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Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite genre of gaming is the realm of trading card games. I am obviously a proponent for CardFight! Vanguard and Magic the Gathering (primarily Commander/EDH). I could spend literally hundreds of hours writing, talking, dissecting both of those games, but everyone knows that. Instead, today, I thought I’d share the trading card games that I love and try to have a deck ready to go at all times. There are a lot, so I narrowed it down to four and they have to currently be in publication (I do love me some dead games, after all).

#4.) Transformers TCG (Hasbro)

This one actually came out of left field for me this year. I love the Transformers IP, but even I saw this as a cash grab. The idea of the oversized character cards seemed as gimmicky as it comes initially. Then came GenCon a few months ago and the demo we had was fantastic. The next morning, we were on the show floor early to grab a starter and a couple of the convention exclusive booster packs.

Building a team of multiple character cards and a minimum 40 Battle Card deck featuring Upgrade (Armor, Weapon and Utility) and Action cards, players take alternating turns playing cards, transforming and attacking. Last ‘Bot standing wins. Its as simply as that. One of the things I enjoy is that you don’t deck out in this one, simply reshuffle.

The game being so new, this is the perfect time to jump in. The newly released Metroplex Deck has everything a player needs to get started, including a super large Metroplex card that might be the most annoying thing in any card game.

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Includes a 40 card deck with 3 exclusive new cards, 3 exclusive normal sized characters and the gigantic Metroplex all for a low cost of $19.99.

#3.) Dragon Ball Super TCG (Bandai)

This one was a little bitter sweet for me. Back in the old days of Score (Early 2000’s), I backed the Yu You Hakusho TCG while a lot of people I knew went with their Dragon Ball Z. Admittedly, I was a bigger fan of Yusuke and his crew than I was of Goku and friends back then. I didn’t make the same mistake twice and, when Panini America released their reboot of the old Dragon Ball Z game, I went all in. Sadly the game went belly up (for one reason or the other) and Bandai launched their Dragon Ball Super TCG.

The best part of this game is that, unlike previous incarnations, they aren’t holding themselves to going saga by saga. They mix and match present arcs, previous arcs and movies in each set. The newest expansion, Miraculous Revival, features characters from the Fusion Reborn movie, Super Android 17 arc of Dragon Ball GT, and instances of Shenron and the Dragon Ball wishes from Dragon Ball through Resurrection F.

The game has officially been out a year now and they have released 8 booster sets (5 main sets and 3 special themed sets), 8 various starter decks and dozen or so special boxes/gift sets. There are several options on how to get started, though the current meta would seem to favor the new “Wish” mechanic. That means the recent Shenron or Gogeta  starter, along with the latest booster set Miraculous Revival, would be an ideal place to start. Most staples in the game can also be picked up fairly cheap (in comparison to other games), with one or two exceptions.

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A Blue staple from the original set, Senzu Bean is currently a $10 card via TCGPlayer.

The game has had some growing pains, I won’t lie, but what game doesn’t? 2019 is shaping up to be a fantastic second year for the game, especially with the hype around the Dragon Ball Super Broly movie set in March.

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The old game died out before we ever got Gogeta officially printed, let alone a Super Sayian 3 Gogeta like this!

#2.) Weiss Schwarz

The game that got me into Bushiroad and all their products, Weiss Schwarz is an anime fan’s dream game. Recently I went into length about my favorite franchise for the game, Sword Art Online (You can read the original article here), but there are so many other games that are a part of the series. Currently in English, there are over 80 various booster boxes and starter sets available for franchises such as Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill, Persona, Attack on Titan, Hatsune Miku and so many more. This month sees the release of No Game No Life starter and booster, with Cardcaptor Sakura releasing in January. Things get even crazier when you look at the Japanese edition of the game as they have properties like Star Wars!

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Seriously, this is not a joke. Some of the art on these cards put the stuff Fantasy Flight puts out to shame!

If you are a fan of video games or anime, you’d be hard pressed to not find a set that you didn’t like. One of the key things that has drawn me to this game is that, since sets are not interchangeable (no mixing Attack on Titan with Cardcaptor Sakura), you only really have to stay up on the releases that you want.

