This guest article is courtesy of Dezzo on the other side of the world.
Hi all, Dezzo here.
Most of you probably know me mainly as a Warhammer 40,000 player / hobbyist. I did get my feet wet with Warhammer Fantasy and Warmachine. I have since left WHFB and WM and moved on to other things. (I am just kind of saying this to show that I am not a stranger to other TTMG systems…)
Just a fortnight ago, I decided to pick up Malifaux.
Well retrospectively, there were several factors that pushed me into it.
1) Uh… Games Workshop price hikes.
2) Games Workshop Trade Embargo to the Southern Hemisphere (I live in South East Asia).
3) I need some sort of distraction from Warhammer 40k.
4) Malifaux miniatures are cool.
5) Malifaux’s low start up cost. (I only spent US$50 and could start playing “full-sized’ games).
6) Diceless system. (None of that dice falling off the table or cocked dice bullshit).
7) Game is played on 3 feet x 3 feet (you could play almost anywhere).
8) Low model count system. (a 25 “point” game requires only 5 – 6 models, take about travelling light).
Okay… probably the factors aren’t that “several”…
The Malifaux community started up quickly. The initial shipment of Malifaux stock that was at our (only) LFG disappeared within a week (leaving the one Mcmourning box which stayed there until a restock came about 1.5 weeks later).
All of the Malifaux players are also WH40k players, some of the Warmachine/Horde players also joined us. The rules are easy to learn, however I found out later that the game mechanics take a longer time to master.
A kind donation by a friend to us was a 3 x 3 PVC board (which he cut from his old bathroom door) which we sprayed with a textured paint. This board is extremely useful as we didn’t need to rely on the store’s 6 x 4 tables to play. We could just move the 3 x 3 board to the painting tables (since most of the Malifaux players are also the painting table painters…)
Terrain was easy to sort out. The game doesn’t need lots of big pieces, we gathered some Warmachine terrain and some of the smaller GW terrain (stuff like barriers), shipping containers (kitbashed) and even aquarium plants.
I chose the Arcanists faction and Rasputina as my main (and currently, only) Master. I like the ice/snow/Russian theme (no coincidence that I chose Sorscha as my Warmachine warcaster). Her boxset included a Ice Golem (tank) and 3 Gamins (fodder). This boxset is pretty good and got me learning the game quickly (primarily because the minions have limited special abilities).
After my first few games, I expanded my crew to include Silent One (a mini master in her own right), Cerberus (beatstick) and a December Acolyte (sniper-scout). I have yet to spend much time on them but my first few games with them were positive (even though I loss all games).
A friend volunteered to be part of the Malifaux “Henchman” program so we can start holding demos, tournaments or leagues. We are scheduled to have a small (1 master / 1 crew list (no sideboard), 12 players) tournament next month, which would be followed by a league (number of games to be decided).
The popularity of the game has surprised many of the skeptics at the store. Of course it remains to be seen if the popularity of the system holds out. One thing is for sure though… almost every day, there would at least be a game of Malifaux being played at the LGS.
For the moment, all of us are enjoying Malifaux. We have made plans to do some investment in Terraclips in the coming months and some of the guys have taken up to dissecting the various factions / masters to figure out tacticas (which is difficult, given the variety of Encounters and variations of Strategies and Schemes you can end up with).