Friday, June 23, 2017

The Fantasy Trip - Advanced Melee and Wizard

It's the Time Machine for me at present, the curse of Paul and his linking me to a solo board game group... it has me looking at what games I have that can actually play solo.  Today I'm looking at Melee and Wizard and the Mircogames from Metagaming.

So I've ripped straight from Wikipedia "Metagaming Concepts, later known simply as Metagaming, was a company that published board games from 1974 to 1983. It was founded and owned by Howard Thompson, who designed the company's first game, Stellar Conquest. The company also invented Microgames and published Steve Jackson's first designs, including Ogre, G.E.V. and The Fantasy Trip."  There you have it in a nutshell, does that help?  Nope didn't think so, below is a link to the Microgames that many people will be familiar with.

That should jog most peoples memory of that was in many people's minds affordable gaming at the time.  Pithy little games, Steve Jackson got his launch here and we know where he went from there, though his Munchkin is his lamentable millstone to date!

Below are the MicroQuests I own - six in total, all unpunched or "opened". Do I dare to play them, I guess I will now that I've decided to.  I shall have to see my friend Paul of BPLaser about getting the hex system lasered and then I shall be ready to have a go at it.  Yes I think I shall have a definite go at this one... but you know what I'm like don't you dear reader, as reliable as a punter on a race day!







By the way I am chasing Melee and Wizard the original two games, while I have the Advanced booklets I'd love to get my hands on the boxes just to complete my obsession, you know what it's like to have OCD!

Here's a picture of what they are in case you need a memory job, drop me a line if you can help, charity is happily accepted!!!! (yes that is a lot of explanation marks!)

Till next time.

The Hon.John

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Chainsaw Warrior - Games Workshop Solitaire Game 1987

Carrying on from yesterdays post I went and looked at Chainsaw Warrior.  I had RAF all ready to go when I had an unexpected visitor and had to pack it all away to have the table clear.  As you can see from this post my perseverance to staying on topic melted away and I was distracted by another bright shiny.  In this case it was shiny, the game has been laminated in contact plastic, I recall at the time it was a craze amongst a group of us to do this.  I now of course regret this, as it has ruined some of the games, sticky edges more than anything.  Annoying...

Here is my copy out and I've played a game... lost to the Darkness........

The box, in very good repair, thanks to contact plastic, but shiny...

Image from BGG, I also found I had the cards from the WD as well.
Of course you can get this game as an App (Auroch Digital/GameTheNews - 4.2 Stars - AUS$6.99) on your phone or tablet these days, and to be honest it would be far more economical in time to just grab it than to crack open the game box, set it up, find all the pieces and play the game.  Now having said that, it is not as rewarding as playing the actual boardgame itself.  It is an old game now, 30 years this year, and it really does annoy me when the younger generation poo poo the idea that old games have no place in today's gaming place.  Certainly there are some bombs out there, but like everything you had to start at the beginning to get to the end?  Well maybe I should say the Model T Ford did it's job as does the modern motor vehicle, yet you had to have the Model T before you got to today's motor vehicle.  In another 30 years one will look at a game and think it quaint or outclassed compared to what is being played.  Age and mechanics have nothing or should have nothing to do with whether or not you enjoy the journey which is the game.

BoardGameGeek link to Chainsaw Warrior

Till next time...


R.A.F. West End Games Solitaire Game 1986

Recently a friend of mine, Paul, invited me to join a group on facebook for Solo Boardgamers (soloboardgamers).  This was intriguing?  What games were there, was there anything that might interest me?  Yes there was, admittedly most of the games being listed were modern games, so I went for a delve in my horde and found this one (of many surprisingly enough) - R.A.F.

There is my copy all exposed to the elements.  Everything appears to be there.  I've popped over to BoardGameGeek and downloaded some files, which I shall peruse to see if they have any relevance or aid in playing the game.  1986 is a long time between drinks, I confess my memory is blank with this one, I may have played, helped a friend play it, watched it play, or even dreamt it being played!  I'll report back in due course as to my experience, assuming I'm not again diverted by bright shiny objects...

RAF Link to BoardGameGeek

Till next time.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Once in a Blue Moon!

Once in a Blue Moon!  People who know me well know that I have little if no luck.  Yet every now and then in what I refer to as a Blue Moon I will be favoured by a Blue Moon.  The lovely people at Games World Carindale (Westfield) [Australia] had a pre-order competition for the new 8th Edition 40K release Dark Imperium.  I saved my pennies and entered and today was advised I was the lucky winner of the boxed edition of Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower.  

I am thankful on many levels for this prize.  I'd like to thank Mark of Games World and Games Workshop for the box, it will be cherished and appreciated.  

Me (on left) and Mark (on right) of Games World.
My prize - I will have to start painting, but wait I have the new 8th Edition 40K Dark Imperium...
In ending please consider supporting Games World Carindale (Westfield), it is a family run business located in the busy Westfield shopping centre of Carindale.  The shop has a wonderful range of games and items for all ages from puzzles to statues.  The latest craze of fidget spinners are in stock (in and out of constantly, but good supply and better quality than some).

Games World Business Facebook Page Link



Saturday, June 10, 2017

King of Razorbacks II Results

The second Kings of War tournament has been run at the Blind Pig on Saturday 10th June 2017.  I would like to thank the two groups of people who travelled from the North and West of Brisbane to attend this event, I appreciate your support and attendance.

Winners are grinners! From left to right, Neal, Lyle and Clint.

The final results of the day are shown below.

