Bastardcon Lite 27th April – IT’S ON!


Bastardcon returns for it’s sixth rerun this time with a different slant to it.  Entitled Bastardcon Lite, we’re planning a laid back relaxed day of gentlemanly board and card games.  Warhammer will not be the main feature this time.

Set you calenders and organise your affairs, it’s all happening on the 27th


  • X-Wing
  • Lords of Waterdeep
  • Mansions of Madness
  • Imperial 2030
  • Historical Tabletop
  • Last Days of an Empire

Plus a stack of other stuff, probably more than we can get through in one day, but we’ll give it a lash!

All welcome



New Bloodbowl League

New Bloodbowl League

Right Gents,

who’s interested in an OPEN bloodbowl league?  Have been thinking about it and I spoke to a few players from the current one and they’re all in favour of playing a second league in parallel.  HERE’S a suggestion.  What about an open league? where you get to play as many games as you like but you take your best scores and after a set amount of time you compare them?

Hold on now! don’t run away, it’s not as crazy as it seems and I have had several sentences to come up with a cunning plan.  The idea would be that you would play on the BB open league against your “friends” and develop you team.  You would keep a record of your wins and most importantly keep a note of the DIFFERENCE IN TV for the matches you won.  You would get the points different if the team was ranked higher than you and HALF the TV difference if they were lower than you in TV.

You then simple keep the three best scores and after that set time I mentioned above you add all three best matches together.

All you need is the PC game and some friends who play….

THUR night – pope Fran special

So anyhow. It was looking like a small group but within a short while we had a solid five and talk turned to galaxy trucker which is due out on the iPad soon. Having both it and the big expansion we quickly decided to give the cardboard version a lash

It has been a long time since it saw light and it took a wee while to re familiarize myself and the group with the rules. I’d forgotten how funny they were. In short you need lots if everything and every component is important

Galaxy trucker is a game about frantically constructing a spaceship from a dwindling set of parts before the other guys do and having hammered it together after a fashion (and of course cursing yourself and others for not attaching some useful systems) piloting it into the unknown and hopefully arriving in one largish piece before the others do.

Some skills lend themselves to this game very well. Those in the architectural or kitchen design area have an unfair advantage. So too those with knowledge of electrical systems. In short not me.

It’s important to realize and I can’t stress this enough. PLAYING is the reward. All those who take part are the real winners and the score may say different we were all winners that night… Just some more than others

The game rattled on to a fine old hour with some stupendous losses of ships and some radical designs all held together with one or two lynchpins.

Great game. Great gaming and let’s forget about silly old scores. I think everyone will agree we all won that night



Through the Ages online


THIS is a work of genius.  A buddy of mine at a wedding recently alerted me to the online version of this game.  I had been threatening to learn how to play it for years but never got around to it despite having played a full game of it a few years back.  My impression of it then was a fantastic game and now…. well I have nothing but respect for it.  It is the ultimate work placement game with a large dollop of cock blockery thrown in for good measure.

In essence it’s a civilization type game without a map. And while a game like this shouldn’t work (where’s the map?) it does in spades.

The online version features several flavors of the game. The community of players are friendly and great fun to plan with and in a lot of case are Extremely good at this game.

There’s an online league which I haven’t tried yet.  It can be played on any device you care to mention.

For those of you looking at the basic graphics and wondering what the fuss is about I recommend you give it a lash and come back to me


Thur Night Gaming – A New Hope

Thur Night and it was time finally for an epic battle of X-wing

The Rebel Fleet Lines up
The Rebel Fleet Lines up

We got to play a big game of x-wing last night here’s the rundown

The Bad

Takes a bit of setup, partly we were learning the game and partly there’s a lot of pieces and of course we were playing a large game 175pts, so lots of models, add-ons etc.  The game NEEDS a good storage system, if you look on boardgamegeek you’ll see a lot about storage solutions.  End of the day it’s a fantasy flight game so if you like your tokens you won’t be disappointed.   Also it’s quite easy to mix up pieces and cards if you’re sharing sets.  Myself and Kieran’s sets are not so much married to each other as a bit engaged.   Again I don’t see this as a big problem as chances are you’ll be using your own models in the future, or one set, as it was a bit battle and we wanted the  maximum amount of models on the table it was quite the orgy of cards and tokens. The game was long.  Again we we’re learning it and it was a big battle.  Took a good 3.5 – 4hrs to finish but we DID finish it and it was excellent all the way through, especially towards the end

