I know we haven’t talked about them much lately, but we still love Privateer Press’s amazing Monsterpocalypse relaunch. Things recently are getting good with the release of their first buildings, along with Martians and Terrasaurs finally releasing this month. Privateer Press has announced their March releases as well, including two new monsters and new building.

First up, we have the Terrasaurs’ second monster- Armodax ($26.99/Resin):

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Per the release information:

“Though the Terrasaurs have shown a remarkable willingness to fight alongside Earth’s other defenders, some are trickier to work with than others. Armodax is a hulking monster covered in armored plates and boasting a weighty clubbed tail that serves better than any wrecking ball at toppling buildings. He has demonstrated unrestrained delight in annihilating skyscrapers, factories, and power plants while clashing with Earth’s foes. Yet there is no question he is worth preserving, given his unstoppable ferocity. His allies have learned to ensure the complete evacuation of any zone he has entered.

TRADE POINTS: Armodax is an incredibly resilient monster that can be added to any Protectors force. His thick armored plating protects him from taking damage when colliding with buildings. In the early game, he relishes destruction, gaining extra Power Dice for every building and unit he destroys. When he goes hyper, he gains power dice whenever he or an ally is attacked, and he swings his powerful tail into enemies, sending them staggering across the map.”

I’m definitely interested in seeing the card for this one. Based on the trade points, he is resembling Gorghadra with getting the extra Power Die for destroying buildings and giving him and allies extra die for being attacked. I love seeing this power set with the Protectors now.

Next, we the Lord of Cthulu’s second monster- Yasheth ($27.99/Resin)

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Per the release information:

“The Lords of Cthul are enigmatic creatures of nightmare and madness, drawn from unknown nether regions to plague the world, aided by cultists who revere them like gods. Yasheth stands at a place of prominence in the blasphemous texts of these cults, an entity of negation and death, an invoker of antilife that transforms the world around it into whatever crawling horror the Cthul see as paradise. His shrieks alone have been known to rend the sanity from witnesses, and all living things quail and soon perish in his presence.

TRADE POINTS: Yasheth is a flexible monster that can be added to any Destroyers force. In his alpha form, he dodges away from enemy attacks that miss him while his powerful claws steal the life energy of any monster he slashes. When he goes hyper, he is capable of lightning-quick attacks that drain power from his opponents, and his influence makes the attacks of all of his allied units steal Power Dice from his opponent as well.”

This is going to be a fun monster for sure. Hopefully the “influence” makes it so that all allied units from the Agenda and not just from the same faction. While I don’t mind the idea of faction pure game play, I love the idea of throwing him by himself into a 3 monster game and seeing what havoc could be brought.

Moving onto the buildings, we have the one I love the most- Void Gate ($19.99/Resin):

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There is no Cthul, only Zuul…

Per the release information:

“Where the Lords of Cthul stride into battle, reality warps and bends before tearing asunder. Void Gates are like wounds in the very fabric of the time-space continuum, and through them come otherworldly horrors to ravage the Earth. It is a top priority of all of Earth’s defenders to eradicate these unnatural structures as rapidly as possible.

TRADE POINTS: The Void Gate building manipulates allied and enemy units and helps deploy Lords of Cthul forces. A Destroyers player who secures this building can spawn Lords of Cthul units to the battlefield cheaper. Any player who secures this building gains the ability to promote grunt units into elites and to move nearby units.”

This building alone makes me want to play the Lords of Cthul if only because this is straight up Dana Barrett’s apartment from Ghostbusters. I’m curious about the “promote grunt units” ability, if it is faction based or agenda based.

Terrasuars get the next building – Mount Terra ($18.99/Resin)

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Per the release information:

“Mount Terra is a G.U.A.R.D. codename for the inexplicable volcanic eruptions that sometimes follow the path of the Terrasaurs. These are either a reaction to their presence or are perhaps part of some deliberate plan. Whatever their origins, Terrasaurs seem reinvigorated in the presence of Mount Terra and have been known to utilize the radiant heat of these eruptions to accelerate the hatching of their eggs.

