Archive for January, 2017

Apologies for another late entry to this.  I attended a friend’s birthday bash late on Saturday and didn’t want to update incase we managed to get in a game or two. That being said, let’s get to it!

500 Games in 2017 Challenge:

So, I have a total of 8 games played, only 1 new. It brings me to 33/500 games played, 6/50 new titles played.  This ties January 2016 in total games played. 

CardFight Vanguard:

Finally got in a few games this week.  I think I’ve managed to narrowed down my deck focus to the Shadow Paladins. Kagero will always engulf my heart in the flames, and Link a Jokers are fun, but there is something about the Shadow Paladins that are just amazing.

Batman Miniature Game:

Still haven’t had a chance paint or assemble any more figures, but we did manage to get a game in. It was a four player game, modifying a scenario from the Suicide Squad rule book. It was fun but we still have a lot to learn behind the game.

Relic Knights

So Relic Knights is a game I’ve been interested in for a while now but haven’t really talked about.  When I first looked into possibly dipping my toes into miniature gaming, I researched quiet a few to see where my head would be at in terms of interest. I narrowed it down to three at the time, with Relic Knights making the tight cut. 

Fastforward to Saturday morning and I received a text from my friend asking if I’d watched the newest Weekender from the crew at Beasts of War. They had just wrapped up a week of coverage on Relic Knights, giving away a few starter battle boxes.  Evidently I won a set! 

That seems to be all from the week (last week). Happy gaming!

Twice in one month…

 

Per the game’s official English website here

“Dear all,

We regret to announce that BT05 “Trance Re:union” shall be the last product we are releasing for the English edition Luck & Logic. Words cannot express how much gratitude and appreciation we have for everyone who is a part of our Luck & Logic community.

After the release of BT05 “Trance Re:union”, monthly shop tournament support will continue till the end of December 2017 and there will be a slight change to the Japanese edition tournament scene. Starting from February 1, 2017, English edition cards can be used in the Japanese edition tournaments held outside of Japan. Please also note that only English edition cards are allowed at English edition tournaments.

As part of the Bushiroad Championship Series 2017 lineup as well, Luck & Logic Regional Championships will be held at 8 locations worldwide^. This is the largest Luck & Logic tournament we are holding, and we hope everyone participating will be able to enjoy it to the fullest. Winners of each Regional Championship will receive a fully sponsored invitation to Japan in the year 2018 for the World Finals.

Fans of the Luck & Logic animation will have to wait a little longer for more news on the second season, as some details are still being finalised.

Finally, we would like to convey our sincere apologies and thank you for all your support once again.”

Once again, for the second time in as many weeks, I find myself with one less game to look forward to.  The saddest part of this one, as opposed to Panini’s Dragon Ball Z, this was not a game running on nostalgia. It was a complicated game with deep mechanics that was as close to replicating a strategy game in a collectible card game as you could get. 

While the game will certainly continue and thrive in Japan, it’s dead to the rest of the world. The exception being, possibly, in areas with high enough volume of Japanese speaking gamers.  Every where else, though? What store in their right mind would dedicate game space to it? I certainly know none of my shops will.

Much like Dragon Ball Z earlier this month, the game’s ultimate demise was loudly telecasted a mile away-

  • Lack of advertising: Save for “commercials” during episodes of CardFight Vanguard on YouTube, there was zero marketing for this game.  The on,y time I saw any type of news articles was via iCv2. However, they report on the slightest press release (case in point- They reported that Dragon Ball Z’s final set, Awakening, was actually called Ascension). Great site, though, vist daily.
  • Tournament support was nearly non-existent: During its first year, if you want to call what we got a full year, Luck & Logic events at official Bushiroad tournments were regulated to side events.  It was like they were afraid to try and push the game in any direction other than standby.

Way back on February 5, 2016, I wrote about my excitement for the game’s release. You can read that article here. It wouldn’t be until June 24, 2016, that the game would finally release in English.  I was beyond hyped for this game and I did everything I could to get the game off the ground in my area. 

What I cannot fathom is Bushiroad’s disregard for making money (or any game company for that matter). They make great games.  Their card games are some of the most fun you can get in a collectible care game, beyond (in my humble opinion) what Magic the Gathering or Pokemon.  The ideal that they could be positioned to take away any of the market share from the Big Two and not want to is something I am unable to fathom.

