Sunday, May 31, 2015

Annihilation Day

Well, yesterday was the culmination of all my hard work and, I have to say, it was a ball. I think I had about a dozen players throughout the day, but I was so busy that I didn't get too many photos. Not such a tragedy, as the light in the venue was poor. 

 On the way in, Galactus is my co-pilot. 

 The selection of heroes. 

 The Annihilation wave. 

 The Universal unmaker. 

 Some shots of the set up. 

 I was pleasantly surprised by the character selections on the day; the first four up were Tomar Re, Batgirl (Cassandra Cain), The Vision and Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze). 

 Don't have many in-game shots, so this will be more of a highlight reel than an actual AAR. 

 The spirit of Vengeance tackles the Head Seeker of Annihilus. 

 Tomar Re zips around the rooftops, rescuing civilians with the aid of his power ring. 

 The wave devours everything in its path. 

 A super-powered tussle breaks out in front of the comic store. 

 The shot of the day, as Zatana takes down Judge Fear with her fists alone.

 Gamera, defender of the Earth, arrives to battle the threat. 

 Annihilation drones, Gamera, Judge Fire and Aquaman's octopus engage in a grand melee. 

 Giant Man and Thanos play catch with a truck. 

 Giant Man is no match for the Death that Walks. 

Judge Death fails three turns in a row to kill an unarmed homeless man. 

More to come when I have it. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Superhero Media: Arrow - Season 2

Oliver Queen is Batman. No really, in the second season of Arrow, Oliver Queen battles corporate takeovers, the League of Assassins and a cadre of lunatics escaped from Blackgate prison. So if you were hoping for a well-groomed beard and Socialist propaganda, Arrow may disappoint. On the other hand, the major villain for the series is Deathstroke, which is pretty cool, if only because I love the idea that the Australian Intelligence services have a team of elite assassins with two-tone masks and a thing for swords. Unlike season one, the idea of Oliver actually being a damn superhero is engaged with gradually as season two progresses, with him donning a mask, adopting an alter-ego and even taking on partners and sidekicks. 

Season two of Arrow feels like a transition, almost as if the nerds that write the programme are undertaking to have it slowly turn into the comic book Green Arrow by such minimal degrees that no one who originally tuned in for shirtless hot dudes even notices. Whilst very few of the super villains actually get a name-check, there is such a level of winking and artifice that Brother Blood, Solomon Grundy and Bronze Tiger are pretty damn easy to spot. Plus there's the Suicide Squad and a Harley Quinn cameo that goes nowhere. 

Also, Amanda Waller is skinny, which is a bit annoying. Personally, I found season two of Arrow less enjoyable than the first, despite the increased level of superheroism, but the programme is changing into something that looks pretty interesting. I'm just hoping that the love triangle bullshit fades into the background and we get some god damn boxing glove arrows. Also Oliver needs some green tights. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Preview set up for Little Wars

Did a trial set up for my display yesterday and played a quick game of SS4 to try it out. 

And now to the game; the Blackwing Androids were robbing the bank of Latveria, because evidently robots need money. 

 Fast Action X-Treme News lie in wait, pretending to film a lead story. 

USAwesome must get Mike G to the monorail so that he arrives in time to cut the ribbon on Talk Like A Pirate Day. 

 The Equalisers intend to foil the bank robbery. 

 Captain Heroica learns the advantages of Super Leap. 

 The bank vault evidently contained a pallet of bullion and an alien statue. 

 Still need to do something about decent flying stands. 

 Anita Action's ambush reporting style keeps Colonel Quantum at bay. 

 USAwesome try to be sneaky with their ghost, minigun and man who weighs over a tonne. 

 Captain Heroica makes a leap-charge at McHero. 

 But he bounces off the layers of protective flab. 

 Battle erupts on the rooftops. 

 Tinker summons some Gun Bugs that proceed to do nothing. 

 Wildcat charges Destroyer, but can't touch the robot assassin.

 But he has much better luck taking out Sink. 

 Destroyer is able to get away with the gold.