|Waiting for an opportunity. And varnish. Mostly varnish.|
|A little less clutter.|
I got to sit down for about five minutes after getting back from Warmahordesing before it was time to head back out, this time to EV's place for Super Dungeon Explore. He's been on a painting rampage over the last week or two, knocking out the whole set and doing some of his best recent work in the process. After a couple folks fell through I ended up fighting against EV's horde of minions with his newly-minted fiance. Despite a casualty and more than a few hairy moments, the heroes were victories. The game came down to an epic face-off between the big dragon boss (who is somehow smaller than the mini-bosses) and the barbarian (who I thought of as the Butcheress as she was a hurricane of choppy axe death, much like Orsus). The barbarian survived a furious draconic onslaught, then chopped her way to glory. There were mistakes on both sides, which is to be expected when it's still a learning experience for most of the players, but it was very entertaining. It's mildly reminiscent of Warhammer Quest without the randomness or potential for disaster at any moment, but with the downside of requiring a "GM." That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but the most appealing part of Quest to me is that everyone is on the same side, which SDE doesn't do. Lots of fun despite that, and my concerns about the durability of the components was assuaged after seeing them first hand. EV tells me there's a second edition coming out with pre-assembled minis (which are amazing looking but reportedly come in approximately one billion parts per model) and more robust cards, which may well tempt me when it comes out. Then again, there's another game of that sort sitting at Huzzah that's calling to me, one that has applications beyond the original intent of the game. I'd say more, but I have a local reader or three and don't want to draw too much attention to this diamond. I'm having a hard time justifying the purchase, but the process of wearing myself down is already under way. Will I beat out the competition? Only time will tell.