Warhammer Disk Wars Open Gaming

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Sentry Box will be holding open gaming and demos for the Warhammer Disk Wars game on Saturday November 29th. For more information about the game check out the Fantasy Flight Games website.

Based upon the original Diskwars game design by Christian T. Petersen and Tom Jolly, Warhammer: Diskwars features a fast-moving combat system that allows players to setup and resolve full, hard-hitting, tactical battles in an hour or less. The game has been updated for its new setting within the Warhammer world and features flexible rules for hero-centric army-building. Additionally, whereas the original Diskwars was a collectible game, Warhammer: Diskwars has moved away from the blind buy model, and the Core Set includes everything necessary for two to four players to play the game.

At the heart of the game’s conflicts are its disks, which represent heroes and units from across the Old World. During the game, you activate these disks, flipping them end over end to move them across the battlefield and position them to attack.

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Marvel Dice Masters Avengers vs X-Men Storyline OP Month Three.

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Sentry Box will be running the Marvel Dice Masters Avengers vs X-Men Storyline OP Month Three event on Saturday November 15th. We will be following the standard setup for the event but using X-men boosters instead of the Avengers v X-men boosters.

Players will need to bring 4 character cards with three dice each plus basic actions, basic action dice and some method to track your life.

Entry will be $10 and will cover the cost of the boosters required for play.

Star Trek: Resistance is Futile Month Two – “Unimatrix Zero”

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Sentry Box will be hosting the second event in the Star Trek Resistance is Futile Organized Play event on Monday November 24th starting at 6pm. There is a $10 entry fee for the event and includes an event specific booster.

A group of Drones has broken their connection with the Hive Mind and formed Unimatrix Zero. While regenerating, these Drones are able to enter Unimatrix Zero and recall all of the memories of their former lives. With the assistance of ships outside of the Borg’s influence, these rebel Drones have found a way to maintain their individualities even when they are not regenerating and have staged a rebellion against the Borg Collective.

But the Borg Queen has learned of Unimatrix Zero and has begun hunting down these rebellious Drones and destroying them. Even if it means the destruction of an entire Cube to kill just one of these traitors, she will not let this mutinous action go unanswered or unpunished.

Scenario and fleet construction details are available on the Wizkids website.

Check out our Facebook page to sign up in advance.

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Relic Knights and In Her Majesty’s Name demo and open gaming

On Sunday November 2nd, Sentry Box will be holding demos and open gaming for Relic Knights and In Her Majesty’s Name.

All miniatures will be provided if you don’t have any and if you do have figures then bring them along

Relic Knights

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The Darkspace Calamity engulfs the universe. Inexorably it devours galaxies whole, their lights extinguished one by one. Only a single galaxy remains, desperately staving off extinction through the might of its heroes. Relic Knights is your chance to plunge headlong into this epic conflict with your own cadre of powerful champions to combat the Calamity and determine the fate of the universe!

Relic Knights is a quick and dynamic tabletop strategy battle game that uses finely detailed 30mm scale miniatures to represent your heroes and villains on the battlefield. Relic Knights uses a card-based system torepresent esper—the energy which binds the universe. Players draw and use this esper to unleash devastating attacks and cunning counters upon their foes.

A Relic Knights force is built around either a Relic Knight or Questing Knight. Potent warriors and wielders of esper, they are your cadre’s leader and determine what other models can be recruited.

In Her Majesty’s Name

iu-1 It is 1895 and the world is in turmoil. The Great Powers compete for resources and the latest technology, and an undeclared and secret war rages between them all. This is battleground of the Adventuring Companies. These clandestine agents of the Great Powers operate in the shadows, matching skills and wits in pursuit of the newest scientific formulae or powerful occult artifacts.

In Her Majesty’s Name sets these adventuring companies against each other in one-off encounters and in longer narrative campaigns. Companies are usually comprised of just 4–15 figures and two players could easily play three games in an evening, making an on-going campaign a highly viable option. In Her Majesty’s Name has been designed to allow maximum versatility for the player – if you can imagine it, the system will help you build it.

