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Marvel Crisis Protocol Gen Con 2020 Reveals

Gen Con 2020 has come and gone. Regardless of how you feel about the way it handled, it was something we all needed if only for a few days. While a couple companies did not do much beyond the bare minimum, a handful of companies went above and beyond to give gamers something to enjoy or look forward to. Jasco was one of them, and I discussed their big announcements earlier this week. The other company that impressed was Atomic Mass Games. William, Dallas, and the rest of the crew delivered some great painting and hobby videos, Q&A’s, and most importantly – new character releases.

First and foremost, was the big X-Men related announcement that was teased early in July. The announcement was a recorded announcement featuring William Shick finally announcing the long awaited (and constantly asked about) X-Men:

They expectation going into the announcement was that we would be receiving a new 2-player core set for the game’s anniversary that would be focused on Marvel’s Mighty Mutants. We even discussed our theories on what the announcement would be here. What we got was a bit of our theories and a surprise decision or two.

First, we aren’t getting a new starter. In place of a singular release, Atomic Mass is giving us four 2-Character Packs:

CP40: Wolverine & Sabertooth – We said they wouldn’t be included in a starter because they would sell their own boxes by the truck load. Technically, we were right on this one at the very least. The two look like they are part of an epic diorama when facing one another. Wolverine includes an alternate maskless head sculpt.

CP41: Cyclops & Storm – In an interview published after the announcement video, Will stated that both the X-Men and Brotherhood would ship with two options for leaders, a first for the game. Both Storm and Cyclops represent possible leaders of the X-Men (Gold and Blue) out of the box. Cyclops includes an alternate head sculpt featuring the full cowl similar to his original appearance.

CP42: Magneto & Toad – Magneto looks fantastic and appears to offer a new mechanic (potentially) with the two additional pieces of debris on their own bases. Could this be a minions mechanic people have been asking about? We figured Toad would be a starter box character has he probably wouldn’t sell his own box, so including him with the Master of Magnetism. The Brotherhood of Mutants is getting two leaders as well, but we are hard pressed to think it’d be Toad as the second one.

CP43: Mystique & Beast – This is probably the one we are most excited about, if for no other reason than the possibilities of the hobby. Mystique, the possible second leader of the Brotherhood, offers a wide range of ideas. Replace the extended leg with a Captain Marvel or Proxima Midnight leg, or swap out her non-gun arm with Loki’s or Drax’s arm. Beast includes an alternate head sculpt with glasses and an alternate arm holding a book. We are already looking at screen shots of the animated series to decide on what book to make it.

They stated that the plan is to get the X-Men on our table tops for the game’s anniversary. That’ll put us in Q4 2020 for the releases as the original core came out November 15, 2019. The reasoning behind not giving a second starter is to have a narrative cohesion between releases and to not confuse players as to if there is a second game. They want all players, new and old, to know that everything is one game.

That being said, we think the loss of a new core starter isn’t the best idea and probably the only thing we haven’t agreed with about their game since the announcement. First, so many players at our local shop and online have stressed an interest in the game but only if there is a dedicated starter. The lack of a starter puts those new players who would want to join the game at a disadvantage either in cost (because they’ll have to buy the four packs plus a starter they aren’t interested in) or game play wise (those boxes won’t have a fraction of the Tactic Cards or Crisis Cards a starter provides). Second, with the exception of one or two figures from the original Core Box, many of them have become quickly obsolete by the natural power creep of the game.

But we digress. Ultimately this is their game. They are beholden only to themselves (and the license holder) for their decisions.

They did say that in order to get these eight to us for the anniversary may cause a gap in releases of the mutants. So if you’re favorite X-Men or Brotherhood character weren’t shown, you may have a little bit of a wait on your hands.

Their X-Men teaser also ended with a tease of what could possibly be our next mutant sighting- Deadpool!

