Sunday, October 3, 2010

WarMachine - A New Beginning


Now that I'm taking a break from 40k I've been looking for another game to play. I'm looking for certain qualities in a new game. I'm looking for a game with the following:
  • Active local players
  • Active national tournaments
  • Ability to travel a few times a year for tournaments and conventions
  • Chances for modeling
  • Fun models to paint
  • Fun and interesting background
  • Interesting metagame to give me something to look at and talk about
This leaves me with a few options:
  • DBA
  • Flames of War
  • WarMachine
  • Malifaux
  • Warhammer Fantasy
  • Lord of the Rings SBG
I really enjoy DBA. It is one of my most favorite games. Hordes of the Things is lots of fun as well. I suspect I'll be replacing a lot of the armies I've sold over the years and play this fairly casually. On the whole, though, it doesn't have a terribly deep metagame and I would have a hard time going to tournaments to just play DBA.

Flames of War is fun. I played it some years ago and I enjoyed it. I know of players that play locally, although my limited experience with them has made me think they're military fetishests and that bothers me. It does have a good national tournament scene and a solid metagame. I am interested in WW2 history but at the same time I don't want to trivilize it by playing a game dealing with it. There isn't much in the way of modeling and the painting doesn't inspire me. On the whole, it's not something I can get too excited about.

Malifaux is a game I might look into. I like half of the figures. The game seems overly complex. Every figure seems to have a thousand special rules. The low model count and rich opportunities for conversions might see me starting a force should someone I want to play with ask me to.

Warhammer Fantasy is also fun. I've played a few games of 8th and it's alright. It plays and looks more how I want it to. The game still has some fundamental balance issues in terms of Magic and Psychology and I'm having a hard time getting excited by modeling or the background. I like the guys that play at Game Parlor in Chantilly, though, so I expect to finish my Ogres over the next few months and play. If I do and I enjoy it I might look at going to the Colonial GT in Atlantic City.

Lord of the Rings is one of my favorite games. I like the way the game flows, I really like the figures, I love the background, and I just have the highest opinion of it. I know Richard isn't a fan but it's just a game I really enjoy. It's also one of those games where I want to do every army available. The local group that plays, The Lords of Middle Earth, are pretty good guys from my experience. They meet Wednesdays in Woodbridge, which sucks as the Game Parlor in Woodbridge is moving to a smaller store and it's questionable about how much space there will be for gaming. I'll wait to see how that shakes out until I dive in, but I expect to do a new Mordor army before too long.

Years ago I played WarMachine. I played from before Prime was released up until Superiority. Cavalry seemed goofy and I disliked how the game continued to minimize Warjacks. I also felt that new units would replace old units in effectiveness (Stormguard > Stormblades) and that armies would have as many models as a 40k army but the mechanics didn't work for that many models. Combine that with price increases that make GW seem cheap and haphazard model quality and it became an easy game to quit.

Mk 2 seems to have fixed some of my issues. Some of the guys I've met who play seem like good guys. There are lots of tournaments available both locally and nationally. There are enough Cryx and Cygnar models to make nice looking and competitive armies. Menoth and Khador aren't quite as lucky, to my eye at least, but two out of four isn't bad. And yes, I'm ignoring the Apple iAnime faction they just released.

With all that being said my general plan of action is to paint up 50 point Cygnar and Cryx armies. Then I'll be moving around to do some 15mm Sci Fi, some 15mm Ancients and Fantasy for DBA and HotT, and then some Lord of the Rings. Hell, looking at Dark Eldar might mean I might end up painting them up just for fun.

Be seeing you!

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