Best Space Marine Biker Weapon

Bike Squadron

There’s something awe-inspiring about the Warhammer 40k universe and, despite Games Workshop’s utter inability (or desire) to make a clean, fully-functioning ruleset, I keep finding myself falling back into one of my oldest hobbies, Warhammer 40k.  Between the rich, detailed history, well-crafted atmosphere & setting, and amazing models, I can’t stay away.

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Warhammer 40k General Army Building Strategy

Imperial Eagle

In Warhammer 40k, there are certain concepts that nearly every competitive list needs to implement in order to compete.  Now, I originally wrote this back in 5th edition in preparation for an ‘Ard Boyz tournament in a discussion about Warhammer 40k general army building strategy.  However, while the power lists may have changed, the core concepts behind them have not changed.  [Any comments about the changes between editions will be in brackets such as this.]

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Battlemind Brutal Barrage Build

battlemind

I’ve been playing in a D&D campaign for quite some time now (2+ years) and prior to/in the beginning of that campaign, I spent a lot of time planning out my character and his progression into epic.  Of course, we started at level 1, so my character’s power level was much, much lower and all the pieces I had planned hadn’t come together.  Until now.  Here’s the build, which I feel is one of the best Battlemind Brutal Barrage builds available (not to mention the stylish title alliteration).

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Most Cost-Efficient Ascension Cards

Arbiter-of-the-Precipice

As with many card-drafting, competitive deck-building games, Ascension places a heavy focus on maximizing your resource efficiency on every turn. This week, I will analyze the card set and identify which are the most cost-efficient Ascension cards. Note I am limiting myself to the first cycle here (Chronicle of the Godslayer and Return of the Fallen.)

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PAX Prime 2013 review

pax

Between PAX and personal life I’ve been very busy lately, so I’ll share my thoughts on PAX. Here is my personal PAX Prime 2013 review.

Titanfall

Let’s start with the big one – Titanfall. If you haven’t heard of it, get out from underneath your rock and Google it. Even though 24 consoles ran this game continually for the entirety of the convention, it had the longest lines by far. It was easily the most played/desired game at the convention – an honor Titanfall deserved.

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Ascension Strategy

Hedron-Cannon

Having been a strong fan of Ascension for over a year now, it seems like this blog is overdue for an Ascension strategy article.  This week I’ll start with some basic math about starting hands.  Note that these probabilities will still apply even with the newest base set, as the energy shard allows you to draw a card when you play it.

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Small World Best Race and Power Combinations – Part 2

Small World

Continuing my Small World best race and power combinations, this week I’m analyzing and discussing the results from last week’s post found here.  While the numbers from last week were all well and good, they only considered offensive abilities, and did not look at abilities that provided non-numerical benefits.  Here’s where we are going to go into what powers combo well with which races, and also consider what the numbers from last week actually mean if we’re trying to get more gold than the other guy.

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Small World Best Race and Power Combinations – Part 1

Small World

I’ve gotten to enjoy Small World by Days of Wonder recently and really appreciate the simple mechanics that still provided an engaging experience with plenty of strategic and tactical options.  Looking at the random combinations of powers and races got me curious as to what some of the best race and power combinations were in Small World.

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Risk Legacy Odds – Basic Combat Math with a Twist, Part 3

Risk Legacy

As a wrap-up to my basic combat math series for Risk Legacy odds (see part 1 and part 2), I’m going to looking at the expected losses per attack for each side, as well as exactly how much a bunker makes a territory harder to take.
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