GenCon 2012, Part Two

Welcome to part two of my highlights from GenCon 2012!
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GenCon 2012, Part One

Yesterday I returned from my first trip to GenCon. I’ve wanted to attend to this epic convention for the last 20 years and finally made it happen. I was joined by a good friend of mine, Alchemist. I thoroughly enjoyed myself but both Alchemist and I agreed that had we attended 15 years ago, it would have been exponentially more awesome. Considering we are both much more mature and responsible with our money than in those days of frivolity, not to mention less starstruck when seeing or meeting celebrities and such, there was slightly less magic to the trip.
We got to play a lot of different games, attend several events, and usually remembered to take pictures. Below are some photos and highlights from the trip.
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General Update and L5R Checklist Update

Seems like a while since I’ve done some proper war gaming. It’s been a busy summer of seemingly endless house renos, yard work, and other not so fun stuff such as the passing of one of my cats, a dear friend for 11 years. I’ve managed to get a few board games in which included Tannhauser, 7 Wonders, and Rattus, all of which I enjoyed. I want to get in a few more rounds with each before doing some reviews. August is full of vacation time out of city, so there will be even less going on here until September.

I’ve also been playing L5R quite a bit to help a few of my friends get prepped for the GenCon tournament… sadly I am not attending GenCon. Hopefully I’ll make my first pilgrimage next year. On that note, I’ve updated the L5R inventory checklist to include promo cards from the latest Imperial Herald as well as the GenCon promo pack. Some of them are currently missing artist names but I will update as soon as I have the cards in hand. As always, the latest version of the checklist can be found on it’s own page here: L5R Inventory Checklist

Somebody mentioned last weekend that there was a promo card missing that was given out for Kotei 2011 participation but I can’t recall which one it was. I referenced some sites to see if I was missing anything and everything seems to be there. If you can’t find the card your looking for, add a comment below and I’ll update the file.

Game Review: Death Angel

Death Angel by Fantasy Flight Games (FFG)
Official Death Angel Website

Death Angel is a cooperative, card-based board game for 1 to 6 players. The players control a varying number of space marine terminator teams, dependent on the number of players, who venture through an ancient space hulk filled with Tyranid genestealers. It’s fast paced, exciting, and nerve-wracking. Death, on both sides, happens fast and frequently.
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Horus Heresy battle report

HappyDD wrote up a narrative battle report of our first Horus Heresy game last Thursday and sent it along for me to post here. Enjoy 🙂

Horus Heresy
Alternate History – WWaSP (Traitor Forces) vs. HappyDD (Imperial Forces) in the
Battle for Terra.
Result: Imperial Victory with the death of Horus.

The siege of Terra began with a bombardment of the planet that changed its surface, opening massive crevasses that scared the landscape. After this bombardment, the traitors began landing forces on the planet to form a beachhead. The first drop pods of the traitors landed Angron and World Eaters forces at Space Port Primus and Death Guard forces at Eternity Well Spaceport.
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Game Review: Horus Heresy

The BFG photos are still coming. I’m nearly finished painting them but lost track of time before I could get around to taking some shots. It is on my to do list for this weekend though. In the mean time here is a review of Horus Heresy, which I played with HappyDD for the first time last night.

Horus Heresy a board game by Fantasy Flight Games (FFG)
Official Horus Heresy Website

Horus Heresy is a two player strategy game set in the Warhammer 40k universe. It lets players relive the pivotal moment in Imperial history when Horus betrayed the Emperor. One player takes on the role of the Imperials, controlling loyalist units such as Imperial Guard, Imperial Tanks, and Space Marines as well as four Space Marine Primarchs and the Emperor himself. The other player takes the role of the traitors, who have betrayed the Imperium and turned to Chaos. This player controls units such as Chaos Space Marines, Daemons, Traitor Primarchs and Horus. The traitors are attacking the Imperial Palace on Terra from space in an attempt to slay the Emperor.
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