Catching Up

It’s been a bit of a frosty one here today, hence the header photo up there. I’m currently slap-bang in the middle of a week off work, though so far little of this time off has gone to plan! I was intending to go to London yesterday, for a little pre-Christmas shopping, but was laid low with illness, tragically, so, uh, haven’t gone. While sad for me, at least you get to enjoy my blog a little more – yes, you’re very lucky like that…

DC Deck Building Game Rivals Batman vs Joker

Something that’s caught my attention is the news on the next addition to the DC Deck Building Game, Rivals. Cryptozoic seem to be billing it almost an an intro-game, as if the main game is too difficult or something, not sure about that. DC is, of course, a game I’ve talked about plenty of times since I started doing this blog, but haven’t taken a look at yet in one of my game-day blogs – rest assured, it’s on the to-do list! The idea behind this one seems nice enough, and it looks like it should be a good addition to the line, anyway.

DC Deck Building Game Rivals Batman vs Joker

On the subject of deck-builder expansions, Flying Frog have now got the Forbidden Island supplement to Dark Gothic available on their webstore. Mentioned way back when, it seems that this is indeed based off the location from the Something Wicked expansion, with a little sub-theme of collecting Journal Pages for bonus victory points at the end. Nice enough, anyway! (They also have another mini expansion for Conquest of Planet Earth…)

Dark Gothic Forgotten Island

Speaking of Flying Frog Games, on Monday, I managed to get in my first game with Shadows of Brimstone, which was something of the event, I have to say! In the end, it was a really interesting experience – slightly overwhelming, I will freely admit, due to the various elements that make up the hero turn this time. Definitely more involved than previous FFP games, I must say!

Shadows of Brimstone

I played the Lawman, who I decided to call Owen Barnabas for absolutely no reason. At first, I’d thought I’d set off on an adventure, but I probably got far too many rules wrong for this to sit right, so I think instead I’ll have a load of solitary games as I get the feel for it, before launching into a campaign!

I had quite a lot of bad luck early on in the game, unfortunately – such as when this happened:

Shadows of Brimstone

Apparently, the rushing sound of an underground waterfall masked the sound of this little lot creeping up on me! Crikey! I managed to escape with a broken collar bone, anyway, so not the most auspicious of starts. Ahem!

First impressions, though, are largely favourable. If you’ve played Fortune & Glory (one of my favourites), you’ll have a good general idea of what this game is all about, as that is probably the closest to how this one works. There is a lot more going on, however, such as every enemy having its own stat sheet rather than the minions with their basic combat rating and hit points. That side of it does feel a bit like the RPG thing. But yeah, I was a bit overwhelmed by it all, but think it could be a really, really fun game – once I get my head around it!

I’ve only built up the miniatures from Swamps of Death at the moment, and have now moved back to building up Necron vehicles! I find it quite relaxing to do this, so was glad of the distraction from feeling like death! I’ve currently got two primed and ready to receive paint: the Catacomb Command Barge, and the Triarch Stalker!

Triarch Stalker

Catacomb Command Barge

I particularly like the Command Barge, and have had it on the shelf for what feels like ages waiting for this moment! Together, these are the biggest “miniatures” I’ve yet built, but have enjoyed doing so, all the same! For a more work-in-progress report, check out my tumblr posts! Not really sure when I’m going to get round to painting the little blighters up, but at least they’re done and ready for me, I suppose!

Catacomb Command Barge

Returning to the theme of the Old West, another Carcassonne variant is poised for release later this month, Gold Rush. I’ve had a soft spot for this era since junior school, so I’m looking forward to seeing how Klaus has implemented the theme for the game!

To end, it looks like there’ll be a small avalanche of games coming at us from Fantasy Flight soon, as not only Imperial Assault, but also expansions big and small, for Eldritch Horror, Android Netrunner, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars LCGs among others, are all on the boat – hopefully ready for Christmas… Looks like I won’t have much money this month, either, then…

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