Thursday, January 19, 2017

Spicy Frame Zero - Pilot Leveling for Rapid Attack Beta

Pilot and Frame
First a special thanks to the Pilots/MoF0s who hang out on the Mobile Frame 0: University Discord with me.

Pilot Leveling for Rapid Attack

So this isn't a new topic but just my try at the idea of it. I will create a thread on The Hanger for discussion of my take on this concept which you can find here: Hanger Thread. What am currently presenting is semi refined version of the Pilot Leveling System with a set of options to try out.

Intent: The idea of Pilot Leveling is something new to try/switch things up if a group of friends are planning to play several games or some link games together in some fashion.

Aces: Each player/squad only has 1 designated pilot that is their Ace that can level up.
or
Big Damn Aces: ALL PILOTS ARE ACES and have the potential to level up.

Pilot License: Every Ace has their Pilot License on record and is how you will track their levels and abilities. Either use note cards or sheets of paper. A license includes a Pilot's name, their earned experience points (XP), their level (you could use ranks instead and start at level 0) and a identifying symbol or color(s) that are also on their frame.

Levels and Abilities: All Aces start of at level 0 with no abilities. When an Ace levels up to 1 they must chose a Specialization that will shape the rest of their abilities as they level. Each specialization is one of the frame systems and each weapon system range is a separate specialization. An Ace does not have to carry his Specialized System on his frame during a combat but without it they will not gain their specialized benefits.

Level 0 - Nothing
Level 1 - The Ace can reroll a one once per frame's turn on their specialize system's die.
Level 2 - The Ace can reroll a one on a white die once per turn.
Level 3 - A d6 becomes a d8 on the specialize system.
Level 4 - Special Ability

Special Abilities

Green: As long as you have a green system (not Sprint) when this frame is activated by another frame's attack you may move it behind cover if cover is one unit away. Minus one to your green die roll.

Blue: As long as this frame has a blue system the owner may treat the frame one unit bigger in all direction for determining if it counts as cover for another frame.

Yellow: As long as this frame has a yellow system when it spots a frame it may also had a spot of one on another frame that is up to two units away.

Red, Direct and Artillery: As long as this frame has it's specialized red system and damages cover using it's specialized system's range the owner may remove 3 additional pieces from the cover per successful damage. If the frame attacks through cover and does no damage to it than the owner of the frame may remove three pieces of cover.

Red, Hand to Hand: As long as this frame has a red system and fails to damage it's target during a hand to hand attack the frame gets to make 1 extra attempt at damage but needs to roll a 5 or 6.

Experience Points and Leveling Up

Battle Report: Players earn XP at the end of the game to distribute to their Ace(s). The amount earned is equal to the difference of their Victory Points and that of the player below them. The player at the bottom gains half the XP of the player above them.
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Spoils: The other idea is an Ace scores XP when ever they captures a station or destroy a frame equal to their Score Per Asset; maybe lose half the Score Per Asset if the Ace abandons a station in the players control. XP is equal to the squad's Score Per Asset.

Each Ace can only level up one time between games.

Level 1 - 12 XP
Level 2 - 27 XP
Level 3 - 45 XP
Level 4 - 66 XP

Pilot Death

So if you want to add another layer making leveling even more precious you can have Pilot Death but this is certainly optional.

Non-Aces and Level 0 Aces don't have to worry about Death Checks.

Ejection System: Remove a White Die from your Ace's frame for the game to guarantee your Ace survives.

Experience Saves: When the Ace's frame is destroyed, roll a d6 to see if the Ace lives. To live you need a 6, add the Ace's Level to the roll.
or
Equalizer: When the Ace's frame is destroyed, roll a d6 to see if the Ace lives. TO live you need a 4 or higher.
or
Inconvenience: As above but you need a 3 or higher.

Ace Death: The Ace is dead, make a new pilot card with a new name. New Aces can inherit a previous Ace's colors/symbol.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

LEGO DC SuperHero Girls Krypto Saves the Day 30546 Set Review for MF0

The Bag
This set is currently available from TRU.

Small Frigate
Can you build some sort of creation right away?

I built this alright but small frigate. Also you can probably hi-jack the jetpack on the krypling (???) and slap it onto a frame. +5 points.


Parts 1 - The Rare white Travis...
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio? The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.

43.99 / 55 = $0.07 for below ratio for +5 points. For the Themes first polybag (I think) I am surprised it is under the ratio.


Parts 2
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?

Certainly some fun and useful parts here. Like to see someone use those 1x1 green tiles as faces as a cockpit but the angle might be a challenge. +5 points.


The Set - Pretty Cool Jet-Back...
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts? 

I am going to go with yes for another +5 points.

Total: A+ set, fun little thing plus you get Krypto! Come on!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

LEGO The Batman Movie Batman in the Phantom Zone 30522

The Set - "I am Batman."
As the posting of this post this set is at Target and you should find it in the season section (Currently Valentine's Day) but some stores might put it in the LEGO section by accident so keep your eyes peeled.

