Marvel Legendary – Annihilation expansion

You may recall, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while (so, you know, a couple of you), that I have recently re-immersed myself in Upper Deck’s Marvel Legendary.

So much so that I did a post on what’s supposedly coming in 2021 for expansions and for some reason that post has taken off as far as hits go.

Anyway, yesterday a graphic was released that showed a little bit of what’s coming in the upcoming Annihilation expansion that has been delayed many times this year. It was originally coming in February (I think) and now it’s “when it comes out, it will be out.”

I don’t know if there were delays due to the production errors for the Realm of Kings expansion or if there’s some other issue.

Anyway, it’s nice to see some hint of the new Fantastic Four expansion. For years, they couldn’t do anything Fantastic Four related because of licensing issues. They still can’t combine the Fantastic Four with other parts of the Marvel universe, but there’s enough content to be able to do a standalone expansion.

That, and there’s enough in Legendary to be able to combine things without actually combining them! Just because you can’t specifically reference other expansions doesn’t mean you can’t make the Heroes mesh well with other Heroes in the franchise.

If you know what I mean.

What’s coming in Annihilation?

These three cards reveal a few things.

First, this Fantastic Four expansion will include the entire team as one Hero faction (as opposed to the individual Heroes that are in the Fantastic Four expansion). The Thing card shown here is part of the “Fantastic Four United” Hero faction. It still has a 4 cost, which means it will mesh well with the Thing’s Hero group from the earlier expansion.

It also shows that the “Focus” keyword will be returning. This will allow you to use Recruit in order to do whatever the Focus effect is.

In addition to “Fantastic Four United” Hero faction, there are the Heralds of Galactus which obviously includes Silver Surfer. Will it include others (who usually aren’t as heroic as the Surfer is in the comics)? Who knows?

Finally, Annihilus will be one of the two Masterminds. We can’t really tell what his keyword is (something to do with “Mass,” but it’s hard to read). However, its Master Strike is pretty potent.

It reveals the top card of the Villain deck. If it’s a Bystander, he captures it. If it’s a villain, that villain enters the city, moves forward a space (pushing anything in front of it) and then does any Ambush effect.

Fans of Legendary have been anxiously awaiting this expansion and the fact that it keeps getting pushed back has been frustrating.

It looks like Annihilation has finally been set to appear this Summer. It does mean that we’re probably not going to get all of the expansions that were promised in the original post.

COVID sucks, don’t it?

Not sure if that’s the reason. Upper Deck hasn’t been forthcoming as far as that goes.

Now that I’m caught up with every expansion that I want, it will be nice to be buying these as they come out instead of spending a bunch of money catching up.

And I can’t wait for this one!

It’s good to see the Fantastic Four coming back to the Legendary franchise.

What do you think of this one? And are you looking forward to it as much as I am?

Let me know in the comments.

Combat Commander Europe – #4 Closed for Renovation

Here’s another Combat Commander: Europe session report written by my friend Michal. I’ve been really enjoying these scenarios and I have almost become obsessed with this game.

Like a good deal, Michal knows how to feed my needs where that is concerned.

This is Scenario #4 and it’s a doozy! With some really bad luck on my side (though Michal took advantage of all that brilliantly, so I’m not claiming that I lost because of luck).

Hope you enjoy!

The Boardgames Chronicle

When you said A you should say B – the saying goes. Our Combat Commander Base Game campaign with Dave continues. We just recently tackled scenario #4 Closed for Renovation. The possibility to exchange files via Discord and communicate there speeds up any type of PBEM game. Needed interruptions – likeopportunity fireorhidden mines/wire – can be quickly handled. Also, we play purely for fun, not always monitoring each and every step of opponent; I am really glad that I had some contribution to getting hooked Dave to that fantastic title!

Other Combat Commander camping with Dave:#1 FatLipki#2 Hedgroves and HandGrenades#3 Bonfire of theNKVD

Closed for Renovation provides another interesting challenge between attacker (US, Michal) and defender (GER, Dave). That again means different number of cards – 6 for me, 4 for Dave – and many more actions for…

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Friday Night Opinions

I realize that it’s been almost 2 weeks since I’ve done a post, and really it has been at least 2 weeks since I’ve written one (the April 5 post was probably typed out on April 2).

I know I’ve been really affected by this COVID thing and the inability to play a lot of games live. My wife will play some games with me, but she’s not a gamer so the more complicated games are pretty much a no-go until I get to a game day again.

I’ve also been affected by something else that maybe I shouldn’t be, but it’s affected me more than it might affect some people.

Over the last 2-3 weeks, we’ve been getting organized to set up our wills.

Now that I own a condo, it’s pretty important to do prepare for the inevitable (though I hope the inevitable is 30-50 years away). It’s good to make sure our wishes are known not just in case one of us dies, but also in case one of us is incapacitated.

