What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – August 2-8

This is a Star Wars: Legion Rebel Veteran and R5 droid Sue painted. “I wanted to make 2 squads of Veterans, so I mixed up the arms and heads using Green Stuff to create a second squad that looked different from the first. I primed both of these models white and used Apothecary White Contrast paint to get a clean white look for them. I forgot to add a black wash over the silver parts of R5 droid which I didn’t notice until I took this photo.”

Greg and Tracy played some more games of The Crew, starting where they left off, at mission 44. “I don’t know if it was just good luck or because we were a bit more in sync but we actually beat some of these in one attempt and ended up finishing the game completely. Overall I felt like some of the missions in the 30s and early 40s were our trickiest ones. It was a great and very addictive game though, and I’m looking forward to the sequel coming out.”

It had been too long since Greg had played locally published game Allegiance: A Realm Divided. “It really scratches the itch I have from not playing Magic The Gathering any more. The gameplay is similar but with some neat changes, and the artwork is equally stunning. Tracy was new to the game but picked it up quickly and we had a super close game, with me just beating her Ranger. Those pesky traps the Ranger lays are so annoying!!”

Kris and friends started up their next campaign of Arkham Horror: The Card Game. “We are playing The Dream-Eaters cycle which is really interesting as it’s two interconnected 4 part mini campaigns where you play two different Investigators. Really enjoying it so far and it’s good to be back!

Praga Caput Regni is another great game by Vladimir Suchy and Greg has been wanting to get it back to the table for a while. “It’s very much a ‘point salad’ kind of game, which is one reason why I like it. The action wheel is interesting as it sometimes makes you more inclined to take an action you weren’t planning on taking just because of the bonuses that come with it. In this game I ended up going fairly heavily up The Hunger Wall, and also along the King’s Road. Tracy went up in the Cathedral and also built a bunch of houses and walls, and it was a pretty close game in the end. Hopefully it doesn’t take as long to get it back to the table next time.”

Greg played Ice Team which is a two player kids game where players have a team of polar bears who are trying to catch the most fish. “Bears move, leap or swim across the ice and sea, exploring igloos to find fish. Bears that reach the end also find fish, so there is incentive to get all your bears to the end first. Alex raced ahead with one of her bears whereas I brought a few of mine up together. I ended the game, getting my last bear to the end when Alex still only had one at the finish, but she had raided more igloos and ended up beating me 19 to 15. The only thing that I didn’t like was the fact that the game contains polar bears and penguins. That made me twitch a little!”

Greg also got a chance to play new arrival Neta-Tanka. “This is a medium-weight worker placement game where players are trying to become the new Neta-Tanka of the tribe by helping out the tribe the most. Points are earned for building tents, adding to the totem pole, feeding the tribe and crafting new items. It has a neat system where you want to place workers in adjacent action spaces as they often earn a bonus if they do so. It was a super close game, with me focusing on craft items and the totem pole, and Tracy focusing on feeding the tribe, building the totem pole and also a bit of tent building. There was only one point in it at the end, with me squeaking out a 49 to 48 victory.”

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