What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Feb 17-23

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Sue painted the Rodian from the Star Wars: Legion Landspeeder set. “I like that he’s dressed like a skater. I mostly used Contrast Paints for this one. I feel that between the Contrast Paints and the easy models, I should be able to put together a playable Legion team in no time!”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Feb 10-16

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Greg pulled out Blackout: Hong Kong on Monday night, “This game received a bit of negativity due to the dark colour scheme and uninspiring art, but I’ve enjoyed lots of Alexander Pfister’s other games so I wanted to give this a try. I’m glad I did because I enjoyed the game-play quite a bit. It uses a similar hand management system to Mombasa by the same designer, which I also like, but this one is about completing objectives, recruiting more volunteers and securing districts. Definitely one to check out if you like meaty Euros.”

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Kevin and Greg also played a two player game of Arboretum, a brain burny card game. “I’m definitely figuring it out a little more each time I play it. A great option if you want a small game that offers interesting thinky choices.”

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Renee brought Res Arcana on Monday to try out the new expansion, Lux et Tenebrae “The expansion adds a new type of card, Demons, which have special abilities like the Creatures and Dragons, as well as new Mages and Places of Power that interact with the Demon cards. It also has scrolls, which you can acquire using a new Magic Item. Once you have a scroll it gives you a one time ability that you can use at any time. I really enjoyed these additions and it made an already fun game even more fun for me! It was also awesome to discover that the insert in the original game already had slots for the new components! Looking forward to seeing what is coming up in the next expansion. Oh and I should also note that the expansion allows you to now play with up to 5 players.”

Renee also got another chance to play In The Hall of the Mountain King, “This is a game that we had played a 2 player game of on the stream that I was looking forward to trying with more players, so happily played a 4 player game. This is a fun puzzling game, where you need to balance your resources, the path of your tunnel using puzzle tiles (similar to Indian Summer) and an overall plan to acquire pedestals and statues to build and move for end game points. It played well at 4 players. The biggest changes were the competition for using the spells before they got spent, being able to build your alter, and the fight for tunnel pieces towards the end of the game. I think it played well at both player counts, but it was a lot of fun with more players.”

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Greg finished reading The Sword of Shannara, “I have a hard time not making comparisons between books that follow the ‘Hero’s Journey’ trope with The Lord of the Rings. Typically they just feel very derivative and uninteresting to me, and this one is no exception. A young hero forced to leave his home under the guidance of a mystical companion to defeat a dark power. A dependable friend from their home town joins them, along with a ‘fellowship’ of other companions including elves, a dwarf, and the rightful king of the border region that is known as the first defense against the dark power. How this spawned a large series of books and now a TV show I’ll never know, as I found it decidedly yawn-inducing.”

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Greg also played a couple of solo games of The Game and remembered how awesome it is. “So simple, yet deep, and frustrating yet satisfying. I should play this more.”

Alex asked to play one of ‘my’ games, so Greg pulled Kingdomino out. “I gave her a few suggestions throughout, some of which she ignored, and she still beat me handily. Would have been worse if she’d listened! This is a great little game and even better because I can play it with Alex.”

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Next up was Outfoxed, so Alex and Greg played a two player game. “It was looking a bit dangerous as the Thief was pretty close to escaping and we’d still got two suspects it could have been. Luckily we managed to find the decisive clue to discover that the culprit was Riley!!”

Greg got the gang together again for Gloomhaven, “Three of our group was able to get together to carry on our campaign, playing two more scenarios. In the first we had to split the party to simultaneously step on two pressure plates. As is usual when you split the party it didn’t go smoothly, but we managed to get the job done. In the second we had to fight through a bunch of drakes in order to obtain the power to breath underwater. Some Flame Demons were also hanging around and caused some grief but overall we didn’t have too much trouble.”

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Renee and family had Oma Rika and Opa Grant visiting this weekend so they kicked off some gaming with Las Vegas Royale, a sequel based on the popular game Las Vegas that they had played a lot this summer on the boat. “In this version, the basic mechanics stay the same – players roll dice and assign them to the 6 numbered casinos hoping to win the money at the end of the round – but in this version the 3 lowest paying out casinos have mini games! These games can either be side games you play for a chance to win extra money, or allow actions that impact the other players, like capturing their dice or blocking entry into a casino. It was a great way to kick off the weekend, playing a new version of an old favourite.”