TRADE POINTS: The Mount Terra building grants your monster more mobility and helps deploy Terrasaurs forces. A Protectors player who secures this building can spawn Terrasaurs units to the battlefield cheaper, and any player who secures this building gains the ability to move their monster in new ways during a monster or unit activation.”

Moving monsters in new ways, during the monster OR unit activation? I’ve been suspecting some sort of burrowing/digging mechanic would come sooner or later, giving the models a way of moving without being hindered by buildings or terrain. This sounds like it may be it.

And finally, the one disappointing product of the release- Apartment Buildings ($18.99/Resin):

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Per the release information:

“One of the underappreciated wonders of the modern world, apartment buildings are microcosms of life amid the urban landscape, each home to hundreds of hard-working people, their families, and their pets. Hopefully, in most cases, everyone will be evacuated from the premises before Planet Eaters and Terrasaurs transform them to heaps of rubble.

TRADE POINTS: This highly detailed resin model can be used to replace the paper Apartment Buildings that come in the Monsterpocalypse starter boxes.”

So why disappointing? We knew they’d release resin models of the paper craft Apartment Buildings at some point, right? Well I find them disappointing purely from a standpoint of the price vs model. At $18.99 per building, it will cost $113.94 to replace your 6 from the starter. Granted, they aren’t needed. The paper buildings are perfectly acceptable and usable, these are just cosmetics. I feel that if they were packaged 2 for $20, then that would be a bit more reasonable. I do understand the costs of the resin and that these are solid through and through, but still.

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That being said, all in all, what do you all feel about these releases? Any of these new monsters worth of a 2 or 3 monster game? What about the buildings? Will you try summoning the Minions of Gozer with the Void Gate or going back to the prehistoric days with Mount Terra? Sound off in the comments below to let us know what you think.

As always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

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Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite genre of gaming is the realm of trading card games. I am obviously a proponent for CardFight! Vanguard and Magic the Gathering (primarily Commander/EDH). I could spend literally hundreds of hours writing, talking, dissecting both of those games, but everyone knows that. Instead, today, I thought I’d share the trading card games that I love and try to have a deck ready to go at all times. There are a lot, so I narrowed it down to four and they have to currently be in publication (I do love me some dead games, after all).

#4.) Transformers TCG (Hasbro)

This one actually came out of left field for me this year. I love the Transformers IP, but even I saw this as a cash grab. The idea of the oversized character cards seemed as gimmicky as it comes initially. Then came GenCon a few months ago and the demo we had was fantastic. The next morning, we were on the show floor early to grab a starter and a couple of the convention exclusive booster packs.

Building a team of multiple character cards and a minimum 40 Battle Card deck featuring Upgrade (Armor, Weapon and Utility) and Action cards, players take alternating turns playing cards, transforming and attacking. Last ‘Bot standing wins. Its as simply as that. One of the things I enjoy is that you don’t deck out in this one, simply reshuffle.

The game being so new, this is the perfect time to jump in. The newly released Metroplex Deck has everything a player needs to get started, including a super large Metroplex card that might be the most annoying thing in any card game.

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Includes a 40 card deck with 3 exclusive new cards, 3 exclusive normal sized characters and the gigantic Metroplex all for a low cost of $19.99.

#3.) Dragon Ball Super TCG (Bandai)

This one was a little bitter sweet for me. Back in the old days of Score (Early 2000’s), I backed the Yu You Hakusho TCG while a lot of people I knew went with their Dragon Ball Z. Admittedly, I was a bigger fan of Yusuke and his crew than I was of Goku and friends back then. I didn’t make the same mistake twice and, when Panini America released their reboot of the old Dragon Ball Z game, I went all in. Sadly the game went belly up (for one reason or the other) and Bandai launched their Dragon Ball Super TCG.