The Good

It’s a great little game.  It’s snappy, there’s a nice bit of strategy to it, guesswork, luck, planning, all that sort of good stuff.  It’s simple, the manoeuvre dials are clever and on top of that the models are GOREGOUS.  Have a look at the big photo.  The millennium falcon is a work of art as is slave-1.  In fact all the models look really well and they’re pre-painted. Very important.  You don’t need to get the expansions for it, you could quite happily play with the base game (or two).  I really really like it.  The models all act the way you would expect.  The tie fighters are agile but fragile, the falcon is a tough cookie, the y-wing can take and give a pounding.  The tie interceptor is nice and fast.  The a-wing didn’t make it but lurked in the background.

The game is balanced, the point system is simple and concise.

Slave 1 + Falcon Square off

The game itself

The Imperials took a mix of middle of the road and elite pilots (vader) while the rebels went mostly elite (han solo, Chewbacca) and a few extra weapons The imperial went straight in (well a bit to the right) and let rip with everything on a lone x-wing taking it out first turn for very little return fire.  Swung around and lined up with the converging rebels and it was wild west stuff.  The Y-Wing dishing out a lot of hurt while the falcon hung back and took pot shots.  The imperials concentrated on the fighters and started to take them out whilst the rebels concentrated on slave-1 (a slippery beast).  Y-Wing was destroyed followed by a tie fighter and it was looking very good indeed for the imperials UNTIL the falcon slipped up behind it and let rip with everything doing some serious damage to it.  The show on the other foot slave-1 slinked off hoping to avoid further damage persuaded by an x-wing.  Vader took out another x-wing and 4 Tie fighters harassed the falcon.   The last part of the game saw slave one avoid damage and the falcon eventually cornered and taken to pieces.


I would recommend it.  I would also recommend a smaller game and I think next time we’ll go with one of the scenarios from the manual.

Thanks to all those how took part and I reckon next week it will be to normal programming!



Hive Thur

Good Nights gaming.

Thanks to Borys’ trip to Poland we spent the first half all sitting around playing Hive and smoking Red Marlborough like test chimps  (dramatisation, no smoking took place)

After several games of Hive (the beetles are key), we moved onto Imperial 2030

Now AS YOU KNOW the thur group are a gentle bunch of souls, never ones to insult another player or urge them to play faster so it was quite a revelation to have a Tuesday night (lets use the euphemism  ‘Barbarian’) in our midst, Straight in no kissin?  He didn’t even take his pants off before he was hammering everyone left right and centre.  First Turn Import, second turn Production, Third turn F****KKKKK YOUUUUUUU.   It was a very aggressive game with Europe and asia exploding into wars whilst North America quietly built up it’s factories and taxed.  Half way through a steady cycle of swapping ownership (you don’t own the country you just invest in it) took place and it was like pass the parcel for the rest of the game.  Game ended a bit early with Yank winning with his high ownership in China (managed by either Borys or Yank either turn).

Next week, having finally gotten (hopefully) all the x-wing models from wayland (NEVER EVER buy from wayland, the order went in before xmas and is only arriving next week)(they were the only one showing stock btw before xmas for x-wing), we’ll hopefully be having a big team battle of x-wing.  Plan is to have two teams on the night rebel v imperial and two capital ships going at it against each other with swarms of fighters

Both teams will go off before the battle and using the same points design up their squadrons then launch against each other from their capital ship and try and both defend theirs and take out the enemy’s capital ship.  Could be epic!

Between us we now have

8 – tie fighters

4 – xwings

1 – ywing

1 – tie advanced

1-  awing

1 – tie interceptor

Brian/Kieran will be in gamersworld at the weekend so we might pick up a couple more before next thur

So roll on next Thursday


Massacre Thur

We Played Lords of Waterdeep last night.

Quite a surprise, thought it would be only so so and had only a brief time to read up the rules.

It’s very nice indeed.  Everyone who played it wanted to play it again and quickly.

The version I have came as a swap and has some very nice meeples to replace the boring cubes

It’s a bit like Caylus, a wee bit like Ank Morpork and a tiny bit like ticket to ride.  Theme works well and is believable, and the game is close (accept for me who did terrible from start to finish) on scoring.  Plays pretty quick (I reckon 2 hours when we learn it properly) and the rules are straightforward and unambiguous.  Oh and there’s cockblockery a plenty in there too

Eager to play this again