I know this is an important thing to do. I’m happy that we finally got it done (that and other “end of life” stuff).

But thinking about it for the last couple of weeks has been really draining. It’s hard to picture one of us dying, even if it is (hopefully) 30-40 years in the future.

And the fact that we had to do the initial stuff and then meet to sign things over a couple of weeks meant that my mood has been pretty morose over that time period.

I don’t like to think about me, or us, dying, but when you’re doing wills, you kind of have to think about that. What will happen if I die? What will happen if she dies? Or, perish the thought, what will happen if we both do?

During this time, while we’ve been doing the worksheet to give the notary public the information he needs, I’ve had all of this on my mind and I’ve had this mental wall. I’ve just been thinking about the worst that can happen.

And I haven’t been in the mood to write.

I’ve had a few things come up that I thought “hey, this might be cool to write about.” I’ve also received a review code for a Steam board game that I do want to learn and write about.

But my mind has been in one place, and it’s not been in a place that’s conducive to writing.

I have started many posts over the last couple of weeks.

There’s the next entry in the Top 300 BGG list (the most current one is here).

There’s a review of Speakeasy Blues, which my wife helped me play enough games to do a review for.

There are a few others that aren’t quantifiable.

I also have a review code copy of Asmodee Digital’s Game of Thrones digital adaptation that I really need to do a review for but I just haven’t been in a good mental space to try and learn the game.

I have a few other posts started, but each time I try, it just sits there open and then I close it again and play some Slay the Spire. That game is so easy to play and space off for.

Of course, there are other things going on as well. COVID has brought a halt to any in-person gaming except for my wife (which, while she is willing to play anything that I want, I’m not going to subject her to the heavy-duty stuff) but I have been enjoying some of the online gaming sphere (especially Boardgame Arena, which has been adding a ton of games to try) and I’ve joined some communities where we are trying a bunch of Boardgame Arena asynchronous games online to try out a new game.

That has been a great things from this pandemic.

But I want to play face to face. I want to play with my game group.

I have bought so many games during this pandemic, and I think often about how much I probably shouldn’t have. But my outlet for “new to me” games is gone because my cronies who have bring new games to game day are gone right now. I can’t even count how much money I’ve spent on new games.

But it’s made me happy during this time, and I guess that’s the main thing. Trying to stay mentally healthy during this time is very important.

And if buying new games helps with that, I don’t feel bad about it.

But this post is mainly about this blog.

And maybe, now that the stuff about our will is done, I may feel up to posting again.

I hope so.

I hope next week will have a couple of posts. Maybe a review? Maybe some news post (which always seems to jump start me). Maybe something else.

I hope you’ve been keeping well during this difficult time.

Let me know how you’ve been coping in the comments below.

It’s funny. I just touted my anniversary last month and talked about how I’ve been doing with the the blog. And then, shortly after that, I go silent.

Not a good thing.

But I hope to do better.

How are you doing?

New to Me – March 2021

It’s another month, and it’s another month of not playing any new games on the table.

All three of my new to me games this month are from Boardgame Arena. That’s not a bad thing, and it’s very cool that BGA has so many games available!

But it is kind of disheartening.

One day, and hopefully soon, we will be playing games on the table again with our friends.

British Columbia is going in the wrong direction regarding new infections, but vaccinations are also happening so maybe by the Summer, or the Fall at least, we’ll be playing games in person again.

One can dream.

In the meantime, the Cult of the New to Me is being a lot more lenient with me. There hasn’t been talk of an insurrection in months!

That could change soon, though.

There are rumblings.

So, without further adieu (all of my adieu was accidentally mixed in with the chocolate cake batter for office lunch anyway), let’s begin!

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C&C Europe – #3 Bonfire of the NKVD

My friend Michal and I have been playing Combat Commander: Europe through VASSAL and he’s basically been like the drug dealer giving me a free sample so that I then buy everything. I have now bought every scenario pack along with Combat Commander: Pacific, with P500 orders for the remaining two Europe modules (and anxiously awaiting when the base game will be on the P500).

So I guess I should say thank you? 🙂

Anyway, another great write-up of scenario 3 where major things happened and the setup was debatable.

Thanks, Michal, for such a great summary and for playing these with me!

The Boardgames Chronicle

We can’t stop. We started to play Combat Commander Europe scenarios with Dave in January and already finished four of them! It really got to us 🙂 All of this in PBEM form, using Discord to exchange files and communicate. Today I am presenting scenario number three – #3 Bonfire of the NKVD. So let me invite you to as usually picture-rich session report!

