Knight Models is on the hype train for their third edition of the long running Batman Miniatures Game. They gave the crew at Beasts of War/OnTableTop a first look at the hero crew for the new Bat Box as well as a preview of a couple of third edition’s new mechanics.

First is the heroic crew featuring some familiar faces:

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Looks like, a part from the Batman previewed earlier this week, we have Commissioner Gordon with the Bat Signal, Harvey Bullock, and a hand full of uniquely sculpted GCPD police officers.

The looks of this crew makes me feel as though the third edition is going to try really hard to bring the game back to its original roots as a street level gang vs gang style game. During the anniversary event, several big name models were announced to either be switching to just the DC Universe Miniatures Game or being retired all together. At first I was a little apprehensive towards the idea, but I think it’s growing on me.

One thing about the models though, which becomes more painfully clear in the other shot…

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Commissioner Gordon is another standard size model on a 40mm base for no other apparent reason than the scenic base looks cool. This particular one is the least offensive as that model would make sense on the top of a police building in the middle of your table. On the ground, though? Suspension of disbelief can only go so far.

He does look bad ass though. Thats another classic image sculpted beautifully into a model.

I digress. Moving on to the new mechanic. Notice those tokens with the foot prints. Those would be “Suspect” markers.

Per the post on OnTableTop:

“The first new concept for crew enhancement is Suspect markers. As your henchmen fill the streets of Gotham with these Suspects, you can use them in various ways to fulfill your strategies and take out enemy Suspects to hinder the opposition.”

This on its own sounds intriguing, but it also looks like the fundamental way the game plays out in the new Objective Deck:

“Suspects are closely related to the crew’s own Objectives, which now take the form of a card deck, which you can tailor to your preferred play style. Objective cards can either be used for scoring points or can be discarded instead to gain temporary bonuses.”

I think this could be a rather interesting way to perfectly distinguish the Batman Miniatures Game from the DC Universe Miniatures Game, both of which had become rather muddled as of late.

I know several people have voiced concerns online in terms of the direction the game (and company) are heading. I think if the previews for third edition continues to get better with each passing reveal, and they justify in the new rules the need for boss characters to be on 40mm scenic bases, then I think the game is heading in the right direction.

What do you all think? Sound off and let us know.

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

Last month, we posted about Bandai stealth announcing an Evangelion Card Game expansion/stand alone for their Chrono Clash System card game. They have officially updated their website with details on both products.

We have a look at the official box art for EV-01, which features Shinji Ikari and Rei Ayanami, and EV-02, which features Asuka Shikinami and Kaworu Nagisa:

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Bandai also revealed a handful of the game’s cards:

Not much additional information was revealed beyond each box’s contents:

  • 108 cards (each deck contains 54 cards)
  • 12 double-sized cards
  • 2 turn sequence cards
  • 2 play sheets
  • 1 play manual (in multiple languages)

Additionally, we know that the sets are supposed to release in February of next year. If they are like the Naruto/Boruto sets, they should retail for between $34.99 and $39.99 since they are only two decks as opposed to the Godzilla set with four decks.

Personally, that feels like too long of a wait for such a highly anticipated release. One would think that Christmas time would be a perfect time to capitalize on this particular set’s release. After the holidays, so many people are busy with the games they got or recuperating from the money they spent on other people and their games. Then again, maybe I’m just too excited to pilot a Neon Genesis Evangelion deck against a Godzilla deck.

What do you all think? Between Bandai’s Chrono Clash System and Jasco Game’s UniVersus (firmly UFS), lots of anime titles are coming back to the card game table. I don’t know about anyone else, but it feels like the early 2000’s again at my local game store and I personally love.

Let me know what you all think. Is there an anime title you’d like to see represented in either system?

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

Knight Models made a tease a couple months ago, right before their 10th anniversary celebration, about a possible third edition to their long running super heroes miniature game. Sadly nothing was announced during the event, but we’ve since been given some sneak peaks at the announcement this past week.

First, the third edition box:

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This has been hinted at being a new two-player Batbox, similar to the Dark Knight Rises box they released earlier this year. There isn’t a whole lot of information to be gained from the box art alone. We see Batman and the Joker (Jim Lee art for both if I’m not mistaken), and a lot of yellow. One thing is for sure- this box is going to stick out on the store shelves. Which is obviously what I think they are going for, but I think it could have been done in a more subtle way.

