Malifaux, First Thoughts and Other Rambling

Well it seems I haven’t exactly been active in writing here for a while so heres a new post!

Malifaux. It’s got the undead, some Wild West gun slingers, steam punk styling, and a host of other components of awesome. I’ve been waiting to take my Death Marshals crew out for a spin and see what it actually played like and I finally got a chance to have a game last night with our very own undead pirate. We played my Death Marshals box vs his Cult of December box. First turn or two was really just movement, except for Rasputina laying out a couple of annoying ice cubes to try and block my path to her. Eventually Lady Justice was almost on her when Rasputina broke out her big box-o-rape (see below for actual image of box-o-rape used).

Box of rape
Don't open it!

I realised at this point, after she destroyed Lady J in one turn, that this game really wants to be played fast, hard and brutally. No messing about with letting things happen, if you’ve got the cards to cheat fate or the soul stones to add to your total then you probably want to use them. To be fair it was good luck that Rasputina managed to bring so much whoop-ass (not so much good luck for Lady J), but now I’ve got less of an inclination to stash cards and stones now.

The fact that this game makes use of cards instead of dice adds some nice extra depth to the game play. It gives you the chance to either cheat fate by replacing cards that you draw with one in your control hand, or add a card from your hand to the total by spending one of your soul stones. It also therefore means that there are more tactics to think about, your opponent gets the opportunities just as much as you!

Without soul stones and without Lady Justice even managing to do any sort of damage what so ever, I was at a disadvantage from the start of the combat. Already half of my options for improving my flips were gone. You can now guess the final outcome of the game. It was certainly a good learning experience and I look forward to getting into another match, particularly so I can take revenge on the ice witch by slicing off her face with Lady J’s sword 😀

After tending to my wounds I got a tutorial of Warmachine which was a very enjoyable and was also turned out to be a very close match.

So, in conclusion, things I have learned from the evening:

1: I do enjoy skirmish type games
2: Play aggressively!
3: Lady Justice being blind really doesn’t help her find her target
4: Lady Justice needs an attack guide dog
5: I need more practise at these games

No doubt Mr Pirate will post a much more in-depth review later from an experienced gamer’s perspective.

In other news, I found myself in possession of a Star Craft 2 Beta invite today. Details will follow when I can be dragged away from it. Talking of sequels, and heading further away from the post than originally intended, Portal 2 has been announced! Today is a good day.