Heroes Of Normandie: (Big) Unboxing

I was going to write something else today, but then the postman arrived with a large and rather heavy box. I’ve put the Deadzone box beside it for comparison as that’s one of the biggest game boxes I’ve got. It makes DZ look rather small and delicate…

HoN 1Anyway, the box turned out to be full of one of my Kickstarter purchases: Heroes of Normandie. There’s a few bits to follow later in the year. Mind you, this is more than enough to be getting on with for now.

HoN 2Out of the box it looks even more impressive. Here are the major elements:

HoN 3And here are the piles of extra counter sheets with variant units (and extra zombies). Yes, I may have got a tiny bit carried away.

HoN 4I haven’t started unwrapping anything yet as that was going to be even more distracting. It was fun having a quick skip through what had arrived though. Lovely art and an amusing style. I’m looking forward to getting a game organised.

Obviously, as it came in a box, it wasn’t long before there was a cat sitting in it. Mojo, in this case. So now it’s been officially accepted into the household.

HoN 5When I’ve digested what I’ve actually got I’ll do an unboxing of the various elements so you can see the rather nice quality of the components in more detail. It’s a little confusing as the way it’s presented isn’t quite what I was expecting. The KS evolved as it went along, and this packaging is presumably how it will go into trade. It does look nice though :)

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Salute Spoils

Salute spoils

Back from Salute now, and what a show it was! The best show I’ve been to in ages, I think. Why? Several reasons. To start with there was a very upbeat and cheery atmosphere, both among the traders and the customers (not always the case). That’s always good. I also wangled a little more time between talking to people about the games I’ve done for Mantic to actually have a look about the show myself, and I acquired a small pile of swag (above) while doing so. I’ll do some unboxings and whatnot later.

These brief jaunts away from the stand did underline quite how much there was to see at the show. There were at least two people I had arranged to say hi to, but couldn’t actually find on the day. Several stands like SmartMax and Studio McVey I saw only at a distance and would happily have browsed in detail. Some of the aisles I didn’t even go down at all (probably why I didn’t find everyone I was after), and the entries to the painting competition were so popular that all I could see was the crowd around the cases. I never even looked at the demo games. Lots and lots to see and do.

That’s not a complaint though, it’s just rambling aloud. If anything, I’m reminding myself that if I’m ever there and not working on a stand I need to give myself the whole day to really do it justice. I can’t think of another 1-day UK show that’s true for.


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Down At Salute

salute2014webbannerThis saturday is one of the biggest events in the UK gaming calendar: Salute. This is a big one-day show down in London, and this year I’ll be attending with the Mantic crew once again.

For many of you this will be way too far to travel, and for others you’ll already have all your arrangements in place. Either way, I’m not really trying to pimp the show as such (though it is a great place to see what’s going on in the world of toy soldiers) – just thought I’d say that I’ll be there and if you fancy a chat about games you now know where to find me on the day :)

If you can’t attend, there is usually quite a lot of coverage on various blogs. Last year Beasts of War did a bunch of shows from the event, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they did so again. It’s also a time when companies tend to release something new and shiny, which is also nice. One day I’ll get to go when I’m not on a stand and will actually have a chance to properly explore the hall (and spend some money). It’s way too big to properly recce in a short break.

See you there!

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Gamer Bling

Of the many gaming items I’ve acquired of late, perhaps the oddest is some new dice. No, not the D10s I ordered from Chessex, I’m talking about a pair of perfectly ordinary D6s I was given as a present. Well, when I say ordinary, I mean 24K gold plated reproduction 1st century Roman dice, so perhaps not entirely run-of-the-mill.

Gold diceNow I’ve got them, I’m not quite sure what to do with them. Those of you that know your dice history will remember that Roman dice are rarely (if ever) entirely accurate cubes. Instead they are often endearingly wonky, as are these. That may rule out using them in anger, so to speak, though I don’t expect that most of my regular opponents would object to them representing heroes, and so on. I’ve no idea whether their wonkiness is a help or a hindrance.

Does anyone else have any ostentatious gamer bling?

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Nexus Psi Book

Nexus Psi shinySaw this book for the first time yesterday, when someone gave me a copy to sign for a customer. I’ve no idea if it’s any good or not, but it’s certainly shiny as you can see ;)

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Mantic Radio Podcast

Recorded with the chaps just before the Kickstarter ended.

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Apologies for last week’s silence. I’ve not been very well :(

There’s a lot to catch up with, and I’ll be replying to your comments and suchlike as soon as I can.

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