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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.

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!

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.

 

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.

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.

Holy amazing looking release, Batman!

Knight Models looks to be swinging it out of the park this month in honor of the 80th birthday of everyone’s favorite vigilante, Batman. New starter boxes, new models, an amazing looking store exclusive and a new Batman that looks like he’ll be a joy to paint. Lets take a quick look:

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This may be my favorite Batman sculpt they’ve done so far.

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So it looks like this is indeed a Multiverse model, meaning it includes character cards for both the Batman Miniatures Game and DC Universe Miniatures Game. Anyone that knows me knows that this is an instant plus for me. I have always loved the idea of being able to buy a single miniature (or starter) and it works for multiple games. It just simply adds more bang for your money that way.

Clayface-

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So much nicer looking than the original Clayface model.

Another Multiverse unit. Love it! Keep them coming, please! This model looks sharp. The sculpt is very reminiscent of the animated Clayface.

Team Flash-

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I won’t lie. Ever since the started expanding the CW license for Batman, I have wanted two figures above all else. White Canary and Harrison Wells (Harry!) from Earth-2. Finally getting one of them at least!

Legion of Doom-

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I guess nothing says “speedster” like standing with your arms crossed while smirking cockily.

More speed! More League of Shadows! More magic! A solid looking group here.

Then outside the traditional single or multi-pack releases, Knight Models is rolling out a set of three brand new single player starters (350 point Bat-Boxes). These are interesting because they are comprised of most previously release models (though in the 2nd edition resin!). To make them appealing to existing player bases, it seems, is that they include a couple new models (in terms of units and themed objective markers), physical equipment cards and exclusive scenarios.

The Joker: Clowns Party-

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I am a sucker for the Clown Prince of Crime. This is probably going to be high on my priority list.

The Riddler: Quizmasters-

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The Riddler and his crew here were on my radar for a little while, if for no other reason than I think painting all that green and purple would me fun. That being said, I’ve never bought any, so this may have to be bought.

Interesting idea, however. I am curious if they would release an Arkham Asylum/City/Knight version of the Riddler and his crew as a box? A 350 point arm of those little (and not so little) quizzing mechanical monsters would be fun.

Suicide Squad-

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Alright, a little truth time. This is the only blemish to the entire month of releases. With the exception of the models being resin, this is the exact same team as the Suicide Squad 2-player box released a couple years ago. Don’t get me wrong, I find the idea of getting a new Katana (the only model from the box I never assembled) appealing. However, would it have hurt to include the Enchantress and Rick Flagg? How about an exclusive Amanda Waller?

Honestly, they probably should have released a different hero themed box. It’s Batman’s 80th. Why not a Batman and squad of Gotham Police/S.W.A.T? Oh! A Teen Titans box with exclusive Cyborg and Beast Boy? Or a Birds of Prey box with an exclusive Oracle model?

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Ultimately, this seems to be a very good month if you’re a fan of the Batman Miniatures Game. Hopefully next month, we’ll get a few more Multiverse options though.

What do you all think? What are you picking up or passing on? Sound off in the comments below and let us know.

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

Another year, another GenCon in the bag.

In the past couple of years, GenCon has felt much too like a convention dedicated to promoting currently active or soon to be active KickStarters. Now, while there is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to promote upcoming products, there is something to be said about being able to demo a game, ask how much and take it home then and there on the spot. This year, we can happily report that, while KickStarters were still at the forefront of many companies, that wasn’t the case for the majority of the show.

By now, there are hundreds and hundreds of articles floating around online regarding the news, games and drama of this year’s festivities. Originally, I’d planned on doing daily recaps and news updates on the go this year. However, I was there as a fan and gamer first and foremost. As such, I tended to get carried away and spend more time at one booth than another, demoing something multiple times or not at all. So as opposed to a purely news article, I wanted to highlight a couple things that stood out to me this year.

Privateer Press and Monsterpocalypse

I’m going to be completely upfront and honest- I don’t remember the original game at all. My local comic/game shop had a large banner in their game room (before they demolished it for trade paperbacks) and I think I recall seeing a random booster or two in their closeout/clearance section. Beyond that, however, I don’t remember ever seeing this game new on the shelf or being played. Granted, the original ran from 2007 until cancelation in 2011, which was a roller coaster of a time for me in terms of hobby gaming.

Happily, I can say that won’t be a problem for me this time around.

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The newest edition is a hobby game, meaning the models are unpainted and unassembled. Darn Privateer Press and their amazing looking models.

Originally, we were just going to look at the game. The models were on display at the Privateer Press booth and they looked rather stunning. Demos were standing room only on Thursday, which was completely understandable. The game was just releasing and there was to be an event held that weekend for those skilled enough to build and get their starters to the table. We demoed the game on Friday, having a blast with it. Saturday morning, we demoed it for a second time with a group of friends. Later that day, we bought into it with both Agenda starter boxes and an extra blister of minions. By Sunday, we did go back and buy a second minion box as a 1v1 monster battle works best with 15 minions.

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I’ll be posting our clean up and building of the starters over the next few days.

Renegade Games and Power Rangers: Heroes of the Grid

GenCon is a nonstop whirlwind of game demoes and reveals. No sooner a game is announced, its on display in some form. Some of them are things you see coming a mile away, others are games that blindside you. Evidently this is one that decided to blindside us. We wandered over to the Renegade Games booth to check out their latest roleplaying game, Overlight, only to be surprised by this sight in the cabinet:

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While the top models are painted, the miniatures will not be. The Power Rangers, however, will be in plastic of their respective colors.

