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Default Game of the Month Jan '09 - Avatars of War: Arena Deathmatch

Featured Non-GW System of the Month - January 2009





Contents


Foreword
Brief introduction to Arena Deathmatch
The Game
The Miniatures
Stockists
My Rating




Foreword
Now, to widen the variety of games reviewed I have decided to Review one well-known game one month and then the next months featured system will be a system that's not as heard about. For example, last months system was 'Flames of War' which attracts many hobbyists whereas this month, 'Avatars of War: Arena Deathmatch' is being reviewed
Now, you are reading the 'Featured Non-GW System of the Month - January 2009'. This Months chosen system is 'Avatars of War: Arena Deathmatch' commonly reffered to by the creators as 'ADM'. Throughout this Review you will find out a bit about the game play of Arena Deathmatch and the miniatures. Also, a list of stockists holding Arena Deathmatch products can be found at the end of this review (NOTE - I cannot guarantee a Full List)
If you have any questions about this review or the featured system after you've read it, then please feel free to ask away.

Brief Introduction to Arena Deathmatch
Avatars of War: Arena Deathmatch is a Tabletop Miniatures wargame at a 28mm scale. Players take control of a small band of Heroes called Avatars of War handpicked by the Gods themselves. Two or more bands then face each other in an Arena, this is called a Deathmatch (hence 'Arena Deathmatch'). Arena Deathmatch is created by the Spanish company Avatars of War based in Barcelona and was first started by Felix Paniagua. A few years down the line, Felix and some freinds are now working full time at developing this game further and have now started hiring the first fulltime employees.

The Game
An Arena Deathmatch takes place over a series of rounds, each of which include 8 different phases:[/INDENT
1. Supporters and Beasts Phase
2. Soul Phase
3. Compulsory Phase
4. Tactics Phase
5. Magic Phase
6. Ranged Combat Phase
7. Close Combat Phase
8. Tokens Phase.
The players all go through each of the phases alternatively as established by that rounds initiative roll, except from the Close Combat Phase and the Tokens phase which everybody makes simultaneously. Once one round is completed, the next begins.
Each miniature in Arena Deathmatch has its own Base zone and box giving it miniature zone. This helps to make the rules for certain abilities easier (for example, flanking another miniature and Line of sight (LOS):

Aswell as the Avatars of War, there are Two other major groups whom take part in an Arena Deathmatch.
Beasts
Beasts such as the Dire Wolf or the Netherhound have an important role to play in a Deathmatch. During the Supporters and beasts phase, the player is allowed to choose one of the beasts on the board that he'd like to move then generate the actions of the beast.
Supporters
Supporters also have an important role when playing a Deathmatch. Each players has the option to purchase supporters for during a Deathmatch. The player is allowed to choose one of their supporter groups when in the Supporters and Beasts phase and is then able to activate up to one of their feats.
Aswell as those main groups there are also Celebrity Avatars of War. Currently there's only the one of those (Goblin King Krork Toadgobbler).
Rather than having a Points system, this game works by a Gold system. Each player recieves a certain amount of gold which they are able to spend on buying Avatars for their warband, increasing their avatars powers and buying supporters. Playing in a larger arena gives you a larger amount of gold to spend and therefore being able to purchase more Avatars, upgrades and supporters etc. whereas playing in a smaller Arena gives you less gold. You get the point.

You can download all the required files from http://www.avatars-of-war.com.


The Miniatures
Avatars of War have stated that their top priority is to ensure that each and every cast is the highest quality casting it can be.

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A good casting has to be exactly as the models pictured on the website (except for a bit of size reduction compared to the greens).
To us this is top priority, as I want gamers & collectors to have an exact copy of the green we have invested so much time and effort to sculpt.
That is why we check every casting before it is packed into the blister.
Avatars of War miniatures are ALL cast in Metal.

In my opinion, the miniatures at Avatars of War are very nice sculpts and they are good fun to paint (unless you don't like painting of course).

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Stockists
Here is a Full list of retailers carrying Avatars of War products. They are sorted by country (in alphabetical order).




Australia

•Scrap Dragon (Condong) www.scrapdragon.com.au
•Realm of Legends (Melbourne) www.realmoflegends.com.au
•WarPuppy(Braken Ridge, Queensland ) www.warpuppy.com



Austria

•Czermak-Tabletop (Salzburg) www.czermak-tabletop.com/shop/index.php



Belgium

•Hermelijn (Aalst) www.strips-hermelijn-games.be



Canada

•The Comic Book Shoppe (Nepean Ontario) www.thecomicbookshoppe.com



Denmark

•Asgaard Games(Silkeborg) www.asgaard-games.dk
•Faraos Cigarer (København) www.faraos.dk



Finland

•Battle accessories Finland (Nummela, Ridalintie 4 C 15) www.battleaccessories.com



France

•Hobby Max Lille (Lille) www.hobby-max.com
•Top Figurines (Jonchery) www.top-figurines.fr



Germany

•Battlefield Berlin (Berlin) www.battlefield-berlin.de
•DragonLord Games (Dillingen/Saar) www.dragonlordgames.de
•Fantasy - In (Hannover) www.fantasy-in.de
•Gamer´s HQ (Berlin) www.gamers-hq.de
•Imperators Soeckchen (Ohmden) www.imperators-soeckchen.de
•Max Paint Shop (Münster) www.shop.maxpaint.de
•Tabletop Shop Radaddel (Rudolstadt) www.radaddel.de
•Planet Fantasy (Heidelberg) www.planetfantasy.net
•Spiel Bar (Trier) www.spielbar-trier.de



Italy

•Aquila Imperiale (Avellino) www.aquilaimperiale.com
•Planet Miniatures www.planetminiatures.com



Japan

•Full Metal Planet (Yokohama, Kanagawa) www.fullmetalplanet.biz



Lithuania

•Furorgames (Vilnius)



Netherlands

•AVS Gameshop (Rotterdam) www.avsgameshop.com
•Subcultures (Utrecht) www.subcultures.nl



Poland

•JOTTE Tomasz (Radlin) www.jotte.istore.pl
•Monolith Icon (?widnik) www.monolith-icon.eu



Russia

•Сергей (Zelenograd 1620-500, Moscow)
•Miniatures fan (Moscow) www.miniaturesfan.ru
•Raphael Khiziapov (Moscow, Boulevard Litovsky, 26, 238)



Slovenia

•Ponva d.o.o.



