Thursday, 31 December 2015

New Years Greetings!

New years eve is upon us, it may well be 2016 depending on where you are, but here in the quite West country of England, its new years eve.  A time to thank all of you for staying with us this year, and we hope we have provided plenty of good articles to keep you entertained where ever you are.
Stay with us into 2016, as it will be full of all sorts of articles, and games to look at and enjoy, battle reports and more.
To all our readers out there, may 2016 bring you all the best.

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Wednesday, 30 December 2015

House Stark Faction focus for A Game of Thrones the Card Game Second Edition LCG

In our first faction focus we look at House Stark.  We will be looking at their strengths, and weaknesses and some of their best cards.
Eddard Stark: "Look at me, you're a Stark of Winterfell, you know our words."
Arya Stark: "'Winter is coming'."
Eddard Stark: "You were born in the long summer, you've never known anything else. But now winter is truly coming. In the winter, we must protect ourselves, look after one another."
— Lord Eddard Stark and his daughter Arya.
House Stark of Winterfell is an exiled Great House of Westeros, ruling over the vast region known as the North from their seat in Winterfell. It is by far one of the oldest lines of Westerosi nobility, claiming a line of descent stretching back over eight thousand years. The head of the house was the Lord of Winterfell. Before the Targaryen conquest, the leaders of House Stark ruled over the region as the Kings in the North.
Lets get started....

Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Star Trek Attack Wing RIS Talvath unboxing

The Talvath was a Romulan science vessel that was in service in the mid-24th century. In early 2350, the Talvath, operating under the direction of Dr. Telek R'Mor of the Romulan Astrophysical Academy, began an extended three-year scientific mission.

In mid-2351, the Talvath encountered a micro-wormhole in Sector 1385 of the Alpha Quadrant that led to the discovery of the Federation starship USS Voyager in the Delta Quadrant, located in the year 2371.
The Talvath was scheduled to complete its mission and return to Romulus in 2353
Lets see what this little ship adds to the game.

Monday, 28 December 2015

Battle Cry 150th American Civil war anniversary edition unboxing and review

Battle Cry is a game designed by Richard Borg, who designed the "Command & Colours" series, so if you are familiar with any of those games you should know roughly how it plays, if you are not you are in for a treat as its a great little system.
 It comes in a hefty box, with some nice eye catching artwork, it states 2 players and recommends ages 12 and up, though Olivia can play it no problems.
On the back it lists the 30 scenarios it comes with... yes 30! you will certainly be getting plenty of replay out of this game as with the card system no battle will play alike.

So what comes in this massive box?

Sunday, 27 December 2015

A Game of Thrones the card game Second Edition from Fantasy Flight Games unboxing and review

I am a massive A Game of Thrones fan, I love the books, the TV show, the world in general.  I had heard there was a card game of it, but there where so many expansions out it was a bit confusing.  When Fantasy Flight Game decided to reboot it into a second edition I thought that it would be the perfect time to dive into the world and see what the game is like.
 The box has beautiful artwork on the cover, and this is carried on with all the cards as well.  It advises it can play 2-4 players from the box which is correct, though with other expansions which will be coming you can up it to 6 players.  In fact it feels very much like two games in one, with the 2 player "Joust" mode, and the multi player "Melee" mode.
It is a Living card game as opposed to a CCG or collectible card game.  This means you do not buy random boosters that come with who knows what in them.  When you get an expansion pack you know what cards you will be getting with it, meaning you never have to hunt for those overpriced rares people sell online.  The last card game I played was Magic The Gathering, so I know all about the random booster idea, and I think I prefer this Living card game method, its an even playing field that way with no "Pay to win" mechanics.
Lets open her up and take a look inside....

Star Trek Attack Wing Kazon Halik Raider unboxing

The Halik Raider is Kazon Raider. These vessels were stolen from the Trabe and utilized by the Kazon, a race regarded by the Borgs as an unremarkable species and not worthy of assimilation. Many Kazon raiders are equipped with variable yield photonic charges.
Its about time the Kazon got another ship to add to their small fleet, so les see what gets added in the pack....

