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WWPD Outpost Zero

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Lord of the Rings LCG: The Three Trials Review Part 2



In this part of the review I want to talk a little about arguably the most anticipated portion of any LotR: LCG expansion release: the quest. I will try to be as spoiler-free as possible while still giving readers a good overview of what they'll find in this quest. I'll also give my final verdict on this adventure pack as a whole at the end of the article.

At its most simplistic, The Three Trials is a boss fight. However, the game designers at FFG have devised a scenario wholly unlike any other boss fight in the game, and one that will present crazy challenges to players.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Lord of the Rings LCG: The Three Trials Review Part 1



The Lord of the Rings: LCG by Fantasy Flight Games has built a growing following over the fast few years, largely based on the variety and replay value of their releases. To date there have been 45-55 different quests released, depending on whether you count the Gencon and Nightmare decks. This gives players an incredible array of challenges to overcome and to revisit later with different decks and different groups of players.

However, the existing adventure packs and deluxe releases are simply too numerous to retroactively review. Instead we'll now be focusing on the expansions as they are released. Today, that means we'll be reviewing "The Three Trials" expansion, which is the second adventure pack to be released in The Ring-Maker cycle (which started with the "Voice of Isengard" deluxe box and the "Dunland Trap" adventure pack).



I'm pretty excited that this is the first adventure pack review for the Outpost, because in my opinion The Three Trials is an awesome expansion.

Monday, August 11, 2014

LOTR LCG Questing Aides

I wanted to share my questing setup. As my friend Sean and I continue to work on beating every single quest (So far we're just over halfway done, having recently defeated Assault on Osgiliath), the comfort of the Questing HQ became a major focus!

2 Player Mat, and Colored Sleeves
First and foremost, I think the easiest and most useful upgrade to the game is to sleeve your cards, with different colors. As we tend to build decks together, playing your own attachments on your teammate's characters can lead to accidentally shuffling the wrong cards up. Naturally, we chose blue, purple, red, and green for our decks, selecting the color based on the prevalent sphere of the deck. Yes, I am really that ridiculous.

Secondly, the two player mat was one of the best purchases I've made for any game! I downloaded the file from Board Game Geek, and got it printed at Inked Playmats (by selecting the custom, double sized mat). Nothing but good things to say about Inked Playmats, and I've now also ordered some Netrunner mats from them.

The mat is perfect for cards- it feels like a mouse-pad, so picking cards up off the table is easy. Plus, it has a staging area threat tracker, a willpower tracker, and spots for the Encounter Deck, Quest deck, Active Location, and Discard pile. Just fantastic.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The WWPD Fellowship Episode 3

In this episode, the fellowship plays through The Hunt for Gollum. This one is a bit rough as we are trying to figure out OCTGN after switching from Lackey, so please pardon any edits! We're all still relatively new, so we welcome any feedback in the comments!


Monday, August 4, 2014

All Quiet on the Martian Front Beginner Game 1

After the recent Steam Tank PDF update, I was super keen to get another game of All Quiet in! I got my home boy Sean over and we got to work setting up a board. We immediately decided we wanted the battle to take place on a large plantation, and setup accordingly.

The Martian list was simple, and clocked in at 600 points with 3 Assault Tripods. The humans (played by me) consisted of 2 units of Mk II Steamers, 1 unit of MK IIb Interim Steamers, a Command MkIII, 2 units of infantry, and 1 unit of HMGs. This puts the human forces close to 700 points, but I think the MkIIbs are drastically overcosted in the current PDF, so we went with it!

Similar to me and Jon's first game, we played a very simple scenario- if the Martians got a single tripod off the opposite board edge, the Martians win! Not exactly an impressive mission, but one that is easy to teach, and focuses on the mobility that makes this game so fun. And fun was had! In fact, this was only about 40 minutes of solid times!

Friday, August 1, 2014

All Quiet on the Martian Front: Steam Tank Clarifications!

Over on the Alien Dungeon/Robot Peanut Studios Forums, Ernie has posted a Steam Tanks PDF to help clarify some things. Because the rule book was finished before the mold for the plastic tanks had been completed, there were some major discrepencies between the listed stats and the models themselves. The Mk III, for example, was to be armed with 3 4" guns. The final model, however, has 4 mandatory turret slots (meaning an MG went in that extra turret, but didn't make sense). In this article, we will briefly go through the tanks as they stand now.

Please note, that this document may be in a state of flux, so all of this is at the time of writing. I will do my best to update anything that changes!

ALL ABOUT STEAM TANKS
I am very thankful for this update, as my biggest annoyance with the game was that the point costs and unit stats didn't jive with the models. Thankfully, I e-mailed Ernie and he explained that the units were designed before the plastic kits were tooled, so it eased my mind a bit. But now, I have to worry no more! All of my tanks are "historical" and everything is in its place. I'm really not OCD, I promise. Follows are the official Steam Tank stats:

Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: Star Realms

Star Realms is a quick little deckbuilding game, designed for two players, but expandable for more. It's basically Ascension with a sci-fi theme, if you're familiar with that game, but at a fraction of the price (Star Realms retails around $15, although it's currently sold out and the secondary market is filled with inflated copies)


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