What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – April 5-11

We start this week with an update from Greg on Dice Throne Adventures. “I’m so pumped right now! Huntress and Seraph on Veteran difficulty coming into the fight against the Mad King with zero salves. I fully expected it to be over quickly and then we’d come back next time with a few salves to help. But then… we only went and did it!! Nyra was the MVP, taking multiple hits and healing to get back up again. Legacy Pack D here we come!!”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – March 29-April 4

Tracy and Greg have played a bunch of games of their latest campaign in Dice Throne Adventures this week, culminating in completing Scenario 7, the 4th Portal Crawl. “This one was tough – we started with three salves and by the time we got to the final minion we had only one left. It was our least favourite level 4 minion too: the Emperor Cobra. We were low on health and none of our defensive abilities work against the Cobra, so we knew it would be tough. Luckily, we came in prepared, with me having a stamina potion to get two attacks in a row, as well as a life saving Blessing of Divinity Token. So we just went for all out attack and managed a win, moments before we would have died ourselves. The down side is that we now head to a fight with the Mad King with no salves. In case it isn’t obvious, we’re really enjoying this game a lot!!”

Greg has also been playing a solo campaign with the Moon Elf. “After only losing twice on the way to getting to the Mad King I then lost twice to him before finally defeating him to end the campaign with a score of 236 on Veteran difficulty. Technically I can open Legacy Pack D now, but I’m going to wait until Tracy and I finish our two player campaign.”

Jenn and Renee finally tried out a couple of Exit games on Friday: The Abandoned Cabin, and The Pharaoh’s Tomb. “We both absolutely loved them! We really enjoyed the styles of the puzzles, the way the decoder worked and the elements included in the box to solve the puzzles. We did the Abandoned Cabin first, with a lower difficulty and were feeling very confident and proud of ourselves when we decided to try Pharaoh’s Tomb which definitely felt more challenging but not really too frustrating, although we did have to check a couple of times if we had all the elements we needed to solve the puzzle. I’ve already picked up more Exit games to play and can’t wait to play them all!”

Excited to play more Exit games, Jenn and Renee also completed The Enchanted Forest on Sunday. “This is a fairy tale themed game that had a lot of flavour text which really gave it a story time feel. The puzzles integrated very well with the theme and were a good mix of slightly clever and a bit more thinky puzzles. Overall a win! I think this would be a great one to play with age appropriate kids – the box says 10 and up but I think you could play with younger kids who enjoy puzzles and solving clues. As an aside, while you are definitely intended to fold, cut, write on and otherwise ‘one-use’ the components, we found that tracing to make a quick duplicate, or placing clear plastic on top of a card or item to write on worked quite well if you wanted to make sure it was replayable.”

What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – March 22-28

Greg and Tracy taught their friends Tichu, playing a shorter game, just to 500 points. “Obviously the random pairing put myself and Tracy, the two experienced players, together as a team. Things kind of went our way as far as the cards too, so it wasn’t a long game and the score was lopsided but hopefully it was enough to give them a good introduction to how the game works. It’s one that needs lots of plays to start to see some of the subtlety and figure out when to call Tichu, etc. Happy to get the chance to play again!”

They followed up with a game of Sushi Go. “It just went horribly wrong for me, giving me scores of 9 and then 6 in the first two rounds. It was a low scoring game overall but I was well off the pace and came dead last!”

Greg also gives us an update on their Dice Throne Adventures. “After defeating the Mad King with the Gunslinger and the Treant we decided to step up the difficulty, starting a new campaign on Veteran Difficulty with the Seraph and the Huntress. So far we’ve played through the first two Portal Crawls and defeated the Fallen Barbarian. The Portal Crawls were actually pretty straightforward and we completed both at the first attempt, but the Fallen Barbarian proved to be a tougher challenge, taking three attempts before we finally took him down. In fact the third attempt, that we ended up winning, started horribly, with the Barbarian getting five attacks in two turns due to causing stun tokens, and after those turns we were at 5 health, with the Barbarian at 76 health (6 above his starting amount). Somehow we came back to win that one, which was super satisfying!”

