past week

Dec. 7th, 2009 09:33 pm
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While I'm procrastinating the weekly Dreamwidth update, you get a real life update.

This past week has been exciting in real life ways!

I participated in the "Battleforce Challenge" which was a Warhammer 40,000 event taking place at the local game store. The idea is, you buy a battleforce (army in a box) for $90 and then you are entered in a tournament event. You come and play and at the end of the tournament whoever has the most points gets their money back (or gets a second $90 box).

The bad thing about battleforces is that they're not all created equal. There is one for each army (Warhammer has a bunch of armies) and they all have a "box of models" but they're not all the same point value. (In Warhammer, units cost points. More points = better.) The rules of the tournament were that you could field anything that came out of your battleforce, in any configuration you want.

This means that my Tau Empire battleforce hit the field at 733 points. An Imperial Guard battleforce could only barely get to 500 points. The Space Wolves battleforce clocked in at 1,430 points. In theory, an army with more points will win, all things being equal. I didn't expect to win, and it turns out that I didn't.

My first game I played against Necrons. I managed to fight them to a draw, but only because the hour time limit was up. Had we gone the full length he would have whittled me down. (Necrons have a close to 1,000 point battleforce.)

The second game was against a guy named Ryan who fielded the Space Wolves. It was a grotesque slaughter and he beat me. That's typically what I expect when fighting an army that has twice as many points, though. In retrospect, I might have been able to get a tie out of him as well (due to the time limit) had I planned a little ahead, but I didn't and lost.

By the third game I knew I was going to be losing the tournament and I was up against someone with Imperial Guard (very weak battleforce), but he was also a really new player. We spent the game just going slow, very carefully and thoroughly going over rules and tactics, and basically turned it into a teaching game. He was very grateful for that and in the end we tied, so that was good.

I really like going to the games store, and try to make it over there for a few hours every couple days. The people there are very friendly -- and actually, a large group of Baptists, interestingly enough. Gives me some pangs of regret for no longer belong to a church -- not because I miss being religious, but I miss that sense of belonging to a group of people that are friendly and nice.


Another new thing that I tried, from hearing about it through the game store: LARPing. Yes. I went to a LARP. I've never done it before and I wasn't really sure what to expect, but it turned out to be amazingly awesome.

One of the guys from the game store, Chris, helped me roll up a character. I'm Tom Peters, a Malkavian who was a photojournalist (read: paparazzi). Carries around a camera and notebook. Ends up being turned in Florida and then runs away as fast as possible, ends up in Mountain View. Then some Things Happen. I don't have time to go through it, but it was great and I had a lot of fun.

I've also played a little EVE lately. Mostly I'm trying to get the alliance I'm in (Antaeus Combine) sorted on their web properties. I did lead a roaming gang out tonight but there were only four of us (and one was a covops with no guns or scrambler) and we lost the covops and a Cerberus. And killed a Punisher+pod. Oh well, better luck next time. (Morsus Mihi scrambles quickly... lesson learned.)


Time to go write the update.


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