My painting exploits seem to have slowed considerably as work and seasons take hold (terrible light, you know, even in a south-facing conservatory), but trying to get the odd game in......
.....and, talking of odd games, I present for your delight and delectation the alternate world that is "Malifaux".
Played my first ever game last Thursday night against a fellow newbie. What did I like?
- The variety provided by the card-driven system, cards covering almost all actions within the game, allowing for 54 options (two jokers included).
- The simplicity of the basic rules, which play very smoothly, but have the capacity for a long time mastering....
- The figures, which are very good, though a tad pricey.
- The sheer variety of figures available, with numerous options within each of the five basic "crew" options.
- As a skirmish game, I do not need much to start.
- The choices you get to make throughout each turn of the game - play cards, use magic, enter combat, who to attack, what special rules to use, what combos are best suited, etc etc etc.
- Each game provides primary and secondary objectives for each player, so it is not just a killfest. Whilst I play points games, I greatly prefer scenario-driven ones and would choose these every time given the chance.
And what did I not like (or like less)?
- The simplicity of the basic rules is fine, but the numerous special rules each character carries look like a potential minefield. (I have taken to down-tooling my Warhammer and 40K armies as I can rarely remember special rules.....)
- The apparent lack of a creation system for my own characters. It seems to be use the "crews" provided or don't play.
- The aforementioned cost of the figures. Not exactly major East Mids manufacturer, but...
- I doubt I will ever play enough to master this game, or even get any good at it.
- Some "crews" appear to be much tougher than others, so the points costs are perhaps a bit askew.
- Each player has a "Crew". Warband maybe, or a squad, a posse, a group, a band, a family even, but not a "crew". There is not even a boat in the game from what I have seen. (Yeah, I know, call me "petty" if you like...)
Will I be buying into this game?
With a rulebook and two "crews" under my belt already, you bet!!!
I shall revisit this and get some figures painted.