Greg finished reading Wicked by Gregory Maguire. “This was an interesting take on the Wizard of Oz story, focusing on the Wicked Witch of the West and her back story. I enjoyed a good chunk of it, but then it seemed like it suddenly had to switch gears and make things fit with the original Wizard of Oz story, and it didn’t quite jive with me. It was a fun and interesting read overall though.”

Meanwhile Renee finished Cibola Burn, the fourth book in the Expanse series. “This book covers the exploration of a new planet, the negotiation of rights to the land and the riches (both material and scientific) it contains while giving us more glimpses at the world of the protomolecule. This series continues to be a fun read, constantly introducing new characters in ways that allow you to quickly bond with them and leave you wanting to hear more of their story. The characters really are the stars of this series and I’m along for the ride while we figure out what there is to discover in the expansive world they inhabit.”

Chris recently came across a bunch of Dystopian Wars Prussian Empire ships in his stash. “These models have been out of production for a couple years, and while the game is making a comeback the look of the ships has been re-imagined somewhat. So, while they may not look as spiffy as the new hotness (and I don’t really have any plans to play the game) I think  these little ships are still pretty neat and I figured that I might as well paint some of them up just to look cool on display. I wanted to use a fairly light grey with darker, angular camouflage, since I imagine this fleet fighting in the far north, dodging between icebergs and chasing around the enemy in snowstorms (history buffs who are familiar with the fate of the battleship Scharnhorst in WWII will know what I mean). The main color is Light Grey, with German Grey camo and I picked out the deck planking with Desert Yellow – all from Vallejo Model Color. I used an overall Dark Tone wash, but diluted it with GW’s Lamian Medium to avoid staining the lighter color of the decks too much. There’s quite a few more units to add, so you’ll likely see the fleet continue to expand…”

What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – March 15-21

We start the week with an update from Greg and Tracy on their Dice Throne Adventures. “It actually took us two more attempts before we were finally able to defeat the Mad King. Our first game was over fairly quickly as, yet again, he just overpowered us with serious beatdowns and forcing each of us to try to attack the other. We finally beat him but it was still tough and we ended up with just one salve left. I think we had finally got into a good rhythm though, and collectively did about 40 damage in our last three attacks. Now we’ve unlocked some of the hidden content, which looks very cool, ready for the next campaign. What character to choose for next time though??”

Sue painted some terrain this week. “I used Wraithbone Primer and Contrast Paints. I used Snakebite Leather for the straps, and Aggaros Dunes for the hay. I used various greens for the stems, and Gryph-Hound Orange for the pumpkins. The pumpkin on the right is highlighted and the pumpkin on the left is just the Contrast Paint over the primer.”

Greg considers Stone Age a classic and it’s always fun to play. “Matt decided to try out the starvation strategy and it paid off in the end, giving him a narrow victory. I went for agriculture and never needed to go hunting the whole game, but didn’t quite pick up enough points elsewhere.”

Greg and friends also played some Solo. “It is very similar to Uno but has a few other special cards, such as cards that let you swap hands with someone or make everyone pass their hand to the player to their left or right. It was quick, easy fun for those looking for something light.”

Renee decided on her birthday that she wanted to play a Wolfgang Warsch game with Jenn so they played Taverns of Tiefenthal. “We hadn’t played it in a long time so we played the base game only. Which was good because we both definitely felt like we were playing for the first time again! I still love this game as I now want to play it again with the additional modules.”

Renee finally had a chance to try the Nightfall expansion for PARKS with Jenn. “We already really like this game and we both thought the expansion was awesome. It adds a some new action spaces which you can use when you go to a trail location with a tent, which added more options while hiking the trail. It also added new parks which could be bought with a few specific resources and then 2-4 resources of your choosing and then also granted you an immediate bonus. There was a new Year deck (end game bonuses) which granted 1 or 2 points for each set of something you managed collect (1 point for each set of 4 pictures, 2 points for each set of 3 parks with 2 trees) and one of the tent actions let you collect more during the game. Overall, very good additions to the game. Easy to recommend picking it up if you have and enjoy Parks.”

