As far as I was concerned, when Mantic brought out the Deadzone Kickstarter I was not going to get involved. One, because I just couldnt afford it at the time and two, because I was starting to get disheartened by Kickstarters. The majority I have backed or considered backing have ended up being delayed, having quality issues or other such problems.
But then the old tinternet started throwing up info and pictures of peoples KS pledges arriving. The stuff didnt look to bad (apart from the typical Mantic mold lines) so I took a plunge. I found a cheap starter set with Ltd Ed Metal Survivor miniature and a whole Rebel force was obtained cheap via fleabay.
Two extra terrain sets ordered cheap also and I have a good Christmas "Me" pressie before some KS backers actually have actually received theirs and it didnt cost me lots either.
Deadzone is a fairly straight forward game with the dicepool mechanic and versus rolls. The game is played on a 3"x3" gridded mat and you don't need a measuring tape! While I was initially sceptical about this, as I found Dust Tactics too abstract and boardgamey, the way it works in practice pretty much combines the best of both worlds and it plays quickly while still retaining the importance of terrain and positioning. Of course, you can expand on this and play on four mats put together, or six mats - some of the recently revealed stuff (like a mortar!) are specifically aimed for larger games. But the core game is played on a small board, crammed with terrain and with the recommended 70 point Strike teams you are normally done within the hour.
The terrain is another big draw, and it's actually the reason I had a look at Deadzone in the first place. I wanted to see if the terrain would be suitable for Infinity/Judge Dredd/Necromunda. Well, basically it's suitable for pretty much anything considering it's modular and you can build what the hell you want with it!
Is it the best looking terrain available? No. There is a lot of really nice stuff out there and more is being produced everyday in the form of MDF stuff. But, it's not bad looking, its reasonally cheap and it's solid looking sci-fi terrain that could be used to create any kind of battlefield.
As this is supposed to be my Christmas Present, I have left the majority sealed, but I have started building/cleaning and converting my Rebs.
|Judwan medic, Kraaw Warrior, Grogan with huge cannon|
|Converted Slyph Leader and 2 Zee Scavengers|
So another project, more miniatures, and another admittance that I am a gaming lead/plastic crack addict!!!