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The Guardians of the Galaxy are Revealed for Marvel Universe Miniature Game

I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on each starting team for the upcoming Knight Models game Marvel Universe Miniature Game. With the Avengers, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy to choose from, it’ll be hard to decide which is the one to start with (so might as well start with them all).

We now know who will be in the Guardians of the Galaxy starter set. Each set comes with four miniatures as well as a mini-rulebook.

The Guardians will include Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, and Rocket Raccoon. I’d assume Groot will be the miniature released in a blister along with the team.

From their description, the team looks to have a decent mix and shooting and close combat. Star-Lord fitting the quick (via his rocket boots) figure to get in position to fire off his Quad Laser and Element Gun. Rocket is all about his guns, as he should be. Gamora has a gun and her Vorpal Blade, mixed with stealth she too will be maneuvering around the board for the attack. Finally Drax is a tank and all about close combat, not just using his knives, but also acting as a bodyguard and soaking up damage for others. All of the team are the affiliation Cosmic/Hero.

With that equipment and abilities it’s easy to see how you’d play this team in the game, maneuvering with some as you shot, shooting at a distance with Rocket, and getting Drax in close for the kill.

Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Universe Miniature Game

(via Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher)

Unboxing: Board Game Bento Fantastic Rivals

The folks behind the top notch Comic Bento have launched a new service geared towards fans of board games, Board Game Bento.

We open up the fourth box of the new service and give our thoughts on what’s inside. The theme is “Fantastic Rivals” so expect pirates, ninjas, and some druids!

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Zev Shlasinger Joins WizKids!

WizkidslogoGame developer and publisher WizKids have announced that Zev Shlasinger, formerly of Z-Man Games/F2Z Entertainment has joined the team and will head up its expanded Board Game operations.

Zev founded Z-Man Games in 1999 and its first publication was the rebirth of the Shadowfist CCG. In 2001, Z-Man released its first non-collectible game, Grave Robbers from Outer Space, and the company set a new path from thereon. Delving into card games, innovative games (Warchon), RPGs, and then board games, Z-Man set a standard of quality and quirkiness. The eclectic publishing philosophy led to such releases as Pandemic, Agricola, Tales of the Arabian Nights, Saboteur, Endeavor, Merchants and Marauders, just to name a few among nearly 200 releases. In 12 years, Z-Man Games published original and licensed games to households all over the world and became a company held in high esteem in the board game industry.

In 2011, Zev sold the company to the owner of Filosofia Editions, and continued working on acquiring and developing games for Z-Man Games (which later became part of F2Z Entertainment). Some of the games discovered/developed during his time with F2Z include: Tragedy Looper, Chimera, Clash of Cultures, Terra Mystica, Dragon Farkle, to name a few.

It’s clear by this hire that WizKids will have a greater focus on their board game line up to move beyond Dice Masters, Heroclix, and Attack Wing. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes.

Turtles Kicking Shell on Kickstarter! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past Launches

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shadows of the PastIDW Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign of radical proportions! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past, designed by Kevin Wilson, is a scenario-driven, miniatures-based combat board game, and its Kickstarter campaign is live now, featuring a host of exclusive gaming and publishing content, including an exclusive April O’Neil Hero Pack as well as a teased Casey Jones.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past will feature story content from the hit ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IDW comic. Featuring a lasting story arc, the game allows two to five players will battle their way through a series of 60-90 minute missions with players developing their characters strengths, fighting styles, and equipment along the way. Expect to see all kinds of fan-favorite characters show up as the Turtles call on their closest allies for help in battling their deadliest foes.

Backers have the choice between two versions of the game, both featuring exclusive boxes and content only available through Kickstarter. Once the game meets its funding goal, all backers will gain the ability to play as not just the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but as their long-time ally April O’Neil if they so choose. For the classic collectors, there’s a deluxe “Works Edition,” which comes with four exclusive Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles miniatures based off Kevin Eastman’s art style. More goodies will be added to both tiers as the campaign continues.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shadows of the Past Components

A first Look at the Marvel Universe Miniature Game Character Cards

We’ve got a first look at the character cards for Knight Models‘ upcoming game Marvel Universe Miniature Game.

