Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Hordes: High Command game played 12/3/13

Managed to get in a four-player game of Hordes: High Command yesterday.  I chose to play Skorne, with the other 3 factions taken by an individual player.

My deck was:
Archdomina Makeda
Tyrant Xerxis
Void Seer Mordikaar
Blue Detachment
Purple Detachment
Yellow Detachment

I honestly have no idea how well these work together, since I have only played a few games of this so far.  However, there were plenty of Void Spirits in my deck, as well as plenty of Titans.

I didn't really bother keeping notes of the game; I just wanted to make some general observations.

The player to my left was a Circle player, who managed to consistently rush Army cards to several locations throughout the game.  He regularly had two or more cards at two different locations.  Well, our Troll player basically ignored him, and our Legion player occasionally stepped in to slow him, but most of the game, I tried to stop him from scoring (unsuccessfully, mostly).  It was not a good strategy for me, I had too many expensive cards, which could only go out and stall for a turn before getting killed.

I definitely enjoyed the Void Spirits, however.  They are only in the Purple Detachment, but man, they are a great way to stall at a location.  I don't know what I could use to support them, however.  I feel like the Titan Gladiators would be nice, because the Void Spirit would definitely be there by the time the Gladiator was put on the table... but the Gladiators have such a low Strength that I can't really kill anything.  Why is all of the Skorne stuff so low strength?

Anyway, Rob ended up winning with Legion, with (I believe) 23 points.  I ended last, with 13.  Not such a good game.  Honestly though, I don't know what I could do differently, but maybe after more experience playing High Command, I could think of something.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Current Holden Deck (Romance of the Nine Empires)

So, after my first 8 games of R9E, I've decided to try to work on the decks a little, just to cut my teeth on deck building for this game.  I decided to start with Holden, who I've been having a blast playing, and because I think their starter deck felt a little weak.  These are just small changes to start, but as I try different things with them, I'll post updates.

So let's get to it.

Castles:
Border Keep - 1
Castle Holden - 1
Fortified Market Town - 1
Protected Farmland - 1
Sanctuary - 1

I switched out the Outpost and Temple of the Snail Spirit for a Fortified Market Town and Sanctuary.

Outpost feels like a pretty bad card, and it's only ever gotten destroyed very quickly in all the games we've played, so I felt that replacing it was a no-brainer.  It feels like Holden struggles with money.  Their Stronghold only provides three gold as income, and I wanted to make sure to supplement that from the beginning, so I added the Fortified Market Town.  Of course, that put me over castle points, so the Sanctuary was switched in to keep the deck legal.

Cohorts:
Peasant Archers - 1
Veteran Men-at-Arms - 1

I didn't change these at all.  Veteran Men-at-Arms is really handy for stopping an attack, so that will probably stay for now.  I don't really struggle with food so far, so I'm thinking of dropping Peasant Archers.  Maybe replace it with another VMaA?  We'll see- I'll test it out sometime.

Heroes:
Alaric Buxtehude - 1
Coeli Quando - 1
Genevieve - 1
Jack Newcomer - 3
Myriad Buxtehude - 2
The Vanguard of Guild 10-42 - 3
Tuatha Dundareel - 2

So let's see, +1 Alaric, -1 Coeli, +1 Newcomer for now.  I played around with using Siter'Ath Jones in the deck, but he didn't really help me a whole lot.  I felt that 12 heroes was a tiny bit too few, so bumped it up to 13.  I never got any use out of Coeli (and still don't), so replacing him with Jack Newcomer, who I use all the time seemed obvious.  I'll probably try switching out Coeli with yet another hero at some point.  Maybe drive that raid point home with Siter'Ath again.

Properties:
Exotic Mounts - 1
Extraplanar Obelisk - 1
Library - 2
Motte and Bailey - 1
Simm's Tomb - 3
The Queen's Chamber - 1
Training Grounds - 3
Valiant Squire - 3

Changes here are 2 extra copies of Simm's Tomb.  Again, my early games playing this deck really struggled with money.  Extra Simm's Tombs help a lot with that.  If you can get the Biggest Turnip out early in the game, they are fantastic money cards, that will give you some great use late game (to pull back quests).  I worry a bit about running too many properties in the deck, but so far it hasn't felt too bad, but again, we're early in playing this game.

Quests:
The Apple of Life? - 1
The Biggest Turnip - 3
A Desperate Offer? - 2
Journey? - 1
A Most Peculiar Lamp? - 1
Rescue the Hostage? - 2

I switched out one Journey for  The Biggest Turnip.  Having a quest in play is such a big deal, upping the gold on Simm's Tomb, and increasing your hand size that I felt the most important thing was to increase the chances of grabbing that Turnip!  Drawing additional copies later on is hardly a big deal, of course.  It's still a four Fate value card, you can Bury it for draw, and when Genevieve is out, you'll have a quest in your buried pile that you can use to stall for actions if you need to (grab the Turnip, then bury it again to draw a card).  Even without the stalling at times, it's an additional card draw.

Journey I find I use late game, and drawing it early doesn't help me one bit (even though it is a fairly simple quest to complete).  Moving it down to one copy hasn't seemed to be a problem yet.

Tactics:
Blight - 2
Death from Above - 2
Lost to the Nexus - 2
Negotiation - 2
Soul of a Dragon - 2
Torrential Rain - 2
The Tree of Life Blooms - 2
Snow in Summer - 2

So here, I dropped 2 Tactical Acumen, and 1 Undermarket Dealings.  In the games I've played, I've never found a use for these cards in this deck.  Since I'm generally playing this deck super defensively early in the game, then completing quests like mad mid-to-late game, I will probably make a bunch more changes here, as I get more games on the table.  Perhaps dropping 2x Blight for 1 more Snow in Summer and one more Soul of Dragon/The Tree of Life Blooms?  We'll see.  It's going to take some more games to figure that out.

So let's see, my Holden deck is currently only 8 card slots different than the starter set, but I already feel a difference in how it plays.  We'll see what changes I make as I continue to put it on the table:)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Romance of the Nine Empires

So, I've been playing a few games of Romance of the Nine Empires, a new LCG from Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG).  If you haven't heard about this, or haven't tried it, you should definitely take a look.

At the moment, the game consists solely of the core set (the "15th Anniversary Edition"), but there's plans for an expansion early next year, as far as I can tell, and I imagine if the game does well, we'll see more expansions.

For those confused by the mention of the 15th Anniversary Edition, I'll mention only that it's a reference to a movie (The Gamers: Hands of Fate), and that this really is the first edition of the actual game.  You're not missing anything, you haven't missed anything, the game is complete as is.

So, what is this game?

It's basically a re-implemented, slightly simpler, and re-themed form of Legend of the Burning Sands (LBS), a CCG that AEG put out back in the late 90s. The CCG ended up getting pretty good reviews, and was moderately popular, but CCGs as a whole basically started slowing down a little after this time, so LBS ended up disappearing.

The game currently has five factions (although I guess the first expansion will release the other four), each with different playing styles, and one nice thing about the R9E box- it comes with a complete playset of every card in the game.  That's a nice change from the FFG Core Sets, where you'll need to buy 2-3 copies of the Core Set to have a complete playset.

I won't bore you with too much details about the game (yet), but it will be a game I cover on here from time to time, since I've had a lot of fun playing it, and I'm eager to see where it goes.  I do, however, recommend checking it out if you're into LCGs.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Warhammer: Invasion no longer Living

Well, the news is out: FFG is no longer making new content for Warhammer: Invasion.

I find this to be very sad news, obviously.  Although I play W:I less than any other LCG I own (I've played exactly one game of it in 2013, despite my best efforts), I really felt like it was a strong, thematic system, with a lot of room for growth, if FFG wished it.

Apparently FFG decided not to bother, however.  It never seemed to do very well in the US (I hear that the tournaments in Poland are pretty successful though), and heck, maybe they wanted to free developers up to work on a new LCG (I can hope, at least).

With that said, I hate to see any LCG go down without a fight.  I'd like there to be some coverage of Warhammer: Invasion, even if there is no new official content.

So!  I'm going to try, over the next year, to come out with some fan made cards.  I can't guarantee how successful me doing so will be, but I think it'll be fun to give it a chance.  I'll throw together some new cards from time to time, post them on the site, and see how it works out, at least.  It's going to take me a bit to start off, since I'm not really an expert at imaging software, but I would expect at least something from me early 2014.

So, for my first set, I'm thinking of either trying to create a Bretonnian themed expansion or starting with one of the Black Library novels and creating a small expansion based off that.  I have ideas for new mechanics as well, but those may take me a bit to really work out fully.

If anyone has any suggestions or ideas, I'd love to hear them as well :)

Thanks!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Pirates of Lys Contents (A Game of Thrones)

41 Ser Lancel Lannister (x3)
42 The Bear and the Maiden Fair (x3)
43 Cersei's Scheme (x3)
44 Andrik the Unsmiling (x3)
45 We Do Not Sow (x3)
46 Victarion's Scheme (x3)
47 Salladhor Saan (x3)
48 Oakenshield Port (x3)
49 Ours is the Fury (x3)
50 Moreo Tumitis (x3)
51 Swamps of the Neck (x3)
52 Titan's Daughter (x3)
53 Hellholt Docks (x3)
54 Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken (x3)
55 House Targaryen Loyalist (x3)
56 Balerion (x3)
57 Fire and Blood (x3)
58 Torrhen's Square (x3)
59 Negotiations at the Great Sept (x3)
60 The Long Voyage (x3)

The Pirates of Lys Spoilers (A Game of Thrones)

Ser Lancel Lannister
Unique Lannister Character
2 Cost
2 Strength
Intrique, Power Challenge Icons
Holy Crest
Lord.  Knight
Ser Lancel Lannister gets +1 STR for each Holy Crest character in play.

The Bear and the Maiden Fair
Event
House Lannister only.
Response: After you win an Intrigue challenge by 4 or more total STR, the losing opponent chooses and discards 2 cards from hand. (Limit 1 per phase).

Cersei's Scheme
Plot
3 Income
6 Initiative
1 Claim Value
House Lannister only.
If you win a challenge as the attacker and defending player does not have more participating characters than you, choose and kneel 1 character controlled by the losing opponent.

Andrik the Unsmiling
Unique Greyjoy Character
3 Cost
3 Strength
Military (+Naval), Power Challenge Icons
Ironborn.  Lord.
Response: After you win a challenge in which Andrik the Unsmiling participated by 4 or more total STR, choose the topmost location in the losing player's discard pile and put it into play under your control.

We Do Not Sow
Event
House Greyjoy only.
Challenges: Kneel 2 influence or kneel a character with 1 or more Naval enhancements to turn all Warship locations you control into characters with STR equal to their printed cost, a Military icon, and a Power icon, until end of the phase.

