The journey took a while but I finally have my Test of Honour Ronin complete. Ironically, I’ve had my bandits for much longer but the ronin seemed easier, and therefore less intimidating, to paint up.
For a few years now (or actually closer to a decade), my group and I have wondered about a curious deduction game called Master Thieves. This game centers around a wooden jewelry box contraption that the players manipulate to gain resources and win the game. We first encountered the game at BGG Con long ago but never tried it. With a $170 price tag on the secondary market and the game out of print, buying the game outright is a huge risk. Luckily, we have the technology to rebuild him. or her. it?
It’s almost Halloween and that has me looking at horror-themed games, especially Walking Dead. While I haven’t found time to put it in the general rotation, I did have an experiment I wanted to try out. I’ve seen some very talented painters do things in a comic-style paint scheme and I wanted to try it out a little bit but in my own way.
With the first two phases complete on my pimp out of Era: Medieval Age, it was time to move on to the next piece, the player boards. These boards were complained about a lot and is the only major piece of criticism with the game from what I see online. The publisher provided a sticker set to improve the overall visibility of the board numbers but I know we can do a lot better than that. Also, it doesn’t change the fact that the boards are such bland and uninspiring yellow.
I started pimping out the new Era: Medieval Age game last week and, after cracking the code for the peg hole layout, I was able to move on to phase 2- storage. I first got the idea from a request by a user on BGG: use extra player boards to store all the loose buildings. Since I’m able to create a new board from scratch, I’m not limited to a single player board so I decided to make one large storage board.
I was able to base up the new Test of Honour figures so I got them primed up to prepare them for painting. The process was quick as I haven’t put a lot of effort into basing my TOH figures (just white glue and sand) but they came out nice and I’m looking forward to getting some paint on them.
I was looking around for Test of Honour ninjas because they are becoming rare now that the game has moved on from Warlord Games. I’m sure Grey For Now will create ninjas for the game but I really liked the sculpts of those 1st edition miniatures. I have a set of my own but in my searching, I stumbled across this user did an amazing conversion using the ninja sculpts and the heads from the Masked Men set.
I had a chance to play Matt Leacock’s new game Era: Medieval Age at Gen Con and instantly liked it. The quality components and the full “city building” game style was immediately appealing. I didn’t pick it up at the Con as I didn’t want to fight the crowds and haul it home but I finally picked it up and got it to the table.
I’ve had some time to think about the Dropzone Commander games that I played over the weekend. While I enjoy the gathering of friends and the rolling of dice, the games themselves were more of a farce than a gaming experience. That isn’t a slight on my opponents as they played with the superior strategy and won out legitimately. Moreover, the game did not excite or engage like it did in the past and now I find myself wondering where to go from here.