Warmachine & Hordes: All New War

*Hey guys! Melvin here. Please remember that there is still time to head over to the Acadecon 2016 Kickstarter to get your badge to meet me, and plenty of even cooler people, in Ohio this November! Can’t make the trip? Grab four friends and pick up a virtual game run by myself or one of the other special GMs available!*

Privateer Press has recently announced their intention to release a new edition of its Warmachine and Hordes tabletop skirmish game. In “WarmaHordes” players pick a favored faction (i.e. Elves, Trolls, Humans, etc.) based in a steampunk world of magic with metal monstrosities and beasts that fight along their masters. Two players then pit those factions against each other in tabletop miniatures based combat using.

All new War

The last edition update was six years ago with what Privateer Press dubbed the “MK II” edition. In that time the company claims it has “…accumulated a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience from observing, listening to, and interacting with our worldwide community of players and retailers about how to continue to improve their experience with our games… -Chief Creative Officer Matt Wilson”  Thus they feel it is finally time to reveal all the work they’ve done revamping the game using this feedback.

RoS Battlegroup Starter Set

 

A big push in the new edition seems to be a call for simplicity in the rules, and an eye to pull in new players. Changes like, allowing for pre-measuring for a ranged attack where you currently have to eyeball and chance a miss. To draw in new players PP will be releasing what they are calling their Battlegroup Starter Boxes that, beyond containing a Warcaster\Warlock with attached Warjacks\Warbeasts, will also contain  a core rules digest and an in-depth tutorial. The new starter boxes don’t completely leave veterans hanging in the wind though as the Warcasters & Warlocks contained will be brand new. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t add that Veterans won’t have to buy new models for their armies, the only additional purchase they may want to make would be buying the new faction decks. The Battlegroup Starter Boxes will be offered at $39.99 MSRP and look to be a great way to introduce yourself to the game.

A side note about this exciting news that I wanted to touch on regards the fandom. I can honestly say that the response to this new edition reveal seems to have simultaneously revealed that Privateer Press may have one of the best player bases around. I’ve never encountered much in the way of vitriol and bile on the Privateer Press forums before but, considering this was a new edition release, I expected the worst when I dove in. I was more than pleasantly surprised. There’s even a forum topic dedicated to players conceding that certain battlegroup models (that they use) are in need of nerfing and hope the game gains some balance from the update. I’ve seen very little in the way of screaming at each other or the company, mostly it is optimism and general interest for the new edition. A testament to the player base I’d say. Also, Privateer Press waited six full years before adding a new edition, that shows this isn’t some money grab on their part.

Battle Board

Battle for the Athanc Hex Board

It almost seems like fate that this announcement would come out now, when I and a few others are embroiled in the “Battle for the Athanc” campaign rules recently released with Privateer Press’ “No Quarter” magazine (issue 65). The battles have been huge and adding a bit of a campaign arc to the whole mix has heightened my fervor for the game already. Now suddenly this comes along. I’m an amateur at best, only really playing off and on over the last few years, but feel like I’m becoming a stronger player by the week now that I’m playing at least weekly. With the new edition I can easily see myself going further down this rabbit hole. I may need to add a Hordes faction to my roster, my elves are getting lonely.

 

“The new editions will be released worldwide in independent hobby game stores on June 29, 2016. Privateer Press will release the new Core Rules for each game for free online on June 12, 2016. Players will get their first chance to play the new edition at Lock & Load GameFest 2016 in Bellevue, WA, held June 10-12.”

Khador v Cryx

Khador and Cryx throw down

-Forum FAQ Regarding New Edition-

Let me know how you feel about the new edition or if you want to get in on the action for the first time!

-Melvs

 

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AcadeCon 2016: Leveling Up!

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More than a year ago I found myself lucky enough to have been introduced to Michael and Caleb over at The RPG Academy and, by happenstance, join them on a few recorded actual plays, namely featuring projects introducing themselves to the world via Kickstarter. At the time The RPG Academy was doing pretty well for itself as a Podcast, but it was also pretty apparent that these two guys wanted to do more. Honestly, as someone who barely keeps up with Melvin Smif’s Geekery and my games stewardship work I have a hard time fathoming the work put into “just” a podcast, let alone tacking more on top of that. They had the hunger though, that much was easily visible.

In late 2014 I made a promise that I’d attend their 2015 AcadeCon convention. It sounded great to me, even if it was set to simply be held in one of their basements. I mean, Ohio was only about 4-5 hours away and I wanted to meet these guys face to face. Then… the rest of 2015 happened. Suddenly I’m an early member of The RPG Academy Network, and soon following I find they have bigger and better plans for AcadeCon than I could guess. A date is set, a venue (beyond the basement) is chosen, a Kickstarter is set up, and AcadeCon 2015: Into the Wilds is suddenly upon me roughly a year after I started even speaking with these two guys who I now considered fast friends.