Renee also got in a play of Calico which for a quick tile drafting game is very puzzley and thinky! “Between the board, cat and colour objectives there are a lot of ways to get points, but they all contradict each other! Deciding which objectives to attempt to achieve with the tiles available (or is it having the tiles available direct your decisions for which objectives to achieve?) is a fun and frustrating time. Definitely happy with this purchase.”

Kris decided to do something he had not done since the Dark Imperium box was released, he painted an Ultramarine! “Captain of the 4th Company, and Master of the Fleet, Uriel Ventris. I enjoyed reading his books when I was younger and was happy to see a new model released for him this month and so I didn’t hesitate to join in with #MarchforMacragge. It’s not quite up to the display standard of some of the painters in the store but it was a fun 4 or 5 hours and did make me want to paint more of my other Space Marines I have around the house…Just need to finish a million other projects first!”

Greg and Tracy finish the week with Escape the Room: Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor. “I had actually played this before, but since Tracy hadn’t played it and it was about five years ago that I did, I figured it was probably safe to play again. I did remember some vague things but no specific details about any solutions. It was still a pretty straightforward Escape Room though, with no puzzles that stumped us, just one or two that we had to take the time to figure out. If you’re looking for an easy entry to this type of game I think this is a good one.”

Sentry Box Staff paint: Onna-bugeisha by Warlord Games

In the start of what could be a fun series, we took a box of miniatures and asked our staff if they wanted to paint them.
The first of the boxes we picked was the Onna-bugeisha box from the Warlords of Erehwon range by Warlord Games.
Danielle, Sue & Tia stepped up for this challenge so let’s see how they did!

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – March 1-7

We start this week’s blog with more Dice Throne Adventures with Greg and Tracy. “After two failed attempts at this third portal crawl we started with six salves and tooled up decks with extra loot. Things went much better this time, partly because our luck was better and partly because I think we’re getting better at working as a team and knowing how to maximize our turns. We ended the game with five salves and cleared all spaces on the map for the first time, so we got a decent score, and we’ll be heading through the portal to take on the Fallen Monk next time!”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Feb 22-28

Tracy and Greg and still getting Dice Throne Adventures to the table. “We’re on the lookout for the Fallen Monk now, searching for the third portal. Unfortunately we had no salves and on both our first turns we took our opponents down to one health, meaning they got to attack us back and deal a bunch of damage (and in both cases died during our defensive rolls). We didn’t get much farther than that, dying after grabbing the first portal shard. We’ll be re-trying again soon, with three salves and my Treant got some snazzy Angelic Boots (to go along with his Trench Coat).”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Feb 15-21

Greg and Tracy continued their Dice Throne Adventures this week. “After the last game I knew it was going to be tough against the Fallen Gunslinger but we still had hope. Those hopes were dashed pretty quickly though after I took a knockdown hit on the first attack, and Tracy whiffed her first attack completely. We pulled it back to be vaguely respectable but still lost pretty badly. Next time we do get to start with three salves,  so maybe it’ll be closer.” Later in the week it hit the table again. “We came back for another shot at the Fallen Gunslinger, this time with three salves in hand. As predicted, it was a much closer fight but I managed to get a barbed vine on him early that caused a fair bit of damage over the course of the fight. Tracy’s Gunslinger also got lucky on a whole bunch of evasive token rolls or we would have lost horribly. As it is, we managed to defeat him, albeit with no salves left again. Next up is portal crawl number three!”

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What have The Sentry Box staff been up to – Feb 8-14

Greg played a couple of games of Unicorn Glitterluck: A Party for Rosalie, one with just Alex and another with Luke joining in as well. “It’s a cute little co-op roll and move game where you’re trying to get all the guests to Rosalie’s party and collect all the cloud crystals for her before she arrives. It’s simple enough for Luke to play and cutesy enough that Alex likes it too.”

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