Saturday, 26 December 2015

Star Trek Attack Wing Romulan Scorpion 4 attack fighters unboxing

Up until now, the Federation and the Dominion where the only factions that had fighters.  The arrival of the Romulan Scorpion class has now changed that.
The Scorpion-class vessels were small attack fighters stored aboard the Reman warbird Scimitar in 2379.

When Captain Jean-Luc Picard was captured and taken aboard the Scimitar by Praetor Shinzon, the captain and Data used a Scorpion-class vessel to escape, taking the fighter through the Scimitar's corridors when the shuttlebay doors were sealed to prevent them making a more direct exit. Although he initially found the craft difficult to maneuver, he eventually managed to drive the vessel through a window located in Shinzon's representative chamber and escape into space, where the craft was beamed aboard the USS Enterprise-E.
The Scimitar's shuttlebay, where the Scorpion-class vessels were stored, was later destroyed when the Enterprise and the Scimitar collided
Lets take a look and see what these fighters add to the Romulan forces....

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas to all of you!

A seasonal greeting to all of you! to all our old followers and new alike, friends far and wide, in New Zealand and America and where ever you may be, may the season be good, and many toys be provided for you by understanding family.
 Lets hope your Christmas has not ended up like this, I know mine did... dang lights!
Many thanks for following us through out the year, and best wishes from us here to you for the holiday season.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Throwback Star Wars Miniatures III – The Expanded Universe & A Hive of Scum and Villany

What to do, what to do? With Disney taking over the entire franchise we do suddenly find ourselves in an odd continuity predicament. Now in all fairness not all the extra material that was added through other media was always up to par, but with the fluff now effectively only being considers canon if it was in the movies, Clone Wars, Rebels and a short number of recent books and comics we are also left with a lot of other amazing stories potentially being lost in the 'Legends'-category.
At the time of me writing this I have yet to see the new movie, but I doubt we'll see anything like the Thrawn or Jedi Academy trilogies becoming part of the official storyline again. It's going to be quite interesting to see where the franchise will go in the next 5-10 years, Disney is definitely aiming high with at least six more Episodes and various side stories through stand-alone movies, series and books.

I'm also rather curious to see just how the Old Republic fits into the story now, not in the least as two of the most interesting videogame rpgs of the last decade and a half, Knights of the Old Republic I and II, are sets in that period. Not to mention a full blown mmo in the form of The Old Republic also focusing on roughly the same period. Personally I'm not not much an MMO fan, but it has certainly led to some very cool cutscenes!
What's more, we've actually gotten the chance already to put Old Republic era minis on the tabletop by means of WotC's Star Wars Miniatures game. The Sith trooper units in particular have stood the test of time quite well when it comes to intimidating design.

The Jedi, Old Republic troopers and allies also offer a rather colorful mix of opponents to play against. Just going to assume most people would gravitate towards the slick look of the Sith here ;-)

Another rather interesting element from that period are the Mandalorians. Now they'd been hinted at in various written material and there was always the between both Fetts and these voracious warriors from Mandalore. The stories behind the Mandalorian Wars and how they got into conflict with the Jedi through Revan and Malak are a very nice read, or playthrough if you'd do the Knights of the Old Republic rpg route

Heck we already got to see more of the them during the Clone Wars era, with animated series dedicating a fair bit of storyline to the resurgence of the Mandalorian warrior cult by means of the Death Watch.

One of the fun things about the Star Wars franchise is just how much stuff there is in there, with so many smaller locations, cultures and factions having the potential to make it to the tabletop. A few leftover minis can add a ton of character to an rpg group or make for a great custom Imperial Assault campaign. Add some droids, Jawas and Tusken Raiders, or some extra ones given that there's an expansion for the game with them already, and you have all you need for a Tatooine-based campaign.

Do some slight rules tweaking via the skirmish rules and have the Galactic Empire attack Cloud City.
Or simply re-purpose Clone Troopers as Stormtroopers and use Clone Wars era smaller factions as count-as Seperatists or neutrals forces from Mustafar or Atapau for example.