That being said, there is a draw back to this game that most other games do not have. Bushiroad only prints a certain number of cases for each set and they aren’t known for reprinting. That means obtaining sealed product for older sets can be a pain and the prices for some singles on the secondary market can be abnormally high. Also, since these sets are licensed IPs, they don’t return to a lot of them (or at least not frequently) unless a new season or game releases. This means that some sets can be pushed to the side easily by power creep.

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It could be the worst series ever and I’ll still main deck Sword Art Online!

#1.) Universal Fight System (Jasco Games)

So what game system could push out one featuring one of my all time favorite anime series? One featuring my favorite, as well as sporting the most unique mechanic system in the industry: Universal Fight System (UFS).

This game has a bit of a storied history. Currently published and designed by the crew at Jasco Games, the game was originally under two other publisher- Sabertooth Games (February 2006-February 2008) and Fantasy Flight Games (June 2008-November 2009). While the game has featured the likes of Gabe and Tyco, from Penny Arcade, to the more recent Bebop crew from Cowboy Bebop, it has had a primarily video game focus. Which makes sense as the game’s core mechanics are designed to make it feel like you are playing a fighting game with a deck of cards.

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Cammy from the recent Street Fighter set.

Everything you need to start constructing your deck is decided like any good fighting game- at the character select screen. Using the Cammy pictured above, there are 5 symbols to the left of her text box. You have your starting/maximum hand size, your health and then the three elements your deck uses. You can use any card, from any set, so long as it contains at least one of those three symbols.The game takes the fighting theme to a whole new level with the way cards actually interact. You have attacks that combo off previous attacks, building up a super meter, and getting progressively harder with each new hit. Each attack has an attack speed and hit zone (high, middle or low), so you have to match it with a like block.

The main reason I got into the game.

  • There are a few things this game has going for it, beyond the amazing mechanics, that make it an amazing product.
  • First, and something I wish every game did- booster pack redemptions. Every booster pack has a little skull printed on the back of it. Simply hit up the official website for a list of key reprints and alternate art foils and print out the order form. Ship them the boosters, they ship you the cards. It’s a small little thing that gives you a little extra bang for your dollar.
  • Then there are the formats. UFS supports two formats for their game, Standard and Turbo. Standard format is a 60 card deck with cards from the last 10 most recent print sets, while Turbo is a 41 card deck from the 4 more recent printed sets. As a new set comes out, the oldest set in the list gets pushed out. Further more, the formats support both 1v1 traditional play and Teams (3v3).
  • Finally, there is the grand prize from their National and World events. For singles competition, the winner gets to be made into a tournament legal character promo card. Team champions get turned into an Assist card. What makes these so amazing is that the winners actually get to have a hand at helping design the cards. As a gamer and an artist, that is probably one of the best prizes I could ever hope to win.
  • The next UFS set due out is “Street Fighter vs Dark Stalkers”. That preview art is gorgeous!

  • We could spend hours talking about how much of amazing game UFS is, how it is played and so much more. We probably will in the near future!
  • So what do you all think? Do you agree with our choices? Think a different game should make the list? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.
  • Until next time, as always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.
  • Sword Art Online has been one of the few anime to truly capture my imagination the way anime used to do back when I was in high school. While there are parts that are better than others and certain characters fair better has the series progresses, the over all package of Sword Art Online is one that I’ve throughly enjoyed without reserve. Heck, its probably why its one of my top rewatched animes of the last few years. The top honors of that goes to Cowboy Bebop and Yu Yu Hakusho. That is why the only two hobby games for the series hold a special place in my collection.

    First, and foremost, is the Sword Art Online line of expansions for Bushiroad’s hit trading card game- Weiss Schwarz.

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    Weiss Schwarz, for those unaware, is a card game thats brings together multiple anime and video game properties to battle it out. The likes of Attack on TitanPersona 5, and even the upcoming Cardcaptor Sakura set battle on “stages” using character cards, event cards and Climax cards (think Triggers from CardFight! Vanguard). Generally speaking, decks are played series-specific, meaning no Kirito fighting along side Even Yeager.

