We’re now well into the second half of 2012 and I figured now would be a good time to look at my Game Plan, and re-evaluate things.
My original plan experienced an overhaul in March, and looking at that re-vamped list I can say that I pretty much failed. In fact, I won’t even list what I had planned out, as everything went topsy-turvy for a variety of reasons. Including knocking up my wife again, making the last few months’ hobby time even leaner (stupid first trimester!).
So let’s look at the updated Game Plan for 2012, with the caveat that these are not definite, concrete timelines any longer. Instead, looking at each game I play, collect or plan to take part in, I will talk about any goals or feelings I have.
Malifaux – I was playing this a bit more once we got Scott into the game, but while he plays quite regularly, my Malifaux time has dwindled. Mostly because of the other things I’m working on and playing, which is definitely one of the major drawbacks of my tendency to go with variety. I’ve temporarily shelved the Ortegas (too strong), Seamus (too many plays) and Lilith (who I’ve only tabled once) in favour of Colette’s Showgirls, who I picked up off of Scott for a great price. I’ve been keeping somewhat regular WIP updates for them, and I’ve showcased a few games with them through batreps. They’re one of my top projects these days, so they’re getting a lot of paint and game time, relative to other stuff. I’m not going to purchase any more Malifaux for now, especially as there are very few models I really need to buy, and those are just repeats for bigger lists/summoning needs.
Dark Age – Relatively new to my ‘Skirmish game to play’ list, I managed to sucker Andrew into buying in, and we both got xombe (Steve) and Rob into it as well. It’s a cool system with some interesting models. The gameplay is light and the model count is low, so games go pretty fast, even as we’re learning, which bodes well. I have two starters, the Dragyri who are all painted and the Outcasts who are WIP. I will be focusing on the Outcasts as my main faction, and will likely sell the Dragyri if I can, even though they were originally my first choice. The good news is that there are only so many models to add to a force, kind of like Malifaux in its early days, so buying up a whole army shouldn’t cost too much in the end. In that regard I already have most of the Outcasts in-hand or ready to pick up, with only one model on back order. That means my purchases for Dark Age will be complete very soon, and it’ll just come down to painting, which is going well, and playing.
Hell Dorado – Long on the list of potential games, as I love the models, especially the Westerners, I finally (and easily) convinced Andrew to get into it (see a pattern here?), who got Rob on board. I picked up the Westerners starter and they are currently WIP. Another low complexity, low model count game with a cool theme is going to make for another quick and fun game. I can see Dark Age and Hell Dorado being great for 2-games-in-1-night sessions. Awesome. I’ve played the game once so far, so I need to get it on the table again soon. Especially if I’m to know whether I’ll pick up more models or not 😉
Warhammer Fantasy: Tomb Kings – I’ve temporarily put the Empire and Skaven on the shelf so I can focus on the Tomb Kings, who I traded for my High Elves with Andrew. I’d really like to make this my first fully-painted army. This will require me to get cracking on the above three WIP projects, or it’s not going to happen before Ogres. See below. *hangs head*
Warhammer Fantasy: Ogres – Not long after the TK/HE trade with Andrew, I decided I wanted the Ogres as my next army. What started as getting interested in the big new models as one-off centrepiece models I’d like to pick up turned into wanting to actually play the army. Andrew picked up a truck-load of Warriors of Chaos for dirt-cheap, so he’s got another army to work on. Crap. Like we needed another one. I was hoping to get the Tomb Kings all painted up, but with Ogre Kingdoms on the horizon, and charging in fast, they may get bumped as well! I. Am. Horrible. I also blame Andrew. But, I don’t know what’s going to happen with WHFB as it’s not getting played much right now. Do I sell my unused armies, or keep them available for when the desire arises to play them? Oh, the ultimate question in this hobby, no? In the end, the Ogres might have to wait a little longer to join my ranks.
Urban War – At one point I did say that 2012 should be the Year of the Skirmish, and if not for enjoying Warhammer Fantasy so much, it would have been! Urban War was supposed to happen, but Andrew and others agreed to both Dark Age and Hell Dorado, so it got bumped. I’m still planning on picking up some starters at some point down the road, they’ll just have to wait a bit longer.
Dust Warfare – I managed to convince myself, after much debating and mind-changing, to not go with Dust Warfare. I played it once with Les, and it wasn’t a bad game, it just didn’t jump out at me. I will surely play it again, but with his models, not mine, as, for sure, I will not be buying into it. Even though the theme and models are perfect for me, and I had been waiting for the game for so long, I have decided to put my efforts and funds elsewhere. It’s okay, I’ll be content with this decision, even though there are some dang cool models in the line.
Dystopian Wars – I’ve managed to hold off on this so far, and I will likely continue to do so. While the models interest me highly, no one in my gaming group plays. Although a) that has never stopped me before, and b) there are other local gamers who do play. I’m torn on who I would play as, but I think it comes down to Prussians and Japanese, although the Prussians win by a blimp. Ideally I could play sky pirates, using a mixture of the flying models from different factions/pirates, with the massive Prussian air fortress as the home base. I might just end up buying models to make a little Sky Pirate force, but not end up playing the game 🙂 But otherwise, I don’t see me getting into this game in the near future.
Dropzone Commander – I’m not going to lie, I definitely want to get into this game. It’s very pretty, first and foremost. Three of the four factions look awesome to me. It’s also a new scale, which I’m always up for trying. I might pick up the rulebook sooner, and get others more interested in the game to pick up later.
Warmachine/Hordes – I’ve long wanted to get back into this game, but so far it hasn’t happened yet. I might just have to start picking up models that I like, painting them, and then buying more, either until I have a bunch of models that don’t work together, or a usable force of some sort. I dunno. I still really like the Nemo-led lightning theme from Cygnar, but the “sticks and stones” theme from Circle has some awesome looking models. Time will tell whether I pick up my old stuff and work on them, or whatnot.
Dreadfleet – I received this self-contained game in my High Elves/Tomb Kings trade with Andrew. I’m quite interested in playing it, but I want to get the required ships/pieces painted up first. I might move this project up in the queu.
Incursion – I’ve had this game on the shelf since its release, including the first full set of minis for it. Even if I don’t get to play the game, which I should, it is likely that this too will get bumped up in the near future.
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Okay, I’m going to stop there as I just made a mental note of all the other games and projects I need to talk about, and it’s going to take another long post. Let me work on that over the next couple days and see if I can get this list finished. That’s not even making actual decisions about the games, either! Oi.
Thanks for reading.