I know. I know. I know. It’s Tuesday, not Saturday. But I was a tad busy Saturday, if you didn’t notice. 😉
So, after flying home yesterday, and then getting around 12 hours of sleep overnight, I’m looking to get back into the swing of things here. Most companies “shut down” during Gen Con, since they were all at the show, but there’s still plenty to catch up with from over the weekend. That starts with the reviews I know you all so desperately desire.
Today we have: Isle of Skye, Zoo Ball, Hunt the Ravager, Evolution, Arena of the Gods, Biotix, Secrets of the Lost Station, Spoils of War, Open Combat Sword Masters, Gothic, The Golden Sails, The Lost Expedition, FourCuatro, Lazer Ryderz, Loot the Body,
Gen Con is just around the corner. Very soon, tens of thousands of gamers will be descending upon Indianapolis for the 50th anniversary of the show. Greater Than Games will be there, and they’ve posted up what special deals they’ll be running during the show. Do you like free stuff? You could very easily get some free stuff.
Well, it seemingly took an eternity, but it is now Saturday.
And, as I expected, from the time I clocked out until even now seems to have gone by very quickly. So, by the time I finish this, I guess it’ll be time for Monday’s Terrain corner…
But that’s as may be.
Today we have: Cauldron Master, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows Of The Past Board Game Review, April O’Neil Hero Pack For Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, Dice City, Picassimo, The Who Were 8, Cosmic Run: Rapid Fire, Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age, Dragoon, Dubai: Rebuild the Ruins, Mage Wars: Paladin vs. Siren, Firefly: Crime and Punishment, and Frostgrave Expansions.
No, you didn’t miss some sort of apocalypse. It’s still on the way. Or at least, that’s what happens in Dubai: Rebuild the Ruins, a new strategic board game from Greater Than Games that’s up now on Kickstarter. Find yourself in charge of one of the five mighty factions in the once-great city. You want the city to shine again, but you also want to be the one in charge when that final brick is put in place.
Man, it is busy over here on this side of the screen. Pretty much all week there’s been stuff going on. I’m sure that’s part of why it feels like it’s really flown by… And I’ve still not really gotten a handle on what I’m going to do with my D&D group tomorrow! Gah! There’ll be time for that later (hopefully, theoretically, grammatically, esoterically). But, if we’re to keep up our energy, we should nosh on some bite-sized gaming stories.
Today on the platter we have: Avignon: Pilgrimage Coming To Kickstarter in January, CloseYa network is open for a public beta in US, WW1 Themed Dice to be released in January from I Will Never Grow Up, Aenor Miniatures website Online, Week 3 December Deals Available From Greater Than Games, Merry Bitsmass Weekend Promo from Kromlech, and 3D Preview Posted For Ether Wars.
People love going fast. I mean, rollercoasters wouldn’t be nearly as cool if they puttered along at 5mph. We all have that need… that need for large amounts of velocity! Or something. Anyway, the various Lazer Ryderz have a need for speed and are ready to race each-other for it, looking to harness the energy of Power Prizms, which will let them zoom off across the galaxy. Just be careful, or you’ll crash into the trails left by the other riders. That’s the story behind Lazer Ryderz, a new game up on Kickstarter by Greater Than Games.
Have you ever wanted to get yourself a job in the gaming industry? I know I did for the longest time before I finally landed this gig (and I’m very happy that I got it). Well, Greater Than Games is looking to add a new Sales & Marketing Director to their team. Could you be the right gamer for the job?
The gaming industry is, if nothing else, fickle. Some games take off out of the blue, while others don’t get as much limelight as many people feel it should. That doesn’t mean those games are bad, mind you. Sometimes things just don’t seem to be working out so well. At those times, game companies must assess where best to allocate resources. In the case of Greater Than Games, Sentinel Tactics hasn’t been doing bad, but it’s not been the hit they were hoping for. As such, they’re going to pull it back a bit, working on it in the background as they focus on a new project: Prime War.
The game’s tied. Your team is up at bat. All eyes are watching you from the stands.
Here’s the wind-up.
And the pitch!
Bottom of the 9th does away with the “boring” part of a game of baseball and immediately takes you to the 9th inning. In the Clubhouse Expansion, your options for your team greatly expand, giving you more players, more equipment, more staff, and tourney rules.
They say that all good things must come to an end. That includes the Multiverse. Greater Than Games is bringing the Multiverse to an end. But, like in true comic book fashion, they’re going out with a bang. They have launched their Sentinels of the Multiverse: OblivAeon Kickstarter campaign in order to fund this final expansion.
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!
Saturday! Saturday! Saturday!
Saturday night’s alright for fightin’! (as long as it’s fighting battles out on the tabletop. Don’t actually go out and get into fights, people)
When this posts, I’ll be hanging out with Shaughn, our warehouse manager/resident tattoo artist, getting myself my 2nd tattoo. Should be good times.
Anyway, while I have some ink permanently injected into my skin, you can check out some game reviews.