After the box reveal, Knight Models treated us to a look at the Batman model to be found in the box:75418267_2146908602076113_3090723041034895360_o

Based on the Todd McFarlane art for Batman #423, this is undeniably a beautiful sculpt (albeit a little odd if you see the art and notice the woman missing which was a focal point of the piece but I digress). There are just two small, minor details that I hope aren’t too…annoying when the model releases. First it is extremely pointy, to the point (no pun intended) that you could literally stab someone’s eye out with it. Second is the rock that he is standing on. He’s a standard size character, but the rock for scenic purposes puts him on a 40mm base. That is just going to look strange on a roof top. To be honest, however, if they wanted to go full art piece, that moon should be a part of it too. Lets just go full on Dark Knight here, folks.

Still, I love the model.

Along with the model reveal, they treated us to an official announcement trailer (teaser trailer?) for the third edition. Aside from getting a nice 360-degree spin on the model, they state that the new edition/box will be available in time for Christmas. Take a look:

Finally, today, Knight Models revealed the Batman’s stat card:

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Again with the yellow. I kid because I love, folks.

Given the preview of the third edition card we got with the Red Hood Joker from the anniversary sell, all the traits in the yellow box on the front are spelled out in detail on the back of the card. I like this purely from the standpoint of not having to go back and forth through the rule book to reference an ability. That slows down game play and these games can be quiet long as it is. Again, not a bad thing in the slightest.

So far, I have to admit I’m rather excited to see what the third edition will be bringing us. Second Edition, I felt, streamlined a lot of things and the switch to resin was a plus for me (sorry, not sorry, that I’m not a fan of metal miniatures).

What do you all think? Too soon for another edition (second edition dropped in 2017)? Anything you’d like to see come from this? Who do you hope is in the box?

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

Well, my predictions were true (as well as about 90% of everyone else who were commenting on the throne tease). Thanos is coming to Marvel Crisis Protocol!

Revealed during an Asmodee stream and then shown off on the Atomic Mass Games‘ FaceBook page, the Mad Titan looks absolutely glorious.

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Thanos looks imposing as he descends from his throne, Infinity Gauntlet primed to bring a balance to the galaxy. And as all things must be balanced, so too is his place in the game. While details are still sparse, Thanos will offer two forms of play- standard and as a raid boss (called it!). I can only imagine what his Threat Level would be for team construction purposes, but I can’t wait.

Since he has two different uses in the game, he’ll come with two different details in the construction of his model. Thanos will come with two alternate faces, one grinning and one snarling, as well as two alternate left hands, with and without the Infinity Gauntlet.

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“Fine. I’ll just have to do this myself…”

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How many are going to green stuff an inappropriate gesture here?

We’re less than half an hour from Atomic Mass Games‘ weekly Twitch stream. Obviously we’ll be watching as they have teased more potential information coming for him during it. We’ll be sure to update with any new information!

Update:

During the Weekly Transmission, Dallas Kemp and company showed of the figure. Not much information was given except that he’ll be on a 50mm base and then they showed off the hight of the model compared to the Captain America from the core box:

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Sorry for the phone screen grab, folks!

The hight difference is spot on and I love it. The desire to get a second core set to mod the Captain America with a broken shield and Mjolnir is strong.

So what say you, gamers? We excited or disappointed? I know I’m excited. Sound off in the comments below to let us know.

As always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

I haven’t had time to really finish writing up all the ways I’m excited for Atomic Mass Games‘ upcoming Marvel Crisis Protocol. They revealed it this past August at Gen Con, and it has been on the top of many of our group’s most highly anticipated lists. We know the contents of the starter and the immediate expansions (figures and terrain). But beyond what they showed at Gen Con and teased during live streams (like Drax and Hawkeye), we haven’t heard much about what we could expect from the future.

Except now (or at least Wednesday afternoon)…

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A scenic base fit for a king…but which one?

On the Atomic Mass Games Facebook page, they teased this beautifully painted piece with the caption “Tomorrow…“.

Obviously the caption is about their weekly live stream, but who’s throne is this? The two choices we have are the mad titan, Thanos, and the leader of the Inhumans, Black Bolt.

My money is on Thanos for three reasons:

  • Two of the Black Order (Proxima Midnight and Corvus Glaive) were revealed at Gen Con. Even without Ebony Maw and Black Dwarf, we still need their leader.
  • The throne looks to be part of a moon scene. While that fits both of them, this looks like it is sitting outside. Black Bolt would have a throne in a proper throne room, much more ornate.
  • The game’s creators have stated that they have access to a wide range of characters, but lets be honest. Surely Marvel/Disney would want to capitalize on the biggest movie in history (and not the worse television series).