Jenn and Renee had a chance to teach Grant Clank In Space (without expansions), his first time playing a deck builder. “As I expected, he really enjoyed the game. I find this game pretty easy to teach, both in terms of how deck building works and what your overall goals are in the game. Oh and I’ll say it again, I just love it! Clank in any form is just so much fun, but I love the theme in this version. So, how did I do? I didn’t die! I didn’t make it to an escape pod, but I was in the cargo bay module when my last cube was pulled so I got to count my points! I didn’t have the most points, but I still feel like it was a win for me.”

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They also played a four player game of PARKS one night. “I do like this game at higher player counts; with more hikers on the trail, you have to do more planning on when to use your campfire, or use the copy action, as well as there being more competition for the parks themselves. It’s a great game for new gamers because it’s pretty straightforward, but still provides good choices and I love teaching games where there is no hidden information so its easy to answer questions. This is a great lighter game that always looks gorgeous on the table.”

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Renee had a chance to play a 4 player game of Illimat with Jenn, Rika and Grant. “Having mostly played this as a 2 player game with Jenn, it was fun to play a full 4 player game. It has taken me a few plays to figure out a strategy and I’m discovering the more I play it the more I like it as a new take on classic card games. Playing with 4 players really changes up the game as there is a lot of player interaction on the board.”

Star Wars Legion Tournament

Come on down to The Sentry Box on Saturday February 29th from 10 am to 7 pm for a one day Star Wars Legion skirmish event.

Entry-$5.00

Basic Structure.

Round time-1 hour 40 mins

SCHEDULE

Registration 10.00-10.30
Round one starts at 10.45

AWARDS

Anyone who has a painted commander gets put into a draw for a token bag.
FFG Cards from the kits

All players can find the battle cards used for this event in the official skirmish rules.

This event uses the official skirmish rules found here-https://images-cdn.fantasyflightgames.com/filer_public/52/ac/52ac3c8e-f20c-44c3-977a-f49a0d0eebb2/star_wars_legion_skirmish.pdf

Tale of Gamers: Kill Team – Fully Mobilized

We’re back! It’s been a nice holiday break, but now it’s time for some more gorgeous Kill Team miniatures. Our brave hobbyists have been finishing up their final miniatures, so let’s check out their Kill Teams in all their painted glory – and get their thoughts on how the project has gone.

Let’s take a look…

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Kickstarter Update Feb 4

Today we bring you another update on our Kickstarters. During the last 5 weeks we’ve backed 4 more projects and received 3 backed projects in the store.  If you want to be updated when new products – including Kickstarters – arrive at Sentry Box, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  And if you see a project you want, just contact us at the store to be added to the pre-orders list for the project. It works just like any other order at the store, you only pay when you pick up the game. This is a great way to get your hands on some of the most popular kickstarter games without having to pay upfront plus you don’t have to pay for shipping!

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Jan 27-Feb 2

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Greg kicked off Monday Board Game Night with Glory to Rome, “Hadn’t played this in a while and was reminded of it recently so brought it to Monday night games. What was about to be a two player game, then turned into a three player, then four and then five as more people arrived and were interested. It’s one of the earlier games that uses cards in multiple ways, as roles, resources and buildings, depending on the situation. It’s a great game, albeit one that can have a blowout victory, as happened in this case, with Kevin crushing the rest of us mercilessly, with the scores being 45, 24, 12, 11 & 6.”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Jan 20-26

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We start this week’s blog with a review of the a new product from Chris, “I’ve been eagerly awaiting a restock of the Army Painter Wet Palette that was released last month, and today I finally got to try out one of my very own. My first impressions are good! While I spent a little bit of time fiddling with the exact amount of water to add, I found this quite a bit easier to get right than with either my older P3 wet palette or my attempts at a homemade one. I didn’t have any problems with the paint absorbing too much water and “blooming” out over the palette like I’ve sometimes had in the past. The paint stayed nicely wet and at the end of a two-hour session my first colours were only just past the point of usability. I don’t know if this can live up to their claim of keeping paint fresh for days or even weeks (when closed), but when using a standard palette I end up adding more water to my mix in the space of maybe five minutes so a two-hour working time is a massive improvement. It was really convenient to be able to go back and use a previous colour without having to pour and thin out more paint.”

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Let’s review the new Judge Dredd Miniatures Game with Uncle Mike

I love Judge Dredd. There, I’ve said it.

