What have The Sentry Box staff been up to? Feb 20-26

Dan came into the store one morning with his nephew Parker to play some Battletech. “We got in a good round of Battletech using 3025 level tech, until he grouped his forces in the middle of the city and let his mean Uncle Dan get my Phoenix Hawk and Panther on top of some high buildings, in a prone sniper like position. It was death by ammo explosions (3/4 mechs) not too soon after that.   My Banshee got the death blow on all 4 of his units, so that was fun.”

After the game of Battletech, Dan got home for a learning game of The Quest Kids with Oliver and Bree. “Spoiler: it’s fantastic. Quest Kids is a kid friendly (5 and up) competitive Dungeon Crawler, with a voluntary cooperative element, meaning you -can- help someone complete a quest if you want to, but you’re in no way obligated to. If you help you get what’s called a Nice Kid card, which gives you some pretty significant benefits. We went all in on this game during the last Kickstarter campaign, so we have 2 expansions still to crack into, including a campaign mode. I’m looking forward to a lot of plays of this one in the next couple years.”

Sue painted the head for Estus Jet from Forgeworld’s Necromunda range. “I wanted her to have a pinup/cyberpunk/California Girl look. I used Dorn Yellow with Skeleton Horde Contrast Paint overtop for the first time for the California blonde hair and I was pleased with the result. I thought that cherry red lips would go well with her retro bangs. After discovering you can ruin paints by leaving them in the car in the cold, I ended up using Evil Sunz Scarlet for the lips because it was the option. I mixed the red paint with white to make a color for the line on the bottom lip. Ordinarily I wouldn’t use Evil Sunz Scarlet for lipstick because it’s too bright. I would recommend Khorne Red or Gal Vorbak Red for a nicer lipstick shade. However, in this case, Evil Sunz Scarlet was ok because Necromunda and cyberpunk in general is all about anything-goes make up. I put a little red make up under her eye to add a bit of a weird cyberpunk flair.”

What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Feb 13-19

Greg played Ragnarocks. “This game is from Gord Hamilton, the designer of Santorini, and it shares some DNA with that predecessor in that they are both two player abstract games that offer a standard version, or you can add asymmetric player powers to change up the game. Whereas Santorini is typically a race to get one of your builders up to the third level of a building, Ragnarocks is more about claiming territory on the board by blocking off areas with runestones. Each turn you move one viking in any direction and then build a runestone in any direction based on where the viking ended. Vikings and runestones block movement and building channels. When an area only contains vikings of one colour it becomes ‘settled’ and those vikings can no longer be used. Once both players have no more possibilities for movement or building you count up the areas of the settled territory and whoever has the most wins. Tracy and I just played the standard game and it was quite interesting even without the player powers. I’d like to see how they shake things up though. Oh and the runestones are awesome and look amazing on the board!”

He also played Get on Board: New York & London. “This is a new version of the Japanese game ‘Let’s make a bus route’. In this version the board is double sided with the New York side for 2 or 3 players and the London side for 4 or 5. It also changes to using wooden pieces to mark your bus route rather than pen on a dry erase board. Other than that it’s basically the same game. Over 12 rounds players add to their bus route around the city, picking up and dropping off passengers which get marked off on their player sheet. Each type of passenger scores points in a different way, and there are also points for a hidden objective of hitting three different spots on the board, and common objectives of hitting a certain type and number of passengers or locations. There are some negative points to avoid, for causing traffic, and you have to be careful not to ever hit the same junction twice or you just straight up lose! It’s a nice, fun quick game that’s kind of like a flip and write, so feels a bit like that style of game.”

Greg finished reading The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov. “I like Isaac Asimov’s books – despite being on the older side I don’t find them to be quite as dated as others. The Caves of Steel is basically a murder mystery set in the future, where the police detective is partnered with a robot, on an Earth that, at best, is pretty unenthusiastic about robots. I think the sci-fi elements in this book are fairly low-key, which helps. I don’t think he’s the greatest character writer in the world but he does an adequate job on that front, and the murder mystery element is a fun one to try to figure out.”

Renee, Jenn, and their Dad played a couple games of Azul this week. “One game stood out as the highest scoring for all of us. We all focused on getting columns and so it was many rounds before we triggered game end and then only because between all our boards it was impossible not to do so. Check out my final board – I rarely manage to get one full colour set, let alone two!”

One game that Renee’s Dad requested they bring to the cabin was Ticket to Ride. “This is a game that we used to play a lot 10 years ago when we started to game again as a family while Christopher was a baby. The base game and its many expansions saw a lot of table time for the three of us. Now that Christopher is gaming with us, Dad requested that we all play together, which we did a couple of times this week. Playing it again brought back a lot of great memories of discovering and mastering this game and it was a lot of fun to pull it out again and play it with Christopher.”

