New experience Friday

Hey folks!

Today saw a new experience for me, as I had my first game of Warhammer 40k at the local games shop, which you might remember me mentioning in an earlier blog? So yeah…

Warhammer 40K

I was, of course, playing my Necrons – you can see up above there my 975-point list of three Immortals, an Overlord, a Lord, Orikan the Diviner, the Catacomb Command Barge, two squads of lychguard (one of which is equipped with hyperphase swords and dispersion shields), and a scarab swarm. I was playing the manager – also a Mark – and his Astra Militarum, which were beautifully painted older models that had a Rorke’s Drift-style thing going on. It was pretty great, even if it was a bit worrying seeing all of those chaps facing me across the table…

Warhammer 40K

We played The Relic scenario, and over the course of the game I didn’t once come close to achieving the objective! However, the game ended in a draw, with us scoring one VP each – he scored for First Blood, as my scarabs were destroyed, but I managed to move my Lychguard warscythe squad across the board to score for Line Breaker. So yeah…

Some particular highlights for me were my Lychguard with warscythes destroying a Chimera in one turn after said Chimera had just shot down four of my five Immortals – vengeance! Reanimation Protocols really helped to keep my Lord alive, though they didn’t always work for the other guys. My Command Barge blew up in a catastrophic episode, almost in the middle of the battlefield in fact, but fortunately killed more of the Guard than my guys, which was useful!

While it was a learning experience, the game still lasted 4 hours, which I was pretty surprised at, I must say! It was nice to see what the whole game is all about, after all this stuff about “AP” and whatnot! As a game experience, though, I’m not sure it’s something I’d want to return to anytime soon – and that’s not just because of the play-time. It just seemed like too many rules to be able to enjoy the game.

So yeah…

The Lost Realm

While I was at the store, I also picked up this little gem! FINALLY!

It’s an expansion that I’ve been looking forward to, because I find it really exciting to get up to Arnor and see what’s going on up there. Having been a part of the playtest, though, I have been feeling spoiled for the upcoming cycle as I basically know exactly what’s coming for the deluxe and the six adventure packs. Meh. So I’ve been trying hard to forget what we’re doing to see, but certain things – certain heroes, for instance – have stuck with me. All that said, I was really happy to finally have this, as it still felt like a box of new!

The two heroes in this box are a new Aragorn¬†and Halbarad, who really form a base for the rest of the cards in the box, centring around the Dunedain theme of engaging enemies. There’s also the new side quest thing going on, where you have additional quest cards you can go on. Plus the Ranger of the North ally card that can be shuffled into the encounter deck and has a Gandalf-esque effect upon reveal. Useful, but I feel it’s a bit gimmicky right now.

I’m definitely looking forward to playing around with some Dunedain decks and taking a stroll through Arnor over the coming weeks!

The Force Awakens – trailer 2

So I’m just gonna leave this here…

Just in case you’d forgotten, here’s the first trailer from way back in November…

While a large part of me is still disappointed they couldn’t be more original than sticking with the Empire, which essentially makes the struggle of the original trilogy kinda pointless, I’m still pretty excited for a new movie. And who knows, maybe we’re in for some kind of hilarious twist where the Empire and the former Rebels are actually as-one in the face of this Sith-relic-hunting chap (if that is indeed the storyline).

The Force Awakens

The news out of Anaheim is that this is our new Big Three, which goes a long way to explain why John Boyega is a stormtrooper with a fondness for removing his helmet, and could potentially support the idea of there being some sort of truce/cross-working between the good guys and the formerly evil guys. Or else, he starts out a stormtrooper and deserts. Or is some kinda covert-ops guy.

Basically, I have no clue. But it’ll be interesting to see.

I still think they’ve set the bar by removing so much EU awesome. Over to you, Disney…