November 21, 2018

Guild Ball: Mortician's Guild 'Scalpel'

Continuing on with the Mortician' Guild for a little bit longer, today we have the second Captain for the Guild with 'Scalpel'.  In Season 4 currently, 'Scalpel' has been the "go to" Captain for the Guild.  She can score (from at least 19" away), do high damage and she can do Voodoo Strings to move enemy models around.  Rumor has it that come the errata in April that she will get changed, we shall see, it is all rumors at the moment.



 Scalpel

Scalpel

Painting Points: 1

November 20, 2018

Guild Ball: Mortician's Guild 'Vileswarm'

Back in August of 2017, I came across a good deal on some pre-painted Mortician's Guild models (8 painted and an unpainted 'Scalpel') and then spent the next few day touching them up and re-basing them.  Since that time, nothing was done with them or even played with them.  I did manage though to purchase the rest of the models to complete the Guild.

I always like having a secondary Guild to my primary, and this year my primary are the Butcher's.  Last season I also like playing the Fisherman, but this season they no longer do any Momentous damage, so I think I will find a new secondary.  I do like the ability to actually play soccer (football) with my Guilds and not just kill the ball like I do with the Butcher's, but doing Taken Outs is also fun.  Since the Mortician's are in a really good spot for Season 4 and they can score Goals and do Taken Outs, I think they will make for a fun secondary Guild.

Since I only have 8 models completed out of the 14 in the Guild, it is time to get some done.  Up first we have one of their Mascots 'Vileswarm'.  In all honesty, I did not know what kind of Mascot 'Vileswarm' was until I glued it to the base, it is a pile of rats.  I am trying to match the painting style that was done on the original 8 models, but I do not think it will be replicated, but I think they still will look good on the Pitch.



 Vileswarm

Vileswarm

Painting Points: 2


Battle Report: Guild Ball 11/19/2018 Butcher's vs Hunter's

It was another game last night of Butcher's vs Hunter's between my son and I.  My next Guild Ball tournament is in 18 days on December 8th, so I still need as much practice a possible.  I am actually planning on tomorrow night to take the trip up to Grand Rapids for their Wednesday Guild Ball night and get in another game.

For my Butcher' last night, I went with my non 'Brisket's list and was going for 0-6 game and winning on Taken Outs.


 Ox
Princess
Boiler
Boar
V Gutter
Shank
 Theron
Snow
Chaska
V Minx
Seenah
Ulfr

The Hunter's kicked off to the Butcher's on my right side in the direction of 'Shank'.  'Shank' then sprinted towards the ball and back and did a Pass to 'Ox'.  'Ox' was neat an Obstruction and basically sat there all game doing his thing with his "The Owner".

I was also trying to play quick on the clock, and at one point I was actually up by 8 minutes, but on one of my Turns I took way to long with 'Shank' and 'Boar' and ate up most of my clock and the time was just about even now.  I built up a 10-4 lead and then my clock ran out (with my son only having 7 seconds left on his clock).  At the end of my Activation and his, the score was 11-5.  With only 2 health left on 'V Minx', 'V Gutter' went in for the Charge, just the Charge itself was enough to Take Out 'V Minx', but we attacked anyway for the Taken Out.  Butcher's win 12-5.

Butcher's 12 : Hunter's 5

One of the highlights for me was when 'V Gutter' did a Counter Attack on 'Seenah' and did a Push Push which now put 'Seenah' within 'Boar's' Charge range.  'Boar' went in for the Charge and did a Taken Out on 'Seenah'.

November 19, 2018

Weekly Chronicle #46 2018 (AdeptiCon Registration)

It was a pretty slow week for me in gaming and hobbying and hopefully this coming week will be a little better.  I got busy with the organization of my Guild Ball items.  I had a few more dice/token trays I need to put together for the Ratcatchers and Falconers, and then all the work I did to be able to print out Single Side Cards for Guild Ball (Part 1, Part 2).  The only game that was played was a 3v3 matchup this past Thursday night.

I did manage to get one model completed for the Blacksmith's Guild with 'Hearth', and I do have a few models just about ready to be completed and they will be posted this week, along with hopefully some more Battle Reports.  Planning to get in a full game of Guild Ball in tonight, then we shall see how the rest of the week goes, I have a feeling Thursday night after turkey I may just crash, then maybe get in a game or two on Friday since it is a day off for me.

AdeptiCon 2019 registration opened up yesterday at 1:00PM CST and I was ready to go with 2 computers opened, one for me and one for my son (although it looked liked I could have completed my son registration together with mine, but I did not want to take the chance, I will have to ask them for next year).  Registration went nice and smooth for me, although I did hear some people complaining about the process.  This year they used a queue system to get you into registration, for me, I did not have to wait, but for my son I had to wait.  The wait was not long, by the time I completed my registration, I was entered into the system for my son.