I fell in love when I was a young punk kid in the ’80s, and though my tastes have changed over the years I have never lost my love of Dredd. The characters, the world, and the writing are at once charming, hard-boiled, ridiculous, violent, prescient and loaded with black humour. Imagine my excitement when I learned of a new Judge Dredd Miniatures Game coming from Warlord Games, the folks who recently provided the world with the amazing Strontium Dog Miniatures Game (read my series of reviews here…LINKY). My hopes are high as I dig into the Judge Dredd: I Am the Law, Starter Set.

As a superfan from boyhood, I obviously played the excellent (and long OOP…) Gangs of Mega-City One, by Mongoose Games and have a vast collection of those figures, as well as quite a few of the old, old Citadel and Foundry Dredd figures of yesteryear and some Heroclix as well…all places the Dredd miniature license has been over time, and all ready for comparison to the new stuff. But let’s waste no time and get into what exactly is in this big box!

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Nestled on a bed of classic Progs, the Starter Box was ready for opening…

Inside are the same proprietary 2000AD markers and dice from the Strontium Dog game although these markers are coloured gold and blue, suitably Dreddy (and also, great for players of both games…now there are four different colours, allowing for multi-player games!). A deck of game cards, themed for the mean streets of the Big Meg and some stat cards for the models in the box…these are smaller than the SD ones but that seems fine as I would guess bigger games of Judge Dredd will be the eventual goal of most players, so table space will be in demand.

A very large play mat, double-sided and detailed as environs of the Big Meg is a nice addition to the box…if a bit generically space city-ish… It is a shame that the ‘scenery’ provided is nothing more than a page of punch-out card stuff: two cars, some jersey barricades, and two very small (and flat…) shops along with a few assorted scatter items. Compared to the excellent scenery from the Strontium Dog game this was a big let down. Warlord could have done so much more with this component. Now begins a vague worry that the game designers have totally missed all the humour of the setting and decided to ‘dark it up a bit…like Batman!’…hopefully I will be wrong. Checking through time, it was done better in the ’80s…

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The Bro-hugs were large between Dredd and the Space Marines…and the floor tiles were less grimdark and more awesome.

My favourite part of this release, strangely, is the decal sheet of Mega-City One graffiti. This is a fan dream come true! All futuristic scenery looks better with graffiti and this page is so full you can hardly get a knife blade between scrawls. Your gaming table will look amazing and who doesn’t love Judge Dredd ‘in-jokes’ plastered all over the playing area? If, like me, you need another sheet of these, pick up the November 2019 issue of Wargames Illustrated, which comes with a free sheet.

The rule book and quick play handout will get a proper going over in the next part of this review, once I’ve had a chance to read through them…I always like to get at the models first, and this time is no exception.

The figures are cast in Warlord’s new resin/plastic/stuff. Let me just say that I don’t like it, at all. The material is quite hard to work with; it has a softness that makes trimming difficult, yet is brittle enough to break at low temperature. I paint in my shop, in Canadian winter, huddled over a space heater. My first Judge, while pliable out of the box, quickly became hard and shattered when dropped…just before this photo. Also, the detail seems soft, although I’m not sure if that is the material the models are cast in, or the sculpt. The box contains two Judges: this guy below and a Rookie as well as eight Block Gangers.

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Left to right: New (he’s ‘armless…) Warlord, Heroclix, and Mongoose. Sorry for the missing arm…it’s on my shop floor somewhere…that resin also bounces…

The models are very two dimensional and some are in quite strange poses. The Block Gangers do supply the player with some diverse weapons options and are dressed generically enough to be useful in all you science fiction gaming, so that’s kinda nice, I guess… Not going to say these are great but they are passable, and you do get eight of them, so there’s that.

Bases are provided as the figures come on an integral lozenge-shaped base, which needs bulking out so the thugs aren’t so tippy. I hate to be ‘that guy’ but I dislike this fiddly detail. The low profile bases that require trimming and putty work are a bit high maintenance for what, on the first impression, seems like an entry-level miniature game for teenagers.

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Four of those guys…on those bases.  Sure, they don’t look tough, but they took my Brian Eno tapes!

Well, time to get reading this rulebook…spoiler alert: already not a fan. Another review soonish…hopefully with some nice things to say about all the Thrill Power that I’m just not noticing yet…

-Uncle Mike

What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Jan 13-19

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Greg played game 3 of the Clank Legacy campaign and is still thoroughly enjoying it. “Things escalated quickly in this one, with lots of clank going in the bag, and the rage track getting bumped up quickly. This meant two players got knocked out quite quickly and only one made it out completely. Lots of new story elements were unlocked though, so things are getting even more interesting!”

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