The best part of this game is that, unlike previous incarnations, they aren’t holding themselves to going saga by saga. They mix and match present arcs, previous arcs and movies in each set. The newest expansion, Miraculous Revival, features characters from the Fusion Reborn movie, Super Android 17 arc of Dragon Ball GT, and instances of Shenron and the Dragon Ball wishes from Dragon Ball through Resurrection F.

The game has officially been out a year now and they have released 8 booster sets (5 main sets and 3 special themed sets), 8 various starter decks and dozen or so special boxes/gift sets. There are several options on how to get started, though the current meta would seem to favor the new “Wish” mechanic. That means the recent Shenron or Gogeta  starter, along with the latest booster set Miraculous Revival, would be an ideal place to start. Most staples in the game can also be picked up fairly cheap (in comparison to other games), with one or two exceptions.

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A Blue staple from the original set, Senzu Bean is currently a $10 card via TCGPlayer.

The game has had some growing pains, I won’t lie, but what game doesn’t? 2019 is shaping up to be a fantastic second year for the game, especially with the hype around the Dragon Ball Super Broly movie set in March.

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The old game died out before we ever got Gogeta officially printed, let alone a Super Sayian 3 Gogeta like this!

#2.) Weiss Schwarz

The game that got me into Bushiroad and all their products, Weiss Schwarz is an anime fan’s dream game. Recently I went into length about my favorite franchise for the game, Sword Art Online (You can read the original article here), but there are so many other games that are a part of the series. Currently in English, there are over 80 various booster boxes and starter sets available for franchises such as Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill, Persona, Attack on Titan, Hatsune Miku and so many more. This month sees the release of No Game No Life starter and booster, with Cardcaptor Sakura releasing in January. Things get even crazier when you look at the Japanese edition of the game as they have properties like Star Wars!

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Seriously, this is not a joke. Some of the art on these cards put the stuff Fantasy Flight puts out to shame!

If you are a fan of video games or anime, you’d be hard pressed to not find a set that you didn’t like. One of the key things that has drawn me to this game is that, since sets are not interchangeable (no mixing Attack on Titan with Cardcaptor Sakura), you only really have to stay up on the releases that you want.

That being said, there is a draw back to this game that most other games do not have. Bushiroad only prints a certain number of cases for each set and they aren’t known for reprinting. That means obtaining sealed product for older sets can be a pain and the prices for some singles on the secondary market can be abnormally high. Also, since these sets are licensed IPs, they don’t return to a lot of them (or at least not frequently) unless a new season or game releases. This means that some sets can be pushed to the side easily by power creep.

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It could be the worst series ever and I’ll still main deck Sword Art Online!

#1.) Universal Fight System (Jasco Games)

So what game system could push out one featuring one of my all time favorite anime series? One featuring my favorite, as well as sporting the most unique mechanic system in the industry: Universal Fight System (UFS).

This game has a bit of a storied history. Currently published and designed by the crew at Jasco Games, the game was originally under two other publisher- Sabertooth Games (February 2006-February 2008) and Fantasy Flight Games (June 2008-November 2009). While the game has featured the likes of Gabe and Tyco, from Penny Arcade, to the more recent Bebop crew from Cowboy Bebop, it has had a primarily video game focus. Which makes sense as the game’s core mechanics are designed to make it feel like you are playing a fighting game with a deck of cards.

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Cammy from the recent Street Fighter set.

Everything you need to start constructing your deck is decided like any good fighting game- at the character select screen. Using the Cammy pictured above, there are 5 symbols to the left of her text box. You have your starting/maximum hand size, your health and then the three elements your deck uses. You can use any card, from any set, so long as it contains at least one of those three symbols.The game takes the fighting theme to a whole new level with the way cards actually interact. You have attacks that combo off previous attacks, building up a super meter, and getting progressively harder with each new hit. Each attack has an attack speed and hit zone (high, middle or low), so you have to match it with a like block.

The main reason I got into the game.

