Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Some super cool releases and previews from GenCon!

Back and recovered from Gencon! This year it was a blast. They succeeded in gaining more ground for the convention, which made the vendor area and event areas even bigger. When we do we get to rename the city Gencon, Indiana?! OK, I guess just for one week.

As usual, I was constantly marching around the vendor hall checking out everything. Today I wanted to throw out a few things I think are worth keeping an eye on.

Monday, August 8, 2016

GenCon Highlights

I had a great time at GenCon this past weekend. I tried out board and minis game demos and played in a couple of tournaments. As in the past, there was just too much to see and do in four days to get to experience all of the convention. The exhibit hall was expanded and it was noticeably easier to walk around through the aisles among the crowds of gamers. Lots of Pictures and highlights from my favorite convention of the year after the jump.

Monday, July 25, 2016

What is a Dice Game, and How Does it Differ from Other Types of Wargames?

I have generally tried to stay away from 'analysis' articles as that is what I do every day in my job, but lately I have been thinking a lot about what differentiates some of the games we play. I play a ton of different ones, so I have a lot of thoughts to draw on.

There will always be an elephant in the room, and for wargaming that game is Warhammer 40,000. Its one of the consistently updated rulesets, most people have played it, and it is in every shop. Lets take a look at how the game functions, what are some strengths and weaknesses, and possible changes. This is not an attack on the game - I have a thousand 40k models in my basement, I love playing the game once in a while. If you love something, though, you should think about ways it could be better.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Reviewing Beasts of War Xilos Campaign Website

Beasts of War recently launched their Battle for Xilos site - an online campaign system that allows users and Warlord Games to shape the narrative going forward for Beyond the Gates of Antares. They had teased their campaign system a while back and it seems they have now rolled this out to two games - first Infinity and now Gates of Antares.

I've been using the site to record my games and communicate with others about their games, but I feel like this site is so innovative it needs to be shared beyond just the community playing Gates of Antares. I am not a website designer, so I'll just review it from a usability standpoint as opposed to design and code etc.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Gaming with kids - keeping it simple

Don't let this dude around your kids. From page5de Facebook group
Many of us here at Fresh Coast Gaming are now dads, so we're learning to share our love of the gaming hobby with our kids. My son is now four years old and my daughter is a little over one. Charlie has been gaming with me doing various board games and wargames for a while now, so I wanted to write up my experiences, both good and bad.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Marching to War for Mark Three Warmachine / Hordes

Mark Three of Warmachine / Hordes was just released and this tyrant is excited. When they first announced it a few months ago, I was ready to paint everything I had left to finish for Skorne. I have been lackadaisical in getting my WMH games in, mostly because I feel WMH needs you to play more to get more experience and know what models do, but I don't have that experience, so I don't play, and when I don't play I don't get the experience - a vicious cycle.

I'm going to get over that this year and keep playing the game I love (among all the other games I love, too). I plan to get in at least one game of WMH per month this year. It doesn't sound like a lot but it is when you consider all the other games I play. I hope to mostly focus on fun, while still giving my opponent a somewhat competitive game.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Joining the Battle for Xilos - Beyond the Gates of Antares

As most readers probably know, Warlord Games recently introduced a game to the market called Beyond the Gates of Antares. We did an interview with the legendary creator of the game, Rick Priestley, back in December. Check it out here, here, and here

Warlord has produced a ton of different models for each faction and keeps churning out more. Recently they released the first planned supplement - The Battle for Xilos. This is the first part of the galactic war that started in the Xilos sector over relics from a long lost civilization.