Category Archives: LCG

AGOT instead of L5R for 2016

We had a winter tournament last few weeks and I went in with my Bara/Night watch wall deck… and didnt get to top 3…

 

But to be fair, there was no top cut and my swiss results was 3-1. I loss to player who got third where he lost to 2nd and 2nd to 1st. I hate swiss that has no top cut, but that is life. i guess.

 

The field was heavier Lannister, out of around 12 players, there was 2 greyjoy, 3 baratheon, 5 Lannister and 2 Targaryen. The other Bara got 1st place.

 

So far, the game AGOT 2.0 has the usual complexity of playing l5r, but minimal of its baggages or rare hunt being an lcg instead of ccg. Rules timing seems a bit more consistent compared to AEG L5R back then, but then again, the problem with l5r has always been the wording of the card’s abilities that conflicts with the game’s timing. As card text usually superseed game’s rules, that create nastiness.

 

I didn’t exactly print my decklist, so i will provide my decklist based on another user on thronesdb.com. His deck is similar to mine, and i think his is more efficicent. There were a few cards in my deck that I keep wondering if i should have replaced with something else. It probably contributed to my loss in round 2 with that Lanni dude.

 

A fun game for now, you guys should give it a try while waiting for l5r to be rebranded. Assuming you guys are l5r players…

 

2016 and L5R in FFG

We are now in 2016. By reckoning, still a year and a half more to L5R LCG by FFG. That’s a long way to go and I’m sure we will start getting teaser previews in Jan 2017 in line of the estimated Gencon unveiling. This also means that the actual release production will be by Christmas 2017 or later half of 2018 to get into mass public’s hands.
Only time will tell whether this will significantly change L5r as we know it or will it remain dead… everywhere… we will wait and see i suppose.

 

The old group locally has split up. A few went to MTG, a few to console/PC gaming… dota mostly and the rest disappear to do their own thing.

 

Almost all of them gave a tentative comeback only and only if l5r come back hopefully better. While the promise of LCG format makes it cheaper to go in overall compared to the cracking packs of CCG format, a lot of players are weary of FFG LCG format mainly due to the distribution methods via local company… who is notorious in handling the prize support kits. Among the complaints has been getting an expansion 2-3 months later coz he decides to pool 2 expansions per shipment. Prize kits came in late and tampered (some of the prizes are missing) and few more infamous deeds…..

 

That is the reason that FFG products are having difficulty to grow here. I’ve always favoured AEG prize support, which was very helpful in supporting local communities to grow more players and also WotC prize support for MTG. But FFG prize support… urghh.. is bad really….
A tourney kit of 8 players which only rewards the top player, I find it hard at times to get players to play since they know that by paying, they are getting only participation prize random full bleed card they already have and might not like..(Curse of any LCG, everyone already have the card). unlike WotC/AEG who encourages top 3 prize and 1 lucky draw prize to encourage people to play regardless of winning chances since you might very be that lucky draw winner. With this, even new players are encouraged to play since you stand a chance. But with FFG, only if you have high shot at winning would you be willing to participate, otherwise, why bother to pay and lose as a surety?

 

This is something that FFG needs to buck up or they will lose out the more casual group in the long run.

 

I have gotten my hands on Game of Thrones 2.0 LCG. So far the game is much more streamlined compared to the horrors of 1.0. As I have a void of 2 years of L5R to come, I suppose i will throw my lot at this game and see how it goes.
Ours is the Fury!

 

 

Inzen’s kickstart to 2015 gaming

New year of gaming. I was card game sabbatical for most of 2014. Since i don’t have dedicated gaming time, I squeeze my time here and then between…
DESTINY

Since September, most of my gaming has been Destiny. A multiplayer online first person shooter on PS3/PS4/Xbox360/XboxOne. I played on PS3 and crossbuyed for PS4. The game is mainly so-so with grievance on the RNG (Random Number Generator a.k.a. Loots) but I have been staying on the game mainly due to good friends who i get to know over the course of the gaming. I still login nightly for some raids/event or just random stuff. My OCD kicked in so my daily login is mainly to get the daily loot and to increase my storage of material for future expansion House of Wolves, which will be released sometimes March… or May apparently from reddit sources.