  • There are a few things this game has going for it, beyond the amazing mechanics, that make it an amazing product.
  • First, and something I wish every game did- booster pack redemptions. Every booster pack has a little skull printed on the back of it. Simply hit up the official website for a list of key reprints and alternate art foils and print out the order form. Ship them the boosters, they ship you the cards. It’s a small little thing that gives you a little extra bang for your dollar.
  • Then there are the formats. UFS supports two formats for their game, Standard and Turbo. Standard format is a 60 card deck with cards from the last 10 most recent print sets, while Turbo is a 41 card deck from the 4 more recent printed sets. As a new set comes out, the oldest set in the list gets pushed out. Further more, the formats support both 1v1 traditional play and Teams (3v3).
  • Finally, there is the grand prize from their National and World events. For singles competition, the winner gets to be made into a tournament legal character promo card. Team champions get turned into an Assist card. What makes these so amazing is that the winners actually get to have a hand at helping design the cards. As a gamer and an artist, that is probably one of the best prizes I could ever hope to win.
  • The next UFS set due out is “Street Fighter vs Dark Stalkers”. That preview art is gorgeous!

  • We could spend hours talking about how much of amazing game UFS is, how it is played and so much more. We probably will in the near future!
  • So what do you all think? Do you agree with our choices? Think a different game should make the list? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.
  • Until next time, as always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.
  • A little random of a post, sorry about that. We received a package today from Anvil Eight Games featuring the base game of Front Line No Komrades, the first expansion Oxna Bears All, and the companies “Incoming” enamel pin from GenCon 2018.

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    Such stylized art.

    We cannot wait to get this to the table top. There is something special about compact games that you can just toss in the old back pack and take everywhere/anywhere.

    So what about any of you out there? Any one have this in their collection yet?

    Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

     

    Sword Art Online has been one of the few anime to truly capture my imagination the way anime used to do back when I was in high school. While there are parts that are better than others and certain characters fair better has the series progresses, the over all package of Sword Art Online is one that I’ve throughly enjoyed without reserve. Heck, its probably why its one of my top rewatched animes of the last few years. The top honors of that goes to Cowboy Bebop and Yu Yu Hakusho. That is why the only two hobby games for the series hold a special place in my collection.

    First, and foremost, is the Sword Art Online line of expansions for Bushiroad’s hit trading card game- Weiss Schwarz.

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    Weiss Schwarz, for those unaware, is a card game thats brings together multiple anime and video game properties to battle it out. The likes of Attack on TitanPersona 5, and even the upcoming Cardcaptor Sakura set battle on “stages” using character cards, event cards and Climax cards (think Triggers from CardFight! Vanguard). Generally speaking, decks are played series-specific, meaning no Kirito fighting along side Even Yeager.

    To date, there have been 8 Sword Art Online releases:

    • Sword Art Online Trial Deck
    • Sword Art Online Booster Box
      • Both of these cover the first 14 episodes, or Aincrad arc, of the first season.
    • Sword Art Online Vol. 2 Booster Box
      • Covers the final 11 episodes, or Fairy Dance arc, of the first season.
    • Sword Art Online II Trial Deck
    • Sword Art Online II Extra Booster Box
      • Covers the first 14 episodes, or Phantom Bullet arc, of the second season.
    • Sword Art Online II Vol. 2 Extra Booster Box
      • Covers the final 10 episodes, or the Calibur and Mother’s Rosario arcs, of the second season.
    • Sword Art Online Re: Edit
      • Reprint set of 100 previous released cards + 19 new ones
    • Sword Art Online The Movie -Ordinal Scale-
      • Cards from the theatrical movie of the same name.

    Like all of the Weiss Schwarz series, they use still shots and promotional art from the anime to make the cards. For some of the cards, it can look a little wonky (is that an ok word to use?) like the Asuna on the left. For others, though, they can look amazing, like the Asuna on the right.

     

    Interesting enough, it is also because of this game that I ever became remotely interested in any of Bushiroad’s other products. We were walking the hall of GenCon for the first time and we’d stumbled across their booth. Back then they actually had a lot of tables set up and product for sale. I digress. We demoed it and the deck I got to demo was for Sword Art Online.

