I had a plan for this post. Okay, it was fairly rough and may have ended up as two posts but nonetheless, I had a plan. I was going to analyse the two factions I can use for this self-imposed challenge, examine my feelings on each of the seven masters for both Arcanists, focussing on those that hold little appeal to me (Lucius, Zoraida and Marcus, if you’re curious). I would then move on to general lists, see if I could make a pool of models that works for the majority of the masters (so M&SU for Arcanists, as they’d serve Kaeris, Mei, Ramos and Ironsides well) to see if that affects which faction I choose. I’d weigh my options and settle on a choice, hopefully before Lost Love this Sunday. Then, I’d take a master from the chosen faction and begin the practise.
Instead, I looked at Collodi. I realised I was supposed to look up the other masters… and kept looking at Collodi. I went to Lost Love 4 on Sunday and guess what? I ran Collodi.
I had an absolute blast with the Puppet king, playing four rounds and winning three of them, as well as a practise game and a half on the Saturday (my first Collodi games ever). I learned some important things from the weekend that will definitely influence my choice.
First of all, my theoryfaux is far worse than I thought, at least in relation to myself. For the unfamiliar, Collodi has two ways to play: buffing his puppets/minions to greater power OR stealing their buffs to boost himself. I love the idea of the former, making Collodi run around as a general leading his frankly bizarre army of ‘Puppinions’.
I was wrong. It may well have been due to this being my first game with Collodi, but I found the Fated upgrade to be underwhelming and it was only when I got more aggressive with Collodi that I found my stride. I thoroughly enjoyed the master from this point, and I’ll write more about that elsewhere. Well, maybe. I can procrastinate like a writer, so I’ll admit a write up of my weekend may never happen.
So where does that leave me for the challenge? Well, I need to rethink my strategy. I don’t think persuading myself to enjoy masters that just don’t appeal to me is the right tactic (slight lie, I can see some appeal in Lucius and Zoraida, but Collodi covers those bases for me). What I need to do is look at the masters I’ve not tried and currently think I like. These are Rasputina, Ironsides, Ramos, Dreamer and Lynch. I’ve got Ante Up in Northampton on Saturday (go on, buy a ticket, they are still available). I think I’ll try at least one of them out there.