And yes, Sly Moore really shouldn't be in there. She was after all on Coruscant serving on Palpatine's staff.......which is a tad odd given that she's an Umbaran, a race that put up a lot of resistance after joining the Confederacy of Independent Systems.
And speaking or lore being rewritten, it would seem the Yuuzhan Vong are gone from the universe as well. These guys where supposed to show up after Episode VI, when a New Republic was slowly starting to rise. Launching a religious war into the New Republic and being unable to be sensed by the Force, they proved to be pretty much the biggest threat to the universe since the Galactic Empire.
In fact one could even draw the conclusion that Sidious' push for power, galactic dominance and persecution of the Jedi was more than just a method of the Sith's revenge. But rather that he knew what was coming and was building up an army to defend his Empire. I very seriously doubt we'll ever see these baddies as part of the official canon again, they were simply too big of a threat and too deeply tied to the post Episode VI expanded universe for them to work anymore.

And finally, let us have a quick look at my personal favorite elements of the Star Wars universe: the seedy underbelly of society, the underworld and crime syndicates. Episodes IV and V already hinted at the just how much of an underworld presence there was in the lore, with such locations and characters like Mos Eisley, Jabba, Bossk, 4-Lom, Zuckuss, IG-88, Dengar and Boba Fett.
And over the years we've continually seen more and more interesting characters getting added to the bounty hunter category. There seems to have been a lot of work for them out there, heck Jango Fett even became the template for a galaxy-wide clone army.

Though even if we'd stuck with the Mos Eisley cantina scene there'd be plenty of interesting material to dig into (LINK to some more info on all those random creatures in there).

It wasn't until the opening of Return of the Jedi though that we got to see just how influentially the underworld was. Now there's definitely a point to be made for those first 15-ish minutes being redundant in the story, or Jabba making for a more interesting character if somehow he'd shifted sides and joined the Rebels instead of the Ewoks. But visually and world building-wise the opening is fantastic.

Interestingly enough we've seen the underworld become quite a big general player in the expanded universe. We have the Zann Consortium, led by Imperial Academy failure Tyber Zann, making things quite difficult for both the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance in the wake of the Battle of Yavin.
And then, of course, we have the Black Sun. This crime syndicate operated throughout the entire galaxy, proving to be worthy rivals to even the Hutt clans, while also controlling much of the Coruscant underworld. The Clone Wars even made them canon again, though only that they are still a powerful presence in the criminal underworld. Though in principle even Dash Rendar could be considered canon, as despite being in a non-canonical videogame, comic and book series, his ship the Outrider was added to the remastered release of A New Hope.

I suspect though most people will know of Black Sun as a result of the 1996 Nintendo64 release of Shadows of the Empire. A true gem of that generation of console gaming, the game not only offered fun gameplay with some rather tricky controls and the first taste of what would later become the Rogue Squadron series, it also filled in some of the gaps between episodes V and VI. For the time this was quite a spectacular thing  as pretty much no other material had dabbled in that period.
This was pretty much the first console game that actually felt like a Star Wars game. Now the lead character is a bit of a Han Solo knock-off, but the rest of the story and side characters really made this multimedia project a hit. Not in the least as it continues with the dark tone of The Empire Strikes back with the search for Han, acquiring the Deathstar II's plans and the underworld trying to gain favor with the Emperor over Vader.

Prince Xizor in particular was quite the character, trying to play all players on the board in the hopes of coming on out on top himself. Offering the vast resources of the Black Sun to the Emperor's construction plans on Endor, he was at the same time selling information to the Rebel Alliance, while also manipulating the bounty hunters send after Luke to bring him in dead rather than alive in order to disgrace Darth Vader. The N64 game and fairly poor pc port have aged considerably, the novels, Dark Horse comics and Joel McNeeley soundtrack are definitely still work a look and listen though.

And that does it for this series of random Star Wars ramblings, time for me to go and get myself a movie ticket. That said, there's a lot of potential for some great Star Wars content this coming decade. Especially if some of the rumors for the side stories are true. Who wouldn't like to see more about the creation of Rogue Squadron or how the original Deathstar plans where stolen. Sorry about that last one Kyle Kattarn, but a heist-like movie centered around old and new bountyhunters could be great.
The chance to see these guys in action, with a younger Boba of course, who in the official canon already has a connection with Bossk and Aura Sing, would be fantastic. Maybe even joined by Lee van Cleef-inspired bounty hunter Cad Bane or Embo from the Clone Wars, both characters that are officially still alive during that period. Lots of potential there!