Friday, 4 January 2019

A game of AvP

First of all, happy new year to you all! I hope you are doing well and you still have some Christmas spirit left.

I have to ask you to forgive me for starting the year in such a barbaric, ungentlemanly way, but I'm afraid I'm posting a game of unpainted minis. I know, I know, I'll look for redemption, but I'm afraid this is the way it is.
I gave a try to the Aliens vs Predator game. Yup, the Prodos one; you all know what happened. BUT not my own game (it would have been painted). My pal got a copy of the 2nd edition of the game at about the same time I received my KS copy of the first edition. Cool, uh?

It exists! My own copy is in its box

I won't make more drama over a game, the internet has proven enough for it for years. The relevant data today is that I have played a game :)
A quick overview of it: The minis are nice, I have to say, and so is the board. The rules are understandable (though they can be a little fuss at the beginning) and the game is better than I expected. I'll try to explain in a few words.

I'll be playing Aliens and my pal the Predators. So the name of the game will make some sense.

Definitely not Space Hulk
At the beginning, all the minis are hidden, you use only tokens. My mission will be to reach the round room (top right) and leave there a couple of tokens. My opponent's mission will involve getting to the tile next to that same room and destroy it (the clash is guaranteed).

The Aliens go through the air vents and unveil the Predators
Man, these guys are tough
That's a thing you get to know. If you have just three Predators vs fifteen Aliens, that means something. Predators are like the Space Marines while Aliens are... well, maybe some funny Gretchins. Each Predator is a meat grinder, with different skills and weapons (and 3 wounds each!!), while Aliens rely on their numbers to overcome their enemies.

Each mini has a couple of activation points, which can be used for movement, attack, running, etc. You know how that works. Each turn both players roll for the initiative and then they both activate minis alternatively. So pretty classic. In this case (3 vs 15 minis) it's kind of weird, but I guess it turns much more tatctical when the numbers are more even.
Every turn both players can play a couple of strategy cards (from a deck of five). Some will allow you to re-roll dice, others will give you extra movement, some modifier on dice rolls... They are essential, as a card well played can turn the scales in a second. But we'll get to that.
On the pic above you can see a couple of tokens. When an Alien dies, you make a die roll; depending on it they can spill some acid blood, which can eventually harm the enemy. So you better kill them at distance!

Everybody moves!
At the beginning of each turn, the player with the initiative draws an event card which can affect everyone on the board. A defensive laser, hatches closing, gravity being affected... that kind of stuff.

My Aliens kept harrassing the Predators, but they had a mission...
Everyone's on the run!
You can tell where the main fight is going to take place...
Predators can open doors, but Aliens can't (oh, come on, even Velociraptors are smarter!). They can but attack them in the hope of harming them enough to let them go through. But well, that takes some time.

Ooops! Where did you came from?
Seriously, I started with 15 guys. Now we are even???
My pal was such a gentleman that he gave me the chance to do better. Seeing how desperate my situation was, he gave me some reinforcements. A true gametleman (a word I've made up for cases like this).

Five more little buggers
I finally caused my first casualty!
Let's see what happens here!
Minis are cool, just imagine how will they look when painted
Well, things are getting interesting...
Well, this will be the battle that decides it all...
A few turns later...
Wow. The last remaining Predator had only one wound left, but not even with my five extra Aliens I was able to get rid of him. What a beast of war.
Being my first game I think I played quite recklessly, not knowing the pros and cons of both factions. My oppponent played more wisely and you could see he knew what he was doing.

Well, I have to say that, after all the inconveniences with the kickstarter, I had simply (and angrily) storaged the box on a shelf. But I liked the game, I have to thank my pal for that. I will have to take the box out and paint my own minis, the game certainly deserves it.

First post of the year, first game! Let's cross fingers and see how many more I manage to get!
(but with painted minis, I promise...)

14 comments:

  1. El juego tiene muy buena pinta, aunque sea solo por las minis y la ambientación. A mi tampoco me gusta jugar con los juegos sin pintar, por eso estoy ahora liado con el blackstone fortress que lo quiero estrenar en condiciones.
    A la espera de ver tu Aliens Vs. Predator pintado.

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    1. El juego está muy bien, ha sido una grata sorpresa. A ver cuándo me animo y lo pinto. Deseando ver tu Blackstone Fortress; viendo lo que estás haciendo con Necromunda, sin duda va a molar.

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  2. Very interesting game with great minis!

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    1. It is! It was a nice surprise. After the looong wait of the KS campaign I had lost my interest (and temper!), but once my pal got me in, I had a really nice time!

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  3. Good looking game, sounds a little bit too tough for the aliens?
    Best Iain

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    1. I think I played a little bit carelessly. It was my first take on the game, while my opponent had already played a couple of games before, so he knew better what to expect of both sides (Well, this tends to happen any time I try any game for the first time :D; my pal, being the owner of the game, is always more experienced and always beats me!).
      The game is interesting and has some depth. I think Aliens have a lot of potential if you know how to play them. I guess the only way to see if I'm right is playing again!

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  4. That looked like great fun. I really need to get some of my many miniatures painted up for this game!

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    1. Oh, I'm there too! What a year ahead...

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  5. Cool little game, very reminiscent of Space Hulk. How do the models scale to 28mm?

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    1. It is Space Hulk, yet it is not. I still will have to play a few more games to have a full opinion on the subject.
      They are more on the 30s than on the 28s, but when I paint my minis I'll be sure to take scale comparison shots :)

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  6. I must admit I sold the game of just moments after I received it due to the same anger over how the KS was handled.
    Perhaps I shouldn't have, ...
    I look forward to seeing more of your games (and some painted miniatures).

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    1. The KS itself was quite a chaotic mess, quite a disencouraging experience. When I got mine, I honestly couldn't even remember what add-ons I had asked for (but I even have reasons to think I did not order some of the stuff I received). I haven't opened the box since then. Anyway, the game experience was nice, so I'm more inclined to give it a chance. Let's hope it's done in 2019!

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  7. This looks like a great game. If only we lived in the future and the Alien pieces would be invisible on the board while all the Predator players had infrared or tracker equipment. That would be so cool :)

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    1. Stop! I'm just thinking how that could ever be made!! Look what you've done! :D

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