What have the Sentry Box Staff been up to – Aug 20-26

It was a quieter week with some staff on vacation and others busy with events in the store, but most of us still got in some gaming.

Greg played a few games of Brass: Birmingham this week: “It’s a long time since I played the original Brass so Tracy and I just played half a game (canal era only) to get reacquainted and up to speed on the differences in Birmingham. Hoping to play a full game tomorrow!” He did: “The rail era gets even more thinky and tough, which is a good thing I guess? Both Tracy and I had to back track a couple of times because we realized we couldn’t do what we had wanted to do, so this is definitely a game that rewards experience.” He took that experience and played it again on our Friday evening livestream.

Greg also played Santa Maria: “A dice drafting, tile laying game where the dice activate all the locations in the matching row or column, generating resources, advancing you on a couple of tracks or allowing you to ship goods for points and income. Nice game, I’d like to play again.”

On Monday Renee hosted the Kingdomino Tournament for 12 players; one of which was Greg: “I played in the event we held at the store and it was super close in our game for the top three, with scores being 52, 52, 51. Alas I was the 51 so didn’t get to the final, but I enjoyed playing all the same as it’s a quick fun game.” In fact all three of the games in the first round were very close! Thanks to everyone who came out; it was a lot of fun.


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Zac Played World of Yo Ho, a board game in which you download the app to your phone and use it as your ship in the game, while Jim played with the new rules for Black Powder and reported that he “suffered a complete rout of my light cavalry by some heavy cavalry.” Kris got in some more Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and Gord finally got to 1917 in Illusions of Glory, “The Russians don’t look ready to have a revolution and are on the attack with the Brusilov Offensive. It’s going to be a bloody turn for both sides.”

Renee played a couple shorter games this week:

Coloretto “Got to play a few 3 player games and found it is a bit more cutthroat than the 2 player games I usually play. I really enjoyed it with a higher player count – may try to take it out more often when I have a few people to play with.”

Biblios “In the first round you take turns secretly looking at cards and either claiming them, putting them in the second round auction or giving them to your opponents.  The cards are either money to use in the auction, cards with varying values in the 5 suits, or action cards that let you manipulate the end game victory points of each suit. After the auction is complete, the player with the most points in each suit gets the victory points for that suit.  Been wanting to try this out for a while and found I really liked it. Another small box game to add to my collection.”

Fleet “Each round involves the auctioning of fishing licences – each providing its owner with special abilities – then players use their cards to launch boats, captain their boats and fish. Another shorter, small box game that I enjoyed quite a bit.”

On Sunday’s staff gaming night, Kris set up a game of Mansions of Madness and was joined by Gord and Drew.  Meanwhile Greg, Bronwyn and Renee played Trajan and Brutal Kingdom. It was Renee’s first play of Trajan, “I’ve been a fan of Stefan Feld ever since my first play of Castles of Burgundy so I was really looking forward to playing Greg’s favourite Feld game. I really enjoyed the mancala mechanism to determine your action and get bonus tiles. A typical points salad game, we each used a different strategy and it ended up being quite close.” Brutal Kingdom was in a word, brutal; especially for such a seemingly simple game. Greg had this to say, “An interesting deduction and drafting card game with a neat scoring mechanism. Trying to figure out who has what cards, when it’s safe to play and trying to manipulate the turn order can be tough, so it’s quite thinky for a relatively short game.”



Star Wars Legion Tournament

Star Wars Legion

The Sentry Box will be hosting a Star Wars Legion tournament on Saturday September 29th starting at 10:30am. Entry to the event will be $10.

Forces for the event should be 800 points built using the standard rules. There will be door prizes as well as prizes for Best General and Best Painting.

There will be three rounds played during this event. Anyone missing the 10:30 Player Meeting will be assigned a loss in Round 1

  • 10:30-10:45 Player Meet
  • 10:45-11:00 Pairings for Round 1
  • 11:00-01:00 Round 1
  • 01:00-02:00 Lunch
  • 02:00-04:00 Round 2
  • 04:00-04:15 Break
  • 04:15-06:15 Round 3
  • 06:15-06:30 Award Ceremony

Shadespire Tournament


The Sentry Box will be hosting a Shadespire tournament on Saturday September 8th starting at 10:30am. Entry to the event will be $10.

Players must bring one Warband for the event and an Objective Deck with a minimum of 20 Power Cards following normal deck building restrictions. Players should also have all the tokens and markers required for their Warband.

There will be a player meeting at 10:30am with Round 1 starting at 11:00AM. There will be a break for lunch after Round 1

The number of Rounds will be dependant on number of players but there will be a three round minimum.


Batman Miniature Game Tournament

Batman Miniature Game Tournament

Come down to The Sentry Box on Saturday October 13th, starting at 10:00 am,  for a Batman Miniature Game tournament. Entry to the event is $10 and there will be official prize support from Knight Models, including limited edition models and character cards. 

Crews must be constructed at 350 rep/$1500 funding with no Legends allowed. Scenarios will be drawn from the BatMatch ruleset found on the Knight Models website. Copies of the BatMatch rules will be provided at the event.

Round times are:

  • 10:00 to 10:30
  • Player Registration – 10:30 to 10:45
  • Pairings for Round 1 – 10:45 to 11:00
  • Round 1 – 11:00 to 13:00
  • Lunch – 13:00 to 14:00
  • Round 2 – 14:00 to 16:00
  • Round 3 Pairings 16:00 to 16:15
  • Round 3 16:15 to 18:15
  • Prizing and Table Take Down 18:15 to 18:30