A frame - Cantaur
Can you build some sort of creation right away?

I got this quad walker that I am rather proud of. +5 points.

Parts 1
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio? The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part

$3.99 / 59 = $0.07 per part for under ratio for +5 points!


Parts 2
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?

Several useful parts here, even some rare ones for Chub are connection. +5 points

Parts 3 Sort of

Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts? 

This is an easy yes for +5 points.


The Set
Total: Another A+ set from The Batman movie line; most impressive. I have already grabbed a few.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

LEGO The Batman Movie The Mini Batwing 30524 Set Review for MF0


The Set
So starting the year strong with this set BUT unfortunately it is a LEGO Store exclusive when you buy over $35 of merch, each time. Hopefully it will make itself out into the wild.

The Frame
Can you build some sort of creation right away?

I got myself a decent little frame plus the set itself could be a nice wide frigate or a small sized cruiser; just depends where you bend the wings too really. +5 points.

Parts 1
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio? The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part

(The value is stated as $3.99 so this will serve as our price until the set goes live outside of a purchase bonus).
$3.99 / 80 pieces = $0.05 per piece! Amazing. +5 points.


Parts 2
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?

Very much, several good parts. +5 points


Parts 3 - These Shield plates are appearing everywhere now
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?

Despite a good chunk of plates over all I still think it is a worth while amount of MF0 useful parts for +5 points.


Ready to Blast into Space!
Total: We have an A+ set for my first review of the year! Hopefully we will see this out in general stores in the near future; hope you like working in Black...



Monday, January 9, 2017

Looking at 2016 and Looking to 2017

So I believe this is my first post like this but it makes sense as there wasn't much to anything on this blog until Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack came into my mailbox and I came across Mobile Frame Garage blog.

I have had 50 posts this year which is more than lasts years but not my best. This posts are mostly the familiar reviews of sets for building frames but there are a few what I call showcase posts, a MF0 fiction piece and a bit of Pokemon fan fiction.

I am not that disappointed in only having 50 posts as I have also started creating a YouTube series trying to teach MF0 which is two episodes in and I will finish it (but might take some time.) I also started Mobile Frame 0: University which is a MF0 centered Discord channel. Because of MF0: U the Hangouts are pretty going to be put up or maybe a quarterly thing instead. Perhaps a quarterly check in?

Also locally it seems MF0 is finally picking up so I can have regular games with a local community! All very exciting; and that is pretty much 2016. I hope you enjoyed the ride because I certainly did. Let me know what you thought?

Now for 2017, what is there to besides the usual?

Well first the blog site is now just www.darkcloudblogs.com and if you like to support what I do here I will be opening up a store soon besides just my Patreon account. You can also follow the blog/me on Facebook,G+,  and Twitter (and feel free to share posts you like!).

The finishing up of the YouTube series, maybe trying Voices of MF0 again but the big deal looking forward to in 2017 is going to PAX East (finally!) to meet my new friends and heroes in person along with playing a game of MF0:RA at minifig scale! How exciting! What in Dark Cloud Blogs or in MF0 in general are you looking forward to in 2017?

Monday, December 5, 2016

LEGO Friends Cupcake Stall 30396 Set Review for MF0

The Bag
This was at Target released with the Volcano Jackhammer. I am sure the MoF0 veterans can already tell this is probably not going to be a good rating. Well let's find out!

Can you build some sort of creation right away? 

Not a good start, sadly I did not get any builds from this at all. - 5 points.


Parts 1
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio? The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.

$3.99 / 28 = $0.14 per piece! We might have had a Friends set go under the Ratio but this one follows the usual trend of being above! -10 points. :(


Parts 2
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away? 

There are a few good frame parts, the spiral cones are always good missile/rocket tips. I always like printed pieces. Maybe it time for a Jam Gun... +5 points.


The Set
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts?

This sadly is a no for -5 points!

Total: The grade is a C, avoid this set unless you really want/need the parts inside!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

LEGO City Volcano Jackhammer 30350 Set Review for MF0

The Bag
Found this one at Target, I know they are still on their website.

Adapter - Wheeled Tank
Can you build some sort of creation right away? 

I got this simple but effective looking wheeled tank! I really like it and might have to order a few more bags! +5 points!

Parts 1
Is it below, at, or above the golden ratio? The Golden Ratio is $0.10 per part.

$3.99 / 53 = $0.08 per piece! Fantastic ratios in some of these bags lately. +5 points

Parts 2
If you can't build a frame right away, or choose not to, does it have parts you should be able to put into use right away?

Yes for +5 points. I am a big fan of the harpoons and haven't seen them in a set in awhile.

Parts 3
Does it have more than a handful of immediately useful parts? 

Despite having a build I really like I am going to go with a no for this set giving us a - 5.

The set
Total: An A- set which isn't bad over all and I think I am going to make an army out of them?