However, that is a discussion for another night. For now, I shall just pour a drink for my Chole deck that could have been.

 

This is a day or two late, unfortunately.  Saturday was a bit of a rough day as I had a mishap regarding the miniatures I’d put together a few weeks ago. That not withstanding, here’s the update:

As usual, the 500 Games in 2017 Challenge

This week, I played:

7 games played, with 1 being a new title.  This brings our totals to- 25/500 games played, 5/50 new titles played. I played 33 games in January 2016.  I would like to try hit 34 games at least, which should be possible with a little over a week left.

As always, we move on to CardFight Vanguard

I didn’t get a chance to play any of the game this week. Which is fine as I am still working on building that mythical Mike the Shipwright deck. Speaking of, I got in a second order of them.

I have 10 now, only 6 left to go.


Update to our first KickStarter arrival: Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia

We got in a couple games in this week (as noted above), but after the first play, I noticed something about one of the Minor Monster character die:

Damaged die in the left, correct on the right.


Either this was intentionally damaged from the shipment or it occurred after our first game. First, the play surface was 100% clear of any and all nonessential components or debris. Second, I even relocated out cat until another room to make sure she didn’t attack/play with the pieces.

Either way, this is a shame considering the cost and length of the project.  This is even more shameful given the early release the game got at GenCon 2016.  That being said, this definitely a blimish towards an otherwise great game.

Finally, there is the Batman Miniatures Game

As I said earlier, went to primer all the figures I’d assembled due to the lovely weather we had. Somehow, in my stupidity, I ended up dropping the box that had all the components in:

10 out of 18 miniatures broken, plus 1 out of 4 lamps.


Luckily, with the help of our Miniature Guru, Scott, I was able to repair them all and get them primed prior to having to go to my normal job. After getting them primed, the only remaining casualty was the knife on the Joker henchman’s arm.  Again, another miraculous repair job thanks to Scott.

That pretty much wraps up our week in the hobby. Happy gaming!

Another week has gone by meaning time for an update on all things in that happened for us at Late Night Players.

First up, we’ll begin with the 500 Games in 2017 challenge-

This week, we played a total of 12 games between 5 unique titles.  Of those 5 titles, 2 were brand new games never before played in our circle.  The games and their totals were:

This brings are total to: 18/500 games played, 4/50 new titles explored. Not bad for the first two weeks of the year.

Moving on, we have CardFight Vanguard

First, the cards I ordered for my joke deck featuring Mike the Shipwright have started coming in.  I was extremely excited to begin building and testing this deck, then I saw last night’s World Championship finals- Granblue vs Granblue. It was so boring to watch.  And rather the champion cheated or not, he should have definitely been called out for the way that he was shuffling his deck (cards face up).  Both two of those things are a strike against me wanting to continue the construction of this deck.  However, I have to remind myself that I am building neither a G1 or G2 Rush deck, so it hopefully won’t play out that boringly.

I have 4 more in the mail, just have to order the final 6.


Then our order of Revival Collection Vol. 1 came in. The pulls were pretty solid.  We pulled several cards for the clans we actually play. The RRR pulls were:

I got in 3 games of Vanguard in as well. Sadly, I went 1-2.  My brother’s Gear Chronicle deck is just too solid versus either of my Link Joker or Shadow Paladin builds right now. 

Moving on, we have received our first KickStarter project of the year: Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia

Love the box art on these games!


This was definitely a pleasant surprise to say the least.  We talked a little bit about it here. Now to sleeve up all those beautiful cards and start playing.

Then we move on to Star Wars Destiny

The game is officially the new “hotness” in the tabletop gaming world.  Product is so scarce that $2.99 boosters can fetch $15. Anyways, demoed the game on Wednesday after being told how fantastic it is.  Truth be told, it is rather enjoyable.

Luckily the a couple days later a local shop got in a couple of starters while another a box of boosters. 

These plus 6 boosters have us up to a good start.


Finally, the Batman Miniatures Game-

Unfortunately the weather was not holding up well enough to primer this week, nor did I get an opportunity to assemble any of the others we have.  I think I need to take some time off my normal job just to assemble the rest.

Well, that was our week.  Happy gaming!

