Changes and Moar Gamez!

Straight to business, I’m getting out of L5R. There are numerous reasons for this that can be summed up by simply saying that the time and money I put into the game don’t justify the enjoyment I get out. And I’m going to leave it at that. Unfortunately for anyone who uses my checklist spreadsheet this also means that I will not be making future updates. However, as I understand it, the Oracle of the Void is now available from AEG and will soon support exporting, so my file is pretty much obsolete anyway.

In exchange for my card collection I’m getting a reasonable pile of board games that will no doubt get more play time and better bang for the buck. On the list are: Read more of this post

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L5R Emperor Edition and Checklist Update

Everyone I know who plays L5R already has their Emperor Edition cards, myself included, and I think the official release is this weekend anyway so it’s definitely time for the checklist to be updated. There are now two files, one that includes CE and EE cards and another that only includes sets that have EE legal cards (i.e. BtD and WoH or later). As usual these are available on the checklist page. I might be missing a few promo cards because I never seem to get mail from AEG and frankly I’m tired of having to tell them that I didn’t get Imperial Herald X…. sooner or later they’ll think I’m scamming them for doubles or something. Please let me know if any of the promos are missing. I could check online but haven’t.

I’ve played a few games now with the EE rules and the changes are decent. I’m becoming kind of torn about the game though because I’m realizing that I don’t really find it fun. I enjoy the tactical complexity and the deck building and whatnot but the actual game play always seems to just put me in a bad mood. This could very well be that I consistently play against top-tier players who have such a handle on the game that they seem to have an answer to everything I bring forward at any given time. My stubborn side is determined to keep going but it sort of feels like work. Every now and then I’d like to see how my decks actually work competitively so I can get a better understanding of how to play in different situations. When everything I do consistently results in a loss it’s nearly impossible to get a good feel for what was actually working. This is actually a two sided problem. On one hand, when playing against people of relatively equal experience, I win games more often or at very least make them work for a win. In those games, I also get a muddy feel for the deck because I’m not sure if I was really put through the paces or I was just profiting subconsciously off of their mistakes. On the other hand, games against the ‘elite’ seem to be exercises in futility where I lose quickly or am able to prolong the inevitable for a length of time that just makes me wonder why I’m playing the game for so long only for the same outcome.
Griping aside I’m still optimistic and excited to play, we’ll see what happens.

An update.

It’s been a few months since my last post and I figured it was time to let you know that I haven’t forgotten this project.
I was fortunate enough to find a new job only a couple of weeks after I started looking. It’s been a huge change of pace for me however and my time has been filled primarily with getting up to speed and dealing with a significantly changed commute. Combined with the typical hiccups and tasks that life brings, the blog just hasn’t been high on the priority list. I’m starting to get a handle on everything though and my typical hobbies and distractions are becoming more regular.
I recently played Race for the Galaxy and Rune Wars and plan on playing them again in the near future so I can work on reviews to post here. There are a couple of other games that I was probably ready to review before the job change but I’m going to wait until I play again to give them attention here.
That’s all for now, my work schedule is 10x heavier than the previous job so I’ll likely have to start writing posts for the blog from home instead of on the clock… unless of course they are just quickies like this one.
Happy gaming.

Recent rumblings

I’ve been spending most of my time lately looking for new employment rather than thinking on games, hence the lack of updates. I have, however, had the opportunity to try out the new Rune Age deck building game based on FFGs RuneBound/RuneWars/Descent world. It’s the first deck building game that I’ve ever played and I thoroughly enjoyed most of it. Some of the scenarios didn’t make for fun play but I should give them another go before doing up a proper review.

Aside from watching for news about new Mantic developments I’ve been keeping up on L5R news and given my recent need for new employment I have to say I’m kind of happy that the Emperor Edition release is getting pushed back two months. On another L5R note, the recent announcement about the Oracle of the Void is exciting despite being very likely to make my own checklist/deckbuilding project irrelevant. For the time being, I’m continuing to add cards to my Excel file just in case the Oracle ends up being lame. I have high hopes that it will be well built but I can’t help think that it might end up being on par with L5RSearch *shudder*. So for those who use my checklist, fear not; unless the Oracle is amazing enough for me to start using it exclusively, I will carry on with my own project!

Until next time, happy gaming.

L5R Second City Update

Yet another month has past with little in the way of gaming, but that is in many ways a good thing because I’ve been traveling a lot, visiting a lot of people, and spending time doing a lot of the other things I enjoy. I received my boxes of Second City for L5R this last weekend and was able to update the checklist to account for them. As always, the latest version is available here: L5R Inventory Checklist

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.

Checklist update to fix proxy generator error

I swear I fixed this problem months ago, but the first column of cards in the proxy generator was displaying Force instead of Chi. This has been corrected along with some minor typos elsewhere. My apologies for any inconveniences.

The latest version of the file can be found here: L5R Inventory Checklist