Victarion's Scheme
3 Income
7 Initiative
1 Claim Value
House Greyjoy only.
During unopposed challenges, raise the claim value on your revealed plot card by 1.

Salladhor Saan
Unique Baratheon Character
3 Cost
3 Strength
Military, Intrigue (+Naval) Challenge Icons
Smuggler.  Captain.  Traitor
Response: After you play a Smuggler character, pay 2 gold to choose and discard from play 1 non-limited location with printed cost 3 or lower.

Oakenshield Port
Unique Baratheon Loation
2 Cost
The Reach.
When Oakenshield Port enters play put 6 gold tokens from the treasury on it.
Response: After you win a challenge, discard 1 gold token from Oakenshield Port to claim 1 power for your House (discard 2 gold tokens to claim 2 power for your House if a Naval attacker or defender was participating in that challenge).

Ours is the Fury
Event
House Baratheon only
Response: After you win a Power challenge by 4 or more total STR, stand all participating unique characters you control.

Moreo Tumitis
Unique Stark Character
3 Cost
3 Strength
Intrigue (+Naval), Power (+Naval) Challenge Icons
Captain.  Tyroshi.  Ally.
While you control at least 1 Warship, Moreo Tumitis gains renown.

Swamps of the Neck
Stark Location
1 Cost
The North
Challenges: Kneel Swamps of the Neck to choose a participating character you control.  Stand that character, and remove it from the challenge.

Titan's Daughter
Unique Stark Location
1 Cost
Warship
Response: After an opponent declares a Naval attacker against you, kneel Titan's Daughter to choose a standing character you control and kneel it as a defender.  If you win the challenge, search your deck for a character, reveal it, and shuffle your deck.  Then, put the revealed card on top of your deck.

Hellholt Docks
Martell Location
1 Cost
Dorne.
Response: After an opponent kneels a location, kneel Hellholt Docks to choose and kneel a location.

Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
Event
House Martell only.
Response: After you lose a challenge, discard your hand of at least 1 card to reveal the same number of cards from the top of your deck, and put them into your hand.

House Targaryen Loyalist
Targaryen Character
2 Cost
2 Strength
Intrigue, Power Challenge Icon
Lord.  Traitor
If you control 1 or more Dragon characters, House Targaryen Loyalist loses the Traitor trait and gains: "House Targaryen Loyalist gains renown during Power challenges."

Balerion
Unique Targaryen Location
2 Cost
Warship
Any Phase: Kneel Balerion to lower the cost of the next character you put into play using ambush this phase by 1.  That character claims 1 power when it comes into play and until the end of the phase, it gains a Naval enhancement on its power icon, if able.

Fire and Blood
Event
House Targaryen only.
Challenges: Choose a Targaryen character.  That character gets +2 STR until the end of the phase.  Then, attach Fire and Blood to that character (counts as a Boon attachment with the text, "Attached character gains cannot be discarded from play").

Torrhen's Square
Plot
3 Income
4 Initiative
1 Claim Value
Military Battle.  City.
If you have no other City plots in your used pile, raise the claim value on your revealed plot card by 1 during Military challenges.

Negotiations at the Great Sept
Plot
3 Income
2 Initiative
2 Claim Value
Intrigue Gambit.  City.
When revealed, if you have no other City plots in your used pile choose an opponent.  You and that opponent may each choose to shuffle your hand of at least 1 card into your decks, and replace them with the top 5 cards of the same deck.

The Long Voyage
Agenda
Your minimum deck size is 85 cards.
When you draw during the draw phase, draw 1 additional card.

A Study in Static Spoilers (Android: Netrunner)

Disrupter
Anarch Program
1 Install Cost
1 Memory Cost
1 Influence Value
- Strength
Trash: Prevent a trace.  That trace initiates again with a base trace strength of 0.

Force of Nature
Anarch Program
5 Install Cost
1 Memory Cost
1 Influence Value
1 Strength
Icebreaker.  Decoder.
2 Credits: Break up to 2 code gate subroutines.
1 Credit: +1 Strength.

Scrubber
Anarch Resource
2 Install Cost
1 Influence Value
Connection.  Seedy.
2 Recurring Credits
Use these credits to trash cards.

Doppelganger
Unique Criminal Hardware
3 Install Cost
2 Influence Cost
Console
+1 Memory Unit
Once per turn, you may immediately make another run when a successful run ends.
Limit 1 console per player.

Crescentus
Criminal Program
1 Install Cost
1 Memory Cost
1 Influence Value
- Strength
Trash: Derez a piece of ice.  Use this ability only after breaking all the subroutines of that ice during a single encounter.

Deus X
Shaper Program
3 Install Cost
1 Memory Cost
1 Influence Value
10 Strength
Icebreaker
Trash: Break any number of AP subroutines.
Trash: Prevent any amount of net damage.

All-Nighter
Shaper Resource
0 Install Cost
2 Influence Value
Click, Trash: Gain Click, Click.

Inside Man
Neutral Resource
3 Install Cost
0 Influence Cost
Connection
2 Recurring Credits
Use these credits to install hardware.

Underworld Contact
Neutral Resource
2 Install Cost
0 Influence Cost
Connection
When your turn begins, gain 1 Credit if you have at least 2 Link.

Green Level Clearance
Haas-Bioroid Operation
1 Cost
1 Influence Value
Transaction
Gain 3 Credits and draw 1 card.

Hourglass
Haas-Bioroid ICE
5 Rez Cost
2 Influence Cost
4 Strength
Code Gate
- The Runner loses Click, if able.
- The Runner loses Click, if able.
- The Runner loses Click, if able.

Dedicated Server
Jinteki Asset
3 Rez Cost
2 Influence Cost
3 Trash Cost
Facility
2 Recurring Credits
Use these credits to rez ice.

Bullfrog
Jinteki ICE
3 Rez Cost
2 Influence Cost
4 Strength
Code Gate.  Deflector.  Psi.
- You and the Runner secretly spend 0 Credits, 1 Credit, or 2 Credits.  Reveal spent credits.  If you and the Runner spent a different number of credits, move Bullfrog so that it is the outermost piece of ice protecting another server (the Runner continues the run from this new position and is now running on this new server).

Uroboros
NBN ICE
6 Rez Cost
2 Influence Cost
4 Strength
Sentry. Tracer
- Trace (4) - If successful, the Runner cannot make another run this turn.
- Trace (4) - If successful, end the run.

Net Police
NBN Asset
1 Rez Cost
2 Influence Value
1 Trash Cost
X Recurring Credits.
Use these credits during traces.  X is the number of links the Runner has.

Weyland Consortium: Because We Built It
Weyland Identity
45 Minimum Deck Size
15 Influence Limit
Megacorp
1 Recurring Credit
Use this credit to advance ice.

Government Contracts
Weyland Agenda
5 Advancement Requirement
3 Agenda Points
Click, Click: Gain 4 Credits

Tyrant
Weyland ICE
7 Rez Cost
2 Influence Value
4 Strength
Barrier
Tyrant can be advanced only while rezzed and gains "- End the run" for each advancement token on it.

Oversight AI
Weyland Operation
1 Cost
2 Influence Value
Condition
Rez a piece of ice, ignoring all costs, and install Oversight AI on that ice as a hosted condition counter with the text "Trash host ice if all its subroutines are broken during a single encounter"

False Lead
Neutral Agenda
3 Advancement Requirement
1 Agenda Point
0 Influence Value
Security
Forfeit False Lead: The Runner loses Click, Click, if able.

A Study in Static Contents (Android: Netrunner)

61 Disrupter (x3)
62 Force of Nature (x3)
63 Scrubber (x3)
64 Doppelganger (x3)
65 Crescentus (x3)
66 Deus X (x3)
67 All-Nighter (x3)
68 Inside Man (x3)
69 Underworld Contact (x3)
70 Green Level Clearance (x3)
71 Hourglass (x3)
72 Dedicated Server (x3)
73 Bullfrog (x3)
74 Uroboros (x3)
75 Net Police (x3)
76 Weyland Consortium: Because We Built It (x3)
77 Government Contracts (x3)
78 Tyrant (x3)
79 Oversight AI (x3)
80 False Lead (x3)

The Ruinous Hordes Spoilers (Warhammer: Invasion)

Sigvald The Magnificent
Unique Chaos Legend
3 Cost (2 Loyalty)
1 Power Kingdom/Quest, 2 Power Battlefield
3 Hit Points
Forced: When this legend enters play, you must burn 3 zones instead of 2 in order to win for the rest of the game.
Action: When this legend attacks, discard the top card of your deck.  This legend deals +X damage in combat until the end of the phase.  X is the discarded card's cost.

Dominion of Chaos
Unique Chaos Quest
0 Cost (3 Loyalty)
Mission
Play in any opponent's zone under your control.
When you assign combat damage to this zone, you may place any number of that combat damage on this quest instead.
Forced: When the 3rd damage token is placed here, sacrifice this quest to corrupt up to 3 target units.

Northern Wastes
Chaos Support
1 Cost (1 Loyalty)
1 Power
Wasteland.
If you control a non-Chaos card, sacrifice this card.

Norse Charger
Chaos Unit
1 Cost (2 Loyalty)
1 Power
1 Hit Point
Berserker.
Battlefield only.
Action: When this unit attacks, examine all developments in the defending zone.  Then, you may sacrifice this unit to destroy target development in that zone.

Steel Behemoth
Empire Unit
6 Cost (4 Loyalty)
4 Power
4 Hit Points
War Machine
Battlefield only.
Toughness X.
X is the number of all opponent's units participating in combat.

Panther Champion
Empire Unit
4 Cost (2 Loyalty)
2 Power
4 Hit Points
Knight.
Action: When this unit defends, remove it and target attacking unit from combat.  Then, this unit deals damage equal to its power to that unit and that unit deals damage equal to its power to this unit.

Pyromancy
Empire Support
1 Cost (2 Loyalty)
Attachment.  Spell.
Attach to target unit you control.
Forced: At the beginning of your turn, attached unit deals damage to target unit equal to the damage on attached unit.

King Alrik
Unique Dwarf Unit
3 Cost (3 Loyalty)
0 Power
3 Hit Points
Noble.  Warrior.
Battlefield only.
This unit gains Power for each resource you have in your pool.

Horn Hold Defender
Dwarf Unit
4 Cost (2 Loyalty)
2 Power
2 Hit Points
Warrior.
While you have at least 3 resources in your pool, this unit gains Toughness 2.
Action: When this unit attacks or defends, gain 1 resource.

Open the Armoury
Dwarf Tactic
0 Cost (3 Loyalty)
Play only at the beginning of your turn.
Action: Play a unit or support card from your hand (Paying all costs)

Avelorn Sojourner
High Elf Unit
3 Cost (1 Loyalty)
1 Power
3 Hit Points
Mage.
While this unit is questing, raise the cost of each tactic played by an opponent by 1.