So what did I register for? It was close to what I had mentioned in my Daily Chronicle last Tuesday, with the exception for Sunday.  I had originally thought about playing in the Godtear Beginner's Draft Tournament, but since my son had the whole weekend off for AdeptiCon (except to help with his stores tear down on Sunday afternoon) I decided to change up Sunday.  My son does not have any X-Wing on his schedule, so we thought we would leave Sunday to try the X-Wing 8 Player Hangar Bay On Demand Pods.  I could not purchase a ticket for the Hangar Pods online (probably since there is no dedicated time slot, it starts when they have 8 player) so I am guessing we will need to pay the $10 onsite.

So here is my schedule (as of now) for AdeptiCon 2019:

Thursday: Guild Ball Early Bird Open 3:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Friday: X-Wing System Open Qualifier 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: Guild Ball AdeptiCon Championships 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday: X-Wing Hangar Bay On Demand Pods 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Unfortunately I could not get any Arena Rex in, most of it interfered with above, and I did not feel like gaming on Friday until 12:00 AM (with their Friday event).  Since I am driving and have room in the car, I will probably bring my models/mat/terrain and maybe get in some open play (if I can get my models completed/painted in time).  That may be a good back up plan for Sunday morning if the Hangar Bay Pods are not filling up.

Since I am arriving on Wednesday afternoon this year, it looks like my shopping day will be Thursday morning and then on Friday if I lose out of the X-Wing tournament.  I am not sure how much I will be able to spend this year, I need to keep it realistic.

November 18, 2018

Guild Ball: Single Sided Cards Part 2

Yesterday while my son and I were organizing our new 4x6 single sided cards for Guild Ball, it turns out that I had forgotten about 3 Guilds, Engineers, Farmers and Navigators.  I quickly went to work on extracting the images from the PDF files and sent them off to Walgreen's for printing.  Since I did not have 75+ prints, I was missing out on the $.12 sale, but I did have a coupon for 30% off plus my wife's discount, so it still came out to only around $7 for the 34 prints.  My total for all 174 prints was right around $20 which is much cheaper than if I sent the Guilds to be printed at Staples and then have to cut/laminate them.  I really like the idea of the 4x6 prints, as my son and I discussed yesterday, if one card gets ruined or updated, it's only $.33 to print another one.

When it comes to gaming, I have to be organized, from dice trays to now my single sided cards, I am not OCD, but it feels really good for each item to have a home.  Plus when it comes time to traveling to a tournament, having the items organized is a big plus.

Organized dice and token trays (not all Guilds shown).

Now that I have all these printed 4x6 single sided cards, I had to find a home for them.  I thought about just getting one single plastic box to store all the prints, and then two smaller albums to use for single Guilds when we play at an event or a store.  While grocery shopping with the wife yesterday at Meijer's, I went my own separate way and started my hunt to organize my cards.

Right away I found the perfect albums to use for the single Guilds, they were priced at $1.49 each and can hold 24 prints, perfect for a 12+ Guild Roster.  The covers of the albums were also sleeved, so I had to add a Guild Ball logo print.

Albums to hold a single Guild.

4x6 card fits nicely for transportation.

Now I had to find a box to hold all the cards.  On the end cap of one of the photo isles, I found the perfect box, or shall I say boxes.  Meijer's has a plastic photo box, and inside each plastic box were six smaller individual photo boxes, I thought perfect, one for each Guild.  Each box was priced around $11 and I needed two boxes (the last two that they had).  I then realized that with the Minor Guilds, twelve boxes was not going to be enough.  Since there was plenty of room inside each smaller box, doubling up a Major/Minor Guild would be perfect.  I would then be set for at least two years (until all the Minors are released and still leaves room for another Major/Minor).




Of course the organization in me had to label each box with the Guild names so we can easily see what cards are inside each box.  Both boxes then also stack nicely on top of each other and are stored on my shelf.

November 17, 2018

Guild Ball: Single Sided Cards

When Steamforged announced the released for Season 4 of Guild Ball, they also mentioned that they will be getting rid of a hard copy of the rule book along with printed cards.  Printed cards were going to be available for a limited time at the launch of Season 4.  I did pre-order the printed cards and they arrived a few weeks ago (along with the correction cards), but a few people on the internet started to make single sided cards.  The purpose of the single sided cards is so that you do not have to keep flipping your card over, everything is in front of you.

After playing over a dozen games of Season 4 so far (and really enjoying it), I am finding that looking at the back of the cards does take some time, and sometimes forget to look what is on the back (I still do not have all my cards memorized).  So yesterday I decided to work on the single sided cards so I can print them 4 on a sheet.  Seeing how the cost to prints these would be around $5-$8 per Guild, I decided that I was only going to print my main Guild and backup Guilds for my son and I, so 4 in total.  The next step would be that I would need to laminate the sheets, so off to Amazon to order a $20 laminator and some sheets.

