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The Worst of 2015

Evening Folks,

I’ve just posted a best of 2015 which I may add to, so I thought I’d start a worst of 2015.  Now it’s taken me ages to come up with anything to feature here, there’s not a huge amount of junk that I’ve invested/bought for me to comment on.

Ral Partha figures for Horror on the Orient Express

I know Horror on the Orient Express is based in the 1930’s but the figures look just like they come from the 1980’s, so awful.  With what the likes of Wyrd Games, Games Workshop/Forge World, Tor Gaming etc producing it jusawfulralparthaminiaturest shows that Ral Partha should also look and think ‘more dynamic’.

Alas I couldn’t find a decent picture, so this will have to do.  I thought about these as I was looking for suitable Shadowrun figures for a desktop RPG I run but shocking just RP rubbish.

Makes me wonder if I could Kickstart a series of Shadowrun figures…

 

Torn Armor

What an episode this Kickstarter was, and in truth it stopped me from backing a number of projects earlier in the year when I waited and read, and waited and then read more and more.  Can’t quite believe how a project person who draws maps for a living can make such a mess of this.  Yes they got ripped off, but a quick use of Google Foo could have drawn up the conclusion that they discovered in the end.

So when the box set finally arrived in the middle of the year, they were opened up and wow… the quality of all the boxed compoments were lame.  Not far off the quality I could do myself and certaintly not the quality I was lead to expect… I’ll take some pictures and share the amateurness at a future point.

Right that’s enough for the moment… I will come back here an update it, when/if I remember something.  I’d be interested in what others felt disappointed in of 2015 releases.

Cheers
MBM

The C’thu are coming…

Greetings all,

I trust you’ve all had a better xmas holiday break so far than I’ve had. I got a present off my eldest a day early – it was her stomach bug.  Not eaten that little for so many years, unusual and lack of ale hasn’t helped.

Well 2015 has been such a busy year.  Not just for me personally but also in the world of gaming, be that RPG/tabletop or War Gaming or even Video Gaming, an amazing year really.  I’ll be posting a recap of it next week but something new is happening in 2016…

Tor Gaming have started to release information about their up and coming Kickstarter Project.  The project is for the latest faction to see the light of day, and follows on from the hugely successful Ridend that were launched earlier this year.

Here’s a video teaser posted a few days ago on their facebook page and then on youtube.

So who are the C’thu?  Well aside from a new faction they’re a race influenced by the Cthulhu Mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.  Now I’m a huge fan of Lovecraft.  Whilst I’m not his most avid reader I have found myself lost within the world he created.  This has all come to the point where any faction for any game that’s influenced/based upon gets my attention and oh my, the C’thu have.

They’re for the Relics tabletop war game by Tor Gaming.  The chaps based in Sheffield (UK) have been producing Relics for about 5 years and the C’thu marks the 6th faction based on race to be released (there’s a Mercenary faction making a total of 7) and brings Horror to the game.  Horror being a lingering effect that makes you soil yourself (not really but your morale takes a hit).

The Kickstarter project goes live on 5th January 2016 and shows that Tor Gaming have moved with the times and now use 3d sculpting (Russ Charles) to create their figures.  A move that I like very much as with 3d sculpts you can see detail that you can’t really see in greens.

Here are some 3d sculpts that I’ve managed to liberate off of their facebook group.  As you can see lots of lovely detail and I love the mi-go influenced flying ‘thing’ that’s part of the starter set!

Here are some concept art as well, you can compare the sculpts against some of their concepts.  Of course, until models are actually mastered things may change but I’m hoping we get what we see!

If you love the Relics fiction then you can find some great new stories for the C’thu and then maybe find out more about them before the KS project starts.  So go off to the TG website and find it here.

Also here’s a new picture for ‘C’thu vs Ridend’ it’s very very very good.  This was done by Christian Schwager (see his FB page) who does all of the concept art for each figure for TG (well has done for many many years).

C'thu vs Ridend

C’thu vs Ridend

And now here is the story written by Dan Fellows for that picture – read and then run!

The bloodcurdling cries of the Ridend rang out into the night as the cult of C’thu rampaged through their woodland homes in the outback settlement of Wensnett, butchering without prejudice all who dared to stand in their path. The C’thunian Warriors snarled and spat as they brought their swords crashing down upon the skulls of their enemies, mauling and clawing at their foes as their slithering jaws snapped wildly. It was a blur of madness within the forest and the only way to distinguish the mature C’thunian from the younglings was by the length of the twisted tentacles that spewed forth from their slimy maws in a grotesquely tangled fashion. In every respect they were horrific to look upon and their characteristics were clearly gifted to them by the Last God whose image they resembled so greatly.