Here at Late Night Players, we got a special arrival in the mail today.  After months of anticipation, and the upsetting early release at GenCon 2016, we finally have Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia in hand:

Masmorra: Dungeons of Arcadia base game

Spinning out of the popular Arcadia Quest series, Masmorra is a hidden tile dungeon crawler.  It is for 1-5 players, using an interesting dice and card based mechanic.

The KickStarter managed to unlock an additional 14 miniatures that were all KickStarter exclusives, as well as a limited edition Luke the Lucky miniature, bringing the total to 20 miniatures.  There was a conversion kit available to make all base set miniatures from Arcadia Quest and Arcadia Quest Inferno work with Masmorra. That triples the number of playable miniatures available.

KickStarter exclusives unlocked for Masmorra


I cannot wait to figure this game out and share it with our group. Maybe a review?

Anyways, happy gaming, everyone!

In an attempt to keep myself better focused in the new year, I am going to do a weekly update on the major areas of the hobby.

First up: 500 Games in 2017

This goal is pretty straight forward- play 500 games this year, 50 of which have to be brand new games I’ve never played before. This week I managed to play a total of 6 games:

Of those 4 games (amassing 6 total plays), 2 of the games were new to me.  Those two being the Batman dice game and Billionaire Banshee.

Next up: Batman Miniatures Game

So this is something new for me.  I’ve never assembled miniatures before. The closest to miniature gaming I’ve accomplished has been Heroclix over the years.  My brother got me so much more to add to my Suicide Squad box.  I’m now up to that set as well as the Joker crew and Halrey crew set, as well as classic Harley Quinn and “Killing Joke” Joker.  I got Rob Nightwing, Cyborg and Kid Flash so he could have figures in the game he would enjoy playing.  I also got some terrain pieces from my Secret Santa at work.

I had a couple days off so I started to assemble some:



Miniatures from the Suicide Squad box set



These were fun to assemble.  With the exception of a handful of issues, rather proud of these.  I also managed to get the lamp posts assembled. Totally proud of these.  These are definitely a growing interest, especially considering the other games Knight Models are doing.

Then we’ll move on to…Dragon Ball Z

Yeah…that was fun. (Click the link to read my opinions on the recent cancelation)

Final: Cardfight Vanguard

New set launched this week- Revival Collection Vol. 1, but I haven’t bought any yet. First, my local shop didn’t per usual.  So I’ll have to order online. Second, with the cancelation of Dragon Ball Z, I find myself debating on what deck I’d like to focus on.  Right now, I have a Kagero, Link Joker and Shadow Palin deck. None are competitive at all and I’d like to try playing some tournaments. So I’m looking at singles vs what is coming set wise.

Also, I didn’t mange a single match this week. See what I did play above.

In coming weeks, this will definitely be more organized. I have some ideas of what I’d like to accomplish with this blog, but more on that soon.

Happy gaming!





This wasn’t what I originally wanted to talk about for my first post of 2017.  I had this gut feeling that something like this was about to happen yet I couldn’t have expected the way it had happened.

Per Panini’s Blog:

“For the last two years, Panini Games was privileged to bring you the Dragon Ball Z Trading Card Game.

As many of you know, Bandai (the master license holder for Dragon Ball universe properties) is releasing a trading card game based on Dragon Ball Super in 2017. So as to not over-saturate the market with similar products, Panini America will not be continuing with the Dragon Ball Z license. From the sparse known details, Bandai’s new game and our DBZ TCG are vastly different.

We will continue to provide sales and support throughout the transition, such as ongoing management of rulings and maintenance of tournament documents – including a final update to the CRD and Frozen List. The goal of any remaining updates will be to lay the groundwork for an eternally balanced “final environment.”

We want to thank all of our fans for their support of the game. The fanatical enthusiasm for the DBZ TCG carried the game through seven releases and helped the DBZ TCG to earn several accolades – including two of the highest attended events at Gen Con 2015 and 2016. We were also able navigate two seasons of Organized Play – including local tournaments with countless promos and other prizes, over thirty Regionals and premier-level events, and two highly competitive World Championships.

While this chapter of the DBZ TCG is coming to an end, Panini Games has numerous new products scheduled for 2017. Look for continued Afterworld content and support, along with a new trading card game based on DC’s portfolio of comics, movies, and video games – as well as several other exciting tabletop board and card game offerings.