L5R

L5R has just released the spoiler for 20 Festival, a new sort of semi base set they are doing now. Instead of once in two years base set, they release it yearly and follow sort of MTG style rotation. I’ve more or less promised the mrs that I wont buy much L5R during the Ivory arc. So I get my decks from local players to just play for fun to satisfy the cardboard addict in me.

Also of note, this year, South East Asia region here gets two kotei. Malaysia will host on the 2nd half of the year while the 1st half will be held by Singapore. Both countries have always been lumped together back the mainly due to the low number of players. But the fact is that both countries are at least 350km apart (200 miles) and nowadays have more sizeable number of players. So it’s good to have two tournament yearly as that will keep the interest locked on. Previous years, after a kotei, the interest dies down until the next year, since that’s the next major tournament.

MTG

I have always cracked a pack or two of MTG here and there, just try my luck to see whether i can strike gold mine. Case in point, so far I’ve only cracked 10 packs of the latest mtg expansion and got an Ugin. So yeah, it covered my pack cost.
The only interest thing about mtg that caught my eye is the new casual format, tiny leaders that picked up like a storm. It’s EDH lite. Meant for one-on-one. You have a commander like EDH. 50 card deck inclusive commander. Highlander 1x copy of each except basic lands. Life starts at 25 and no commander damage. Cardpool is legacy and most importantly, you can only include cards which are 3 casting cost or lower… you got that right.. 3CC or lower. X casting cost counts as 0 for the deckbuilding purposes.
Read further on this at tinyleaders.blogspot.com

The leader choices are not as limited but there are some limitations. Interesting formats so far since you need only a bit of cards to 50 cards, so budget-wise its cheaper to EDH 100-cards. I’ll be building Kira first.. since I just love to hate… so i will get a decklist up soon.

MISC

There are still two card games that I got that didn’t see much play yet. I should get a move on to break it out and get some games in, but the reason i didn’t back then is I do not want to be the pioneer holding the fort like i did with L5R. So i will wait to see a healthier group before coming in. Two games i have in the backburner that i will play soon.. maybe… hopefully.
1) Doomtown Reloaded – AEG
2) Warhammer 40k LCG – FFG
The player base have increased a bit of sorts… but then, just last week, I have just got my hands on Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for 3ds. GG.

Raiding the storeroom

AEG has dropped another announcement that annoyed some of us l5r players. After Gate of Chaos expansion, which releases soon, there will be another expansion in nov/dec namely Aftermath. I was like wtf. Another expansion? Where’s the base set dudes?

Most of us are really waiting for Ivory Edition and if it takes too long, some will migrate to other games like namely MTG. The problem with games with once a year tourney scene locally is the lull/downtime/quiet time that follows a post-kotei season.

I wonder if the expansion name is a foretelling of l5r local scene.

Talking about the Gates of Chaos releasing soon, it becomes obvious from this that the base force for non-unique dudes, is 3F averagely. So looks like they are lowering the force? But being a dual bugged set, it’s hard to say for sure.

Also, if they run non-standard games, I wonder how they will treat the gold cost of peeps, seems like a lot expensive now.

Chase rare from the Gates of Chaos Expansion? Productive Mine. Deal with it. You need at least 2x playsets if you’re building a minimum of 2 decks for Ivory Edition.

Productive Mine, a 4g that produces 4gold solid. With Kharmic traits.

Productive Mine, a 4g that produces 4gold solid. With Kharmic traits.

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Among all the other rares available in the set, this card is the one card that all decks need in Ivory Edition. I dont understand the logic of printing this type of card in expansion, where this card should really be printed in base set due to its stapleness…..

In other news,

It’s time for stock take as usual. I have been cleaning up the house and get rid of my excess cards and organised my old cards… like Harry potter ccg, initial d ccg, Duel Masters, a bunch of old Pokemon cards… (which i gave to junior to learn to read), organise mtg cards by colour and a bunch of other stuffs.

I got rid of Netrunner… while the game is good, having not enough people to play with and since i need to drop a ccg/lcg, netrunner gets the short end of the stick. If somehow the game gets more popular somehow, I might regret dropping it early.

But then again, maybe not.

I passed some of my excess Initial D cards to Lit.sensei… I got some of the starters for cheaps so i passed some spares to makes decent decks. This game should be fun for the giggles.

