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Islandscape 2018!

Posted June 5th, 2018 at 11:14 PM by kolakoski
Updated July 13th, 2018 at 12:50 PM by kolakoski
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Big year in Karate - climaxed with promoting to Sensei - but expensive (promotion ~ $400). So not going to Karate Summer Camp this year. The silver lining to this is that Summer Camp occurs on the same weekend as Islandscape (7/22), so I will be competing again this year.

Super Duper Kudos to Warbanner for coming up with the coolest format yet -- 5 armies (500, 525, 550, 575 and 600 points, no unit in more than one army) played in succession, with the 600 point army for a potential championship game. The NYC Gang of Four will be represented in its entirety at this event. We may have a little mini-tournament in early July, and/or chas and I may get together separately. Last year's performance proved once again that my level of play is not quite elite, so I feel justified in displaying a not quite elite level of cheesiness this year. I have already built 5 tentative armies for this tournament (see spoiler below).

Spoiler Alert!
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Kha Formal Playtest - Battle Report

Posted May 17th, 2018 at 12:02 PM by kolakoski
Updated May 17th, 2018 at 07:11 PM by kolakoski

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On 5/16, chas and I met to formally playtest Kha for SoV.

We utilized the 16 Card Draft, with the specific sets of cards that can be found here.

We managed to play 6 (10 Round) games, 2 per set of cards, on a map patterned after Sirocco by Mad_Wookie, as follows:

Game 1

chas' army: Akumaken, Red Ants of Aunstrom x 2, Chen Tang, Cormin the Dark.

kolakoski's army: Jarek Guy, Venoc Vipers x 2, Estivara, Kha.

Kha was strong and lucky. Round
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The 16 Card Snake Draft Format for Classic/VC

Posted May 6th, 2018 at 06:45 PM by kolakoski
Updated May 7th, 2018 at 10:04 AM by kolakoski

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Some time ago, I devised a draft format for use with C3G. The plethora of figures available in the combined Classic/VC, and recent events, have revitalized my interest in this format.

The 16 Card Snake Draft Format.

Snake Draft.
It's a draft where the positions flip flop every round. For example, if someone drafts first during the very first round, they'll draft last the following round, then they'll draft first again in the next round, and so on.

So, with 4 players drafting 1 card at a time, the order would be: 1234432112344321. Each player ends up with 4 cards (out of 16).

Of course, there are an infinite number of ways to choose those 16 cards. Some totally subjective, current principles:

1. Select a map.

2. Select 4 sets of 4 cards each. Make it so that all cards in a set are of roughly equal value. The Book
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Kha Formal Playtest - 16 Card Draft Format

Posted May 4th, 2018 at 11:48 AM by kolakoski
Updated May 9th, 2018 at 01:00 AM by kolakoski

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The final playtest of Kha before submission to the SoV will occur on May 16. There will be 3 games, with 3 separate drafts from 3 separate sets of 16 cards (all containing Kha, of course). Report to follow.

All games will be played on Mad Wookiee's

The Power Glyphs will be replaced by Treasure Glyphs from the following pool:

Permanent Treasure Glyphs:

  • Brooch of Shielding (Disengage): This figure is never attacked when leaving an engagement. (Wave 12)
  • Giant Hunter Stone (+1 VS large or huge): This figure rolls an additional die when attacking or defending against large or huge figures. (Wave 13)
  • Heroic Rune (Attack +1): This figure adds 1 additional attack die when making a normal attack. (BftU)
  • Talisman of Defense (Defense +1): This figure adds 1 additional defense
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Sensei Kolakoski

Posted April 11th, 2018 at 10:13 AM by kolakoski

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I've been studying Karate for 22 years. I've occasionally commented upon it herein (see
Heroscape & Karate - Martial Arts, Birthday Meditation, All Good Things Must . . .) Last week, I promoted to Sensei (4th degree Black Belt) in Kenshikai Karate.

New Sensei
(on the right)

Below is an extract from my promotion essay:

I did not begin studying Karate until I was 46 years old. I had only recently begun to work out, after meeting and marrying (six years previously) my wife, Babs, who had recently become an instructor at the Vanderbilt YMCA. Karate was initially a way to learn the basics of working out - how to move myself, and some light weights and cables, efficiently, such that I didn't hurt my previously sedentary self, but it soon became much more than that, its lessons
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