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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!

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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.

So several months ago, as many of you will recall, I was actively following the release of Luck & Logic with much obsession.  It was to be, I thought, my new game of choice.  So much so, that I would watch unboxing videos until all hours of the morning while playing The Division.  One night, however, I found myself watching another video…

After binge watching the first season of the show, I had my brother watch it.  Somewhere along the way, however, something happened.  I was having this weird desire to actually play the game.

I decided to buy a couple boosters here or there from my local shop, finally buckling down and ordering a couple starters.  I had fallen hard for the Kagero clan, as my love for dragons in most card games is absolute.  Luckily Bushiroad had just announced the “Legendary Deck Vol. 2: The Overlord Blaze” deck.  Sadly, my local shop decided to not order any of the starters.  I had to go online after waiting weeks.  But I digress.

Rob also got in on the action, picking up the latest trial deck for the Golden Paladins, Knight of the Sun.  Since then, we’ve played the game religiously as we’ve gotten caught up on the anime (or cartoon) over the last several weeks.  It has been a blast and has made Cardfight!! Vanguard one of the top TCG/CCGs I’ve played in my life.

Fast-forward to this past weekend: GenCon 2016.

In the week leading up to GenCon, I was feeling the deck I was playing becoming a bit stale.  After all, it was the only deck I’d been playing for months now.  I learned the game with it, tried to teach others with, and so forth.  However, I felt the need to branch out and look for a second deck.  With several clans to choose from in the game, it was hard to narrow it down, but I finally did: Link Joker.

Link Joker is a clan that is known for literally locking your opponent’s formation to the point that they have nothing they can do.  The less they have to work with, the less attacks they can get off per turn.  I found a Link Joker trial deck while up at GenCon for a good price, as well as one of the more Link Joker heavy booster boxes.  I came extremely close to pulling the trigger even on a couple singles for the deck: Genesis Dragon, Amnesty Messiah.

This card is the focal point to a build I have in mind.  However, at $125 on the show floor, I had trouble pulling that trigger.  I’ve never spent that much on a single card or miniature (having played HeroClix competitively for years), but that just goes to show how much I’ve grown to love this game in such a short amount of time.

Now that GenCon is, sadly, behind us, I look forward to the future.  October is a North American Regional for Cardfight!! Vanguard in Chicago.  I am contemplating attending as I’ll be within driving distance of the tournament that weekend.  The question I have to ask myself is to either continue with Kagero and the mighty dragons, or locking down a perfect build with the Link Jokers before then.

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Saturday was the annual International TableTop Day, hosted by the fine folks from Geek and Sundry.  As usual, I spent the majority of the day running events for Comic Quest around the great games put out by WizKids (HeroClix, Dice Masters, and Attack Wing), aided by a group of great guys running the demo portion.  This year, however, I managed to sneak away and play in the Dragon Ball Z constructed event.  Grand prize was the limited edition 2-player playmat.

It was an 8 player event with the following decks in play:

-Krillin Black (Rob)

-Piccolo Namekian (Myself)

-Ginyu Blue x2

-Trunks Black

-Tien Red x3

Not a whole lot of variety, but I was a bit excited to face off against a Tien Red deck that I’ve been reading online about a lot.  So how did I fair:

Round One: Red Tien

This round was against a fairly new player to the game and one of the guys I regularly play Dice Masters with.  The game started off strongly in my favor but mid-game I experienced, first hand, the kind of card advantage a Tien Red deck can master.  Luckily, a few Dragon Ball draws positioned me into place to win.

Score: 1-0

Round Two: Blue Ginyu

Well, here it is.  The one deck I had never beaten in an official capacity before.  Again, another strong start for me.  I managed to discard several Allies and get my Piccolo to stage 2.  Next combat, however, as I’m one anger away from stage 3…Wallbreaker.  After that, he was able to retrieve Frieza and that was pretty much all she wrote.

Score: 1-1

Round Three: Red Tien

This was another Tien Red round against a new player that I’d never played before.  Advantage was in his favor early on, but I managed to win by decking him with a stage 4 Piccolo.