In the middle of the chaos an avatar of C’thu, a great Prime, directed the rabble. A being of pure filth, his corrupted flesh poured out from beneath his rusted armour and he dribbled from his dog like mouth as he spoke, muttering incoherently in a cursed tongue as he offered blood sacrifices to his patron.

The Hag Kin of the woodland realm watched helplessly from the shadows as the beasts slaughtered the Ridend children of the forest and torched their homes. There would surely be vengeance for this cruel deed acted out upon on them but for the time being, outnumbered and ambushed they were forced to simply observe as the monstrous Rapthorgul tore down the treetop homes of the peasants with startling ease; its jaws gnashing and slashing at the desperate victims as they tried to flee from the horror.

The Cult of C’thu had ambushed the Ridend for no other reason than to cause them suffering. There was no political or monetary gain to be gotten from the assault; it was simply destruction for the sake of it. The vicious hounds of Cantaaris had made their way into the village in the dead of night ahead of the main forces and killed many of the frail and the young, ripping their throats out as they slept. The youngling C’thunian Hunters had followed closely behind them, running ahead of their fathers and brothers in order to prove themselves and further their own status within the pack. In their attempt to prove their worth in the eyes of C’thu they had performed the most heinous and disgusting acts upon the Ridend, even going so far as to smother the tiny Ridend infants; snatching them from their cradles and the arms of their mothers, ignoring their harrowingly desperate pleas for mercy.

Those who were able to willingly took their own lives by plunging to the floor of the forest as they witnessed the slaughter of the infants, rather than live to become the playthings of the sick minded C’thu. Those who attempted to resist them were quickly put to the sword while the ruling Ridendean elders were resigned to suffer the worst torment imaginable.

The lords and ladies were stripped of their clothing and possessions before being presented before the Prime, they shook with fear as the combined forces of the C’thunian tore down their homes around them while the younglings sneered and spat at them. The Prime raised his arms to the heavens and roared his tainted curses loudly as he beckoned for the assistance of his god. A thick cloud of black smog fell over the elders, smothering them. They choked and gasped for air as the wind stripped the flesh from their bones and twisted them into a new unique form. As the smoke cleared all that remained of the elders was a gibbering mush of slimy flesh that slithered across the forest floor, warping and absorbing the bodies of the dead as the Cult of C’thu howled their harrowing songs of victory long into the night.

Lastly (for the moment) we come to the C’thu logo.  Look at this, looks great I think and I hope in the future that it’s on some badge and maybe more.  I’m sure we’ll find more about it during the KS Project.

C'Thu Logo

C’Thu Logo

Enough of this now, I’ll post again when the project goes live but join the FB page or sign up for the newsletter over at the Tor Gaming website so you don’t miss out because I may well run off screaming of some insanity when January 5th comes around.

Until my next post, keep gaming.

Cheers
MBM

 

 

Cthuhlu returns, well he’s trying not once, but twice!

So folks, it’s been busy here… I go away for a few days then I hear that Great Cthulhu wants to take over the world.

How is he going to take over the world? Well he’s not using legions of cultists (well he could be if I think harder about this), he’s using KickStarter….

As of today (12th June 2013) there are TWO different projects running.  One by Chaosium for the 7th Edition Call of Cthulhu RPG rulesbook, and the other by Sandy Petersen called Cthulhu Wars (Boardgame) (and Sandy is also involved in the Chaosium project, busy man!).

Those of you who follow this blog will know that last year I backed the Orient Express project (still waiting for it) and I’m a big fan of Cthulhu ever since playing the 3rd edition RPG rules back in the 80’s.

Anyway so let’s investigate these projects.  Today I shall investigate the 7th Edition RPG, so i make a roll…… an 08!  Not bad and below my Library Use skill of 41.

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition

This is my personal favourite and was the first of the 2 Cthulhu projects I backed.  I have sitting on my shelves two copies of the GW printed 3rd Edition (don’t ask me why I have 2 copies) and I have the 25th Anniversary Edition (Green Leatherette) and a softback 6th Edition.  That’s plenty so why do I want more?