There is, however, a wealth of material provided in the book, covering weird science, mystical powers, and a range of pre-generated adventuring companies, including the British Explorers’ Club, the Prussian Society of Thule, the US Marine Corps, the Légion Étrangère, the revolutionaries of the Brick Lane Commune, ancient Egyptian cults, and the mysterious Black Dragon Tong.

Rivet Wars Mega Battle

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On Saturday November 8th, Sentry Box will be hosting a day-long Rivet Wars Mega Battle. No need to bring any figures as they will be supplied.

Rivet Wars: Eastern Front is a fast-paced tactical miniatures board game that brings Real Time Strategy-inspired gameplay to your tabletop. As commander of your forces you spend resources each turn to deploy fresh troops to the front.

This Mega Battle will involve land, air and heavy tank units from the Rivet War game and will highlight all of the current and upcoming units from the game.

For more information about the game and to download the rules visit their website.

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Ticket to Ride demo day

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Come down to Sentry Box on Saturday November 22nd and learn how to play Ticket to Ride from Days of Wonder.

Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure in which players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America.

The longer the routes, the more points they earn.

Additional points come to those who can fulfill their Destination Tickets by connecting two distant cities, and to the player who builds the longest continuous railway.

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Shadowrun Crossfire demo

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Come down to Sentry Box on Saturday December 6th and try out the Shadowrun Crossfire deck building game.

Shadowrun: Crossfire is a deck-building game in one of the most popular game settings of all time. Crossing cyberpunk with fantasy and plunging players into a world dominated by ruthless megacorporations, Crossfire gives players the chance to dive into the world’s shadows to see if they can survive. They’ll have weapons, spells, contacts, and gear to help them out, and they’re going to need those resources. If they play their cards right, though, they’ll do more than survive—they’ll become legends.

Crossfire is a mission-based game that comes with 10 customizable characters providing an exceptional amount of replay.

For more information about the game check out their website.

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Star Wars X-Wing Regional Report

On Saturday June 21st we hosted one of only five Regional Events in Canada for Star Wars X-Wing. I was originally going to be running the tournament but then another player offered to do that instead so that I could play in the event. So here is my report for how it went down.

We started the day by bringing together as many X-Wings as we could to get a picture for an online contest. We managed to get 98 X-Wings as shown below:

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On to the individual reports for my matches. Admittedly I didn’t take any pictures or notes during these matches so my recollections may be somewhat hazy, particularly regarding what happened on specific turns and exactly when ships died, but I know for sure that the number of ships killed on each side is correct.

The squadron I played was as follows:

2x Dagger Squadron with Advanced Sensors
2x Gold Squadron with Ion Cannon Turret

The general plan with this squadron is to pull the opponent into the asteroid field. With the turrets on the Y-Wings and Advanced Sensors on the B-Wings I either don’t need to worry about firing arcs or have great maneuverability to fly around the rocks. If possible I want to ionise ships to then allow the B-wings to come in at close range to finish them.

Round 1 vs Brian Maloney:

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Red Squadron
2x Dagger Squadron with Fire Control System

I started in one corner and immediately hard turned towards the centre so that I could force the engagement into the asteroids. Unfortunately, with Brian’s pilots all haveing skill 4 or higher the initial round of firing didn’t go well for me, with him destroying one of the Gold Squadron’s before it had a chance to fire back. I stripped a shield or two from Biggs. Next turn my other Gold Squadron took some heavy damage while I almost finished off Biggs and the Red Squadron also took damage. Next up he finished off the second Gold and stripped shields from both my Daggers, while I finished Biggs and the Red and took some shields from one of his Daggers. The red dice seemed to start turning in my favour and the next round saw me finish his first Dagger while he stripped the remaining shields from both of mine. This left me with two Daggers with no shields versus his one undamaged Dagger. However, at this point the fact that he had initiative and I had Advanced Sensors meant he was in a tough spot, and my two ships made short work of his one.

Final result: Win for me. All his ships destroyed, 2 Gold Squadron lost for me. A tough one that started badly for me and could have gone either way.