Talk about the ability to just print money…

Before we move on to the other reveals, we have to discuss the bridge display in the background of the video. Why, you ask? Well there are a bit of a mystery hidden in there that we’ve all been trying to figure out. Sadly, due to Atomic Mass Game’s blanket “we cannot comment on unreleased content” mission statement (not a jab, we totally get it), we will probably never know.

On the bridge, we have 3 mystery figures that there have been several guesses but none that we can say 100% for certain.

First on top, to the left, we have a figure between Doc Ock and the Green Goblin. It is a rather bulky looking figure. The most popular guess has been Mysterio. The second mystery figure is at the top as well, but to the right, immediately behind/beside Spider-Man (Miles Morales) but before Ghost-Spider. Popular theory is Black Cat, but I have a guess that it is actually Dagger. Why? Because there is a third mystery figure behind Black Widow 2, directly behind Thanos and to the right. That figure peaking out looks like a wavey, dark cloaked figure. So…Cloak?

Following that, we get an official look at the Punisher and Taskmaster that we were given a brief look at back in GAMA 2020 (in the time before time):

Then we were treated to a handful of visual teasers for other models yet to be officially seen anywhere. Earlier in the year, an UK distributor listed these models but we hadn’t seen anything official (again, because they don’t comment).

She-Hulk was ultimately the most exciting of the teasers as the other three had been leaked by the distributor. Knowing they were already coming took a little wind out of the sails for us, but not in a bad way. Seeing the models in full was great, however.

Dare Devil looks dynamic. Kingpin stands proud and cocky atop a destroyed Nelson and Murdock sign. Bullseye is taking aim (though hoping for some alternate hands with playing cards). She-Hulk looks like she is about to smash someone’s face in. Her reveal image and Kingpin’s both have a second reveal teaser all around them.

That looks like some fun scatter terrain that’ll help round out a lot of players’ boards. Some people were concerned that the two vehicles would be an either-or-assembly, similar to the Oscorp/Trash Truck from earlier this year, but they will both be buildable in a single set. If reasonably priced, this could be an easy double purchase.

Rounding out the miniature reveals, we have finally seen the last two Asgardians (and Guardian) from their respective affiliation cards- Angela and Enchantress.

Both models look fantastic, though we had to give the edge to Angela. She looks like she is effortless gliding into battle. There is some concern within our gaming group that Angela may be brittle, but there are way to reinforce her to her base. The Enchantress looks great too, descending upon the battle field in a green mist. Both models will surely be a delight to assemble, and hopefully they will be as fun to play.

The reveals didn’t end there. During a painting stream, the Defenders team roster was revealed:

The biggest surprise on that list is the original Heroes for Hire themselves, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. While we haven’t seen anything for Iron Fist, we have been gifted the tease of Luke Cage’s card art:

Speaking of cards, the reveals were rounded out to also tease us with Dr. Strange, Wong, and Wasp’s cards:

All in all, it was a great weekend for the game. Even through out the pandemic, the crew at Atomic Mass Games has continued to have one of the best relations with their community out of so many other games. The amount they showcased was just as impressive. And while not everyone will agree with the lack of an X-Men core starter, no one can say that the rest of 2020 and early 2021 isn’t looking fantastic.

Though…can we get the Fantastic Four, please…? Seriously, when are the Fantastic Four coming…?

Fantastic Four when…?

Let us know in the comments what your favorite reveal was. Were you as excited for the X-Men as everyone else? Did the knowledge of the leaked street level heroes disappoint their official reveal? Are you as mad as we are that that sweet Xavier School terrain is custom and won’t be sold?

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

Bandai’s Chrono Clash System Loses ‘My Hero Academia’ In The US: A Sign of the End?

As some of you might recall, we discussed the stealth announcement of Bandai Games bringing the My Hero Academia to their Chrono Clash game system back in March (you know, in the before time?). This was a huge announcement to just slide under the radar (much like they did with Neon Genesis Evangelion). Since the world altering effects of the pandemic brought much of all non-essential production and news to a halt or slow crawl, Bandai has been rather radio silent about the game. As expected and acceptable as that is, we now know there may be more to the story than originally thought.

