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Settlers of Mata Nui
Aderia posted a topic in Fan Created Mediaart source for above The new Turaga elders of Mata Nui are in quite the conundrum. Their beloved villagers are having trouble remembering exactly how they wrangled the wild island of Mata Nui upon arrival, as they were still shaking off the dreary amnesia-coma of the dark Makuta. And they're good natured, hard working Matoran, they surely deserve to know, argue Turaga Nokama and Turaga Whenua, one day in a Turaga's meeting around the Amaja Circle. But, Turaga Vakama and Onewa have run into the age old issue of answering a question begetting only more questions, prying farther and farther back. And nobody wants to relive the dark last days of Metru Nui. And although nobody understood his clicks and whistles, Turaga Nuju pointed out somewhat smugly that he doesn't have to worry about disappointing his villagers with half-truths because they can't understand him anyways. So how, they all begin to bicker, to balance the curiosity of their hard-working villagers with enough truth to keep the real past concealed? "Enough!!" Turaga Matau ambles up to the circle, late again. But with good reason. "Why wrack-wreck our frail old brains trying to think-puzzle up an answer, when we can just send the Matoran on a little adventure of their own, to see for themselves?" And amidst accusatory derailments against his sanity and jokes about senility, the Turaga of Air proudly drops a sizeable box into the middle of the circle of Turaga. "Look-see, I know you were all wonder-missing where I was, the past few weeks (speak-talking to you, Nokama), but wonder-miss no more! I give you 'Settlers of Mata Nui'!" Matau heaved a melodramatic sigh, complete with an eyeroll that practically dislodged his Mahiki. "Don't all jump-shout at once." He flipped the lid off the box with the heel of his staff, and plopped down with surprising aplomb, excitedly unpacking the box. "It's a game! Next time they give you a stuck-stump question, just distract them with play-fun!" "''Distracted with play-fun' is your entire life," Turaga Onewa said, a half-chuckle, half-grumble, as the other Turaga obligingly took a seat around Matau's new invention. (MAJOR DISCLAIMER: I own essentially nothing here. Obviously not Catan, obviously not Bionicle. Most of the artwork is from the Mata Nui/Voya Nui online games, screenshots from BS01. Also, this isn’t a topic to learn how to play Catan. There are YouTube videos for that. Example, here's a decent one, less than 4 minutes for those curious.) Each player (2-4) needs the following assortment of ONE COLOR of lego bricks. (Lego bricks optional if you can come up with a better idea) Fifteen (15) road pieces. I was picturing 1x6 bricks for this. Five (5) settlement pieces, or Koros, in this case. 2x4’s would work. Four (4) city pieces, or Fortresses. A 2x4 with a 2x2 on top should suffice, but it’s probably fine to be creative. The game board will also need: One Makuta Stone. This is the Robber, for those who have played Settlers of Catan. A dark colored rock would go best with the spirit of the game, but as long as players can agree on a practical Makuta Stone piece, the sky is the limit. 2 dice, normal six-sided. Catan Original Mata Nui Version Quantity Needed Forest Hex (Lumber) Ussal Hex (Ussal) 4 Quarry Hex (Bricks) Po-Wahi Quarry (Solid Protodermis) 3 Pasture Hex (Sheep) Mahi Hex (Mahi Goats) 4 Fields Hex (Grain) Le-Wahi Hex (Bula Berries) 4 Mountains Hex (Ore) Onu-Wahi Mines (Lightstones) 3 Desert Hex Motara Desert Hex 1 Lumber Resource Card Ussal Resource Card 19 Brick Resource Card Protodermis Resource Card 19 Sheep Resource Card Mahi Resource Card 19 Grain Resource Card Bula Berries Resource Card 19 Ore Resource Card Lightstone Resource Card 19 Knight Development Card Toa Heroes Resource Card 14 Victory Point Card Victory Point Card 5 Year of Plenty Development Card Great Spirit’s Blessing Development Card 2 Road Building Development Card Pathfinder Development Card 2 Monopoly Development Card Trader’s Trick Development Card (Ahkmou) 2 Longest Road VP Card Onu-Koro Highway VP Card 1 Largest Army VP Card Toa Kaita VP Card 1 Building Cost Card Building Cost Card Per # of players Trading Harbors Trade Ships 9 Number Chips Number Chips 18 Board Hexes Example 1. Ussal Hex 2. Lightstone Hex 3. Quarry/Protodermis Hex 4. Le-Wahi/Bula Hex 5. Mahi Hex 6. Motara Desert 7. Back of hex tile, if desired Number Chips Trading Ships Ocean Borders (6 total) Cards Resource Cards 1. Ussal Resource (lumber) 2. Lightstone Resource (ore) 3. Protodermis Resource (brick) 4. Bula Resource (grain) 5. Mahi Resource (sheep) 6. Back of resource card Development Cards 1. Great Spirit's Bounty (Year of Plenty) 2. Pathfinder (Roadbuilding) 3. Trader's Trick/Ahkmou (Monopoly) 4. Toa Heroes (Knights) 5-9. Victory Point Cards 10. Back of Development Cards 11. Back of special VP cards (see below) Special Victory Point Cards 1. Onu-Koro Highway (Longest Road) 2. Toa Kaita (Largest Army) Building Cost Card Also, an apology/warning, I haven't printed and tested the game. I don't want anyone running their printer dry just to have some cards be too small, some be too blurry, etc. etc. It fits together on GIMP, is all I can tell you for sure. Here is a dropbox link for the whole project. There's a folder with (hopefully) printable PDFs if anyone is interested in going through a gallon of ink They are NOT set up to be printed double-sided. Also, I almost drowned trying to get the ocean border tiles to format to the right size, so that's pending indefinitely. Feedback always appreciated! This was a fun project, and I'm excited to share! Play well! EDIT: Fixed ocean border, replaced frame with water hexes, added hex printout and single-hex .png to dropbox. Example here.