Sally Forth
High Elf Tactic
0 Cost (3 Loyalty)
Play at the beginning of your Battlefield phase.
Action: Choose one of your zones.  Units in that zone may be declared as attackers this phase.  Until the end of the phase, you cannot declare attackers from any other zone.

Orc Warboss
Orc Unit
4 Cost (2 Loyalty)
2 Power
3 Hit Points
Elite.
Battlefield only.
Action: When this unit survives an attack that dealt damage to an opponent's zone, sacrifice this unit to gain an additional battlefield phase this turn after the current battlefield phase.

Wolf Gobbos
Orc Unit
2 Cost (2 Loyalty)
1 Power
2 Hit Points
Goblin.
Action: When this unit survives an attack on an opponent's zone, sacrifice this unit to destroy target unit in that zone.

Ded 'Ard
Orc Tactic
0 Cost (3 Loyalty)
Action: Cancel an Action just triggered that targets a damaged unit you control.

Cold One Champion
Dark Elf Unit
4 Cost (2 Loyalty)
2 Power
3 Hit Points
Cavalry
Raider 2.  Scout.

Test of Will
Dark Elf Tactic
2 Cost (1 Loyalty)
Spell
Dark Elf only.  Ambush 0.
Play only during the Ambush step.
Action: Attacking opponent must sacrifice an attacking unit or cancel the attack.

Spellweaver
Neutral Unit
2 Cost
1 Power
2 Hit Points
Wood Elf.
Order only.  Ambush 1.
Action: When this unit ambushes, place the top 2 cards of your deck facedown in this zone as developments.

Restless Corpse
Neutral Unit
2 Cost
1 Power
2 Hit Points
Undead.
Destruction only.  Ambush 1.
Action: When this unit ambushes, draw a card from the bottom of your deck.

Lying in Wait
Neutral Tactic
0 Cost
Action: Turn target unit you control facedown into a development.

The Ruinous Hordes Contents (Warhammer: Invasion)

81 Sigvald The Magnificent (x3)
82 Dominion of Chaos (x3)
83 Northern Wastes (x3)
84 Norse Charger (x3)
85 Steel Behemoth (x3)
86 Panther Champion (x3)
87 Pyromancy (x3)
88 King Alrik (x3)
89 Horn Hold Defender (x3)
90 Open the Armoury (x3)
91 Avelorn Sojourner (x3)
92 Sally Forth (x3)
93 Orc Warboss (x3)
94 Wolf Gobbos (x3)
95 Ded 'Ard (x3)
96 Cold One Champion (x3)
97 Test of Will (x3)
98 Spellweaver (x3)
99 Restless Corpse (x3)
100 Lying in Wait (x3)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Rumors of a new LCG from FFG?

There's a rumor that FFG may be working on an LCG based off the old Vampire: The Eternal Struggle CCG.  My source: http://www.cardgamedb.com/forums/index.php?/topic/5846-rumors-of-new-lcg-based-on-vtes/

That is great news for several reasons.  First, it's always great to see more LCGs.  This is a great format, and the more games that are out for it, the better (in my opinion).  Of course, my wallet will be displeased, but whatever.  I can always pick up a third job.

Second, V:TES is in my top three of greatest CCGs not currently available (along with Doomtown and Battletech).  It'd be a huge win for FFG to remake this, and I know it's popular enough to really give them some serious income.  I played it briefly in my CCG loving days, and have good memories of it.  It played quickly, you were forced to both attack and defend if you wanted to win... it really was a good game that required a lot of skill (not just deckbuilding) if you wanted to be successful.

Finally, V:TES is a multiplayer game at its heart.  Like, four or more players.  I believe two players was an enjoyable game experience, but it really played best with more people.  LCGs need a game like that.  Lord of the Rings has that for cooperative games, Warhammer and Star Wars will have that eventually, and Game of Thrones does okay for small groups now, but something that could feasibly play 7 people quickly would be a nice addition as well.

I'll be keeping my eye on this- very very exciting news, if true.

My gaming from 3/12

Just a quick update on the most recent day of LCG gaming I had (I don't get many... for now).

Started off by playing Netrunner against Rob.  I ran a brand new Noise deck I constructed against a newly created NBN deck.  Game went for a while, and I eventually won 7-5... but the victory was immensely flawed because I misread Chimera (thought it derezzed after every run), allowing me to run multiple times a turn for almost no cost.  Odds are, playing it correctly, I would have lost- but there was certainly enough uncertainty there to warrant not counting it in either one of our favor. 

I did learn even from this game though- my Noise deck needs a lot more economy.  I spent the entire game without resources, which isn't a very good strategy.

Second game was Star Wars- I took a Jedi deck against Rob's Imperial Navy deck.  I had a really rough time getting characters out in the early and mid-game, but when I finally started getting them, I ended up pushing through a victory, with the Death Star dial at 10!  Part of this was because Rob only ran a single copy of any objective in his deck, but still.... a win is MUCH better than I had done in the past, meaning at the very least, I'm improving in this game :).

Finally, we broke out Mage Wars, and I learned how to play.  I was pretty impressed.  There's certainly enough replay there (and book-building) to warrant playing it more.  I will try to add it to the rotation of things this site covers, although there might be a slight lag time in that.  Regardless, another sweet card game that's out to get into.

Overall, I had a great time, got some (undeserved) wins, and managed to break out LCGs, which I badly wanted to do.  With luck, I can do so again before the end of the month!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Desolation of Hoth Contents (Star Wars)

0065 Heat of Battle (x2)
0133 Target of Opportunity (x2)
0171 Twist of Fate (x2)
0178 A Message from Beyond (x2)
0179 Old Ben's Spirit (x4)
0180 Weapon Mastery (x2)
0181 Calm (x2)
0182 Hoth Operations (x2)
0183 Wedge Antilles (x2)
0184 Rogue Three (x2)
0185 Snowspeeder (x2)
0186 Hoth Survival Gear (x2)
0187 Echo Base Defense (x1)
0188 Wilderness Fighters (x3)
0189 Subzero Defenses (x2)
0190 The Killing Cold (x2)
0191 Icetromper (x4)
0192 Fear (x2)
0193 The Desolation of Hoth (x2)
0194 Lord Vader's Command (x2)
0195 Darth Vader (x2)
0196 Communications Officer (x2)
0197 Probe Droid (x4)
0198 Imperial Suppression (x2)
0199 Shadows on the Ice (x1)
0200 Wampa (x2)
0201 Succumb to the Cold! (x2)
0202 Battle of Hoth (x1)

The Desolation of Hoth Spoilers (Star Wars)

A Message from Beyond
Jedi Objective, Objective Set 37
1 Resource
5 Damage Capacity
Dagobah.
Reaction: After you refresh, damage this objective to return the topmost enhancement from your discard pile to your hand.

Old Ben's Spirit
Jedi Enhancement, Objective Set 37 (2 Copies)
1 Cost
1 Force Icon
Force Spirit
Enhance a Character Unit.
Interrupt: When enhanced unit would be destroyed, instead discard this enhancement and remove all damage from that unit.

Weapon Mastery
Jedi Event, Objective Set 37
0 Cost
2 Force Icons
Action: A target Character unit gains Unit Damage for each enhancement on it until the end of the phase.

Calm
Jedi Event, Objective Set 37
0 Cost
2 Force Icons
Force.  Control.
Play only during an opponent's turn.
Action: Remove all focus tokens from a target Character unit with 2 or more enhancements on it.

Heat of Battle
Neutral Fate Card, Objective Set 37
2 Force Icons
5 Edge Priority
Deal 1 damage to a target participating enemy unit

Hoth Operations
Rebel Objective, Objective Set 38
1 Resource
5 Damage Capacity
Hoth
While you control more Hoth objectives than your opponent, each of your Speeder units gains edge (1)

Wedge Antilles
Unit Rebel Unit, Objective Set 38
2 Cost
1 Force Icon
Unit Damage, Blast Damage (edge)
2 Damage Capacity
Character.  Pilot.
You may play this card on a friendly Speeder or Fighter unit as an enhancement with the text: "Action: Focus this enhancement to remove 1 focus token from enhanced unit".

Rogue Three
Unique Rebel Unit, Objective Set 38
3 Cost
3 Force Icons
Blast Damage, Blast Damage
3 Damage Capacity
Vehicle.  Speeder.
This unit gains Unit Damage, Blast Damage for each enhancement on it.

Snowspeeder
Neutral Unit, Objective Set 38
2 Cost
1 Force Icon
Unit Damage, Blast Damage (edge)
1 Damage Capacity
Vehicle.  Speeder.

Hoth Survival Gear
Rebel Enhancement, Objective Set 38
0 Cost
2 Force Icons
Item
Enhance a Character unit.
Enhanced unit gains +1 damage capacity for each Hoth objective you control.

Target of Opportunity
Neutral Fate Card, Objective Set 38
2 Force Icons
9 Edge Priority
If you are the attacking player, deal 1 damage to the engaged objective.

Echo Base Defense
Rebel Neutral Objective, Objective Set 39
1 Resource
5 Damage Capacity
Hoth
Limit 1 per objective deck.
While you control more Hoth objectives than your opponent, your Hoth objectives cannot suffer unopposed damage.

Wilderness Fighters
Neutral Unit, Objective Set 39 (3 Copies)
3 Cost
1 Force Icon
Blast Damage (edge), Blast Damage (edge)
2 Damage Capacity
Character.  Trooper.
This unit gains Unit Damage for each Hoth objective you control.

Subzero Defenses
Neutral Enhancement, Objective Set 39 (2 Copies)
1 Cost
1 Force Icon
Condition
Enhance your play area.
Destroy the first enemy unit to strike against a friendly Hoth objective each turn, after its strike resolves.

The Killing Cold
Sith Objective, Objective Set 40

1 Resource
5 Damage Capacity
Hoth
Action: Sacrifice a unit you control to remove 1 damage from a friendly Hoth objective.

Icetromper
Neutral Unit, Objective Set 40 (2 copies)
2 Cost
1 Force Icon
Unit Damage
2 Damage Capacity
Creature.  Hoth.
Action: Sacrifice this unit to remove a target attacking non-Vehicle unit from an engagement.  Then, deal 1 damage to that unit.

Fear
Sith Enhancement, Objective Set 40
1 Cost
2 Force Icons
Condition
Enhance an enemy Character unit.  Remove enchanced unit from the Force struggle, if able.
Enhanced unit cannot commit to the Force.

The Desolation of Hoth
Sith Event, Objective Set 40
3 Cost
3 Force Icons
Hoth
Play only during your turn.
Action: Move any amount of damage from a Hoth objective you control to a target enemy unit or Hoth objective.

