Sunday, June 9, 2013

#62 DataCrash dice mock-ups

Pretty fun weekend. Got a game of X-wing in, just the basic quickstart rules. The game seems pretty easy and fun so I hope to introduce some more friends to it in the future. On to the real info though! I spent a few hours working on dice mock-ups for DataCrash based on my friend Omar's designs. I came up with two designs, the main difference between the two is the battery charge level indicator. I just reversed the colors in each, nothing spectacular. I didn't take the time to shrink them down to the size of the final printing size figure I'll get around to that after posting this.

The two upper pics are the 'full charge' face. The exclamation point means the player gets to roll an extra die when attacking/defending. I'm a real fan of the exploding die mechanic all the way back to West End Games Star Wars RPG (I really enjoyed that system). The lower pics show a 4 on the left and what will be a 1,2 or 3 on the right. I'm not using numbered dice since in playtesting I think that some units were a little overpowered. Instead I switched to a 'success vs success' system. Now units roll a number of dice based on their skill number instead of adding it to the number rolled. Then the players compare the number of successes, whoever has more has succeeded in attacking or defending. I'll get into gameplay more in a later post since I plan to get some more playtesting in the coming weeks. Plus I'm going to be ordering some custom dice with Omar to make gameplay even more intense!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

#61 Paintin' some bases!

It's been a few weeks since I've painted anything and as I contemplate the paint scheme for the Neoteric side of DataCrash I brought my Sedition Wars minis. I still have a few things to do for the Vanguard, mainly details, and decided that in the meantime I might as well do something with the bases! I gave each base a simple black wash which I think makes details pop out. I also left certain areas more or less white as I want those parts to have some color or become lights on the floor. The pic I'm posting also shows some if the Strain side of things. For more detailed looks at any of these minis I suggest searching the web. I might feel the itch to post up some closeups of pre-painted/assembled miniatures from this game in near future though.

Despite an earlier post noting how I did not want to work on any of the Biohazard level extras I might change my mind on that too...

The main reason I stopped painting was that I injured my neck and then recently my back. I should be all better now though and getting back on track. After washing all these bases I should be ready for those Neoteric fella's. :)

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

#60 Ooooooh...Lego's!

I placed an order for some in celebration if Star Wars day and got a bonus Chima set! What's better than Lego's? Free Lego's! I'm not that interested in Chima though I'm going to investigate this set fo sho. My order also came with a flyer for the new Chima sets too.

I actually ordered a few minifigs, a small Old Republic set and some of those minifigs-in-planets Star Wars sets. After seeing them in the plastic I want to get a few more. Kind of sorry I missed series one... Always ebay I suppose...
I also got the free special Hoth Han Solo!