Earlier this month, several commenters in various Chrono Clash Facebook groups have been saying that their local game stores are informing them that their distributors are saying the game will not be released in the United States. When we reached out to surrounding game store for our on confirmation, we were told that the game was no longer available for order and that their preorders had been canceled. On July 21, a post on the game’s primary community Facebook page stated that they had spoken with Bandai’s customer service and it was confirmed that due to licensing of My Hero Academia, the game could only be sold in certain countries.

We have reached out to Bandai Games and will update if and when we get a reply.

Update- 7/21 9:34CST: We received a response from Bandai Games and it does ultimately confirm the distribution at the very least. Per the email from Bandai’s Customer Service-

“We appreciate your support for Carddass Club.

Due to the license of “My Hero Academia”, we plan to sell it only in certain countries. We cannot provide detailed information at this time.

Thank you for understanding.

Back in our original post, we commented on the name simply being My Hero and questioned rather or not that that had anything to do with Jasco Games’ own My Hero Academia TCG for their UniVersus card line. In the July 10th edition of their “Joffice Live!” live stream, they begin talking about My Hero Academia at the 35 minute marker. At the 38:50 mark, they comment that they are the master license holder for the IP in North America for board games and card games. This, more than anything else, is probably the reason for the game not being released here.

Another strong reason is that a couple months ago, Bandai Game’s released an all-new attempt at the Digimon TCG. The game has taken off over seas and it seems like an inevitability that the game will hit English-speaking regions once things return to a somewhat sense of normalcy.

At the core of the game, however, is the unique Chrono Clash engine. The main system that made it so fun and challenging is now the heart of a brand new game. While it isn’t unheard of for company’s to use the same system for multiple titles, it is when they are such vastly different games in this case. On one hand, the Chrono Clash titles are mostly one and done purchases, especially as they didn’t not allow for cross-property play or deck building (no Mothra or Eva-01 in a Naruto deck). Everything anyone would need to play is in the box. They keep customers coming back with new expansions and title add ons. On the other hand, Digimon is a collectible card game in which more money is spent because players will constantly need to update their decks with every new release.

That “Memory Gauge” sure looks familiar…

Chrono Clash is a fantastic line that had momentum coming out of Gen Con 2019. Naruto had launched a couple months prior and had people talking. Godzilla met some criticism. Neon Genesis Evangelion was praised for its complexity and new mechanics. The announcement of My Hero Academia, however, got more stores talking about it and looking at it because My Hero is one of the biggest manga and anime properties in the world at the moment. It offers a cross-selection of multiple potential buying groups that only comes around once in a while and one that had store owners seeing dollar signs. Chrono Clash could only go up from there.

However that momentum went head first into a brick wall. Even prior to the pandemic and many areas going into lockdown, the game had problems. The lack of tournament support for competitive players compounded with the lack of cross-property play. The dead silence from the developer on even the most basic of things (the game’s official Facebook page was last updated was March 3, 2020). These are problems easily fixed, though. Now, as we drift along, we are finding it hard to see anything saving the game at this point.

Yes, the game uses only icons/symbols so that the game can be shared across a language barrier. If someone wants the game bad enough, they can import the game from another country and be able to enjoy it. That’ll be fine for home games but not for local stores. The place where communities develop and games fail or flourish. How much fun will it be to play the game if you have no one to play with? How much fun will you have playing a year old Naruto deck against the new powercreep of All Might or Deku?

Ultimately, though, things could change. Jasco Games and Bandai Games could come to some sort of arrangement that benefits both parties (Goku in UniVersus perhaps?).

What do you think? Is the Chrono Clash game line dead in the water or is it just waiting to catch it’s second wind? Sound off and tell us what you think in the comments below.