    To date, there have been 8 Sword Art Online releases:

    • Sword Art Online Trial Deck
    • Sword Art Online Booster Box
      • Both of these cover the first 14 episodes, or Aincrad arc, of the first season.
    • Sword Art Online Vol. 2 Booster Box
      • Covers the final 11 episodes, or Fairy Dance arc, of the first season.
    • Sword Art Online II Trial Deck
    • Sword Art Online II Extra Booster Box
      • Covers the first 14 episodes, or Phantom Bullet arc, of the second season.
    • Sword Art Online II Vol. 2 Extra Booster Box
      • Covers the final 10 episodes, or the Calibur and Mother’s Rosario arcs, of the second season.
    • Sword Art Online Re: Edit
      • Reprint set of 100 previous released cards + 19 new ones
    • Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale-
      • Cards from the theatrical movie of the same name.

    Like all of the Weiss Schwarz series, they use still shots and promotional art from the anime to make the cards. For some of the cards, it can look a little wonky (is that an ok word to use?) like the Asuna on the left. For others, though, they can look amazing, like the Asuna on the right.

     

    Interesting enough, it is also because of this game that I ever became remotely interested in any of Bushiroad’s other products. We were walking the hall of GenCon for the first time and we’d stumbled across their booth. Back then they actually had a lot of tables set up and product for sale. I digress. We demoed it and the deck I got to demo was for Sword Art Online.

    Another bonus is that, with my love of playmats, official Sword Art Online playmats are some of the most gorgeous around:

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    One of my favorite playmats in my collection.

    My current build is a little scatter brained, but I love it. It is primarily the original starter with some random bits thrown in for good measure. I was super excited with the starter because it had a RRR “Asuna- Start of the Battle” inserted.

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    The RRR Asuna is on the bottom row, second column.

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    Like CardFight! Vanguard, you get a certain number of Climax Cards (think Triggers).

    The other game to appear with the Sword Art Online name on it is from Japanime Games called Sword Art Online: Sword of Fellows.

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    Launched on KickStarter last year, players play as their favorite characters from the original arc- Kirito, Asuna, Agil, Silica, Klein and Lisbeth. Games play out over four scenarios, each representing a level of the game from the show. The first three levels (Lower, Middle and Upper) have multiple options and one is randomly drawn for each, giving way to lots of play throughs with different outcomes. Players can earn itms to help them beat later bosses and level up for better and stronger attacks.

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    I should really have taken pictures of my copy, but this works!

    One of the things I absolutely love about the game is that, even sleeved, all of the cards and components (dice and tokens) fit back into the small box it comes in. That means it is easily stored and taken with you so you can enjoy the world of Sword Art Online anywhere and everywhere you can find a flat surface! Bonus note: This KickStarter had one thing I wish every KickStarter would offer- Sleeves for all of their different sized cards! Seriously, a life saver.

    I really wish there were more games for the Sword Art Online universe. Yes, it is a franchise that lends itself to video games more than a physical medium, but there are still a number of amazing possibilities. A small army miniatures game in the same vein as Infinity from Corvus Belli exploring the front lines of the dungeons would be amazing. Think of the possibilities of Sword Art Online RPG where if you die, you have to preroll a whole brand new character? At the very least, I would love to see a new card set. With the third series recently launching, I have no doubt Bushiroad will put out another expansion for Weiss Schwarz but what about Jasco Games and Universal Fight System? That would be a killer set!

    What do you all think? Should we have more games with the SAO IP or should the series stick to what it already does. Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

    Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

    So the other day was my birthday. One of my gifts I received was a box of Strongest! Team AL4 (VGE-V-BT02) and a copy of the Ren Suzugamori Trial Deck (VGE-V-TD04). With exception of my very first Weiss Schwartz deck for Sword Art Online, I have the worst luck imaginable when it comes to pulling awesome cards. That changed when I pulled this beauty:

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    I am not one to brag, but I was so stoked to pull this! I’ve always loved Shadow Paladins. They are one of my main three clans. So to get this and it be on my birthday? What isn’t there a bit to brag about…?

    Anyways, after that last sour article I wrote, I wanted to post something remotely positive.

    Keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

    On Wednesday, Bushiroad held a live stream discussing the future of the beloved trading card game franchise. The speculation was high on what we could possibly see. Would there be a new anime? Would we see the arrival of a new clan? What new mechanics would be showcased? With all eyes on the screen, Bushiroad announced something that I think very, very few would have expected:

    They are honestly relaunching the anime?

