As part of my quest to clear out some of the many games, models and associated gubbins that has accumulated in my study over the years I’ve been following a little of my own advice (from one of my Ravage articles). If you haven’t read it, this basically involves breaking down the stuff in the piles into things that are definitely going, definitely staying, and somewhere in the middle. You then look focus on the middle lot, giving them a last chance game to help you decide if you need to.
Yesterday a friend of mine ran me through Hordes again as part of this. I’ve played Warmachine and Hordes on and off (mostly off) since they came out and among other forces have had at least 3 Khador armies at one stage or another, selling them off in turn each time I drifted away from the game. I currently have a bunch of small forces for various factions and was wondering whether I should put in the investment of time and money to actually make something useful out of them and relearn the game, or whether I should cut my losses and dump the lot.
The local gaming group includes quite a few Homachine players, which is one positive, and I’ve always quite enjoyed its brute simplicity of purpose. The drawback for me is partly some ugly models, but mainly that it’s hard to play competently when your opponents play more often, and given my non-playtesting gaming time that’s everyone. That makes it virtually impossible to win, and I’m not impressed with the idea of spending a lot of time and money on something so that I can only lose with. So, I needed to decide whether the plusses outweighed the negatives. The best way was to play again.
The Trollbloods were the most assembled set of figures I had so we ran a small game with them against my mate’s mercs. These coin-powered soldiery were Grundback and his diddy-bots, with one slightly larger friend. I had Madrak with a Mauler and an Axer. Like I said, only a little game, but enough to get the feel.
Anyway, it reminded me how much I enjoy the style of game, so I’ve decided to keep at least some of it for the moment. I should probably give it 6 months, because if I don’t get it on the table and do something with it in that time then I’m really just kidding myself. I like the idea, I’ve always liked the idea, I just haven’t got the time or the space to keep every game I like.
My next question is which faction(s) to keep?