Thursday, 14 February 2013

Gruntz, Its been a long wait.. But I went ahead and bought it!

Gruntz... Yeah Gruntz, the game!

So, why the hype? Well for me, I was always a 40K Junkie.. I never played anything else, it was 40K or bust. But in the last few years, maybe getting older and a little wiser I started to crave something else, something with some flavor, so I started looking for it.

A couple of years ago, this game was just being developed by a gentlemen named Robin Fitton. And it was a fluke I happened to find one of his YouTube videos for a tutorial on painting.. 15mm. Intrigued, by what I was seeing I dug a little more and found out he was developing a 15mm sci fi miniatures game. It looked pretty cool. So I silently join his yahoo groups page and started to follow all the goodness that was going on there.

It was his page, that got me hooked into what I call my new obsession.. 15mm sci fi gaming. What a world it has opened up to me, the sheer mass of figures that can be purchased through the multitude of vendors is staggering, and there is so much out there you can really paint and design your own flavor of minis.. your way.. its awesome..

Well anyways, I digress, so while I was waiting for his game to be developed a little more, I got introduced to Ambush Alley Games, Tomorrows War.. which for the past year I have been pretty steady at playing, and  then more recently got involved with Two Hour Wargames 5150 Star Army, which in itself one of the best designed games for wanting to have fun.. I really enjoy that system so far, and I am only still learning it.

So far, this has nothing to do with Gruntz, so I will get to the point. I have been wanting to buy it since it came out awhile back but I have been holding off, for one reason, finding other players. In my neck of the woods, its very hard to break out a new game to people. Most people here are either GW or PP gamers. Now some of them also play a few other games which happen to be 15mm, but if you are not a part of "the group"  bringing in a new game is not going to be easy. Even more so for me, where my gaming is limited to when I am home from work... If I am lucky I get 3 game nights every six weeks. So games like Tomorrows War and 5150 are very "solo" friendly so those I bought and fully enjoy! But following all the news of Gruntz, I just heard of a few new things, I couldn't resist it any more.. I had to have the game that started me on this journey of 15mm

So here I am, on the road(work 200nm out at sea), looking on wargames vault with Gruntz in my Shopping Cart, and what pops up on my Google+ account?! "Robin Fitton has added you to his circles", and then shortly after that, he commented on my blog about some of my stuff. The one person who single handed, got me hooked on this new medium of gaming. How frikken cool is that!?? So taking that as a sign from the gaming gods, I quickly purchased the Gruntz rule book.

And wow.. I am here at work, and at my breaks, reading through the rules as quick as I can! This game is not optimized for solo play, but this game and the design of it is pure genius from what I have read so far. This is a game, that I will indeed push when I have game nights at home, and I hope the few people who do Sci Fi game in town will be open to this system! It seems like its going to be a lot of fun to play!

Anyways, I wanted to show my support for this game and its designer out of respect. As personally, I would not have even gotten close to being anywhere near involved with 15mm miniatures if it wasn't for his own drive and passion towards this style of gaming. I am sure there are much higher trafficked blogs on the net that give all types of reviews of games, more in depth looks, and so forth, but if you guys can take anything at all from my post, go ahead and buy this game and add it to your collection! Its only a few bucks, and downloadable from Wargames Vault.. so go get it, and try it out..