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Pulp Alley Inquisitor – The Ragna Rock Pt 3

We're leaving together But still it's farewell...

We’re leaving together,
But still it’s farewell…

And maybe well come back To Earth, who can tell?

And maybe well come back,
To Earth, who can tell?

I guess there is no one to blame Were leaving ground

I guess there is no one to blame,
Were leaving ground…

(Leeeee-viiiiin growwwwnd...)

(Leeeee-viiiiin growwwwnd…)

Will things ever be-ee the same again?

 ...the same again?

Its…

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“The Final Countdown”

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Pulp Alley Inquisitor – The Ragna Rock Pt 2

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The Ragna Rock – Act 2 – “Welcome to the Jungle”

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Yeah, even as pulp titles go, its a bit literal…

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Pulp Alley Inquisitor – The Ragna Rock Pt 1

 

Inq. Verhoevens Retinue

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Warlord Frangks Kroniez

Warlord Frangks Kroniez

Last weekend PB and I explored more of the arse-end of the 40K universe in miniature.  The quest for the Ragna Rock was realised using the Pulp Alley rule set.  This proved to be the best gaming decision that either of us has made for quite some time…

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The Ragna Rock – Act 1 -“Where the Streets Have No Name”

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7TV Inquisitor Weekend

THRILLING alien graveyard shoot outs!

THRILLING alien graveyard shoot outs!

PB and I got together to play some Inquisitorial retinue-centric, Rogue Trader style games last weekend using the 7TV rule set.  The four linked scenarios had solid, cheesy and melodramatic narrative and the rule set turned out to be pretty ideal for the purpose.  The session was good fun with lots of laughs and it was great to finally get all of the models that I have been painting for the last year or so on the table. Continue reading

DreadBall Irish Nationals / Conclave 2013

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The view of Fortress Thomond as recorded by O.C.P. Patriots helmet cam during grav-chute deployment.

I played in the Irish DreadBall Nationals event last Saturday.  It took place in Thomond Park, arguably the most significant rugby stadium in the country.  That obviously also makes it quite an amusingly appropriate venue for a “sports” event like a DreadBall tournament. Continue reading

In The Emperors Name

After playing our game of JDMG (covered last week) MT, PB and I decided to give In the Emperors Name a go on the same terrain set-up.

As a bunch of gamers who have played their fair share of 40k in the past, cant stomach it now but still read some of the fiction and paint the occasional 40k figure, we really wanted this ruleset to work out.

The first hurdle was picking the forces, which was very finicky.  PB had even prepared a spreadsheet to help to make this step as hassle free as possible, but it was still a drudge.  Having to prepare a spreadsheet should have been our first warning I suppose, but as ItEN is a free, fan written set we were prepared to put in a little more effort to get it to work.

I never played orks in 40k but as I have painted up a few over 2011 I decided to go with them for this game.  They proved to play quite differently in comparison with the elite forces that MT and PB chose.

MT painted up his Harlequins a couple of years ago, primarily for use with Space Hulk.  A small elite group of elven ninja cabaret struck him as perfect for use in a 40k skirmish setting.

PB dug out a Librarian and Tactical squad of his “Dark Souls” chapter out of storage.  It was fun to see those guys again as I faced them across many miniature battlefields over the years.

The three forces set up equidistant from a Maguffin (the suspicious looking pink thing on the road in the bottom left of the picture above) and we spent the game converging on that.

As it happened our three forces each engaged both opposing forces in some fashion or another as the game progressed.  This was very much a first game of the system where we tried to get a handle on how the rules work while playing, so some silly oversights and mistakes cropped up, as was expected.

Due to the ineffectiveness of their ranged weaponry the orks ended up in close combat with the Dark Souls a little earlier than I liked.  MT capitalised on this with a well timed psychic attack from his Warlock that put my Boss at a disadvantage.

That allowed the Dark Souls to get an edge in the combat and prolong it for long enough to allow the Harlequins to escape with the objective.

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In the Emperors Name is available for free download here.

ItEN is an unofficial fan made rule set for playing skirmish games set in the Warhammer 40000 universe.   Considering how many people get into the hobby via 40k who enjoy the setting but get disillusioned by the relentlessly poor quality of the official rulesets, I think that there is a lot or room for a system that covers this area.

The rules have obviously been written by players enthusiastic about the setting and miniatures.  This shows in the large number of interesting and sometimes satisfyingly obscure warbands and retinues available.

Unfortunately though, the system didnt appeal to my group once we played it.  It probably deserves another go but with so many possible rulesets vying for my limited gaming time, I cant imagine ItEN getting another tryout.

The rules felt restrictive compared with other sets that we have played recently.  While it is quite possible that we missed some of the subtleties of the system (we did only play one game after all) in many respects ItEN reminded me of the negative elements of playing small games using the official 40k rules.

Basically the game seemed largely preordained.  Manoeuvering wasnt really much of an option and the timing and location of the big dice rolls could be predicted with certainty before the game even started.

A number of factors contributed to this, not least the scenario.  But the predictability is just too severe for our tastes.

We had a couple of other problems too, but I wont bother going into those.  I dont particularly enjoy ripping into a fan based free ruleset, particularly when the guys who put it together have put so much time into it and so obviously have affection for the source material.

Despite early promise it proved to be a damp squib for us 😦

The Day the Law was Tried

MT, PB and I got together for a days worth of miniature gaming last Saturday.  We decided to focus on the Judge Dredd Miniatures Game this time. Continue reading

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