Score: 2-1

Round Four: Blue Ginyu

This match was against John, the guy that beat me at the Heroes and Villains launch event last month at Book Broker.  We were both playing it rather cautious. However, a few turns in and I threw caution to the wind and began blasting away.  Somehow, I managed to win.  This was my first and only tournament Ginyu victory!

Score: 3-1

Somehow, I was able to make it to the finals to go against…

Finals: Blue Ginyu

This was the same guy that beat me in Round 2.  This match was best two out of three.  Round one was a Wallbreaker to stage 2 Piccolo combed with a Blue Neck Beam.  Round two was a WallBreaker second hand in.  It was a slaughter.  The Blue Mastery’s ability to be an Omniblock, combined with their own blocks and the ally blocks, there was no way I could land a hit let alone a critical damage hit.

Score: 3-2

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Welcome to the first in a long line of articles for a card of the week sort of feature here with the Late Night Players.

I decided for the first article to kick off with a card that has quickly become a personal favorite for my Namekian deck:

This card should be called something else entirely but they had to keep the game family friendly...

This card should be called something else entirely but they had to keep the game family friendly…

This is a card that is potent on it’s own but becomes increasingly more dangerous when combined with other cards. Let’s break down the text of the card:

  • Banish after use: This is pretty straight forward.  Once this card has hopefully done its damage then it is banished from the game.
  • Physical attack. Damage: 3 stages: Flat 3 stages of damage.  Nothing more, nothing less.
  • Damage from this attack cannot be redirected or prevented:  While the attack can still be stopped, the stage damage cannot be passed off to another personality or endured.
  • This attack stays in play to be used a second and third time this combat: Yes, you read that correctly.  Three attacks accumulating in, hopefully, at least 9 stages of damage.

When I first saw this card, I shuddered a little at the prospect of an attack that banishes itself after use.  One of the Namekian Knowledge Mastery’s strongest strengths is the Anger gain from Rejuvenating during combat.  It’s hard to put cards back into your deck when you have a banished pile growing because you are willingly putting cards in it.  However, I quickly realized I was wrong.  This card was fantastic!

First, it is a total of 9 stages of damage that cannot be redirected or endured.  If at max power stages, that’s 90% of the opposing personality’s power.  Since the attack is broken up into three separate attacks for 3 stages each, your opponent has to think twice about what Energy Combat cards they decide to play on their attack.  That Krillin’s Destructo Disc in their hand costs 2 stages to perform.  That’s 2 stages closer to 0 and closer to this becoming pure life deck damage.

Second, that’s only base damage.  It becomes even deadlier when combined with other cards.  How about Namek Dragon Ball 1?

"I really don't think you should hang out with him, Little Green..."

“I really don’t think you should hang out with him, Little Green…”

The best friend of many Namekian decks, this card already helped protect your other Dragon Balls, now it is tossing in an extra +1 life card per attack.  We’re up to 9 stages and 3 life cards of damage.

What about the three Namekian Main Personalities?

Dodge!!

Dodge!!

{Continuous} Your attacks deal +2 life cards of damage.

Combined with Dragon Ball 1, we are now at 9 stages and 9 life cards of damage.

"Nerd!!"

“Nerd!!”

{Continuous} Your Styled attacks deal +2 life cards of damage. When you deal critical damage, you may Rejuvenate 1.

Again, we’re at 9 stage and 9 life cards with potential to you get at least 1 Rejuvenated card for an Anger gain.

"Nerd!!"

“Nerd!!”

{Continuous} Your styled attacks deal +3 life cards of damage…

There is more to that one, but we are focusing purely on damage buffs right now as the remainder of the effect would not be triggered. This one is 9 stages and 12 life cards of damage.

"I'm going to call you Big Green."

“I’m going to call you Big Green.”

{Continuous} Whenever your opponent stops one of your attacks, he destroys the top 2 cards of his Life Deck.

Much like Gohan’s previous effect, the first half is the only part that triggers off of Namekian Backhand. Since your opponent can still stop the attacks, just not redirect or prevent them, you can still do damage off of them. If they respond with Time is a Warrior’s Tool they have just lost the top 6 cards of their Life Deck (2 cards per attack stopped).

"Nail, I saw a bird.  Kick it's ass!"

