It looks like I well might be first out of the gate on this one. It is just that this idea jumped so completely formed out of my head as soon as I read about the contest that the folks who create The Guild are running.
I actually wrote the script and sent it to Heather (my lovely wife who appears over my shoulder). Originally I had planned it this way but I actually may film it with roles reversed to see if it comes of as funnier (or just sad and mean). It is a testament to the idea that even after four takes and constant re-viewings I still chuckle at it (and Heather really laughs).
I may post links to other entries here (if I ever find them) and I'll continue to pimp my video. Please rate it on You Tube and leave a comment there rather than here.
PLAYER: "Hi, this is David I play...
PLAYER: UniKron 'underscore' 683 in the game. I read that you were looking
for a new guild member.
only been playing about a month but my wife has been playing for more
than a year.
it a year, honey?
WIFE: waves hand but doesn't turn around
PLAYER: Yes it's a year.
started playing so we could do something together.
around and reaches to rub WIFE'S shoulder
WIFE Get off! I'm in combat!
not looking WIFE rolls shoulder to throw off PLAYER'S hand
PLAYER Shrugs but plods on
my wife tells me I need to be less of a ... noob?
around and thinks better of asking WIFE
the word. I have a lot of ... interesting equipment and a more than enough
gold that she's given me to get me started.
was hoping you'd have a place. for me.
back then leans forward conspiratorially)
says once I get to 40th level we can quest together. I'm only (peers at screen)
around and glances back apprehensively at camera)
on. Honey? Dear? What level am I again?
at camera sheepishly)
WIFE (mumbles something and gestures dismissively)
PLAYER I'll get back to you on that, okay?
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I started collecting the Doctor Who Micro-Universe Miniatures mostly becasue they were cool, and also because it was a fairly small investment to acquire them.
I had read that they had a mini-game attached to them, but I had no idea how stupid and boring that game could be. The game play, is awful. Really really bad.
- Pick an Figure (eg dalek)
- Foe picks figure.
- Pick a combat stat without looking at your mini's stats.
- You spin the console to generate random number. Add the 1-6 to your picked stat. The foe does the same (and must use same stat)
- Highest number wins. Losing piece goes off board or to the victor.
- Pick next figure to battle.
No movement, no real abilities, and not a lot of fun. So I started looking for ways to spice it up. I could play the Doctor Who Miniatures Game, or I could write my own. So I wrote my own. It is a work-in-progress and as such it represents only the most basic level of game balancing. Although, I think that this does add some strategy to an otherwise simplistic (and really boring) game. I am eager to get some feedback. I have included a list of stats for the various figures that I have. If you have any of the other ones I'd be interested to hear what their stats are.
I am also looking for ideas on how to use the ships without unbalancing the game. I also am pondering "Timelord regeneration" rules and other special maneuvers. Let me know if this is either a colossal waste of time or a cool idea.
Update V1.1: April 3, 09Changed Point Totals for Bonuses:
Altered attacker determination slightly to account for ties. Added "best guess" for the stats of figures I don't have (highlighted in gray on the table).
- Changed bonus for "Companion" from 3 to 1 for all figures
- Added exception for being the only figure in a force with companion (in which case your ability is useless).
- Changes bonus for "Swarm" from 2 (and 1 for other figures) to 3 (2 for other figures)
- Removed points for figure rarity
Posted V1.0: Mar 31, 09
Game Rules: Order of Play
|Determine forces ||50-100 Total figure points per side (agreed upon by each side). ||Base points ||The sum of the four stats (Temporal, Logical, Physical, and Fear) |
|Total points ||Base Points of the figure plus |
+1 for Uncommon
+2 for Rare
+3 for Exclusive (with ship)
+1 for Swarm others
+2 for Swarm self
+3 for Companion * *Prof Yana and Mr. Saxon only get +2 for this ability.
|Choose figures ||Each Player chooses one (1) figure from their remaining forces. A player cannot choose a claimed figure for combat nor can they choose a figure that was withdrawn from the last combat. If a player cannot choose a figure the game is over. || || |
|Choose sides ||Players can choose to "guard", "capture", "avoid" or "fight" with their figure. If both players choose to be the attacker, the figure with the LOWEST total points (including bonuses) is considered the attacker and the other figure is considered the defender. |
If neither player chooses to be an attacker then the combat is a draw (nobody wins) and both figures are withdrawn.