This week our review/preview products include: Seven Card Samurai, 7 Wonders: Duel, King Chocolate, Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance, Twilight Struggle Collector’s Edition, Nippon, The Best Treehouse Ever, T.I.M.E. Stories, Bermuda Crisis: Discovery Dawning, Sheriff of Nottingham, Cthulhu Wars, Soldiers of God, Space Crusade, Concordia, Abyss, and Dark Stories.
Woo! Party! Woo!
*celebrates around the BBQ*
It’s the 5th anniversary of Sentinels of the Multiverse and Greater Than Games is celebrating with Multiverse Month. Well, they had a Multiverse Month last year, but that doesn’t mean they can’t have another, and they’re expanding on it. So if you’re a gaming shop or want to inform your gaming shop about it, you can get some promo cards. They’ve also got a sale going on.
Greater Than Games isn’t taking too long of a holiday break. They’ve got lots to do, including sending out Villains of the Multiverse. I mean, you can’t have heroes without villains for them to fight. Am I right!?!
Some of you may have heard about Deck Builder: The Deck Builder Game. It’s a little side-project for Greater Than Games that they came out with this summer. It was a big hit, and so they’re going to make another like it. Well, somewhat like it. You see, they’re running a design contest where the name of the game also describes the style of game.
Well, it seems that we’ve opened up the floodgates and the holiday sales are just pouring in now. I didn’t quite expect it at the start of the day, but that seems to be the case. Greater Than Games is our next participant. So if you want to pick up some Sentinels of the Multiverse items for cheap, now is your chance. And I do mean “now” as they’ve already started their sale.
Hey everyone. Welcome to another Sunday Edition here on TGN.
Now, some of you might’ve noticed that we ran Sunday Snippets on Saturday and are doing the Review Roundup here on Sunday.
I’m… not entirely sure how that happened actually. I think all the necromantic energy from the Zombicide previews got to me and confused up my brain! All day yesterday felt like Sunday. It wasn’t until like 4-5pm that I was like, “Wait… it’s Saturday!” Anyway, we’ve got your reviews for you today.
This week we’ve got reviews/previews of: Pathfinder Battles: The Lost Coast Booster, Kromlech Orc Character Set, 12 Realms: Ancestors Legacy, K2, XenoShyft, Fief France 1429, Samurai Spirit, Deus, and Galactic Strike Force.
Gen Con recently put up their events list for con-goers to look over and sign up for the various events to be had. Many noticed that Greater Than Games had Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG events listed. This caused some confusion. “But there’s not a Sentinels RPG!” …. Well… those people were right. Sort of. There’s not a Sentinels of the Multiverse RPG… YET! Greater Than Games has just announced that they’re working on just that product now.
Greater Than Games has their Sentinel Tactics board game now available over in their webshop.
From the website:
It’s the beginning of the week AND the beginning of a new product line being in regular rotation!
Sentinel Tactics has been shipped to the retailers and distributors who support us (just so you know, we LOVE our retailers and distributors! Support your friendly local gaming store!) along with promos! Some stores will already have copies in hand and on shelves by now, whereas other are just now getting their games or will be getting them soon! As a result, we’re ready to put them on our own webstore.
Through Gamer Goggles gives us a look inside the Sentinel Tactics box in this new video.
From the post:
Sentinel Tactics is the smashing Board game in a the super hero universe created by Greater Than Games. Watch as Matt shares the contents of this box.
Everything Epic Games is showing off more about their Secrets of the Lost Tomb adventure board game over on their Kickstarter page. There’s still 9 days left for them to reach their funding goal.
From the campaign:
Secrets of the Lost Tomb Kickstarter Gives all Backers NEW ARTIFACTS because of Backer Goal Attained! All Glory Seeker Backers ALSO Get all Miniatures Funded in this Campaign!
Greater Than Games has started taking pre-orders for Wrath of the Cosmos, their new expansion for Sentinels of the Multiverse. The more that are pre-ordered, the more free stuff you’ll get with the game.
From the website:
Welcome to the first update of the Wrath of the Cosmos preorder campaign!
What is Wrath of the Cosmos? I’m glad you asked! It’s the upcoming expansion for Sentinels of the Multiverse, the cooperative comic book card game!So, here’s how this campaign will work. For the next month, you can preorder Wrath of the Cosmos here. Every copy preordered increases the count displayed at the front page of SentinelsoftheMultiverse.com!
We will be posting regular updates with information about the game, the characters, and what’s happening with the preorder campaign in general. You can subscribe to those updates here.
Greater Than Games gives us an update about how shipping for Sentinel Tactics is coming along.
It’s not what we’ve been hearing about shipping lately.
From the update:
Greetings, Sentinels fans!
We have some very exciting news! Our printer was able to fill a cargo container full of Sentinel Tactics products before the print run is even complete! We’re printing a pretty large initial print run, but – since everything is pretty notably ahead of schedule right now – we decided to take things to the next level get an initial shipment of what we need to send out to all you fantastic backers! As a result, said cargo container is on its way across the ocean as we speak! Also, the printer air-shipped us one of each! Let’s see how they turned out.
Board Game Quest takes a look at Galactic Strike Force from Greater Than Games.
