We love all sorts of games at Muse! Our big focus is on miniatures gaming, but we enjoy cardgames, boardgames, video games…all sorts of games in fact! So do our content producers, we have some fantastic articles, podcasts and videos which will show you how these games are played, and maybe give you some ideas for what to pick up next!

To MoM’s Readers

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Welcome to Muse on Minis. Today is Wednesday December the 7th 2011 our official launch day. I’m Keith Christianson the editor for MoM. We have a bunch of great articles posted already, and more on the way. Here’s a brief glossary of the current articles and authors you can find.   Strategy and Tactics Riding a Dark Horse- Tournament pro, all-faction-collector Chuck Elswick (pg_Bulldog) brings you his thoughts on models and lists no sane person would think to play. Read how he makes it work and take away some new perspective.   This Guy!!!- “Sportsman” John (Phatasian) DeMaris shines some light on the Menoth perspective. Tips, tricks, new lists, and play experiences for the faithful.   A Study in Purple- I named my article with my favorite Sherlock Holmes novel and my awesome purple shirt in mind. I will be starting with a Cryx focus and expanding to talk about my other factions as the mood strikes. Write-ups on casters, tournament reports, etc.   Mind Tricks- Gencon champion Jake (Neutralyze) VanMeter offers insight and advice on playing the Legion of Everblight.   Strategy and Tactics will be expanded soon to include articles from other names you’ve heard. Players like Chad Shonkwiler, Will Pagani and more.   Something for the New Player   Climbing the Mountain- Lance (judgeito) Becker is a newer player who is working to break into the competitive scene. Read about his experiences from local tournaments and conventions as he works his way towards the top of the mountain.   New Player’s Guide- Nate Kapke takes his readers step by step through learning to play Warmachine. Starting with reading the rules, Nate will take walk his readers past the pitfalls of learning a complicated wargame.   Thursdays with Thanan- Starting on Thursday Dave is taking a look at all the battleboxes with new eyes. Where he goes from there, remains to be seen.   Painting Modeling and Terrain   Carnage4u’s Terrain Blog- Brian (Carnage4u) Giese will show his readers pictures and give tips on building beautiful and functional terrain for local play and tournaments.   Last but not least…   Weapons of Mass Distraction- Josh Holt takes us on a frenetic journey as he plays every game that crosses his path. Along the way he may stop for a smoke break or two and document some of his painting and modeling work as well.   Chunder from Downunder- Ben (Chunky04) Hayes will tell you tales of gaming in the Australian Outback. I hear they use poisonous animals for terrain there. And being a world traveler Ben can compare and contrast trends in Warmachine worldwide.   Hapiness is Rolling Dice- Ryan Miesen’s premier article takes a look at the Board Game Super Dungeon Explore. After that, who knows?   Building a Warmachine Community- Brian (pg_Finkmonkey) Finken, a pressganger in a growing community shares his experiences in planting and nurturing the Warmachine seeds.   We’re are looking for more contributors. If there’s something you want to talk about this is the place to do it. Contact us....