“Nail, I saw a bird. Kick its ass!”

{Continous} Your attacks deal +3 stages of damage.

Combined with Dragon Ball 1, this would be a brutal 18 stages and 3 cards. Let’s take a moment to think about that for a moment. If your opponent is sitting at 1 stage above 0 or less, you are guaranteeing yourself 3 Critical Damage Effects. There is a potential net loss of 21 life cards from this attack combined with this MP.

This is a card that I love drawing either in the first couple rounds or near the very end.  If drawn early, you have potential for your opponent to not have much in terms of power stages.  That will help stall some Energy heavy decks.  If drawn later in the game, the combination of later level personalities and Dragon Ball 1 helps ensure some serious beat down.  Hell, we haven’t even discussed what the field would look like if you had two of these bad boys in your hand, let alone manage to get all three at once!

If there were to be a draw back to the card, which nearly every card has one, is that it cannot be tutored through Namekian Overtime.  That card only allows you to search for Styled Energy Combat cards.

So, obviously I love this card, but it’s not for everyone’s play style.  So if I was to give it a score…

We need a better scale, guys!

We need a better scale, guys!

We’re giving it 6 out 7 Dragon Balls.  It would be the perfect card if it could be tutored from the deck/discard pile somehow.  It is a beast of card, dealing some mind blowing damage, when combined with the right cards.  The banish cost is a small price to pay for 3 attacks in the end.

What do you think, Z-Warriors?  Agree? Disagree? Chime in in the comments below to let us know!

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Well, that was fast.

I received my answer to my long winded “Can Trunks use the Namekian Knowledge Mastery” question (see last entry). Their response:

Hi,

While your explanation is well thought out and clearly written, the only current MPs that may use the Namekian Knowledge Mastery are Gohan, Piccolo, and Nail. I appreciate your obvious passion and knowledge, thanks for sharing your opinion!

Richie Williams

First, love the fact that they responded so quickly.

Second, I wish they would have given a bit more reasoning behind it, but I understand. It’s their game. Their rules. I get it, I really do.

Finally, I guess I’ll just go back to my Namekian Nail build now. It was a fun idea while it lasted. Maybe in four or five sets, once we get a proper young Trunks, I can build the Namekian Prince of Saiyans deck of my dreams.

Yes, I am calling Trunks the Prince of Saiyans. King Vegeta died, meaning his heir becomes the new King. While I love hearing Vegeta scream “I am the Prince of all Saiyans” at the top of his voice, he was their new King. Trunks is the Prince of Saiyans.

Anyways, that’s it for this one. Later, Z-Warriors.

So first a correction: my final placement from the Dragons of Tarkir prerelease event was 36th.  This was out of 51 players.  Not horrible for my first official Magic the Gathering outing, but not particularly good either.  I only won 1 out of 5 rounds and several players dropped, but I stayed in as long as I could.

Next up, I sent a question into Panini today that may or may not make me the laughing stock of the Dragon Ball Z CCG community if I’m wrong, possibly breaking the game if I’m correct.  The entirety of the email is as follows:

“Team Panini,

First, loving the revitalized game!  I never had the chance to play the original, but jumped at the second chance.

My question is going to be a weird one.  Maybe you have been asked it, maybe you haven’t.  Either way, it’s a question that has been bugging me and I’d like an answer:

Can Trunks use the “Namekian Knowledge Mastery”?

I know it reads like a question of someone trolling or trying to be funny, but I’m being very serious about this.  I have put a lot into this and think he should be allowed to. 

The rules in regard to whom can use the Namekian Mastery from the rule book states: “This style can only be used by Nameks or those trained by Nameks (Piccolo, Gohan, Nail, Dende, ect).”  The first part is pretty obvious.  Namekians should have access to their own mastery.  It is the second part of the line, “…or those trained by Nameks…”, which leads me to believe that Trunks should be allowed.  During the Fusion Saga of the anime and manga, Piccolo is seen training both Goten and Trunks.