Sadly 2012 saw the passing of Lynn Willis.  A chap who has been instrumental in the CoC universe since it’s inception and I believe they saw this as the opportunity to look at the rules and bring them upto date with the newer/updated rules sets out there.  I also believe they want to issue a new version with new blood involved to allow them to rejuvinate the brand.

So what’s so special then about this?  Well you could read it on the KS project located here, but I’ll recap things for you.

  • Character Creation has been revamped to make it easier and to add more ‘life’ to your character
  • Skill Rolls now have graded difficulty, gone are the guessing that this is hard to take erm 20 off your skill
  • Opposed rolls.  No longer do you need to use your brains or look at the chart, it’s now on the character sheet
  • Pushing skill rolls.  You may now re-attempt some skill roll you failed if you can justify it, but it may be even harder..
  • Plenty of new advice for Players and Keepers
  • Improved Sanity Rules
  • Combat Melee has been revamped.  Now we have Combat maneuvers rather than the Grapple Rules.
  • Chases have been updated with (hopefully simpler and quicker rules)
  • Mythos have been updated!
  • Spells have been revamped
  • New scenarios
  • Completely redesigned/vamped layout.

That’s quite a lot and sounds like they’re going in the right direction.  These days I prefer to play the simpler rules such as Savage World, but CoC has a great history and atmosphere…

On top of the revamped Keeper’s Rulebook they’re also releasing an Investigators Handbook, aimed, oddly enough at the players.

Here’s a list of some of it’s main contents:

  • 10 Chapters detailing the creation of characters
  • More than 100 Occupations
  • Investigator Organisations
  • Advice for players
  • Reference Chapters
  • “Life as an Investigator”, which provides examples taken from the Investigators Holy Bible, “The files of the Theron Marks Society”

That sounds like an excellent addition to the Keeper’s Rulebook, I just hope it really expands upon the main rules rather than muddy them up and confuse the main rules like some expansions do.

Now these main books are coming out in 4 different forms.  You have PDF (for those (like me) who tend to use a tablet rather than a book), Softback, Hardback and for the Kickstarter only, a special Leatherette Edition that’s very similar to their anniversary editions.

30th Anniversary Edition

Now that I’m writing this the project has been ongoing for a few days (16 days to go) and has easily reached it’s starting goal level of $40k.  That figure was of course way too small to cover all of this, but it’s small enough for the project to be an early success that then makes people happier that they will receive their stuff and thus back it…

That means that they’ve had stretch goals added and as of today ($225k reached) a rather lot of them have been unlocked.

To once again save you the bother, here’s the list in minor detail:

  • Arkham Country Map – 3 full colour maps
  • Scenario Floorplans – Updated and enlarged over the originals that were to be included.
  • Keeper’s Rulebook Colour Plates – New colour plates to be added to the Keeper’s Book.
  • 7th Edition Keeper Screen – Added to all pledge levels that will receive a printed Keeper’s Book.
  • Two Colour Layout – Both books receive 2 colour layout upgrades.  Certain pledges will receive a dice bag with custom dice.
  • Keeper’s Screen Map Set – Those pledges receiving the Keeper’s Screen will receive 3 maps
  • Big-Big Art Boost – more art for the main books, plus the ability to purchase ‘the direction’ of a piece.
  • The Evidence File – additional content for Keeper’s to bring life to their games.  Keeper’s Rulebook will also receive an enhanced Index.
  • The Phobia Deck – a set of oversized cards detailing the Phobias.  Added to the pledges receiving the leatherette rulebook.
  • Nameless Horrors – a PDF of 7 newly written scenarios.  Print copies are added to certain pledges.
  • Cthulhu Through the Ages – a PDF detailing Cthulhu in other periods of history.  Available to every pledge that receives the Investigator Handbook.
  • The Curious Character Deck – a set of oversized cards detailing various Characters (Cultists, Mobsters etc).  Added to the pledges receiving the leatherette rulebook.

Phew!  That’s it for the moment.

They do have 2 more stretch goals already list but more money is needed to unlock these.  My only issue I have with this ‘extra’ stuff, is that it’s getting a bit thin.  I’d prefer to see the book produced in full colour.  I’d prefer to see more content added to both books, for example equipment prices and availability for the main genres of the game.  Basically I’d prefer to see content that enhances the main books.

So I went for the  NICTITATING NYARLATHOTEP, THE MESSENGER which at current conversion rates is around £215.  I need to add shipping of £15 to this, so do I feel that I’m getting a good deal for my £230?  Yes I think so, plenty of stuff but for £100 for each book I’d be expecting full colour and basically works of art like the Forgeworld Books.