We were very fortunate to produce the DBZ TCG for such dedicated fans. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for your support – and look for much more from Panini Games in the future!”

First, this was the first substancal blog post from them since the several recap enteries around the World Championships in November. The last several entries were bare bones and should have sent up red flags.  They come out of no where and just drop it. No real warning or transition period.

Second, in the same entry that they announced they are ceasing the production so as to “not over-saturate” the market, they sneak in an announcement about a DC trading card game.  The DC Comics portfolio of hobby games ranges the gambit of deck building games to miniature games. Two Dragon Ball Z games are in no way over-saturating the market. This goes doubly so if a.) the games plays completely different and b.) Bandai’s game is focused on Dragon Ball Super and Panini’s was focused on the Z era and earlier.

Finally, the card selection and lack of play testing regarding Awakening, their last and final set from October 2016, becomes so much more clear as a cash grab that it is offensive.  From Goku’s interaction with Unleashed to the inclusion of, essentially, an Ultra Rare Destructo Disc for Saiyans, they only cared about pushing what was to be their final product than adding anything of substance to the meta or the game at large.

That being said, however, I will miss this game.  When the game was first released by Score over a decade ago, I went with Score’s other trading card game: Yu Yu Hakusho.  This was a rare second chance in a hobby that doesn’t usually see them.  This game was something that drew my brother and I closer together as card players.  It allowed us to meet new people that we probably never would have met or associated with otherwise.  It also opened my mind to proper deck building, meta appreciation and theory crafting.

I know that the game died once, was kept alive via a dedicated online presence and was ressurected.  There are already people talking about continuing it and hoping the Dragon Balls are called on once more for Shenron to bring back. I, for one, just don’t have that kind of faith or hope. As I said, I’m grateful for the last couple years.  My only regrets are that I didn’t try attending more tournaments and that they didn’t make it to Majin Vegeta and Majin Buu.

So for now, I’ll pour a drink and lock the decks away with the Enternal Dragon.

I honestly cannot believe it is already time for 2016 to end and 2017 to begin.  This was a year that saw my love of the hobby grow, expanding into games and genres I didn’t know I wanted to be in, goals and journeys that came to an end while others are just beginning.  It’s been a roller coaster of a year. That being said, let’s get to it!

It all begins with a goal…

One of the more interesting things I tried to accomplish this year also happened to be the goal that started my year off: 1,000 games in 365 days. I got the idea from a forum posting on boardgamegeek.com that was called “365 Day Challenge”.  The goal for that was to play 1 game a day for an entire year.  I, of course, had to make the simple goal complicated.  At the time of this writing (with a couple days left in the year), my progress looks as such:

That comes out to 310 games played this year with my Top 10 games played being:

Of those ten games, half were new games that I hadn’t played until this year.

Sadly, I missed the goal by 690 games.  Even if I factor in a handful of games that I didn’t record, be it because it I forgot or what have you, I still came no where near the goal.  I’ll definitely be partaking in the challenge again next year but I will definitely adjust my goals to something more realistic.

My Logic tells me to Stand Up the Vanguard…

One of the new games that was on my radar for 2016 was Luck&Logic  from Bushiroad.  I had been following the Japanese release fairly closely.  I knew I was going to go nuts in on this game.  I spent many nights watching unboxing videos and play through videos in anticipation.  Then, late on March night, I let a video go to the next thing and it was the first episode of the Cardfight Vanguard anime.

The rest is history.  

I was hooked.  I was reading about this game and couldn’t get enough.  Which was sad because I couldn’t get my hands on a starter until May because of my local card shop.  I ended up ordering it online for a fraction of the cost, but I digress.  I bought the Kai Legends deck and it has quickly risen to my number one go to card game, sliding Dragon Ball Z to a distant second.

Some seven or eight months later, I am playing three clans (Kagero, Link Joker and Shadow Paladins) and am looking to potentially build a deck to try the 2017 tournament scene.  I wanted to try for the Chicago regional in October this year but work got in the way.

A quick shout out to the trio over at the “Drive Check” podcast on iTunes. One thing I’ve really gotten into this year is trying to emerse myself more into the various communities that I’m playing in.  The guys running the podcast have been a great source of information, discussion and ideas.  If you are remotely interested in Cardfight Vanguard, check them out.  They are on twitter, also, via @Drive_Check.

