Good stuff today, I got my AE-Bounty rulebook in the mail, found the proper models for my bounty hunter crew, and had Korean BBQ. What a day.
The AE-Bounty book is pretty slick. The physical books is a nice size, small (Gamma World, D&D Essentials size), I wish more books would come out this way. It much more practical to have this pocket size book than I giant hardcover tome of charts and such, but that’s not in the cards for a company trying to make money. I digress, the books is full color, printed on thick, matte paper and generally a pleasure to read.
The rules themselves are fun and a nice departure form the trappings most miniature games fall victim too, like inane amounts of math, adding points values and how that effected by unit options, anybody who’s spent a little bit of time playing Warhammer knows what I’m talking about. AE-B uses the detachment system from AE-WWII but it’s been upgraded, the options for crew customization are epic.
Every unit type has a ranking, green, regular, veteran, and elite, each list is made up of a certain number of these troop types. From there each models gets there gear and assorted weapons, while there are restrictions to this process all of them seem to add more flavor to the game and some of them can be cancelled out by trading some part of the of the basic crew list. Trading things seems a little one sided at first but on closer examination it pretty cool, if you want a bigger crew you can trade a higher level solo for a lower level unit with and thus you have more guys on the field. I’m not explaining it well, I know, but it’s a cheap book, go get it.
Anyway, the game plays out like a pretty typical miniature game, all the models have stats that designate their ability to move, fight, shoot, and how much the can get their asses kicked before the fall over dead. It’s pretty basic stuff for the average dice nerd and there are few enough stats to manage that even a newbie can jump right in.
They book suggests a 4×6 table, but judging from the scale and scope of the game that seems a bit silly, I think a 4×4 table will do just fin when there are only 15 models on the table, in turn that makes this game very playable in your average home. Go down to the local fabric store pick up a little over a yard of felt in your favorite shade of grass green and desert yellow and throw that over the dining table and you have yourself the beginnings of a war zone.
Continuing down the hobby path, Darkson Designs made minis for this game, but the reality is that any spare models can play the part, I already have two crews worth of models and one of them came from the bits box while the other came from the bargain bin at the LGS. There, for the low, low price of $35 I have a game I can play on a diner table that’s have depth and strategy, how sweet is that? I’ll tell you, it’s super sweet.
The real icing on the cake is the models I picked up in the bargain bin at the LGS are Judge Dredd model from the Mongoose Publishing line, that’s right, my crews of Bounty Hunters is a bunch of badass Judges.
I’ll post more as I stumble through this game and hopefully I’ll have plenty of good news.