Twist of Fate
Neutral Fate Card, Objective Set 40
0 Force Icons
2 Edge Priority
Cancel this edge battle and the card effects of all other fate cards just revealed.  Discard both edge stacks and start a new edge battle.

Lord Vader's Command
Imperial Navy Objective, Objective Set 41
1 Resource
5 Damage Capacity
While this objective is undamaged, increase the cost of each event card played by an opponent by 1.

Darth Vader
Unique Imperial Navy Unit, Objective Set 41
5 Cost
4 Force Icons
Unit Damage, Unit Damage, Blast Damage (edge)
4 Damage Capacity
Character.  Force User.
Elite.
While this unit is attacking, each of your attacking units gains Blast Damage.

Communications Officer
Imperial Navy Unit, Objective Set 41
3 Cost
1 Force Icon
2 Resources
1 Damage Capacity
Character.  Officer.

Probe Droid
Neutral Unit, Objective Set 41 (2 Copies)
2 Cost
1 Force Icon
Unit Damage (edge)
1 Damage Capacity
Droid
Interrupt: When this unit leaves play, deal 1 damage to a target enemy objective.

Imperial Suppression
Imperial Navy Event, Objective Set 41
0 Cost
1 Force Icon
Interrupt: When an event card is played, cancel its effects and place it on top of its owner's deck.

Shadows on the Ice
Empire Neutral Objective, Objective Set 42
2 Resources
5 Damage Capacity
Hoth
Limit 1 per objective deck.

Wampa
Neutral Unit, Objective Set 42 (2 Copies)
3 Cost
1 Force Icon
Unit Damage, Unit Damage
3 Damage Capacity
Creature.  Hoth.
Reduce the cost to play this unit by 2 for each Hoth objective in play.

Succumb to the Cold!
Neutral Event, Obective Set 42 (2 Copies)
0 Cost
1 Force Icon
Hoth
Play only if you control at least 1 Hoth objective.
Reaction: After a focus token is removed from an enemy unit, place 1 focus token on that unit.

Battle of Hoth
Neutral Fate Card, Objective Set 42
3 Force Icons
8 Edge Priority
You may deal 1 damage to or remove 1 damage from a target Hoth objective.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

The Hobbit: On The Doorstep Spoilers (Lord of the Rings)

Bilbo Baggins
Unique Baggins Hero
0 Threat
1 Willpower
1 Attack
1 Defense
3 Hit Points
Hobbit.  Burglar.
Bilbo Baggins does not count against the hero limit and cannot gain resources from non-treasure cards.  The first player gains control of Bilbo Baggins.
Action: Spend 1 Baggins resource to search your deck for a treasure card and add it to your hand.
If Bilbo Baggins leaves play, the players have lost the game.

Balin
Unique Leadership Hero
9 Threat
2 Willpower
1 Attack
2 Defense
4 Hit Points
Dwarf.
Response: Pay 1 resource from Balin's resource pool to cancel a shadow effect just triggered during an attack.  Then, deal the attacking enemy another shadow card (Limit once per attack).

Bard the Bowman
Unique Tactics Hero
11 Threat
2 Willpower
3 Attack
2 Defense
4 Hit Points.
Esgaroth.  Warrior.
Ranged.
When Bard the Bowman makes a ranged attack, the enemy he attacks gets -2 Defense until the end of the phase.

Oin
Unique Spirit Hero
8 Threat
2 Willpower
1 Attack
1 Defense
4 Hit Points
Dwarf.
While you control at least 5 Dwarf characters, Oin gets +1 Attack and gains the Tactics resource icon.

Bombur
Unique Lore Hero
8 Threat
0 Willpower
1 Attack
2 Defense
5 Hit Points
Dwarf.
When counting the number of Dwarf characters you control, Bombur counts as two.

Gloin
Unique Leadership Ally
3 Cost
2 Willpower
1 Attack
1 Defense
3 Hit Points
Dwarf.
While you control at least 5 Dwarf characters, Gloin gains: "Response: After you play Gloin from your hand, choose a hero.  Add 2 resources to that hero's resource pool."

Bifur
Unique Lore Ally
3 Cost
1 Willpower
2 Attack
1 Defense
3 Hit Points
Dwarf.
While you control at least 5 Dwarf characters, Bifur gains: "Response: After you play Bifur from your hand, draw 2 cards".

Dwalin
Unique Spirit Ally
3 Cost
1 Willpower
1 Attack
2 Defense
3 Hit Points
Dwarf
Sentinel.
While you control at least 5 Dwarf characters, lower the cost to play Dwalin by 2.

Straight Shot
Tactics Event
0 Cost
Action: Exhaust a Weapon attachment to choose a non-unique enemy with 0 Defense.  Discard the chosen enemy.

Desperate Alliance
Spirit Event
0 Cost
Action: Choose a hero you control.  Until the end of the phase, give control of that hero and all resources in that hero's resource pool to another player (Limit 1 per phase).

Ravens Of The Mountain
Lore Event
1 Cost
Action: Exhaust a hero you control to shuffle the encounter deck and reveal its top card.  Place progress tokens on the current quest equal to the revealed card's Threat.  Then, put that card back on the top of the encounter deck.

To Me!  O My Kinsfolk!
Leadership Event
1 Cost
Action: If you control at least 1 Dwarf hero, put a Dwarf ally from your discard pile into play under your control.  Put that ally on the bottom of your deck at the end of the phase.

The Lucky Number
Baggins Event
1 Cost
Action: Choose a character in play (other than Bilbo Baggins).  Add Bilbo Baggins' total Willpower, Attack, and Defense to that character's Willpower, Attack, and Defense respectively until the end of the phase.

Great Yew Bow
Tactics Attachment
2 Cost
Item.  Weapon
Attach to a hero with the printed Ranged keyword. Restricted.
Combat Action: Choose an enemy in the staging area.  Exhaust Great Yew Bow and attached hero to make a ranged attack against that enemy.  Declare attached hero as the attacker.  No other attackers can be declared for this attack.

Black Arrow
Unique Tactics Attachment
0 Cost
Artifact.  Item.
Limit 1 per deck.  Attach to a hero with Ranged.
Response: After attached hero declares an attack, add Black Arrow to the victory display to give attached hero +5 Attack for this attack.
Victory 1.

Thror's Key
Unique Spirit Attachment
1 Cost
Artifact.  Item
Attach to a hero.
Response: After a location is added to the staging area, attach Thror's Key to that location.  While attached to a location, Thror's Key gains: "Treat attached location's printed text box as blank, except for traits"

Expert Treasure-Hunter
Lore Attachment
0 Cost
Skill.
Attach to a hero.
Response: After attached hero quests successfully, name a card type and discard the top card of your deck.  If the discarded card is the named type, take it into your hand.

King Under the Mountain
Unique Leadership Attachment
2 Cost
Title.
Attach to a Dwarf hero.
Action: Exhaust King Under the Mountain to look at the top 2 cards of your deck.  Add 1 to your hand and discard the other.

Bilbo's Magic Ring
Unique Treasure (Flies and Spiders)
0 Cost
Artifact. Item.  Ring.
Attach to Bilbo Baggins.
Actions: Exhaust Bilbo's Magic Ring and raise your threat by 1 to gain a Baggins resource (Limit once per round).
Response: After Bilbo Baggins exhausts to defend an attack, exhaust Bilbo's Magic Ring and raise your threat by 3 to cancel all damage from this attack.

The Arkenstone
Unique Treasure (The Lonely Mountain)
0 Cost
Artifact.  Erebor.  Item.
Attach to a hero.
Action: Exhaust The Arkenstone and raise your threat by X to lower by X the cost of the next ally you play this phase that matches the attached hero's sphere.

Mithril Shirt
Unique Treasure (The Lonely Mountain)
0 Cost
Artifact.  Erebor.  Item.
Attach to Bilbo Baggins.
Attached hero gets +1 Defense and +1 Hit Point.

Thror's Battle Axe
Unique Treasure (The Lonely Mountain)
0 Cost
Artifact.  Erebor.  Item.
Attach to a hero.  Restricted.
Attached hero gets +2 Attack.
Response: After attached hero attacks and destroys an enemy, deal 1 damage to another enemy engaged with you.

Thror's Hunting Bow
Unique Treasure (The Lonely Mountain)
0 Cost
Artifact.  Erebor.  Item
Attach to a hero.  Restricted.
Attached hero gains Ranged.
When making a ranged attack, attached hero gets +2 Attack.

Thror's Golden Cup
Unique Treasure (The Lonely Mountain)
0 Cost
Artifact.  Erebor.  Item
Attach to a hero.
Action: Add Thror's Golden Cup to the victory display to draw 3 cards.
Victory 3.

***Encounter Cards***

The Spider's Glade
Encounter Set: Flies and Spiders
Unique Location
1 Threat
9 Quest Points
Forest
Immune to player card effects.
Travel: Exhaust Bilbo Baggins to travel here.
Forced: At the start of each quest phase, search the encounter deck for 1 Spider enemy and add it to the staging area.  (2 Spider enemies instead if 3 or more players are at this stage.)  Shuffle the encounter deck.

Giant Web
Encounter Set: Flies and Spiders
Location
3 Threat
3 Quest Points
Forest.
While Giant Web is the active location, each character gets -1 Willpower, -1 Attack, and -1 Defense for each poison it has.
Response: After Giant Web leaves play as an explored location, ready an unconscious character.

Forest Stream
Encounter Set: Flies and Spiders
Location
2 Threat
4 Quest Points
Forest.  River.
While Forest Stream is the active location, poisoned characters cannot quest.
Response: After Forest Stream leaves play as an explore location, discard 4 poison.

Old Tomnoddy
Encounter Set: Flies and Spiders
Enemy
37 Engagement Cost
3 Threat
5 Attack
2 Defense
4 Hit Points
Creature.  Spider.
Venom.
Forced: At the end of each round, each player must give a hero he controls 1 poison.

Crazy Cob
Encounter Set: Flies and Spiders
Enemy
30 Engagement Cost
2 Threat
3 Attack
2 Defense
2 Hit Points
Creature.  Spider
Venom.
When Revealed: This enemy attacks the character with the most poison attached.
Shadow: Defending character gets 1 poison.

Lazy Lob
Encounter Set: Flies and Spiders
Enemy
33 Engagement Cost
3 Threat
3 Attack
0 Defense
3 Hit Points
Creature.  Spider.
Venom
When Revealed: Each character committed to the quest gets 1 poison.
Shadow: If defending character is poisoned, make that character unconscious.

Fat Spider
Encounter Set: Flies and Spiders
Enemy
28 Engagement Cost
2 Threat
1 Attack
1 Defense
6 Hit Points
Creature. Spider.
Venom.
This enemy gets +3 Attack while engaged with a player who controls at least 1 poisoned character.
Shadow: Defending character gets 1 poison.  (Give 2 poison to a character you control if undefended.)

