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  1. TheJoyInGaming

    Black Friday 2018

    Must... buy... Reva Does this mean her powers are working?! Also, why does she keep luring me back to Ressers? Also also, why do the undead have such a fascination with lanterns?
  2. TheJoyInGaming

    Wyrd Chronicles Vol. 38

    I would so purchase some merchandise with that cover art on it... or an alt of any one of those...
  3. TheJoyInGaming

    Distribution / Restocks?

    You can always try buying the miniatures in singles from Gadzooks. From what I checked they have the majority of the box available. I don't know if the upgrades are included though... https://www.gadzooksgaming.com/search?q=von+schill
  4. TheJoyInGaming

    Nicknames and avatars

    I chose my avatar because I couldn't think of anything better and I have a soft spot for the miniature. It's Alice, from Wonderland, and I use her as a proxy for Von Schill's steam trunk. It greatly amuses me to think of her running behind the Freikorps carrying the entire contents of the trunk for them into battle. I chose my name because of my religious beliefs. I'm a Christian and an avid gamer. I spend a lot of my free time contemplating games, whether that be list building for Malifaux or world building for homebrew RPGS. Often times during that process I find myself astounded at the complexities of the game's rules, or world, and thereafter contemplate the complexities of the universe, and the mind that it would take to design it. I am left in awe, and joy.
  5. TheJoyInGaming

    Distribution / Restocks?

    Sorry you are having trouble locating product. I recently was looking for a Von Schill box as well and was unable to find a plastic box. Worked out in the end for me however as I prefer metals in general and his old pose so I picked up a box of the old metals on amazon for around 40$. Last I checked they still had 1 left if you were interested. FYI The old metal box does not include the steam trunk.
  6. TheJoyInGaming

    Third Edition is Coming!!