The only question I have is what is it for? We haven’t had much information on the game’s upcoming “Raid” system, so it could be a boss piece? When having discussions with others, one of the biggest things I thought would be cool would have a series of campaign books that came with pieces of terrain that would make a bigger terrain set. Could this be a part of something large (beyond just a singular figure)?

Then again, I guess the most important question we should have beyond what and who is when? When do we get to have this in our hands? I guess we’ll find out later today on their live stream.

What do you think? Is it Thanos, Black Bolt, or someone else? Let us know.

And as always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

So mark this one on the list of things that would be considered unexpected. Bandai will be bringing Neon Genesis Evangelion to the tabletop with the Evangelion Card Game, an expansion to their Chrono Clash System.

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It appears this was announced via their site and FaceBook page sometime around the beginning of the month. Talk about a stealth announcement. Neon Genesis Evangelion was thrust back into the spot light recently when Netflix debuted their new dubbing of the classic coming-of-age-mecha anime back in June of this year.

So far, it looks like the set will be done like the Naruto/Boruto Card Game. That means two sets at launch with two decks, as opposed to the Godzilla Card Game that launched with four decks in its core box.

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The ad for the game as it appears on the game’s website, seemingly two separate boxes based on the set numbers (EV01 and EV02).

I would be lying if I said this didn’t interest me in the slightest. I was able to get in a game of the Godzilla Card Game late last week and found it rather enjoyable. The game is quick and fast paced, with as deep a layer of strategy as you are willing to dive. The fact that you can pick up a deck of either of the existing games (Naruto/Boruto or Godzilla) and fight against each other is rather reminiscent of Bushiroad’s Weiss Schwarz, which is one of my top ten card games of all time.

I was on the fence about rather to get into the game or not, however. The original announcements/previews leading up to the game’s launch were hit or miss and the game’s presence at Gen Con 2019 left a bit to be desired. Having played it in a less stressful environment, though, I found it enjoyable and a game I wouldn’t mind having a deck of. The only question was which set to jump in with.

I guess this answers that question, uh?

What do you all think? Would there be a bigger or more well renowned franchise that should have gotten the third release slot over Neon Genesis?

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

Games Workshop has finally detailed the set that may (more than likely) get me into Warhammer 40KAdepta Sororitas, the Sisters of Battle, or the Nuns with Guns if you will.

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Nuns, Guns, Whips and Mechs

I’ll be the first to admit I know next to nothing about the game outside what I’ve been researching. I’ve been debating getting into Killteam for months but could never decide on a faction I’ve wanted to actually try playing. The latest 2-player box they put out made for a tempting purchase, but neither side really spoke to me.  

Then they teased their new line of plastic Sisters of Battle and I was like, “That looks like a faction I’d like!”

The new Sisters of Battle box comes with 25 new plastic miniatures, ranging from the leader Canones to a towering Penitent Engine. The models are monopose, which I have seen some disappointment raised via members of the community. As someone who has never played with or assembled anything by Games Workshop, I sort of appreciate the single use pose of the miniatures. Then again I’ve never been big on conversions or alternate sculpts, mainly because I can be so indecisive on permanent decisions like that (or that I’d need one of each pose/option).

The one thing I can see a creative issue with is the Penitent Engine. The new one looks like a simple torture murder machine. The original looks like something being piloted by a martyr or a believer in a cause. I know that is weird to say, but I can’t figure out a better way to explain that.

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New plastic, murder machine model.

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Original, heavy metal martyr model.

Again, though, that is purely a cosmetic, artistic preference. Even with my dislike of most metal models (thinks to a particular superhero line), I may have to pick up one or two of the original Penitent Engines before Games Workshop completely discontinues the metal line.

Along with the miniatures, the box includes everything a player would need to play- an exclusive edition of the Codex: Adepta Sororitas, Adepta Sororitas Datacards, 12 dice, an Adepta Sororitas transfer sheet, and a Warhammer 40,000 core rules booklet. The interesting part about the included Codex is, aside from the fantastic art featured on the cover, the book is not an abridged edition of the Sisters of Battle book. It is the updated hardcover edition of the full thing.

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The artwork on that book is stunning! GW, how about a print/poster, please?

