a deck of French Nation Playing Cards. They also sent along a rule book for me to read through.

The minis within all look very nice. Below is how they came out of the box – without any of the flashing removed.

The French Captain / Commander.
8 Flibustiers. These guys are good at shooting and love to get in close for a fight.

8 Milice des Caraïbes. These are your standard infantry with plug style bayonet. 

4 Marins. These sailors love to get in on a close quarters battle. 

4 Boucaniers. These are the French Sharpshooters.

Also in the Bundle is a Sloop.

The Sloop comes with a card, Mast, Rigging Materials and Cannons.

The ship looks great even before it is painted.

Lots of space on this boat and this is the smallest ship that Firelock Games makes at this point.

I am really looking forward to seeing how good this ship will look once it gets painted. I still haven’t decided whether I am going to give these to a commission painter or do them myself. Right now, I am leaning towards a commission painter as I really want these models to look gorgeous as it is gorgeous minis that drew me to this game!

A picture of a French crew at the Blood & Plunder Demo game at Broadsword. These ships and models look great all painted.

In addition to the Bundle, Firelock Games sent me a copy of the rulebook and this book is well produced.

The cover of the Rule book.

The back of the book.

I would like to thank Firelock Games for sending along this French Starter Bundle. It is excellent and I am really enjoying looking at what is in their newest Kickstarter campaign.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Discloser: Firelock Games provided Must Contain Minis with the above products for Review Purposes.


Analysis: Astra Militarum in 8th Ed, HQ Units

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

Let’s analyse the HQ options available to Astra Militarum. Like all my reviews, this will be from a competitive play perspective, at around 2000 pts scale, so keep that in mind as we dive in!
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Analysis: Astra Militarum in 8th Ed, HQ Units

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

Let’s analyse the HQ options available to Astra Militarum. Like all my reviews, this will be from a competitive play perspective, at around 2000 pts scale, so keep that in mind as we dive in!
Read more »

Unboxing Blood & Plunder – French Bundle

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

A while ago at a convention, I came across the prettiest game that I have seen in a while. This game was Blood & Plunder by Firelock Games. After playing, I reached out to Firelock Games and they sent me a Blood & Plunder French Nation Bundle.

Blood & Plunder French Nation Starter Set
Above is part of the French Nation Bundle. It also came with a Sloop Sailing Ship. 

The Bundle comes with 25 French Nation Miniatures, a Sloop Sailing Ship, and a deck of French Nation Playing Cards. They also sent along a rule book for me to read through.

The minis within all look very nice. Below is how they came out of the box – without any of the flashing removed.

The French Captain / Commander.
8 Flibustiers. These guys are good at shooting and love to get in close for a fight.

8 Milice des Caraïbes. These are your standard infantry with plug style bayonet. 

4 Marins. These sailors love to get in on a close quarters battle. 

4 Boucaniers. These are the French Sharpshooters.

Also in the Bundle is a Sloop.

The Sloop comes with a card, Mast, Rigging Materials and Cannons.

The ship looks great even before it is painted.

Lots of space on this boat and this is the smallest ship that Firelock Games makes at this point.

I am really looking forward to seeing how good this ship will look once it gets painted. I still haven’t decided whether I am going to give these to a commission painter or do them myself. Right now, I am leaning towards a commission painter as I really want these models to look gorgeous as it is gorgeous minis that drew me to this game!

A picture of a French crew at the Blood & Plunder Demo game at Broadsword. These ships and models look great all painted.

In addition to the Bundle, Firelock Games sent me a copy of the rulebook and this book is well produced.

The cover of the Rule book.

The back of the book.

I would like to thank Firelock Games for sending along this French Starter Bundle. It is excellent and I am really enjoying looking at what is in their newest Kickstarter campaign.

Until next time, Happy Gaming Everyone!!!

Discloser: Firelock Games provided Must Contain Minis with the above products for Review Purposes.


Review: D&D Character Sheets

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

So, this past weekend I decided to pick up new Dungeons & Dragons Character Sheets. Even though I can print character sheets to my heart’s content, it just seemed like a fun thing to do. Part of me was hoping to stir up old nostalgia, back when character sheets were a rite of passage! Unfortunately, I think Wizards of the Coast missed a big opportunity with this product. From a marketing stand point, I would not call this a success by any stretch of the imagination.

So what does it include?

A “lavishly illustrated protective folder.” OK, it’s definitely illustrated, and with a cool ampersand, but I’m not sure what the skulls and roses are there for. Maybe a set of dice would have been a better choice? With Stream of Annihilation, and the announcement of the Tomb of Annihilation, the artwork on these folders should have been the Green Devil Face. The timing was perfect, and it would have helped generate more excitement for those upcoming products.
 

This would have been such a cooler cover.

Inside, the folder flaps contain the following helpful information:

  • Actions you can take in combat.
  • Things you can do in tandem with movement.
  • Things you can do on your turn.
  • A place to write your name and character name. 

    I think all of the above is good reference material to place inside the folder. I see beginners and veteran players alike routinely forget this information. In terms of the character sheets my folder included:

    • Four copies of a new sheet that does not include Personality Traits, Ideals, Bonds, and Flaws.
    • Eight copies of a new, single page introductory character sheet “designed specifically for new players.”