Round 2 vs Jean-Luc Larue:

Omicron with Darth Vader
Howlrunner with Stealth Device
Dark Curse
3x Obsidian Squadron

Despite being only 10 years old and by far the youngest competitor, Jean-Luc is a force to be reckoned with and had taken down Jeremy Steward in the first round, who was the winner of last year’s Regional, as well as our Ladder Tournament. I knew I’d have to be on my game.

Again I started in a corner but cut into the centre to try to draw the game into the asteroids. When playing against Howlrunner in a swarm or mini swarm I think you have two options: 1) Take out Howlrunner as soon as possible to prevent the rerolls she provides. 2) Take out the ships that are gaining the benefit from her as quickly as possible, so that she just becomes a high pilot skill TIE Fighter. With a mini swarm I think the second option is best, so I decided to focus on taking out the Obsidian TIE Fighters as quickly as I could. Dark Curse can be a major pain to kill and the Shuttle has a lot of shields and hull and I hoped to get out of arc of it in the latter stages and negate it’s attacking potential that way.

In the initial engagement I took out one TIE and damaged another while he focused on the Daggers and did some heavy damage. The next turn I killed another Obsidian and one of my Daggers received a Blinded Pilot crit, meaning it’s next attack would be negated. The following turn he made a potential mistake by targetting the other Dagger with his Shuttle instead of finishing it off for sure. This ended up leaving both Daggers still alive and able to fire next turn, albeit both close to death. Next turn he managed to kill one of them but I finished the last Obsidian as well as Dark Curse and stripped the Stealth Device from Howlrunner with some lucky shooting. The next turn he finished the second Dagger and I had damage on both Gold Squadrons but I was able to finish Howlrunner, leaving my two Golds against his almost undamaged Omicron. With the shuttle unable to turn around to get me in arc I was able to finish it off relatively quickly.

Final result: Win for me. All his ships destroyed, 2 Dagger Squadron lost for me. This could have gone worse if he’d killed off the first Dagger instead of splitting his fire but overall I felt in control for most of the game.

Round 3 vs Paul Larue:

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Outer Rim Smuggler (ORS) with Gunner, Anti-Pursuit Lasers and a Recon Specialist

A second match against the Larue family, with Paul hoping to get revenge for me beating his son. With two YT-1300s with turrets I knew my fancy flying wasn’t going to count for anything so I just wanted to focus on one of ships to get him down to one as quickly as possible. I initially was hoping to take out Han first but with his upgrades he was the more slippery so I ended up going after the Outer Rim Smuggler. My red dice were once again very hot and I was quickly stripping shields from it while taking damage to one of my Daggers.

In the mid game came a controversial moment when I was moving one of my ships past an asteroid and bumping into another of my ships. When I tried to place the moving ship the models ended up touching but the bases weren’t touching so I knew I’d have to remove a peg to get them to fit properly. I put the moving ship down and it’s back end of the base was just resting on the asteroid. After removing the peg and replacing the ship the back end had just cleared the asteroid and now the bases were in contact. Paul was unconvinced, thinking I’d bumped the second ship slightly, allowing there to be enough room for the moving ship to make it past the asteroid since he’d seem me place it down initially with it’s back end resting on the asteroid. I felt positive that I hadn’t moved them but I offered a dice roll to determine the result. Paul declined the dice roll and allowed me to complete the move as I was declaring, with the ship clear of the asteroid. It was a crucial moment as this allowed that ship to fire and I was able to finish off his ORS before it could fire that turn.

Han was able to finish off a damaged Dagger and a damaged Gold before the end, but a temporary 4 on 1 and then 3 on 1 meant I was able to strip his shields and start doing heavy damage before eventually finishing him off.

Final result: Win for me. All his ships destroyed, 1 Dagger and 1 Gold lost for me. I hate when a controversial moment is crucial as it leaves a bad taste for both players but I genuinely feel like the right thing happened. It may have turned out differently otherwise but it’s hard to say and I may well have gone on to win anyway. Who knows?