As always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

Atomic Mass Teases ‘X’ Marking the Spot

Well this was sooner than I was expecting, then again time is relative these days. Atomic Mass Games announced an incoming teaser and it is sort of obvious…

On July 29, we are going to be treated so some reveal. The blue X against the yellow post-it makes it point towards the long-awaited announcement of the X-Men making their Marvel Crisis Protocol debut.

The X-Men and their inevitable inclusion to the game has probably been the single most asked question (aside from were Spider-Man/Ghost-Spider [CP10] has been). So aside from getting to finally talk about this, I’m sure the folks at Atomic Mass will be so happy to see a new question take that one’s place. May I suggest “When do we get the Fantastic Four?”

Obviously, beyond the teaser and the date and time of the reveal, we know absolutely nothing else. Anything going further in this article will pure speculation, theory crafting. So what could we possibly see?

The first obvious thing is rather or not it’ll be single releases or a starter pack? I think it’ll be a safe bet to assume that we won’t be seeing these until October or November at the earliest, so a new starter for the game’s anniversary doesn’t seem to out of the question. On top of that, many gamers will be coming into the game for the first time due to the fact that they are the X-Men, so it makes more sense to have a starter for them than to buy the figures, measuring tools, dice and terrain separate.

What could be in this possible starter though? Basing our next starter on the previous edition isn’t a bad start. Using the original set as the template, we’ll need 10 figures (5 for each affiliation), range/measuring tools, dice, various tokens, and terrain. The obvious affiliations should simply be “X-Men” and “The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants”, but who should be in these starter affiliations? The company isn’t going to blow all their money makers in a single release, so lets break it down.

For the X-Men, the safe bet would be to go one of two routes. First would be the classic five- Cyclops (Leader), Jean Grey, Iceman, Beast, and Angel. The other option would be a line-up with some sort of combination of the 90’s animated series and the popular 90’s Jim Lee comic run. I would see this option utilizing most of them except Wolverine, Xavier, and Colossus (more on that in a moment).

The Brotherhood gets a little more complicated, though, mainly because I think this will be a more encompassing affiliation similar to the Cabal as opposed to a strict representation of the comics. I think we could see Mystique (Leader), Toad, Pryo, Avalanche, and the Blob. Avalanche and Blob fill the roll of the 35mm based characters the way Ultron and Doc Ock did the first time around. I wouldn’t expect to see Magneto or Sabertooth in this set.

Range/Measurement tools and dice will probably be identical to their first edition counterparts (if it ain’t broken, right?). The tokens will probably just have more mutant theme to them. The terrain should be fun, though. Ideally, I would love to see some destroyed Sentinel parts for large scatter terrain.

The reason for excluding the ones from the starter is to help sell the first two-packs and single figure expansions. Professor Xavier/Magneto and Wolverine/Sabertooth would be easy sells at launch aside from the starters. Colossus and Juggernaut would be prime models for the 50mm single figures like Hulk and M.O.D.O.K.

That covers the starter and potentially the first four figure expansions. I could go on with releases beyond that for figures (Dark Phoenix done ala Thanos?!) or extra skus (Savage Land map?), but lets not go crazy just yet.

What do you all think? Am I close to the mark or do you think we could be expecting something different at the end of the month? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

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

The green Goblin Torments All In ‘Marvel Crisis Protocol’

It is starting to feel like we’re becoming a Marvel Crisis Protocol blog around here. That isn’t a bad thing, mind you, but our last few posts have been skewed heavily towards the game. We assume it has something to do with our part of the world getting new releases this past week.

But we digress.

Atomic Mass Games teased their last miniature marvel (see what we did there?) on their Facebook page earlier today:

The Green Goblin was revealed earlier this year at GAMA 2020 but it’s nice to see him officially shown off to the masses.