Wicked Spider
Encounter Set: Flies and Spiders
Enemy
25 Engagement Cost
1 Threat
4 Attack
1 Defense
3 Hit Points
Creature.  Spider.
Venom.
Forced: When this enemy attacks, defending player must attach 1 poison to a character he controls.
Shadow: Defending character gets 2 poison.

Caught In Webs
Encounter Set: Flies and Spiders
Treachery
When Revealed: Choose a hero to be removed from the quest and make that hero unconscious.  If no hero was removed from the quest by this effect, this card gains surge.

Poisoned By Spiders
Encounter Set: Flies and Spiders
Treachery
When Revealed: Each character takes damage equal to the number of poison it has.  If no characters were damaged by this effect, this card gains surge.
Shadow: Discard an unconscious character you control.

Hidden Path
Encounter Set: Wilderland
Location
3 Threat
1 Quest Point
Forest.  Mountain.
While Hidden Path is the active location, locations in the staging area get -1 Threat
Travel: Spend 2 Baggins resources to travel here.

Dark Bats
Encounter Set: Wilderland
Enemy
15 Engagement Cost
2 Threat
2 Attack
0 Defense
1 Hit Point
Creature.
Forced: After Dark Bats damages a character, attach it to that character.  (While attached, counts as a Condition attachment with the text: "Attached character gets -1 Willpower, -1 Attack, and -1 Defense".
Shadow: Attach this card to the defending character.

Fighting Among Friends
Encounter Set: Wilderland
Treachery
When Revealed: The first player names a sphere.  Then, all non-Baggins characters who do not belong to named sphere are removed from the quest.
Shadow: Attacking enemy gets +1 Attack (+2 Attack instead if undefended).

Weighed Down
Encounter Set: Wilderland
Treachery
When Revealed: Until the end of the round, exhausted characters get -1 Willpower, -1 Attack, and -1 Defense.
Shadow: If the defending character is destroyed by this attack, its controller must raise his threat by 5.

A Bare Patch
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Objective
Information
While attached, Smaug the Magnificent gets -3 Defense.
Response: After the players quest successfully, the first player makes a burgle attempt.  If succesfful, attach a Bare Patch to Smaug the Magnificent.

Smaug the Golden
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Unique Enemy
50 Engagement Cost
X Threat
6 Attack
9 Defense
20 Hit Points
Dragon
Indestructible.  Immune to player card effects.  Cannot be engaged.
X is the number of non-Burglar characters committed to the quest.
Forced: After the 6th progress token is placed here, the players advance to stage 4A.

Smaug the Magnificent
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Unique Enemy
50 Engagement Cost
6 Threat
8 Attack
8 Defense
20 Hit Points
Dragon.
Indestructible.  Immune to player card effects.
Cannot leave the staging area (except by quest effects) but is considered to be engaged with the first player.
Forced: If  Smaug the Magnificent is dealt a shadow card with a burgle effect, he makes an additional attack immediately after this one.

Croaking Crows
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Enemy
33 Engagement Cost
1 Threat
1 Attack
1 Defense
2 Hit Points
Creature.
Surge.
Forced: When a location is revealed from the encounter deck, put 1 progress token on Smaug the Golden.
Burgle: The first player shuffles his deck and reveals the top card.  He may discard 1 card from his hand that matches the revealed card's sphere and type.

The Lonely Mountain
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Unique Location
12 Threat
4 Quest Points
Mountain.
While at least 1 card is stacked underneath, The Lonely Mountain is immune to player card effects, cannot leave the staging area, and gets -2 Threat for each card stacked underneath it.
Action: While making a burgle attempt, the first player may spend 2 Baggins resources to take the revealed card into hand and reveal the next card of his deck.
Victory 10.

Great Hall
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Location
4 Threat
4 Quest Points
Underground.
While Great Hall is the active location, it gains: "Forced: Put 1 progress token on Smaug the Golden at the end of each round"
Burgle: The first player shuffles his deck and reveals the top card.  He may discard 3 cards from his hand that match the revealed card's type.

Secret Entrance
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Location
1 Threat
1 Quest Point
Mountain.
While Secret Entrance is the active location, The Lonely Mountain's Threat is reduced by half (round up).
Travel: The first player must exhaust a hero and name a card type to travel here.  Then, reveal the top card of the encounter deck.  If the revealed card is not the named type, return Secret Entrance to the staging area. (The players can not travel again this round).

Desolation of Smaug
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Location
3 Threat
3 Quest Points
Wasteland.
While Desolation of Smaug is the active location, the first treachery card revealed each round gains surge.
Burgle: The first player shuffles his deck and reveals the top card.  He may discard 2 cards from his hand that match the revealed card's cost.

Western Slopes
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Location
2 Threat
5 Quest Points
Mountain
Response: When Western slopes leaves play as an explored location (choose one): the first player draws 2 cards, or remove 1 progress token from Smaug the Golden.
Burgle: The first player shuffles his deck and reveals the top card.  He may discard 2 cards from his hand that match the revealed card's sphere.

Pretending to Sleep
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Treachery
Surge.
When Revealed: Put 1 progress token on Smaug the Golden.  Then, spend X Baggins resources or advance to stage 4A.  X is the number of progress tokens on Smaug the Golden.
Burgle: The first player shuffles his deck and reveals the top card.  He may discard 2 cards from his hand that match the revealed card's type.

Known To An Ounce
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Treachery
When Revealed: Each player discards 2 random cards from hand.  Until the end of the phase, each Dragon enemy in plays gains +1 Threat for each event discarded by this effect.
Burgle: The first player shuffles his deck and reveals the top card.  He may discard 1 card from his hand that matches the revealed card's sphere and cost.

Belching Fire
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Treachery
When Revealed: Each Dragon enemy in the staging area makes an immediate attack against the player with the highest total Willpower committed to the quest. (Do not deal a shadow card for this attack).
Burgle: The first player shuffles his deck and reveals the top card.  He may discard 1 card from his hand that matches the revealed card's type and cost.

Dragon-Spell
Encounter Set: The Lonely Mountain
Treachery
Enchantment.
When Revealed: Attach to the hero with the most resources without Dragon-Spell attached.  (Counts as a Condition attachment with the text: "Attached hero gets -1 Willpower for each resource in its resource pool"
Forced: When attached hero spends resources, attached hero takes X damage.  X is equal to the number of resources spent.)

Misty Mountain Eagle
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Objective Ally
3 Willpower
3 Attack
3 Defense
2 Hit Points
Creature.  Eagle.
Action: The first player may spend 2 Baggins resources to (choose one): take control of Misty Mountain Eagle, or discard this ally to discard a non-unique enemy in the staging area.
Shadow: Deal 3 damage to attacking enemy.

Bolg
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Unique Enemy
50 Engagement Cost
X Threat
6 Attack
3 Defense
8 Hit Points
Goblin.  Orc.
X is the number of players in the game.
Immune to player card effects.
Cannot leave the staging area.
The first Goblin revealed each round gains surge.

Bodyguard of Bolg
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Enemy
35 Engagement Cost
2 Threat
4 Attack
2 Defense
5 Hit Points
Goblin.  Orc.
Bolg cannot take damage.
Forced: When this enemy attacks, deal it an additional shadow card for each quest stage in play with no progress tokens on it.

Gundabad Wolf Rider
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Enemy
15 Engagement Cost
1 Threat
3 Attack
0 Defense
3 Hit Points
Goblin.  Orc.
Forced: When this enemy attacks, remove 1 progress token from the current quest.
Shadow: Attacking enemy gets +1 Attack for each quest stage in play with no progress on it.

Gundabad Climber
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Enemy
33 Engagement Cost
1 Threat
2 Attack
2 Defense
2 Hit Points
Goblin.  Orc.
When Revealed: Remove 1 progress from every quest stage in play. (2 progress instead if 3 or more players in the game.)

Vanguard of Bolg
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Enemy
20 Engagement Cost
1 Threat
1 Attack
1 Defense
4 Hit Points
Goblin.  Orc.
This enemy gets +1 Threat, +1 Attack, and +1 Defense for each quest stage in play with no progress on it.
Shadow: If this attack destroys a character, remove all progress from the current quest.

Gundabad Archer
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Enemy
40 Engagement Cost
2 Threat
2 Attack
1 Defense
3 Hit Points
Goblin.  Orc.
When Revealed: Each player must deal 2 damage to a character he controls.
Shadow: Deal 1 damage to defending character for each quest stage in play with no progress on it.

Ravenous Warg
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
30 Engagement Cost
2 Threat
3 Attack
1 Defense
3 Hit Points
Creature
Forced: When Ravenous Wargs attacks, the defending player must declare the character he controls with the most damage as the defender. (Even if exhausted).
Shadow: Defending character gets -1 Defense for each quest stage in play with no progress on it.

Northern Slopes
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Location
3 Threat
3 Quest Points
Mountain
While Northern Slopes is in the staging area, each Goblin enemy gets +1 Attack and +1 Defense.
While Northern Slopes is the active location, it gains: "Forced: When a character leaves play, remove 1 progress from the current quest, if able"

Ruins of Dale
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Unique Location
2 Threat
2 Quest Points
Ruins.  Valley.
Immune to player card effects.
Forced: Remove 2 progress tokens from stage 3B at the end of each round, if able.
Travel: Spend 3 Baggins resources to travel here (1 Baggins resource instead if stage 3B is the current quest).
Victory 3

Ravenhill
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Unique Location
2 Threat
2 Quest Points
Ruins.  Mountain.
Immune to player card effects.
Forced: Remove 2 progress tokens from stage 4B at the end of each round, if able.
Travel: Spend 3 Baggins resources to travel here (1 Baggins resource instead if stage 4B is the current quest).
Victory 3.

The Front Gate
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Unique Location
2 Threat
2 Quest Points
Ruins.  Mountain.
Immune to player card effects.
Forced: Remove 2 progress tokens from stage 2B at the end of each round, if able.
Travel: Spend 3 Baggins resources to travel here (1 Baggins resource instead if stage 2B is the current quest).
Victory 3

Hatred Rekindled
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Treachery
When Revealed: Each enemy engaged with a player makes an immediate attack.  Do not deal shadow cards for attacks made by this effect.  If no attacks were made by this effect, this card gains surge.
Shadow: Attacking enemy makes an additional attack immediately after this one.

Goblins Are Upon You
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Treachery
When Revealed: Each player must search the encounter deck and discard pile for a Goblin enemy and put it into play, engaged with him.  Then, shuffle the encounter deck.  (This effect cannot be canceled.)
Shadow: Attacking enemy gets +1 Attack for each Goblin enemy engaged with you.

