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  1. Claim Jump - list of models

    I think it's pretty much assumed that any Master can count as a Claim Jumper for themselves - none have less than 3" of walk and all have 3 AP, so including them would be redundant. Maybe including Masters that can redistribute their AP in some way to help other models accomplish it would be valid though - or other models that give Fast as well. Oh! Student of Warfare for Outcasts hands out Fast!
  2. Wow, yeah, Fingers would be awful - pretty much any Chatty model would close the game down until it's killed, and Fingers takes some killing. Maybe I should ban Chatty, since it kills the entire purpose of this variant? Bonus interacts are one thing, but shutting them down entirely would lead to too many stalemates.
  3. A good point. What about adding Dig Their Graves to the pool? Or Search the Ruins, to keep it even more centralized? Hmm... Search the Ruins... i think I like that better than Covert Breakthrough because we want the action centralized, not really spread out. Search the Ruins, Accusation, Set Up. Pick two.
  4. Claim Jump - list of models

    Lelu through (0) Lie in Wait for Neverborn is also an option.
  5. So I got to thinking about a more Interact-based Henchman Hardcore around the core of a 3 Squat Mark version of Squatter's Rights - with three, it would be a case of only one player can score from it a turn, making it a much more tense affair, with control circling around the middle. But I started wondering what two Schemes to pair with it? It seems like there's nothing that quite fits... Until I hit on the idea of having a cut-down version of regular Malifaux, where instead of 5 different Schemes to choose from there were 3 - you still pick two and hide 'em, but now it introduces variables that you can design a list around. Three wasn't enough, though; I wanted two about Interacting with enemies, and two for Scheme Markers. These are the four I was thinking about and why, all of them from GG2017 (mostly because the book ones require reveal/hide and I actually don't care for that mechanic too much). Tail 'Em: With only four models, it makes moving one out of LOS a difficult proposition - unless you can kill the only models in LOS, it's not too hard to scheme off of, and introduces a reason to NOT take double Henchman lists (I'm really fond of pairing Angel Eyes as leader and Candy w/FGF in HH..) Accusation : So Don't Mind Me models would be powerhouse choices for this format. Accusation hurts them because their typical game (Not caring about engagement for Interacts) ends up HURTING them - if they can't kill or get away from the model engaging them, they're freebie Accusation scorebait. Covert Breakthrough: Because deployment zones are so far forward, it's not hard to drop a couple of Scheme Markers to score from this. It also makes an excellent counterbalance for... Set Up: Oh, gee, your opponent has that one model based around removing counters? Or a Doppelganger? Well, then, this is the Scheme to pick and psyche out that you're going Covert Breakthrough - or do both! I mean... is this a bad idea? It seems like a much more interesting game than traditional HH which is all about killing and getting in the middle - so it favors tanks and beaters exponentially.
  6. LGBT characters?

    I know actual hermaphrodites exist, and until very recently a doctor's main method of 'dealing with it' was to force them into female through surgery before the father or mother saw too much of the child and that was WRONG, but far too many of the trans people I've met are just... well... deeply unhappy with themselves. I mean, yes, misery is a human condition, and at least they're not doing something harmful like joining a cult or using illegal substances to correct that misery, but I still think it's still in the same general category of magical thinking: "If I do this one thing, my life will be perfect." But that is just my personal feeling. I'm not gonna look at the trans person sitting at my Deadlands table on Mondays and say, "Sorry Emily, your life is a lie and you need to wake up and learn to be happy with your dick." She wouldn't thank me, I could be wrong, and anyway her character is hilariously fraught with options for a cunning GM and I'd be sad to see it leave. A Texas Ranger who managed to pull the 1 in 27 chance of owing a life debt to the Men in Black Dusters from the Veteran of the Weird West table? Amazing. Y'know, I'm grateful for talking about this. It really helped cement my feelings about Emily. Even if I think she's deluding herself, so what? We all have to lie to ourselves, or else the pitiless weight of knowing that our lives are without meaning and that the uncaring universe turned for billions of years before our existence and will turn on, unchanged, after our deaths would drive us to suicide. Thanks to denial, I'm immortal, but I'm not sure how the rest of YOU deal with it. What happened to being able to like posts? I'm sad it's gone. I think that the attitude of the Malifaux writers is "Sex is unimportant to most of the characters until the moment that it is." That's fine. I'm not saying that they HAVE to have someone who isn't cisgendered, but if they did, it should adhere to some core ideas to make it more than just a boring token meant to appease a certain demographic.
  7. LGBT characters?