From the review:
Back in 2011, the clever folks at Greater Than Games debuted an unassuming superhero game titled Sentinels of the Multiverse. We took a look at this game in one of our very early reviews here at Board Game Quest and, spoiler alert, we loved it. Since then, Greater Than Games has come out with a number of expansions for this superhero game, but until now, no completely new games.
The wait has ended as Greater Than Games has finally released their newest offering to the board game world in the form of Galactic Strike Force. Players must once again work together to save the universe, however this time they will be doing it in shiny new space ships. Is Galactic Strike Force just Sentinels of the Multiverse in space or does it have the legs to stand on its own? Let’s find out!
Galactic Strike Force is a cooperative, sci-fi deck builder for 2-6 players that plays in about 60 minutes. Galactic Strike Force plays best with 3-4 players.
Greater Than Games has less than 2 days left in their Sentinel Tactics Kickstarter campaign. They’re still going through stretch goals. Go check it out before time runs out.
From the campaign:
We introduced Poster Maps as a thing (or, rather, a few things) that we’re making available as part of the Add-On pack. We’re still in talks with our printer about what they’ll be made out of, but we’re shooting for a material similar to what our playmats are made of: high-quality printed vinyl. Here are some things which are also true:
The poster maps are 24″ by 36″
They will be rolled, NOT folded (creases in maps are bad!)
They will have hex-grid maps on them which are not easily done with modular tiles.
That last point is important. We’re doing poster maps for these locations because they’ll be static locations with setups and layouts which aren’t really possible with modular tiles. This way, you have have the map tiles that come with the game, PLUS poster maps – best of both worlds!
Greater Than Games has reworked their Kickstarter campaign and unlocked all the stretch goals. They’ve also updated the add-on choices.
From the update:
There have many numerous reactions to our announcement of the Add-On Pack in Update #14 – some good, some bad, some lukewarm… and we read and considered them all. As we have said many times before, we love our backers, and we are focused on making sure you feel like backing us isn’t just you being awesome (which it totally is) but is also you getting awesome stuff from us. So much awesome stuff that you feel that we have over-delivered. That’s what we want.
So! We’re changing things up a bit.
The rest of this campaign no longer has Stretch Goals. There are no more things to unlock. We’re unlocking EVERYTHING. Possibly well past the funding point that this campaign will eventually reach.
As stated, we are at the ceiling of what we can make and deliver on-time, but we have more things we want to give you. We’re still going with that same model, but rather than worrying about how far this campaign goes, we’re going to give you everything we could make, stopping just shy of content that we’re planning for future games and expansions (which, at this point, are looking more and more likely).
Greater Than Games is showing off more minis for their Sentinel Tactics Kickstarter campaign with a look at a bunch of golems.
From the update:
The hero Unity is known for making mechanical golems to fight for her in combat. In the Uprising expansion, Unity will come with a token for herself, as well as a token for each of her bots. However, because we reached this Stretch Goal, the Sentinels Miniatures: Uprising set now includes SIX mechanical golem figures! Check them out.
Greater Than Games gives us an update on how things are going with their Sentinel Tactics board game over on Kickstarter.
From the update:
This campaign has been going REALLY well. Are you all excited? We’re crazy excited. The campaign is only halfway done, and we’re almost at $200k. That’s amazing.
We were planning on releasing this next bit of information upon hitting that point, but we’re flying to Boston in a couple hours for PAX East, and while we will be watching and updating the Kickstarter from the road, a major update like this is easier to post from here. So, because it’s looking like that $200k mark is right around the corner, you get the info a little early!
Greater Than Games made it up and over $140k for their Sentinel Tactics Kickstarter campaign and so have added dinosaurs to the game.
From the campaign:
Fans of the Sentinels of the Multiverse card game are familiar with the environment elements from Megalopolis and Insula Primalis, which are the two environments in the core game of Sentinel Tactics.
In Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom, there are a lot of things going on in each battle, and we didn’t want to overburden new players with TOO much going on, so the environment effects are fairly basic. However, we certainly want the environments to be able to shine the way they do in the SotM card game. As a result, in each copy of the Sentinel Tactics: Uprising expansion, we will be including extra advanced rules which explain how to introduce additional elements to the game. These elements can be used in skirmish or scenario play, and will make a notable difference to both sides, creating exciting new ways to play the game!
For the grand city of Megalopolis, we will be including track tokens, and a monorail!
Greater Than Games is running a Kickstarter campaign for Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom, their new board game based in the Sentinels of the Multiverse world.
From the campaign:
Sentinel Tactics puts you in control of one of the many super-powered characters from Sentinel Comics. Whether playing in tournament-style skirmishes or playing through the storyline of The Flame of Freedom in the included scenario comic book, each player controls one of our familiar heroes or villains, each with their own powers and abilities!
Combat takes place on a hex-grid map, and attack and defense is based on the rolling of six-sided dice. Whereas the Sentinels of the Multiverse card game is a fully cooperative game, Sentinel Tactics is a team based game, pitting groups of heroes and villains against each other. Groups of players will cooperate against either a villain player or players, or against another team of players! Sentinel Tactics is a competitive game, but cooperation and teamwork are still vital to the gameplay!