What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – May 9-15

Greg and Tracy played a couple of games of new arrival Yak. “First off, the components in this game are amazing. Chunky bakelite yaks with plastic horns; plastic carts with wheels; big chunky wooden blocks; dual layer player boards. All very nice. The game is one where you’re trading food for stone blocks of different colours in order to build a stone tower. Carts move around clockwise unless a fog token is pulled from the bag, in which case they switch direction. Planning ahead for what’s coming up is important, so these unexpected switches can throw a spanner in the works. In this game I got completely destroyed by Tracy who outscored me in every category. It was a fun, light to medium game though and I enjoyed it quite a bit. A couple days later Tracy also suggested a second game of Yak so we played this one again while the kids were busy. We still didn’t add the extra scoring cards, so it was just the normal scoring. Things went better for me this time and I was able to grab lots of food tokens a few times and then spend them the next turn. I even bought three crystal stones in one turn for 8 bread, which helped me get a large group of 7 stones for end game scoring. We’d both like to try this with more players now as it may have different dynamic. Plus I want to add the extra scoring cards for some variety.”

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Kickstarter Update – MAY 15

Today we bring you another update on our Kickstarters. During the last month we’ve received 2 Kickstarter projects at the store and backed 1 additional project. 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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Maximum Arbitration Part 4.5: Your Friendly Neighbourhood Arbitrator

Sometimes the Arbitrator just likes to prattle on about their toys. This is a brief look at the gangs that I will be using in the store Necromunda campaign, as well as thoughts on how the campaign is / will run. This is an additional update and contains no new rules or life changing information. However, if you plan on facing me over the gaming table, this may be worth a read.

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Maximum Arbitration Part 4: ‘Game Week Two’, Rat Patrol!

Way out past the Palatine Cluster, beyond the safety of the barrier city-domes, stands the YYC Hive. A black spire rising out of the ash wastes of the Stormlands. A rough and ready breed of Necromundans call this hive home, bred strong in a region as beautiful and wild as it is deadly and unforgiving.

Geographically set apart by harsh climate and grueling distance, is it any surprise that the flora and fauna of this storied hive are often unique, seen nowhere else on Necromunda? Trade routes through the wastes are limited and highly maintained, a perfect opportunity to eradicate pests before they enter the hive proper. And thus the Rat Patrol was created.

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – April 25-May 1

Renee and Jenn played Isle of Cats again, this time with the Kittens + Beasts expansion. “Beasts are special tiles you rescue on the first day and add to your boat. They each have 3 cat families they want to befriend on the boat, so if you place the correct colour cat family next to them you get to add a beast meeple to your boat for extra points. This definitely adds an additional element of strategy to your game. Kittens are smaller cat tiles that are always available to rescue, however each day only the fastest player gets to rescue kittens, so you have to strategize about when you want to make sure you are the fastest. In addition, because kittens are smaller, you can fit 2 in a basket, allowing you to add more tiles to your boat in a round. This makes it easier to create cat families and they fit almost anywhere! Both these modules allowed for more opportunities for points so it’s not surprising we both had by far our highest scores. We were also both very impressed that Jenn managed to almost completely fill her boat! That is not easy to do.”

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