Ep 38 Broken Bat

This week on around the geek we have a full house as we talk about things from Gamescom such as Assassin’s Creed Rouge game play, Until Dawn trailer, Tomb Raider being a timed exclusive, the Halo channel, PlayStation share play and more. This week we talk about our experience at Otakon 2014 and how awesome it was.

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Otakon 2014: Yu Yu Hakusho Cosplay

Greetings Around the Geek fans!

Otakon has wound down and finished, and I wanted to share pics of all the amazing cosplayers of my favorite anime Yu Yu Hakusho. I was lucky to be a part of Saturday’s and Sunday’s photoshoots as my girlfriend and I were cosplaying as characters from the show.

Here we are as the Toguro Brothers:

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And here as Koenma and Botan:

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So onto some of my favorite shots from the weekend!
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Hope you enjoyed the pics!

Videogames Live: The Experience

A few weeks ago I went to the Videogames Live concert and I have to say this concert was amazing. As with any concert nothing is better than to hear your favorite songs played live. It even added a light show to boot.  But lets start at the beginning, we arrived early to get to take pictures and enter the Guitar Hero tournament, which we did not win but it was fun. The winner got to go on stage in front of the entire audience and play The Pretender on GH3. The actual winner was a kid in a Ness costume and he rocked the house. On top of performing in front of an audience he scored over 400,000 points and won free gifts courtesy of Videogames Live.

During the concert they played Simple and Clean from Kingdom Hearts, One-Winged Angel from FFVII, Sonic, a Tetris Opera, the Skyrim theme, World of Warcraft, Journey, Portal, Chrono Trigger, Time’s Scar from Chrono Cross, God of War theme, Halo theme, FFVI theme,  Metal Gear Solid 2 theme, Castlevania theme, and the Silent Hill 2 theme.  My favorite theme was the Skyrim theme. Its just something about that song that gets me pumped up and I personally can’t even get into Skyrim.  I’m not going to post every song on here for you guys to listen to but I will post a few so you can also enjoy the music as well if you have never heard it before.

Scar’s of Time had a slight variation to it and it caught me off guard because I was expecting everybody to step up the level towards the end and they didn’t. Its been a few days and I can now appreciate the effort they put into it. Another remix that I found more positive was the Tetris Opera. It really brought out the Russian feel about the song when you listen to it. That takes skill and some talent to pull off something of that caliber. The icing on the cake was when they played Still Alive. I have never heard this song before but the crowed was cheering loudly and forever clapping off beat. Seriously every time they wanted us to clap within 5 seconds they were already off beat. It never ceases to amaze me at all.

Since Ive been to both Distant Worlds and the Legend of Zelda concert its easy to find pros and cons with this concert. The other two concerts were very game specific so they could go further in depth with the music while Video Games Live normally only played main themes. Also there were times I didn’t know the songs being played, which of course I expected to happen.  On the upside though this made the crowd very diverse and well rounded. Even though it was mostly theme music being played they were able to touch ground with many of the songs that I liked over the years and introduce me to songs I haven’t heard before.

Overall though I enjoyed the concert and all the people that attended. It was a great memory to have. Passing out ATG cards, meeting new people, the lights from the show in my face most of the night. Well not that part,  having those lights in my face was pretty annoying. I do thoroughly enjoy going to these type of concerts. It really shows the true fans who appreciate not only the game but the music behind it.

Gideon and Sebastian Review

Gideon & Sebastian Predators & Prey is a comic book produced under PLB comics. The characters were created by Mathew Shockley and Karlton Anthony Hargrove. I met these guys during the annual comic book day in May and they were really cool. I was kind of reluctant in picking up their comic but as soon as I held it I could just tell this was going to be a good read and I was not disappointed.

To start off Gideon & Sebastian are vampire hunters.  These two have a chemistry that you can feel when reading the various short stories within. Each short story is penned by a different artist each with their own different feel and story attached. Some stories are all dialog and others have some pretty interesting action blocks. My personal favorite action story so far is Incident Report 1098 in Issue 3. Without explaining too much, it just starts off with some dialog and then straight action.  It caught me off guard because I was not expecting to see a story that reminded of badass FBI agents. Ironically, it actually does not involve Gideon & Sebastian. My personal favorite overall story is the Himalayas, which is written by Mathew Shockley, because it shows the witty banter between the two main characters and throws in some action while continuing the banter as if they are almost having fun, well Sebastian is anyway.

Overall Gideon & Sebastian are very good reads. Also because there are various artists I do run across a few that I don’t like and that is to be expected but I do not skip over them. They have the ability to change the story into a direction that I personally am fond of.  I would also like to thank the writers of Gideon & Sebastian for personally allowing us to write a review of their comic.  Go to www.plbcomics.com or Facebook.com/plb.comics to learn more about the artists and the comic itself and how to get your hands on it.

