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#3439
Star Wars and DF 10 Years, 3 Months ago  
I had a chance to demo the Star Wars minis game this weekend at GenCon. It plays pretty fast, and the rules are simple (especially if you've played D&D minis at all.)

It also has some specific rules that work really well with the sci-fi sets, so I thought I'd mention them.

Doors: In SWM, there are rules for doors. They're considered shut until a figure is adjacent to one. Then the door opens, but that figure's movement stops. Once a figure is no longer adjacent to a door, the door shuts again. So, one fig can go up and hold the door so others can go through. Then that fig moves next round and the door shuts behind him. I've had to fudge rules for doors in DDM in the past, but this rule makes nice use of the sci-fi doors right out of the box.

Line of Sight/Cover: Ok, so it's not a rule specific to SWM. Every minis game has Line of Sight rules. SWM gives a +4 cover bonus to any figure that has a wall between it and the attacking figure, but is still in LoS to the attacking figure. 3-D walls make LoS a lot easier to determine than a flat map. They also make it easier to determine who gets a cover bonus.

Pits: Step in a pit and die. Star Wars has lots of pits, and none of them have railings. Apparently, there is no OSHA in the Star Wars universe. Put some black cloth or construction paper beneath open spaces you leave in your setup et voilla! - instant pit!

I'm also looking forward to the Alpha expansion, specifically the hatch pieces. I'm hoping to make up some house rules for climbing ladders and opening hatches so I can have multi-level games.

It's going to be a long two weeks until this game comes out.

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#3440
Star Wars and DF 10 Years, 3 Months ago  
So it was worthy Huh? I have only seen one Fig so far... A Demo of a Tusken Raider... Looked pretty good... What was your opinion on the Variety of differnt Figures? And I am looking forward to the Alpha too... I want to see if there is any way to Convert the Trapdoors into Standing Doors...
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#3441
Star Wars and DF 10 Years, 3 Months ago  
I am so excited for these sets it's a little revolting. That Tusken raider was so well done, it completely overcame my suspicion of pre-painted plastic minis.

Plus, the pics I've seen online blew me away. Jedi Luke, Boba Fett, Lando, they all look great. I'm seriously thinking of ordering a case somewhere, it's been so long since I've been this happy to see new SW product. But it seems like they knocked this one outta the park.

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#3442
Star Wars and DF 10 Years, 3 Months ago  
In person, most of the figs look pretty good. Clean paint jobs, nice detail. They looked like what they were supposed to look like. The large figs are a little disappointing, but I think that has more to do with the fact that every one of them is Very Rare, as opposed to just Rare, which is hard enough to collect. Meanwhile, there are 6 different stormtrooper sculpts in the set (not counting snowtroopers and scout troopers and such,) so I'm expecting to end up with like 100 of them.

At the DF booth, they had wookie and stormtrooper promo figs populating the setups and they looked right at home. I can't wait to set up some battles. I need more sci-fi sets, but I'm in post-gencon broke phase now. :(
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#3443
Star Wars and DF 10 Years, 3 Months ago  
Law,

I am Only Dubious of Having yet another expensive Hobby...<Smirk>... I do not own the SW RPG, (Though I Have Played a Few times), but that Tusken Raider looked Good enough to Catch my interest as well... I am Just scared that I would end up with like Six Han Solos' and Princess Leighas' a Dozen Darth Vaders and Two Jawas you know?


Yukon,

So did they use DF for the Set ups? Or did they have their own Terrain? And of Course the Big Question... Any Kewl Droids? And What Sorts of Large Figures are we Talking about? Is a Wookie Large or a Bantha?
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#3444
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As far as ending up with six Han Solos...not an issue. All named characters are at least rare, with some being very rare (a 1 in 3 chance of getting one in a given booster.) Buying a few cases will get you some dupes, but not too many.