Clint R 4305 63
Lyle  6575 58
Neal B 4085 50
Ken 4855 42
Courtney T 3450 39
Dan Mac 4980 38
Aris T 3825 35
Eddie C 3640 28
Terry 3270 27

1st Place : Clint
2nd Place: Lyle
3rd Place: Neal
Best Painted: Aris

I would like to thanks Martin from Brisbane Mouldmaking for his very generous prize support of resin bases.  You can check out his facebook page for any further details, please support him as he has supported me in this event.

Till next time.

The Hon. John McD.

Board games at the Blind Pig Games Club June 10th

It was a busy day today.  I was involved in running a tournament for the club, there was also another tournament being run, yet we managed to get in a slice of board games.  It was an exceptional turnout for the day, probably 30 people or more, I didn't get the final count.

First up was the ever popular Gods Gambit.

Then came Unfair, which was a close run game with the top three players 104 to 109 though last place was 76 (from memory).  A popular game, I must buy this in the very near future.

Following on came Legendary Big Trouble in Little China, another one on my list of wants... it never ends!

A board game whose rules required an interpreter but proved to be a winner nevertheless... Xibalba.

Ending the day for me was Machi Koro: Bright Lights Big City, which Pat brought along (his game) and which he won!  It's nice to win a game when you actually own the game!

Also in play by other people were Rebellion.

Space Crusade!

Pictures from the club day.

The next Blind Pig Games Club meets are 22nd and 29th July 2017, I hope to see you there.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Shadow Wars Armageddon - Recycling the old

With Shadow Wars Armageddon coming onto the scene I've had a reason to pull out my old figures that have literally been gathering dust for a long time.  I have been previously using the figures for 2nd Edition 40K as I don't have a lot of vehicles; with the skirmish rules I can now have fun with so many of the army types I've collected... and I've done a few.

Out of the 15 listed in the book I can field 11, of the four remaining I would have to paint 1 (Genestealer Cult) and buy the remaining ones (Dark Eldar, Necron and Skitarii) which is at present and more than likely beyond my capability.  I know that GW is primarily about shifting product but small scale skirmish with a focus on kitting out and modelling would move just as much kit for some...

I'm using Battle Scribe on my old tablet (Android) to knock up and play around with teams and kitting them out.  At present this would appear to be the best option out there, it's free, portable and convenient.

Here is what I've cobbled together for my starting Kill Teams, sorry for the hit and miss photos, the camera in the phone seems to be somewhat remiss?

Chaos - Nurgle flavour

Chaos - Slaneesh tinge

Chaos - Tzeentch dust

Eldar -  went through a white phase many many years ago...

Imperial Guard or whatever they call themselves now...



Grey Knights

Orcs - Blood Axes, the only lads to have.

Space Marine scouts

Sisters of Battle



Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Art of Listening Part II - Old Harry's Game

A while ago I waxed lyrical about the art of listening and how I think it's a dying art form.  I was digging through my archive of forgotten audio's and stumbled across this little gem by Andy Hamilton (I am a fan of his).  Old Harry's Game is truly brilliant on so many levels, offensive, satirical, witty something there for everyone, it almost makes me wonder why it hasn't been pulled and buried due to it now being so politically incorrect.

If you can lay your hands on this series I cannot but recommend it more highly than I can, it is well worth the listen to.  Maybe I've put more meaning into it, interpreted it differently, but to me I loved it for the humour and if for nothing else making me think about some of the issues floating about today.

Wikipedia Link for Old Harry's Game

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Blind Pig Games Club Day 27th May 2017

Lots of things happening today, the club being the primary focus.

One of the members popped along with some old games he did not want anymore.
I snapped up Xenoshyft!

Veteran EPIC 40K players in action.  Wish I could have played as well.
To many interests, so little time to play them at the club.

The new visitors playing my copy of Mystic Vale, I didn't get a chance to look
at the game they had brought along and played.  I was too caught up in my activities...
Addendum 28/5: Mare Nostrum was the game that the new chaps brought along.  Rated 7.8 on BGG.

The second game I played for the day was Unfair.  I played this last time at the club (see previous blog entry) and did a better job this time until a card was played that stripped me of my Blueprint victory points!  I was doing do well up to that point.  I am starting to warm to this game and will certainly be adding this to my collection.

Pat, James and Michael (out of shot) playing Unfair with me.
 A new game brought along and on display.

51st State I think this game was called, Jason and Leslie were playing this one.
 Jamie and Phil playing Batman the miniature game, not sure who won this game.

Lots of infinity happening, just found out that there is an Infinity tournament on the same day as the KoW Tournament I'm running. Not an issue, it will be great for the hall to be really packed to the rafters.

My second main game of the day was a truly epic five player game of Scythe.  Nice to have Rowan join us in this game, as he's been a watcher in the past. I hoped he enjoyed himself, he did well for his first game I believe.  I came last, but that's nothing new.

An olden goldie that reared it's head! I was very pleased to see this game being played today, should be more of these old games on offer.  If only I could clone myself...

Lastly I was able to buy myself a game from the Buy Swap Sell, Xenoshyft.  Regrettably I was unable to sell many of my items I had brought along, I'll not put much trust in people saying they will buy your goods from previous encounters...  Oh well, I did get a good game for a good price.

I was happy with the numbers at the club today, better than it has been for a while.  The turn out of 40K players was exceptional, the planned coup and reboot within the club is formulating and I hope that with the arrival of 8th and Shadow Wars: Armageddon a fresh new face will stimulate the community.

So till next...