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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!

Skull Island eXpeditions: Moving Targets by C.L. Werner Review

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Skull Island eXpeditions – SIX Hey guys, John back again. I’ve been away for a bit trying to get ready for some recent events, and going on painting overload. Time spent in between painting was used to read the brand new Skull Island eXpeditions novellas. I am currently in the middle of The Devil’s Pay by Dave Gross with Sam MacHorne and her Devil Dogs. So, I will soon let you guys all know how that goes soon. Click Here to Purchase! First off, I don’t want spoil anything for this book because I am going to start by telling you to spend the $5 to read this book! I feel that C.L. Werner did a great job of capturing the feel of the Iron Kingdoms. From the varied crew that runs alongside antagonist Ariszted Olt to the treachery of Five Fingers, Moving Targets paints a much deeper picture of Western Immoren and its inhabitants than simply reading fluff material from the beginning of a Forces book. Not to mention, you learn more about Rutger Shaw and Taryn di la Rovissi and how they get along. These are the two faces you’ve seen all over any piece of Iron Kingdom Roleplaying Game material lately, and they’ve graced the cover and many artworks throughout all of Warmachine history. It’s finally a chance to get a true feeling for these two characters, and they certainly are characters. Moving Targets does assume that you know a bit about the world you’re delving into. Although, it does provide a “glossary” at the end of the book to help familiarize you with terms the characters use like “Cryx” or “Morrow,” but most people won’t skip straight to the last pages to see those things. So, if you don’t know about the history of this section of Caen, then you might be a bit confused about some things characters will say. That being said, for this first set of novellas, it seems that phrases like that are used to simply paint the picture of the world, and don’t hinge on the story being told. So, if a non-Warmachine/Hordes fan does pick up this book, they won’t be totally lost, and should still be entertained. Our protagonists, Rutger and Taryn The story told isn’t groundbreaking, but that’s not to say it isn’t entertaining. The story did keep the book paced well, and chocked full of action. From the first few pages of the skirmish with a brutish Khadorian to the furious final battle, Moving Targets is not short on action. Any miniatures player will be able to get a feel for what the pieces or actually doing when we use them. Taryn shows why one of her shots doesn’t require LOS when she whispers “Seek” into one of her Rune Shots and curves the bullet “Wanted-Style.” A Trollkin passes his Tough roll when he takes a shot blowing off half of his face, and continues to fight. Jackknife, Rutger’s mechanikal sword, exemplifies how and why a mechanika item is so important in Immoren. After reading Moving Targets, I am looking for ways to fit Rutger and Taryn into my lists, and, hopefully, more people will share my sentiment. I do definitely like these characters a lot more after reading this book. Maybe in the next few...

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MoM’s Podcast #51 – A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast

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  MoM’s Podcast #51 — A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast Topics:   Time Stamps: 0:01:30 = News and Announcements 0:25:45 = Newbie Section 0:48:50 = Faction Review: Cryx Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 3:10:54 — 87.4MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Nemesis: The Lich. 5 – Inertia Dampened, Reverse Polarity!

