TheDocket1Happy 2013 to all our readers! Here’s to another year of dogged analysis of the 40k tournament scene and in-depth discussions of the rules governing a fictional universe. 2013 Has been incredibly busy for me thus far, what with work, traveling to visit family and friends, tons of reader emails to answer, and of course the new Dark Angels codex to tear into. It’s shaping up to be a great year! This week’s docket includes some initial reactions to the new Dark Angels ‘dex, my thoughts on Guardians of Middle Earth on XBox, a word on the new Deck Pack for Duels of the Planeswalkers, and my trip to see The Book Of Mormon (The musical, not the actual book) in Chicago.

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While the real world has been particularly hectic recently, it has definitely been a good week or two for games.

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photo-fullAs we mentioned in an earlier post, as gorgeous as the Kingdom Death: Monster miniatures are, and how cool the world is, our interest would be dictated by how the game plays. Obviously, we won’t know until its out, but the creator just released the second gameplay video.  So with this followup article, I wanted to run through, based on my impressions from the videos, how it appears Kingdom Death: Monster will play.

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In this episode of Building the Case we’re helping out with a list a reader is preparing for an upcoming tournament with an interesting twist – only battle brothers are allowed as allies.  He’s hit on a fantastic combination in SW/IG and sent us a list to review and make suggestions.  From what we could gather, anonymous wants to make sure the list includes a fast-moving assault unit, lots of troops, some long-range fire support, and an airborne objective-grabbing unit.  Read on for his original list, our suggestions, and our new suggested list.

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SantaMarineThis week’s episode of Reply Briefs is an interesting holiday-related query that’s along the same lines as a question a lot of players have been asking us recently – what 40k army should I buy for 6th edition? We sort of answered the question in this article on netlisting but that was admittedly nonspecific advice.  Now, I still stand by the answer.  I still believe proxying new units and new armies until you find what works best for you is the best way to pick an army that you can be successful with in 6th edition. But this time we’re going to break it down a little more pragmatically. Some credit for this article goes to Szafraniec, as some of it is based on discussions we’ve had recently on similar issues.

The Question: What 40k army should I buy with my Christmas money to stay competitive in 6th Edition?

The Answer: Grey Knights, Necrons, Imperial Guard, or some combination thereof.

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TheDocket1Lets finish this year with a bang!  Read on to see what Szafraniec’s up to this week.

 

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Imperial_Guard_Vol_1_1GiantKiller here with another episode of Building the Case. This week’s edition is a response to a build request for a Pure IG build at the 1000 points level with “some kind of blob and air support”. I think this will work out well, as IG has an efficient enough codex to pack in both durability and mobility at the 1000 point level and still have some room left over for a few useful toys. After some tweaking and playtesting, this is what I came up with.

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As the title suggests, Merry Christmas! Yes, I realize it’s after Christmas now, but as I’ve been traveling all over the place visiting friends and family, this is the soonest I could get this up. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and got lots of toy soldiers for Christmas!

Read on to find out what GK’s getting up to this week, abbreviated as it may be by Christmas Cheer!

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photo-fullIf GK is going to start a new series for the holidays, so am I.  Objection, Relevance is going to be a series for us to talk about things not entirely relevant to 40k, but something we think our readers might be interested in.  Every site needs a category for its authors random rantings, this might as well be ours!  So in today’s episode of Objection, Relevance, I wanted to give everyone a look at one of the other games out there that has found its way not only into the list of games I’m watching, but also into my wallet thanks to a very successful kickstarter campaign – Kingdom Death: Monster

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Following GK’s lead, I figured I would fill everyone in. But first, to answer the question, where’s the 40k stuff?

Here is my problem: I CAN’T PICK AN ARMY!

Ever since 6th edition hit, I have been proxying, substituting, listbuilding, mathhammering, and lore-mastering more armies than I care to admit. I will go into this soon, and explain what I see as the “paralysis factor” that the possibility of allies can cause for list-builders. But that’s not this!  So read on to see what I’m up to this week.

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