Archive for December, 2018

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.