Not even a day after announcing the awesome DC Multiverse range of models, Knight Models posted their March preorders for their April releases. These are available for preorder now until March 28th, expected shipping date is April 3rd.
First, it’s contains an all new campaign around the Batman: Arkham Knight video game. It also contain at several new rules for multiple new modes of play, as well as update equipment and more. I’m extremely curious about the “multiplayer scenarios”, as I have a play group of 4-8 people at any given time
Also of importance is the new Akrham Knight model that is the preorder bonus. It comes with three different head variants, making it very intriguing to buy three copies of the book. They treated us the card for this model several weeks ago.
A couple more releases the Arkham Knight game round out the selection for the Batman Miniatures Game, including a brand new Nightwing:
Finally, they are giving us the King of Atlantis, Aquaman:
His abilities are giving me all kinds of ideas for a water heavy board, as well as trying to add more water to the existing boards.
All in all, some great releases to come out in April. I think my top three must haves are going to be the new Campaign book, Catwoman, and Aquaman. I wish Supergirl were a DC Multiverse model, giving some extra power to the Batman Miniaturs Game.
What do you guys think? What releases are you most excited for?
The other day, I realized that I have a lot of hats tossed in on KickStarter right now. I just finalized my Mythic Battles: Pantheon pledge and it got me to thinking that a great feature might be to spot light some KickStarters that I and my gaming group think others might enjoy.
I figured this week I’d started with a few that I’m personally backing.
Anyone that has been following my blog knows that this was my “Game of GenCon 2016”. I did a pretty big write up of the game at the time, explaining the rules and such. If you haven’t read it, just click here.
At the time of this writing, they have raised $625,271 on a goal of $100,000 with 15 days to go, so obviously they are funded. They have also currently unlocked 21 of 22 listed stretch goals, of which 10 of the 21 are listed as KickStarter Exclusives.
Game wise, there are three tiers:
Core Game- $99
Pilot’s Edition- $125, includeds plastic miniatures of the pilots.
Painter’s Edition- $150, includes the Pilot’s Edition with 4 dismantled and unpainted mechs for customization.
They have several additional buys, but only one is actual game material (the others are original art):
Urban Wasteland Expansion- $45, includes 12 turrets for the top of the buildings along with 10 plastic buildings and other cosmetic additions.
Something to note is that shipping on this game is astronomical by comparison to other titles. The base game alone to the United States is estimated at upwards of $45. So the shipping is almost $50 of the base game.
I was hyped for this game and was one of the first backers, and I am still hyped, but I have to be realistic. Initially I had predicted this game to hit $1-$1.5 Million based on the company behind it, the great experience I had demoing it and the amazing PR they have had these last 7 or so months. However, with the shipping, lack of add ons and questionable lengths between stretch goals, this game hit a brick wall early on. I’m now predicting $750,000 max if it gets a strong last week push.
Still, highly recommend getting in on this through KickStarter if only for the plastic dashboards that are exclusive. I’m in for a Painter’s Edition and Urban Wasteland Expansion myself.
Relic Knights is a game I’ve looked into several times the last couple trips to GenCon, but one I never fully felt ready to take the plunge with. 2nd Edition is poised to change that. Relic Knigjts is a 2 player a sci-fi miniatures game with a heavily anime influenced theme.
As of this writing, they are funded with $219,653 on a goal of $50,000 with 4 days left. They’ve unlocked 33 of 38 listed stretch goals, with 6 of the 33 listed as KickStarter Exclusive. Note however that their stretch goals are a bit odd. Some are unlocked add ons at a steeply discounted price or upgrades to existing models. I highly recommend researching the stretch goals heavily so there isn’t any disappointments if you get your package and something isn’t there.
Game wise, there are a few levels:
Hero- $70, includes 2-player starter with 2 exclusive models (no stretch goals).
Questing Knight- $130, includes Hero pledge, 4 exclusive models, 2nd Edition rulebook and 2nd Edition Upgrade Deck.
Relic Knight- $150, includes Questing Knight pledge and Void Break Expansion rulebook.
As for as add ons, there are too many to list. The whole idea behind Relic Knights: 2nd Edition is to rework the game from the ground up, including all existing models. Some will be left alone, some retired, some reworked. The add ons for this KickStarter are all existing models at deeply discounted prices. Again, something to research.
Like all CMoN KickStarters, this one blew up and was funded in a matter of minutes. It’s not hard to see why. A spiritual successor to Blood Rage, this is a game of political alliances, mythical creatures, ronin and the seasons based in feudal Japan. It’s a gorgeous theme in a gorgeous package.
With 25 days to go, it is at $1,772,645 on a $300,000 goal. They’ve unlocked 25 out of 26 listed stretch goals, with 15 of the 25 being listed as KickStarter Exclusive. Several stretch goals are component upgrades and new monsters, but there is a rather big exclusive- a 6th clan! Currently the game supports up to 5 players, but this will allow a 6th player.
Game wise, they only have one edition for $100. That will more than likely be the retail cost, but it’ll include an exclusive model and all kinds of stretch goals. There are also 0 add ons so far, but they still have nearly a month to go.
This one will easy break $3-$3.5 Million easily. If it doesn’t, I’ll be extremely disappointed.
So those are the three big ones I’m following and investing in. Obviously, these are three very different games and they may not be for everybody. These are just my recommendations.
Today, Knight Models announced via their FaceBook page the introduction of the DC Multiverse range of models. These models will include character cards for both the Batman Miniatures Game and DC Universe Miniature Game. This is exciting and a great step in the right direction after saying good-bye to the Marvel Universe license earlier this year.
Their first announced release for this range is a favorite of mine- Catwoman.
Based on her 90’s costume, this look defined Selina Kyle and Catwoman for me. That’s not to say I’m not a fan of the black leather suit, but this suit screamed comic book femme fatale. I always thought it was a better look for a character who walked a tight rope between the side of the heroes and villains.
Today they finally showed off her stats. Originally, I was just expecting the card for the Batman Miniatures Game, but surprise!
For the Batman Miniatures Game, she looks like a recon queen. Several of her traits allow for quick climbing and the ability to avoid several obstacles that would otherwise slow down a non-flying character. The Special Trait also allows her to maintain her speed when going after those loot objectives. Most importantly, she finally allows me to do a comic themed Gotham City Sirens build (without using video game models).
With her DC Universe Miniatures Game version, Catwoman is the kind of character I’ve been waiting for. She is a “neutral” hero, which will allow her to play on multiple teams. At a Level 6 (her cost to field), she is a fantastic support piece that can tie up heavy hitters as well as debuff their defenses (“Bad Kitty” has the potential to reduce their physical defense by 3 points). Her “Comrade Batman” offers some potentially interesting tag team combos with Batman.
Ultimately, at the end of the day and the model not with standing, this announcement is a fantastic thing for Knight Models in my opinion. If the models in this range remain at the same cost (not sure how much more the cost is for an additional card), you are getting two miniatures for two different games. That is impressive by any measurement. The only thing I hope they offer is some kind of physical purchase for cards of older models that were made (or will be made) playable in one system from the other.