Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Two Hour Arrival

I have been jumping for joy the last couple of days as the first batch of games that I'm interested in trying out this year arrived at the beginning of this week. Yippee! Here's what showed up at my front door from Two Hour Wargames, along with descriptions of each game from the company's website as well as from the books' back covers:

5150 Star Army

JOIN THE STAR ARMY! It's not a job. It's an adventure!

Yeah right, whatever. Okay, listen up kid. I'm not going to sugar-coat it for you. The Star Army is hell. You're the first to arrive and the last to leave. What do you really do? Well let me tell you son...

In 5150 Star Army you're a Platoon Leader trying to keep your men alive while completing your missions. Make that you're trying to complete your mission and if your men stay alive that's even better. You're the tip of the Gaea Prime spear and your enemies are many. The Empire is hungry and growing and that means you're always at war. As a Star Army Platoon Leader you'll be fighting other humanoids, alien races and things that don't fit into either class. Their faces may change but the enemy is still the enemy and you have a job to do.

So go do it soldier!

5150 Star Army is a man to man skirmish game where one figure equals one man, alien, or vehicle. Start off with a squad and soon you'll be playing platoons and companies. 5150 Star Army can be played solo, same-side with everyone against the game mechanics, and of course head to head against your friends. Includes a player friendly campaign system. Rules cover infantry, vehicles, Bugs, and much more. Playable with any figures, any scale, this easy to learn yet tough to master game is perfect for the casual or battle hardened gamer.

You don't even feel the bumps anymore, too many jumps for that. Damn, the soldiers are getting younger and younger or maybe you're just getting older? The green light flashes and you run your final check. All's good and you brace for touchdown. Bam! The door drops and your squad piles out immediately coming under fire. The last thing you remember is...

STAR ARMY. It's not a job. It's an adventure!

Larger Than Life: The Game of Pulp Adventures

SO WHAT ARE THE PULPS?

It's spaceships, jungle lords, and Nazis, Lost cities, underwater adventure, and maybe even a hard-boiled detective or two.

It's about heroes moving from scene to scene at breakneck speed. Hot on the trail or maybe a step in front of the bad guys. It's clever cliffhangers that leave you wanting more.

But mostly it's about the story.

And that's what drives Larger Than Life. In LTL you step into the story and become a Larger Than Life Hero. LTL moves you from scene to scene each with a different challenge. Complete your challenge and move to the next scene. Fail and you're whisked down another road that leads to who knows where. But if you stick to it and if you're lucky you'll complete all the challenges and that'll get you what you wanted from the beginning, a shot at the "Big Bad." The Big Bad, the Evil Genius, or the Villain... we prefer to call him the Yin to your Yang because without the "Big Bad" there's no story.

And it's all about the story. Welcome to the world of... Larger than Life!

Adventures in the Lost Lands

TAKE THE SHOT.

You hear the whispers. Giant creatures from the dawn of time alive and walking the earth. Dinosaurs! How can it be? As a hunter you have to find out the truth so you follow the rumors to this God-forsaken corner of the world, Lemuria!

You've spent days and large sums of money in tracking the Beast and now it's come to this. Your bearer trembles as he pulls back the branch giving you a clear view of the Beast in all its splendor. As you steady your aim it turns, looks you in the eye and at that moment you wonder... who's hunting who?

Adventures in the Lost Lands introduces you to a world like no other. A world of giant creatures and prehistoric men where you can:

Be a Pulp Era hero exploring Lost Lands and searching for valuable treasure. Lead your tribe of primitive cavemen in a fight against other primitive tribes. Be a modern day big game hunter who travels to a prehistoric land that time forgot. Command a Victorian Era expedition bent on discovery and conquest. Be a dinosaur, not only a dinosaur, but THE dinosaur, as you take on all others for supremacy. Or command a squad of WW 2 GIs blasted into a strange prehistoric world while on maneuvers in Louisiana.*

In Adventures in the Lost Lands you can do all this and more. We've included a number of linked scenarios forming a campaign which can be played solo, cooperatively with all players on the same side, or head to head against your friends. It's all up to you!