    Another bonus is that, with my love of playmats, official Sword Art Online playmats are some of the most gorgeous around:

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    One of my favorite playmats in my collection.

    My current build is a little scatter brained, but I love it. It is primarily the original starter with some random bits thrown in for good measure. I was super excited with the starter because it had a RRR “Asuna- Start of the Battle” inserted.

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    The RRR Asuna is on the bottom row, second column.

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    Like CardFight! Vanguard, you get a certain number of Climax Cards (think Triggers).

    The other game to appear with the Sword Art Online name on it is from Japanime Games called Sword Art Online: Sword of Fellows.

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    Launched on KickStarter last year, players play as their favorite characters from the original arc- Kirito, Asuna, Agil, Silica, Klein and Lisbeth. Games play out over four scenarios, each representing a level of the game from the show. The first three levels (Lower, Middle and Upper) have multiple options and one is randomly drawn for each, giving way to lots of play throughs with different outcomes. Players can earn itms to help them beat later bosses and level up for better and stronger attacks.

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    I should really have taken pictures of my copy, but this works!

    One of the things I absolutely love about the game is that, even sleeved, all of the cards and components (dice and tokens) fit back into the small box it comes in. That means it is easily stored and taken with you so you can enjoy the world of Sword Art Online anywhere and everywhere you can find a flat surface! Bonus note: This KickStarter had one thing I wish every KickStarter would offer- Sleeves for all of their different sized cards! Seriously, a life saver.

    I really wish there were more games for the Sword Art Online universe. Yes, it is a franchise that lends itself to video games more than a physical medium, but there are still a number of amazing possibilities. A small army miniatures game in the same vein as Infinity from Corvus Belli exploring the front lines of the dungeons would be amazing. Think of the possibilities of Sword Art Online RPG where if you die, you have to preroll a whole brand new character? At the very least, I would love to see a new card set. With the third series recently launching, I have no doubt Bushiroad will put out another expansion for Weiss Schwarz but what about Jasco Games and Universal Fight System? That would be a killer set!

    What do you all think? Should we have more games with the SAO IP or should the series stick to what it already does. Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

    Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

    Privateer Press has unveiled their upcoming Monsterpocalypse releases for February. They are releasing a new monster and building for the Shadow Sun Syndicate and a new monster and building for Planet Eaters.

    For the Shadow Sun Syndicate-

    Zor-Raiden (Metal/Resin, $21.99)

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    Shadow Sun Industries (Resin, $14.99)

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    According to the description, the Shadow Sun Industries building itself and allies from blast attacks as well as providing a new spawn point.

    For Planet Eaters-

    Rogzor (Resin, $34.99)

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    Unless I’m mistaken, this is the single most expensive (money wise) for a monster-only unit/package.

    Harbinger Comet Shard (Resin, $16.99)

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    From the description, this building converts enemies into power for attacks and acts as a new spawn point.

    These new models all, visually, seem incredibly fun. I know that the Harbinger Comet Shard is for the Planet Eaters, but I cannot help but want to paint it up like part of the Fortress of Solitude from Richard Donner’s Superman. Those are just screaming to be painted like blue crystals.

    What do you all think? Will you be inching your way to a faction-pure build for Shadow Sun Syndicate and Planet Eaters with these or will you be skipping them? Sound off in the comments and let us know.

    Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

    So the other day was my birthday. One of my gifts I received was a box of Strongest! Team AL4 (VGE-V-BT02) and a copy of the Ren Suzugamori Trial Deck (VGE-V-TD04). With exception of my very first Weiss Schwartz deck for Sword Art Online, I have the worst luck imaginable when it comes to pulling awesome cards. That changed when I pulled this beauty:

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    I am not one to brag, but I was so stoked to pull this! I’ve always loved Shadow Paladins. They are one of my main three clans. So to get this and it be on my birthday? What isn’t there a bit to brag about…?

