I’m sure some of you are probably sick of seeing My Little Pony talked about on the site. Trust me, we aren’t converting into a “brony fansite” or anything of the sort. Our goal is to write about the games we are most interested in as well as our readers. And if our site analytics are telling me something, it’s that MLP: CCG is actually a fairly popular topic on Mighty Meep. To all the neigh-sayers (ugh, I’m sorry), look, just give the game a chance before knocking it, please?
Anyway, enough of that. Back to the tournament.
I made my tournament debut with my Rainbow Dash blue/purple speed deck that I’ve been refining for a couple of months now, and I ended up walking away not only the winner but undefeated as well! It was an exciting moment, mostly because I never win tournaments, and I never win tournaments involving competitive card games either. I was always terrible at Magic: The Gathering and never placed in any Android: Netrunner tournaments either. I felt a little guilty because the game is still so new and most of the other players had scattershot decks that could use some refinement and tweaking. But now, it just makes me look forward to holding on to that title and watching our local players get better and better, providing tougher competition and intense matches.
When my girlfriend and I were given our Starter Decks for My Little Pony, I didn’t expect to have as much fun with it as I currently am. I also didn’t expect to be debating with other players on Reddit and other forums over the value of X card over Y. It’s a bit silly, but like I mentioned in my piece about MLP last week, it’s exciting to discuss and discover unexplored strategies with a fresh card game without the years and year of baggage from numerous expansions. I’m planning on sticking with it for the foreseeable future, though if Canterlot Nights and subsequent expansions prove to be lackluster, my interest may fade quickly. We’ll have to wait and see.
Here’s a link to the deck that I used at the tournament, in case you are interested in that sort of thing.
While I’m talking about card games, I also wanted to mention that, after a bit of a hiatus, I’m back into Android: Netrunner. It took some time for the game’s popularity to gain traction locally, but the number of players hoping to run some nets started to grow recently and continues to climb. I love what Fantasy Flight is doing with the game, and each expansion adds cards that are incredibly interesting. What’s even more amazing is that after two years, most new cards continue to play second fiddle to the original core set. Top-level Netrunner players still utilize cards from the core game in both their runner and corporation decks, which is a fantastic accomplishment that the developers have been able to pull off. On one hand, it reveals that “power creep” is not currently a prominent issue in the game, as new cards mostly serve to enhance or give new life to old ones. On the other hand, it means that new players can still jump into Android: Netrunner by purchasing the core set and actually have a viable, competitive deck for all runners and corporations.
I’ll probably be sharing some more thoughts on Netrunner and other card games in the near future. I’m also still working on the RPG article I mentioned in last week’s update, so look for that soon!
News Bits from the Week
- Legend of the 5 Rings: Ivory Edition is now available!
- Did you miss the Kickstarter for Galaxy Defenders? Don’t fret, as the game will be hitting retail shelves on March 17.
Fantasy Flight Games
- FFG breaks down all of the individual components included in the upcoming Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Beginner Game!
- The third cycle in the Android: Netrunner, the Lunar Cycle, isn’t even out yet and the publisher is already announcing the second Data Pack in the set: The Spaces Between.
- Do you like card spoilers? Well, there’s some new spoilers for the deluxe Netrunner expansion, Honor and Profit.
- Regional Championships for a number of Fantasy Flight games have been announced; check the list to find the closest tournament near you!
- If you were looking forward to the oft-delayed release of Twilight Struggle on PC, GMT has bad news for you as the project has been terminated. However, the future is bright for iPad owners…
- Wrath of the Righteous has wrapped up and Paizo is gearing up for their next Adventure Path series, Mummy’s Mask. You can download the free Player’s Guide for this particular campaign for a look at some of the locales and dangers that players will experience in the series.
Kickstarter continues to be a paramount player in the independent gaming scene, with more and more creators seeking funding for their games. Each week, we will bring you two or three tabletop-related Kickstarter projects that have especially caught our attention.
“But Josh, I thought you were sick of zombie games!”
I am. But let me explain.
The original Walking Dead board game published by Z-Man Games, which was based on the graphic novels, was a really great game. Don’t get it confused with the stinker also known as AMC’s The Walking Dead, which was themed after the television series. The comic licensed game was an entertaining game and The Prison, a new stand-alone expansion to the original, looks to continue that tradition of excellence. It needs some help reaching its goal by the deadline, so make sure to pitch in if you’d like to see it happen!
For the unfamiliar, MERCS is a skirmish tabletop miniatures game set in the future. I’ve never played it myself, but I often hear it described as highly tactical and fast paced.
The company behind MERCS is releasing a fully-cooperative board game rendition of the miniatures game, now called MERCS: Recon. It looks intriguing and I’m very interested in giving it a shot. The art and pieces look gorgeous, and despite its somewhat pricey barrier of entry, the quality seems to be worth the money. The project is already fully funded and additional stretch goals continue to unlock, further compounding on the game’s value.
If you have a particular project you’d like for us to check out, send it along our way. And as always, check to see if your local game store is supporting any of these games, and if so, ask if you can pre-order a Kickstarter copy through them.