Sunday 16 March will be the next club meeting. We will also be moving all club equipment and games to our new venue this day.
LXG will move its games library and tables to the new venue from around 3pm at the coming meeting on Sunday 16th March.
What does this mean for you?
(a) If you have games out from the library can you please return them. Even if you can’t make it this Sunday, can you please drop the games in. We are taking this opportunity to label all the games and get the digitised borrowing system running for April.
(b) No games can be loaned this month (except for those persons running sanctioned LXG events. Games usually held by those persons will be labelled on Sunday prior to the move).
(c) As 3pm approaches can you ensure that any games you are still playing are labelled – see Phil or Kahla Bellhouse re this. Make sure those games are given to LXG committee members before the last games are removed around 5pm.
(d) Can you lend a hand with the move. We need help moving the games. If you can transport games to Woolloongabba that afternoon see Eddie Crompton (and get a chance to check out the new venue!)
At midday we will be giving everyone a news update and we will present prizes and trophies for the Legends and Australian Boardgaming Titles winners and runner ups.
The Grand Melee League will run, starting at 11.00am, so turn up early if you want to play this month!
Our new venue is the air-conditioned hall of the Woolloongabba Bridge Club, located at 67 Ipswich Road, Woolloongabba.
The board game Firefly has been making inroads to LXG after its introduction at Summer Advance. President Eddie Crompton describes it has having game mechanics similar to Talisman (ie building up a crew and equipment that will allow you to complete the objectives of the game). Its certainly popular at the moment, so much so that LXG recently ran a Firefly tournament at Legends of Summer (congratulations to the winner Dylan S). A special scenario was written for the event, which depicted the events of the Serenity movie. In response to requests from club members, here’s a template of the mission card (plus a number of explanatory notes and additional pieces). Enjoy!
Keith has done us a great poster for the 2014 Winter Retreat, now at a Gold Coast venue! The venue change is in response to feedback we received about Currimundi at last year’s Winter Retreat and this year’s Summer Advance.
Click on the image below to viw in a separate window and enlarge to suit. You can also visit the venue site directly here. Note Winter Retreat will be held at the camp’s WEC centre, which you can view directly. There is space for 92 guests, in cabins which fit 6 people (and a couple of smaller cabins). Each cabin has its own ensuite shower/toilet facilities.
February was another popular month for the LXG website. In particular the articles around our 2014 Summer Legends event were especially popular. News of the news Go Lounge and the Grill’d games nights in Fortitude Valley also attracted eyeballs. Some of our reviews were also popular again this month.
This month we had 10 players at the table, so it was a single-table round. Things started off quietly enough, but then three threats emerged; Jeremy’s elf deck, Adrian’s poison deck, and Eddie’s artifact/eldrazi deck. None of these three were sitting next to one another, so the rest of the table bore the brunt of their attacks.
David was left hanging on by the eldrazi deck with 2 life and a single permanent, but managed to take out Alex Sp with that creature (Lotleth Troll, since you asked). Callum Sp fell to poison counters, but Jeremy N had created a steamroller effect, taking out Alex D and Adrian, leaving Jay N (who had already removed Keith D) with 7 poison counters and facing down an army of giant elves, thanks to the effects of Immaculate Magistrate applied to Joraga Warcaller.
Eddie fought off Leanne’s attacks long enough to finally put David out of his misery, only to see Jeremy finish the game with an attacking Novablast Wurm followed up with a Biorhythm that took Leanne and Eddie down to zero life and out of the game.
Jeremy N got a big win, with five kills and an achievement, and now heads up the ladder.
After Summer Legends, we have six club members who have gained a rank. This number will change, as these results only cover casual games, plus the War Machine games played. The Game of Games page will be updated again once I have the full tournament results from our board game events. For now, Leanne J becomes only the fourth club member to gain more than 1,000 points and reach the rank of Grand Duchess! Ross vS and John M each gained Elector rank, leaving us with no one at Prince/Princess rank for the time being.
edit: An extra seven members gained ranks thanks to the tournaments and special events played.
Ranks Gained, February 2014
Grand Duchess: Leanne J
Elector: John M, Ross vS
Duke: Lance A, Liam P
Marquis: David R
Count: Sam M
Baron/Baroness: Phil B, Kahla B, Anthony R, Tom R
Baronet/Baronetess: Rachel vS, Pedro D, Callum Sp
Coming on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 February is our Summer Legends event for 2014. This year’s event promises to be truly legendary with a packed schedule full of different tabletop events, with some great prizes available too. See the full program here.
Since that shedule was put together we have been able to confirm another great event – Pass the Pigs. This one costd $1 per throw with the money raised going to the very worthy Young Care charity.
You may like the “Icons of Fantasy” prize too:
- A beautiful A2 framed reproduction HBO map of Westeros (Game of Thrones)
- The Harry Potter School House Badges
- The One Ring (from LOTR)
- The Hammer of Thor USB stick
All this goes to the one with the highest throw at the end of the day!
Born of the Gods is the second set in the Theros block (for a multiplayer review of Theros see here). This set mainly serves to complete the picture drawn by the first set in the block. For multiplayer fans that is actually a good thing. What you find with Born of the Gods is a set with cards that can fit into multiple decks, either improving them or adding alternative options. It lacks the linearity of other sets – there’s no theme deck you would make up using only cards from this set. However the versatility of the cards, especially the uncommons, opens up some welcome new options for deck builders.
Mechanics & Cycles
Born of the Gods adds to the mechanics of the Theros set, although sadly there was no room for more Monstrous cards.
