So I had to spend a bit of time today in town after work, shopping for the Mrs birthday present. Didn't find much, so I'm stuck tonight on t'internet trawling through websites, credit card at the ready!
And a quick aside for some relationship advice. NEVER get yourself a reputation for giving good presents. Not only will you have to do all the shopping for her relatives as well as yours, having that rep each year piles pressure on you to keep up your run. Not sure what's wrong this year, but I just can't find what I'm looking for this year. If anyone knows where I could get one of those big DNA/Molecule models (as seen on the Big Bang Theory) in the UK with 24 hour delivery, let me know.
On the way home I nipped in past the local comic-book-with-small-gaming-section store for a browse. I don't spend too much cash there because, as I've mentioned in the past, it isn't that friendly a place. Still, it's the only place we have in town and I like to support them when I can.
Today, I spied a bit of a bargain, two expansions for the Space Hulk: Death Angel card game. For those unfamiliar with the game (you can read my review here) it is a card game recreation of the classic Games Workshop, Space Hulk. It's a very tight, very taxing co-op card game that I find very rewarding to play. How taxing? I've probably beaten the game only on a handful of occasions, despite playing it at least fifty times!
The first two expansion packs released were in Fantasy Flight's Print-On-Demand range. Essentially they were a small number of cards that complemented the base game (one was extra characters, the other new mission cards) without changing any fundamentals. The following two expansions, those I bought today, are still Print-On-Demand, but are much larger and change how the game is played.
The Tyranid Enemy Pack adds a variety of enemies, replacing the original Genestealers, to the game. As a fan of the Tyranid background material, I'm really happy with the range of cards and in particular the artwork on them. Some of the enemy abilities are pretty mean however. The Deathwing Space Marine Pack replaces the original twelve Blood Angel Terminators with Terminators from the Dark Angels chapter. On offer are a whole new range of abilities, some look immense although I can't see the point of one particular ability.
I've wanted these for a while, but never got round to ordering them (actually I did, from Maelstrom....) The clincher for buying them today was the fact that the store had gotten the price wrong on these two packs; they had them for £4.99 each, while the RRP if £11.99 each! Sweeet! Can't resist a bargain. I managed a couple quick games this evening with the Deathwing, but I want another couple games before posting my thoughts.