The commons are ones you'd want hordes of: Rebel Soldiers, Stormtroopers, Tuskens, Jawas, Ewoks. If you do buy in, get ready to have tons of stormtroopers, as there are 6 separate sculpts of them in the set (not counting the scout troopers, snowtroopers and the sandtrooper on the dewback.)

They didn't use DF during the demos (sadly, but it kind of makes sense, since they wanted to show off the artwork on the battlemat that comes with the set. It was done by Christopher West, and looks good (well, as good as 2-d can get, anyway ;) ) But the rules appear to be DF-Friendly, as long as you consider the spaces with walls in them as full spaces (or just use corridors, which might get interesting.)

As for large figs and cool droids, they have a few large figs, all of them Very Rare (which frosts me to no end because it means any boosters you buy in your FLGS will be cherrypicked to the bejeesus belt.) There's a probe droid, Artoo and Threepio, 4-Lom, IG-88...and I think that's it for the droids. Next set is Clone Wars, though, so you can get your droid fix there. :)
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#3445
Star Wars and DF 10 Years, 3 Months ago  
I just ordered a case from my local store. I expect to keep almost all the duplicates of appropriate figs (rebel soldiers, stormtroopers), and sell any pointless dupes (like Solo) or figs I just don't like (I may not keep the Jabba if I pull it, or dupes of random EU figures)

When/if that time comes, I'll probably post a headsup here to the ebay listings. (sorry if that comes off as self-serving or scalping or whatever, but I need help to pay for the case! pricey stuf! and my starting bid will probably be $1 for each figure)

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Added later: Hey Yukon! I just saw your name over at the offical SW minis forum. I am too lazy to sign up for those just yet (the actual minis in my greedy paws may change my mind about that). So I give you this suggestion: hawk some DF stuff! There was a thread about making terrain, I think we should push the DF scifi sets in that, just to promote this great set. I don't mean be obnoxious about it, obviously, but just remind people what's out there and how great it is. Heck, mention Hirst Arts too, they have sci-fi molds.

I'll probably get around to joining those forums and I can promote this stuff myself, but I figured you might want to spread the word, esp. since I bet there are people there who don't know about the DF stuff, and I'm sure they'd love it.
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#3446
Star Wars and DF 10 Years, 3 Months ago  
You know, L, I evangelize about DF whenever i can, but WOTC has very strict rules regarding the posting of links to other companies websites. That's made people (including me) reluctant to talk about third-party accessories for their games.

It's a shame, really. You'd think that being able to talk about accessories, places to buy things cheaply, etc, would help enhance the gaming experience for everyone. Luckily, DF doesn't have that problem, since MasterMaze is one of those products that begs to be used with other people's games.

Still, whenever someone brings up DF on the boards, I always chime in.

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#3447
Star Wars and DF 10 Years, 3 Months ago  
Wow. I don't even know why I'm surprised, I really have never been impressed by the way WOTC does business. (I'm one of those people who was perplexed as to why they insisted on keeping their minis license in-house despite the fact that they weren't MAKING any! Now that's been remedied, but it's still a shame you can't get official D&D minis in metal, and non-randomized -- ah well)

Real shame in this case, I really doubt most people there know about DF. I'm sure there'd be a few potential customers there, and more customers means more success means a greater chance of getting more cool stuff!

:(

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#3448
Star Wars and DF 10 Years, 2 Months ago  
We went by Babbages a few nights ago, hunting for the elusive "Pirates of the Spanish Main". My son, six years old this month, asked the boy behind the counter if they had any SW minis yet. The boy flipped. He can't wait for SW minis ether. Harrison (my kiddo) told him about the DF stuff he will be getting for christmas, and the boy wanted to know if we would consider addopting him.
They were both trying to descibe a web site with pics of the minis, and it turned out that they were both trying to send the other to Merric's. I hated to split them up, but Harrison was telling the boy about Mom's D&D minis and Dad's clicks, and the boy was telling H. about some kind of space marine bug-hunt game, and I was affraid we would be there all night.
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