Aside from having one of the most dynamic sculpts revealed to date (right up their with Doctor Strange and Thanos on his throne), the Green Goblin is bringing another affiliation to the game in the form of “Spider-Foes”. The note about him being able to change stats and abilities is most likely the “Transform” ability announced alongside Ant-Man & The Wasp back in May :

Needless to say we’re excited about the new villainous maniac coming to the tabletops soon. What about all of you? Does the Green Goblin have a place in your ten or is he going to be throwing pumpkin bombs at the wall by himself? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

Also, if you’re bored with the Marvel Crisis Protocol coverage, let us know what you’d like to see more coverage on.

As always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming!

Ant-Man & The Wasp- Priced and Dated

Atomic Mass Game’s updated their character gallery with details for the Ant-Man & Wasp character pack.

The Ant-Man & Wasp (CP26) will be releasing Q3 2020 and have a MSRP of $39.95. The price is perfectly inline with what I theorized would be the price back when the originally teased the dynamic duo back in May. What is interesting, however, is that the site lists this as Scott Lang and Janet Van Dyne. Given the popularity of the films, I was sure it would have been Scott and Hope. This does open the possibility of seeing a Hank Pym Giant-Man and Hope as the second Wasp.

The pack will included two versions of Ant-Man and Wasp (a regular sized model and tiny model), 4 bases, 2 character stat cards, 3 Team Tactic cards, and 10 tokens. The three Team Tactic cards are named No Escape, Pym Particles, and Reversal. I’m really hoping Pym Particles allows you to change the size of a character or terrain feature for a turn during an action. It would be very thematic for throw a size 1 or 2 terrain piece and being able to enlarge it mid throw (like the Hello Kitty Pez dispenser in the second movie).

Overall, I’m happy with the contents and price of this box. Typically the character two packs have been in the $40 range, and in this your getting 4 models (granted they are two characters only).

What do you all think? Sound off in the comments below to tell us if you’re going to be snagging these two or getting out the bug spray.

As always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

New Release Day- Marvel: Crisis Protocol

It feels like forever since we got to say this (about any game)- Happy New Release Day!

Of course, this is primarily for our fellow gamers in the US, as most of the other parts of the world have had a slow trickle of these releases already. Still, it’s good to have new plastic to play with.

Today is the release of three packs that are fitting given the teases for Thanos we’ve gotten this week. First we have the Mad Titans daughters- Gamora and Nebula.

Gamora and Nebula (CP16, $39.95)

We also got Thanos’ Black Order. Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Black Dwarf join the battle ahead of their leader’s debut.

Corvus Glaive And Proxima Midnight (CP15, $39.95)
Black Dwarf And Ebony Maw (CP19, $49.95)

Finally, we received the second official Marvel: Crisis Protocol playmat called ‘Roundabout Knockout’.

Roundabout Knockout (CA02, $39.95)

These are available in store at your local game store, as well as online through multiple vendors. Remember to try and support your local game stores when able to (and it makes sense) as these are very trying times for many of these small businesses.

So which of these are you adding to your collection? Planning on skipping them all together? Do you plan on going comic book inspired with the paint jobs or something more inline with the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Let us know in the comments below.

As always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

Card Reveals for Thanos In ‘Marvel: Crisis Protocol’

After months of anticipation and speculation, Atomic Mass has finally began rolling out their reveals for the Thanos character expansion for Marvel: Crisis Protocol.

I won’t lie. I was expecting his Threat Level to be much higher. At 6 Threat, he is tied with the Hulk for most Threat. In comparison with the rest of the Black Order models, Ebony Maw is 5; Black Dwarf is 4; Corvus Glaive is 4; and Proxima Midnight is 3. Combining all five of them brings gives us a team with a total Threat Level of 22. The highest Threat Level on a Crisis card at the moment is (if I recall correctly) 20, and that is ‘Alien Ship Crashes Downtown’. So unless Thanos includes a beefier Crisis card, or his included ‘Ultimate Encounter’ scenario plays with them, don’t expect to get much use from the team as a whole.