Once I completed my order with Amazon, I was thinking how exactly am I going to laminate these so that the sides do not start to peel up.  Ideally when you laminate paper, you need to cut on the laminate sheet itself, not the paper.  Having 4 cards to a sheet meant that I would need to cut the paper.  One solution is to laminate the entire sheet, then cut the cards and laminate each card again individually, I was not liking this idea.  The other option is to cut the 4 cards first and then laminate those in the sheet, risking that they may slid around when I feed them through the laminator.

While looking on Facebook GUBS to see what other people are doing with their cards, some people mentioned getting them printed on glossy 4x6 photo paper from Walgreens or Walmart.  A few people had no problems printing these, some had issues with the Manager for copyrighted material (even though they would show the website that Steamforged has given us permission to print the cards).

Seeing how my wife is a Manager at our Walgreen's, I asked her about it and showed her the website, I was not going to have any issues sending mine to Walgreens to print.  The next step was to tear apart the PDF files into images so I can upload them to Walgreens.  There is a website called PDF2JPG that will do this for you, it actually allows you to download a ZIP file tat contains the JPG along with a higher resolution PNG file.

When I got to the Walgreen's website, they had a SALE, $,12 prints if you order 75+.  Seeing that price, I decided to upload all the Guild cards, all 140 of them.  I first started with the JPG files and I did not like the quality of the resolution, so I took some extra time and uploaded the PNG files.  The total price came out around $18 for the 140 prints (with tax).  They were one 1 hour later and when I picked them up later in the evening (with my wife) so I can get her discount, my new total was $15.  Much cheaper and easier going this route then printed the pages at Staples.

140 printed Single Sided cards.

I really do like how they came out, and seeing how they are 4x6, when you lay 6 cards along the edge of the pitch, it equals the full length 36".  Ideally printing them on the older 3.5x5 would be perfect, but those prints would need to be shipped and not available for local pickup.

Here a is an example showing the actual card next to my new single sided card, you can see the single sided card is a bit larger, but that is a plus for this old man's eyes.


Now I just need to find some cheap photo albums to store these new Guild cards in.

November 16, 2018

Battle Report: Guild Ball 11/15/2018 3v3 Fisherman's vs Alchemist's

I wanted to play something quick last and was debating between Arena Rex and X-Wing, and then I decided to ask my son if he wanted to play a little 3v3 of Guild Ball to 8 using scoring Guilds we have not yet tried in Season 4.  He was good with that so it was a quick game of Guild Ball.


Setting up the Pitch for 3v3.  Usually it is on a 2'x2', but I heard it is better on 2'x3'.

 Shark
Angel
V Siren

 Midas
Venin
V Katalyst


The Guilds are lined up and ready for Kick-Off!

I decided to kick off with 'Angel' since she has a Momentous Tackle on 1 in case I wanted to go for a first Turn Goal.  'Venin' picked up the ball and made a Pass to 'Midas' and 'Midas' then Dodged 4".  'Shark' activated next and moved up a bit and gave Quick Foot to 'Angel'.  'Midas' then activated next and went for a run at the Goal, when he got within range, he realized oh oh, no Momentum and kicked the ball away instead.  'V Siren' then jogged towards the ball and played Fair Wind to place the ball near her and picked up the ball, she then proceeded with a successful Pass to 'Angel' who then Dodged 4".  'V Katalayst' was up next and all he could do was Jog this turn and tried to protect the Goal.  'Angel' then activated and Jogged towards 'V Katalyst' and attacked with a Momentous Push/Dodge and then took a shot on Goal needing 3's and she was successful, 4-0 Fisherman.

The ball was then Goal Kicked and Turn 1 was over.  I was able to go first being up on Momentum and Game Plan cards and set up the Fishmerman for another goal run.  'Shark' Jogged towards the ball and then Passed it to 'V Siren'.  'V Katalyst' jogged towards 'Angel' and attacked with 4 damage.  Now it was time to go for my goal.  'V Siren' Jogged towards 'V Katalyst' and did Dread Gaze Pushing him back 2" and Knocked Down, she then Passed to 'Angel' who then took a Snap Shot on Goal with 4 dice and she got 3 success's.  Fisherman win 8-0.

'Angel' with the Snap Shot.

It was a nice change of pace playing a team that can pass and score, but I still prefer my Butcher's Guild.

November 15, 2018

Guild Ball: Blacksmith's Guild 'Hearth'

The Blacksmith's Guild for Guild Ball are now completed, all 13 models.  I had one model left for them to complete which was 'Hearth', and she was completed last night.  Finishing the Blacksmith's Guild was one of the items on my checklist to complete for 2018, and I am glad they are done (at least for now, with the Free Cities Draft, they will be getting another model next year).