Here below I have linked the KickTraq statistics so that we can see where it’s at, for example since I started writing this blog, it’s gone up another $1k.

Call of Cthulhu 7th Edition -- Kicktraq Mini

One thing that I’ve forgotten to mention is the fact they’ve added the Curiosity Shoppe.  This allows you to buy the items that you may not receive if your pledge isn’t high enough, but also stuff that no-one receives automatically, a couple of t-shirts, art direction and maybe something else.

Anyway that’s all for this blog post.  Basically one of my favourite pastimes’ favourite games is receiving a make over, an upgrade, an update.  I welcome that and I want to be helping with it.  I would ask that you all do the same.  It’s a great game, a great brand and it’s responsible for so much of the games (board, RPG and computer) that we see these days.  There would not of been the Hellboy comics either I would think.. anyway I’m going back in time.

So please back it.  Let’s make this the best it can be.

CheersColin

March is gone, so what have I been doing?

Evening,

I should be out but instead I’m at home, writing this of course.

Now that March has gone (well nearly) it’s time to look at what’s happened.

First, let’s look at Relics.

As some of you might remember Tor Gaming ran a KS project called ‘Relics Reinforcements‘ during Jan/Feb, well time is moving on and so I thought I’d pop back to see what they were upto.

They’ve been busy.  If you look at the updates (some are only for backers) you can see that the models are still being sculpted (some are finished) and that Gavin has recently been working on the new rulebook.

That’s great news, my ONLY issue with Relics was the first Rulebook was a bit hard to read, the fonts and spacing, well let’s say they didn’t work with my eyes.  But look here, see how good the new Rulebook will look.

Reading from the update post it seems there will be two versions.  The first release a ~140 page A5 full colour hardback rulebook.  Nice.  A5 is a good size and I know if I have to take a Rulebook with me (40k/Warmachine) I prefer A5 versions and it being hardback means hopefully the cover/corners won’t get damaged too quickly.  Not that mine do, I take too much care, but I’ve seem some copies of them…

Next though and the interesting point is that they’re also going to release a Limited Edition release.  200 of these will be made and the cost is just £20, so I’ll order one of them via my KS pledge (limited to 1 per customer).  When I get mine, I’ll post a nice blog with photos.

Anyway onto some other KS projects that have my cash waiting for them and both have hit their targets so I know I’m going to get some goodies in the post later over summer.

First up we have Torn Armor (yes the U doesn’t exist but we the English can still read the word so no moaning).

A boardgame with some very nice figures being created for it.  I won’t go into much detail as you can find everything on their KS project webpage.  But time hasn’t run out yet for you to get a great deal so pop over now and pledge.

Second we have something very different, still a boardgame but a much darker game.

The KS project is called ‘Spinespur, the Survival Horror miniatures game‘.  Phew that’s quite a title.

This project has reached it’s goal but only just.  There are still 6 days left on it, so please if you like Horror games then take a good look at this.  It’s very interesting and one of the rules that I love is that when a character dies, they die with all their gear and you can pop over and loot them, amazing – now we just need Xbox/PC games to follow this.

And that’s the end of the KS stuff, back now to my SAGA Vikings.

During March I managed to paint 9 of them, a very poor result but a start.  That’s as many figures as I painted the entire of last year!  I will continue with them but I’ve been set a challenge that I shall post about in the week that follows.

Next we come to Warmachine.

This needs it’s own post, so I’ll just say that after looking at various rulebooks recently for a little project I picked up my Warmachine A5 rulebook and re-read parts of it.  Tonight I just happened to order more models and I’ve got a game of Warmachine on Thursday, I’ve not played Warmachine since last summer….

Lastly we come to GW.

Tau.

There we are, quite simple wasn’t it.

I picked up the White Dwarf iPad subscription (£44 for the year was quite cheap) and had to go through reading all about the Tau.  Plus White Dwarf is 400 editions old, bloody hell I have some in the cupboard upstairs that are in their 70’s.  Yep, I’m old.

I had of course to order the Ltd Edition Tau Codex.  Tau have been a secret ‘like’ of mine for years but GW left them for dead.  So what we have is a small release, a few new models, a new codex and some existing models now in plastic.

Very much like the Warmachine section, this one needs a post all of it’s own and i’ll get that tomorrow I would hope.

Anyway I feel like painting some models, but I have guests and they are staying in my spare room/painting studio, so the Warmachine blog post next.

Cheers
Col