    The man only cares about death and is thus beyond issues of sexuality. Like I said, I think that he uses prostitutes to, in part, show the hypocrisy of the people - the fact that they're easy targets and make very shocking shock troops is no doubt part of that too. He COULD be, but it wouldn't be very interesting and it would undermine his existing character in a boring way.
  8. LGBT characters?

    Ironsides is a boring idea for a simple reason: being a lesbian isn't such a big deal to at least 80% of the potential audience. But calling out a man as gay questions their masculinity to a fair bit of the potential audience - and the masculinity of someone who admires them. Because of it having a greater impact, I'd DEFINITELY prefer calling out a man as homosexual. So if we were to go full fujoshi, what male characters would make sense as potentially gay? It would have to be someone about whom there existed no hints about straightness to avoid retconning, whose masculinity is already unquestioned (that leaves out Lynch, because he already comes across as a bottom!), and that to whom being gay would be in incidental part of their character - just something that is, or was, a part of his life. It would also have to be just one or two people, not a sudden flood, because people who are solely homosexual aren't a massive part of the population. Making a new character who is gay is also bad IMHO, because that smacks of tokenism. It should be an ESTABLISHED character, someone we're already acquainted with. It'd also have to be a subtle reference. I think that the culture of Malifaux is inherently prudish, even about hetero relationships; I can't imagine Sonnia saying, "Hey Lady J, you look a little tired; should the Judge have laid off his gavel after the second hour?" It might also be why Seamus is so shocking; he shoves all that hypocrisy in their faces by attacking them with the women who service the urges culture pretends does not exist. I think Ramos tops the list. Sex may not matter to him any more, but a throwaway line about, "Even before I discovered power, women were of no interest to me" would help cement it. We've already got Cassandra walking towards him in nothing but stockings and a smile with no reaction, so the basis exists. But that might be seen as an easy out; after all, if he's not active he's not much of a threat to insecurely masculine folks. So yeah, he could be gay, but it's not very interesting overall. For that reason, things like Montressor or other beings beyond sex are out of the question. That's why Von Schill captured my imagination. An unquestionable badass who's been part of Malifaux for better than ten years real time? The only thing we know about his off-duty time is that he plays questionably legal drinking games with a bunch of other shady-looking men from all walks of life. It might be a little hard to weave organically into a story; the aforementioned interview was a bit silly, but what about Hannah and VS looking over some new recruits training with something like, A predatory smile crept over Hannah's face as she watched the men struggle through their turn on the obstacle course, the mud clinging to their skin. "I do prefer the ones with muscles." A matching grin was half-hidden by Von Schill's mustache. "As do I." She sighed and threw up her hands. "Whoever would have thought my CO would also be competition?" would be interesting. For newer recruits, Parker Burrows and Mad Dog, maybe, but I feel like they're a little TOO new for something like this. They'd go from "Bandits" to "Ass Bandits" and that's not very interesting. Hm... Abuela sighed happily as Perdita scrubbed harder. "Who would have thought I would live to have such dutiful grandchildren?" She glanced coyly over her shoulder. "I wonder if I will be blessed to hold great-grandchildren? Certainly not from Santiago." Perdita stiffened, and her motions stopped for a moment before continuing. "He would marry and do his duty by his family, if we asked him." "Yes, but it is not where his heart is..." And then have a massive Neverborn attack on their citadel. Note that my wife is sleeping right next to me and my reaction to homosexuality is, "Well, if it's important to you than fine, whatever" so I've got no real dog in this fight to demand 'representation'. (If I'm being 100% honest, I find transgender folks as boorish as anyone else who thinks one dramatic change will suddenly inflict happiness upon them and fix all that is wrong with their lives, but it does me no personal harm so they're free to do whatever they want.) I'm just thinking about it from a "What would be both interesting and not too abrasive at the same time?"
  9. LGBT characters?

