Posts Tagged ‘Cardfight Vanguard’

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!

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!

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!

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.

At the beginning of 2016, I set out with a lofty goal: play 1,000 games in the calendar year.  Insane, I know.  However, over the last couple years, I find myself drawn into tabletop gaming/hobby gaming more and more.  I wanted to see exactly how much of this wonder world I could immerse myself in before it became too much or too boring. Of course, any good challenge needed a good set of rules:

  • All games must be their physical versions. Digital variations will not count.
  • Demos may count so long as the actual playtime of the demo is 30 minutes or more.
  • At least 100 games (10%) of the games played must be a game I’ve never played before. A game with multiple variations (example: Munchkin) will not count as a new game unless the variation offers enough difference (new components, altered rules, ect) from the core version. Alternate art (Exploding Kittens vs Exploding Kittens NFSW) alone will not count.
  • They do not need to be 1,000 unique games, just 1,000 total games completed.

As of today, September 1st, I have completed…256 games, with a total of 47 new games being played.  I played the least amount of games in March of this year, a total 5 games with 1 new game (heavy snowfall and being sick attributed to this).  The busiest month being August, with 70 games played with 16 new games.  The game with the most plays so far as been Cardfight!! Vanguard with 61 games.

If you’d like to follow along with my progress and see what games I’ve been playing, feel free to follow it at: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/203067/1000-games-2016-challenge/page/10?  (Note: The game count in the items is off a by 8 due to the fact that Luck & Logic were not added to the database until a month or so after it’s release)

Obviously, unless I manage to rack up an average of 6 games a day (or 43 a week) going forward, I’m not going to hit my 1,000 game goal.  And that’s fine.  This was never a challenge about playing all these games.  It was more of a personal challenge to see something through until the end regardless of the outcome.  Through this challenge, I’ve also managed to expand the types of games I’ve come to enjoy.  If you’d asked me my opinion on little pocket games like Love Letter or Roll For It! last year, I’d absolutely hated them.  Now, I’ve always got a pocket game in my deck bag for down time or between set ups of heavier games.

Still, with four months remaining in 2016, I’m sure I can inch it closer to completion.  With holiday weekend plans, those are great times to break out the games with family and friends.  There are also special events like Halloween Comicfest  (end of the year version of Free Comic Book Day) that hold some special events, I’m sure.  Then that brings us to my final top: Extra Life events.

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For those that don’t know, Extra Life is an organization that brings gamers together to play games to raise money for kids through the Children’s Miracle Network.  It’s a great cause and one that I participated in a few years ago at work.  We set up several televisions and had a 24 hour video game marathon, raising over $1,000 in the process.  It was a fun experience and one I’ve longed to do once more.  This time, however, I am thinking it’ll be a 24 hour hobby/tabletop gaming marathon.

This year’s major game day that they are promoting is November 5th.  It so happens to be the day after my birthday.  The plan is to make a major event out of it.  For 24 hours, I want to stream a day of everything from card games like Dragon Ball Z and CardFight Vanguard, to heavier games like Firefly: The Game and Arcadia Quest.

I’m just now starting to plan this event out.  Once we have more details, including if we’ll be doing the marathon on the official date or not, I’ll post them immediately.

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.