    If I may chime in and beat the "hireable Masters could be a mistake"-dead-horse further, I'd like to point out that while the idea, to me, sounds good in theory it is how it interacts with other ideas that could be a problem. The biggest one that comes to mind is the potential balancing pit falls hireable Masters introduces when coupled with a non-thematic hiring tax. Take for example Hamelin. As far as I am aware, Hamelin has no thematic beater model. This isn't a problem in and of itself with the tax because he could just pay an additional stone to hire one of Outcasts many beaters. This seems like a good solution until you take into account the Viks because if the Hamelin player decides to hire the Viks rather than the beater they get three models for the price of the Master cost instead of having to pay the tax for one non-thematic beater. To make the beater a desirable choice in this example, you would either have to undercost the beater, which could lead to other problems, or in some way create an incentive to hire the beater instead of the Viks. There are two realistic ways I can see to incentivize the hiring of the beater.The first, and most obvious way, seems to be to create more synergies between Masters and their thematic crews so that Masters won't perform at 100% when hired. The second is to influence model choices through the Strats and Schemes. I cannot begin to contemplate how to balance the choice between Masters and non-Masters through the Strats and Schemes so I cannot comment on this choice's practicality, but I can see the potential pitfalls through the first choice. While I believe it is possible to achieve a good balance for Masters through thematic synergies I do not think that this is desireable for the game. If Masters on the whole are balanced through crew synergies this could create a homogeneity between playstyles of not only the Masters but entire crews. This is especially problematic for a game whose audience values the uniqueness of play-styles between individual models. For all those that had the patience to read this thank you for your time and sorry for the poor formatting. The only other thing I would like to add is that I am excited for 3e despite the above concerns. Since the announcement I have purchased the Broken Promises Upgrades, a Molly crew box, a Von Schill crew box, Anna Lovelace, a Metal Jack Daw, a box of Dead Outlaws, and a box of Desperate Mercs! I plan on buying more because I could not be more excited for proximity mines!
  7. So I just got back into Malifaux a few days before the announcement of M3E and surprisingly found myself forced into the awkward position of being down a Master for my Resser crew with Tara leaving us for Outcasts. Naturally, I did the only responsible thing I could and convinced The Wife that I needed to immediately purchase a box of metal Von Schill, a metal Jack Daw, and a plastic box of Molly because *gosh-dang-it if I am dual factioning I am going to do it right! Being the amazing woman she is she agreed that the new models needed testing and so we began a 4 week Shifting Loyalties Campaign using the GG2018 Strats and Schemes. *Not sure how to spell that but i’m sure I can fake it with a hyphen. Starting Arsenals I chose: Scion of the Void (8) Sue (8) Freikorps Librarian (7) Void Wretch (4) Void Wretch (4) Scramble (1) Scrip: 3 The Wife chose: Sensei Yu (9) Mr. Graves (8) Obsidian Oni (6) Ten Thunder Brother (5) Ten Thunder Brother (5) Equality (1) Scrip: 1 Week 1 Event: A Sinner’s Prayer Finished Off model’s flip a card at the end of each encounter that is not cheatable. If a 10+ is flipped the model does not flip for an injury and its owner gains 3 scrip. Game 1 Deployment: Standard Strat: Ours Schemes: Guarded Treasure (O), Covert Breakthrough (O), Dig Their Graves (TT), Take Prisoner (TT: Sue), Vendetta Outcasts: Scion of the Void, Sue (Scramble), Librarian, Wretch, Wretch Ten Thunders: Yu, Graves (Equality), Oni, TT Brother, TT Brother Before the first turn even begins I make a very big mistake. You see, The Wife has a habit of lining up her models along the edge of her deployment zone before the game begins and for some reason when deploying my crew I forgot the fact that I was deploying first. So I deploy to counter hers and am shocked when she deploys right after. I have no excuse either because we already had a practice game before this… Turn 1: The Wife advances Yu and the Brothers towards the Wretches on the left most side of the table while I am mucking up the deployment and beginning walks of Scion, the Librarian, and Sue. I am very excited for Scramble on Sue though. Graves throws Oni into Sue and Scion. Turn 2: Scion deletes Oni. Sue shoots Graves and drops a scheme marker. Graves walks towards Sue in the center for retribution. The Librarian drops a scheme marker. Yu and the TT Brothers advance and drop scheme markers as well. The Wretches cautiously walk towards the center line. No one scores Ours (SPOILER: No one will). I score Guarded Treasure. 1-0. Turn 3: Graves causes Scion to discard a card to bury and then shows Sue the door. I find myself no longer excited by Scramble on Sue as Sue contemplates why he’s hitting himself when he shoots Graves back. The Librarian drops a scheme marker and tries walking through some water to heal Sue’s wounds and wonders why she’s not unimpeded instead… The TT Brothers and Yu begin punching the Wretches much to my bewilderment. The Wretches slow them back after unburying Scion. Scion drops a scheme marker and casts ineffectually at a TT Brother. My markers are about 7.75 inches from each other so no one scores. 1-0. Turn 4: Scion deletes a TT Brother. A wretch dies to Yu and the TT Brother’s sustained assault, and is Finished Off, and The Wife reveals Dig Their Graves. The Librarian begins her slow walk up the board for Covert Breakthrough. Sue briefly manages to disengage and shoots Graves and in return he shows Sue the door again and pushes him further into isolation. The remaining Wretch slows the last TT Brother. 1-1. Turn 5: The Librarian walks and drops a scheme marker for Covert Breakthrough. Graves shows Sue the door towards the TT deployment zone and the Wretch tries to slow Yu to no effect. Yu pushes Scion so that Scion is too far away to drop a second marker for Covert Breakthrough and drops a scheme marker near the Wretch. Scion is just within range to 0 for her push, disengage, and drop a second scheme marker for CB. The TT Brother kills the Wretch to score Dig Their Graves a second time. The second Wretch is Finished Off as well. After some measuring I realize that Sue is not close enough to walk away from Graves and drop the last scheme marker so I briefly consider having him kill himself to black blood. Ultimately, I decide against this and just try to walk away to no effect. End of turn I reveal Covert Breakthrough for 2 and The Wife reveals Take Prisoner for 3. I lose the game 3-5. Aftermath: No one purchases any skills or equipment though I do purchase the bounty Collect the Ransom. We flip for injuries and The Wife gets lucky and her TT Brother is spared with the weekly event and gains 3 scrip. Her Oni is not so lucky and ends up with -1 Def due to slowed reflexes. I flip for both my Wretches and astonishingly they are both spared and I receive 6 scrip! Total Scrip Outcasts: 7 Ten Thunders: 8 My Morning Side of Malifaux: My first takeaway is what a joy it is to play this game again, especially with The Wife. I always love playing her even when I lose. The second was that I don’t think I have ever played this badly since being a beginner. Even the terrible mistake with deployment aside I should have remembered the schemes as I could have easily prevented Take Prisoner. As for model and faction differences I really enjoyed Scramble for all of one turn. I believe it is a good upgrade but I don’t think Sue is the right choice for it since he tends to like to do other things with his AP. I think I like the Librarian though I’ll try not to use her as a scheme runner next time. I am used to the Void Wretches and Scion from Resser Tara so I don’t have any new takeaways from them just yet.
  8. TheJoyInGaming

    LGBT characters?