Aside from how he would interact with the Black Order, many players have been curious about his use of the Infinity Gems (Stones if you’re an MCU fan). Thanos is the only Gem Bearer who can wield all five Gems (as it should be currently), but in standard games, Thanos may only be equipped with two Gems at one time. This is a tad bit disappointing, if only from a narrative standpoint. Yes, it helps balance from a gameplay perspective, but it would have been nice to field a one-man army against another team (though I suppose that is where the Ultimate Encounter comes in). Further more, it would have been nice to see something about reducing the costs of the Gems or other Black Order members so we could potentially field more with him.

The next thing to notice is that he has two different Leadership abilities, one for his regular side and one for his injured side. His regular side ability offers the player additional ways to score, making for a more aggressive play style as opposed to more defensive nature the game usually takes. The injured side ability offers players a Hail Mary of sorts to get to reroll their dice at the cost of their health.

For his other powers and abilities, the real stand out is “Cosmic Portal”. For 2 power, he is able to move any character within Range 4 to within Range 2 of its current location. The fact that this doesn’t have a size limitation is amazing. It allows him to help Black Dwarf move into battle quicker or move the Hulk out of a crowded situation. Is a character with Stealth giving you problems while they secure a location? Not anymore (since Stealth only protects them from being the targets of attacks, not super powers).

He comes with the par-for-the-course “Strike” attack, though his does have the added benefit of throwing a character on a Wild. The “Cosmic Blast” attack is a Range 3 attack with 5 damage for no power, or it can be beefed up to 8 damage for 3 power. Rolling a Wild on that attack allows you to push the defending character and give it the “Slow” condition token.

Lastly the same ability that allows him to wield two Gems, “Being of Immeasurable Power”, also allows him to ignore 1 damage from enemy effects. What makes this worth noting is that it doesn’t include the same basic “…to a minimum of 1” line many characters with similar invulnerability have. I’d say that this is in error, but as it is only from enemy effects and not attacks, I think its meant to be that way.

From the ‘Marvel: Crisis Protocol’ FaceBook page, photo by Marcin Ksiadz Glowacki.

Aside from the look at Thanos’ character card, we were given a look at the two remaining Infinity Gems and one of the expansion’s Tactic cards.

The Soul Gem is going to be incredibly helpful for keeping Thanos powered up to be able to do things like increase his dice pool or teleporting characters around the board. The Reality Gem is unique in that it is one of the only (if not the only) way to currently deal with skull rolls on your dice. While it may only change the result of one, it changes it to a Crit roll and you get all the benefits of such.

The first tactic card we’ve seen is “Power of the Cosmos”. A Thanos-specific card, it allows him to use an Area Attack with 6 damage. All hit enemy characters are pushed away with the Small Movement tool. Added bonus is that the area range of the attack increases by 1 for each Gem. In a standard game, this should be an Area 3 attack, while Ultimate Encounter could be up to 6.

A little information was also given about the massive throne that is included with the expansion. The throne will serve a purpose in the Ultimate Encounter, but players may use it as terrain in standard games. The terrain piece will be Size 3, making it scalable and throwable during gameplay.

Lastly, Atomic Mass has also update their gallery so we can know the full contents of the box. The Thanos Character Pack will include a character stat card, 2 Tactic Cards (“Power of the Cosmos”, “Face Me”); all 6 Infinity Gems (in case you don’t buy one of the characters released with it); a Crisis Card (“Cosmic Invasion! Black Order Sweeps Across Earth”); 14 Ultimate Encounter Cards (including stat card and “Ultimate” version of the Gems); 40 token; the Ultimate Encounter rule book; Thanos miniature (with 2 alternate head sculpts and 2 alternate arms); 2 50mm bases; and the Throne terrain.

The Thanos character pack will have an MSRP of $64.95 when it comes out in a couple months (we’ve heard anywhere from late June through August). Some have been disappointed by that pricing, especially considering it is one miniature when the starter set of 10 figures cost $99.99 (or less depending on where you bought it). The thing to keep in mind is that this is a lot of content to be included with a figure. I will say, however, I will probably need to learn how to magnetize figures finally so I can swap between the two arms (as opposed to buying two sets).