 

 

Fleet Commander Drukain and The Hidden Dagger

Hi Around the Geek fans! Jake here with the first entry in a narrative warhammer campaign a group of friends and I are attempting to start. The general idea is that our warhammer games, rather then being one off battles, will tell a continued story, centered around the four of our struggles on the Vampire Coast of the jungle continent of Lustria.

The image below details to start of my leader, and his (hopefully) rise to glory on the vampire coast.

As a point of reference for those of you not warhammer players, Druchii is what the Dark Elves (evil elves) are called by themselves and other elves. The Asari are Wood Elves, a volatile woodland race of elves which have a close relationship with the powers of nature (played by another player).

Here is hoping that once we get together and have our first game that I have something good to report back to ATG fans!

Click the image below to get the full story for my character and his crew of raiders.

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Unplugged GT: Round 1

Hi all you avid Around the Geek Fans!

Today I am bringing you a report of my first round at the Unplugged Gt. Before I suppose I should detail my army:

Lords:
Bretonnian Lord w. barded Bretonnian Warhorse, Virtue of Heroism, Armor of Agilulf, Sword of Swift Slaying 221

Prophetess of the Lady w. lvl4 (Heavens), Prayer Icon 250

Heroes:
Damsel of the Lady w. Lvl2 (Beast), Dispel Scroll, Bretonnian Warhorse 140

Paladin w. Lance, Battle Standard Bearer, Shield, Gromril Great Helm, Sword of Might, barded Bretonnian Warhorse 130

Paladin w. Questing Vow, Shield, Great Weapon, barded Bretonnian Warhorse, Virtue of Knightly Temper, Dragon Helm 138

Core:
10 Peasant Bowmen w. Braziers 65
10 Peasant Bowmen w. Braziers 65
50 Men at Arms w. Full Command, Halberds 277
6 Knights of the Realm w. Full Command 168
8 Knights Errant w. Full Command 181
8 Knights Errant w. Full Command 181
8 Knights Errant w. Full Command, Errantry Banner 201
5 Knights Errant w. Musician, Champion 107
5 Knights Errant w. Musician, Champion 107

Special:
5 Mounted Yeomen w. Musician, Shield 87
Rare:
Trebuchet 90
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My first round opponent was Evan Moyer, playing his all goblin, orc and goblin army. Evan’s list revolved around 2 spear chukkas, 1 doom diver, and 1 rock lobba, 3 river trolls, a big unit of 61 night goblins, which also had several night goblin characters, a smaller mob of 40 or so night goblins several spider rider and wolf rider mobs, a few fanatics, and a giant (which was an awesome forge world giant model). His BsB was on a giant spider, and had the spider banner.

Looking at the list I couldn’t help but feel it was a good match up for me. There was not a lot that could deal with my knights, and the BsB on the giant spider was pretty vulnerable.

For this battle Evan and I decided to use the optional terrain rules on the table, which meant the forest in his deployment zone gave units fear, and on my side was a nasty swamp, which killed D6 models in every unit in it at the end of the movement phase!

Once deployment was over Evan’s goblin mobs were 12″ forward roughly in the center of his deployment zone. His smaller goblin unit was to my left at the side of the bigger unit. His warmachines were deployed behind the massive goblin block, his giant on my right flank and all his spider mobs and wolf boys on my left.

On my right flank I had deployed both my 10 man bowmen units, both 5 man knight errant units, and the 6 man knight of the realm. The trebs were split one on either flank, all three of my knight buses were concentrated on the left flank, along with a combat character in each and men at arms. My battle plan was to kill the BsB as fast as possible, and hope panic would do the rest, LD7 is not great even with rerolls, without its abysmal.

During the vanguard phase Evan showed me just how maneuverable his army was pushing 4 separate units up the gut and into my face. To my amazement this included his BsB. On the left my trebuchet and mounted Yeomen were being threatened; however, Evan’s fear of the trebuchet had left his valuable BsB potentially open.

Turns 1:
Both our first turns were pretty uneventful, with some maneuvering on both sides. Some wild spider riders on the right flank failed animosity and charged into my knights errant, which during my turn received support from more knights breaking the unit.

Amazing during my shooting peasant bowmen managed to deal one wound to the giant menacing the right flank. Go peasants!

Turn 2:
Going for a average charge one of my lances rammed home into Evan’s lone wolf chariot, releasing fanatics from the nearby night goblin units. Amazingly my unit managed to survive, losing only 2 knights!

Even more importantly, another knight lance managed to slam into the flank of Evan’s BsB unit, taking a risk moving into the horrid swamp, but being rewarded for their bravery losing only 1 model, whew!

During combat Evans 2 spider riders were unsurprisingly beaten by my knights errant and paladin, breaking the unit and killing the BsB, panicking the nearby wolf riders. Further up the goblin wolf chariot was slain, and my knights errant unit with the BSB was starring down a ton of angry goblins. Luckily for me my lord’s unit was close by about to lend support.

Turn 3:
Evan, elects not to charge my knight unit, hoping magic and warmachines will be enough. His warmachines absolutely batter my BsB’s knight errant unit leaving only the champion and BsB.