KickStarters versus waiting for retail…

Prior to 2015, I had zero interest in 95% of games on Kickstarter. In 2015, however, I backed the Ghostbusters game by Cryptozoic. Shipping issues not withstanding, it opened me up a bit to supporting more games via Kickstarter. In 2016, I backed 5 games:

Ghostbusters and Arcadia Quest Inferno are sequels to existing games in my collection, Masmorra and Bears vs Babies are new titles from publishers I like and Mything Battles is an entirely different beast all together.  Any and all of these games I could have waited for to be released at the retail level to support my local game store, but the value of the stretch goals out weighted that.  In the case of the two Arcadia Quest games alone, over 35 plus miniatures were added.  At $10 a piece, that is $350 worth of free add ons.  

Mythic Battles’ pledge manager goes live soon (hopefully) and that is looking to  be a huge purchase.  However, this is going to be a beautiful game when it is all said and done. In school, I was enamoured with Greek mythology.  This is going to be a game taking up a lot of time on my tabletop later in 2017.

Also, upon looking back, Inferno actually was funded Nov/Dec of 2015 but the pleasure 

GenCon 2016: Literally the Best four days in gaming!

This year was our 3rd GenCon and each year it has gotten better and better.  As each year has passed, our interests in different aspects of the hobby has grown and grown.  When we first went, the only game I personally played competitively was HeroClix from WizKids Games with a mild interest in board gaming.  This year, I was buying singles, sealed product, hunting promos and demoing anything and everything I could get my hands on.

I participated in 37 completely games over the course of the four days, and this isn’t including any additional demos. One of the games we demoed that I fell for hard was GKR: Heavy Hitters.  I did the write up for the game when we got back (you can read it here). Honestly, if that game had been released at GenCon, it would have been my game of 2016.  I wanted to give them my money right then and there.  Sadly it wasn’t avaliable and will be hitting KickStarter in Feburary. 

If there was one complaint for GenCon, and I really had to hit it on one thing, it was that a lot of great games where on display but wouldn’t be avaliable until later on KickStarter. Mythic Battles, which I happily funded this past Novemember, was one of those games.  I like going to GenCon to demo and buy, not demo and wait patiently for a few months to buy and then wait a year to play again.

Dead Game Societ.


Founded in 2015, at GenCon, we finally got around to doing some stuff with it this year. Like dead games that haven’t been supported in years? You’ll love this group!

So much more to come about this in the near future.  We have some great things planned. Follow us on Instragram at “deadgamesociety”.

A Three Year Journey Comes to an End…

At our first trip to GenCon, I fell in love with miniature games. I swore to myself that before I left that I would purchase and dive into one.  I debated all weekend between Warmachine or Hordes, Relic Knights or Infinity. I couldn’t decide.  Second GenCon, same oath, same debate, same result. History repeated itself at this year’s GenCon with the exception of the added choice of the Batman Miniatures Game from the folks at Knight’s Models.

Well, the choice was taken out of my hands this past November when so,e friends purchased this for me for my birthday:



And then my brother stepped it up a notch for my Christmas present:



Now I find myself at the cusp of a new journey: assembly and painting.  I want to crack these all open but I’m waiting for things to die down a bit at work first.  These definitely will play a major role in my plans for the hobby and this blog going into and through out 2017!

On a side note with this, one of the best sources of information regarding miniatures and the hobby that I’ve found have been the community over at Beasts of War  Between their sight and YouTube channel, I’ve learnt so much in regards to these types of games.  Ontop of that their series The Weekender is just top notch programming!

To Infinity and Beyond!

2017 is shaping up to be another fantastic year in gaming, both personally and for the hobby as a whole. One of my biggest goals is to properly maintain this blog.  I love talking about games just as much as I do playing them.  I want to make this into something more than just a once in a blue moon happening. 

My plan is to branch out with more reviews, play throughs and videos of matches, random musings, unboxings and much more.  A major goal is to reach out to other gaming groups and do more in the community.  This past year’s attempt at the Extra Life 24-hour event fell through due to work and illness, but we’ll definitely be attempting it again this year. 

So as the ball drops later tonight, I want to wish everyone a happy New Year.  May all your die rolls and card flips be true.