Acadecon

AcadeCon 2015 was wonderful, a perfectly secluded gaming retreat that the new AcadeCon attendees of this year and future years will always kick themselves for missing out on. Truly it will be the “I was there when” place for AcadeCon. I adored the Hueston Lodge and wish I could get a few more years there but, as I’ve come to find with Michael and Caleb, the bar needs to be raised. This year things are growing, not too fast but we are certainly going to see a bigger, better convention. I for one am more than excited for the growth.

They don’t have it yet though, that’s where you all come into play. You see, for a convention to be successful you certainly need the things they already have lined up, merchants, a crazy fine list of special guests, a dedicated staff, a great venue, etc. They just need one last thing…you. The last puzzle piece to making AcadeCon 2016 as fantastic as possible is to rustle up some actual attendees!

The Kickstarter can do the best job of detailing everything you need to know about the convention on a macro level, like its truly inspirational abundance of special guests (I know I mentioned this before but it is really staggering all the cool folks they have lined up), but I want to mention a few things Melvin Smif’s Geekery specific you can enjoy.

  • The number one thing is that I’ll be there in the flesh if you’ve every wanted to meet me…or use me as a gateway to meeting someone else I know :P. To add to this I’m going to run something or many things depending on how things shake out. Hell, this year I’m bringing my Warmachine faction so if you’d like to whoop up on some elves come fight my RoS!
  • I’ll be running a contest connected to AcadeCon again, though I haven’t decided what that will entail just yet. So keep your eyes on the blog! Attendance of the Con won’t be necessary of course but it’d be awesome to hand you the prize(s) in person!
  • I’m one of the folks you can choose to run a virtual game for you and some friends. You can see it on the KS page but essentially for $100 (up to 5 people) I’ll run at LEAST a one shot adventure online for you all. If you buy my services we’ll chat about what we want to play, I’m open to just about any system, and set a date! I’m willing to travel a bit for this too mind you, if you live close enough I’ll show up in person.

This year is going to be awesome, I just know it. Can’t wait to see you there!

-Melvs

 

I’m Back!

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…and boy do I have some exciting articles\plans incoming over the next few days, weeks, and months!

I know I’ve been gone a while, but I needed the break. I’m a lone writer out here folks and though I endeavor to keep the posts flowing week to week I needed the downtime to recharge. You probably want to hear more about the teased plans mentioned above though right? Well, I can’t spill all the details just yet but I can offer a taste.

  • in just TWO days the Kickstarter for AcadeCon 2016 will launch. Most of you are aware that I am a proud member of the RPG Academy Network. Due to this I am heavily interested in seeing this convention fund. Though honestly I’m probably less involved in the process than you’d assume due to my membership and I stand to gain less than you likely believe from its funding. When I write my article later this week know that my cheer leading for Michael & Caleb’s little-big convention is coming more from a place of love for the convention and its leadership itself than from anything I actually stand to gain from its funding. I want it to succeed so I have an awesome convention to go to in November, and I want to see you there. As many of you as can make the trip. Let’s sell this thing out folks! I’ll be putting some of my hard earned money toward it even though I don’t have to, I believe in seeing it succeed that much!
  • I have an article to write for Wizards of the Coast. It has taken me a while but I finally finished looking over Curse of Strahd. You may have caught some of my thought’s on Twitter recently but they deserve a full spread.
  • Privateer Press is rolling out a new edition of Warmachine and Hordes. This is huge, the latest edition was released back in 2010 people, it is time for an update. Details are flying around about this new edition and I want to get on top of things and begin to parse down the nitty gritty that you need to know in case you’re interested in how it’ll effect your factions now or, even better, you are just taking notice of this tabletop skirmish game and want to know the best time to get into it (hint: soon).
  • Speaking of WarmaHordes. I’m currently embroiled in an exciting Map Based Campaign titled “The Battle for the Athanc” (basically a high octane version of Risk where actual battles are fought using our WarmaHordes factions). I and my buddy who is running the Campaign have been keeping some battle report type notes and if we actually get our business together I hope to set up a bit of a battlelog for what we’ve done thus far and for how the remaining turns play out. It’s been a blast, even if I’ve had some of the the worst die rolling luck ever throughout.
  • A few fastballs here. I’ll be back at Gencon this year, once more rising with the Gamerstable crew. I’ll be rocking some games at Geekway to the West with Toby from Roll and Groove. I hope to get a bit more serious about writing some helpful essays on how volunteering and\or just gaming with the youth in your community can help foster growth in our hobby. I might even sneak in a post about The Division since that game currently has its talons in me.
  • This last one is going to be vague and for that I’m sorry (well…only a little sorry). I have some plans for the site, I want to become a little more polished. The one thing I can say is I want to drop that pesky little “dot wordpress dot com” from the tail end of my web address. Other than that there are just some things I want to work at for making this site a better place to get gaming information, and more frequent information. Hopefully I can fulfill these self-imposed demands, but one good thing about not running a Patreon or some other form of “actually getting paid for any of this” is I am only really beholden to myself eh?

So there you have it folks. Hope you’re excited to have me back, I’m at least excited to be writing again whether or not you all are happy to have me! 😛

-Melvs