I’ve always been a big fan of solo gamebooks, like the Fighting Fantasy and Lone Wolf series, so I was very interested when I heard that Fantasy Flight Games were releasing Legacy of Dragonholt, a collaborative story telling game set in their Runebound universe in December 2017.
Gloomhaven is an intimidating game. To start with, it weighs in at nearly 10 Kg so just handling it is a challenge and then there’s the fact that there are about 1,500 components in the box, not to mention the extensive rulebooks and mysterious sealed items. The price tag is pretty hefty too at around AUD 180-200 so other than an awful lot of cardboard, what are you getting for your money?
I finally got to try out Test of Honour yesterday, playing through the first two of six linked scenarios from the core boxed set.
Since shortly after Test of Honour was released in 2017, I’ve had some suitable model trees squirrelled away and now that I’ve lined up a few games, I got a selection of them out and based them up ready for the table.
The last time I regularly played a tabletop role-playing game was probably 1991. Back in those days the school holidays seemed to last forever and I gamed very regularly with multiple groups of friends. RuneQuest, Call of Cthulhu, Judge Dredd and Dragon Warriors were some of our favourite games and at times it felt like we devoted every waking moment to exploring a myriad of new and exciting worlds in our imaginations.
Without doubt, re-basing painted miniatures is my most hated hobby task, which is why I’ve been putting this particular job off for some time! Now that it’s done, I’m delighted to finally have a couple of fully painted forces for Test of Honour and I’m really looking forward to trying out the game soon.
Just in case anyone is at all curious about what 29 Kg of board game looks like, here it is!
Despite having been a historical wargamer for about 30 years now, I’ve rather surprisingly never previously owned any Napoleonic miniatures. I’d played a few games over the years but could never quite bring myself to start collecting an army in my preferred big-battle scale of 10mm figures. It’s a period of history with a vast amount of detail for a wargamer to immerse themselves into and, frankly, a lot of scope for pedantry over using the correct facings, buttons and flags for specific units at specific battles and that’s always been something which has put me off getting started.
I was lucky enough to be given a copy of Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition for Christmas so I thought I’d take it for a spin and work my way through the box contents and first scenario.