Thursday, April 24, 2014

Adepticon Day #2

Day #2 - Thursday, 4/3/2014

Today was the Malifaux Cake Match!  I had a bit of difficulty finding it, but once I found out where it was, I helped usher other lost sheep toward it.  I brought some terrain for one board, but it looked pitiful next to some of the other amazing boards that were there!  A lot of people did a really nice job with their boards.  I decided that I would like to play 20 games of Malifaux during adepticon.  Because I am "running the gauntlet" and entering all events, it shouldn't be too difficult.  During the cake match I got in my first four games.

My first game was against Antonio of TTB.  He took McMourning and I brought Misaki as ten thunders in an attempt to play a master from every different faction for the achievement league since I will mostly be playing outcasts and arcanists for the rest of the tournaments.  I ended up winning without scoring any schemes, but just on points from strategy.  2 to 1.

Everyone who was registered ended up getting an adepticon 2014 fate deck sponsored by Malifools.  I was one of the artists on the deck, doing the tome suit drawings and the red joker, as well as the tome itself... which I was sad to see looked not as good shrunk down.  My original tome had celtic knotwork all over it.  I have heard that there are complaints about my Myrandra drawing, that it is too sexualized.  But I also did hear someone exclaim "Woah, she is hot!" so I guess I have mixed reviews.  BOOBIEZ!!!

My second game was against Mike from the Malifools podcast.  He was using the TTB fate deck, so I decided to use the new Malifools fate deck.  He brought a very nice Collodi crew, and I continued my misfit masters games by playing guild and bringing Lady Justice.  I haven't seen 2E Collodi yet, or played a game against him, so it was a new experience... and a terrifying one!  Thankfully Mike is a fun opponent to play, because otherwise the game would have been miserable... I got my face beaten in soundly in what ended as a 10 vs 0 VP victory for Malifools.  During the middle of our game, the Malifools team won first prize for their awesome pig bomb cake!  There were many yummy cakes there, and my favorite was a Teddy cake, complete with gnarly looking clear sugar candy claws and teeth.

My third game was against someone that I played at gen con last year, the fellow who actually won the avatar tournament!  I decided to try out gremlins against his pandora crew (I haven't even looked at the gremlin cards before today, or played a game against them!) and again I got decimated, 10 to 0.  His crew consisted of Pandora, Candy, Kade and a Doppleganger... a very unique crew using no sorrows.  It was nicely effective against my poor, poor gremlins.  Ophelia spent most of the time being paralyzed.  At least Pere Ravage took both him and Pandora out in a blaze of green fiery glory.

My last game was a tiny 15 SS game against my husband.  I took Candy, Kade and a beckoner against Francois, Raphael and a piglet.  I did a bit better this time, but still lost, 5 to 2.  At least I got some achievement list goals checked off, including ending the game with four cards worth 2 or lower.

I ended up getting a lot of the weird achievements done today... discarding the red joker during the draw phase, playing a round after turn 1 with my hand visible, playing a round after turn 2 with my hand face down, going a whole game without using soulstones, going a round without cheating, and many more.

Tonight we finished up with some crazy stuffed pizza... the barbecue chicken was the best!  Unfortunately we didn't have time to visit the vendor hall after it was set up, and I don't believe that we will tomorrow.  I fell asleep early, absolutely exhausted.

Adepticon Day #1

I wrote an account of my adventures at Adepticon, but I haven't gotten around to posting it until now.  Apologies for these belated entries!


Day #1 - Wednesday, 4/2/2014

Today we set out at 4a m for the long drive to Lombard, IL.  We arrived a bit before 1pm, and met with Mark and Josh of TTB before promptly heading to our hotel room for a nap.  Not much was happening this day, but registration was very busy!

Unfortunately we didn't get one of the big swag bags, but we still got a smaller one that included two different minis, a book by Graham McNeill, who signed it for us, and a bottle of brush on primer. 

There was one vendor open that was selling old Malifaux models at 50% off, so I picked up another Friekorp Trapper, Hamelin's Avatar, two packages of Gupps and a Hodgepodge effigy.