Renee got to play some Crokinole at the cabin! “My cousin Sanne lives in Golden and one evening she brought a friend’s crokinole board to the cabin and we played a bunch of games and wow did we have a blast! None of us had a lot of experience so it was just fun to play together with none of us taking it too seriously. Congrats to Dad who had the highest scoring game when he managed to get 2 disks in the center!”

Renee read the final book in The Expanse series, Leviathan Falls. “I struggled making my way through this, wanting to devour each chapter while knowing once I did, it would be over. It’s always hard, spending so much time with these characters and wondering how the author will wrap it all up for you, or if they even will. I am happy to say that I absolutely enjoyed this book and its story. Definitely satisfied with how it ended, so I can wholeheartedly recommend this series.”

What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Feb 6-12

Sue picked up the Red Wizards expansion for D&D Onslaught, the new D&D Skirmish game. “This might be my favorite faction for Onslaught, and I’m generally pretty happy with the quality of D&D pre-painted miniatures these days. However, I thought Quellabrelten Amasnodel looked like he had just eaten a powdered donut. I think that the white on the lips was supposed to be from teeth, which were just too small on this model. Anyway, I used some Kislev Flesh to touch it up, and I thought it was a pretty good match to the original paint. I also thought the V neck on the outfit was a little wavery so I tried to touch that up too.”

One of Sue’s 2 favorite characters in the Red Wizards pack was Farilun of Scardale. “But my model had some eye and teeth paint on his scales so I tried to touch that up. I was happy with the results. If you get a pre-painted D&D miniature, and there is paint somewhere it shouldn’t be, these can usually be touched up.”

Lastly, Sue did another face painting tutorial. “For this tutorial I used a Wizkids pre-primed Pathfinder Gnome Bard. I did 2 different eye techniques; the line and the dot and also the two white dots, so you can see the subtle differences side by side. I also demonstrated lips using Bugman’s Glow and highlighting with white *before* adding the Contrast Paint (or wash if you’re not using a Contrast Paint). For the highlight, draw a white line on the lower lip. The top lip is always naturally more shaded than the bottom lip. For the eyes, block them out *before* adding your Contrast Paint or wash, then either draw a white line followed by a dot (right eye), or do 2 white dots on either side of the iris (left eye). If you are more comfortable painting the eyes before adding the Contrast Paint or wash, just have a second bush on standby to pull most of the Contrast Paint or wash out of the eyes when you do that step. Note that the iris is typically slightly closer to the top of the eye than the bottom. For this demonstration I blocked out the eyes with Rhinox Hide, though I often use Dryad Bark, and I also used a black Citadel Layer Small Brush for the eyes and lips.”

Greg finished reading The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury. “This is a collection of short stories rather than a novel, so it was a quick and easy read. I have to remind myself when these were written, and I wish I could have read them back then to understand how different they were. As it is, they seem very dated. There are some interesting ideas but I’m constantly pulled out of the story by things that don’t fit with the world as it is now. I guess that’s one of the problems with writing science fiction: when the world catches up with your future it shows just how wrong you were about some things.”

Renee and Jenn played Get on Board! “We’ve only played this a couple of times but always end up enjoying our plays when we do. The key seems to be focusing on a few specific goals and making sure you achieve them, but being at the whim of each turn’s required route really challenges you to either change your plan or take a penalty so you can alter the route as needed. We’ve only played it as a 2 player game on the New York side, so I’m really curious how it plays with 4 or 5 players on the London side.”

What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Jan 30-Feb 5

Greg hadn’t played Deus in a while and thought it should be a quick enough game to teach and play on a Friday night with his group. “It’s a medium weight game with some engine-building and some territory control. The turns are quite simple, either building a building onto the board and triggering it’s ability, and the ability of all buildings of the same type that you have previously built, or you discard cards to gain a bonus and draw back up to your hand limit. How and what you build will depend somewhat on what you’re dealt, and what direction you start to go, strategy-wise. I mostly clumped my buildings together as I had cards that gave me bonuses and points for doing that. Other cards encourage you to spread out more. There are also points to be had by surrounding the barbarian villages on the board, so there are a few ways to get points.Overall I enjoy it for quite a lot and it’s a good choice for if you don’t have time for something meatier.”

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Crowdfunding Update – FEBRUARY 4

Today we bring you another update on our Kickstarters and other crowdfunded projects. During the last month we’ve received 3 projects at the store and backed 9 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 crowd funded 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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