Sunday, August 30, 2015

Malifaux Plastruct Terrain nearly done

Thought I'd post a photo of my Plastruct terrain WIP. Not finished - the house needs a fair bit more work, and the tower windows up top aren't done. Really like this terrain - I like the slightly wonky style, the size, the sturdiness and the fact it's light but not light enough to move around easily. This is just a really quick layout I threw together to take a photo.





The mat is nice but I've ordered a 3x3 to use instead I think. I also need more scatter terrain. 

I also ordered a couple of the new pre-painted Plastcraft buildings/items to try out. Should be here in about a week.

Gremlin forces are still in WIP, not ready to show :)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

A Golden Age for Tabletop Gaming? Or...a Glut?

Are there too many games now?


At first blush that sounds a bit silly. How can there be too many games? Choice is great! The more the merrier and all that jazz.

But lately I feel like, at least locally, the game scene is getting fractured to the point where few titles can achieve a critical mass of players - enough to sustain healthy sales for shops and make it easy to find someone to play with.  And the growing popularity of boardgames is adding even more options for people who like to gather around a table with friends and roll some dice.

(full disclosure: I rarely actually get to play anything so this is mostly me waxing philosophical at the moment).

In my area, I think this list captures most of the games that have a following or are trying to get off the ground per se:

40K
AoS
Warmahordes
Infinity
Malifaux
Dropzone Commander
X-Wing
Armada
Attack Wing
Firestorm Armada
Dystopian Wars
Zombicide
Planetfall
Netrunner

 and probably more.

This post I found recently on the Privateer forums kinda captures what I'm concerned about: is the game pool diluting the player pool too much, to the point where it's hard to get a thriving community going around a particular game?

http://privateerpressforums.com/showthread.php?235245-Dwindling-Community

One side effect for me personally is I feel like a moth who doesn't know which flame to fly towards lol - I keep starting and stopping armies, with the dream of eventually actually playing a game regularly with some cool people. I just don't know where to focus. I have an Infinity force, a WM force, a 40K force, a burgeoning AoS force...a Dropzone force.....X-wing.....god my bank account hurts.

Anyway, I had to get that off my chest. I actually kinda miss the days when the choices were 40K and Warmachine, and both had really healthy player bases :)