Post house cleanup, so what decks do I have with me in the car at all times?

L5R – Imperial JEK Honor

WS – Madoka Magica Trial Deck (Eng)

WS – Fate Zero Trial Deck (Eng)

WS – Asuka Pilot (Jap version)

MTG – Modern Red Burn

MTG – Modern Infect

CF – Bermuda Triangle Random Cheap deck (Eng)

CF – Bermuda Triangle Rivierre Deck (Eng)

Initial D – Mako Sil 80 Tactical Turn Deck

SW LCG – Imperial Hoth deck / Rebel Space Fleet deck

And… having sorted some of my old stuff… I’m unsure what to do with my harry potter ccg and Duel Masters……. sigh..

July 2013. Time does fly.

L5R Ivory Edition is still a long time away, at least 5-6 months down the road. I’m just waiting for arc change as I’m bored with Emperor Edition.

I’m still on ccg sabbatical. I still bought Coils of Madness, since its dual bugged. And I will probably also buy the upcoming set, Gates of Chaos (Sept 2013).

With MTG, I got lucky with Dragon Maze though, about roughly about 24 packs in total via multiple separate occasions, and got 4 Voice. Sold those during its high peak price, so I got nearly 100% profit in terms of 24 packs. Did not touch Modern Masters though, I looked at the card pool and the price and it’s not worth it. I’ve seen people cracking whole boxes and no goyf nor dark dude. So all-in-all, seems not worth at all for me. I hardly touched EDH and Modern format anyway.

M14 is around the corner. While there are good cards, since this set will support new standard post-Theros, (which is due in Sept 2013), I see it more of EDH worthy maybe. Time will tell whether the set shapes up well or just down the drain.

Had a first tourney of Star Wars LCG, I completely failed at it. Considering I bought the set in the beginning and every chapter packs but did not play it at all. So the tourney was really my first few games. So far, the game is not bad, due to its interesting twist in deck building, although if i was to summarise the game, i would say the game is about bullying. Once you reach a certain point and hit the opponent down, the game is very harsh in ensuring that a downed opponent will stay down. For now, I would say the game does not quite provide means of making comebacks.

Maybe it’s just my game/experience so far in it.

The other LCG, Android Netrunner, I’m considering to drop it. While it is interesting, I don’t feel like maintaining that much games anymore, so L5R and Star Wars LCG is about it in terms of purchase for card gaming.

That being said, Little Sensei has got into Vanguard. I did not buy into that since I’m not too keen on it, but he did drop me a nice decent deck. (Tier 2.5 maybe), but it works well in casual games i suppose, so i may give it a shot if mainly to satisfy my curiosity and OCD for knowledge.

Being on sabbatical, i have completed on a lot of backlog games… Now trying to finish Project X Zone.. before Shin Megami Tensei 4 arrives next week… argghhh…

I made 4 decks…

…when I’m only supposed to make 2 for a Star Wars LCG game tonight. And now I can’t decide which one to run. I’m really trying to get out of the core set bomb decks but I seem to like how the coreset decks work more. Anyway, here are my two decks:

Light Side:

Renegade Squadron Shuffle (Smuggler):

Sensors Are Placed x2, Hoth Operations x2, Renegade Squadron Mobilization x2, Echo Base Defense x1, Prepare for Evacuation x1, The Defense of Yavin 4 x2.

Pile up on Hoth bonuses and whack. I’d like to make a pop up infantry deck featuring another copy of Prepare for Evacuation but the force values suck for such a high reliance on winning edge battles. The deck can win by Rogue 3’s pwnness or by locking the more prevalent threats to get them out of the way.

Skywalkers, a politician and a TRAP! (Rebel):

A Journey to Dagobah x2, Mission Briefing x1, Fleeing the Empire x2, Rumors at the Cantina x1, Draw Their Fire x1, A Hero’s Journey x2, Self Preservation x1

I realise Self Preservation is the oddball here but I want to play with new cards dammit! Anyway, this deck… is totally not about Luke. It’s all about Leia. Rescue Mission just makes the deck more irritating to deal with (as if Leia, Lightsaber and Double Strike isn’t irritating enough).