Archetypes: The Archetypes are a cycle of five creatures, one for each colour. These archetypes grant an ability to all your creatures, and remove that ability from your opponents’ creatures. For example the green creature Archetype of Endurance grants all of your creatures hexproof, while creatures your opponents control lose hexproof and cannot have or gain hexproof. Nice, or nasty depending on where you are sitting! Bestow: Born of the Gods has more bestow cards to add to the mix, and develops the ability in some interesting ways. The common and uncommon bestow cards added in this set are well worth a look. Gods: There were five Gods in Theros, one for each colour. In Born of the Gods we also have five, one for each allied colour pair. As in Theros the Gods are all mythic rare indestructible enchantment creatures. These multicolour gods require a devotion level of seven rather than the five required by the Theros Gods. However they each add two to their own devotion score so it kind of evens out. Each Gods is powerful in its own way, and does not need to be a creature in order to affect the table to your advantage. Heroic: There are a few heroic cards in Born of the Gods, and these mostly fill in some of the missing slots from Theros. Nothing earth-shattering, but some interesting and useful cards can be found. Inspired: This is one of two new mechanics in the set, and by far the best. Inspired creatures all have an ability that triggers whenever they untap. Naturally this will happen in your untap step (though technically, the ability doesn’t go on the stack until the beginning of your upkeep). The ability will also trigger any other time they untap. Cards from Theros that untap creatures suddenly make a lot more sense. Tribute: Tribute is an ability seen on larger creatures, and frankly it is a poor replacement for Monstrous. Tribute triggers when the creature enters the battlefield and gives your opponent a choice; either pay the tribute by putting a number of +1/+1 counters on the creature, or else give you another advantage. Being as this is the opponent’s choice, where there is one option that is clearly better for you; that is the one your opponent is likely to choose, making these cards lacklustre at best. There were a couple (and I mean literally two) that look interesting but overall I would rather have seen a development of the Monstrous mechanic from Theros instead.
Born of the Gods: Ten interesting cards for multiplayer
1. Akroan Skyguard – a small heroic creature that can become a threat quite quickly with the right spells and bestow cards
2. Archetype of Imagination – the blue archetype grants flying to your creatures and denies flying to your opponents’
3. Chromanticore – a five colour bestow creature that gets the mind working
4. Ephara’s Enlightenement – an enchantment that can keep growing your creatures, as long as you keep playing creatures
5. Fate Unraveler – this black creature punishes your opponents for drawing cards, which fits nicely into certain decks…
6. Flame-wreathed Phoenix – one of the two Tribute creatures that looks worth the effort (the other is a white uncommon)
7. God-Favored General – this Inspired creature can create an army for you, if you can untap it enough times
8. Heroes’ Podium – this card is like Coat of Arms, except for Legendary creatures. Well worth a look.
9. Mogis, God of Slaughter – the black/red God is strongly associated with Minotaurs, though he isn’t one himself (he just looks like one)
10. Swordwise Centaur – this green common provides you with three power for two mana, not to be overlooked.
For the first time in our club’s history, LXG will not be meeting on a third Sunday of the month – this month. Please take note of our date change, and come and join us for two solid days of gaming on February 22 and 23 at Summer Legends.
The committee apologises for this change which was due to circumstances beyond our control.
Our meeting in March will be on the third Sunday as per usual.
Keith D has put together a couple of T-shirt designs for club members to access on TShirtShack.
To get yours:
(1) Go to http://www.tshirtshack.com/
(2) Click on Custom T-Shirts
(3) Select a T-Shirt Style you like and hit the Design It button
(4) Click on Retrieve Design button
(5) In the pop up box enter Keith’s email address (keefdoneATgmailDOTcom) and the shirt you would like. There are currently 2x designs:
- extraordinary gamer
- disciple of catan
There is a password prompt too, but you don’t need to enter anything in that field.
(6) Make changes to colour, position of design etc as you see fit and follow prompts for payment.
It works out to about $28 including T-Shirt and they are excellent quality. This is not a heat transfer process but real silk screen printing and the shirts are excellent quality. The only concern is size – make sure you select one size less than you are as they are pretty big!
Thanks to club member Dylan S for organising this one. Games Night at Grill’d Fortitude Valley is up and raunning for 2014. Dylan has put together a cool flyer which gives the details so here you go:
1st Prize – $100 Ace Comics & Games Voucher 2nd Prize – $50 Ace Comics & Games Voucher 3rd Prize – $50 Grill’d Voucher But there’s is an additional prize for the top scorer of each night. If you’re the top point scorer for the evening, you will win a free burger that’s redeemable at the next Board Games & Burger event two weeks later. Competition prizes will be awarded at the July 10 meet-up, where hopefully, if everything goes well, another competition will start.
Opening in March 2014 in Brisbane is the GO Board Game Lounge.
The GO Lounge will be located at Stones Corner Plaza, Greenslopes.
It will be open everyday, mainly targeted to the public, but hoping to run tournaments on Friday and Saturday nights as well and on demand. There will be library 200+ games to start with and you are welcome to bring your own to teach and spread the enthusiasm!
Pricing will most probably be an All You Can Play price, unless otherwise requested. Spaces here are limited to approx. 50-60, but with your support could expand quickly.
For more info and updates, view the GO Lounge Facebook page.
LXG will be following the route of Phileas Fogg’s trek across the world during 2014 by visiting 8 restaurants from countries that the Jules Verne hero visited in his epic journey. In order, we will be eating in:
Stay tuned for a posting of the first restaurant on our trek, coming at the end of February!