Month: March 2014

Lots of expansion-y goodness

A lovely bunch of packages arrived for me with a whole load of add-on packs for Android Netrunner.

I now have the full set of six data packs in the Genesis cycle, and five out of the six data packs in the Spin cycle (get it?).

These are the usual Living Card Game add-ons with fixed sets of cards, so you know what you are getting. There is none of the ‘random boosters’ rubbish you get in Magic.

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Hack, hack, hackity-hack

I played my first run-through of Android: Netrunner. It went very slowly as I relearnt the rules.

I started with the suggested Shaper vs Jinteki pairing. The Shaper is Kate McCaffrey who can install hardware and programs cheaply, and Jinteki is the evil cloning corporation who specialises in doing surprise damage to the runner.

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Cyberpunk hackers vs evil corporations

Gab always loved the Android board game, but it is a bit too intensive to play very often. We played it with my family in a four-player game and it took six hours. There are only 12 turns in the whole game and our brains hurt.

What Gab loves about it is the cyberpunk Android world. The clones and androids and seedy cops and nightclubs and jet-cars and conspiracies and corrupt corporations.

What Fantasy Flight Games did which was great was realise that even if the Android board game wasn’t a huge hit, they had some amazing IP in the world they created around the game. They published some Android novels and brought out a great heist game called Infiltration set in the same world. They also redesigned the old Netrunner card game with an Android theme.

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Here be dragons

IMG_5298I just got hold of a copy of the Pathfinder Bestiary, which seems to be pretty hard to get in the UK right now.

I now have everything I need should I actually want to run a game of Pathfinder. Along with the Core Rulebook and the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path, the Bestiary makes up what I consider the ‘base set’.

‘Bestiary’ means a Compendium of Beasts, like in the middle ages. It is the Pathfinder version of the D&D Monster Manual.

It is a lovely hardback encyclopaedia with over 350 monsters, each with its own colour illustration. It has all the old classics from my 1978 AD&D Monster Manual, but with lots of extra background info, and appendices with ideas on how to use them all.

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Run away! Run away!

After making a mess of the setup of my first two games, I paid more attention when setting up the third. This was the China Shop mission, where you have to lure the huge berserker through to the last tile and hit it with the Hammer of Dawn beam weapon.

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Gears of War: Chainsaw probabilities

In the Gears of War board game, the main gun has a chainsaw attached. You can use this as an alternative attack, for example if you run out of ammo.

This works differently from regular attacks. You roll four attack dice and score an immediate kill if at least one comes up with an omen symbol.

So what are the chances of this succeeding?

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