Monthly Game Talks: June 2015 !

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Read on for the “Monthly Game Talks” post of June 2015.

I believe that pretty clean and organized around the house. I don’t like to have things laying around and make sure that each item has a spot to put it away. When you live in an apartment, you’re kind of obliged to work that way if you want to keep your interior clean. That said … if you ask my wife she’ll probably tell you that I’m all the time leaving some gaming “stuff” in the living room.

Let’s clarify the word “stuff” and be more specific: admittedly, I leave my miniatures, brushes, paint material in a few boxes (= mostly game expansion boxes converted into temporary storage boxes) in the open.

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Why is it that I leave them around ? Well, aside from the fact that I do like to look at them because after all – I did spent some money on it – it also reminds me that eventually I have to paint them. When you have the entire collection of Zombicide, Imperial Assault, Arcadia Quest, Talisman, Cadwallon City of Thieves, Dark Darker Darkest amongst others .. that gives you a whooping 1000+ mini’s to paint !

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So most of them are actually already with a white/black primer coat. That was the easy part (right!); spending a few hours outside, spraying them with 3 or 4 cans of Army Painter. Now, I’m actually at the base-coating step for almost all of them. Ah, if it was so easy to have just a magical spray to base-coat them too !

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I recently acquired a few extra different paints from Citadel – I went for a bit of everything from the dry-brushing products (for which I’m not that convinced to be honest) to the glaze products (which are really a big plus ! Go for it). Citadel has a package with all the dry-brushing paints into 1 box for a price about ~30€ . Based on the advise of a friend, I took them home .. but found out they are really “dry” in the pot and I get on my pencil a cluttery “blob” that I end up anyhow wiping up on my tissue. So probably I missed something out there on the usage of those. For now, I’m really not convinced at all.

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So we’re playing at my place regularly and my friends see those mini’s hanging around in their boxes and ask me how it’s going forward (or not) with the paint job. I start telling them that it’s going pretty well (ok maybe I’m not really on track with my initial schedule, true …) and I hope to finish off soon.

The truth is that I also needed to invest in the right material – yes, it is costly to do some painting – if you want to have an “easy life”. You will go for some extra shades colors and ready-made washes, not because you have to, but because it’s makes it easier and speed up your painting process. I just bought the Warpaints Quickshade Ink Set and I have to see this does wonders. I really encourage you this investment to avoid having all the time the same dark effect on your miniatures.

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Some of my friends who are not painting at all ask the question; but once painted do you still dare to take them in your hands to play them ? And what about the storage, do you buy special foam inserts for your boxes ?

My answer is pretty upfront and I tell them; games with miniatures are exactly fun for that purpose; being able to manipulate the miniatures over the board ! Hell, otherwise I’ll go for a good euro-style workers placement game with wooden cubes and carton tiles. So, to protect them, I apply a varnish transparent layer (matte or shiny depending on which effect I would prefer) with an Army Painter or Citadel spray can. I actually also bought some transparent varnish from the hobbyshop that works pretty well too.

It’s at that point that we start the discussion about the dreaded Dullcote Frost problem that most of you painters must have experiences sooner or later. Spending hours painting to end up with an ugly frostly look at the last step of your painting process is just an awful miserable experience that will haunt you for days !

Well, not anymore … because looking around on the web, I found on the blog of Nice manners for a thief an eye-opener life-saver post.

His explanation over there stands in 5 words: Usage Of Olive Oil Spray. Read on the excerpt:

Take that ruined mini and spray it down on both sides.  It doesn’t take a lot, but you want it coated for best results.  I recommend doing it over the sink for easy cleanup. […]

Once you’ve coated the model, rub it down with a soft cloth or shammy.  You can just use your fingers, but a cloth will allow you to easily get into the nooks and crannies.  You’ll see the color start to return immediately.  You’ll also get that glossy shine back – like before you sprayed it. […]

At this point, you might decide, “screw Dullcoting it.  I’ll take the shine over frost,” and I wouldn’t blame you.  After all, there’s nothing like rework for taking the joy out of a task.  However, you can absolutely re-apply Dullcote once the oil has a day to dry, and it will work as intended.

I can tell you that this neat trick is worth gold and took away my fear of screwing up my painting last step ! Although his blog has not been updated since a while, take a look around and check out the pictures of his painted figurines. Really nice job done !

You’ll find on the web many articles about proactively avoiding this frosting effect once you’re done applying the varnish layer. Basically, people will tell you to place your miniatures under a hot (desk-) lamp or use your hairdryer. That is certainly also a good preventive action to keep in mind.

