Friday, May 22, 2020

A little Marvel game I made

Hey all!

Well, my son and daughter got a HUGE collection of Marvel Lego minifigures. So, like anyone would, I decided to make a game for them!

I based it loosely on my most playable game ever, my M.U.S.C.L.E. wrestling game.  But there was a lot different that needed to be reflected with this one... different powers, multiple characters in a fight, and a bunch more!

So I currently have it in a state that is pretty playable. 

You play 3 v 3.  You have cards that you can play... Attack Cards, and Defense Cards.

There are two general classes of cards; a set of general "all" fighting cards... punches, kicks, blocks... that each player gets, and then you also get four "hero" cards that are specific to each hero. 

The "hero" cards are where I tried to grab the "flavor" of each guy.  Gamorra is a bunch of punishing close combat attacks.  Spider-Man has several cards ("Spider Sense!") that allow him to avoid attacks, and one ("Web up!") that lets him freeze an enemy in place.  Dr. Strange can use the "Time Stone!" card to heal hurt allies.  Iron Man can use his "Reactive Armor!" card to absorb damage and strike back at whomever attacked him. Hulk can grab a piece of scenery and throw it at someone.  Captain America can toss his shield to attack, and use it to defend himself and even nearby allies, if they need it.

Each turn you get two "all" cards and two "hero" cards to use.  You can use any card to move one space, or use it for what it is meant for... hitting them with War Machine's gatling gun or sniping them with Winter Soldier or leaping to attack several enemies with Black Panther.

There are a lot of variables to account for, on top of just the damage of the attack or the range.  Some characters have a lot of longer ranged "hero" cards, some have a lot of close range "hero" cards.  Some, like Hela, are nearly pure attack "hero" cards.  Some, like Groot, are nearly pure defense "hero" cards.  Some heroes, like Peter Quill or Captain America, focus on improving the team around them.  Some heroes, like Loki and Vision and Dr. Strange, can do crazy stuff, like using a Sling Ring to push an enemy far away or using the "Will you EVER not fall for that?" card to force an attack to rebound on the attacker.  And then Ultron actually gets into the game with a bunch of drones (he gets 4 drone teammates instead of the usual 2) and can actually use his drone cards across the entire team,  even using them himself, to create a tough opponent who can sacrifice drones to save himself and can order his minions to swarm their opponents.

You need to keep in mind who is on your team and what they do, and also how badly hurt they are, as you play.

Here you can see Hela facing off with Ultron and two drones.  Her "Spike Storm" card will be able to hit all three of her enemies, and her "Power of Asgard!" card can push her own damage onto her enemies... she is all about damage, and has no defense "hero" cards.

Here the three key Avengers face off with Vulture, Lizardman, and Rhino.  Iron Man's "Mini Missiles" are a fantastically versatile card, allowing him to push a ton of damage onto a single enemy or split it among several enemies (unlike Hela's "Spike Storm" above, which has to be split among enemies), while Captain America's "Avengers Assemble!" card actually lets the entire team pull an extra "all" card... resulting in the three cards at the bottom of the photo and which gives the team a TON of options, either to attack, defend, or move, this turn.

Here the Black Order might be in a bit of trouble, as Loki can use "The Tesseract!" to teleport Corvious Glave to the far side of the board, and then Dr. Strange can use his "Magic Whip!" card to crush him for one damage for each square he is away... one of the nastier combos in the game, if you can pull it off!

The Guardians can be tricky!  Here you can see Peter Quill, who can use his "Dance Off, Bro!" card to take cards out of the other player's hand, and Groot, who can use his "We Are Groot!" defensive card to lend defense to any ally within range.  By the way, all three of Groot's other cards are called "I am Groot!" but they all do different things, and when Groot dies he gets replaced with Baby Groot, who can only take a tiny bit of damage and has no "hero" cards, but he CAN move around using "general" cards and being a pain in the rear end!  Rocket's four cards include "Big Gun!" "Bigger Gun!" and "Biggest Gun!"... Rocket has no defensive hero cards.  

So that's the basics of game!  If you stand on terrain, you can use it to absorb a certain amount of damage before it disappears... trees absorb 2, cars absorb 4.  And as heroes take damage, they have to permanently discard hero cards that they use, until they are completely out and removed from the game.  The more hurt they are, the less effective they are.

So far it has worked really well...  my son and I just had a game as Hela, Loki, and Thor took on Ultron and his drones... I swarmed him with drones, using Ultron's cards to keep them going and push them forward, taking Loki down.  But eventually Hela's insane offense, combined with Thor's ability to punish from afar with his "Hammer Throw! (the drones like to fight up close and don't do as well from far away) wore me down and won the game for him!

Fun!  And if you want to know more, just ask!

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Some Marvel Crisis Protocol figures painted up

Hi all!

Okay, it has been AGES and AGES since I've posted.  Unfortunately I've just been super duper busy with life... wife, kids, a loss, work, and of course, the whole global pandemic thing.

But let's be honest... it's 99 percent the kids.


They leave for a day or two, and suddenly I'm painting and updating the blog and everything!:D

Anyway, thought I would share... I got a bunch of Marvel Crisis Protocol figures, because who wouldn't want to paint Marvel figures!  I will say, my issue with the game itself is I cannot stand the idea of good guys and bad guys being on the same team.  They desperately need minions for this game... like, an assortment of SHIELD operatives, and HYDRA operatives, and some undead minions (and Fenris wolf) for Hela... the works.

But here is what I've painted so far!

So at the top is obviously the big 3... Iron Man, Thor, and Cap.

