Some thoughts on a Cross Hare review

I’m an avid gamer and in the last 5 years I’ve become a big tabletop gamer. As many who play tabletop games know you search out reviews and information on games before making a purchase. (Of course there are times where I impulse buy.) However, I try to be the most educated about a game before sinking money into. My husband and I have a collection of over 100 games and living in a two bedroom apartment means we have to be picky about what games to buy and stick on our shelf that has little to no room left on it.

One of the biggest reviewers out there is Tom Vasel. I watch many of his reviews to check out game mechanics and also to see his opinions of the game. I don’t always agree with his opinions but nevertheless I enjoy listening to him. However, he had a review that got under my skin the other day. It was for 1A Game’s Cross Hares: Testing Grounds. I’ve played this game multiple times and while I know it isn’t perfect it didn’t deserve the brutal beating that Vasel gave it.

To me it felt like Vasel didn’t do his research. He complained about it being a roll and move game and alluded to the fact that modern games don’t really do this as much. However, if he had looked at their Kickstarter for the game he would have seen it advertised as a “classic game with a modern twist.” This tells me that there will be an old school element (such as roll and move) with an added modern twist. The modern twist is the special abilities and equipment your characters pick up in the game. He mentioned it being more like a kid’s game mechanically but that the theme was too dark for children. Perhaps it’s dark for some over protective parent’s kids but I can tell you it wouldn’t have been dark for me growing up. I used to love watching Beetlejuice and other dark shows. My 3 year old niece loves Nightmare Before Christmas!

Now is Cross Hares the best game I’ve ever played? Honestly, it is not. But do I have fun playing it? Absolutely! The mechanics are simple, the characters add depth, and the random adventures you can go on are a unique twist. My biggest complaint is the game takes longer then what is printed on the box. I played a four player game where we all got stuck in this one corner for about an hour. That was frustrating but once we got out it was back to a race to beat the factory.

I will continue to watch Tom Vasel and I appreciate him playing tons of games and taking the time out to review them. You would think that playing games for a living is easy but it’s not. I reviewed games as side job for a while and while it was fun to play the great games, the mediocre games that I was forced to play sucked the fun out of my hobby. I respect Tom Vasel’s opinion and I even met him once during a Gen Con. He is a really nice guy but I felt that his review of Cross Hares missed its mark.

tom and me

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Less than a month away till Gen Con!

I can’t wait till Gen Con and I’m counting down the days! We have the hotel booked, money saved up, and the badges came in the mail yesterday.

gencon me

First thing Thursday, August 14th we are going to try to pick up the new base set for the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Skulls and Shackles. Next stop is visiting the Mercs Miniatures booth to see what goodies they have brought. Then we’ll do like we usually do and start at one end of the exhibit hall and work our way to the other side. We will try to play as many demos as we can and just scope out the place. One of my goals this year is to try to take a picture of every single game we demo so I can make notes about them. I know a lot of companies brings games that aren’t available yet so I want to be sure to look them up later. I hope to spot some great deals on games that have been on my wishlist. Gen Con should be a blast and the best four days of gaming! I plan on coming back with some games and can’t wait to see what is new this year.

“Argh, we are covered in white, but we are blue!”

Just a quick update. I based and primed the Cygnar models last night.

photo 1First, I put some dirt colored flock on them to add texture.

photo 2Then I glued some ballast rocks on their bases to add even more texture.

photo 3I primed them in white. I used Rustoleum Satin. It isn’t flat but it isn’t glossy either, it sits somewhere in the middle.

photo 4I didn’t take a picture of it but I made a second coat of primer focusing on the base. My goal is to lock in the ballast rocks and flock. I hope they stay in place when it comes to dry brushing and painting the bases later.

I don’t know when I will be able to get back to painting these guys since the next few days are going to be busy for me. Stay tuned though, there is more to come.

Warmachine’s Cygnar

First off I should start this post with finger pointing. Raine and Kae, you guys have created a monster!

I’ve played Warmachine a couple of times but after the first time I decided to buy a battlegroup for Warmachine (Cygnar) and Hordes (Circle of Orboros). Jacob, my husband, also got a battlegroup for both groups too (Convergence of Cyriss and Skorne). We just got our groups in yesterday so we did what any war gamer does, assemble the figures with glue. I still have glue on my finger tips today.

glued

I have looked at several sites and Youtube videos to get inspiration on how to paint my Cygnar army. I’ve painted a Mercs army (another miniature war game) but I want to try different techniques this time.

First, the Cygnar group looks good in blue and yellow but the picture on the battlegroup box is too heavy on the blue. I took to the Privateer Press’ forum to see what others did for Cygnar. I really like Defenstrator’s paint scheme! So I will mimic a similar idea for my army.

battlgroup

What is a miniature without awesome effects on the base? I took a look at a post from Insider on Privateer Press to get an idea on how to take care of the base. Typically basing is the last step for me but this time I’m going to try something different. I plan on putting down the terrain first then prime everything. This should help seal in the terrain.

base

I also plan on adding some rust to my Cygnar army so they can have a worn look. I can’t wait to get started on painting these guys and I’m even more excited about playing with them! I hope all this works and I will post pictures throughout my process.

Cygnar-Logo

“They are more than willing and ready to defend themselves and their beloved kingdom from those who would crush the principles of freedom and all for which Cygnar stands.”