Now, the quickest argument against this theory is that the main personality Trunks that we have currently is the “future” Trunks seen during the Android Saga.  While the art work/screen grabs used for the card would agree with that, it also hurts it.  In “Wrath of the Dragons”, Trunks and Goten use the Fusion Technique to become Gotenks, which they mastered while training under Piccolo.  At the end of the movie, Tapion gifts his sword to Trunks.  During the end credits, they go out of their way to include a montage of shots showing the elder Trunks fighting with his sword from the Android Saga.

Of course, the argument against using the movie as an example would be that the movies (except “Battle of the Gods” and select shorts/OVAs) are not considered cannon and that non-cannon material would have no effect on the game.  While this is extremely possible, I’d see it detrimental to the life of the game.  Ignoring the potential content from the movies removes several fan favorite personalities from ever coming, such as Broly or Bojack.  On the flip side, it could be argued that since we are only technically to the Garlic Jr. Saga of the show (going off the artwork used from the “Heroes & Villains” expansions as reference), then he technically hasn’t been taught by Piccolo yet and shouldn’t be allowed.  However, if you go off of the second option, then “Goku- Super Saiyan God” shouldn’t be allowed for use in tournament play because we haven’t gotten to the “Battle of the Gods” as of yet.  I don’t think that would be a good argument, either way, as it has been stated several times that the Panini version of the game is under no obligation to follow the series in order unlike the previous iteration.

In the end, however, if the arguments of cannon and time line continuity do not win out, the fact is: Trunks was trained by Piccolo.  Piccolo is a Namekian.  Those who are trained by Namekians may use the Namekain Mastery.

Thank you for your time.  I hope that wasn’t too long of a question.”

In a strange luck of timing, there were two Dragon Ball Z Heroes and Villains launch events this weekend in town.

Saturday was a Dragon Ball Z Heroes & Villains launch event at a different venue in town.  Normally, I don’t like to game locally unless it is at Comic Quest since they are my home away from home and source of 95% of all new geek goodness that comes into my house.  Alas, I knew the guy running the event and was really gung-ho about trying my new Namekian Nail deck. 

Sadly, it didn’t go I had hoped and planned…

Round One: 

Vs. Red Frieza

This was a bit of an unfair match.  This was a good friend of mine and only like his third game ever.  Plus, I had helped him build his deck originally.  I tried to not hold back but at the same time I had to play.  I drew two of my three Crushing Beam in the same combat draw.

Score: 1-0

Round Two:

Vs. Blue Ginyu

This deck I fear simply because it is the deck I’ve never beaten in an event, still haven’t.  I’ve only ever tied it.  Two bad opening hands ensured a loss with this match up.  He had all his Allies in play by turn 3.

Score: 1-1

Round Three:

Vs. Bye

I got the bye, a free win that is never fun.

Score: 2-1

Round Four: 

Vs. Namekian Nail

This match was a card for card mirror match.  The player was also one that I’d played before so I know he is skilled and very technical with his decks.  It just came down to who drew their best attacks first.  He did.

Score: 2-2

With that score, I came in 3rd out of 7.   I won a booster, a deck box, 50-count pack of sleeves and a retro Dragon Ball Z keychain.  This was their first major event and they handed out a bunch of the older promos, so I ended up with a play set of the alternate art Goku’s Kamehameha, Vegeta’s Galick Gun, and Trunk’s Sword Slash.

Sunday saw the Heroes & Villains launch event at my usual hangout, Comic Quest.  I was a bit disappointed by the turn out as it kept us from being able to play for the playmat.  Which bugs me a little, but I digress. 

Being a sealed event with a starter and three boosters, you build the best deck you can.  In my starter I pulled Goku and the Orange Mastery.  My alternate foil was the Saiyan Mastery, giving me two solid candidates for play.  Ultimately picked Orange for the +1 buff it gave my energy combat cards and that it gave me two options for victory: MPPV and Survival.  With no chance at pulling Dragon Balls, it was the obvious choice as I hate limiting how I can win.

In the end, I went 2-1, coming in 2nd place.  I got the Stare Down and Trunk’s Sword Slash alternate art promos, plus two boosters.  Rob was the player who beat me both in my first round and for 1st place! He scored the same promos and four boosters.

In the end, after two grueling (in a good way) events, I am upset with how I did standing wise and I think I’ve officially solidified Dragon Ball Z as my main trading card game of choice.