I am definitely a fan of this set, if for no other reason than it is the first set in a long time from Games Workshop that I’ve seen and have been interested in from the get go. The announcement article also mentions that this is just the beginning of a large Adepta Sororitas range. It would be awesome to get into the range at the ground level.

That being said, though, I am hoping that they don’t price this one at a point where that interest would be lost. Yes, there are long time players that’ll want to pick this box up, but this should be the ideal product to hook new players. It has everything, short of terrain, to get a player on the tabletop and playing. If they keep this product in the $149-$169 price range, I see myself preordering it. At ~$200, I’d be a bit more cautious about the purchase. Anything over $200 and it’ll be a pass. Yes, I’m aware of Games Workshop’s pricing structure, but doesn’t mean that I have to like it.

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Repentia Superior

What do you all think? Is this a pass or a day one purchase? To the long standing Warhammer 40K players out there, does the switch to plastic, monopose miniatures sway your decision one way or the other?

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

 

So in the midst of the calm before the storm as it were, Jasco Games dropped a bit of a bombshell this past week. The company will be releasing a trading card game based on the ultra popular My Hero Academia. Furthermore, they are debuting it at Gen Con next week with a special demo event and tournament. Participating in the events will get players 1 of 3 limited edition preview promo cards. Winning the tournament gets you a 1 of a kind giant sized “Plus Ultra” card.

They have been previewing the promo cards via their Facebook page in the…oddest of ways:

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Preview image of the “Plus Ultra!!” Promo Card

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Preview of the “Katsuki Bakugo” Promo Card

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Preview of the “Izuku Midoriya” and “All Might” Promo Cards

I say odd because the images of the cards haven’t been the focal point of the overall picture itself. They are dangling enough of the carrot on the stick to get us invested and want to get there to see what this is all about.

And speaking of dangling a carrot, the images tease a new card game banner UniVersus. According to Jasco Games (or at least whomever is responding for them on their Facebook page), UniVersus and UFS are fully compatible with one another. That would make sense considering some of the iconography on the preview cards share similarities with UFS cards (Like the Block icon in the top left corner). I’m personally wondering if the two games will function in the way that Weiss Schwarz does in that all decks can play against one another but you can’t mix and match from outside your particular series (no mixing Attack on Titan with Sword Art Online).

This announcement definitely caused a small shift in my Gen Con 2019 plans, but in a good way! I can’t wait to learn more and get my hands on this game.

Anyways, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

 

Jasco Games has finally tipped their hat with the upcoming UFS Yu Yu Hakusho release!

First and foremost, we have a release date. Jasco has announced that the next expansion is due on September 6, 2019. That is a lot sooner than I had given any hope for. Furthermore, per their Facebook post, we may get a bit early at Gen Con next month.

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Wake me before September ends!

Next up, we have our first previews of the set. On both their Facebook and official site Jasco has shown off the leader of Team Urameshi, Yusuke Urameshi himself. Each card previewed looks fun and powers like Spirit Gun represent the iconic moves. The art work looks to be straight pulls from the anime, which is fine by me since that is how Score Entertainment did their version. Interestingly enough, though, is that the first set (based off the characters picked) is based on the Spirit Detective Saga of the anime/manga. Yusuke, though, is depicted in his Dark Tournament Saga fighting gear.

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The Man. The Myth. The Legend.

 

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If these are the kinds of cards we can expect from the rest of the set then I cannot wait to get my hands on them in September.

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

I’ve written this opening entry a dozen or so times and I still can’t process it. We are going to get straight to the point then.

Today, via their Facebook pages, Jasco Games announced the next expansion to their Universal Fight System (or simply UFS)…

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If the opening theme isn’t in your head right now…

Those that know me personally, or have been following my game writing for a while, know that Score Entertainment’s Yu Yu Hakusho TCG from the early 2000’s was insanely influential to me. The game was the reason I am as big of a fan of trading card games, and collectible games in general. To this day, I will buy the boosters and starters for it, even more than a decade after it stopped being published. For me, the Yu Yu Hakush TCG was the game by which all others were measured (power creep be damned).

Of course, I have no delusions that these will be anything similar. UFS has a rich and rewarding combat system that a property like this was made for. More so than even last year’s Cowboy Bebop set, Yu Yu Hakusho is a series about tournament fighting, hand to hand combat and a magnitude of characters that should offer several rich deck types and builds.

It just makes me beyond happy to know that I’ll be able to buy new cards and experience the new thrill all over again with characters I adore.

So, until next time, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

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