 Hearth
Hearth

Painting Points: 2


November 13, 2018

Daily Chronicle: AdeptiCon 2019 Event Schedule Preview

One of the benefits of moving back to the Midwest a few years ago was the ability to drive to AdeptiCon each year, I've been to AdeptiCon in the beginning, a few events in the middle and 2019 will mark 3 years in a row again for me.

AdeptiCon is not until March 27th-31st, but every November before, registration for the events opens with as much information they can provide for the event (some other organizers need to take note...WMW).  Well this year is no different and registration will open this Sunday November 19th.  The good people who run AdeptiCon also give us a sneak peek at the list of events at least a week beforehand and this past weekend the site went live with the majority of their events.  You can click HERE for the event preview.

The day the preview site goes live is a happy day for most of us as we can start planning our AdetiCon weekend, sometimes there is a little disappointment if the events you want to play in overlap with each.

For AdeptiCon 2019, the list of events I was thinking about were; Arena Rex, Guild Ball, X-Wing, and possibly some Warmachine/Hordes.  My son is die hard set on playing Batman Miniature Game, and his choices may be limited to either working a booth at AdeptiCon or staying back and having to work at his store.  We are going to have to narrow down his schedule this week.

I told myself Arena Rex was going to be a must for me at AdeptiCon 2019, well with the release of the schedule, that game is looking pretty slim.  Season 4 of Guild Ball has gotten me excited for the game again and will be my main concentrated game in 2019 and the Guild Ball AdeptiCon Championships is the same day as the Arena Rex Open Championships.  Arena Rex does start a bit later in the day and I could drop out after 1-2 games of Guild Ball, but my plan is stay for all the rounds of Guild Ball.  Arena Rex is also offered on Thursday night with a 3v3v3 battle and another smaller tournament on Friday night.  Both of those overlap with other events we want to to do.  Thursday afternoon will be my son's only chance to play Guild Ball, so we will both be playing in the Early Bird Open and on Friday he will be playing all day in the Batman Miniature Game, and when it ends more than likely will not want to play Arena Rex for another 6 hours till midnight.  I could play Arena Rex on Friday night, but that leave no time with my son that day.  So like I said Arena Rex looks very slim in 2019.

That leaves me with Friday and Sunday to find events for.  On Friday I am leaning towards playing in the X-Wing System Open Qualifier, I have never played in a X-Wing tournament and will probably lose right away, but like with the new rule set for Guild Ball, X-Wing 2.0 has me liking the game a lot.  I think we'll give it a shot.

So now on Sunday...most of time I cut out early and head back home, but there is a game that ha peaked my interest a little bit.  Steamforged Games for the last year has been promoting a new game called Godtear, it will actually be released just after AdeptiCon.  They are running some smaller sized beginner/intro tournaments through out the weekend and this might be something I look into on Sunday before heading home.

You may be asking what about Warmachine/Hordes....I think for AdepiCon 2019 (and most of 2019), WMW will take a back burner for me (besides a few games here at home with my son).

I still have until Sunday to decide, but my AdeptiCon 2019 weekend is looking like:

Thursday: Guild Ball Early Bird Open 3:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Friday: X-Wing System Open Qualifier 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday: Guild Ball AdeptiCon Championships 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday: Godtear Beginner's Draft Tournament 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Next Monday in my Weekly Chroncile, I will let you all what I decided on.


November 12, 2018

Weekly Chronicle #45 2018

This past week was a complete opposite of my previous week.  Previously I painted 5 models and played 1 game, and this past week it was painting 1 model and playing 5 games.  I wish I would have painted more, but I knew I was getting ready for my first Guild Ball tournament and I did not want to leave anything unfinished on the painting table.  What I did complete last week was 'Zarola' for the Hunter's Guild.

Currently I have 2 models up in my Painting Queue with plenty in my backlog.  A lot of the times I will re-arrange my queue based on what I feel like painting, but I think I really need to get these next 2 models completed.  I have 'Hearth' for the Blacksmith's Guild and 'Veteran Hearne' for the Hunter's Guild listed as next.  If I complete these 2 models, then both of these Guilds will be fully completed, and that is a nice feeling of accomplishment.  Then I need to think about what will be next, part of me is thinking the Falconer's Guild (starting with the 2 models that can play for Hunter's) and the other part of me is thinking to finish off the Mortician's Guild, currently I only have 8 models completed for the Mortician's, and it would be nice to finish them and maybe play them a my backup Guild.

For games played last week, like I mentioned above, it was 5 games, and they were all of Guild Ball.  I played 2 games with my son, then 3 at this past weekend tournament.  This week we will change it up a little bit and maybe add in a game of Arena Rex and/or X-Wing and possible some Warmachine/Hordes.

Models Completed: 1

Games Played: 5