It's been a long while since the story section last had any attention. A while back, I gave up on the idea of ever finishing my Star Wars stories, so instead have typed out a rough outline as to what may have happened during the rest of the saga. I've also expanded the names & characters section with images where possible.
Did some work behind the scenes of the game blog page so that the game filters now work much better.
A couple of months back I found loads of old notes about all the old Epic Space Marine games we played, starting from back when I was in high school. I thought it would be a good idea to type them all up as best I could, and upload them all. While I was at it, I also converted the Epic-S and 40K battle reports from their PDF state to HTML, and they can be found on the Warhammer 40K page.
This is where you can read any of my irregular wafflings about tabletop gaming.
We played another 40K game recently, which was pretty much the same setup as before, being 750pts of Salamanders against Night Lords. In this one, we rolled The Scouring and Scoob picked the vanguard strike deployment. We used some Ork Nobz that Scoob had just given me as the objective markers, and then proceeded to completely ignore them all until turn 5 when my last couple of Sternguard Veterans advanced onto the one in Scoob's deployment zone. That got me 2 victory points, as well as 1 for linebreaker, to go with the first blood point I got earlier in the game. Scoob got linebreaker too as his mob of Chaos characters advanced on my Whirlwind after chewing through my Vindicator and Techmarine. The game ended, luckily for me, after 5 turns. Had it gone on any longer Scoob's forces were poised to take the superior objective which would have got him 4 more points. As it was, I managed my first 8th edition win 4-1.
There's also been some work going on behind the scenes as I really want to move on from using the pretty boring Marines. I've really broken my "no more purchases" promise, and have picked up a few more things for my Nidz and one or two units for my other armies to help them out in this new edition. I'm also trying to finish some previously started units, including the Warriors I started to paint three and a half years ago, as well as starting to convert my old Spore-proxies as Tyrannocytes. I never even finished those Spores even though I started them back in 2010!
After failing to find the necessary Scorpions on ebay to boost my unit to 10, I've had to sink down to failcast levels and pick up a brand new unit. I've never used failcast before, but just look at the shitty state they arrive in. Sheesh.
I was pretty stoked to take my Super Dungeon rules to one of our games nights recently where we played a 4 player game. I'd already tweaked some things after the game with Scoob, and I was hoping all would be well, but more issues cropped up that I'll have to take a proper look at when I can get some more time. Primarily, the game is still a bit too easy for the heroes. I've got a few little ideas to make the bosses in particular a little more effective, and I most certainly have to go back to having pre-made, named characters, rather than the build-your-own method I've been using to this point. The whole process of creating the characters just seems to drag on a bit too long, for sure.
A few interesting things have happened over the last few weeks. Firstly, the latest little updates of my Super Dungeon rules are done, and all the rules are printed out ready for the tabletop. I've massively simplified the monster behaviour sheets as they were getting out of hand.
If these rules seem to go down alright, I'll look at a public release to get more opinions. But until then, here's some images of all my Super Dungeon models, just for the hell of it.
A game we've played a few times recently is Marvel Legendary, which I finally picked up. Me and Scoob played three games and managed to win them all quite easily. But then yesterday, we had a five player game and lost for the first time, finding it much more difficult to build up our decks and combos. However, we went straight back in for game number two and managed a fairly comfortable win.
Then we get to the meat of this update, which is that we've played our first two games of 40K 8th edition. Both games have been 750pts, with me as Salamanders against Scoob as Chaos Marines, firstly as the World Eaters, then as the Night Lords.
In the first game, we did not play a proper mission, and just decided to play a very basic game to pick up the rules. I was able to eliminate most of Scoob's infantry, but I had brought little to deal with his Vindicator and Helbrute so conceded when I realised the game was lost.
Then yesterday we played the second game, which saw us playing a No Mercy mission. This time, I mistakenly brought too many anti-tank guns, while Scoob had brought an almost entirely infantry army. Even with all the meltas and lascannons, my shooting failed to pop his rhino which was carrying all of his Khorne berserkers. I managed to take it out in combat with a psychic-buffed sergeant, but this brought the end to only one of the Chaos Marines inside.
Now they were free, his berserkers and characters tore through my Marines with glee, and he tabled me on turn 5.
So our first attempts at 8th edition have continued exactly where we left off back in 5th, with me losing pretty much every game against Scoob.
So far, we are a little unsure of these new rules. They are massively simplified compared to previous editions, but at the same time there's way more to remember, like all the auras and re-rolls, and strategic objectives, and stratagems, and relics, and warlord traits. Sigh. We just want an easy, fun game to play.
And also, because the rules are so simple, in just our two games, we've already come across several situations that the rules either don't make clear, or don't cover at all. We're really going to have to start writing a whole bunch of house rules to clear these things up.
