Thursday, January 26, 2012

Two Down, One to Go!

So on our regularly scheduled game night on Tuesdays out at Huzzah Hobbies, in Ashburn, VA, I was able to take another step towards ridding myself of the moniker that has plagued me since that fateful day on the Gamers Lounge.

The week before, I challenged Chris, but played against some new players from Warrenton instead. The new player, Joe, was a blast to play. Good guy, I hope he keeps up with the game and comes out for the Tourney in Feb at Huzzah. Chris and I agreed that this past week, it was on like Donkey Kong!

Game 1:
Skill-Less Brian, Guild Crew - 30 - Scrap
Contain Power, Kill Protege, Eye for an Eye
Perdita Ortega -- 8 Pool
Governor's Proxy [2ss]
Nino Ortega [7ss]
Santiago Ortega [7ss]
Witchling Stalker [4ss]
Witchling Stalker [4ss]


eChris, Neverborn Crew - 30 - Scrap
Deliver a Message, Kidnap, Holdout

Pandora -- 5 Pool
Primordial Magic [2ss]
Doppelganger [8ss]
Insidious Madness [4ss]
Insidious Madness [4ss]
Insidious Madness [4ss]
Sue [8ss]

This was my third time against playing Pandora. The last two times she pretty well man-handled me. We played a very long game where I probably spent 3/4 of the time thinking about my moves and what was going to happen next and Chris would move and own me. He was able to Deliver the Message on Turn 1. So, taking the Proxy against Pandora...that sucks, don't do it. Or find a way to sac it on turn one. Or have it hide in a corner or something. It ended up killing Santiago on the top of turn 2 so he didn't do anything at all and cost me 7 points. From there I managed to basically ignore Pandora while burning down his Madness. Then Perdita jumped up and shot the Dopplganger in the face. Nino followed up by finishing off Sue. On Turn 5, Pandora finished off the last Stalker for Kidnap, guaranteeing Chris 6 points. On Turn 6, it came down to Pandora and the Magic vs. Perdita and Nino. I still needed to run all the way across the board and kill his master with Perdita, then with Nino, run half way across the board to break his hold out. Chris, sacrificed Pandora netting me 2 points and that left me free and clear to run across the board. A tough long, hard fought, great game ended as a 6-6 tie.

Afterwards Chris was chatting about the Perdita Obey list, which is one I have not been hugely fond of. He decided to play it against me to show me how it works.

Game 2:
Skill-Less Brian, Outcasts Crew - 30 - Scrap
Slaughter, Holdout, BodyGuard (Gun Vik)
Viktoria -- 7 Pool
Student of Conflict [3ss]
Convict Gunslinger [5ss]
Ronin [5ss]
Ronin [5ss]
Ronin [5ss]

eChris, Guild Crew - 30 - Scrap
Escape and Survive, Family Justice (He was pretty cocky), Assassinate (Sword Vik)
Perdita Ortega -- 5 Pool
Enslaved Nephilim [2ss]
Abuela Ortega [7ss]
Guild Austringer [5ss]
Nino Ortega [7ss]
Papa Loco [6ss]

I had played the Viks one time way back in May or something when I first started playing Malifaux. The first game I played was against Mike (1st Gen) where he built a Vik Crew v. a Lilith crew with Shared Claim Jump. This is the first and only time I have beaten Mike. It also did not include schemes or all of the rules. I think we didn't discuss focus striking or channeling among many others.

Well eChris says he is going to show me how well an Obey Family list works because I have never personally been a fan. Since I wanted to see it, that made sense. Dixon (Pharaoh) put together the Vik list, for me and eChris and I threw down. Well after turn one of moving up and positioning, I was able to win initiative on turn two and slingshot the Sword Vik into melee with Perdita. I managed to out cheat / stone and did away with Perdita early turn 2, which then really reduced the effectiveness of teaching me how eChris plays the Obey list. He retaliated by flinging Papa Loco forward and boom goes Papa. I focused on saving Gun Vik and let Sword Vik take some wounds. He then proceeded to mow down Sword Vik, getting Assassinate (or did he?!?). Next turn, I used my last 2 stones to sac a Ronin and re-create Sword Vik. Then I threw Sword Vik back into the fray. She essentially acted as a missile I expended to throw at his models. I did away with Abuela, Papa and the Austringer at this point too. Leaving him with only Nino sitting on a high pillar in the corner. Realizing I had the game in hand, I backed off out of range since I was only up on Slaughter 15-12 and did not want to give Nino the chance to even things up. Game ended 6-0 with a victory for the good guys!

So with that, I have defeated two of the people who I had to in order to rid myself of the Skill-Less moniker. Next up is Mike, who I almost had except for the unfortunate flip of a Black Joker on my part. I have a feeling my first win is going to come against him shortly. I can feel it, the fates are going to late me cheat and win!


  1. I don't know why you keep saying it's an "unfortunate" black joker flip that didn't let you beat me. I had been planning for several turns before, and tuning your deck subtly by making you cheat the EXACT number of cards necessary to ensure that the black joker was there for your prevention flip. That was all SKILL, baby!

    Seriousness though, congrats on your win over eChris. Two-thirds of the way to having to rename your blog.

    1. I had a 53/54 chance of wrecking you there....just be on guard, you never know when I am gonna drop the Hammer on you. And by hammer I mean....

    2. That sounds like a challenge, buddy. Time and place. Just give me a time and place.

    3. Oh, its already been broughten!

      Yeah, so probably up at Huzzah at some point on a Tuesday or maybe a Saturday or Sunday, or another time we both have off and decide to get a game in...

  2. It refreshing to see you beating these guys with Guild and/or more "straightforward" crew lists. Goes to show that you can win without Neverborn or filth lists. Congrats.

    1. I like how the "straightforward" is in quotes. I am starting to understand the next layer of how some of these Guild models work. Its like peeling an onion and I am still at the dried up wrinkly bits on the outside! :)