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Gen Con Booty

So I’ve been back from Gen Con 2011 for awhile now, and I’ve been going through all the cool stuff (or ‘booty’ if I was a Buccaneer-American) that I purchased or was given during the convention.

The aforementioned 'booty'

Starting from the left, I broke down and picked up a few t-shirts just before we left on Sunday. Like I need any more t-shirts, but these are really cool. Then, going along the top from left to right: a P.A.C.K. ‘Mini’ case from Battle Foam, which is a great little case for skirmish gaming; a bunch of FCC figures (and cards) from the MERCS sci-fi skirmish game; then two starters (Skaard and Forsaken) and the core rules and forcelist books from the post-apocalyptic skirmish game Dark Age. Below that, there are rules books for two sci-fi skirmish games (do you sense a pattern here?) Rezolution and Vortex, both which I demoed during Gen Con and both which I enjoyed. Now moving right to left, you’ll see some bitz from the seller that I frequented at Adepticon and some cool heads from Maxmini; the Death Angel card game from Fantasy Flight Games; a copy of the brand new Dwarf King’s Hold: Green Menace from Mantic Games; another box of Shock Troops from Wargames Factory; and some Games Workshop terrain that I picked up for cheap from The War Store booth. The bottom row is a Buckaroo Bonzai patch and pin, some dice bags and two molds from Hirst Arts for making fieldstone ruins.

I was a pretty good convention, and it had the highest attendance of any Gen Con ever (36,000-plus people) according to the press release that came a few days after. I have to admit, it did seem awfully busy, even on Thursday.

I filmed a big bunch of interviews and wrap-up videos for Beasts of War, and even tweeted live from the convention, with pictures and everything. It was really busy, but a lot of fun. I’ll talk more about it soon.

Now, I’m mainly just getting back in to my routine and planning out the schedule for all the miniatures painting I have to do. However, I have to remember that OshCon (the gaming convention I run here in town) is coming up soon, so I have to properly plan for that, too. After that’s over, then I’ll be able to coast and paint all the way to the new year.

Micro-review – Dwarf King’s Hold

I picked up Dwarf King’s Hold from Mantic Games right after I got back from Adepticon 2011. Mantic had been at Adepticon so I could have gotten one from them directly, but I had already pre-ordered it from my local shop back home, so I waited until I got back. I had pre-ordered it on the advice of my friends at Beasts of War, who had done several videos about it before it came out.

DKH is a great little game if you want something for two players that straddles the miniatures and boardgame genres. It’s a fun little dungeon crawl with a generally elegant rules system. It’s a little like a smaller scale Space Hulk but with the fantasy trappings that Mantic have been pushing instead of aliens and power armor and whatnot.

The game comes with a bunch of printed cardboard tiles that are fit together in many different ways, depending on the scenario being played. These are put together to build the dungeons that the players fight in. There are also action chips, a few scenery tiles, injury chips, and things like that. It also comes with a bunch of dwarves (or as they call them, dwarfs) that I don’t very much like the look of (personal preference) and a whole lot of undead skeletons and revenants (20+ figures) that I do very much like the look of. I actually bought a bunch of Mantic skeletons at GenCon two years ago for use in Song of Blades and Heroes and they’re great. The dwarves and the undead are molded in different colors of plastic, so if you don’t bother to paint them, they’re still pretty easy to tell one team from the other.

It doesn't look good for the short team

Lee and I played the introductory scenario Tuesday night after I finally got the last of the figures glued together and the tiles and chips all punched out. It’s one of those games that doesn’t seem to make much sense at first, and then through playing starts to come into focus and make sense, and then you really start to see where the strategy comes in. We still had some questions here and there (and Mantic’s site could really, really use a FAQ or something) but we enjoyed it and will be playing it again.

tl;dr – Dwarf King’s Hold is a fun little two-player dungeon crawl with lots of dwarves and even more undead and an elegant and enjoyable ruleset.


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The Statistics – 2013

Minis games played:
• WH40k (1850 pts):
   BT/GK vs Kevin (Eldar/DE) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Jason (D.E.) LOST
• WH40k (1500 pts):
   BT vs Kevin (S.W.) LOST
Minis finished:
 none yet
Terrain finished:
 none yet
Cons attended:
 Fire & Ice
updated 28FEB2013

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