What do you all think? Will Thanos bring a balance to your forces and collection? Or will you be snapping your fingers and skipping this one? Let us know in the comments below.

As always, keep your dice warm and happy gaming.

Theory Crafting: Chrono Clash System’s Future Sets

With the announcement of the My Hero Academia set for Bandai’s Chrono Clash System, I have spent a few days thinking about what either IP’s would make for great sets. We already have three of the world’s most popular anime series represented (Naruto/Boruto, Neon Genesis Evangelion, and now My Hero) and a set for the King of Monsters himself. What else could be added?

I compiled a list of 5 properties I feel could make great additions. When narrowing the list down to these titles, I tired to keep two things in mind. First, they have to be properties that Bandai owns some sort of rights to (be it manga, anime, or game). Second, the cannot currently have a successful, in-print trading card game of their own (sorry, Goku and Vegeta). So without further ado…

#5: Mobile Suit Gundam (Various Titles)

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Alright. Admittedly this one is a safe bet in that it is more a matter of WHEN as opposed to IF. Mobile Suit Gundam is a franchise spanning 40 years and dozens of iterations. It is one of the 15 highest-grossing media franchises of all time and it shows zero signs of stopping.

As far as set contents, the Evangelion sets proved that large mecha and pilots are viable mechanics to the game. The sets could be either pull from a particular anime, with expansions being popular Gundams and their pilots, or they could easily mix and match the sets. The only downside to the mixing and matching would be the card art, in rather it would be anime screen shots or all new art.

#4: Akira

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Akira would have the distinction of possibly being a one-and-done set as they have only one movie to go off of. This also stands to reason it could also be only a two deck set.

That being said, Akira is a title often repeated by people as being their introduction to the world of anime. By name recognition alone, it could make for a possibly great introduction into the Chrono Clash System and non-collectible card games in general.

#3: Big O

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What if Batman had a giant robot that he piloted? What if everyone in Gotham had amnesia? What if all the giant robot fighting was just background noise to a crime noir story?

The Big O has an interesting cast of characters and unique art style that would set it apart greatly from the more brightly colored editions like Naruto and My Hero Academia. Each of the series’ giant robots, or megadeus, has an unique design as different from one another as their pilots are different.

The Big O also has the distinction of being one of the gateway series for a lot of fans as it was a part of Cartoon Network’s popular anime lineup in the early 2000’s.

#2: s-CRY-ed

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s-CRY-ed is a weird series as it didn’t seem to know what kind of show it wanted to be at times.  The general plot of the series is about the rise of Alters, humans that develop special abilities after a massive geological catastrophe. The show focuses on two Alter users primarily- Kazuma, a native Alter and merc; and Ryuho, a high ranking member of an Alter police force called HOLY.  As the series progresses, the show gives them power ups and dives into some alternate reality territory.

The series is fun and was extremely popular in both Japan and the United States (thanks. While the anime series was only 26 episodes, they did release two feature length films that acted as a means to tell the story more preciously and with new footage.

#1: .Hack//Sign

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So my number one choice would be another for the “WHEN-NOT-IF” column. .Hack has been one of the most popular stories about a fictional roleplaying game of all time. As much as I love Sword Art Online, SAO doesn’t exist without .Hack. The franchise has inspired video games, anime adaptations, and even a trading card game series.

Bandai had a short lived trading card game from the early 2000’s that they could pull character and art from easily. With the MMO aspect behind the series, I could easily see several new mechanics introduced for the game. .Hack offers several options for either a single, one-and-done set or a multiple release set similar to Naruto/Boruto.

Those are our picks. Ultimately, however, the future of the game is yet to be seen. Due to the pandemic and the lasting impact it’ll have on our industry combined with Bandai’s other commitments (Dragon Ball Super and the Digimon TCG relaunch), I think Chrono Clash may have a bumpy future beyond the My Hero Academia set.