    Anyways, after that last sour article I wrote, I wanted to post something remotely positive.

    Keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

    Alright. Admittedly that headline is a bit long, but it is the truth.

    A little back story before we get into the meat of this article. Since 2015, Ninja Division/Soda Pop Miniatures have launched 5 successful Kickstarters. The most successful of these campaigns was for Super Dungeon Explore: Legends. More than 6,000 backers pledged over $1.29 million dollars during the Kickstarter and who knows how much more during the pledge manager via the company’s official web store. After Super Dungeon Explore: Legends, they launched campaigns for Relic Knights 2nd Edition, Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures, Rail Raiders: Infinite, and Way of the Fighter.

    To date, Rail Raiders: Infinite and Way of the Fighter have been in retail stores for more than a year while there are still backers awaiting their copies, stretch goals and more. The Starfinder miniatures have just now begun making their way to US backers, with quality control issue after quality control issue. Relic Knights 2nd Edition was supped to have been done and shipped by February 2018 but there has been only radio silence since August 2018. And, finally, Super Dungeon Explore: Legends had been shelved until Starfinder and Relic Knights had been completed.

    Despite the projects’ various degrees of completion, more than $2.56 million dollars was raised by more than 17,000 backers through the Kickstarter campaigns. This does not included the undisclosed amount raised during the various pledge mangers, as there would be late backers and people who upped their pledges.

    With that in mind, it brings us to the the present. As the company has been radio silent on all their Kickstarter pages (See: Ninja Division Pulling Back from Kickstarter), this had led several backers to write to their attorney generals as well as the Idaho attorney general (Ninja Division/Soda Pop Miniatures are based out of Idaho) in regards to fraud. The response from Ninja Division/Soda Pop was finally made public: Ninja Division Response to Attorney General.

    While the response is worded as such to skate over many of the pressing questions backers have had, as well as give a detailed account usage of all funds raised and not just of those during the Super Dungeon Explore: Legends Kickstarter, it does have a few interesting bits of information:

    • Under their disclosure of Initial Funding, they state that approximately $343,559 was used for “annual overhead”. This included payroll, facilities and additional overhead. This funding was to cover them for the remainder of 2015, as well as all of 2016. They then state they had to deplete the funds to cover 2017 as well.
    • Also under their disclosure of Initial Funding, they state that approximately $485,679 went to “project expenses”, including license fees and marketing.
    • Funds for the game are completely ran through, leaving a deficit of $750,000 needed to bring the project to completion.
    • While the fate of their other non-SDE IPs are not disclosed, they do mention that they are in discussion with multiple outside companies for acquisition of their studio.

    There is also several bits of blame laid at the backers’ feet that we won’t go into.

    In the end, ultimately, this does not bold well for anyone connected with these games. Be it a backer, designer or what have you, it looks like the curtain is slowly falling on what was once a great company and a great stable of fantastic games.

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    For full details on the four outstanding Kickstarters and some basic stats. Way of the Fighter is not included in this break down as it backers for this are waiting on miniature add-ons. While not to be cast aside or forgotten about in the least, it is hard to gage a proper number of backers effected by this as Way of the Fighter featured the least amount of backers and most have moved on from the campaign.

    Relic Knights 2nd Edition

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sodapopminiatures/relic-knights-2nd-edition/description

    Originally ran on KS from Feb 27, 2017 until March 14, 2017

    • Raised $386,826 from 2,489 backers
      • Does not account for any/all additional funds raised via the Pledge Manager
    • Game/Stretch goals were to ship in 3 waves over an 8 month period
      • Wave 1 – Summer 2017: Base game and majority of stretch goals/add ons
      • Wave 2 – Winter 2017: Remaining stretch goals/add ons
      • Wave 3 – Feb. 2018: Void Break Expansion Rulebook/outstanding stretch goals

    As of November 2018, zero of the game’s 2000+ backers have seen anything. Last real update on production was back in July 2018. Several comments made at GenCon by Soda Pop employees was that the game was to begin shipping at the end of August. Last comment made by John Cadice (owner of Ninja Division) was that they ran out of bases, and the comment was made via a Facebook Relic Knights fan page.

