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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.
An Arena Deathmatch takes place over a series of rounds, each of which include 8 different phases:[/INDENT1. 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.BeastsBeasts 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.SupportersSupporters 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.
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.
Avatars of War miniatures are ALL cast in Metal.Quote:
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).
StockistsHere is a Full list of retailers carrying Avatars of War products. They are sorted by country (in alphabetical order).
•Scrap Dragon (Condong) www.scrapdragon.com.au
•Realm of Legends (Melbourne) www.realmoflegends.com.au
•WarPuppy(Braken Ridge, Queensland ) www.warpuppy.com
•Czermak-Tabletop (Salzburg) www.czermak-tabletop.com/shop/index.php
•Hermelijn (Aalst) www.strips-hermelijn-games.be
•The Comic Book Shoppe (Nepean Ontario) www.thecomicbookshoppe.com
•Asgaard Games(Silkeborg) www.asgaard-games.dk
•Faraos Cigarer (København) www.faraos.dk
•Battle accessories Finland (Nummela, Ridalintie 4 C 15) www.battleaccessories.com
•Hobby Max Lille (Lille) www.hobby-max.com
•Top Figurines (Jonchery) www.top-figurines.fr
•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
•Aquila Imperiale (Avellino) www.aquilaimperiale.com
•Planet Miniatures www.planetminiatures.com
•Full Metal Planet (Yokohama, Kanagawa) www.fullmetalplanet.biz
•AVS Gameshop (Rotterdam) www.avsgameshop.com
•Subcultures (Utrecht) www.subcultures.nl
•JOTTE Tomasz (Radlin) www.jotte.istore.pl
•Monolith Icon (?widnik) www.monolith-icon.eu
•Сергей (Zelenograd 1620-500, Moscow)
•Miniatures fan (Moscow) www.miniaturesfan.ru
•Raphael Khiziapov (Moscow, Boulevard Litovsky, 26, 238)
•The Underground (Johannesburg) www.theunderground.co.za
•Aquilonia Terra de Ocio (A Coruña) www.aquilonia.es
•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
•Alphaspel (Stockholm) www.alphaspel.se
•Hobbyisterna Ek Fvr (Haninge) www.alphaspel.se/catalog
•Fantasia (Umeå) www.fantasiaweb.se
•Gnomon Games Planet GmbH (Luzern) www.gnomon.ch
•Spellscape (Vinnitsa) www.spellscape.biz
•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
•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 RatingFor 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!