Dark Side:

A Skywalker (Imperial):

Lord Vader’s Command x2, Fall of The Jedi x2, The Emperor’s Web x2, Imperial Command x1, Counsel of the Sith x1, Black Squadron Assault x2

More thematic than anything, this is all about Vader (with a cameo appearance by the Emperor and other minor lackeys). It has a small amount of control and a very high probability of winning edge battles, due to duplicates of the big man himself. Just get any version of him out and wreck face.

That’s no Cheese Wedge… (Imperial):

The Endor Gambit x2, Death and Despayre x2, The Ultimate Power x2, Deploy the Fleet x2, A Dark Time for the Rebellion x2

This deck has a ridiculous amount of resources…. and Star Destroyers. And shields. Lots of shields. Star Destroyers can come out as early as the first turn and 2 more on the third if played correctly. Seeing that many Star Destroyers on the table is hilarious and not funny at the same time. Of course there are pods that nullifies vehicle damage and whatnot, but who cares? They’re Star Destroyers.

I’ve currently set upon the Hoth Smuggler and the Star Destroyer deck, but the mystical ways of the Force looks cool as well. I’ll most likely roll a die and decide later tonight. Will probably post a game report of sorts later but we’ll see.

Post Kotei Gaming. LCG?

Kotei season has come and gone locally. As a result of the extensive playtest. I would say that L5R burnout is in season. Everyone has left their L5R decks at home and now are waiting for the preview for Coils to start.

So what do everyone play these days?

Some have returned to magic. Ravnica is rather exciting these days and from what we’ve seen of Dragon Maze spoilers, this block is shaping up cards that people want to collect mainly due to EDH as they good cards for that format and standard gaming in general. Some of the cards are just too good to be true and probably is. I’m stepping away from this one though. I can see massive cash outflows trying to get certain rares/mythics…

Other than that, LCG is in the line. Some are playing star wars lcg from FFG. Not a bad game mind you, but still too little expansion, so card pool restriction does hurt deck building a bit. The high point of the game is the movie license. I mean, Han Solo blaster mode shot down Super star destroyer? Vader force chokes kills all? Wow. Yes please. 🙂

LCG Android: Netrunner has interesting promise. Mechanic-wise, it’s better than Star Wars LCG but due to not having much richer background of information on the story, most adopted a wait and see and for the community to grow enough to support the game.

As for me? I’m taking a bit of sabbatical from gaming weekends, but still keeping track of the latest trends in ccg/lcg (MTG/L5R/SW LCG/ANR LCG) and the like. In the meantime, time to finish that console gaming backlog…. Ni No Kuni…. Fire Emblem Awakening and the latest… Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate…. urghhh..

Death Star Alumni

This deck will definitely be updated once Chewie shows up somewhere. Anyway, a simple deck with no strategy at all in making it, but surprising options once it came out. I think this can be done with 1 core well enough by subbing out one of the Rumors at the Cantina pod with something else. No Yoda  because he didn’t even set foot in the Death Star.

Deck Created with CardGameDB.com Star Wars Deck Builder
http://www.cardgamedb.com/index.php/starwars/star-wars-deck-builder
Affiliation:
Smugglers and Spies (Core)

Total Objective Sets: (10)

1x A Hero’s Journey (Core)
Luke Skywalker (Core)
Twi’lek Loyalist (Core)
Jedi Lightsaber (Core)
Trust Your Feelings (Core)
Dagobah Training Grounds (Core)

1x Fleeing the Empire (Core)
Leia Organa (Core)
Fleet Officer (Core)
Stolen Plans (Core)
You’re My Only Hope (Core)
Twist of Fate (Core)

1x Questionable Contacts (Core)
Han Solo (Core)
Twi’lek Smuggler (Core)
Cloud City Casino (Core)
Swindled (Core)
Crossfire (Core)

2x Rumors at the Cantina (Core)
Rebel Sympathizer (Core)
Rebel Sympathizer (Core)
Common Ground (Core)
Rescue Mission (Core)
It Could Be Worse (Core)

1x Hit and Run (Core)
Secret Informant (Core)
Secret Informant (Core)
Heat of Battle (Core)
Target of Opportunity (Core)
Twist of Fate (Core)