    I think Hoffman spending all of his life as a polio cripple - and in the shadow of a handsome, capable older brother - excuses him from much information about his sexuality, one way or the other. It's specifically Cassandra who was trying to get a rise - literal or figurative - out of Ramos. While I always interpreted it as power being the only thing that arouses him, it could well be that in his younger days he preferred XY over XX. The only possible counter argument is the dance with Rusty Alyce in one of the early Wyrd Magazines, but he had hired Levi and her to do a job and it was part of the contact...
  10. LGBT characters?

    How the TTB Under Quarantine book handled it with Emily Bellerose's profile - with coy hints about how golly, women sure do like her and are willing to help her - would be a lot better than even a one-shot character about which homosexuality is their only defining trait, or adding it to an existing character with no previous hints about it one way or the other - weirdly, my example was going to be Von Schill, but that might be interesting if handled well. I'm just not sure I'd trust ANYONE to handle that well. If they did something else, like confirm a Karina/Tara relationship with more than just hints (and avoided the obvious dirty joke), or have Colette interrupted while giving a lesson on "How to bend another woman around your finger," or had a male Beckoner seducing another man in the background while Lynch has to persuade Misaki not to go downstairs... that would be a lot more interesting. For the most part, there exist characters that COULD be homosexual, but it isn't filled in and referenced because it isn't important to them or the story. Like Major Kusanagi from GitS. The only reason that we know she's lesbian is because she got called at home. Other than that it has no impact on the story or do much for her character other than, "Well, she prefers AC over DC." Hmm... now I can't stop thinking about Von Schill. What if Nellie interviewed him, with a comment about "Rumors suggest that your falling out with Lucius was due to him turning you down for a tryst. What is your response?" He laughs and says, "Of course not. I like some muscle on my men, and I've never met a skinnier twig of a man than him..." Still could be taken in a non-sexual way, but still puts that out there. And explains the epic mustache.
  11. Monthly painting challenge 2017 -- June

    I'm sorry, am I wrong? I thought that was it. I could be wrong...
  12. Monthly painting challenge 2017 -- June

    actually, 13; it's always 13 for Henchmen which is (coincidentally) their cache + their soulstone value...
  13. Monthly painting challenge 2017 -- July

    I am considering that this may be my second Mulligan this month. My landlord claims that he's going to serve me an eviction notice, and I'm calling and raising with a letter (and photographs!) to Health & Human Services about the unfit living conditions here (Mold? Black widow spiders? Cracked foundation?) AND a call to the local electric company about the second house hooked up to our electricity bill... So I have no idea if I will get the chance to paint. It's POSSIBLE I will, so I'm not saying, "Yep, July's my second mull!" but I won't bet either way.
  14. and what a way to dismiss everything that I wrote. It's a good thing this forum doesn't have 'dislike' options. By 'similar' I meant 'easy to use.' Jpegs that I have to save individually, then stack on a grid in photoshop to make sure they're sized correctly, THEN export as a .pdf myself is not easy to use - it took me near an hour of work, and it's a task that I'm familiar with.
  15. Yeah, as individual jpegs not sized properly or placed in a nice, neat formatted pdf which creates cards perfectly sized to match the old ones - just like all of the Privateer Press updates. Which have been a lot more frequent than the Malifaux ones - I mean, yes, bigger company and bigger game, but they really do the updates right. Of course, considering that the pdfs Malifaux put out aren't flattened and take an eternity to load unless you're using a high-end computer, maybe being forced to make my own printouts isn't so bad... My poor tablet and Ripples of Fate... And please, take note: I like Malifaux. I like it a LOT. This is just a simple complaint, something that if was changed would make it even closer to perfection.