Here is Spider Man (sort of out of focus, sorry!), Black Widow, and Black Panther.

Hela and Crossbones

Hulk!  I did this guy with contrast paints, and I'll be honest, I am not happy with him.  May have to redo.

This is the little newspaper stand that comes with the game.  Honestly, I painted it up for my Walking Dead table:)

And here it is from the back.

Anyway... I hope everyone out there is well, especially since wargamers tend to be an older crowd, and I hope everyone is using their time at home to paint up some great stuff!

Can't wait for this thing to end, so I can see my friends... and, more importantly, so I can check out the new Mythicos Studios that was on the VERGE of opening right near me before this damn plague hit!:)  If you need to buy miniatures or hobby supplies, please consider ordering from them, and helping out a friend neighborhood hobby store!

Saturday, January 25, 2020

A bunch of painted Mantic "The Walking Dead" photos

Hey all!

Well, just eye candy today... no story, no game, just terrain and figures!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Some more set-ups for the Walking Dead campaign...

Played a few more missions of the campaign with my son!  We left the kid at base for a few missions, to try to conserve food.  We actually found a few weapons stores, and some food and medical supplies, so we are in decent shape... for now.

Here two of our survivors move through a small park, keeping an eye on a zombie who seems to be keeping an eye on them...

Here was another mission, this time gathering medical supplies.  We did well on this one, managing to gather most of the supplies on the board.

Anyway... its just eye candy, but thought folks might like it!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Started a new "Walking Dead" campaign

Hey all!

As promised, I HAVE been doing stuff lately.  I took just a COUPLE of photos of the most recent thing... a Walking Dead campaign game my son and I are playing.

With our initial 60 points, we bought three survivors... a man, a woman, and a kid (Carl, but we used a girl figure, so we are calling her Carla...)  The first few missions went okay, although we didn't find a lot of food, and our guys started to starve.  We DID find a pistol, which we are saving until things go badly.

The mission above (a "Surrounded!" mission) went SUPER quick... there was only a single supply, and it started right next to us, so we grabbed it and ran!

We began to leave the kid behind on missions, so that she could rest... our lack of food was causing some issues.  This was our next mission... a food supply run.  The traffic jam would give us some cover... I pity the poor people caught in that jam, who were likely torn to pieces!

This mission STARTED well... supplies right near the entrance, and zombies being  pulled to the red car by a car alarm going off, allowing our two survivors to skirt around the edge of the board towards the supplies near the rusted Coca Cola van...

But things can go south QUICK.  As the car alarm drew more and more zombies to the area they got more and more agitated, and suddenly a swarm of zombies noticed us and shambled down the street, coming our way!

Thankfully we were able to just turn and flee, having found enough food to supply our group for a bit and also a piece of body armor for my woman!

Here is the latest board... it's a medical supply run, which is good... we will see how it goes!

BTW, if you want to see the rough rules I used for the solo campaign, here they are!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Star Wars Legion: Death Troopers

Hey all!

Well, I know it has been quiet, but no worries, I'm still here and working on stuff... just been a bit busy with children and a job and a wife who works, which leaves little to no time for blogging.

But I'm here!  And there is lots of cool stuff that I've finished!

First up... some Death Troopers!  While I generally like original trilogy stuff, these guys I feel like are fine... they fit in thematically, and they give the Empire a cool elite trooper who stands out.

Overall I'm happy with how they turned out, but damn, I do NOT like painting black.  I'll definitely not be doing another unit of these any time soon!

Anyway... I took some more photos since I had the camera out, so I'll post more minis in the near future!:)

Friday, November 29, 2019

Some recently painted stuff... Black Seas and Warlord WW2 Americans...


Hey all!

Got the lights set up, thought I'd take a few photos.  First up, some of the nearly finished Black Seas ships...

I'm also working on a nearly complete sprue from a recent Wargames Illustrated... some WW2 Americans I'm painting up while I watch Band of Brothers.

Monday, November 25, 2019

A first test game of Black Seas!

Well, I finally got a few ships done, so thought it was time to try out a game of Black Seas!  My son, who is always a willing opponent, was the opposing admiral!

He had two ships, a third rate and a brig, while I took two frigates.  I started with the wind in my favor.

We sailed towards each other, and my two frigates split up, with the hope of catching his third rate between us.

The third rate returned fire, as did the brig.

My frigate closed in, and hammered on the third rate, actually causing a massive fire to break out!  

As the crew of the third rate put all of their energy into putting out the fire, my other frigate cut across its bow, crossing the T and pouring fire into it...

...while my other frigate crossed the T from the stern!  This was BAD for my son's man of war!

My lead frigate passed between my son's third rate and brig and fired on both!

He, however, took fire in return.

And my frigate continued to fire, and then passed right by the third rate...

... which promptly passed my stern and absolutely unloaded at point blank range, doing an insane amount of damage and outright sinking my frigate!

My other frigate sailed in and began to pour fire into the stern of the third rate as it sailed on.

And started a fire!

My son put all his efforts into putting out the fire and so his third rate went off the board, reappearing a bit later behind a nearby island.

(Off camera, the brig struck its colors, leaving just my frigate and the third rate fighting.)  The third rate came from behind the island and the two ships raced at each other, each trying to cross the other...

My frigate crossed first, pouring fire into the bow of the third rate...

... but my son sailed on and promptly boarded my frigate, his men causing such slaughter that my crew threw down their weapons and surrendered!

So overall, it was fun!  A lot of checking of charts for shooting and criticals, but still, a good time.