    Are we ignoring the entire Ten Thunders faction and Perdita's family? What about Big Jake and Joss? Possibly Ramos? Are they white too?
  9. TheJoyInGaming

    LGBT characters?

    Labels are given for the purpose of sharing information more easily. If you have a problem with the label of LGBT characters then you should also have a problem with the thread creator and the various others who have used it. My problem is not with the inclusion of such characters. My problem is the idea that until such a time that a race, religion, sexual orientation etc is depicted in any form in media in a positive manner that the creators of that media must be opposed to that race, religion, sexual orientation until its positive inclusion. To be frank such thinking is toxic and can be very off putting. If we follow the logic that LGBT people are suffering or are excluded because straight people were mentioned explicitly and LGBT people were not then we need to start writing down every race and culture that hasn't been mentioned yet and tell Wyrd that they are being excluded too. Just because you haven't gotten the LGBT character that you identify with doesn't mean that Wyrd's fluff is not diverse. It also doesn't mean that they are against them or their inclusion. IF they are not included then all that means is: they are not included, yet.
  10. TheJoyInGaming

    LGBT characters?

    Quoted for Truth.
  11. TheJoyInGaming

    LGBT characters?

    A perceived absence of LGBT characters does not mean exclusion of that sexual orientation or worse; and this extends to other traits, cultures, ideas etc. Before Book 4 did anyone think that because Sandeep and his crew hadn't yet been released that there was an issue with Wyrd having a diverse representation of cultures? If/when Wyrd releases a LGBT character it should be because they decided to write a LGBT character. To address the above comment about some parts of the Wyrd community being hostile: Some of the hostility may be because some people believe a miniature company and it's products shouldn't be used for the promotion LGBT. Being LGBT doesn't make an individual special, not that anyone said that, but when members of the community try and argue for inclusion of that single character trait it is off putting. It makes it appear that LGBT is a special distinction that should always be acknowledged, above all character traits, otherwise you are against it and should be flogged.* *Dumb humor.
  12. TheJoyInGaming

    Yan Lo tactica!

    Sorry, poor English on my end. I meant that the Ancestor she passed DARK PROTECTION to would get the benefits of both the bubble and two 0's.
  13. TheJoyInGaming

    Yan Lo tactica!

    Thought i would add a Chiaki shenanigan to the discussion since i haven't seen it mentioned on here (i think...) As we all know, Chiaki with Innocence can pass around all conditions on her to a friendly Ancestor within 6" and LOS at the start of her activation. If you attach My Little Helper to her you can pass around the DARK PROTECTION condition to an Ancestor, granting them both the 3" Protection bubble and two 0's for that turn. I don't think it's something to use every time since Pull of the Grave can be really good depending on your build but it can free up an upgrade slot for Toshiro, Yin, or the Carrion Emissary. Of course you can always pass it to Yan Lo to give him some early game protection and he won't have to choose between healing and Ascending for a Turn OR you can live the dream and if you somehow have been getting CHI like crazy you can be fully Ascended by the end of Turn 2.
  14. TheJoyInGaming

    Hayreddin Slug Trigger

    Hayreddin's shotgun has a trigger that states this attack doesn't place Blast Markers and i get to make an additional 2/3/4 damage flip. I was sure that this meant it took away the Blasts from the original damage spread of 2/3/4 because the additional damage flip wasn't a new attack and also the additional damage spread flipped contains no Blast Markers. However, i read somewhere recently that this wasn't the case and that i get both the blasts and the additional damage flip against the target. Which of these is correct? Your answers are greatly appreciated! Thank You!
  15. If Scion of the Void takes the Corpse Bloat upgrade then can any model borrow the You Don't Need a Spleen... Right? (0) action? I have inspected the cards and as far as i can tell this would be legal but i often miss obvious restrictions. Thank you for the answers!