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A Study in Purple

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Greetings, and welcome to this the first installment of A Study in Purple; an article I will use to ramble on about whatever happens to cross my mind.   Speaking of, my name is Keith Christianson. I am a relatively new devotee to wargaming in general and to Warmachine in particular. I picked up the Witch Coven and Deneghra1 just as Mark I was coming to a close. Even in that rather volatile environment, with all the rampant power creep of Legends and Metamorphosis , I still fell in love with the game almost instantly. Having Skarre and Bane Knights helped me through the rough patches. My primary faction, for as long as I’ve played, has been Cryx. But along the way Trolls, Mercenaries, and even some Swans have found their way into my collection. I am first and foremost a competitive player and have a solid track record to show for my efforts. I eagerly await every new release for any of my factions. I can’t wait for my next weekend off to coincide with a tournament. I love this game.   Today I’m going to take a look at a Cryx caster who has become a particular favorite of mine. She is generally considered to be in the middle of the pack when the stable of Cryxian Warcasters is taken as a whole. Which makes her only slightly better than any caster any other faction could hope for (sarcasm containing a grain of truth). But as I see it she deserves a spot right up near the top of the list. She solves defense, she solves armor, and she can get the job done herself.   Pirate Queen Skarre   Skarre is a top notch infantry support caster. She plays more aggressively than other non-Terminus Cryx Warcasters. Sometimes she gets killed as a result. But she has all the tools to survive and win the game if you play her correctly.   Skarre Herself: Stats, Weapons, Abilities Skarre has a solid defensive stat line, totaling the standard 31 for a Cryxian Warcaster. Her higher defense gives her some security from non-boosted range attacks. But too much accurate shooting across the table can still be a problem. Skarre is a melee powerhouse. She has focus to spend, a knockdown attack, and a high power weapon with the option to roll 4 dice of damage. If her feat is still live she can solo most any model in the game. Even without reach, or threat range boosts outside of her high speed, she has some credible assassination tries.   Leading an Army: Spells and Feat Her focus value 6, is low for Cryx but that, of course, is a deceptive value. 6+1d6 is the amount of focus she will have to spend thanks to Ritual Sacrifice. What her focus value does mean is that to effectively make use of her best spell and her feat she needs to be further forward. More on that later. Dark Guidance is the breadwinner of her spells. Three dice on melee attack rolls solves a lot of problems. It provides a huge amount of reliability in planning and executing your turn. It makes some models, that are average or below, turn into unstoppable killers. Mechanithralls can swat down Nyss Hunters. Blood Witches can...

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Beta Podcast Number 2

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Another Podcast test brought to you by    Topics:  Who’s the Boss, Chadwicks 3rd Place Troll Lists from The WMW Invitational,  Is Hordes better than Warmachine ?, and Slow Grow Leagues Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:39:18 — 90.9MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Beta Podcast Number 1

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Here it is.  We wanted to test the sound equipment and have a feed to put up an official podcast.   Look for our first episode in a couple of weeks.     Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:02:06 — 111.8MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Carnage4u’s Terrain Blog #1

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Hello   I’m carnage4u and I’m addicted to all things Warmachine. I’ve been playing the game since 2005. I’ve played minature wargames for over 20 years.   I live in Madison WI and am lucky enough to have a huge warmachine player base. I will be writing some articles on a variety of topics, but I’m hoping to post a few times a month on my current terrain projects.   While I love playing my Skorne, Cryx, Minions and Cygnar I equally enjoy painting up my army and working on terrain.  It’s important to me, that our local game stores and events have a good varieity of quality terrain.  It makes games more interesting.   Good looking terrain pieces are great. I have put a lot of time into making terrain that looks good on the table. But it’s also critically important to me that terrain pieces are made to be “playable”. I cannot tell you how many times I have gone to an event, and either terrain is in bad shape, or the pieces are so ackward that even if they do look nice, they are so frustating they hurt play experience.   For example. I made the following terrain for our local game stores earlier this year:     The hills in this picture do not have “curved” slopes. I agree curved sloped hills look better. But I have almost never seen any hill with a curved slope that wasnt a pain in the butt when it came to balancing models and placing them on the hill edges.  The trees can all be picked up and moved off the forest tempaltes as well.   I also like to add in some terrain that isn’t used as much. Rough terrain patchs are fun. I made some rough terrain patches, and even a hill with rough terrain.     My big project, which I started a few months ago, is slowly picking up steam.  I’m building a modular Ruined City Board.  Each 1ft x 1ft section is able to be rotated to create many variant boards. Here is a sneak peak of some of my test pieces.  I will have more of this in upcoming weeks.  These are all made with Hirst arts molds, and I need to make more blocks out of the molds stage which takes a few weeks to complete.       Carnage4u...