    Did not see that one coming.

    The relaunch, however, does appear to set closer to the manga this time. Though I never read the manga, I can’t say I’m completely upset by this. I have fond memories of binge watching the original seasons through Asia Circuit and those three seasons essentially making me want to play the game. There is a major change, though, in the introduction of a new mechanic (seen briefly in the trailer when Kai rides into his avatar, Dragonic Overlord) known as Imaginary Gift.

    The Imaginary Gift mechanic grants one of three possible “gifts” to the player that triggers the gift. The first adds an additional front rear guard that gets a +10,000 attack on that player’s turn. The second gift grants up to a +20,000 attack, depending on the number of circles with the gift. The final gift grants a bonus perfect guard to their hand.

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    Triggers also received an upgrade. All triggers going forward will have a power increase to +10,000 from the original +5,000. Stand triggers are taking a back seat for the new Front trigger that will give all front row units +10,000.

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    Aside from the new mechanic, we are getting two new trial decks that follow the theme of the reboot. The original trial decks were Blaster Blade and Overlord based and these are the same!

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    The first booster launch of the rebooted series will be based on the original Vanguard super team, Team Q4! Featuring Royal Paladins, Kagero, Oracle Think Tank and Nova Grappler.

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    I can’t help but get a little giddy seeing any new artwork featuring Q4. Plus, that Alfred looks amazing.

    We also got a bit of a look into the future of the set releases. It looks like up through September will only cover the original clans from Cardfight Vanguard. As a primarily Link Joker and Shadow Paladin player, the lack of new cards will be rather taxing. However, I’ll definitely be taking the time to try out new clans until the releases.

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    Now…the most interesting thing to the actual game that isn’t related to the lore per say. Bushiroad announced a new tournament format structure.

    Standard Format will feature only the newest released cards, essentially rotating out the original and G-era cards. Premium Format will allow for all eras of cards, from the original launch to the newest releases. G Format will only feature the cards released prior to the relaunched sets.

    The last few days have seen post after post online discussing the merits of the format changes and asking players which formats they’ll be partaking in. Honestly, I’m going to be sticking to Premium Format for the foreseeable future. I’m not stupid, though. Standard Format is going to be the focus of Bushiroad as it allows for new players to more easily get into the game. That being said, I am giving it until the beginning of 2019 that the Premium Format series will be sidelined to secondary events before being phased out completely.

    That being said, it’s never been easier to get in on the game now (at least not since the game originally launched). That can only be good for the health of the game and the community.

    Finally, they left off with a really nice surprise: a mobile game!

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    I’ve been an avid player of Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links since the game’s launch. I’ve said on multiple occasions that the layout of the game would have leant itself perfectly to CardFight Vanguard. Looking at the screen grab they posted, and short video, the game looks straight up like a Duel Links clone. So much so that I wonder if Konami is getting a developmental fee with this game’s release.

    Thats not a bad thing, mind you. Ever since the cancelation of CardFight Online, players have been chomping at the bit for a digital, on the go version of the game for some time. As long as the game is kept up with and has a passable player-vs-player mode, then this is going to be a huge release for Bushiroad.

    All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with Bushi’s attempt at shaking things up. They are opening up the gates to make it easier to get new players in with a streamlined reboot and new mechanics. With the new mobile game, they give players the ability to play even if they don’t have a community or local game store support.

    The game is in an exciting place and I, for one, cannot wait to see how it all unfolds.

    Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

    It’s been quiet around here for the last few weeks, sadly. I’ve been busy prepping for an annual event called Free Comic Book Day this past Saturday. For those not in the know, FCBD is a day that celebrates the comic book hobby and the people that love them. Every year, I set up at Comic Quest in Evansville, Indiana. 

    This year I had a special 11″x17″ print and metal trading card of CardFight!! Vanguard:

    Aichi Sendou and his avatar, Blaster Blade.


    It was a fun event, but a lot of things didn’t come together until the very in. As such, I didn’t focus on a lot gaming wise this last month. Which was a shame because a lot of awesome news came out of Knight Models and April 28th was International Tabletop Day 2017.

    Now that is over, I can start doing some more gaming related things. I have mini’s to paint, cards to sort and games to review.

    Happy gaming.

    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!

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    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:

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    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

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    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!

    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!