The Dog Days of an Edition

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  • Hey folks,

    Well, I’m sure we’re all psyched for 2.0 to drop. The amount of times I have refreshed the 9th Age website in the hopes for yet another breadcrumb of information on the upcoming edition is downright embarrassing.

    Seriously.

    I’m a grown man with a career and a family. What the hell is wrong with me?



    *cough*

    Anyways…

    The end of an edition of a game is always a weird time. Sometimes, as seems to be the trend, many of us lose a lot of our hobby OOMMPHH; that is to say, we recoil from the thought of painting up a new unit or trying out a new build because, in short order, it may be gone, anyways.

    Here’s how I’ve been spending my hobby time awaiting the release of 9th Age 2.0:

    Revisiting Old Armies
    I’m a Daemon player, first and foremost. I’ve logged roughly 150ish games of 9th with my terrible legions of lust and lethargy (mostly Pestilence and Lust… and that sounded better). I can skew a list against any opponent in the span of a coffee break. I know my combos. I know my synergies. I know what supports to try and what to avoid.

    And at this point, that’s a bit boring.

    I’ve been playing my original Fantasy gaming love recently. That’s right, The Crooked Fang Tribe; my goblins have been exclusively my army of choice for the past two months. This has been a pretty interesting experience. It’s given me the chance to see the game from a different angle. That is to say, after playing an elite army for the past 2 years, its been fun to jump back into a horde (tricky) army. I find my deployments to be much tighter. My lists to be far more solid. And, above all, I find myself accepting my Goblins for what they are, rather than forcing the issue to paper over weaknesses.
    This has led to … sadly… a far better win % than even with my (fairly successful) Daemons.
    And, now, I find myself eyeing my Dread Elves…. Hmmm…

    Stop Neglecting the Hobby Aspect
    Look, if push comes to shove, I would chose playing a game of 9th above painting/building any day of the week. I have a career, a one year old son and an incredibly patient wife… so, my time with my toy soldiers is limited, at best.

    It’s been a bit of a downer to see fewer games of 9thavailable lately in my local scene. But, I get it… many are awaiting 2.0 and focusing on other games and other hobbies, for now. Rather than find this to be an out-and-out bummer, I’ve decided to recommit to painting things that have, sadly, not been painted.
    Behold! The Murder Snails (Pestilent Beasts)!



    I’m now trying to schedule a gaming night every two weeks (usually two or three games in an evening). The week in between I am now committing to Hobby time.
    Also, I’m Canadian… and it’s hockey season… so staying up late to watch back-to-back games when my wife goes to bed has given me a great window of opportunity to Get Sh(tuff) Done! (Also, Go Bolts!).


    Help the Newbies


    I guaran-damn-tee you…. There is at least ONE person in your local scene who wants to try out 9th Age. And, to this point, you may have paid little heed to this.

    No, this doesn’t make you a jerk, it makes you a bit competitive. You probably eschew’d teaching a youngling the ropes for having a grudge match at least once. And that’s fine. This is a competitive game and, as stated, hobby time is sparse.

    So now you can stop being a selfish doofus, and teach a newbie the ropes.

    You, yes, YOU…. I know you have multiple armies (many in their grey-glory), schedule a game with one of these non-9thers. Hell, get an “intro to…” night going at your local FLGS. This is the perfect time to get new blood into the game. Remember, once 2.0 drops, we’re all going to be scrambling to figure out what the hell we’re doing, again. For new folks, this’ll be a great time… they have some semblance of parity.
    Goblin, Daemon Legions and Warriors of the Dark Gods Player and 9th Age Staffer
    Follow my journey through the world of 9th Age HERE

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Comments 4

  • SkargitCrookfang -

    I'm going to make a pilgrimage to Guerrilla Miniature Games at some point in the new year - and I'm in Ontario occasionally for work... I'll keep you guys posted in the new year if I'll be around. My Daemons travel well ;)

  • kisanis -

    Come to Ontario in general!

    No one wants to play anything fantasy out here from what I can tell (KW, Cambridge, London, Brantford area)

    I'm excited to re-setup my hobby room and get my rats some attention in preparation for 2.0

  • Ok@mi -

    Well damn said!

  • Omarcomin -

    come to ottawa