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Mind Tricks

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by Jake VanMeter Hey all!! Jake (Neutralyze) here.   I’m just popping in right quick to give you a rundown of where I think our warlocks rank based on a tier. This is obviously  my opinion so take it for what it’s worth   A – Saeryn. She honestly has very few matchups where she feels on edge. Her denial feat topped with a denial spell list and the auto hitting 5” AOE means she can handle a lot on the field. To top it off she has defense 18 vs. ranged attacks with force barrier which makes her pretty survivable on the feat turn when she might be out in the open to keep her beasts in control.   B. pVayl, eLylyth, Bethayne – Now don’t get me wrong here folks. I really like pVayl. She is my favorite warlock to play. You have to admit though that she has worse matchups than Saeryn has. eLylyth is here because she does have certain matchups similar to Bethayne where her offenses are largely shut down. All the warlocks here are tourney competitive and have options available to them that makes them a viable threat on the field.   C. Absylonia, Kallus, eVayl, eThags, pTthags – “eThags is a C!?” You ask? What am I thinking? Grab your blanket and hear me out. It will be ok. I promise. eThags is a great late game beater. His problem is that his best lists are built towards Shredder spam. If you don’t run Shredder spam he feels awkward, and the lower model count can be a problem. Do you run infantry for ranged support and a screen do nothing much to help them? Do you try to go for the popular pop’n’drop with a Spell Martyr? Everything eThags does is a telegraphed move. He emphasizes offensive like no other; but doesn’t have a response for when his offense comes up short. To keep it simple, if his army doesn’t hit hard first then his game disappears faster than a Hershey’s bar at a fat camp.   D. pLylyth – She’s our battle box warlock and needs a shout out. we all have played with her when we first started. Sadly, once we realized what there was outside of the battle box she quickly got sidelined. Her low fury stat combined with her fury hogging spells and small control area really hinder her in a competitive environment. I’m not saying she’s horrible. We all have gotten feat kills with Seraphs, Typhon, etc but she just doesn’t have the tools to stand on top with the big boys.   E. Rhyas – Oh boy. I often reflect on how she was in MKI and wonder what was so bonkers that she had to be changed this much. She has a cool buff spell for a beast and a stealth spell but that limits her to 3 fury on an average turn. She wants to be an assassin warlock but often relies on a crit to get the job done. Anyone can tell you that relying on crits will ruin your day unless you can roll upwards of 4 + dice. With her lack of fury or decent abilities to go against top level warcasters and warlocks, at best you’ll catch an opponent or two...

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Riding a Dark Horse

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by Chuck Elswick     Hi all, My name is Chuck Elswick, or Bulldog to some.  I am 29 years old. I have been playing the game since it first came out. I play every faction in the game I have won major convention events as well as local events.  I am part of the Detroit group that travels to all of the conventions, also known as the 4 Horsemen. To be honest no one in our group actually lives in Detroit, but no one has heard of Dearborn Heights, Farmington, Troy, or my city of Brownstown.  Our group does not even play in Detroit, we play in Livonia at RIW Hobbies.  I am also our area’s Press Ganger.  I got into Press Ganging for the same reason I agreed to write these articles; I enjoy helping the player community grow as well as helping players become better at the game.  I am the player in the Detroit group, and you might have seen on the forums, that plays the stuff that is unpopular or not widely used and I make it work.  I will be writing articles to help you, as the player, dust off those models you bought because you loved the story behind them or loved the model itself and just haven’t gotten around to playing it much because it did not fit into the game the way you thought it would.  I will also be giving you some beginner tips to help those just starting to become better. So that they may see what an awesome game, and what a fun way to spend time with friends Warmachine is.   I will be focusing upon a different faction and warcaster/warlock each article and with so many out there I will need your help.  I play every faction and warcaster/warlock so I would like your help in picking what I focus on in each upcoming article. So send me suggestions. These suggestions can be any type of model/unit in the game and I promise to try and get to everyone’s request.  I look forward to hearing from you all.  Just click on the CONTACT MOM link above and send me your...

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