Heedless Of Order
Encounter Set: The Battle of Five Armies
Treachery
Surge.
When Revealed: Choose a different quest to be the current quest until the end of the round, if able.  If the current quest did not change as a result of this effect, this card gains Doomed 3.

*** Quest Cards ***

Flies and Spiders:

1A/1B Into Mirkwood
1A: Setup: Each player may shuffle 1 copy of Bilbo's Magic Ring into his deck.  Search the encounter deck for The Spider's Glade and set it aside, out of play.  Then, shuffle the encounter deck and reveal 1 encounter card per player.
1B (9 Quest Points): Unsonscious characters cannot quest, attack, defend, collect resources, trigger abilities, be poisoned, or ready (except by effects that target unconscious characters).

2A/2B Lost In The Dark
2B (- Quest Points): When Revealed: Reveal stage 3 and create a separate staging area for the first player using that stage.  Then, all other players advance to stage 4.

3A/3B Captured By Spiders
3A: When Revealed: Remove all resources from each hero's resource pool.  Then, make each character you control (except Bilbo Baggins) unconscious.
3B (11 Quest Points): Unconscious characters cannot quest, attack, defend, collect resources, trigger abilities, be poisoned, or ready (except by effects that target unconscious characters).
Do not pass the first player token.  When this stage is complete, do not advance to stage 4 until the end of the quest phase. (Combine staging areas if necessary).
Actions: Spend 2 Baggins resources to ready an unconscious character you control.

4A/4B Battle With The Spiders
4A: When Revealed: Add The Spider's Glade to the staging area.
4B (3 Quest Points): Unconscious characters cannot quest, attack, defend, collect resources, trigger abilities, be poisoned, or ready (except by effects that target unconscious characters).
Progress cannot be placed on this stage while The Spider's Glade is in play.
Action: Spend 2 Baggins resources to ready an unconscious character you control.
If the players defeat this stage, they have won the game and discovered the treasure card Bilbo's Magic Ring.

The Lonely Mountain:

1A/1B A Warm Welcome
1A: Setup: Search the encounter deck for Smaug the Golden, Smaug the Magnificent, The Lonely Mountain, and A Bare Patch.  Set Smaug the Magnificent and A Bare Patch aside, out of play.  Add Smaug the Golden and The Lonely Mountain to the staging area.  Shuffle the five Erebor treasure cards and stack them facedown under The Lonely Mountain.
1B (- Quest Points): Skip the Quest Phase.
Forced: At the end of round, advance to stage 2.

2A/2B The Burglar's Turn
2B (- Quest Points): Forced: After questing successfully, place 1 progress on Smaug the Golden.  Then, the first player makes a burgle attempt.  If successful, the first player takes the top treasure card from under The Lonely Mountain into his hand.  Then, the players may advance to stage 3.
Forced: After the first player makes an unsuccessful burgle attempt, Smaug the Golden attacks the first player.

3A/3B Inside Information
3A: When Revealed: Set Smaug the Golden aside, out of play.  Add Smaug the Magnificent and A Bare Patch to the staging area.
3B (20 Quest Points): Players cannot defeat this stage while Smaug the Magnificent is in play.
Forced: If the total number of progress tokens on this stage is greater than the total remaining hit points on Smaug the Magnificent, remove Smaug the Magnificent from play.
If the players defeat this stage, they have won the game and discovered any treasure successfully burgled from The Lonely Mountain.

4A/4B Thieves!  Fire!  Murder!
4A: When Revealed: Remove all progress from Smaug the Golden and set him aside, out of play.  Then, add Smaug the Magnificent to the staging area.
4B (7 Quest Points): Forced: After placing the 7th progress token on this stage, remove all damage from Smaug the Magnificent and set him aside, out of play.  Then, add Smaug the Golden to the staging area and reset the quest deck to stage 2B.

The Battle of Five Armies:

1A/1B The Gathering of the Clouds
1A: Setup: Search the encounter deck for Bolg and add it to the staging area.  Then, shuffle the encounter deck and reveal 1 encounter card per player.
1B (- Quest Points): Put stage 2, stage 3, and stage 4 into play at the same time.  Then, remove this stage from play.

2A/2B The Eastern Spur
2B (8 Quest Points): Players cannot advance from this stage unless stage 3 and stage 4 are complete.
Forced: If there is no progress on this stage at the end of the round, each player must discard 1 random card from his hand.

3A/3B Battle In The Dale
3B (8 Quest Points): Players cannot advance from this stage unless stage 2 and stage 4 are complete.
Battle.
Forced: If there is no progress on this stage at the end of the round, the first player adds the topmost enemy in the discard pile to the staging area, if able.

4A/4B The Defense Of Ravenhill
4B (8 Quest Points): Players cannot advance from this stage unless stage 2 and stage 3 are complete.
Siege.
Forced: If there is no progress on this stage at the end of the round, each player must discard all resources from each hero's resource pool.

5A/5B The Clouds Burst
5B (- Quest Points): When Revealed: Each player must search the encounter deck and discard pile for a copy of Bodyguard of Bolg and add it to the staging area, if able.  Shuffle the encounter deck.
Progress cannot be placed on this stage.  While Bolg is in the staging area, it is considered to be engaged with the first player.
If Bolg is destroyed, the players win the game.

The Hobbit: On The Doorstep Contents (Lord of the Rings)

1 Bilbo Baggins (x1)
2 Balin (x1)
3 Bard the Bowman (x1)
4 Oin (x1)
5 Bombur (x1)
6 Gloin (x3)
7 Bifur (x3)
8 Dwalin (x3)
9 Straight Shot (x3)
10 Desperate Alliance (x3)
11 Ravens Of The Mountain (x3)
12 To Me! O My Kinsfolk! (x3)
13 The Lucky Number (x3)
14 Great Yew Bow (x3)
15 Black Arrow (x3)
16 Thror's Key (x3)
17 Expert Treasure-Hunter (x3)
18 King Under the Mountain (x3)
19 Bilbo's Magic Ring (x1)
20 The Arkenstone (x1)
21 Mithril Shirt (x1)
22 Thror's Battle Axe (x1)
23 Thror's Hunting Bow (x1)
24 Thror's Golden Cup (x1)
25 The Spider's Glade (x1)
26 Giant Web (x4)
27 Forest Stream (x2)
28 Old Tomnoddy (x3)
29 Crazy Cob (x3)
30 Lazy Lob (x3)
31 Fat Spider (x4)
32 Wicked Spider (x5)
33 Caught In Webs (x2)
34 Poisoned By Spiders (x2)
35 Hidden Path (x3)
36 Dark Bats (x3)
37 Fighting Among Friends (x2)
38 Weighed Down (x2)
39 A Bare Patch (x1)
40 Smaug the Golden (x1)
41 Smaug the Magnificent (x1)
42 Croaking Crows (x3)
43 The Lonely Mountain (x1)
44 Great Hall (x3)
45 Secret Entrance (x2)
46 Desolation of Smaug (x3)
47 Western Slopes (x3)
48 Pretending to Sleep (x3)
49 Known To An Ounce (x2)
50 Belching Fire (x4)
51 Dragon-Spell (x2)
52 Misty Mountain Eagle (x1)
53 Bolg (x1)
54 Bodyguard of Bolg (x4)
55 Gundabad Wolf Rider (x3)
56 Gundabad Climber (x4)
57 Vanguard of Bolg (x4)
58 Gundabad Archer (x2)
59 Ravenous Warg (x3)
60 Northern Slopes (x3)
61 Ruins of Dale (x1)
62 Ravenhill (x1)
63 The Front Gate (x1)
64 Hatred Rekindled (x2)
65 Goblins Are Upon You (x2)
66 Heedless Of Order (x2)
67 Into Mirkwood (x1)
68 Lost In The Dark (x1)
69 Captured By Spiders (x1)
70 Battle With The Spiders (x1)
71 A Warm Welcome (x1)
72 The Burglar's Turn (x1)
73 Inside Information (x1)
74 Thieves!  Fire!  Murder! (x1)
75 The Gathering of the Clouds (x1)
76 The Eastern Spur (x1)
77 Battle In The Dale (x1)
78 The Defense Of Ravenhill (x1)
79 The Clouds Burst (x1)

Glory of Days Past Spoilers (Warhammer: Invasion)

Thorek Ironbrow
Unique Dwarf Legend
3 Cost (2 Loyalty)
1 Power Kingdom/Quest, 2 Power Battlefield
3 Hit Points
Forced: When this legend enters play, you must burn 3 zones instead of 2 in order to win for the rest of the game.
Action: When this legend attacks, put a Dwarf support card of cost X or less from your hand into play.  X is the number of resources in your pool

Recover Mithril Lode
Unique Dwarf Quest
0 Cost (3 Loyalty)
Mission
Play in any opponent's zone under your control.
When you assign combat damage to this zone, you may place any number of that combat damage on this quest instead.
Forced: When the 3rd damage token is placed here, sacrifice this quest to put the top 4 cards of your discard pile into play as developments in any single zone.

Mine Engineers
Dwarf Unit
3 Cost (1 Loyalty)
1 Power
3 Hit Points
Engineer
Dwarf Only.  Ambush 2.
Action: When this unit ambushes, heal up to 3 damage from your capital.

Karak Hirn Mine
Dwarf Support
1 Cost (1 Loyalty)
1 Power
Building
If you control a non-Dwarf card, sacrifice this card.

Ostland Greatswords
Empire Unit
3 Cost (1 Loyalty)
1 Power
3 Hit Points
Warrior.
Raider 2.

Fulminating Cage
Empire Tactic
5 Cost (3 Loyalty)
Epic Spell
Empire only.  Ambush 3.
Action: Cancel the current attack.  Your opponent cannot declare another attack this turn.

Master of Qhaysh
High Elf Unit
2 Cost (2 Loyalty)
1 Power
2 Hit Points
Mage.
Action: When this unit survives an attack on an opponent's zone, put 1 resource token on a card with at least 1 resource on it.

Guarding Boon
High Elf Tactic
1 Cost (2 Loyalty)
Spell
Action: Until the end of the phase, each Mage unit you control deals +1 damage in combat and gains: "Redirect the first point of damage dealt to this unit to target unit in any corresponding zone."

White Lion Master
High Elf Support
1 Cost (2 Loyalty)
Attachment.  Title.
Attach to a target unit you control.
This card enters play with 1 resource token on it.
Action: Remove 1 resource token from this card to cancel an action just triggered that targets attached unit.

Borgut Facebeater
Unique Orc Unit
4 Cost (3 Loyalty)
3 Power
4 Hit Points
Elite.  Warrior.
Action: When this unit attacks for the second time in one turn, put an Orc unit from your hand into your battlefield, declared as an attacker.