So have a seat, give the rules a read and prepare to enter a world like no other, the world of dinosaurs. But just remember one thing... who's hunting who?

*Really? Louisiana? Yep, it's a long story.

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Phew! When I started typing all of that out I didn't realize how long the description for those games would turn out to be. I'm therefore going to refrain from sharing my first impressions about each of the games until my next post. For now I'll just say that although I did not know what to expect from these games beyond what I've learned reading 5150 battle reports and suchover at Mik's Minis, I definitely did not anticipate just how different these games really are from the type that I normally play. This is my first encounter with the rules mechanisms found in Two Hours Wargames products and it looks like they could take quite some getting used to, though I have heard positive things about them once they become familiar to you. I'm really excited to try these games out even if it means stepping somewhat out of my usual gaming comfort zone. Hmm, that actually sounds like it could potentially be a lot of fun and a good way to shake up my hobby routines.

Okay, that's it for tonight. I hope everyone is doing well on this whackiest of days, Leap Day. So until next time, happy painting and gaming!

11 comments:

  1. Nice haul! My finger has hovered over the Lost Lands "buy" button so many times now I've lost count. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts and seeing these in action.

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    1. Thanks, Mik! I'm really excited to dig into Lost Lands, from what I can tell so far it looks like it will be a blast to play. I have a lot of prep work to do to get some minis and terrain ready but it is definitely high up on my to-do list. A couple of years ago I dabbled with the game DinoMight! which was similar in concept but much more limited in scope and very rough around the edges. This looks a lot more promising to me. :) Thanks again!

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  2. I'd begin with Star Army, it's got the most recent and therefore clearest reading rules in this bunch. Also take heed of when it tells you to "STOP!" and try the rule out, it's pretty vita to coming to grips with this system.

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    1. That does sound like fantastic advice as I was already feeling a little overwhelmed by it all after just briefly flipping through the books. Also I should be able to start up with Star Army much more quickly due to what's already in my miniatures and terrain collections. I'll now be sure to follow the instruction with regards to taking in the rules one section at the time. I really appreciate your recommendations, thank you Spacejacker!

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  3. Curious to see more reviews. I just branched into Strange Aeons so I keep swinging through the Pulp Figures looking for things..

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    1. Interesting that you mention Strange Aeons as that is another one of the games that I'm looking to try out as well in the very near future. I ordered the rules not long ago and have printed out the Beta version of Uncle Mike's Nameless Cults. (I'll be posting something about those games hopefully in the coming week.) I've only recently started into Pulp style gaming and have been exploring the different rulesets available. Have you enjoyed Strange Aeons so far?

      Thanks, styx, it's great to hear from you!

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    2. Oops. I just looked at my copy and noticed that the game is called Of Unspeakable Cults, not Nameless Cults. Sorry if I caused any confusion on that account. Thanks again, styx!