Round 4 vs Mike Mitchell:

Soontir Fel with Push the Limit
Howlrunner with Stealth Device and Determination
4 x Academy Pilot

At this point MIke and I were two of four unbeaten players. As before when playing against Howlrunner and a mini-swarm I decided to focus on the Academy TIEs first to reduce his number of attacks. I planned my usual engagement in the asteroids and he set up his mini-swarm together with Fel off to one side to flank. However, in the initial turns for some reason he brought Fel back in behind his main force and through the middle.

I managed to take out a couple of Academy TIEs early, taking some damage to a couple of ships in return. When Fel came through on the next turn it was a little congested and he wasn’t able to get out of arc so I took the opportunity to focus on him and kill him in one turn. I lost a Gold squadron in return but then finished a third Academy TIE and then up against Howlrunner and the final Academy I used the ION Turret to good effect and was able to finish him in short order without further loss. My red dice once again were hot.

Final result: Win for me. All his ships destroyed, 1 Gold Squadron lost for me. This ended up being a relatively straight forward win, partly down to his decision to bring Fel in behind rather thank flanking from out of arc. My red dice sure helped though!

This concluded the swiss rounds with me ending as one of only two players unbeaten and therefore I was for sure making the top four cut. The final four ended up being myself and Terrance Tripp both with 4-0 records, and then Darryl Olstad and Jean-Luc Larue both at 3-1 (Jean-Luc had gone on to win his 3rd and 4th rounds after losing to me.

Semi-Final vs Darryl Olstad:

3x Bounty Hunter Firespray

I wanted to avoid having him focus all three of his Bounty Hunters on any one of my ships so I set up in the left corner and he set one up in his right corner to joust and two in the middle pointing towards my left corner so he could fly through openings in the asteroid field in a straight line. I started by turning hard to the right and then back inside to the middle as I so often did. He brought all three straight forward as expected and when we engaged I was able to focus all of my fire onto one ship, stripping all of it’s shields and doing heavy damage, whereas he was forced to split his fire somewhat.

The next round with a combination of blocking and ion turrets I forced his damaged ship to stay in arc of the Daggers and was able to finish it. One of his undamaged ships flew straight ahead through the melee to get a shot with it’s rear arc, but with good red dice I was able to double ion it. This proved fatal as the next turn it had to move 1 straight, taking it too close to the edge to be able to recover the turn after. It did get one final shot, helping to kill one of the Daggers before flying off the board the next round.

Darryl managed to finish off the other Dagger in my chase for his final Bounty Hunter but I was able to successfully ionise it a number of turns and keep my ships mostly out of arc until finishing it off for another relatively comfortable win.

Final result: Win for me. All his ships destroyed, 2 Daggers lost for me. I felt like my flying and use of Ion Turrets in this game was excellent and proved the difference.

Final vs Jean-Luc Larue:

Jean-Luc had taken care of Terrance (our Store Championship winner) in their semi-final so it looked like a rematch was on the cards.

I wanted to repeat my strategy from the first game by going after the Obsidian TIEs again. I think I may have got into his head with the last game as he made some early flying mistakes, landing a couple of his ships on asteroids and I was able to punish him for it, taking out a couple of TIEs early, followed shortly after by the shuttle (partly down to his use of Vader and the fact that he brought it right through the middle this time.

I lost one Dagger but finished the other Obsidian TIE and then Howlrunner before chasing a damaged Dark Curse for a couple of turns. He resisted my attacks and got some damage in himself but eventually succumbed to the onslaught of attacks.

Final result: Win for me. All his ships destroyed, 1 Dagger lost for me. I flew well and he made a few mistakes which meant that the game ended up slightly easier than the game we’d played earlier. More excellent red dice definitely helped.

So, despite very little preparation I somehow came through to win the tournament, going unbeaten, destroying all enemy ships and never losing more than two of my ships in any given match. I feel like my dice rolling was good overall but also that my flying and use of ion turrets was excellent throughout. I do feel like the matchups I got were favourable throughout as well, as full on TIE Swarms definitely provide a tougher challenge.

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Next step, a chance to go to Nationals, if I can afford the flight, hotel and time off work!