Monday, March 20, 2017

Friday, March 17, 2017

PAX East 2017 Pictures 1

Pictures from the con that I took.

Prepping the night before.
Demo table, 1st day.

My squad.
A few shots from the game on Saturday.

Mid 1st Round
End of game.

These are from Sunday.
Next to last game of the con.
Do I see Joshua?
Demo table.

The next photos are from Dark Cloud Blogs and they are all from Saturday.

In this photo, if you enlarge it, you can see myself and Dark Cloud Blogs.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

PAX East Observations 2017

My thoughts and observations from the con this year.
1.) I only managed to attend for two days this year.
2.) I didn't give out any business cards this year. They're still in storage from the move.
3.) I saw a lot of cool cosplay costumes this year.  I only managed to get one picture though.
4.) We managed to get in another full game of MFZ on Saturday this year, it just happened to be a Minifig scale game.
5.) I didn't do any demoing of Intercept Orbit this year.  A few people asked about it so I may do so next year.
6.) I'm still thinking about changing the contents of my demo bag. Lugging that much plastic to and from the con is taxing.  Although I'm usually providing extra frames to people so they can play.
7.) I managed to have dinner with my booth-mates after the con floor closed on Friday
8.) Two years ago my friend Ron came up with a great idea for little "care packages". Anyone who plays a demo gets a little baggie with a business card, Lego brick, and a six-sided die. I'll try and implement that next year.
9.) I'm still thinking about having Friday be my "me" day next year. The crowds are slightly less and there's less impetus to "get it all in" before the con closes.
10.) I need a bunch of business cards from Mike Raichelson for his website to hand out as I spend a lot of time talking about his site.
11.) I still want a MFZ hockey jersey.
12.) I feel like I had a better time this year and I was more focused on MFZ.
13.) Having a partner to tag team demos with helped a lot.  One of us could run the demo and the other could talk to passers-by.
14.) As always, it was great to see everyone, all the friends I've made because of the con and my friends from outside the con.

Monday, March 13, 2017

PAX East 2017 Report

It's now the Monday after PAX East 2017.  I'm sitting here typing and trying to remember everything that happened over the weekend.

Saturday I showed up a little late after getting through the line.  I met Dark Cloud Blogs inside and we headed to the booth.  We said "hello" to everyone and set up the table.  We ran several demos for people, trading off who was running the demo, until 1 pm.  Then we cleaned everything up, moved the chairs and tables, then set up for the Minifig scale game.  This lasted for four hours -- setup to breakdown -- and was a lot of fun.  Hopefully I'll have the battle report done by Friday.  It seemed like it attracted a lot of attention from passers-by.  After that we were done for the day and I explored a bit of the con.  I made a stop at the Chessex booth and stood in line for a while to get another set of dice for MFZ.  After that I dropped in on a panel, then chatted a bit with friends before going home.

Sunday I managed to make it in before the crowds and get the table set up in time for the opening rush.  I ran demos for two hours until Dark Cloud Blogs showed up to give me a lunch break.  After that we tag teamed the demos until the closing announcement.  My friend Stevenik showed up and played a few demos along with Personzz.  I also saw a few other friends while I was at the demo table.  After the con closed I said "bye" to my booth-mates and headed home.

I had a lot of fun this year and I'm looking forward to next year.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Anatomy of a Demo Game 5

Back in January I introduced a friend to Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack.  We were supposed to play a follow up game but weather and other things prevented that until now.  A third person, a coworker, joined us for this game.

Me (2 Frames & 8 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (2 assets) = 10 points.  (High Steppers)
   High Stepper Soldier Yellow -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.
   High Stepper Soldier Pink -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.

Poisonous Pens (2 Frames & 8 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (2 assets) = 10 points.  (Ijad)
   Scrambler Soldier Red -- 
Scrambler Soldier White -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.

Joker (2 Frames & 8 Systems) = (5 Points per Asset) * (2 assets) = 10 points.  (Blue Devils)
   Chub Soldier Grey -- 
 Soldier Black -- 2Rd/1B/1G/1Y/2W.

This is what the table looked like at the start of the game.  My forces are on the left side of the board.

Events of Turn 1 (DDC@7): We all move towards the Windmill.  My Pink frame hits Poisonous Pens' White frame for 1 damage.  Joker's Red frame also hits Poisonous Pen's White frame for 1 damage.

Poisonous Pens: 10 points.
Joker: 10 Points
Me: 10 points.

Events of Turn 2 (DDC@5): My Pink frame captures the Station.  Joker's Grey frame hits my Pink frame for 1 damage.  My Yellow frame hits Poisonous Pens' White frame for 2 damage bringing it down to white dice.

Me: 15 points.
Poisonous Pens: 10 points.
Joker: 10 points.

Events of Turn 3 (DDC@3): My Pink frame hits Poisonous Pens' White frame for 1 damage.  My Yellow frame hits Joker's Grey frame for 1 damage.  Joker's Grey frame hits Poisonous Pens' White frame for 2 damage, destroying it.  I forgot to take pictures for this round.

Me: 15 points.
Ericson: 10 points.
Poisonous Pens: 5 points.

Events of Turn 4 (DDC@1):  Poisonous Pens and Joker continue to try and peel me off the Station, they both fail.  I move my Yellow frame to a better attack position.

Me: 15 points.
Joker: 10 points.
Poisonous Pens: 5 points.

Thoughts & Observations:
  • We didn't use Single Shot Rockets.
  • The dice did not roll well for Poisonous Pens again.
  • Actually, the dice were pretty cold for everyone.  We had a few 6 and 7 die damage rolls and the most that was done was 2 points.
  • Joker is interested in playing more games.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

PAX East 2017

On Saturday (3/11) I will be helping Joshua and company demo Mobile Frame Zero.  I will also be playing a Minifig scale game against Dark Cloud Blogs.  I have a spare squad if anyone is interested in joining us.
On Sunday (3/12) I will be demoing Mobile Frame Zero again.  There may be side games as a few members of the Hangar will be there that day.  If you want to meet up, here's the topic on the Hangar discussing it.  We may also use the MF0 channel on Discord to organize meet-ups while at the con.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: 60105 City Fire ATV

I tend to stay away from City sets due to awful pricing but, I picked a bunch of these up on Clearance combining with a BOGO40% sale.

Box.  MSRP is $6.99.  I picked this up for $4.99 at Toys'R'Us.  Which gives us a $0.11 Price per Piece at MSRP and $0.08 at the Clearance price.



Parts.  Two Taps, a Clip Tile, the Double Inverted Slope w/Cutout, some Clip Plates, Grille Tiles, Technic Pieces, Barraki Eyes, a Printed Studless Slope, and a Minifig Handlebar are the things that catch my eye.

Build.  A one hit piece of Terrain and an Attack Buggy.

The Questions:
Can you build something -- a frame, station, or starship -- right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio?  Above.  (-10)  (The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.)
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?  Yes.  (+5)
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?  Yes.  (+5)
Score: +5 (B+).  A decent score for a City set.