Origins Game Fair 2015 Awards

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The Origins Game Fair is now over. Like every year the  Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design (AAGAD) which is  peer based network of gaming industry professionals whose mission is to promote innovation and excellence in design and production of games and game related materials published their annual awards.

Here is the list of winners:

Best Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham

Best Card Game:  Splendor

Best Children’s, Family, & Party Game:  The Hare and the Tortoise

Best Collectible Card Game: Magic: the Gathering Khans of Tarkir

Best Game Accessory:  Wings of Glory Mat (from Ares Games)

Best Historical Board Game: Heroes of Normandie

Best Role Playing Game: Dungeon & Dragons Players Handbook

 

Where to play in Brussels on Tuesdays ?

letsplaytogetherIt’s Tuesday night and there is nothing interesting to watch on TV, you’ve seen all the Netflix movies and with better weather you can again travel around the city till late ! How about joining Let’s Play Together for boardgames ?

Did you know that Let’s Play Together (Facebook Page) is hosting their “Apero-Jeux”gaming sessions on Tuesdays in various locations of the city: Belga Café, Potemkine, Bar Du Matin.

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Too lazy to go out on a week night ? Alright, then try out on Sunday afternoon the “Des crêpes et des jeux  from 15H30-18H00 and move over to the Game Lab from 17H00 – 22H00.

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A fresh announcement from Days of Wonder indicating that they are partnering up with Space Cowboys to bring the 2014 SdJ nominee (amongst other prizes), Splendor to iOS, Android, and Steam !

For those who don’t know the game here is a brief game summary:

  • A game for 2-4 players that plays in about 30 minutes. The material is of good quality; 90 cards (40 cards of level 1, 30 cards of level 2, 20 cards of level 3) and also heavy (poker format) coins. About 35 gem stones are also in the box.
  • The game background is about players being wealthy Renaissance merchants, acquire mines and transportation, hire artisans and woo the nobility. Create the most fantastic jewelry to become the best-known merchant of them all! Players will acquire precious stones to trade them for development cards. Use development cards to acquire more gem stones. Use your gems and gold to create the most fantastic jewelry, and appeal to the nobles to gain the prestige you need to win.

A while back, Days of Wonder opened a Beta Testing form on their website under their customer support page. So this means the game is probably already developed. We know that DoW has already proven they can rock it on tablets with Ticket to Ride and Small World 2. Now we need to wait for the release normally scheduled this summer.

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Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous

The PaizoCon 2015 is just behind us ! It took place during the Memorial Day in the US. It is the eighth PaizoCon since its inception and, for the first time at four days in length in a new larger venue. That said, the best thing about PaizoCon is that it’s a relatively small convention where you get to spend time interacting with the staff and game creators.

Some events, such as gaming sessions with Paizo staff as game masters, are in high demand, but have limited seating, so these events are distributed via lottery. There was also first-come-first-served system on the Paizo website. There are numerous unscheduled events like the a Reaper Miniatures Paint ‘n’ Take where participants paint and keep a free miniature, a Pathfinder Online MMO demo room, Dungeon Delve mini roleplaying adventures, and of course the Paizo store where you can meet industry artists, authors, and third party vendors as well as purchase merchandise.

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What I was particularly interested in is the brand new products of Wrath of the Righteous that kicks off the new season of Organized Play for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game from Paizo Publishing.

The new Wrath of the Righteous box is a new core box game, being able to be played all on its own without having to own other Pathfinder Adventure Card Game sets. The set comes with over 500 cards of all types, from boons to monsters and let’s not forget the barriers. It also has seven character classes, several of them are brand new (arcanist, summoner, inquisitor, cavalier).

In this season, players will battle against all manner of demons and cultists as they work to close the demonic and hellish Worldwound. The demon lord Deskari will stop at nothing to take over the world and only the players are there to stop him and his seemingly endless tide of minions. An example of the Fiendish Minotaur henchmen here below.

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Wrath of the Righteous starts easier than the other Pathfinder Adventure card games but quickly gets tough. It is designed with the same six-part adventure in mind. The game comes with the first part of the adventure and additional packs can be purchased as they are released. The game feels like a high-level quest with a path for heroic characters doing amazing deeds and pursuing mythic adventures.

For fans of the Pathfinder card game, Wrath of the Righteous delivers more of the same gaming goodness but with enough additional features to keep things extremely interesting. For fans of the roleplaying game, it is fun to play through the same adventure in a different capacity as a card game.