Drafting in the MF0 Universe

Drafting; where each player starts with a set number of booster packs and makes a deck from them, is a much-loved variant in the world of trading card games. In tabletops, this is a little more difficult as there are usually well-defined tracks for each player to move through in the form of classes. Randomizing stats is common, but randomizing abilities, even within a single class, could quickly lead to characters that are essentially unplayable.

But what about a tabletop war-game like Mobile Frame Zero? I submit that this is a great way to spend an afternoon. Small sets can easily take the place of booster packs, and the rules for frames are loose enough that you can build a decently equipped army out of a random collection of parts. There are plenty of ways to draft MF0, depending on your budget and how difficult you want army building to be.

Eye of the Tiger: Single Set Army

Building up a collection of LEGOs that can create any frame you can dream up takes quite a bit of time. Turning a single LEGO set into the best frame you can is a solid choice for getting started quickly, or just for challenging your creative juices. This week I challenged myself to build an entire army out of a single set, or at several copies of the same set.

What’s Up With MF0 Turn Order?!?

Perhaps the most perplexing thing about Mobile Frame Zero is turn order. It constantly shifts from round to round, and even within the round. On the one hand, it’s one of those things that “will be easier once you get used to it”, but on the other…. Jeez, that’s a lot to try and understand. Unless you can find an experienced player to calmly explain how this works a few dozen times, learning turn order can be quite the challenge. Let’s break it down a bit and see if we can figure this one out.

Getting Started With Mobile Frame Zero – Part 2

Please welcome our newest columnist Samara Duncan!

Last time we talked a bit about getting started with a great new game, Mobile Frame Zero. With two major elements– a tabletop game and creating custom LEGO® models. you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. If you are feeling like giving up before you even start, please don’t. Just apply the principle of KISS (Keep it Simple Sweetheart) to make it manageable. There is plenty of time to add in all the amazing details that make this game something special.

Getting Started With Mobile Frame Zero

This week we have a guest post from Samara Duncan looking at a tabletop game called Mobile Frame Zero…

Tabletops are a great way to spend an afternoon with family or friends. Legos are the building blocks of the imagination for both children and adults. Perhaps the only way to make both these things better is to combine them. Enter Mobile Frame Zero, a tabletop game where both your armies and the terrain are built completely out of LEGO® parts.

Miniatures – Kids Building Characters with LEGO, Imaginext and More

SHAWN: James Walls has written a guest post about the kinds of miniatures he uses while gaming with the kids. Check out his mini bio at the bottom too. There is a gallery at the bottom that I added a couple of my own LEGO shots too.

When Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition crashed onto the gaming scene in the summer of 2000, I, like many other AD&D 2nd Edition players, was at a severe disadvantage.  After years of playing a game well-suited for “theater of the mind” style combat, D&D 3E’s rules were geared towards miniatures play, and my collection at the time was quite meager.  All I had was a dozen Ral Partha pewters (mostly dwarves), a half-painted Mordheim collection (mostly Skaven), and the Hero Quest board game.

Maybe it was just the groups I played with, but I received a fair share of complaints from my players for this puny collection.  “Green orcs?  Again?” was a common moan at my table.  When Wizards of the Coast finally released pre-painted plastic miniatures I spent at least two-hundred dollars snatching up randomly assorted boxes for both Dungeons & Dragons and Star Wars.  Eventually I drifted away from my miniatures collection when I switched from Dungeons & Dragons to Savage Worlds.  Indeed my D&D figures didn’t fit the steampunk campaign I was running, but more importantly I had shifted to becoming an online gamer.  Maptool worked just fine for most of my games and I thought I was completely finished with miniatures in role-playing games.

Until I turned my kids into gamers!