They made the announcement early on the first day of the show. As of writing this, the game’s Kickstarter is live, funded and well on their way to their fifth stretch goal. Sadly, there are zero gameplay videos yet, but hopefully we’ll see some in the coming week.

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Fantasy Flight Games and Star Wars Legion

Announced during their Flight Report on the first day, Star Wars Legion is finally adding a much needed character to the game- Chewbacca! Not only that, but we’re getting Wookie Warriors units as well! I just want to field an army of Wookie Warriors led by Chewbacca and Han Solo. Remember, always let the Wookie win!

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In all the excitement of the weekend, I forgot to get a photo from their booth of the models.

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They also showed off some Rebel and Imperial themed packs to add a bit of variety to your factions of choice.

Hasbro/Wizards of the Coast and Transformers TCG

Not going to lie, this was one I didn’t expect to actually like. I heard the comparison of “Star Wars Destiny without the random dice elements” and its not too far off. Playing with a set of oversized character cards and a small deck (featuring weapon and action cards), players take turns going back and forth battling out until one player is left standing. The transformation mechanic really sells the game for me. Plus it looks like the art is from the IDW comic line.

So far only a two-player starter and convention exclusive booster pack (made avaliable at San Diego Comic Con and GenCon this year) are out. I think one thing that is going to be a determining factor for the success of this game is what the actual booster packs look like on the store shelf (both in terms of pricing and space). I really hope it doesn’t turn out to be a flash in the pan, money grab situation.

Stand Up My Vanguard

This was actually something I’ve been looking forward to for some time- the Drive Check Podcast Cardfight! Vanguard meet and greet. It was a very casual, laid back event were everyone got one of the new reboot starters (I had to represent my boy Kai) and a booster of Unite Team Q4. Lost first round, but it was nice to play Vanguard with a group not from our usual stomping grounds. Plus, after listening to the podcast and different Twitter/Facebook conversations, it was a treat to finally meet Will and Cole.

Sadly, in all the excitement, forgot to take any pictures of the event.

You Never Know Who You Will Run Into

Another fun thing that happened was we had run ins on the floor with two awesome superstar gamers. The first was John Manganiello, hardcore celebrity D&D gamer. We knew he was going to be there that weekend to promote his new gaming clothing line, Death Saves. Sadly, every time we went by his booth, either the line was too long or he was away from the booth. Luckily we ran into him on the show floor and he was polite enough to pause for a quick photo.

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The other quest run in we had was extremely random but it was none other than Shaggy himself, Matthew Lillard. He was there promoting a new high end Dungeons & Dragons accessory line. That in and of itself was cool, but Scream and Their13en Ghosts were a couple of my favorite horror movie guilt pleasures. Plus…he’s Shaggy!

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In the End

GenCon 2018 will definitely go down as one of the more rememberable years for us. Fitting that it was also our 5th GenCon Anniversary! With lots of new games to play and so many cool announcements for stuff on the horizon, the next year is going to be a great one for gaming. We cannot wait for GenCon 2019!

Until next time, keep your dice warm.

A new troop unit for my new favorite miniatures game is soon on the horizon! Being a primarily Imperial player, it is even better that it is for that particular faction. Introducing one of the coolest Stormtroopers to grace the silver screen in Empire Strikes Back– the Snowtrooper!

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Cool? Get it? I’m so punny.

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Included in the expansion are:

  • Five (5) standard Snowtrooper figures
  • One (1) Flametrooper heavy figure
  • One (1) T-7 Ion Snowtrooper heavy figure
  • One (1) Grappling Hook upgrade card
  • One (1) Impact Grenade upgrade card
  • One (1) Snowtrooper addition card
  • One (1) Snowtrooper stat card
  • Nine (9) various tokens

At 48 points, they base stats are 4 points more than a standard Stormtrooper unit. They offer the same stats as their standard counterparts, swapping out the Precise 1 for Steady. That is a change I’m willing to take. The idea of moving twice then hitting another unit sounds pretty worth the 4 extra points.

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The heavy weapons upgrade cards offer two very different, but very useful, attack options to the formation. The Flametrooper offers a weaker attack in general, but has the potential to increase itself heavily if you can get close enough. The T-7 Ion Snowtrooper is a larger attack but requires readying after each attack.

The other two upgrade cards offered in this expansion are the same two offered in the standard Stormtrooper expansion. Grappling Hooks grant the unit Expert Climber, while Impact Grenades offer a 1 black die attack at Range 1 with Impact 1. Impact Grenades are nice, but as more and more terrain is being officially released via Fantasy Flight and various other 3D printers/terrain makers, being able to avoid the possible damage dealt by varying heights of terrain is a a huge bonus.

All in all, this is a fantastic looking expansion that I cannot wait to get to the table. I think my ideal build with this unit would be:

  • Snowtroopers- 48 points
  • Personnel Upgrade: Snowtrooper – 12 points
  • Heavy Unit Upgrade: Flametrooper – 20 points
  • Gear Upgrade: Grappling Hooks -3 points
  • Total: 83 points

If I have the additional 5 points to spare, I’d probably add the Impact Grenades, but I don’t think they’d be all that needed.

In the end, this is a must buy for the Star Wars Legion collection.

What about you, guys and gals? Am I wrong about skipping out on the Impact Grenades? Should I be thinking the T-7 is the better Heavy Unit upgrade? Or am I wrong all together and should just be fielding a stander Stormtrooper unit? Sound off in the comments below and let us know!

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