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“I’m going to activate this guy and run.” “He’s inside temporal barrier, just about.” “I thought that. And Haley’s right behind stormwall… So. Yup I have the space.” “Wait… what? You’re not able to feat against Haley tha-“ “SPECTRAL LEGION! ASSEMBLE!” True story. Not my true story, but MoM fans will know what I’m talking about. Jokes aside, though, if any faction can be considered a hard matchup for Cryx, it’s Cygnar. Cygnar is filled with stealth ignoring accurate guns, a plethora of infantry hating special rules, and denial out the wazoo. The stormwall in particular elicited many cries from Cryx players. Not Lich players. Lich, like plenty of other Cryx lists, can ‘gotcha’ a stormwall. No-one does it with the panache Lich does. It’s the one game you can be sure he’ll feat in. Check out the first two articles for background on Lich. Cygnar also have a rarer, but very effective, tool in this matchup, charge denial. Not line of sight blocking, no position games, just straight up ‘you cannot charge me’ kind of denial. It’s a very potent tool. It’s on Haley1, who is considered the game’s best hard counter to Lich, and most Cryx lists. She is also often thought to be un-fun. I, however, think she’s going to get a revival with ponies, probably of both types. Armoured ponies, which is to say storm lances, are also pretty bile thrall resistant. I have long been on the opinion that medium infantry are what Haley1 wants to run. She increases attack numbers, impedes swarms and weapon masters, and has arcane shield. Cavalry are kind of like 5 box medium infantry (a lament for another day), and get all of those benefits. And more taking ride-by into account. Arm 20 and un-chargeable is a pretty tough nut to crack. Like many young women, Vicky always secretly loved ponies. I’m going to suggest not running her with a stormwall. That big robot is a hungry sort of fellow, and she doesn’t like spending focus. Instead, accept your fate as a boring warcaster, cast TB every turn, then upkeep arcane shield on Haley. Protect her from stray reaper and pistol wraith shots with a sentinel. Sentinels really like the -2 Def from TB. The fun can come from your army and models. I’m going to suggest lots of ponies again. Is it expensive? Hells yes. But suggesting Haley with a stormwall and a few gunmages is awfully blasé. The new tempest blazers are incredible with her. In a straight forward way, and they adore being rat 9. They can actually be the raptors everyone compares them too. Storm lances, perhaps, warrant some more discussion. They have the usual dilemma of cavalry units- you get one good charge turn, then your unit dies. It’s not even a good charge turn if you charged into a tarpit. Instead, play to Cygnar’s strengths and use them as a combined arms unit. You can always position them just at the edge of threat range with a run first turn, then they get to ride-by, strolling forward, making some effective rat 7 electro-leap shots before backing up a bit. And your opponent can neither run to engage them or charge them. A turn or two of this will do a number on almost...

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Baffo’s sculpting table 07 – More urban bases

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  This week we will be experimenting with sculpting more ‘urban themed’ bases. As I mentioned in the past, I don’t generally spend too much time on my bases (just use snow for my Khador), but since some of my local players picked up Malifaux and some Wyrd miniature base inserts, they asked me if I could sculpt more base inserts, that they could eventually try casting in resin and possibly use for smaller Warmachine armies as well (we will see how that goes). Anyway, before choosing a specific look and sculpting 20 or more base variants with it, I decided to try making as many different floor patterns as I could, to see how they looked on small bases (basically make a catalog of usable patterns) and work out their quirks and tricks, so it is easier to pick and mix textures for the base inserts my friends will cast. Since I am starting a new faction, I will try giving all the models scenic bases, for a change from my usual plain snow theme. I hope the resin casting experiments go well, since sculpting every base individually is labor intensive (though bearable for small skirmish games like Malifaux and Infinity), but should that fail, I will be researching other tricks to cut corners and mass produce such bases and report back on my findings in future articles…   General sculpting tips For starters, here are some general tips on the ‘sculpting tools’ I use and how to get the best effect with them (especially for those that haven’t read my past articles): Going from left to right: – Metal sculpting tools (the first is the old school GW sculpting tool, the other 2 are from a larger Gale force 9 sculpting tool kit). As I mentioned in the past the GW tool is the one I use the most for ‘rough work’, and I just occasionally use my other metal tools; these 2 are mainly useful to press long lines and flatten larger areas specifically on bases, but you can get the same effect with plastic card (the only advantage of metal tools is that they won’t loose their edge with use), so unless you plan on sculpting a lot, there is no need to go out of your way and buy a full tool set. – Silicon tipped color/clay shapers. These are most useful to sculpt muscles, organic shapes and softly flattening bulges around you impressions (more on that later). Their main quality is that these are soft and don’t have sharp edges, so they don’t leave ‘scratch marks’ on fresh putty like metal tools do. You should be able to get them in art shops for 5-10 dollars depending on brand name and size. If you can’t find any, you can make your own ghetto version, by getting a pencil eraser and using a sharp hobby knife to cut the tip shape you want (it will lose its shape with use, but you can always re-cut the desired form). – Custom plastic tools. You can make these out of leftover plastic (the frames of GW plastic kits are ideal) by ‘carving the desired shape with a sharp hobby knife). I use these for all of my detail work. – *Hexagonal screw/bolt heads. Look around your...