     

       

      OK, so just to recap, three of the five included products you can already download and print for free. The modified new sheet is certainly not worth the price of admission. The thing I’m most disappointed in however the introductory character sheet. I think from a design standpoint the larger boxes were a good idea. The sheet is definitely easier to read, especially for a new player who is learning for the first time. But the back of the sheet is blank! They could have at least included the information contained on the folder flaps.

      So what else would I have done to improve this? Well going along with my Green Devil Face idea I would have included some green colored character sheets. You know like the old school basic sheets? Hell, include the Green Devil Face in the design! That at least would have made the product more unique, and worth its $10 price tag. I would have kept some white versions as well for those who wish to scan the sheets.

      If you don’t have access to a printer, or maybe you’re a collector, then definitely check these out. Overall I think this was a cool idea but poorly executed. Oh well, not every product can be a critical hit. Have fun playing the game, and remember sometimes the best character sheet is just a piece of notebook paper, a 3×5 card, or whatever else you can scribble your hit points on!

      Runemarks by Joanne M Harris

      Posted on June 21st, 2017 under . Posted by

      Runemarks by Joanne M Harris is a book that was given to me as a Fathers Day gift from Holly.For details see this link.Thank you Holly.DadXXX

      Runemarks by Joanne M Harris

      Posted on June 21st, 2017 under . Posted by

      Runemarks by Joanne M Harris is a book that was given to me as a Fathers Day gift from Holly.For details see this link.Thank you Holly.DadXXX

      Triple Helix Wargaming

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

      So with the new shiny 40K I have started again looking at GW products again and being a good little adopted Yorkshire man I have been trawling the internet for the best deals. Past the usual suspects I stumbled across … Continue reading

      Best Play Recommends: Splendor

      Posted on June 17th, 2017 under , , , , , , , . Posted by

      TL;DR What: A peaceful game of gems and jewels Players: 2 – 4 Time: 30 minutes People: Almost anyone, really Available: Grab it for a very cheap price on Amazon here The Gist Why we recommend it Most board games can be quite divisive. They are in my relationship anyway. Fancy a game of Jaipur? No, I’m not in the […]

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      Dark Souls – thoughts after first play through

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

      I had the chance to play the new Dark Souls boardgame from Steamforged Games the other night, and I thought that I would share my intial thoughts on the game. I have never played the video game on which this boardgame is based, but I am told by various people that it is a faithful adaption of that game – which is potentially both a good and a bad thing. First off, the game components are excellent – I previously posted an unboxing article –  and whilst the miniatures are obviously a highlight, I also found the character boards to be very well designed and easy to use. The game revolves around two boss fights: a Mini-Boss and a Boss. These are determined randomly at the start of the game. The board has four encounter areas, plus the players safe ‘campfire’ area where they can rest and gain new equipment and skills. Each of the encounter areas are allocated an encounter card of level 1, 2 or 3 – dependent upon the Mini-boss or Boss they will encounter at the end. The encounters get more difficult as their levels increase. As players progress through the dungeon, they need to defeat the […]

      Synergies between Mad Dogs with Guns and Bolt Action: Sea Lion

      Posted on June 14th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

      Many readers will have noticed that when I look at games and their components, one of the questions that I ask myself is whether I could reuse the components from one game in another. The reason for this is simply because I love to play many games and …

      Synergies between Mad Dogs with Guns and Bolt Action: Sea Lion

      Posted on June 14th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

      Many readers will have noticed that when I look at games and their components, one of the questions that I ask myself is whether I could reuse the components from one game in another. The reason for this is simply because I love to play many games and …

      UK Games Expo: Dice Forge First Look

      Posted on June 14th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

      Dice forge uk games expo review

      If I was to simply say Dice Forge is Dominion but with dice,  this will not only convey the whole gist of Dice Forge, but also everything that may get you excited or worried about Libellud’s upcoming release. Asmodee and Esdevium were showing off a late prototype of the game at the UK Games Expo 2017 and I got myself a seat to grab a game, well actually my wife saw the game loved the artwork and quickly jumped at the two empty places to give Dice Forge a go.

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      UK Games Expo: Dice Forge First Look

      Posted on June 14th, 2017 under , , , , , . Posted by

      Dice forge uk games expo review

      If I was to simply say Dice Forge is Dominion but with dice,  this will not only convey the whole gist of Dice Forge, but also everything that may get you excited or worried about Libellud’s upcoming release. Asmodee and Esdevium were showing off a late prototype of the game at the UK Games Expo 2017 and I got myself a seat to grab a game, well actually my wife saw the game loved the artwork and quickly jumped at the two empty places to give Dice Forge a go.

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      Analysis: Astra Militarum in 8th Ed, Heavy Weapons

      Posted on June 13th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

      Up next on the review agenda are the heavy weapons available to the Astra Militarum.
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      Analysis: Astra Militarum in 8th Ed, Heavy Weapons

      Posted on June 13th, 2017 under , , . Posted by

      Up next on the review agenda are the heavy weapons available to the Astra Militarum.
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