Arkham Horror: Ekimu Investigates
Dark_Stranger posted a topic in General ArtJust a little something I thrashed out the other day. I doubt many other people here play this specific game, but what the heck.Might as well toss it out there. Simply put, I decided to transfer Ekimu into the dark and complex world of hobby gaming, as an "investigator"/PC for the Arkham Horror board game (using the Strange Eons 3 design tool. Just so you don't think I did all those fancy borders myself or something). I have no idea what possessed me to do this, seeing as I tried to do this exact thing to Tahu once a few years back, and decided it didn't work. Suppose I just had a hunch that Ekimu would fit better, seeing as how he has fewer overt powers. I decided to justify his presence as an interdimensional projection while the "real" Ekimu is sleeping on Okoto, which also let me avoid the futility of trying to make a Mask of Creation that was properly balanced for the game. Thus, his main advantages are his signature hammer and a special ability that allows him to "forge" (i.e. draw from a special deck of cards representing) masks, which he can hand off to his teammates or use himself. For the uninitiated, info on the Arkham Horror board game can be found here: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/products/arkham-horror/ And now, without further ado: Investigator sheet: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Nyarlathotep/Arkham-Ekimu/ekimu--front-face.jpg Unique Item (Forge Hammer): http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Nyarlathotep/Arkham-Ekimu/forge-hammer-front-face.jpg Mask deck, part 1: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Nyarlathotep/Arkham-Ekimu/mask-deck-1.jpg Mask deck, part 2: http://www.brickshelf.com/gallery/Nyarlathotep/Arkham-Ekimu/mask-deck-2.jpg Gallery (when public): http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?f=553674 EDIT: Almost forgot, the Mask of Fire card from the Mask deck isn't as self-explanatory as the others. It gives you a copy of this card: http://www.arkhamhorrorwiki.com/wiki/images/AzureFlame.png
Jean Valjean posted a topic in Completely Off TopicThis is probably my favorite board game. Axis and Allies looks pretty good, but I lost my instruction booklet for that before I ever got the chance to play with other people (which means that my purchase was a big waste of money, or so it will be until I get off my butt and print off the rules from the internet). Oh, and then there's the addicting strategy game of Civilization IV (which is now obsolete due to the copy of Civ V that I won't buy). In any case, based off of my experience, Risk is the most awesome board game ever. For people interested in playing this game online, there is a site called LandGrab, stocked with enough exotic maps to fill the Grand Canyon. My username is Kraggh. That shouldn't be too difficult for anyone here to remember. Mostly, I play games against the computer, and I have only participated in games with actual players twice. It lacks charm and fun when I don't know the players I'm up against. Ergo, I'm open to a change if a group of three or more BZPers would be open to playing a game sometime. If you haven't tried LandGrab yet, play a few games against computer players first. You'd be surprised at how well you can customize the rules. Of the many maps on that site, I would like to list some of my favorites (other than, obviously, classic Earth): A Pixelated Earth 166 Countries Alpha Orion Black Hole Research Facility Burning Lands Bush V Gore (politics have nothing to do with this - I find it cool that every territory is a continent) Cube 2 Impossible Stairs Jurassic 170mya King of the Hill (there's a glitch when I try starting this game, though, so I can't recommend it) LEGO 3D1A (Hey, this is perfect for BZPower!) LEGO 3D1B The Escher Set M Theory Classic MAD MarsBC (a favorite among favorites, considering that I play it often, and it's a good size for a casual game) MarsNorthPole3D Martian Chronicals (yes, it's misspelled) Martian Chronicals v2 Mindwarp monopoly (a favorite among favorites because of the unique flavor it creates and how it combines two of the best board games ever) Moonbase 2 (there seems to be a similar glitch here as with King of the Hill) Nerd Alert Pinball Ocean Currents One Way Mayhem 3D One Way Mayhem MKII PangaeaLG planetary war (good for games of two or three players) Protozoa Sector 12 (another favorite among favorites) Star Wars OT (A good standard sized game fit for five or six players, and with a subject matter most of us would like) The Avatar World The Extreme Americas The Extreme Americas v2 The Moon The Third Hive of the Swarm TheNetherlands (a favorite among favorites because I'm Dutch) Venus I actually haven't played all of these, though I added them all to my favorites anyway because the concept stood out. In my mind, "favoriting" something on this site is more like bookmarking it. I will try testing them all out for bugs sometime, but it will take a while. If any of us were to start an online game as a group of BZP Riskers, I suppose this topic could be used as a billboard to discuss game progress. 24601
Lego Scrabble On Cuusoo!
Aanchir posted a blog entry in A Golden-Red HorizonGive your support! (Proposal is not mine, but I support it whole-heartedly, and would easily buy four or more of these at 40-50 bucks a pop for my family and friends.)