Category: MAGE

Hobby Blues

Well it been a while since I last wrote anything as I’ve been having a major hobby downer recently. One of those periods when you spend far more time on the XBox (replaying Diablo III for the umpteenth time) than hobbying.  Fortunately I seem to be out the other side of it now and am actually being more productive than I have in years.

It all started going downhill in the run up to the Malifaux Welsh GT.  As it got closer and closer I got less and less enthused about playing but as I had forked out a load of money on tickets and travel I felt I had to go through with it.   In the end I walked into the venue on the day and just couldn’t bring myself to play – it would have been a miserable experience for both my opponent and myself – so I dropped out (thanks Martin and Luke for making that painless)   The most wonderful David Brown also agreed to take over the running of the Malifaux Team event (ITC) which meant for the first time in 5 years I didn’t have any Malifaux commitments – strange feeling.

Then it was Salute and Mrs Marshall came along with me for the day.  Wandered around, chatted with some people, bought some bits and bobs and came away with the Gangs of War starter box which Matt and I had been talking about playing.  We were both very enthused for this, so much so that I finally finished up my Roman / Greek temple that I had been working on for a few years and then built a whole board to go with it.  Great stuff.  However (and didn’t you know there was going to be a however) the sales model that GoR is awful – I’ll be ranting about it another day – and that basically killed the game for us stone dead.  Ah well, back to the drawing board – or the XBox in my case 🙂

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Then the funniest thing happened.  A friend of mine, Dan, has recently got into Moonstone and asked if I wanted to go over and play a game and have it videoed for his You Tube channel.  Why not I thought, hadn’t played it before but the models are very lovely and I hadn’t actually played anything for ages.

Well it was like a switch had been turned on.  The game is masses of fun, with some awesome mechanics – I especially like the sword fighting components – and I will definitely be playing it again but the simple act of playing a game was enough to lift me out of the hobby funk that I had been in and get me away from the console and back to the painting table.

With MAGE II coming up I had set myself the task of having fully painted crews for all the games.  This of course meant actually painting stuff but after playing with Dan that no longer seemed the chore that it was previously.  So in the last couple of weeks I have finally finished off my Dead Mans Hand posse of Father Wilson and the Educators and I am now cracking on with the OGAM project that has been knocking around since 2014.  Just got a few more vikings to finish.  The beauty of this one will be that it gets me half way to having a fully painted SAGA force as well which is again something I have wanted for years but have always managed to come up with creative ways to avoid getting.

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Then it will be on with Burrows and Badgers and finally a Guildball team (I will probably end up speed-painting these as I can’t see myself playing a game beyond the one at MAGE)

Will keep you updated as I crack on, and who knows, we might even record something

Lets face it, I’m a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one

MAGE II – The Hexathalon

Well it took a little longer than I hoped but I finally got the dates locked down for MAGE II.  Its going to be on 30th June – 1st and will be held in the village hall just around from my house.

If you have no idea what I am talking about then I did a brief article earlier in the year here which gives some idea though of course it has now been overtaken by events outside my control

As I said previously the original plan was for it to be 7 games over the weekend but the hall is already booked on the Friday night (I guess they don’t know who I am) hence the reduction to 6 games and we will do the big Gaslands demolition derby on the Saturday night.  Which means of course that its BBQ and Beer on the Friday night though I’m sure we will be able to drag out a few folding tables and get some gaming going in the moonlight (who says romance is dead)  Maybe even a trial run of Labyrinth for next years Butterfly House.

So onto the serious!!! business of how the event will run

The 6 games are going to be

  • Of Gods and Mortals
  • Dead Mans Hand
  • Guildball
  • Malifaux
  • Open Combat
  • Burrows and Badgers

There will be models to borrow for each of these if you don’t have a crew / warband / army / team / insert term here though not having your own models will impact on the points you can score.  Well yes of course there are points, somebody has to win after all (it will be Joe Wood) Basically there are a 1000 points up for each game of which very few are actually based on winning and many more of them are available for just doing stuff in the game.

Matt is in charge of coming up with the gaming schedule (expect it the day before the event- he’s been promising it to me for the last 4 months) and I will be producing the achievement  sheets over the next month or so.

As always with these events, you are more than welcome to camp in my garden but there are also several local B&Bs if camping fills you with dread.

Interested?

If you are just drop me a line via any of the usual channels and I can get you signed up – max of 24 spaces.  Its going to cost you the princely sum of £10 for the weekend just to cover the hall rental (which has new toilets thanks to a National Lottery grant – if you’ve been before you know this is a big plus 🙂 )

Hope to see you then.

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Lets face it, I’m a complete geek, wargaming, xbox games and playing with lasers. I tried 3D printing but it made my head hurt. Flighty in the extreme, hobby projects last a couple of days before moving onto the next one