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Re: The New York City Gang Of Four

New Scape Being Discussed

So far TW and I think we'll buy the new set. SD says no, and K. has yet to weigh in on any discussion about it. I'm hoping they'll see a set with only the new product for us old hands who kept our collections. Heck, I could sell them old terrain! (Not that I'm selling anything).

I'm sure we'll discuss New Scape further on Wednesday, when we convene for KolakoskiScape! It will be my turn to run a game in September. Will the revival of Heroscape somehow affect the kind of game I bring to the table next month? Hmmm...that will probably depend mostly on what NewScape info is available when I'm designing the new custom scenario.

The discussion continues on at least two threads here: Megasilver's and to a lesser degree on the CVN Question thread, and on two BGG threads as well--Heroscape Is Back and The League of Extraordinary Heroscapers; both on the Heroscape: Rise of the Valkyrie[/I] Forum.

Today the new Avalon Hill Discord Channel will go live, and we'll get new info on the Scape Revival straight from the source for the first time and from now on!!!

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Non Scape Activity Here At The Game Palace

Last Saturday, for the first time in over a month, we held a live game here. It was a 5 Player of Star Trek Ascendancy. I have preordered the two new expansions--Breen and The Dominion--and they should be here around the end of this month or later. Unexpectedly, the only first time player won on the last turn of an 8 hour marathon session, just in time for the person who had to leave first. Nice! Since we used to have gaming going on multiple times per week here, its good to get back into the groove.

Undaunted Stalingrad will be out soon also, probably in September. This fourth entry in the series will feature a much larger canvas and a branching replayable campaign of scenarios. Each side has a seperate scenario booklet filled with surprises along the way!

After some pals introduced me to the online platform Board Game Arena, (as opposed to previous sessions on Table Top Simulator) playing Great Western Trail, I've now played over 100 games of Memoir 44, newly in Beta form there. I'm not generally a Eurogamer, which is most of what they offer, but I'm interested that they have Blood Rage. I've also started a game of Space Empires 4X--with a great mate from Australia! The time differential is 10 hours. And like Phineas Fogg in Around the World In 80 Days, I've rediscovered the International Date Line--he's ten hours behind me on the clock, but a day ahead on the calendar date! Weird. This is my first online turn based game for low tech me.

I'm also playing a lot with a fellow retiree from Arizona (they're on Pacific Time, though they don't call it that), and now a number of other people have been put on my New Contacts From BGA list. Besides many fellow Yanks, I've played with gamers onsite from Argentine, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Peru, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK, and also seen people come and go from Russia, Taiwan, The Marshal Islands, and other exotic locales!

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Re: The New York City Gang Of Four

HEROSCAPE: AGE OF ANNIHILATION--A FIRST DRAFT DRAFT

Eventually I'll be running one of our monthly games after AOA (aka NewScape) arrives. I'll buy it in one form or another, depending on how it is offered. How would I get those neat nine new minis we've seen in photos from their display case from Avalon Hill at GenCon 2020 onto the table?

Here are a few first ideas of mine. Feel free to comment and/or share some of your own thoughts...

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How about something like this to get us started:


1. A Battlefield Map featuring any New terrain features and rules, or even full scenario rules. Don't forget that new Master Sets usually come with new scenarios, and Avalon Hill and some of our site buddies will be dreaming some up for us I'm sure.

2. A snake draft featuring only the New AOA Characters for a specific number of rounds, depending on how many new figures are available. Any odd number can perhaps be taken by the player with the fewest New Scape points chosen so far.

3. The remainder of our Army Point total with Old Scape, including all VC Customs but not Supers (for now).

Since it supposedly will be balanced and integrated into what we have already (aka OldScape), including the VC Customs we always use around here) there should be room in our armies to use any synergies between Old and New in our armies. For example, the new Ape may be a Primadon that synergizes with the Gorrilanators we already have, possibly juicing them up a bit.

As usual, we'll be playing on a big map with all four of us, and a higher point total than often used in Tournament Scape, which we rarely play here in our Free For Alls and Team Games (see previous pages documenting the last 14 years, and Kolakoski's old Blogs).

Avalon Hill has now said they've got the entire first two years of product line development planned out! Since yesterday's rollout of the new Avalon Hill Discord Site was postponed until today (probably), I'll throw out a few first ideas while we still know nothing more than the minimal descriptions of the nine minis in the photos we've seen so far: what appear to be a Huge Dragon, a high tech Armored Ape, a Druid Sorceress, a Super Shark, a four armed four sword "Slicer and Dicer", a Ninja Woman (carrying more gear than any three characters from Naruto ), that Dwarf Warrior, complete with a huge axe, the Swashbuckler Siren with sword, pistol, and cowboy hat), and that Gas Masked Beast (is the New AOA a harsh environment for the new faction of Monster Hunters)? Of course, we don't know yet whether there will be even more figures, such as Squads, in that first Master Set, let alone what will follow in what its been said will be "days and weeks, rather than months and years."

Mechanically, we want to play to use both Old and New Scape for at least four players on one of our large to huge maps. We've tried many, many, many custom scenarios on my table from the creative visions of all four of us. But this will be the very first time we've provided for New Scape. On the other hand, we've been including all the VC (aka C3V and SOV) as the new Unofficial figures came out, and even sometimes mixing in Supers from C3G and independent and our own customs. So actually we're used to getting new product to the battlefield for a first use. Don't the most anticipated and carefully featured in a new Army get killed on their first combat? Oh, well...there's always next time, sometimes even later on during the same session!

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I expect there will be more to say once that new site is up with more information on everything they couldn't say yet, from production and distribution to the backstory they are working hard on, including an extended timeline of what's been going on with the Old Generals and their relations with each other. Is Vydar still hanging with Utgar and Valkrill? Are Jandar, Ullar, Aquilla and Einar and still allied? One possible rule for a first play of AOA could be that armies must be chosen from these alliances in the same armies. That should prove no problem, since we've got nicely filled out factions now for all of them.

What have you thought about this so far?

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