Boar Rider
Orc Unit
3 Cost (2 Loyalty)
1 Power
3 Hit Points
Cavalry
Raider 1.
Action: When this unit attacks for the second time in one turn, it gains 2 Power until the end of the turn.

Get 'Em Ladz!
Orc Tactic
2 Cost (1 Loyalty)
Orc only.  Ambush 0.
Action: Choose a zone.  Until the end of the phase, draw a card for each damage dealt to that zone.

Chaos Dragon
Chaos Unit
7 Cost (3 Loyalty)
5 Power
5 Hit Points
Creature.  Dragon.
Battlefield only.
Action: When this unit attacks, discard the top card of your deck.   If the discarded card is a unit, corrupt target unit in the defending zone.

Wasting Disease
Chaos Tactic
1 Cost (3 Loyalty)
Disease.
Action: Choose a trait.  Until the end of the phase, all units with that trait lose Power and get -1 hit points while participating in combat.

Painful Mutation
Chaos Support
1 Cost (2 Loyalty)
Attachment.  Mutation.
Attach to a target unit in any battlefield zone.
Attached unit gains 2 Power.
Forced: At the beginning of your turn, deal X indirect damage to attached unit's controller.  X is attached unit's total Power.

Outlaw Sorcerer
Dark Elf Unit
2 Cost (1 Loyalty)
1 Power
2 Hit Points
Sorcerer.
Dark Elf only.  Ambush 1.
Action: When this unit ambushes, discard a card at random from attacking opponent's hand.

Ghrond Errand Riders
Dark Elf Unit
2 Cost (2 Loyalty)
1 Power
2 Hit Points
Cavalry.
Action: When a card is discarded from an opponent's hand, move this unit to another one of your zones.

Marked For Death
Dark Elf Support
0 Cost (2 Loyalty)
Attachment
Attach to a target unit.
When attached unit leaves play, attached unit's controller must discard X cards from the top of his deck.  X is the attached unit's cost.

Rogue Warrior
Neutral Unit
3 Cost
0 Power
2 Hit Points
Ambush 1.  Raider 1.
This unit deals +3 damage in combat.
Forced: When this unit survives an attack on an opponent's zone, turn this unit facedown as a development.

Strength Of Emperors
Neutral Tactic
1 Cost
Action: Heal all damage on target legend, then draw X cards.  X is the number of damage healed.

Glory of Days Past Contents (Warhammer: Invasion)

61 Thorek Ironbrow (x3)
62 Recover Mithril Lode (x3)
63 Mine Engineers (x3)
64 Karak Hirn Mine (x3)
65 Ostland Greatswords (x3)
66 Fulminating Cage (x3)
67 Master of Qhaysh (x3)
68 Guarding Boon (x3)
69 White Lion Master (x3)
70 Borgut Facebeater (x3)
71 Boar Rider (x3)
72 Get 'Em Ladz! (x3)
73 Chaos Dragon (x3)
74 Wasting Disease (x3)
75 Painful Mutation (x3)
76 Outlaw Sorcerer (x3)
77 Ghrond Errand Riders (x3)
78 Marked For Death (x3)
79 Rogue Warrior (x3)
80 Strength of Emperors (x3)

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Cyber Exodus Spoilers (Android: Netrunner)

Nerve Agent
Anarch Program
3 Install Cost
1 Memory Cost
2 Influence Value
- Strength
Virus
Whenever you make a successful run on HQ, place 1 virus counter on Nerve Agent.
Each virus counter after the first on Nerve Agent allows you to access 1 additional card from HQ whenever you access cards from HQ.

Joshua B.
Unique Anarch Resource
1 Install Cost
3 Influence Value
Connection
When your turn begins, you may gain Click.  If you do, take 1 tag when this turn ends.

Emergency Shutdown
Criminal Event
0 Cost
2 Influence Cost
Sabotage
Play only if you made a successful run on HQ this turn.
Derez a piece of ice.

Muresh Bodysuit
Criminal Hardware
1 Install Cost
1 Influence Cost
Gear
Prevent the first meat damage each turn.

Snitch
Criminal Program
3 Install Cost
1 Memory Cost
2 Influence Cost
- Strength
Once per run, you may expose an unrezzed piece of ice when you approach it.  You may then jack out.

Chaos Theory: Wunderkind
Shaper Identity
0 Base Link
40 Minimum Deck Size
15 Influence Limit
G-mod
+1 Memory Unit.

Test Run
Shaper Event
3 Cost
3 Influence Cost
Search your stack or heap for a program.  Install that program, ignoring all costs.  Shuffle your stack if you searched it.  When the turn ends, add the program to the top of your stack if it is still installed.

Dinosaurus
Unique Shaper Hardware
5 Install Cost
2 Influence Cost
Console
Dinosaurus can host a single non-AI icebreaker.  The memory cost of the hosted icebreaker does not count against your memory limit.
Hosted icebreaker has +2 strength.
Limit 1 console per player.

Personal Workshop
Shaper Resource
1 Install Cost
4 Influence Cost
Location
Click: Host a program or a piece of hardware from your grip on Personal Workshop and place power counters on it equal to its install cost.
1 Credit: Remove 1 power counter from a hosted card.
When your turn begins, remove 1 power counter from a hosted card.
When there are no power counters left on a hosted card, install it, ignoring all costs.

Public Sympathy
Neutral Resource
2 Install Cost
0 Influence Cost
Your maximum hand size is increased by 2.

Project Vitruvius
Haas-Bioroid Agenda
3 Advancement Requirement
2 Agenda Points
Research
When you score Project Vitruvius, place 1 agenda counter on it for each advancement token on it over 3.
Hosted agenda counter: Add 1 card from Archives to HQ

Viper
Haas-Bioroid ICE
3 Rez Cost
1 Influence Cost
4 Strength
Code Gate.  Tracer
- Trace (3) - If successful, the Runner loses Click, if able.
- Trace (3) - If successful, end the run.

Edge of World
Jinteki Asset
0 Rez Cost
2 Influence Cost
0 Trash Cost
Ambush
If Edge of World is installed and you pay 3 Credits when the Runner accesses it, do 1 brain damage for each piece of ice protecting this server.

Sunset
Jinteki Operation
0 Cost
1 Influence Cost
Choose a server.  Arrange the ice protecting that server in any order.

Marked Accounts
NBN Asset
0 Rez Cost
1 Influence Cost
5 Trash Cost
Transaction
When your turn begins, take 1 Credit from Marked Accounts, if able.
Click: Place 3 Credits from the bank on Marked Accounts

Pop-up Window
NBN ICE
0 Rez Cost
1 Influence Cost
0 Strength
Code Gate.  Advertisement.
When the Runner encounters Pop-up Window, you gain 1 Credit.
- End the run unless the Runner pays 1 Credit.

Woodcutter
Weyland ICE
4 Rez Cost
3 Influence Cost
2 Strength
Sentry.  AP.
Woodcutter can be advanced only while rezzed and gains "- Do 1 net damage" for each advancement token on it.

Commercialization
Weyland Operation
0 Cost
1 Influence Cost
Transaction
Choose a piece of ice.  Gain 1 Credit for each advancement token on that ice.

Private Contracts
Neutral Asset
3 Rez Cost
0 Influence Cost
5 Trash Cost
Transaction
Place 14 Credits from the bank on Private Contracts when it is rezzed.  When there are no credits left on Private Contracts, trash it.
Click: Take 2 Credits from Private Contracts.

Chimera
Neutral ICE
2 Rez Cost
0 Influence Cost
0 Strength
Mythic
When you rez Chimera, choose sentry, code gate, or barrier.  Chimera gains that subtype until derezzed.
When a turn ends, derez Chimera.
- End the run.

Cyber Exodus Contents (Android: Netrunner)

41 Nerve Agent (x3)
42 Joshua B. (x3)
43 Emergency Shutdown (x3)
44 Muresh Bodysuit (x3)
45 Snitch (x3)
46 Chaos Theory (x3)
47 Test Run (x3)
48 Dinosaurus (x3)
49 Personal Workshop (x3)
50 Public Sympathy (x3)
51 Project Vitruvius (x3)
52 Viper (x3)
53 Edge of World (x3)
54 Sunset (x3)
55 Marked Accounts (x3)
56 Pop-Up Window (x3)
57 Woodcutter (x3)
58 Commercialization (x3)
59 Private Contracts (x3)
60 Chimera (x3)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

List of Game of Thrones Traits

Ally
Armor
Army
Asshai
Bannerman
Bastard
Battlefield
Boon
Brotherhood
Captain
Chain
Citadel
City
Clansman
Conclave
Condition
Conscriptor
Creature
Crown
Decree
Direwolf
Dorne
Dothraki
Dragon
Dragonstone
Epic Battle
Fool
Fortification
Free Cities
Fugitive
Herald
House Arryn
House Blacktyde
House Bolton
House Botley
House Brax
House Celtigar
House Clegane
House Dayne
House Florent
House Frey
House Glover
House Goodbrother
House Harlaw
House Hightower
House Karstark
House Manderly
House Mormont
House Payne
House Redwyne
House Reed
House Tarly
House Tully
House Tyrell
House Uller
House Umber
Intrigue Gambit
Ironborn
Iron Islands
Item
King
King's Landing
Kingdom
Kingsguard
Knight
Lady
Lannisport
Lord
Maester
Master of Ships
Mercenary
Merchant
Military Battle
Night's Watch
Oarsman
Oldtown
Others
Poison
Power Struggle
Prayer
Qartheen
Queen
Queensguard
Raider
Rainbow Guard
Raven
Refugee
Reinforcements
River
Riverlands
Sand Snake
Septon
Siege
Skill
Skinchanger
Small Council
Smuggler
Storm's End
Stormlands
Storyteller
Stronghold
The East
The North
The Reach
The South
Title
Traitor
Treaty
Tyroshi
Unsullied
Vehicle
Ward
Warhorse
Warship
Weapon
Westerlands
Westeros
Wildling
Winterfell

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

My recent LCG gaming

I have not been completely idle lately in actually breaking my games out, and figured I'd post about my recent games.

Let's go over my recent games by game.

Android: Netrunner
I've managed to get quite a few games of this in recently, all against Rob.  In the past few weeks, we've played a total of 7 games, 5 of them with me running a Criminal deck against Rob's various Jinteki builds, and 2 of them with me running Haas-Bioroid against Rob's Anarch deck.

I'm not completely familiar with the cards in the game, although I'm getting better, so I definitely walked into quite a few traps when playing against the Jinteki decks.  Overall, I didn't fare too horribly (I went 2-3), and I tended to win in landslides, or lose by net damage.  I've started to get better about protecting myself from the net damage, however.  It's hard to be patient as Criminals, but sometimes you can't afford to run when you don't have cards in your hand to suffer the backlash!

