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Malifaux: Tabletop Skirmish Gangwars in Alternative 1900s

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First off you're probably curious what Malifaux is?  Well it's a tabletop skirmish miniature game from Wyrd game which takes place in an alternative Earth where a rift to a place called Malifaux opened and became a source of magic and power during the late 1800s/early 1900s and uses themes like Victorian Horror, Steampunk, and Wild West.  Malifaux is both the world on the other side of the rift along with the city built by the residents of earth.  It's a game that instead of dice rolls that are so common in other wargames, it uses what's called a Fate deck, a 54 deck of cards that is based off a regular deck of playing cards where people can cheat fate to try and better their chances.  This system is used for all of their games including the RPG Through the Breach and the new war game The Other Side.


The forces that make up the game are seven different factions that are all fighting over the currency of Soul Stones for which magic is derived from.  These factions are:


The Guild.  The law in Malifaux.  They run the city and profit well over the control over soul stones.


The Arcanists.  Rogue mages that are essentially illegal users of arcane magic.  Highly involved with the Miners & Steamworkers Union.


The Resurrectionists.  A faction made up of necromancers.


The Neverborn.  Malifaux's original residents made up of various monsterous creatures.


The Outcasts.  Everyone else in Malifaux mostly made up of various mercenaries.


The Gremlins.  They are another one of Malifaux's original residents, but they are basically a bunch of rednecks.


The Ten Thunders.  An asian themed faction that has infiltrated the other factions to exert their control.  Has the most dual faction masters.


Probably the best way to show how the game works, these videos do a decent run down how the game works.





Really having started playing this about the same time as 8th edition 40k has started, I've found myself enjoying this game a lot more than 40k in a lot of ways.  Part of it is the fact is model activates separately and alternates so there is hard choices of what ones to activate first before your opponent activates theirs next.  The other is games are won on playing the strategies and schemes than tabeling your opponent.  If you ever wanted to get into a miniature game, but didn't want to spend the amount of money to play something like 40k, I highly recommend this game.

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So that's where that bear is from!  They had a giant one at GenCon:


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The other thing I will say about Wyrd is I like their alternative boxes they do.  This year for Gencon they did an alternative of the character Hamelin which is basically a controller of rats.  They decided to make the nightmare box with his crew as cats with him being a crazy cat lady.



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