So I sit here at the In-laws ready to write this blog, it’s very noisy with kids running around and I seem to be on tea duty while the women play cards, so lets see how much of this I can get done and indeed how much makes sense with ample distraction.
2014 has been a busy year for me, but what has happened with my gaming?
Well, I introduced my wife and daughter to some more geeky, challenging board games instead of the usual mainstream ones and they went down really well.
Zombiciede, Dobble and Love Letter becoming firm favourites, just below the most popular- Ticket to Ride which we all love and play most often. It’s great to get some gaming time in with the family that is a little more strategic and fun than your average roll the dice 99% luck games.
I also picked up Saga to play with a set of people I don’t get to game with as often these days. It’s not my favourite system in the world (Malifaux!), but it’s not a bad little game with decent strategy to play on occasion. I’ve probably had roughly 10 games of it and have aquired a 6 point force of Vikings in metal, something in which I’d probably like to change to plastic, or at least add some plastic to, we’ll see.
Most of my gaming this year, unsuprisingly and unregrettably has been comprised of Malifaux. If I had to estimate the amount of games played I think it’d be in the region of 90 odd altogether which isn’t too shabby I’d say!
I’ve been to 9 tournaments over the year which I’m suprised I’ve been allowed to get away with having a Wife and kids and working most Saturdays. Tournaments on the Malifaux scene are great though, always well run with great people to play, if you haven’t been to one before you should really think about it, it doesn’t matter if you’re competative or just like pushing toys around, you’ll more than likely have a great time.
In Tournaments and out I’ve been mostly playing ressers and by mostly ressers that means mostly Molly. Molly just fits the way I like to play, she has tons of different ways to build a crew and ways to actually build herself, let alone lots of triggers and things to summon. Her fluff is amazing too and I just love the cast-off horror theme she has going.
I’ve also been playing a bit of McMourning, Nico, some Viks and a little Von Schill while trying to learn Seamus. I love Seamus’ fluff and models but I just don’t think he works for me on the table which is sad but think it’s the same for Nico too. I’ve always gone in with the approach of collecting and playing an entire faction but I’ve realised that these two masters aren’t really for me (probably won’t stop me testing them now and again though!) I’m pretty much there with McMourning though and can pick him up and play quite efficently even with just a few games with him this year, I like the fact that I use a totally different set of models with him compared to Molly too, makes for a fun switch up.
Tournament game-wise i’ve not done anything spectacular in terms of results, but have gradually been getting better as the year has gone on, which is pretty cool. In the last two tournaments I’ve played in I’ve been in contention for some decent positions – 15th at the GT and 2nd at wyrdo with a beardo, my own bad play screwing me over before my opponents making sure I couldn’t recover, but I wasn’t ever out of each game which is a good thing to take away for me, as is knowing where I went wrong. Definitely got stronger at competative play.
If I look back at the tournaments I’ve attended throughout the year and had to pick my favourite, it’d have to be the GT. The GT was the biggest Malifaux event ever in the world, it brought together the north and south and I met lots of people I hadn’t before. It was great to see groups of people I only see at some northern tournaments with people I only see at southern ones. All this while being a smartly run 2 dayer (something I don’t do often) where there was plenty of time to socialise and get drunk (#towelsout anyone?) great raffle prizes, nice venue, early Sunday finish….need I go on?
One thing I do like about tournaments, and I’m sure Mr Joel Henry was alluding to it on the latest Malifools, is travelling about. I’ve heard talk of Wargaming Meccas, the likes of what Maelstrom used to be, and while I like them, if every event was held in the same location it’d get a little boring. I enjoy heading to a town I’ve never been before talking crap in the car with mates and turning up to some random WMC, playing people I’ve not met or don’t see often.
Painting-wise I haven’t done a lot of Malifaux at all, nearly a non-existant painting year for me 😦 I took on an army commission earlier this year but have been working roughly 2 hours more a day at work which has really hampered my painting time and so made this commission stretch much longer than it should have done.
So, in effect, the only painting I have done for myself this year is a Kirai box set right at the start of the year, which I haven’t even played with, and 4 models for my Molly crew. Despite only painting 4 useable models this year I’ve done pretty damn well in painting contests at tournaments as you can see from the trophies etc below!
So what I’m looking at for the year ahead in gaming, painting and all things hobby?
I’d love to finally get back into my original, which has now become secondary faction, The Outcasts. Still very much like Viks and Von schill but need to play them a lot more. Also love the idea of some of the newer masters (Jack Daw, Tara) and it has long been the aim to get into a few of them (Hamelin, Leve, Misaki) I just seem to be taking my time getting to it! I’m going to aim to make the entire faction plastic, but we’ll see about that one!
Still can see myself playing tons of Molly in the Ressers, more McM and will paint and try out Yan Lo and Kirai to see if either match my playstyle and can increase my Resser arsenal.
We’ll see how all that goes, but it’s just a rough plan, I’ll play whatever I feel like 🙂
In the more competative side of gaming, I’d like to finish no lower than where I am now in the rankings, maybe top 30 would be nice however even staying in the same place as I finished this year (46th) would be like finishing higher as the scene gets bigger and better skilled.
Painting for the coming year will hopefully be a lot different to this one. I’m coming to the end of this Army commission I’ve had going so will be clear to do whatever I like. That means a lot of Malifaux painting for myself and maybe some other bits too. I might take on the odd commission, but not for a while and it’ll only be single model ones to a high standard.
Looking Forwards to 2015!