1x Forgotten Heroes (Core)
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Core)
Jedi in Hiding (Core)
Jedi Mind Trick (Core)
Our Most Desperate Hour (Core)
Heat of Battle (Core)

1x A Journey to Dagobah (Core)
Red Five (Core)
R2-D2 (Core)
Twi’lek Loyalist (Core)
Double Strike (Core)
Target of Opportunity (Core)

1x The Secret of Yavin 4 (Core)
C-3PO (Core)
Guardian of Peace (Core)
Guardian of Peace (Core)
Lightsaber Deflection (Core)
Twist of Fate (Core)

1x Jedi Training (Core)
Jedi in Hiding (Core)
Believer in the Old Ways (Core)
Ancient Monument (Core)
Jedi Mind Trick (Core)
It Binds All Things (Core)

Some lockdown options, some negation options, a bit of brute force and the whole gang! Though in hindsight I probably should’ve included Mobilize the Squadrons instead, but then again. The entire gang didn’t really blow the Death Star up so that’ll be another deck somewhere down the line.

Best opening hand I got: Leia, Lightsaber and Double Strike. One unprotected objective down in the first turn. Ouch.

Imma gonna deflect your blaster shot to your TIE Bomber (whut?)

I’ve bitten the Star Wars LCG bug during the weekend and had a lot of fun building a couple of decks for me to fool around with. Not sure if the process is longer or shorter than normal deck building, since evaluating a pod as a whole by reading every card in it takes a bit more time at first.

The game is pretty tight, reminds me of Crusade without Supply units with A Game of Thrones economy. You can’t do a whole lot and it’s tricky keeping resources left over for Events (or bluffing). Hand management is also important in the game, surprisingly. It’s different, which presents new challenges from other games that draws 1 card each turn.

But perhaps the biggest plus is that posting a deck only takes 10 lines long (maximum anyway) this time 😛

A couple of my decks which will probably look bad/janky, but it’s a surprise to play with.

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Trios Banditos (Jedi)

Rebel:
Fleeing the Empire x1

Jedi:
A Message From Beyond x2
A Hero’s Journey x2

Smuggler:
Questionable Contacts x2

Neutral:
Rumors at the Cantina x1
Tribal Support x1
Hit and Run x1

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The Perfect Hug (Imperial):

Sith:
Cruel Interrogations x2
Shadows of Dathomir x2

Imperial:
Take Them Prisoner x2

Scum:
The Bespin Exchange x2

Neutral:
Looking for Droids x1
Reconnaissance Mission x1

Boba Fett & Rancor vs. Luke & Han (with Leia as cheerleader). I’ll make Hoth centric ones for both sides later, but these two decks have interesting twists to them. Both are flexible enough to be able to play your key cards when you need to, but the Dark Side will want to hold back resources whenever they can to fuel devastating events like Detained, while the Light Side just wants to make a super monster unit to whittle down the board fast.

Oh well, might as well. Shaping the Anarch

Here’s what happens when Kate hangs out with Noise too much:

Shaper (Kate McCaffrey)

Hardware:
Cyberfeeder x3
Spinal Modem x2
The Toolbox x2
Rabbit Hole x3

Resources:
Aesop’s Pawnshop x2
The Helpful AI x3

Events:
Modded x3
Tinkering x3
Diesel x3
The Maker’s Eye x3
Sure Gamble x3
Infiltration x2

Programs:
Magnum Opus x3
Battering Ram x3
Gordian Blade x2
pipeline x3
ZU.13 Key Master x2

It’s meant to be as flexible as possible by trying to hit all sides at once. Credit generation is fast to allow for a sudden spurt towards your target.

Edit: Actually, I posted the deck earlier with an unhealthy mixture of lack of sleep and fatigue. What the deck REALLY does is taking the concept of running for free from the Anarchs and mixing it with the Shaper’s flexibility in handling multiple types of ice. The amount of links could’ve been much more, but an instant jump with the Rabbit Holes should suffice.

You’ll bump into one of the consoles sooner or later and there are a few buffers that you can feed it to Aesop. You’ll especially want to trash Spinal Modem to Aesop once you have a good amount of cash and The Toolbox in your hand.

A bit event happy but I like it. Especially when those Cyberfeeders are on the board.