We are actually quite close to finishing up our Risk Legacy campaign. I’m glad I’ve played it, and love the concept, but don’t mind that it’s coming to a close. 15 games is big commitment, especially considering we are lucky to play games more than once a week. I’ve enjoyed the hell out of the campaign, but at times it has felt samey and frustrating. I think most of how I’m feeling about the game is more of a reflection of the group I’ve played with, and what we have brought to the game as a whole. That is part of the joy of board gaming, though. It’s inextricable from the people you play with, and that’s where the greatest experiences will really come from. Risk Legacy is a game that allows its players to imprint themselves on it, literally marking the board and changing it, game by game. It’s a one-off experience. While you can re-visit the map and continue to play on the world you have created, I don’t see our group doing that. At least not personally. Once we have completed the campaign, I know I will be through with it. And that is not something I hold against the game; not in the least. Even if it was only 5 games, let alone 15, the unique nature of the game, the experience I have had playing it, would mean it was still worth the money. It’s a brilliant concept, and the fact that we have been dragging our heels trying to finish it, doesn’t in the least dampen my enthusiasm for Pandemic Legacy or Seafall Legacy. Pandemic remains a favourite of both myself and Aileen, and I’m practically counting the days until I can see what the Legacy version will bring to an already absorbing game. Knowing that decisions in one game will have real weight across a whole campaign, that they can affect a whole world, and that you will have to keep on dealing with the mistakes you make in previous games – this is an almost natural extension of what Pandemic already manages to accomplish.
Meanwhile it’s time to start getting prepped for an Imperial Assault campaign.
Star Wars Descent
We had a lot of fun doing our last ‘Star Wars Descent’ comic, and figured a new year was a good enough excuse to return to our anachronically-challenged characters, and see how they were getting on in their dungeon.
We haven’t yet made the plunge and purchased Imperial Assault (the Star Wars themed dungeon crawler at the heart of this week’s comic), but there is no doubt that we will. I have talked about this game before, and if you’re not inclined to follow that link, I can sum up how I feel about it in one simple sentence:
I am very excited.
As mentioned last week, for the last two comics of the year, we are presenting something a little different. As the box lid is placed on 2014 and a new year comes down from the shelf, we have two weeks of the comics that could never be. Valiant attempts doomed to failure; strips best left on the drawing table. We present to you Tiny Wooden Pieces Season One Deleted Scenes.
Back in the days when I played Games Workshop, Necromunda was always my favourite of their releases. Because of the campaign. Your army was but a small gang, who levelled up, took injuries, got more equipment, fought for leadership. From game to game a story was told. You were playing with characters, not just miniatures. If they were killed, it was a big deal. This was a named fighter, who had scars, skills, hates, experience and equipment uniquely his own. And a good gang fighter was expensive to replace. Unless you went with a juve, which was the Necromunda equivalent of a child soldier, I‘ve just realised.
If you too don’t know what you are doing in the dungeon, read the help text here.
Dungeon crawling games aren’t my cup of tea (Early Grey, +1 to pomposity). In the same manner that MMORPGs like WoW give me a kind of existential dread, so the endless slog of fight the monster, loot the room, on to the next level holds no appeal for me. Zombicide is the closest I’ve come to enjoying a game like this, as it essentially bolts a zombie theme onto a simple dungeon crawler. But it lacks ‘proper’ campaign and for reasons we have gone into before, I have been turned off it.
Imperial Assault, announced at Gen Con, is a Star Wars theme bolted onto Descent.
A special thanks to board gaming legend Matt Leacock for agreeing to be part of this week’s comic. As well as a great designer he’s apparently a good sport as well. On top of this he’s designing a new Thunderbirds game, something I’m hugely excited to play.
Pandemic was an important game for us. We were getting into the hobby, or at least getting more interested in it. We didn’t have any friends who played board games, and there were no local gaming groups we were aware of. I spent a good deal of time online researching what game to get, and came across Table Top. My brother had told me about Pandemic, but the theme seemed so … not fun. Scientists? Curing diseases? Why would I want to play a game about diseases. On paper it was not my cup of tea. But with the episode on Table Top I decided to at least watch it being played. So I watched the episode.