July 14, 2018

The Valiant Card Game - Ninjak vs The Valiant Universe

On my last school break I picked up The Valiant Card Game - Ninjak vs The Valiant Universe. I ordered it on a whim, after hearing that it was based on a comic and live-action web-series of the same name.

I confess it's been a couple of decades since I have read anything from Valiant, but I was aware that they had relaunched a few years back, and had picked up their RPG series and their card game last year, neither of which had yet to see the table. However if you've ever stopped by here before you'll know I'm a sucker for superhero comics, so none of these purchases should be a surprise.

Deciding that I needed to see the web-series before trying out the game I fired up YouTube and spent an hour being mildly impressed. The writing and acting weren't anything amazing, but overall the costumes very well done, and FX were certainly better than I had expected. I would certainly watch more if it were produced.

Anyway, back to the game at hand. It's a basic co-operative card game for 1 to 6 players. Each player chooses a hero to control against "Ninjak" who is essentially three decks of increasing difficulty. The heroes are interesting in that they can't use their own powers, only lend them to other heroes, so teamwork is key. If any of the heroes are reduced to 0 health all players lose. With three or more players everyone takes a secret agenda and if Ninjak is defeated one of the heroes is the winner above the others. There are minor rules changes for playing with 2 players, or a solo player controlling one or two heroes, but  each hero tries to build up their stats by picking up Tactics cards, fighting Ninjak and helping their allies.

The components are nicely done with vibrant colours, excellent artwork and easy to read layouts with solid graphic design. The hero boards are double sided with comic art on one side and the live action version on the other.

I've only had a chance to try a half dozen games solo with a variety of hero duos and one game with a single hero. Some games have felt very easy and other have been quite challenging. I feel it would be a much more interesting game with a larger player count, as sharing hero powers, and working towards individual agendas would add some depth that's missing in solo play. It gets points for stylish presentation and a unique mechanic for superhero team-up action on the tabletop.

I doubt I'll be playing many more games of it solo but will certainly try to get some larger games going to see if my hypothesis is accurate. I'd recommend it to fans of the Valiant Universe, but it's probably a pass for most other gamers.

June 27, 2018

June 2018 DC Universe Tournament Results

Yet another successful tournament in the books! We had an excellent turnout and tons of fun for the day.

Tournament Results

8th Place: Mike D
Black Manta, Darkseid, Deadshot, Harley Quinn (Rebirth), Lex Luthor (Warsuit)

7th Place: Marcel
Batmite, Green Lantern, Raven, Superman (Red Son), Zatanna

6th Place: Darkness Coming, Paul
Darkseid, Parademon 1 x2, Parademon 2, Steppenwolf

5th Place: Doom's Avengers, Josh
Ares, Dr. Doom, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor

4th Place: Justice League, Talon
Batgirl (Rebirth), Harley Quinn, Martian Manhunter, Raven, Supergirl, Zatanna

3rd Place: Black Adam & the Bat Attitude, Elton
Black Adam, Clayface, Killer Croc, Lobo, Parademon 1, Solomon Grundy,

2nd Place: Justice League, Tezlin
Flash (Ezra), Green Lantern, John Constantine, Shazam, Wonder Woman

1st Place: Jet Lag, Mike H
Black Adam, General Zod, LexCorp Heavy Trooper, Professor Zoom, Superwoman

Fellowship Prize: Elton
Best Painted Crew: Josh

April 13, 2018

April 2018 BMG Tournament Results

On April 7th, 2018 I hosted my second tournament of the year at Eastridge Sports Cards & Games in Calgary, Alberta. We had 8 players registered to play, but weather conditions brought our numbers down to 6. We still had a great day of games, food and fun with the Batman Miniatures Game 2nd Edition rules.

Tournament Results & Crew Lists

6th Place: Birds of Prey (346/$100), Mike D
Black Canary - Boss, Batgirl, Catwoman (Modern Age), Huntress, Poison Ivy (Classic)

5th Place: Joker (346/$1350), Brian
Joker (Leto), Harley Quinn (SS), Pandaman w/ magazine), Deadshot (SS)

4th Place: The Brave & the Bold (James)
Batman (Rebirth), Robin (Damian), Swamp Thing

3rd Place: Organized Crime (348/$1950), Mike H.
Lex Luthor, Heavy Trooper w/ jet pack, Lexcorp Trooper 1 w/ Bribe, Lexcorp Trooper 2 w/ jet pack, Lexcorp Trooper 3 w/ grapple, Anatoly, Hugo, Troy

2nd Place: Bane (350/$1500), Tezlin
Bane (Rebirth), Deadshot (SS), Duke w/ NV goggles & ammo, Kabuto w/ Titan, Prisoner 93432

1st Place: Organized Crime (343/$1500), Talon
Two-Face, Enchantress, Tet w/ Grapple, Nen, Prisoner 47905, Vov w/ Bribe

Fellowship Voted: Mike D.
Best Painted Voted: Mike H.

Thanks to everyone who came out, shared your great scenery and simply made the day excellent. I really appreciate it, not to mention the great prize support we had from www.o2media.ca and the perfect play space provided by Eastridge Sports Cards & Games. Thank you! 

We'll leave you with some photos of the lovely scenery and models that hit the tables last weekend!