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Race and Heroscape - Why NOT Masai or Mayan Warriors?

Posted August 3rd, 2009 at 10:36 AM by kolakoski
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A recent off the cuff and, as it turns out, boneheaded post by yours truly in Random Heroscape Musings has brought up an issue that, while addressed before in numerous posts in various Heroscapers' forums, has not, to my knowledge been addressed in quite the way I now suggest. I quote myself (not the boneheaded post, but one following a bit of discussion).

The "prickly" issue of racial sensitivity is, in my opinion, one of ignorance about and between the races. If I were Wotc, I would see this as an opportunity to fight such ignorance and make a buck at the same time. I'd consult with Black historians (Schaumberg Center?) and activists and the media ina way similar to the way Marvel publicized Luke Cage or the Black Panther. I'd bring in the guys who did the research for Mel Gibson's Mayan movie. I'd get Al Sharpton's endorsement. I'd do TV commercials touting the educational and social advantages to Heroscape, as opposed to...
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Islandscape '09 Reflections

Posted July 28th, 2009 at 08:00 AM by kolakoski
Updated July 29th, 2009 at 08:46 AM by kolakoski
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First of all, I would like to thank all those who participated in organizing this event for their hard work and kindness, and to Grishnak and son for picking up Chas, Sherman and I at the LIRR station and making us feel so welcome. it was also nice for all of us to put some faces to those we otherwise know only from this forum.

[I fielded 2 x 10th, Kaemon, Krav, Kumiko and the Marro Warriors.]

I was fortunate not to encounter Taeblewalker, Onacara or Sherman (1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers, respectively), or things might not have gone as well for me as they did. I also did not contend with Rats or the "Steamroller".

This is not a Battle Report per se, as I am vague about details, but more of an impressionistic view of what happened, and the lessons learned.

My first opponent was the lad, Dylan, who fielded Parmenio, Sacred Band x 4, Kaemon and Isamu, on Highways. He scared the #$%^ out of me...
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Islandscape Practice II

Posted July 24th, 2009 at 10:42 AM by kolakoski
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In this missive, I will be considerate of my friends, and not reveal the identities of their units. I will instead comment upon the wisdom hopefully gleaned from the experience.

1st Kenshikai

2 x 10th
Marro Warriors

I faced no classic 500 point armies in the three games I played. No Knights, no Glads/Blasts, no Nilf, and no Rats. My army consists entirely of A/A- Power Ranking units, except for Kumiko. I can't put my finger on it, but there would be something wrong with taking Raelin, even if she would make my army stronger under most circumstances. As it was, the only real use I got out of Kumiko was as a glyph grabber on Highways and Dieways. Her 5 defense gave her a few turns of life. I lost the first game in a very tight contest that should cure me of my tendency not to clone the Marro Warriors in a timely manner. Otherwise, I won my last 2 games with few surprises (one without...
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Islandscape Practice I

Posted July 23rd, 2009 at 09:25 AM by kolakoski
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Chas (He Who Owns All Heroscape) was kind enough to host us at his palacial game pad last evening. He had recreated a tourney map with snow, ice, water and mountains, cold, wet and bleak. I took my usual seat and placed the 1st Kenshikai before me.

Two full squads from the 10th Regiment of Foot, dirty fighters every one, were the core of my army. Barely able to suppress their eagerness, a mass of Marro Warriors prepared to rush across the stream before them, to the place of power in the near distance. The deadly Krav Maga, agents of a time in the far future, were arrayed ahead, to screen the main body from enemy skirmishers. In immediate support of them standing immobile, but radiating such force that the snow around them was melted for a foot in all directions, were two Heros. One was Kumiko, deadliest of all the Ninja in Valhalla, equal parts distraction and destroyer. The other was the Supreme Warrior, Master of the Sword and Bow, wielder of Counterstrike,...
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The Roman Army . . . Not Today

Posted July 21st, 2009 at 12:00 PM by kolakoski
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See previous blog entry.

I give up. The Islandscape (GenCon Main Event) format does not permit me to create the kind of Roman army i desire. Therefore, I am going with the following:

150 2 x 10th
120 Kaemon
100 Krav
80 Kumiko (I insist)
50 Marro Warriors

575: add 1 x 10th; 600: add Raelin v1 & Marcu; 640: add Krug & Marcu.

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