South Africa

•The Underground (Johannesburg) www.theunderground.co.za



Spain

•Aquilonia Terra de Ocio (A Coruña) www.aquilonia.es
•E-minis(Cádiz) www.e-minis.net
•El Sindicat del Joc (Badalona) www.elsindicatdeljoc.com
•El Último Hogar (Jérez de la Frontera)
•Estalia (Córdoba) www.estalia-cordoba.com
•Futura online www.futura-online.com
•Gorkomics (A Coruña) www.gorkomics.com
•Kelesumo (Barcelona) www.kelesumo.com
•La Tregua (Av. Gomez Laguna 34, Zaragoza)
•La Ultima Fortaleza (Alicante) www.laultimafortaleza.com
•Mundo Oscuro (Mallorca) www.mundooscuro.com
•Peter's Land (Bilbao) C/Juan de Garay 5, Bilbao
•PAPELCHIP S.L (Av. de las Ciudades 96, Getafe)
•Planeta Friki Quimera (Madrid) www.quimeraminiaturas.es
•STC Laberinto (Santa Cruz de Tenerife) www.stclaberinto.com/web



Sweden

•Alphaspel (Stockholm) www.alphaspel.se
•Hobbyisterna Ek Fvr (Haninge) www.alphaspel.se/catalog
•Fantasia (Umeå) www.fantasiaweb.se



Switzerland

•Gnomon Games Planet GmbH (Luzern) www.gnomon.ch



Ukraine

•Spellscape (Vinnitsa) www.spellscape.biz



UK

•Allsorts Emporium (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire) www.allsortsemporium.net
•Arcane Miniatures (Alvechurch, West Midlands) www.arcaneminiatures.co.uk
•Bakermick (Barnsley, South Yorkshire )
•Eldritch Games (Exeter, Devon) www.eldritchgames.com
•Games 'N' Fun (North Walsham, Norfolk) www.games-n-fun.co.uk
•Marauding Miniatures (Havant, Hampshire ) www.maraudingminiatures.com
•Nemesis Miniatures (Belfast, Antrim) www.nemesisminiatures.com
•RiverView Portfolio Ltd (Calne, Wiltshire) 1 Market Hill. Calne, Wiltshire SN11 0BT
•Solent Wargames (Portsmouth, Hampshire) www.solentwargames.co.uk



USA

•Cool mini or not (Alpharetta, GA) www.coolminiornot.com
•Fantization Miniatures (Fullerton, CA) www.fantization.com
•Legions Hobbies & Games (Pittsburgh, PA) www.legionsgames.com




My Rating
For each System of the Month I will give a rating of what I think the game is like (1 being terrible, 10 being excellent).
My Rating - 9/10 - Avatars of War is a detailed in-depth game and the fact that a 5 vs 5 Deathmatch can last up to 1 and a half hours for me shows that it's in-depth. It also has an interesting gameplay that I rather like.

(if anybody doesn't agree with my rating, that's fine. Remember, it's just my rating and my opinion, many people will have different opinions)



See you next time in 'Featured System Feb 09 - Warmachine'
(If you have any pictures of you Warmachine miniatures you'd like to submit into next months review or anything you would like me to include then please PM me the stuff. Don't post them in this thread, this thread is for the Featured System Dec 09 ONLY!)

Thank you for reading!


Regards,
Jake.

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Good review. Sounds a bit like a cross between blood bowl and Mordheim. I'm familiar with the company's models, and they are very good quality.
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I suppose you could say that. I'm ashamed to say that I've never actually played Blood Bowl, though it's certainly on my list of games to check out and from what I've seen/heard it's a simialure style game. The models are nice indeed, certainly caught my attention.

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Nice write up Red, I have seen a few of the models being used as proxys occaisionally but hadn't really known about the game until now.
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They are mostly known for the models yes and as The Son of Horus has said before on a different thread, one of the reasons for originally deciding to make the game was likely to have been so that GW couldn't do them for Copywright. But either way, I think they've done a great job on it.

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I've looked at buying the Dark Elf models in the range as the Warrior model is a better Dreadlord than what GW are currently producing themselves!

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Just realised that the list of stockists was not posted so I've just edited it in order to show the full list of retailers currently holding AoW miniatures (provided by Felix Paniagua, founder of Avatars of War).

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Thanks muchly.

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I've looked at buying the Dark Elf models in the range as the Warrior model is a better Dreadlord than what GW are currently producing themselves!
Aye I'd agree, I have both the Lord and the Sorceress and they are both high quality figures. A little fragile maybe, but nothing that can't be solved with pinning and greenstuff. (oh and to be fair I'm refering more to the Sorceress there.)

Didn't know about the game to a little while ago, but thats another nice write up Red. I don't think I'd get the game mind you, although that has nothing to do with the write up. Its just I don't need another skirmish game when I have Mordheim.

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I will defentaly be looking into some ADM modles for my dwarfs-that dwarf chaos lord looked so cool!

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