Questions for D&D Minis Championship Interviews

Originally published at Kickin’ the new Kuh-nowledge. You can comment here or there.

Due to some prodding and begging by yours truly (and a little help from my friends), I was able to convince Ian to include me in the reporting crew for D&D Minis at GenCon. In order to be fully prepared for the event, I’m trying to come up with a list of questions I can ask some of the players and designers while I’m roving the Sagamore Ballroom covering the big event. Here’s a preliminary list. If you have anything to add, please share your thoughts in the comments.

  • Where are you from?
  • What do you do for a living?
  • Which set did you start with?
  • Do you also play D&D?
  • Is this your first Championship?
  • What has been your most memorable Championship experience?
  • What’s your favorite piece and why?
  • Who do you think is the most underrated player in the game?
  • Is the Championship field what you were expecting?
  • Is there anything you particularly like or dislike about the direction of the game?
  • Which piece gives you the most trouble?
  • What kind of mini will you design if you win?
  • Which is your favorite map?
  • If you could change one thing about the game, what would it be?
  • Who is your nemesis… and do you have any smack you’d like to talk?

New Gaming Obsession: Anachronism

OK… so the name of the game brings to mind silly people at Ren Faires pretending to be knights in not-so-shining armor. Forget all that. Anachronism is quite possibly the best new game concept I’ve seen in quite a while.

Imagine a gladiatorial arena where you might see Miyamoto Musashi battle Achilles. Now imagine that condensed into a table-top card game that takes ten minutes to play. Sound impossible? Maybe, but TriKing Games has figured out a way that makes the gameplay fun, exciting and fast. Kudos to them.

Of all the games I sampled at GenCon, this was by far my favorite. If you’re at all a history buff… or if you just like to play table-top games, this would be an excellent game to add to your library. Unlike other modern card games (Magic, Warlords, L5R, etc.) you don’t really need to buy a ton of cards to play. You could easily buy 4 or 5 packs and build effective decks. Why? because the cards aren’t randomized. You know exactly what you’re getting when you, for example, purchase the Spartacus pack or the Genghis Khan pack. Each pack is a completely playable deck. Unfortunately, the list of warriors is amazing and it sort of puts you in that spot where Gamer OCD (Obsessive Completion Disorder) takes over. Just like Doritos, you can’t have just one. 😉

Anyway, I’ll stop gushing enough to say that the Warhammer 40K card game was also very fun. As was Fishing for Terrorists.

Oh yeah… I flamed out horribly at the National Championship for D&D Minis. I played a “fun” warband and had my ass handed to me. That said, I still had a great time. See what a “fun” warband can do for you? that might also have to do with my personality… your mileage may vary, especially with gas prices the way they are

–sam