    Rail Raiders: Infinite

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sodapopminiatures/rail-raiders-infinite/description

    • Originally ran on KS from April 6, 2016 until April 22, 2016
    • Raised $339,724 from 4,649 backers
      • Does not account for any/all additional funds raised via the Pledge Manager
    • Game/Stretch goals were to ship October 2016.
    • Shipping finally began in August 2017.

    As of November 2018, many of the game’s backers (primarily those out of the United States) are still awaiting their games though the game has been available at retail for months. Last update was January 2018.

    Starfinder Masterclass Miniatures

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/325468910/starfinder-masterclass-miniatures/description

    • Originally ran on KS from September 27, 2017 until October 17, 207
    • Raised $457,539 from 2,294 backers
      • Does not account for any/all additional funds raised via Pledge Manager
    • Game/Stretch goals were to ship May 2018
    • Shipping began in waves in May 2018, however they have switched to a new model of shipping what they have when they are done. 
      • This could be a single miniature or multiples.

    As of November 2018, Wave 1 miniatures have begun making their way to US backers. These shipments have been plagued by quality control issues and broken miniatures.

    Super Dungeon Explores: Legends

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sodapopminiatures/super-dungeon-explore-legends/comments

    • Originally ran on KS from October 21, 2015 until November 11, 2015
    • Raised $1,290,522 from 6,611 backers
      • Does not account for any/all additional funs raised via Pledge Manager
    • Game/Stretch goals were to Ship December 2016

    As of November 2018, zero of the game’s backers have received anything. The last update of any type regarding fulfillment and shipping was back in March 2018.

    $2,566,516 from 17,428 backers, or $148.80 per person.

     

    Holy amazing looking release, Batman!

    Knight Models looks to be swinging it out of the park this month in honor of the 80th birthday of everyone’s favorite vigilante, Batman. New starter boxes, new models, an amazing looking store exclusive and a new Batman that looks like he’ll be a joy to paint. Lets take a quick look:

    80th Anniversary Batman-

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    This may be my favorite Batman sculpt they’ve done so far.

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    So it looks like this is indeed a Multiverse model, meaning it includes character cards for both the Batman Miniatures Game and DC Universe Miniatures Game. Anyone that knows me knows that this is an instant plus for me. I have always loved the idea of being able to buy a single miniature (or starter) and it works for multiple games. It just simply adds more bang for your money that way.

    Clayface-

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    So much nicer looking than the original Clayface model.

    Another Multiverse unit. Love it! Keep them coming, please! This model looks sharp. The sculpt is very reminiscent of the animated Clayface.

    Team Flash-

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    I won’t lie. Ever since the started expanding the CW license for Batman, I have wanted two figures above all else. White Canary and Harrison Wells (Harry!) from Earth-2. Finally getting one of them at least!

    Legion of Doom-

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    I guess nothing says “speedster” like standing with your arms crossed while smirking cockily.

    More speed! More League of Shadows! More magic! A solid looking group here.

    Then outside the traditional single or multi-pack releases, Knight Models is rolling out a set of three brand new single player starters (350 point Bat-Boxes). These are interesting because they are comprised of most previously release models (though in the 2nd edition resin!). To make them appealing to existing player bases, it seems, is that they include a couple new models (in terms of units and themed objective markers), physical equipment cards and exclusive scenarios.

    The Joker: Clowns Party-

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    I am a sucker for the Clown Prince of Crime. This is probably going to be high on my priority list.

    The Riddler: Quizmasters-

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    The Riddler and his crew here were on my radar for a little while, if for no other reason than I think painting all that green and purple would me fun. That being said, I’ve never bought any, so this may have to be bought.

    Interesting idea, however. I am curious if they would release an Arkham Asylum/City/Knight version of the Riddler and his crew as a box? A 350 point arm of those little (and not so little) quizzing mechanical monsters would be fun.

