Archive for October, 2019

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.