Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Adepticon 2017: Games Played

This was my first year attending Adepticon and I didn't take part in any of the tournaments that were offered.  I did sign up for an organized game of Starship Trooper and had a blast.  This is one of those games I missed out on back in the day and had always wanted to try it.  The father and son team that hosted the event ran hordes of bugs while the 8 participants ran small squads of infantry with one walker.  The rules were modified slightly so we could all have a good time and shout out movie quotes.  Our operation objective was to retrieve the data form a prob that was on this planet.  It was a clean planet and no bugs had been detected.  Well when we showed up the bugs started attacking us and things did not turn out so good for mobile infantry.

This is for all you new people. I have only one rule. Everybody fights, no one quits. If you don't do your job, I'll kill you myself! Welcome to the Roughnecks!

Another game that I just fell in love with while at Adepticon is Aerodrome 2.0.  My wife and I were heading to the hall to watch the D6 Generation hosts play Blood and Plunder.  There were two guys walking next to use and they mentioned Blue Max.  Me being my usually self butted into their conversation and said, "Blue Max is AWESOME".  We talked the rest of the way to the hall and then parted ways.  When we got to the Blood and Plunder table it was packed and there was no way we were going to be able to join the game.  We wandered around the hall and guess what we found, Aerodrome.  As soon as I saw the board for this game I fell in love, just a great presentation for a WW2 airplane combat game.  The planes were pre-painted and mounted on antennas to track the elevation.   The game is played just like Blue Max or Wing of Glory, plan out your next three moves and then move.  Some moves allow you to move up or down in elevation while other moves force you to adjust your elevation.  You track your ammo using empty 22 cartridge shells, just awesome, and pegs for your moves and elevation.  Just like any of these games with blind movement, sometimes we were just flying around the table.  The one part of the game that was hard to adjust to was shooting.  In this game when we plotted our moves we also had to plot out if we were going to shoot or not.  If you plotted that you were going to shot and did not have a shot that turn you lost your ammo.  It made the game harder to play and when we ran out of ammo we had to leave the board.  So it was a great way to combine ammo and fuel into one tracking system on our dash boards.  The other part of the game that is cool is the fact that it is played on a hex map.  This means we can play with any scale plane as long as the hex base you are using supports the model.  I will most likely start off collecting Wings of Glory planes or the metal die cast planes for this game.  They also have a version of this game for WW1 however I already play Blue Max and the games are very similar.  So I ordered the rules and should have them in a few weeks and will most likely order the wooden dash boards just not sure how many I will want.  This was just a great game and I had a lot of fun playing it.


These type of participation games are really what I enjoy.  I set out a few years ago to create a few of these games with Blue Max and Thunder Alley and even ran Thunder Alley at a convention.  I am going to add Aerodrome to my collection and on the fence about Starship Troopers mainly because the cost of the models, OOP means a lot of cash.  If I can find a collection of Starship Troopers at a good price I will jump on it and get that game on the table.  Take part in these games has really got me excited about Con-games again and running them at my local game store. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Adpeticon 2017: I'm Home and It was GREAT

We returned home last night from Adepticon and are spending the day getting back to our regular lives.  We had a great time, to be honest I was like a kid in the candy store for the fist time.  I was in a daze all day on Thursday seeing all the vendors, games being played and all the wonderful people.  This is what I needed to get me excited about gaming again.  I saw games being played that I have not seen being played in years like Man O' War and Confrontation.  I am so happy that I didn't plan any games for my first visit to Adepticon and only took a few classes each day.  I really had a chance to hang out with people I only knew from social media and look at all the cool gaming taking place.  If I end up going back out in 2018 I will take part with some of the one day games or tournaments.

Instead of doing a large photo dump of everything I will be doing a few different posts going over the event.  Sometimes pictures without content are just pictures and nothing more.

This post is going to be about all the cool stuff that was in the swag bag and I purchased.  I did go a bit over the top buying stuff but it was mostly Forge World for me and friends.  This post will just cover the stuff that is for my collection or my hording.

I will start with an overall shot of the stuff we brought home from Adepticon.  You will also have to keep in mind that my wife and I both had VIG badges so we received a lot of duplicate products. 

Let me break this pile of goodness down and start with the cool Adepticon specific swag and pins, I like pins. The two 40K pins I purchased from the Forge World booth and the challenge coins were purchased from the event. 

 Other items that I purchased that were made for the event.  The Games and Gears put the black brushes in the swag bag and I purchased the cool travel brushes.  I will be talking more about the brushes when I post about the classes I attended.  The Adepticon dice are from last years event but they were blowing them out, two sets for $10 so yes I purchased some. 

Carry cases were part of the swag back.  We got one from GW and the others were from Active Minds Games.  This came in real handy bringing everything back home.   I am not a big fan of the carry cases from any company however if I will need them if I go again next year. 

Lets now look at all the miniatures that I either purchased or were part of the VIG swag bag.  I made it a point during the event to visit all the booths and if they provided something in the swag bag I either demoed their game or purchased something form their booth.  To me it is important to support the companies that support the hobby.

I also purchased some stuff from Forge World and it chewed up a bit of my budget.  I will be breaking down these purchases down more in a future post.


Other rule books that either I purchased or came in the VIG swag bag.  The Hordes rule book is the full version and looks amazing.  I had two copies but gave one to a friend of mine to lighten my load back home.  The Warlord rule books are the mini version and the Saga rule book was a purchase.  The Frostgrave book was purchased the other stuff were part of the swag bag or at the booth.

I also received a lot of new paints.  I took the Ghost Tint class and received all the colors along with an airbrush cleaning kit.  I also received some Reaper paints to try out. 

I picked up All Out War from Mantic Games.  It came with the event exclusive miniatures Lee and Clementine.  I spent some time reading the rules and it is like another popular zombie game but more of a miniature game instead of a board game.  The miniatures look amazing and might get painted one day.

We received a variety of bases from different companies and it was cool to add these to my collection and practice some of my new painting skills to them.

Can't go to a con and not pick up game aids.  This was all part of the VIG swag bag except the blood drop tokens, those were purchased for Test of Honour that I will get getting tomorrow.

I also picked up a 4ground building for Test of Honour and some stencils to use on my USA K47 army.

I also picked up some new files from Games and Gears.  I wanted some new files for my Forge World models. 

The last thing I will share is a D6.  Shapeway was at the event and they were giving these metal D6 dice away to people.  This is so cool and I must have rolled it a 100 times just digging it.

So this covers just about everything I picked up over the weekend.  I know I am missing some Blood Bowl stuff I picked up from Impact Miniatures or from the flee market.  My next post will cover the cool Starship Trooper game that I played and another game I fell in lover with while at Adetpticon.