Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition

I love Mansions of Madness.  I’ve been playing it since it first came out and it was one of the first board games that made me realize there are more to mechanics than dice rolling and moving a piece around the board.  The puzzle mechanic is in my opinion amazing.  When I was first diving in and learning the rules I thought that puzzles must be “did it once, now its easy and I know how to do it” type deal.  The game and expansions have fantastic replay value and are a lot of fun.  I first got to see the Second Edition in action over the summer at GenCon.  I was slightly skeptical of having the Keeper as an app, but if it means my poor buddy Craig can play with us, rather than against us, I’ll give it a shot.  And it turns out its a wonderful addition.  You can select the expansions you own (including 1st edition) and will add those cards and components to the available equipment and monster you might encounter.  I think its a great make over of an already fantastic game.

Mansions also holds a special place in my heart because it’s the game that started all of this.  Its the first game I ever painted.  I was so excited going to the craft store and getting some of those Folk Arts acrylics and picking out brushes.  It was an exciting time, and I was so proud of my results.  Fast forward about 4 years and here I am painting it once more and getting paid to do what I love.  I was so proud of my investigator “Harvey”, I think he took me most of the day to do and has hardly any detail on him.  Today I painted him in about an hour and to a better table top standard than I would have thought I could have achieved.

I think the point I’m trying to make is that you shouldn’t be discouraged.  On so many painting forums I see people whinging about how they will never be that good and why should they bother.  Take the time to practice.  Don’t be afraid to royally screw up a model (that’s what Green Stuff and an old toothbrush are for).  You should be constantly trying and learning.  Watch You Tube videos, ask the artist how they achieved a certain look, take classes at your local store or Convention (Shout out to all the artists and teachers who put on classes at GenCon and anywhere else!).  This hobby has so many wonderful artists, and champions, and resources, and you’re doing yourself a disservice by complaining.  I firmly believe everyone and anyone can learn to paint to a decent tabletop standard.  It just takes some time and practice.  – Amanda

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