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  4. افكار جديدة فى التنظيف
    تنظيف البيوت من المسئوليه الكبيرة التى لابد من القيام بيها و فالتنظيف من الاشياء الحيوية التى تساعد فى الحفاظ على المكان وتساعد فى الحفاظ على صحتك وصحه افراد اسرتك فاليك افضل الطرق المميزة التى تساعد فى الشعور بالراحه النفسيه والهدوء والسعى الى التخلص من اى تغيرات من الممكن ان تتعرض اليها من اهم ما تقوم بيه الاتى :-
    شركة تنظيف الشارقة
    شركة تنظيف شقق الشارقة
    شركة تنظيف فلل الشارقة
    شركة تنظيف منازل الشارقة
    الاغطيه والمفروشات من اهم الاشياء التى لابد من الحفاظ عليها والقيام باعمال التنظيف باستمرار لانها من الممكن ان تؤدى الى التعرض الى الحساسية والامراض الصدرية فعليك ان تقوم باعمال التنظيف مرة على الاقل كل 6 اشهر والقيام بتنفيض الملايات والمراتب والتخلص من الاتربة ، بالاضافة الى القيام بتغير الملايات مرة كل اسبوع .
    شركة تنظيف دبي
    شركة تنظيف شقق دبي
    شركة تنظيف فلل دبي
    شركة تنظيف منازل دبي
    • الارضيات ومشاكل التنظيف التى لابد من الاهتمام بيها فافضل الطرق فى اعمال التنظيف للبورسلين استخدام المياه والمنظفات المميزة المخصصه للارضيات ، الباركية شمع العسل وزيت بذرة القنب من اهم الاشياء التى تساعد فى الحفاظ عليها ضد اى تغيرات تتعرض اليها فاليك الطرق المجربة ( امزجى قليل من زيت الفنب وعليه معلقه كبيرة من الخل ومعلقه كبيرة من الكحول الطبى والبدء فى استخدام قطعه من القماش ومسح الارضيات والاهتمام باعمال التجفيف وانتظر النتيجه بعد دقائق)
    شركة تنظيف العين
    شركة تنظيف شقق العين
    شركة تنظيف فلل العين
    شركة تنظيف منازل العين
    • الهواء الراكد من اكثر المسببات للرواح الكريهه فى المكان ومن اكثر الاشياء التى يحتاج الى تجددها فمن افضل الطرق هو القيام بفتح الشبابيك المتواجده فى المكان والقيام بفتح الشفاط الكهربائى وتغير الهواء المتواكد فى المكان ، او القيام بزيوت عطرية ووضعها فى بخاخات والقيام برش على الارضيات والكنب والاماكن التى بيها روائح كريهه

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  5. شركة تنظيف ابوظبي
    شركة تنظيف شقق ابوظبي
    شركة تنظيف فلل ابوظبي
    شركة تنظيف منازل ابوظبي
    • بقع السجاد : من اكثر الاشياء التى من الممكن ان يتعرض اليها وخاصه اذا كان هناك اطفال فى المكان فاذا تم سكب اى كوب او وجود اى بقعه فعليكى ان تقومى فى الحال بالتنظيف على السجاد فلا تقوم بمسحها فعليك ان تقومى بوضع قطعه من القماش وامتصاصها تماما والبدء فى اعمال التنظيف بالطريقه التى تتلائم مع السجاد .
    التخلص من الحشرات فى المطابخ
    المطابخ من اكثر الاماكن التى نستخدمها يوميا ونظافة المطابخ تتدل على افراد اصحاء وعائله سليمة فنظافة المطابخ والتخلص من الحشرات من اهم الاشياء التى لابد من القيام بيها وعدم الانتظار الى ان تتكاثر وتنتشر فى المطابخ من اهم انواع الحشرات التى من الممكن ان تتعرض اليها الاتى :-
    • الصراصير الصغبرة فى المطابخ
    شركة مكافحة حشرات الشارقة
    شركة مكافحة حشرات العين
    شركة مكافحة حشرات ابوظبي
    شركة مكافحة حشرات دبي
    من اكثر انواع الحشرات التى يتم التعرض اليها فعليك اولا ان تتعرف على الاسباب التى تؤدى الى التعرض الى الصراصير والقضاء عليها نهائيا من اهم ما تقوم بيه الاهتمام بالتخلص من القمامه اول باول ، الاهتمام بالتخلص من بقايا الاطعمه ،التخلص من الردة ، التخلص من تسربات المياه تحت الاحواض لانها من البيئة الخصبة التى تساعد فى نمو الحشرات وتساعد فى تكاثرها وانتشارها ، الاهتمام بالبيارات ونظافتها وخاصه اذا كانت فى المطابخ هذه هى اهم الاسباب التى تؤدى الى انتشار الصراصير الصغيرة فى المطابخ فاذا كانت هناك اى مشكله واستعصى عليك الامر فتعاون معنا الان .

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