|Guard ||Chose to be the defender. |
|Avoid ||Chose to be the defender with a +1 bonus. However, you cannot claim figures if you win (it is withdrawn). |
|Capture ||Chose to be the attacker. |
|Fight ||Choose to be the attacker with a +1 bonus. However, you cannot claim figures if you win (it is removed from the game). |
|Attacker ||Figure using an "fight" or "capture". |
|Defender ||Figure using an "avoid" or "guard" or the more aggressive (highest point total) of two attackers. |
|Choose stat ||The attacker chooses the combat stat. || || |
|Defender abilites ||Once the combat is decided, then the defender can use special abilities (i.e. Companion) ||Companion ||Prior to resolving combat the figure in play can be swapped for any other figure in play. Professor Yana and Mr. Saxon can only be swapped for each other. |
|Combat ||Combat is resolved by each player rolling a console and adding the result to the combat stat. The highest number wins. In the case of a tie the players may choose to roll again (if both players agree) or be withdrawn. If a figure is withdrawn it cannot participate in the next combat. ||Rolling the console ||You can either use a d6 or you can spin the console spinners from the sets. The best technique I have found is to spin the consoles about 3cm (about 1") above the table and let them drop. If you spin them directly on the table they spin for 12-15 seconds before giving a result. |
|Claim figures ||If the winner can claim the figure they do so, otherwise the figure is withdrawn or removed from the game. ||Claim a figure ||Unless both players agree that the game is for 'keeps' you have to give the figures back at the end of the game. |
|Attacker abilities ||If a winner is decided, the attacker can use special abilities (i.e. Swarm) ||Swarm ||Instead of being removed from the game the figure is withdrawn. These figures may still be claimed. Some figures, if in play, give this ability to other figures in play (Slitheen to Pig Pilots for example) but do not have it themselves. |
|Repeat ||Repeat steps 2-9. Figures which were withdrawn from the last combat cannot be selected in step 2. Play repeats from step 2 unless a player cannot choose a figure (which may happen if the players only remaining figure is withdrawn). || || |
|Declare winner ||The player with the highest total of remaining figures PLUS claimed figures is declared the winner. In the case of a tie, evaluate the following (in order) to determine a marginal winner. The player with the most total figures (of claimed and remaining); the highest valued figure (of both claimed and remaining); the player who started with the least number of figures; and finally, the player who had the weakest figure in the game. ||Optional Victory Conditions ||• Heaviest figure. |
• Tallest figure.
• Rarest figure.
• Highest base value.
Figure List (with Stats and Special Abilities)
|Name ||R ||P ||L ||F ||T ||A ||Special ||Base ||Total |
|DALEC SEC ||R ||3 ||6 ||6 ||5 || || ||20 ||20 |
|MR SAXON/THE MASTER ||U ||6 ||6 ||3 ||4 ||C ||Prof Yana Only ||19 ||20 |
|DOCTOR WITH SPACE SUIT (Sanctuary Rocket) ||E ||6 ||6 ||3 ||4 ||C || ||19 ||20 |
|THE DOCTOR IN LONG COAT ||R ||6 ||6 ||2 ||4 ||C || ||18 ||19 |
|CAPTAIN JACK (Chula Ship) ||E ||4 ||5 ||3 ||5 ||CS || ||17 ||22 |
|WEREWOLF ||U ||3 ||3 ||6 ||6 || || ||18 ||18 |
|DOCTOR WITH SCREWDRIVER (Tardis) ||E ||6 ||5 ||2 ||4 ||C || ||17 ||18 |
|CYBER CONTROLLER ||U ||1 ||6 ||5 ||4 ||S ||Cybermen ||16 ||18 |
|CLOCKWORK MAN (Black) ||U ||3 ||6 ||4 ||4 || || ||17 ||17 |
|CLOCKWORK MAN (Blue) ||C ||3 ||6 ||4 ||4 || || ||17 ||17 |
|CYBERMAN ||C ||1 ||5 ||5 ||5 || || ||16 ||16 |
|ASSAULT DALEK ||U ||1 ||6 ||5 ||4 || || ||16 ||16 |
|PROFESSOR YANA/THE MASTER ||R ||4 ||5 ||2 ||4 ||C ||Mr Saxon Only ||15 ||16 |
|JUDOON CAPTAIN (Judoon Patrol Ship) ||E ||1 ||4 ||4 ||5 ||S ||Judoon Trooper ||14 ||16 |
|KRILLITANE ||C ||2 ||3 ||4 ||4 ||S || ||13 ||16 |
|AUTON ||C ||1 ||2 ||4 ||6 ||S || ||13 ||16 |
|MICKEY SMITH ||U ||2 ||4 ||3 ||5 ||C || ||14 ||15 |
|DALEK SEC HYBRID ||R ||2 ||4 ||4 ||3 ||S ||Pig Slaves ||13 ||15 |
|EMPTY CHILD ||C ||1 ||3 ||5 ||3 ||S || ||12 ||15 |
|OOD ||C ||1 ||4 ||2 ||5 ||S || ||12 ||15 |
|HOIX ||U ||1 ||4 ||5 ||4 || || ||14 ||14 |
|SYCORAX LEADER ||C ||1 ||4 ||4 ||5 || || ||14 ||14 |
|MARTHA JONES ||R ||4 ||4 ||2 ||3 ||C || ||13 ||14 |
|JUDOON TROOPER ||C ||1 ||3 ||4 ||5 || || ||13 ||13 |
|SLITHEEN ||C ||1 ||4 ||3 ||5 || || ||13 ||13 |
|K-9 ||U ||2 ||6 ||1 ||3 ||C || ||12 ||13 |
|THE MOX OF BALHOON ||C ||2 ||5 ||2 ||2 || || ||11 ||11 |
|RENETTE (S.S. Madme De Pompadour) ||E ||2 ||5 ||1 ||2 ||C || ||10 ||11 |
|SARAH JANE SMITH ||R ||2 ||4 ||1 ||2 ||C || ||9 ||10 |
|PIG SLAVE ||C ||1 ||1 ||3 ||4 || || ||9 ||9 |
|PIG PILOT (Slitheen Cruiser) ||E ||1 ||1 ||4 ||2 || || ||8 ||8 |
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