With the Corporation decks, I'm doing pretty well (2-0 against Rob's Anarch deck).  Both our games took quite a bit of time, as I tend to build up slowly, but they both ended about the same way.  Rob ran, figured he had a good setup, and I ended up rezzing either Archer or Janus 1.0, which he couldn't deal with at the time, and set him back so far that he couldn't recover.

Since Netrunner was released, my overall record has been 3-3 with the Runner, and 3-0 with the Corporation.  Not too terrible a start, but I really wish I could play more!

Game of Thrones:
Played two games against Rob.  Both times I took my Greyjoy Kings of Winter choke deck, which I'm trying to get the hang of.  The first game, Rob took a basic Stark Tully based deck that he hadn't updated in a while (no House of Dreams'd Riverrun?) and destroyed me.  He got three power on The Blackfish quickly, with a dupe on him, and I couldn't do anything to slow him down.  End score was 15-0.

Second game, I took the same deck against Rob's Lannister clansmen deck.  This one went much better for me, and I took a 15-0 win, as I managed to basically keep Rob's income low enough to prevent him from playing anything.

So... two games in, and I really couldn't tell you how good my deck was.  A lot of it is likely just my inexperience running such a deck, and I haven't really done any tuning to it yet.  If I could play it more, I probably could improve it though.

Star Wars
I've played two more games of this recently, again against Rob.  Played once as the Light Side, and once as the Dark Side, and both times ended up being absolutely crushed.  I mean, it wasn't even close.

I'm not sure what it is about this game.  I really love the mechanics, and the game as a whole seems to have a LOT of promise.  I just don't seem to 'get' it.  The overall flow of the game is just off for me.  I'm pretty sure I didn't win a single battle, nor a single edge battle, in either of these games.  For now, I'm not really sure what I can do to rectify this either.  My thinking is that I may just take all the cards, build the starter sets out of the box, and just keep playing against myself until I get a good feel for when I should attack, when I should defend, and so on.  There's some basic tactical step I'm missing here, and it's hard playing this until I figure it out.   I will though.  And with the great-looking upcoming expansions, I really want to do so quickly.

Warhammer: Invasion
I've only managed to get a single game of this in.  I've been trying to get it seen at the local game store (Games and Stuff), and managed to rope Rob into a game.  I let him use a copy of the High Elf deck that won the world championship (basically a combo deck that uses Eltharion the Grim to end the game), and I took a basic Orc Rush deck that I had built, with the goal of at least letting Rob get a feel for the game, and playing a deck which had a style that I thought closely matched his.

As you can imagine, I got crushed, which wasn't unexpected.  Still, it was a good time, and I did learn quite a bit from the game.  I don't know what I could do with Orcs to make the game any closer (aside from waiting for errata from FFG for a few cards), but even so, I think that with other decks, I might be able to stand a chance.  And hey, I managed to get a few people to see the Warhammer was a game that was played, so next time I have a Thursday free, I'll head over there, and maybe get some games in!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Various happenings from FFG

Man, lots going on from FFG lately, thankfully for all their games.


Call of Cthulhu has a preview of 'The Key and the Gate' expansion, covering primarily Yog-Sothoth.  However, they decided to use the article to focus on a specific card from the expansion, The Festival.

To be honest, I'm probably nowhere near the level of skill I'd need to tackle building a deck around this, but I would love to try to use this to power a deck.  Maybe some sort of Zoog deck (of course, I'd have to work to get the Dreamlands cycle, but that's beside the point).  Maybe try to use Servant from Out of Time to get the cards I want into the discard pile?  I'm not sure, but it would sure be a fun one to try.

Game of Thrones, after quite a delay, released their next Chapter Pack, Reach of the Kraken, introducing the new naval enhancement!  Of course, it's way too early to see how it'll influence the game, but with the included agenda, Black Sails, has a lot of potential that won't be realized for several more releases.  Still, you could fit what, four characters with naval enhancements (including the one neutral character) into a Greyjoy deck for now, so it's possible to get a start.  Another chapter pack release is probably needed before I even try building such a deck though.

The first deluxe expansion for Star Wars, Edge of Darkness, was announced.  Twenty Two new objective sets, eleven for each side make up this expansion which should turn the Scum and Villainy and Smugglers and Spies into fully functional factions.  Admittedly, I'm a little disappointed that I'll have to purchase two copies of the expansion to have a full playset, but overall I'm happy that they're including a lot of different options for the two factions.  Overall, I'll be happy to see it released.  As I'll mention in my next post, I'm not exactly good at Star Wars- I really just don't get the flow of the game very well, but even so, I genuinely enjoy the system, and I really love the cards.  One day, I imagine I'll get better as well.  I like that the capture theme is being strongly supported in this expansion as well.  Really fits the theme, if you ask me.

Lord of the Rings has an article discussing the deck lists from the next Lord of the Rings Saga Expansion (on the doorstep).  They also cover a few more of the cards in the set.  Lord of the Rings is probably the game I play the least these days, but hey, it's still a pretty cool article.

Finally the announcement of the next deluxe expansion for Warhammer: Invasion.  Titled Cataclysm, it finally provides support to the game for more than two players!  Fantastic news, not only is this something that the game really needed, but it's something that seems to be implemented in a unique and fun manner (having to fight over certain location equivalents).  They are also moving Warhammer over to the deluxe expansion distribution method that Call of Cthulhu has.  I'm a little sad to see this happen, but overall, it's probably a good move for the game.  This way, there will be fewer releases, each of which will have a lot more cards.  Although I'm loving the most recent set of Battle Packs, I am a little impatient to see what other options are available for the Raider and Ambush keywords, which are important parts of several cards.  If this was released as a Deluxe Expansion, I'd be able to have a lot more options earlier.  Definitely would be a bonus.

Friday, January 25, 2013

List of Warhammer: Invasion Traits

Apprentice
Arcane
Armour
Artefact
Assassin
Attachment
Banner
Berserker
Black Ark
Bodyguard
Bretonnian
Building
Capital Center
Cavalry/Calvary
Commander
Condition
Creature
Cultist
Daemon
Disease
Dragon
Elite
Enchantress
Engineer
Environment
Epic
Epic Spell
Forest Spirit
Fortification
Giant
Goblin
Grudge
Hero
Hex
Initiate
Invasion
Knight
Lizardmen
Location
Mage
Martyr
Mercenary
Messenger
Mission
Musician
Mutant
Mutation
Noble
Ogre
Portent
Priest
Raider
Ranger
Relic
Rift
Rogue
Rune
Shaman
Shield
Ship
Siege
Skaven
Skill
Slaan
Slave
Slayer
Sorceror/Sorcerer
Spell
Squig
Standard Bearer
Storyteller
Thief
Title
Tome
Trader
Transportation
Treasure
Troll
Undead
Vampire
Vault
War Machine
Warpstone
Warrior
Wasteland
Weapon
Witch Elf
Witch Hunter/Witchhunter
Wood Elf
Zealot

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

List of Lord of the Rings Traits

* - denote Traits that are on cards that could make up the player deck.

Ally
Archer*
Armor*
Armour (yes, different than the one above)
Artifact*
Balrog
Battleground
Beorning*
Besieger
Boon*
Bridge
Brigand
Burglar*
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Warhammer: Invasion, Overview of Chaos


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So, I'm going to try to start writing articles, at least weekly, for Warhammer.  Eventually, I'll branch into the other games, but since Warhammer: Invasion seems to be the least popular of the LCGs, it's what I'll work on first.

So, today we're going to look at Chaos, and look at the sort of things they do well.  There won't be actual deck lists in this article, but next week (hopefully), I'll start throwing out some simple decks based off these concepts.

So, what sort of things can you expect from Chaos?  CHAOS!  That's what.  Seriously though, there are a LOT of things Chaos does well, which makes it a great supporting faction for other Destruction decks.  On top of that though, there are a few things they are known for.

Corrupting opponent's cards.
Chaos has a large variety of cards that corrupt opposing units.  From Esli'an to Bule, Lord of Pus, your opponents units are going to be down quite a bit.  As you know from the rules, a unit that is corrupted can neither attack nor defend (though could still use it's abilities).  Corrupting several units on your side of the board not only makes your attacks easier, but keeps your capital safer.  In addition, you can use it to power other Chaos cards, like Melekh the Changer or Nurgle Sorcerer.  Again, assuming I actually write the articles like I plan to, this is probably the first style of Chaos deck I'll write an article about.

Direct Damage.
Chaos have a lot of options available to either deal damage directly to a unit on the board, or to the opposing capital.  For damaging units, Plague Bomb, Warhounds, and Sorcerer of Tzeentch are all commonly used cards.  Although probably never used, Cacophonic Scream is actually a pretty cool card, which could really bring the game to a close (assuming you could afford it, eesh).  Combined with above, opposing units are almost never a problem to Chaos decks.

Self-corruption.
This ties, at least a little, with corrupting opposing units, but Chaos absolutely doesn't mind having its own units corrupted.  Using Khorvak Grimbreath, corruption doesn't slow you down offensively, and if your units are corrupted, cards like Keeper of Secrets can happily take advantage of them.

Sacrifice.
The gods of Chaos see their followers as expendable, so it's not a surprise that sacrificing units for beneficial events would be part of Chaos.  Of course, Dark Elves do it better, I think (more on that in another article).  Offering of Blood, Grandfather's Call, and Culling the Weak are some examples.  Combined with certain Chaos units (such as Disgraced Champion), you can get some decent mileage going this route.

Developments as units.
This aspect of Chaos (representing the mutating powers of Tzeentch) allows your developments to assist you on the battlefield.  Kairos Fateweaver provides a long-term way to do this, and Bolt of Change / Full Moon Rising provide a short-term way.  Light of Morrslieb is also taken here to get this going a little faster.

Interacting with the top of your deck.
There's a few cards in Chaos that provide a way to interact (either use, modify, or depend on) with the top of your deck.  I've never tried making decks depending, or even utilizing, this aspect of Chaos, but still, it's out there.  Examples of this include Lord of Change, Boon of Tzeentch, P'tarix, and Xirat'p.

Daemons and Disease.
These are two incredibly common traits in Chaos.  Diseases tend to be attachments with a negative effect to be played on opposing units.  Some are really solid!  Effulgent Boils and Oozing Eye are both effective control cards that will shut a units down.  And what can you use to take advantage of these, offensively?  How about a Beast of Rot!  Admittedly, Daemons don't have a whole lot that utilizes them yet, but Horrific Favour does provide a tie between the two traits, as well as recursion for your Diseases.

And there you have it.  Those are the primary themes amongst Chaos cards.  Now, common deck archetypes (Call of the Breyherd, for instance), aren't really part of these, but almost certainly take advantage of some parts.

Thoughts, comments?