Last Christmas I received the DC Deck Building game, which we've managed to play a few games of this year and quite enjoyed. The trouble is, both me and Scoob have an issue with the game, which is that it's PvP, which really doesn't make any sense considering you all play as DC heroes who are trying to beat the super villains.
Over the past couple of months, Scoob and I have worked on a couple of little ideas, trying to make the game co-op, and to an extent, we got it to work. However, it makes many of the cards either unusable or makes them require some serious errata to make them fit in to how we want it to play.
Even reading about, and taking some inspiration from, "Crisis Mode", which is an official co-op version of the game, as well as another fan-made co-op mode, didn't really help our cause.
I think, in the end, we have given up on this little venture. Instead, we are looking at picking up the Marvel Legendary game, which does what we want, even if it seems really pricey just for a bunch of cards. Still, the DC Deck Building game will work well on games nights when we want some PvP, and I think it will be very interesting to try it as a team vs team game, which should work with very few rule changes.
Some house rules that do look like they're going to work are those for my version of Super Dungeon Explore. Just recently, I got Scoob to try them out for the first time. He seemed pretty into it, and throughout the game we managed to iron out a few more wrinkles. It always helps my rules writing when I can get another pair of eyes on them, and I think that once I've done the behaviours for all of the monsters (I've got so many now, gulp), the basic rules will be finished at last.
Pretty much all year I've been itching to update some of the photos for my painted models. With the recent completion of my 40K Marines and 6mm Nurgle, I was able to take advantage of some free time to get snapping. The 6mm Khorne army isn't quite there yet, but is very close, with just the Daemon Engines to paint.
I was hoping that with the two light setup these images would be a lot better than they've turned out. I guess they are better than the old ones, but my camera is pretty shitty. It does weird things, and is not consistent with its colour, even in a consistent lighting situation. Stupid thing.
It was interesting to see all my 40K Marines set out together for the first time since I finished painting them, but I can't believe the army looks so small considering it's been about 25 years since I started to collect it. Still, at least they're all painted, which is far more than can be said for any of my other armies.
As much as I wanted 2018 to be big on tabletop gaming, it feels instead like it's been more of a slow burn so far. There's been progress on many fronts, like painting and rules writing, and for many games, like Super Dungeon, Epic, Blood Bowl and 40K, but all of the progress has been slow. Speaking of 40K, 8th edition looks like it's finally going to get some attention now we're done with our Blood Bowl league, so hopefully that all goes well. Picking an army in 8th looks like a bit of a chore though, so I've created a new spreadsheet for my Marines to make it much easier.
I can't believe it's taken us 29 months to play 15 games of Blood Bowl, but finally our latest league is finished. Phew. To begin with it was a really hard league for me, but it started to turn around near the end, and I won 3 of my last 4 games, including leading the dwarf team The Grog Guzzlers to the title in the deciding, last match of the league. I'd have preferred to have done better with the Crocoviles, who were my dedicated team in that competition, but I guess third isn't bad after how I started.
To read about all the drama, the pdf is fully updated.
As far as Blood Bowl games going forward, there really doesn't seem to be much desire to play it in my little group right now, so it's unlikely there'll be more games any time soon. Though that might give me the chance to try something I've wanted to do for a while, which is something I'm calling the Blood Bowl ERL, or Experimental Rules League. In this, I just want to try different house rules to see if I can speed up the game and balance the teams a bit better. I'd also like the game to not punish bad dice rolls so much, but instead punish bad play. Because lets face it, if Nuffle is not on your side, there's nothing you can do in that game no matter how good you play, and that's just stupid.
I've already got a whole page of ideas that I want to try, if I can ever get around to it.
Moving on, for the past couple of weeks I've put in quite a bit of work on my Super Dungeon rules, after I finally found a copy of 1st edition on ebay and got really motivated again. I'm now on the 5th version of my rules, and most of the changes for this one are in an effort to make the game even faster. The main change is that I've thrown out buffs and debuffs, so their counters are no longer needed, and there are less things to remember. The changes have definitely made it faster and easier, and I feel at last like I'm on the right track.
Of course, if I get these working I'll have to make a full, advanced rule set which adds all these things back in, for when we want to punish ourselves with a much longer game.
In regards to the 1st edition version of the game, I'm actually quite disappointed in a lot of the models. The sculpts are just not as good as those from the Forgotten King set. I don't know how clear it is in the picture here, but the 1st edition model (left) does not have the clear details of the F.K. model, and is also covered in more mold lines.
Still, I really like the boards, even though they're not the same size, as there's just less junk on them to have to move and fight around.
For my playtesting, I've put together some simple wooden counters, in grey and green, for use as terrain. The game doesn't really need them, but sometimes it's easy to miss symbols on the board (especially on games nights when drink is involved) and these just make it easier to see things the heroes are supposed to move around.