Thursday, June 30, 2016

July SW Ohio Mantic Pathfinder News

Summer is here in all its hot, sticky glory.  Like all true geeks, that means we want to stay inside where it is air conditioned - there is no better sunscreen than a roof and four walls between you and that hot, burning, fiery ball of death in the sky.  Or you can be like the mundanes and actually head outside (but guess what - you can play games in the *shudder* sunlight as well).  Yes, I'm a little early this time - but that is because we have so much going on at the beginning of the month that I don't want you to miss it.

As scheduled, the Deadzone errata and FAQ have arrived, and have fixed several issues (and hit the zombie horde with a nerf bat to the face several times).  It is nice to see such quick responses to issues.

If you aren't familiar with the new Deadzone - you should come by The Hobby Shop on Saturday, July 2nd between 1 and 5 pm for demos of the new system.  See how clean and fast the game now plays.  The new repackaged Asterians and brand new Veer-Myn are now shipping from Mantic, and July will see the release of the repackaged Rebs and Marauders (leaving only the Plague to come).

For those feeling the need for a Kings of War fix and frustrated that our regular Monday evening gaming is canceled because of the Independence Day holiday - well fear not.  On July 9th, the Hobby Shop is participating in the US/International Kings of War Campaign Day.  This is a day where people all over the US (and 5 other countries as well) will be playing scenarios simultaneously, and each game will affect the next both regionally and globally.  The fun starts with checkin at 11 (the first game is at noon) and lasts until 9 pm.  You will need to bring army lists of various sizes - 1000, 1500 and 2000 pts, with a 200 and a 300 point potential "side board".  For full details, check out our event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1038374479583167/ .

If you have been hiding under a rock lately then you may not have heard that Dreadball is getting a new edition - with a "mini" kickstarter in July (most likely only 2 weeks).  The plan is for a new boxed set with two new teams, abd a consolidated rule set with all the teams.  Discussions are ongoing as to how the consolidated rles will be set up - but it will definitely be less than the six books now required to get all the rules and teams for the game.

Warpath continues its public beta-testing.  You can download the latest versions of the rules either on Facebook or the Mantic forums (new ones are posted every two weeks).  The final update is scheduled for July 25th for proofreading, with final amendments sent to the printers on August 1st.  The Firefight play testing looks to be finished with the final changes sent off at the end of May.  Shipping for the kickstarter will now be in two waves due to some delays with some of the hard plastic models - however the good news is the GCPS Mule will now be hard plastic instead of resin!  So expect a package in September, and another first quarter of 2017 with GCPS Troopers, GCPS & Plague Mule, GCPS & Plague Hornet, Veer-myn Tunneller, Asterian Chira and Forge Fathers Hultr.  Mantic has reopened the pledge manager until July 3rd to allow you to get even more vehicles, as well as order unit bases (if you want).

If there is anyone else patiently (or not so patiently) waiting to get their missing Dungeon Saga kickstarter components - Mantic has finally said that they expect to be assembling and shipping out the missing pledges the first week of July.  In addition the next set of digital releases for Dungeon Saga are coming in July as well.

For those who can't get enough Zombies, the walking dead game is coming along nicely.  Pictures of the barricades, cars, Sherriff's Badge and supply markers were posted on kickstarter.  This is the first kickstarter that Mantic's new COO has done, and it looks like fulfillment of this will be the best ever, and from what I have seen many of the issues they have had in the past should NOT occur with this one. I can't help but wonder how the retail versions are going to look.

Origins last month was fantastic - the Ohio War Kings ran 14 events with total participation of 114 players, including 14 in the Kings of War tournament!  It was a great time.  Check my blog if you want to see details or pictures.

Speaking of the Ohio War Kings - there are a few tote bags and messenger bags available for $15 and $20 each with the Ohio War Kings logo - let me know if you are interested in one.  I really like the messenger bags as they are a great way to carry your books, army lists, dice, tape measures, etc. for games, leaving your hands free to carry your miniatures.  The totes can be used to carry snacks, water, groceries, or the pipes and bungie cords for your demo cart (you mean everyone doesn't have a demo cart?).

Gencon is a short month away, and looks to be a great time as well.  We currently have 21 out of 24 tickets sold for the Kings of War tournament, so if you are quick there is still room to get in. Make sure you check out the tournament pack at http://blog.untilsomebodylosesaneye.net/p/gencon-2016.html for all the rules (including our version of the COK rules) and deadlines (Submitting your army list by 8/1/16 at 7:00 am will earn you 5 bonus tournament points).  If you aren't ready for a tournament - bring your 1000 pt army and join in the mega battle on Thursday night.  You can Learn to Play Kings of War at one of our ten sessions Thursday, Friday and Sunday.  Or just come by and say "Hi" and see how much of a voice I still have.  The Ohio War Kings will again be running these events, but this time under the official "Mantic" banner.

So far we have had very little feedback on moving our game night - only five people have responded, but so far Friday is the more popular of nights, though far from overwhelmingly so.  We won't be changing until fall, so still stop by Mondays at 6 pm at the Hobby Shop for Kings of War or other games (if you want to play other games just let me know and I'll bring them - we have actually been doing a lot of Deadzone on Mondays lately).

I am still cranking away at my blog - I am trying to post at least twice a week (Monday and Thursday evenings), with occasional breaking news.  If you want to stay up to date on the latest news (that I am allowed to share (or at least haven't been told not to share)), see pictures of events or the occasional hobby tips, then check it out.

Because it is all fun and games . . .  http://blog.untilsomebodylosesaneye.net/

Mike Carter
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