It looks like the company has done a decent job at capturing some of the flavor of not just comic books, but even some of the fighting video games that have featured comic characters. They have some solid details of not just the name they might be known as such as Iron Man, but also their regular name, such as Tony Stark. This is important in that you can only have the same “real name” once on your team. So two version of Iron Man with Tony Stark would be out. But, you can have a Steve Rogers Captain America as well as a Sam Wilson Captain America.

As we explained previously, Power is how much a character has to spend each turn to do things. Speed is broken in to multiple movement sets which cost different amounts. There’s strength, an attack skill, agility, stamina, and willpower. Attack is what you’d use to do exactly that, while agility allows you to dodge, and stamina would be how much you get damaged.

In the defense section there’s a shield, brain, star, and Eye of Agamotto, which is used to defend against physical, mental, energy, and supernatural attacks.

Skills, we don’t know much about other than they’ll be explained in the rulebook. We don’t know the extent of skills and exactly what they do other than adding to various aspects of the character.

The level section is used to figure out the affiliation, which is part of the way you put together your team and the number helps balance the game for team building.

With attacks, we discussed in earlier posts that you’ll only be able to use attacks a certain amount of times such as every turn, as much as you can, or once per game. Special powers is a similar thing, with a frequency, and with different effects.

Endurance is the final section and as a character is damaged they get weaker and receive bonuses or negatives depending on the section. When you get to the red section, if you fail a stamina roll you’ll get KO’ed and be out of the game.

As a whole, the character cards are an interesting aspect making an easy to understand way to add new characters to the game and quickly see the abilities. As it has been laid out, you can see how the game will take shape as far as movement, attacks, and defense.

The more I’m seeing, the more I’m looking forward to this hitting my tabletop.

Marvel Universe Miniature Game Character Cards

(via Tales of a Tabletop Skirmisher)

The Walking Dead: All Out War Miniature Game Launches, Lots Unlocked

The Walking Dead All Out War Miniatures GameMantic Games have launched their latest miniature game The Walking Dead: All Out War based on Skybound‘s popular comic (and television show) The Walking Dead on Kickstarter. The miniature game’s “early bird” pledge status has already sold out, but you can get the game for $125 plus shipping ($15 for the United States).

For that amount you get:

So far the “Something to Fear” pledge level includes:

  • The complete The Walking Dead: All Out War miniatures game starter set
  • Atlanta Camp Expansion
  • Dice bag and a second set of game dice with custom faces
  • Kickstarter Exclusive Sheriff’s Badge Initiative Counter
  • Collector’s Edition Box that will hold the entire Something to Fear pledge.

In addition to the above, you now also get:

  • 10 3D Loot Markers in plastic
  • Shane Booster Miniature and Shane Character Card
  • Reggie Booster Miniature and Reggie Character Card
  • 1 Atlanta Camp Walker and 3 Equipment Cards
  • Lori Booster Miniature and Lori Character Card

The main game is $50 and boosters are $20 (we don’t know how much expansions such as Atlanta costs). Assuming all add-ons for the game are $20 that’s $150 or so worth of product. There are surely more to be unlocked down the road making it an even better deal.

There’s new characters revealed too and more teased. Check all the new figures below.

Gameplay: Legends of Andor

We crack open and show off the board game Legends of Andor with some game play!

By Kosmos, Legends of Andor is a cooperative adventure board game for two to four players in which a band of heroes must work together to defend a fantasy realm from invading hordes. To secure Andor’s borders, the heroes will embark on dangerous quests over the course of five unique scenarios (as well as a final scenario created by the players themselves). But as the clever game system keeps creatures on the march toward the castle, the players must balance their priorities carefully.