We went out to eat at some bar that had reduced price appetizers, and I had an Irish sour apple and some delicious jalapeno calamari.  Even though we got a nap in we still fell asleep quickly once we got back!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Catching Up!

I have put off posting in this poor blog for a while, though I have had every intention of doing so.  This is particularly in light of my last post, which shows pictures of my first game of M2E - in which I was dropping scheme markers too close together!  I was a bit blown away by how many people saw that post, and was a bit embarrassed to look back on the post and read my grumblings and view my mistake.  But the title of this blog IS "WORST Malifaux player EVER", so I guess you all can't fault me!

So much has happened since then!  And so, to catch myself back up, I'll just mention some of my major Malifaux happenings since June, when I posted last.


I played my last game of Malifaux 1.5 at Gen Con this year, and have since played nothing but M2E.  I have a much better grasp of the rules now, and I am looking forward to the rules for the wave 2 models.  I have not helped with the beta testing, for lack of printer ink, and because I didn't want to have to relearn stats that got altered.

I resisted M2E when it first came out, like many others.  But to be honest, I hadn't yet given it a real chance.  After a while it became apparent to me that I didn't want my beloved game to leave me behind, and so I caved in and moved with it.  Since then, I have realized that the new rules really are a lot easier for new people to grasp!  It can be difficult, however, for an old dog to learn new tricks, and I have seen a lot of frustration in players as they moved to the new edition.

I think that my biggest gripe was the new art.  I still have mixed feelings about it.

Gen Con

I attended Gen Con again this year, and got to participate in the last official Malifaux tournament for 1.5!  I was lucky enough to do well enough in the Governor's Mansion (Avatar Qualifier 2) tournament on Saturday to advance on to the Avatar of Malifaux tournament on Sunday!  I was out in the first round of the Avatar tournament, but it was such an honor just to make it there.  I've come a long way since I first started this game and I am now and then reminded that I am NOT the worst Malifaux player anymore!

The Malifaux Tournament Boards at Gen Con!

I went to Gen Con hating the art for the Viks, but once I saw them in person, I changed my mind.  I picked up the Viks box set, as well as Tara's nightmare edition.  I'm so happy that I got the Gen Con box with the oversized Ronin... I like having these huge amazon women to play with, and I am eager to paint them!  At the raffle on Sunday, I won an Evil Baby Orphanage tin!


Oh, wow!  I'm a henchman now!  How about that?  Around August we started to try to re-stir-up interest in the game in our LGS.  We started out with five players, and now regularly have 8 - 12 players showing up every Tuesday.  It is my hope to continue to help spread the love!

Some of our players, doing their thing!  They are getting used to me photographing everything.

I ran my first tournament as a henchman in November.  It was an inter-city event where I invited players from Omaha to come to Lincoln and participate in 3 round of story encounters!  I will have to say that I think it was a success - even my LGS seemed surprised by the turnout... Malifaux players were everywhere!  There were 18 of us.  I'm hoping it will help them realize that we could be a force!

My tournament packets!  And a bag of soulstones I gave out.

Some of my tournament boards!
More boards!
Mass chaos!!!
I am looking forward to more inter-city events along with one of the Omaha henchman, and we plan on arranging one every other month or so, alternating between Lincoln and Omaha.  That would be six events a year!


I'm getting better at it!  At least, I'm trying.  I hope to continue to improve throughout the next year!

10 Thunders Archer and Torakage... look!  Freehand!  Gradients!

Through the Breach Podcast

Well, it came out of nowhere but it looks like I am going to be helping out with co-hosting the Through the Breach Podcast.  I'm still a bit baffled as to why anyone is letting me do this, but feel free to check out the podcast and hopefully everyone else involved will make up for my general unworthiness!  My first episode is not up yet, but should be soon.

Well, I have rambled long enough.  I'll try to get back to posting more regularly in the future!  I hope the new year is going well for everyone, and that it is filled with tons of gaming!!