Evan’s giant, who had taken yet another wound from bow fire, was quite close to bowmen and knights on the right side.

During my turn I charged my lone BsB out against Evan’s spear chukka, and slammed my general’s unharmed knight unit into the smaller goblin blocks. Counting fortitude I realized if I broke this goblin unit I would receive bonus victory points for the objective. The lone champion; however, decided that running and hiding behind one of the large boulders on the map was the best options (preserving his unit’s points).

My BsB easily slaughtered the poor goblin crew and reformed facing down more warmachines. Meanwhile the general and his unit, along with a useful wildform ran down the goblins breaking them, despite their steadfast (LD6 is not great). During my magic phase I had Iceshard Blizzarded Evan’s massive goblin unit, who then failed their panic check, after the spear chukka’s death, and began to run from me.

On the right flank my knights of the realm and errant charged into the giant. This was a match-up I was unsure of, but I honestly love seeing giant’s and combat and figured what the hell. Surprising both myself and Evan my knights did great killing the giant and losing only 1 knight of the realm in return (thank god for the Lady’s Blessing rule).

Dying in a spectacular manner, the giant then fell on both knight units. Evan told me he did not have a giant template; however, seeing as how it was a massive forgeworld giant I told him clearly the giant had fallen on all 9 knights in combat. After both Evan’s to wound roll, and my save rolls, the giant had killed 3 more knights from his bulk collapsing on them. Not quite a death worthy of the Lady’s Chosen, but oh well it was pretty funny!

Turn 4-5:
Looking at the board if I could score the goblin unit I would probably score max points; however, the terrified creatures continued to run, and thanks to some rather lucky unit placement on my part in the following turn had no where to land and ran off the board. With this the round ended with me taking a max pointed win 24-0.

Evan was a great opponent and took his lose well. Afterwards we chatted about various things and I gave him a few points for future rounds, such as keeping his BsB back with his units. Overall magic was pretty minimal for both sides. Evan attempted Curse of the Bad Moon twice, but then I killed his wizard, after which most of his spells were nonthreatening. For my part, though I did have some handy spells, such as the nice iceshard blizzard, my magic’s impact was minimal.

Unplugged Grand Tournament: Overview

 

Hey Around the Geek Fans!

Last weekend I was lucky enough to go to the Unplugged Grand Tournament in Hartford, Connecticut. The event was a Warhammer Fantasy tournament hosted and run by the awesome Unplugged Gamers club.

The Unplugged GT was a 2 day Warhammer Tournament where 68 gamers competed and played against each other in 5 one on one battles. Players competed for various prizes including, painting awards, best player for each army, best sportsman, best general, and best overall (a compilation of all the other things).

I went to this same event last year and had a blast, so I had high hopes for the weekend, and was not disappointed. From the amazing tables, which had terrain of the highest quality, the friendly and organized staff, the awesome hotel, and the great opponents this was an amazing event.

The best part of an event like this are the people. Gamers, and wargamers especially, are a social group. Even though I was the only player from the Baltimore area I never felt isolated or alone. I was continually chatting to people I had met from last year’s event, the tournament organizers, and to my opponents during games. The  social atmosphere of the event was a blast.

Another major component of the event was the visual pageantry, that a premier event such as the Unpluged GT, brought out. Walking through the gaming hall it was impossible not to be blown away and inspired by the amazing paint jobs and displays many of my fellow gamers had brought.

One of my favorite armies was by Mike DiCiccio, which was a great looking Warriors of Chaos army. The display, color choice, and subtle conversions made the army unique and eye catching.

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For more pictures from the weekend head over to http://www.unpluggedgamers.com/ where the organizers took a ton of pics (which are better quality then my own).

A unique trait of this event was that the paint judges upon request would give in depth face to face feedback on your army. This was an part of the event I had especially looked forward to. Though half my army was borrowed, I gained great tips on what to improve and change on the completed elements of my army feeling happy with the improvements I had made from my past army. I also left excited to step improve my army even more. A big thanks to paint judges Jeff, Greg, and Mike for great feedback and to Peyton who also popped in to give some advice.

By the end of the weekend I had won one game and lost four; however, despite my poor performance I did receive several awards including Best Bretonnian General (I was the only one), 3rd Favorite Opponent ( for being a fun opponent to play), one raffle prize, and a little goblin painted by Greg Person, one of the organizers, for being most in spirit during the Triumph and Treachery mini game Saturday night (I betrayed a guy for his gold).

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I had an amazing weekend, and would suggest giving larger tournaments, such as this, a try to any gamer. It is a great way to meet more people, play different style armies, and see some amazing models.  The event has super charged my desire to hobby, and has me inspired to really push myself to further improve my painting ability.

In later articles, I will cover in further depth my own personal games over the weekend. Until then a big thanks to the organizers and my opponents Evan Moyer, Omar Martinez, John Chastenay, George Torres, and Jeremy G. for a great weekend of gaming.