At the heart of Legends of Andor is its unique narrative, the linked scenarios of which tell an overarching story as the players successfully complete objectives. For each scenario, or “Legend”, a legend deck conveys the plot of an ever-unfolding tale…one in which the players are the protagonists. A wooden marker moves along the board’s legend track at key points during each scenario, triggering the draw of a new legend card, the introduction of new game-altering effects, and the advancement of the story’s plot. In the end, the players must endeavor to guide the fate of Andor through their heroic actions, bringing a happy ending to their epic fantasy tale.

Will their heroes roam the land completing quests in the name of glory, or devote themselves to the defense of the realm? Uncover epic tales of glory as you live the Legends of Andor!

You can purchase your own copy.

Kosmos provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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Marvel Universe Miniature Game’s X-Men Features Rogue, Cyclops, Wolverine, and Colossus

Knight Models has released more details on their upcoming Marvel Universe Miniature Game. The miniature game will feature factions and alignments. Factions include Superhuman, Mutant, and Cosmic with the Avengers, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy representing each to start. There will also be alignments such as Hero, Villain, and Neutral.

Forces will be put together based on Levels with games being played at 30-50 and that will be decided by either the scenario being played or the players themselves. You then choose characters whose Faction and Alignment match, with Neutral characters being able to be used by Heroes or Villains.

You are also limited as to the characters themselves. You can’t have two Steve Rogers for example, but you could have two Captain America characters if one was Sam Wilson and the other was Steve Rogers.

Also revealed is that while the game will launch with three starter sets, Avengers, X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy, there will also be another character released in blister for each faction. Each starter set also includes character cards and a small-sized rulebook.

Knight Models has also shown off the X-Men faction with Rogue, Cyclops, Wolverine, and Colossus, each in a more classic design.

Marvel Universe Miniature Game X-Men

(via Tales of Tabletop)

Unboxing: Battle Bin “Adventure” January 2016

Battle Bin is one of the monthly geek boxes focused on board games. This month’s theme is “Adventure.”

For only $30 a month you can get game night delivered directly to you! Each month the bin could include board, card, miniatures, and video games from some of the biggest names in gaming as well as a few you may not know. They even get exclusive items and games that you cannot get anywhere else.

Check out what’s inside this month’s box!

You can subscribe and get your Battle Bin now.

More Details on Knight Model’s Marvel Universe Miniature Game

Some more details on Knight Model‘s Marvel Universe Miniature Game have been released. The game was announced yesterday with basic details of what we can expect.

The game will have three initial starter sets (Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and X-Men) released featured four figures and a a rulebook. There will also be rules cards for each figure included in the set.

The game on two D8 dice rolled together and compared to various stats. It is said you’ll need five D8 dice, so stock up now. Models can see 360 degrees and measuring can be done any time and is in inches.

As is the trend, the game is recommended to be played on a 36″ x 36″ board and the more the terrain the better.

Turns are taken in an alternating basis with players going back and forth activating models.

The game is scenario based with achievements giving players victory points.

Characters have a “Pow” stat which determines what a character can do such as movement, attacks, and special powers. For movement, there will be 2 to 3 speeds and each speed will cost a different amount of “Pow.” For example the first speed may be 1, the second 2, and third 3 points.

There’s four types of attacks and defense, physical, mental, energy, and supernatural. Characters will be strong in some and weak in others. There’s also secondary attacks. Each attack has a “Pow” cost and some attacks will be limited in how often they can be used. The basic idea for attacks is roll 2D8 and compare it against a character’s defense.

As if straight out of a video game, characters will have an Endurance Bar which will go from Green to Yellow to Red. Depending where you are, you’ll get bonuses or negatives and you can eventually get knocked out.

The game sounds like a hell of a fun skirmish game.

Marvel Universe Miniature Game 2

(via Pressganger)

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