    Suicide Squad-

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    Alright, a little truth time. This is the only blemish to the entire month of releases. With the exception of the models being resin, this is the exact same team as the Suicide Squad 2-player box released a couple years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I find the idea of getting a new Katana (the only model from the box I never assembled) appealing. However, would it have hurt to include the Enchantress and Rick Flagg? How about an exclusive Amanda Waller?

    Honestly, they probably should have released a different hero themed box. It’s Batman’s 80th. Why not a Batman and squad of Gotham Police/S.W.A.T? Oh! A Teen Titans box with exclusive Cyborg and Beast Boy? Or a Birds of Prey box with an exclusive Oracle model?

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    Ultimately, this seems to be a very good month if you’re a fan of the Batman Miniatures Game. Hopefully next month, we’ll get a few more Multiverse options though.

    What do you all think? What are you picking up or passing on? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

    Until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

    Privateer Press has announced that the release date for their relaunch of Monsterpocalypse has been pushed back a couple weeks from September 21st until October 5th. While not much of a delay, those of you who follow The Late Night Players know that Monsterpocalypse was one of our favorite titles from GenCon this year. So the news that its being delayed, even if ever so slightly, saddens us that everyone will have to wait longer to get their hands on the game.

    The reason for the delay seems to be due to a customs hold up. From what we are to understand, this is a bit of history repeating itself as the original game had a couple of their releases delayed due to custom holds and shipyard strikes. Purely coincidental mind you, but a funny observation none the less.

    Privateer Press’ official statement is below:

    “Privateer Press’ upcoming Monsterpocalypse Hobby Miniatures Game, scheduled for release on September 21, has been temporarily delayed. U.S. Customs held the container carrying the game and a host of items from other companies for an intensive exam. The street date has been changed to October 5, 2018.

    The Monsterpocalypse tutorial guide was launched last week to further players’ knowledge and awareness of the forthcoming game. The tutorial is available at here.

    The Monsterpocalypse Hobby Miniatures Game represents an updated and streamlined second edition of the original 2008 collectible game’s rules. Additionally, instead of using pre-painted collectible figures to play, the new game’s most noteworthy difference is its use of highly detailed resin and metal hobby miniatures, which players get to assemble before playing. As a hobby game, this upgrade to the Monsterpocalypse experience provides the opportunity for players to customize their armies through painting and modeling them.”

    Hopefully this will not force a delay of their other planned October releases of the Shadow Sun Syndicate (Protectors) and Lords of Cthul (Destroyers).

    What do you all think? Disappointed? Relieved you’ll have a couple extra weeks to get what you have primed and painted for the table top? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

    As always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

    This past weekend was the rerelease of the eighth Dragon Ball Z movie, Dragon Ball Z: The Legendary Super Saiyan, to theaters. Much like the original Poke`mon movies one the early 2000’s, this one came with a brand new card for Bandai’s Dragon Ball Super trading card game:

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    Kakarot!!

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    A new Broly leader gives players an alternative to the current Broly leader. While the original Broly leader has a limitation on only being able to attack an opponent’s leader, this Broly does not. Pre-Awaken Broly does have an effect for attacking a leader with him, one that will see cycling through a player’s deck for added bonus of discarding a card in their opponent’s hand. The Awakened Broly has an once per turn ability that can shut down any Battle Card their opponent may have.

    A downside to the new Broly is that he does not get to benefit from the like’s of cards such as Broly’s Ring or Unstoppable Ambition Super Saiyan Caulifla, one that protects your hand while the hand protects your Battle Cards. That not with standing, this offers a bit more offensive options (being able to attack Battle Cards and not just Leaders) as well as some interesting defensive options.

    All in all, for a movie give-away, this is one that I can see being a rather fun one to play around with. In a couple months, they are releasing a double feature for Dragon Ball Z: Bardock- Father of Boku and Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn, which will have another give away (Gogeta!!).

    That’s it for now. As always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!