What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Nov 21-27

Greg played some Roll Player Adventures, “In our latest installment we were wrongfully imprisoned for murdering the King (who actually went through a portal to another dimension). We were planning our escape, but couldn’t seem to make up our mind whether we were going to stay loyal to the King’s Guard, or fall in with the Dragul prisoners. Throughout the course of the scenario we: spoke to the warden to get on their good side, even ratting out a gang of prisoners; fought against some guards; fought with another gang of prisoners but then kind of joined them; started a riot; saved a guard, killing some other prisoners in the process; fought and killed the warden; escaped the prison. Pretty eventful, but we definitely flip-flopped around on the best course of action!”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Nov 14-20

Rene and her dad played a game of the just released Splendor Duel. “As a big fan of Splendor, I’ve been eagerly awaiting this version which promised a new take on the classic Splendor gameplay. First I have to gush about how cute it is! The cards and tokens are mini versions of the the original and the whole game fits in a cute little box. But now the game itself; in this version you draft jewel tokens from a board, taking any three (or less) in a line. The cards work similarly to the original but with 5 different bonuses, like take another turn, take a token from the board, wild gems that you can make any colour, or crowns. The biggest difference though is that there are now 3 different win conditions that immediately end the game. Dad ended up winning by getting to 20 points, while I was one short of 10 points in one colour, the other win condition being having 10 crowns. I really liked it and think like 7 Wonders Duel, it will become a hit on its own.”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Nov 7-13

Renee played a solo game of Hadrian’s Wall, a hearty flip and write. “This reminds me a bit of a Shem Phillips game, where you’re trying to advance on 4 different tracks, using a variety of different actions to do so. You start the round with a set of resources and workers, which you spend to do actions on the sheets, which in turn grant you more workers and resources. You keep playing until you run out of available actions and then your wall is attacked, with each round’s attacks getting fiercer. I really enjoyed my first play, and it plays very well as a solo game.”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Oct 31-Nov 6

Greg and Tracy managed to squeeze in another game of Barrage while the kids were playing. “They did both show interest in what we were doing though, and declared their allegiance to be with Mama rather than Dada. Their support wasn’t enough to turn the tide of the game though, because although it seemed fairly even after the first couple of rounds, I had slightly better infrastructure built and was able to start generating more power. I even managed to fulfil the national contract for the first time in a few games. It’s a great game that requires precise planning and timing and it can definitely hurt if another player takes an action space you need. I’m enjoying the challenge though!” They played another game later in the week, “Playing online is definitely a bit quicker and easier than setting up the physical game. However, in this game I was playing White, and on one occasion Tracy failed to spot that I’d built a structure because it wasn’t as easy to see it on the screen compared to in person. That meant she’d wasted a few actions and it definitely set her back. Having said that she did tie her previous best score, but I beat my own previous best by one point so still got the win.”

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Crowdfunding Update – NOVEMBER 3

Today we bring you another update on our Kickstarters and other crowdfunded projects. During the last month we’ve received 4 projects at the store and backed 6 additional projects. If you want to be updated when new products – including Kickstarters and crowdfunded projects – 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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