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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!

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.

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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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.

 

Hello, gamers.

My apologies for the lack of transmissions as of late. 2019 hadn’t started the way I intended for it to. A major positive that has happened is that I began working a new job that allows me to be able to talk about all this wonderful hobby has to offer and actually get paid to do so. The Late Night Players is a passion project of mine, but passion projects can only get one so far. Hopefully this new job will allow me to become a more solid writer as well as give me some credibility as a gaming journalist.

On the gaming side of things, it has mostly been Magic the Gathering lately. Since one could toss a stone and hit someone with far better knowledge, experience and history with the game than me, I’ve elected to not really talk about it all that much. With War of the Spark looming, I’ve been working on a couple new possible Commander builds. EDH/Commander is my main build, of course.

Aside from Magic, I received a couple fun things in the mail. First up, I won a copy of Gizmos from CMoN through the awesome team at Beasts of War. The game is surprising fun and complex. I know it was on the lists of several of the folks I went to Gen Con with, I sadly didn’t pay it any mind. Wish I had, because I’d have bought it before now. Oh well. My indecision led to a free game.

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After that, I got in my first Kickstarter package for the year- Sparkle Kitty Nights. I was beginning to wonder if this one was ever going to ship. The updated version of Sparkle Kitty had made its way into stores late last year, just in time for Christmas. I get that they wanted to get it onto market for the holidays, but it was rather disheartening to see something you back on the store shelves before you have it. Granted, I already own the original, but went with the all in pledge to get the updated packaging.

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Then, earlier this month, one of the largest Kickstarters I’ve ever had the pleasure of opening – Batman: Gotham City Chronicles. The only campaign I’ve backed that had this much was Mythic Battles Pantheon from Monolith Games as well. This was a hefty 30 pound box to say the least. I’ve only had the time to open them to check for damages and can happily say that only a couple miniatures and boxes.

So, with that, I think we’re pretty much caught up. The game plan is to be much more active again. There are a lot of great games on the horizon and Gen Con will be here before I know it.

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

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.
  • 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.