Other Combat Commander camping with Dave:#1 FatLipki#2 Hedgroves and HandGrenades

Bonfire of the NKVD again places defender (USSR, Dave) against attacker (Germans, Michal). It tells the story of the delaying action by Red Army during the Barbarossa onslaught – it takes place in June 1941, 2 days after the invasion. We have pretty interesting set-up rules as Soviets can place 12 wires after Axis place their forces. Still, the difference in quality of troops is significant – Militia on…

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Ecos: New horizons Out Today!

Alderac Entertainment Group really needs to work at their hype machine.

One of my favourite new games in 2020 was Ecos: First Continent, which is a world-building game where players are trying to build a world and get points by putting terrain tiles out along with animal tiles in a pattern that fits the cards they have.

And now there’s an expansion!

There was no hype. There was no huge announcement a month beforehand. There was no Kickstarter.

No, there was just an email earlier this week saying “hey, this expansion is going to be out on March 26.”

Yes, Ecos: New Horizon is a new expansion for the brilliant base game designed by John D. Clair (I love him).

And it’s out today in your local game store.

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Boardgame Geek Top 300 – Play or Played – #290-281

I such a timely guy, aren’t I? The first post in this series came out what seems like months ago (it was over a month ago, on February 15).

What’s taken so long for the second post?

Would you believe I fell asleep?

All those other posts since then…they were scheduled back in February.

Even the news posts.

Yeah, that’s it.

Oh, all right. Yes, I’m just lame.

Hopefully the next one won’t take as long to get to.

It’s time for a look at the next 10 games in BGG’s Top 300 games. This list was recorded on February 8, 2021, so there will be some movement. I’ve noted that where applicable.

Let’s get this started.

I see bears on the horizon!

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Post-COVID Gaming

It has definitely been a long year.

As mentioned in my 4-year anniversary post on Monday, this year has been especially hard for me, personally but also as a gamer (this is not to diminish how hard it’s been to so many people, especially those who have lost family members…my heart aches for you).

We’ve all gone through anxiety this year, even if we haven’t been personally affected by this disease.

As a social person, even though I don’t always demonstrate it, this year of isolation has been hard. I went from having a weekly game day plus fairly regular conventions to being at home all of the time. My wife willingly played some games with me and that did help (and I love her for it), but it’s still not quite the same.

However, things appear to be looking up, as long as you’re willing to look into the future a bit.

Here in British Columbia, they have now approved public gatherings outside as long as they are ten people or less and they are socially distanced. The ten people should really be part of your bubble.

This is from earlier in the pandemic, but it still applies

Vaccinations are going very fast and may even ramp up faster. We’re still not out of the woods yet (new COVID cases in BC have plateaued but at a fairly high level) but we can actually see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Maybe we’ll actually be able to get together for games by September! Or even July!

Or maybe not. We’ll have to see.

(they are talking about us probably going back to work in the office by September, which would be 18 months after we first started working from home).

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4 Years and Counting

I sometimes lose track of when I started this blog. Over the weekend, I realized that Saturday was the 4-year anniversary, with my first post going out on March 13, 2017.

It was a review of a wonderful little game called World’s Fair 1893, a game I still really like (though I haven’t played it in a while).

This will be my 446th post and I have to say that it’s been an up and down four years.

There have been times where I’ve posted like crazy and there have been times where I’ve taken almost a month off.

This past year has been hard due to COVID, but after a couple of false starts, things have actually picked up.

The number of times I’ve thought about packing it all in are more numerous than I would like to admit sometimes. I have not always been in the best mental place while doing this blog.

Overall, though, I’ve really enjoyed it. I’m proud of what I’ve done with it.

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C&C Europe – introduction continuation – #2 Hedgroves and Hand Grenades

This was an amazing scenario of Combat Commander. Once again I truly have to thank Michal for leading me through Combat Commander. He’s a very good opponent, patient with me and it’s always fun to exchange our files back and forth.

The write-up for the 3rd scenario will not be as good because I totally borked the set-up. But I’m sure Michal will make it entertaining!

In the meantime, read his excellent write-up of our second scenario below.

The Boardgames Chronicle

I am continuing our Combat Commander Europe games with Dave. We had such a blast with the first scenario (see here: Once again introducing Combat Commander Europe – #1 FatLipki) that is was a no-brainier that we will play further scenarios. The pandemic situation is not getting any better so it is really great that we can play in digital format.

Again, we will be using Discord for files exchange as well as for any interruptions – like opportunity fire or hidden mines/wire. It proved to be working quite well and game is really flawless. So let me invite you to as usually picture-rich session report from our second game!

Other Combat Commander related articles:CCE REVIEW#1 Fat Lipki#3 A Midnight Clear#4 Closed for renovation#6 One Steppe Beyond#8 Breakout Dance#10 Barbarossa Unleashed#11 Hold the Line#6 Paralyzed from the West Down

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