That is just our opinions, though. What do you all think? Do you think our set ideas could work? What do you want to see? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

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

Ant-Man and Wasp sting their way into ‘marvel Crisis Protocol’

Atomic Mass Games showed off their Ant-Man and Wasp models last week, along with detailing a new ability coming to the game.

Ideally, I would hope that we are looking at Hank and Janet versions of the duo. However, given the popularity of the movies and the look of the helmets, I think it I think it is safe to say these are Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne. Regardless of which versions we are getting, these two will finally allow us to play the founding Avengers from the comic side of things (Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man and Wasp).

There has been some criticism towards this set online, however. Most of the ire has been directed at the Wasp model for a.) looking basically the same in either form and b.) the details of certain aspects (like the wings) being off in the smaller size. I think the first complaint would be more easily over looked if not for Ant-Man being in two distinct poses. The other complaint can be passed off as the mere fact that you can only get so much detail in a model the smaller they get. One only need look at the various HeroClix variants of these two over the years to see that they went as far as selling a blank base to represent Ant-Man’s small stature.

Honestly, in my humble opinion, I like the models. I will say that I think it would have been interesting to see a smaller base be used to distinguish the sizing more. Though with the current base size, the hobbyists will have lots more room to toy with scales basing.

Ultimately, I do hope we see that all four models are included in the same character pack. Granted, we’ll probably be looking at the $35-$40 (US) range for what would essentially be just two models if that is the case. I’d welcome that over picking up two singles for $25 (US) apiece.

Finally, along with the previews, we were given a glimpse at a new ability/superpower coming down the pipeline – Transformation.

In a nutshell, Transformation gives a character the ability to swap between forms, while still keeping all the previously applied effects, special conditions, and tokens. Two things of interest, though, that caught my eye. First, the character cards for these characters seem to be horizontal as opposed to the current vertical style. This could be an issue for players who have trouble reading the current cards. Second, after transforming, characters get a free placement of Range 1 from its current position. While that might not seem a big deal, that could easily help contest an objective or get a bit of extra cover.

Obviously, this was a means to allow characters like Ant-Man and Wasp to change their size mid-game. I think I’m more excited for what this could potentially mean for other characters. The Ghost Rider model, for example, could have the mounted version we’ve already seen and version without the bike? The Green Goblin was teased at GAMA to have the potential to switch stats and abilities at will during the game. Could the Transformation mechanic be used to help the characters that balance that fine line between calm and insanity? Deadpool, anyone?

So what do you all think? Will you be adding Ant-Man and Wasp to your Crisis Protocol line ups or getting the bug spray? What about Transformation? Do you see anything it could be used for that could shake up the game? Sound off in the comments below to let us know.

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

Spirit of Vengeance Riding Into ‘Marvel Crisis Protocol’…?!

Update: Atomic Mass revealed the full model following their teaser. Our original article follows the reveal picture.

Atomic Mass Games teased a new model rolling into the streets of Marvel Crisis Protocol

We’re on the highway to Hell!

Ghost Rider has been a model that our gaming group has spent quite some time debating. Some of our more vocal members have stated the concern about rather or not it would introduce vehicle rules (aside from being static/throwable terrain). I proposed the idea of two models like Knight Models’ Lobo, including Lobo solo and on his iconic bike as additional equipment. I theorized they could have the bike as an additional piece that adds to Ghost Rider’s threat (identical to the Infinity Stone rules that they eventually released).

Obviously not much is known about the model at this time beyond the tease. One could hope it’ll be the classic Johnny Blaze Ghost Rider. The flame effect looks fantastic on that wheel. I’m extremely curious if this will be a traditionally round base or if they’ll use him as a means to introduce a more oval shaped base?

What do you all think? Are you excited or were you hoping for the newer Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider with the sweet muscle care? Sound off in the comments below.

As always, keep your dice warm, stay safe, and happy gaming.