Back from the Derby show. Looked at lots of shiny new toys, talked to many nice people, played some interesting games, snaffled some lovely swag. A grand day out!
Here’s the spoils. I was fairly restrained as I’m supposed to be clearing things out (more for eBay tomorrow). Still…
Firstly there’s the Gates of Antares sprues sitting on top of their Beta rules. I’ve got one each of the Ghar and Concord frames with their basic troops on. These aren’t quite final production shots, though they’re pretty close and they’re looking rather smart already. The beta rules are something to read while I wait for the final rules to be printed, which is where they are now (at the printers). The starter set is looking like an early November release. Not long now then.
The two Plastic Soldier Company packs are WWII tanks for a project I’m playing about with. And just because I’ve always had a soft spot for WWII tanks. I’ll try to put them together properly this time.
On the right is a T-shirt, art card and miniature for SLA, which those of you of a more refined vintage may recall as a dark and dystopian RPG from many moons ago. It’s had a cult following since its heyday, and the IP has gone through many hands, none seemingly able to give it the love it deserves. So far. Fans will hopefully be happier with the current state of affairs which look like bringing it back into the limelight. The chaps behind it (which apparently include the original creator of the game) are really excited about the whole thing and also have a cunning plan for releasing and growing the range that doesn’t involve Kickstarter. At least, nowhere near the start of the process. So that’s very interesting and I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from them.
Last, but by no means least, there’s the Macrocosm figures in their blisters. These are some of the latest additions to their range that were Kickstarted only a short while back – more Diggers, and some random alien naughtiness that Chris was kind enough to throw in free. You can never have too many random aliens 🙂
Those will expand my forces for the retro SF game I keep mentioning. I’ll try to remember to take photos next time that gets on the table. And speaking of getting things on the table, I also had two demo games while I was at the show.
The first of these was Gates of Antares. This will all be fairly familiar to those that have played Bolt Action, although it’s not exactly the same. Using D10s instead of 6s is an obvious change, and gives a different range to play with. It also allows for 1s and 10s to have special effects, which starts to add some entertaining subtleties. Also, some units can have 2 activations per turn (and therefore get 2 order dice). Like I said, clearly a relation, but not the same as Bolt Action.
I took the Concord against the Ghar, and even the high quality Concord line infantry struggled against the upgraded Ghar suits. Still, we took some down and shot them up sufficiently to make one unit bug out and precipitate a glorious Concord victory. At least, that’s how I’lll tell the tale. Nathan may recall it slightly differently.
It was a fun little game, and I look forward to getting my paws on a starter set when they’re available.
The second game I played was Open Combat. This was Kickstarted earlier this year, and the book is also currently at the printers. Must be something in the air.
I’d read a very early version months ago, and couldn’t recall much about it. Not that that was an issue because the game is very easy to pick up and plays nice and quickly. It uses a Blood Bowl-esque sort of play-until-you-fail turn sequence, which I really like and have used myself more than once. This forces you to think carefully about the sequence you want to do things in and gives you more to consider than the small amount of rules suggests. Always a good thing.
We played a simple scrap between Vikings and Saxons as a way of learning, and it was a fun little romp that left a number of Saxons rather poorly. Oh, and before you hear any different, I’d just like to say that the incident with the small boy was entirely the fault of his wayward Saxon parents. I’ll be reporting them for reckless child endangerment. Taking young uns onto the battlefield like that. What do they expect? We’re Vikings…
I can see this being quite popular.