What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Nov 22-28

Kris finished up two more Necromunda Models early this week. “I had been letting the standards slip and had fielded them unpainted for a couple of games but finally decided no more games until the gang is fully painted again! “Snips” was recruited for free from my Settlement territory, where after each game I get to roll 2d6 and if the result is a double six, I get a free Ganger (normally, you can recruit a Juve on a single six, but Slave Ogryn Gangs done have Juves…) Unfortunately, even though the Ogryn is free, I had to pay for his equipment right away which ate away at my credits. Luckily, I also have a Mine territory, and hired “Botty” to work in it. (And do some fighting I suppose…)”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Nov 15-21

Kris has been playing in an Alien RPG group while they are waiting for D&D to start back up. “Free League did a good job of making the system crank up as things progress with their Skill/Stress system. As it really feels like you are getting desperate as the game goes on. We played the Chariot of the Gods module from the starter box and it’s very different from anything I have played before as it definitely walks a line between being a traditional Role Playing experience and playing a social/hidden role game.  I don’t want to give out any spoilers though so won’t really say more than that. We all had fun though, there are lots of cool moments and the cinematic play really fits the style. It is definitely a game I would demo at the store like I did for Call of Cthulhu, but I would probably switch up the scenario as it took us closer to 8 hours rather than the 3-4 it says.”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Nov 8-14

Jordan painted one of the Stormcast from the new Underworlds box set during last Sunday’s painting demo. “My first model in over a year. Definitely feeling a bit out of practice and there are some spots I’d like to work on a little more, but I’m pretty happy with how he turned out. It was fun to put paint to plastic again, and I took some liberties playing with different techniques and colours on areas like the base.” If you want to get tips from our painting experts, contact the store and sign up for Sunday’s free Painting Demo.

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Nov 1-7

Greg has yet to watch the new movie but he was still inspired to play a game of Dune: Imperium. “I managed to get off to a good start, generating 7 influence to pick up Lady Jessica and I was a bit smarter with my troops – sometimes holding them back for a future conflict. It was fairly even for the first few rounds but I managed to edge ahead up to 9 points and then I bought a card that bumped me up all four faction tracks, gaining me two VPs and ended the game with Tracy stuck on 8 points.”

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Kickstarter Update – OCTOBER 26

Today we bring you another update on our Kickstarters. During the last month we’ve received 1 Kickstarter project at the store and backed 4 additional projects. If you want to be updated when new products – including Kickstarters – arrive at Sentry Box, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.  If you are interested in a project below, contact us at the store for more info, prices or to be added to the pre-orders list. It works just like any other pre-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 and you don’t have to pay for shipping. Plus you get double points on all pre-orders!

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Oct 18-24

It’s never too early to get the kids started on miniature painting! Kris’ daughter Evie wanted to make a fish and paint it. We think she did a great job!

Greg tried out this puzzle from Genius Games. “Genius Games make science-themed board games that are really interesting. Like a few other game companies they also started dabbling in making puzzles during Covid, and this is one of them. I also have Nikola Tesla and Marie Curie to do, and figure they’re good for starting conversations with the kids about who they are and what they’re known for.”

Renee and Jenn had a chance to play Res Arcana with the just released second expansion, Perlae Imperii. “This expansion adds a new element, pearls. Pearls have similar rules to Gold but are worth 1 point at the end the the game for each one in the players collection. As a result, the game end is now triggered at 13 points instead of 10. The expansion also includes some new Mages, Monuments, Places of Power and Artifacts. Jenn ended up getting the Pearl Bed and created a fantastic engine and ended up winning the game handily. We both enjoyed the additions and continue to love playing this game!”

They also had a chance to try out the new game TEN. “I was really excited about this game because it’s from the same designers as Point Salad which I think is fantastic. What I was surprised to find out and made it even more awesome, was discovering that it had a push your luck drafting mechanic similar to another family favourite, Circus Flohcati! You draw cards until you either stop and claim your reward or you bust and get nothing. You bust when the total value of the cards exceeds 10. However there are also currency cards whose value subtracts from that total and when you stop you can either take all the cards or the currency cards. If you take cards, all your opponents get the currency, which you can use to purchase cards in the market. But there’s more! You can also use currency to purchase wild cards through auction whenever they are revealed from the draw pile. This has all the elements I enjoy in a quick card game – some push your luck with enough strategy to make it interesting. Over the weekend Jenn and I both had chances to play it with Dad and it has been a hit!”

Greg likes the little tableau-builder Deus because it’s so simple but still offers some interesting decisions. “You have to deal with the luck of the draw, but you can always choose to spend your turn discarding cards to gain something and then drawing new ones, so it’s easy to cycle through if you don’t like what you have. In two player I’ve found the game almost always ends by Temples being built and that was the case in this game. I picked up a bunch of points during the game though, whereas Tracy only really scored for her Temples and leftover resources, so it was a comfortable victory.”

Greg and Tracy also played TEN. “This is a neat little push-your-luck card game where you’re trying to get runs of numbers in each colour. There are some interesting choices to be made though as some turns you end up helping your opponents. This was a super close game where Tracy ended up winning 26-25!”

Kris is still working on painting different Orks for Orktober. “On last week’s stream I had a vote and everybody voted for my Battle Fleet Gothic Ork Fleet to be next on the list. I have had them for a while now, and just never got around to painting them as I was always a fan of the Imperial Navy. But, the Orks being able to swamp the table seems like it will be fun.This was my first batch while I work on my colour scheme, a Terror Ship and 6 Onslaught escort frigates.”

What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Oct 11-17

Kris decided he needed to mix up Orktober sot his week’s painting Stream was Orruktober instead! “I decided to start on the Kruleboyz from the the new Age of Sigmar Dominion box. I didn’t want to jump in with a unit as I wanted something I could make decent progress on in a shorter stream so I did the Swampcalla Shaman. He is not quite finished as I want to do a Swamp Base for him with water effects but I think he turned out well, especially as I didn’t really plan him out, I just jumped in.”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Oct 4-10

Greg finally got Anachrony back to the table after spending the time to paint all of the Exosuits. “It’s a pretty meaty game, both in gameplay and theme, with players each controlling a faction trying to gain superiority on a ravaged world. Water is an important resource, as are the exosuits required to send workers out into the dangerous areas of the planet. It’s also possible to receive items sent from the future, but once you’re in the future you need to send those things back to the past to close the loop or you might cause an anomaly. Those are bad. In the meantime you’re constructing buildings and superprojects, conducting research, mining for resources and trading with nomads. You need to keep your workers motivated or they’ll lose morale. It’s a great game and I’m glad I got around to painting the Exosuits to add a bit more colour to the table.”

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