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Running the Gauntlet Volume 2

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Running the Gauntlet Volume 2: The Official Breakdown Hello everyone and welcome back to another installation of Running the Gauntlet. After a bit of a delay I have finally gotten volume 2 ready. In this volume we will look at the official Iron Gauntlet rules and scenarios, talk about how it compares to some other prestigious events in Warmachine and Hordes, and then spend a little time preparing some dojo. The Official Rules First up the actual Iron Gauntlet rules were released about two weeks ago and look pretty cool. I went over a lot of the rules (which were revealed in the keynote from Templecon) in the last article but we will rehash them here a bit. Here are the major points for the Iron Gauntlet rules: A Regional ranking system divided into four regions which are currently: North America East, North America West, Europe, and Australia/Asia A point system that scores the top 16 finishers in qualifying events 2 50 point lists with character restrictions, 10 point specialists, and no faction limitations between lists Death Clock with deployment on the clocks Masters Style Scenarios including: Destruction, Close Quarters, Incursion, Outflank, Into the Breach, and Process of Elimination Iron Gauntlet is run as a season with multiple qualifiers throughout the world at different times during the season. At the end of the season 16 players will be invited to the Iron Gauntlet Finals at Lock and Load 2014. These 16 are chosen in two ways and are seeded #1 through #16. The top 8 seeds will be the top two scoring players from each region and will use event wins and then head to head wins as tie breaks to determine qualifying. The lower 8 seeds will be chosen among the next highest scoring players regardless of region and use the same tie breakers as the first 8 seeds. Alternates will be invited if the current seeds are unable to make the Final event. The Finals will be a tournament style event with the players being ranked 1-16 and then broken in to 4 regions where they again will be ranked 1-4. Another nice benefit is based on your rankings in the Finals you get points towards the next Iron Gauntlet season. Overall I think this is a very solid format and just sounds like a lot of fun especially having a ranking system that you can compare yourself to some of the best players with. Comparing Apples and Oranges and Bananas too! I know one of the things that a lot of people are asking is “How does Iron Gauntlet compare to the Warmachine Weekend Invitational and the WTC (World Team Championship)?” Honestly the way I look at it they are all different events and are all very prestigious. All three events have finals at different times so it isn’t impossible to make it to all of the events (might be some what difficult with WMW and IG qualifiers so far being run at the same time but there are more WMW qualifying events than for the IG so far). The difference in these three events is the type of warmachine and hordes you play in them. The WMW Invitational is the long standing King of warmahordes tournaments and is the most classic of all three tournaments....

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Crippled System: Episode 19 – Conforming to society

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Hosts: Jeremy S, Katie S, Brian G, Nathan H, Andy W In this episode, warmachine talk. yay. 00:00 – Introductions and Adepticon discussion 11:54 – Contest announcements and discussions 20:38 – Terminology for new players 39:05 – Privateer Press novellas discussion 41:16 – Casters/lists we would play in other factions if we could 49:54 – Katie’s Korner: Make sure you kill things for a reason 61:43 – Recommendations 69:40 – Nathan insults the Japanese 70:10 – Recommendations part 2   Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:29:16 — 61.3MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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PwMJ – Programming Note

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Just a quick note…there will be no Painting with MenothJohn this week.  My youngest, Lich Lord Charlie turns 7.  I will be partying like is 2013 with him. Feel free to drink in his honor.  Judicator!

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Epic FM Episode 7

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Epic FM Episode 7 – WTC Warm-up report and discussion In this cast the Flail crew (Brett, Paul, Tom, Adam and Phil) report on day 1 of the WTC warm-up event and provide insight into list choices and tactics. Episode 8 will include the second part of this event so stay tuned…. Time stamps; 2:00 Intro and list discussions 22:00 start of battle reports 1:48.00 Rampager Enjoy and please send any feedback, lists for us to discuss on the list doctor segment or questions you want us to answer to; epic.flail.podcast@gmail.com Follow us EpicFM_Podcast Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:06:58 — 116.2MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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MoM’s Podcast #50 – A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast

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  MoM’s Podcast #50 — A Warmachine and Hordes Podcast Topics:   Time Stamps: This week we talk about Recruits con, Playing the mirror match, and acting like a pirate.  Time stamps coming eventually. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:31:53 — 69.5MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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Road to War Episode 27- A Warmachine & Hordes podcast

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Road to War This week we talk about Kreoss 3 and our thoughts on enforcing the rules vs. having a relaxed game. Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 1:37:59 — 44.9MB)Subscribe: Android |...

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