HALT THE PRESS! The one (sometimes I wonder...) and only Messanger of Death dropped me a line to shoot the bull about Davy Taylor's Steel Legion competition! He's entering, I'm entering, the King is entering... why aren't you entering? *key peer pressure* Give it a try! Dave Taylor is a one-of-a-kind hobby icon, so any prize he gives the winner will inevitably be worth it!
It's been ages since I've liked a game so much right out of the gate, and games they have come and gone in the local scene...
Confrontation, AT-43, Infinity, Malifaux - anything I'm missing? No doubt. There's a few I can picture the guys playing but can't for the life of me think of the names. It doesn't matter: I generally play a 'wait and see' strategy, and that's saved me cash on games that died before they properly got started.
Confrontation was huge in our area. Rackham killed it by moving to their line of prepainted plastics and that was that. I've still got stupid money invested in piles of unopened blisters... Let's pause a moment so I can scream in outrage.
Infinity hooked me momentarily. It might have had legs if the scenery requirements hadn't been so onerous. I bought and painted one squad, so that wasn't a terrible investment. Never played the game though.
Those others? I think they have more to do with the Master Manipulator (every store needs one) and Evil Homer's burnout with GW games than anything else.
So all that said, Warmachine Mark II has captured my imagination in a big way - the models are okay, the fluff is meh, but the rules are top-freakin'-notch! It's fast, furious, and tactical; the games are nailbiters and the enemy Warcaster is always dangerous.
I played and managed to beat Little Barrera's Trollbloods today... but literally the game hinged on one dice! I made an assassination run on his Warlock, hitting him hard with Feora, deliberately losing Vilmon, setting everything in sight on fire, then finally charging in with a Crusader! Had the Warlock rolled a 5 or 6 on a d6 for his Toughness test, my Warcaster would have fallen in his phase...
...that was fun!