Black Friday Board Game Sales!

Greetings All,

Just a quick post to put up some links for Black Friday Board Game Sales!

Ravensburger – Makers of the game Labyrinth.

Noble Knight Games – Known for supplying out of print board games. One of my favorite sites.

Miniature Market – Has a wide variety of games. Best prices on the internet!

Cool Stuff Inc – Has a lot of the popular and most demanded games.

Cardhaus – Good collection of games.

Toys R Us – Do I really have to explain them?

Amazon – Again, do I need to explain?

If I come across anymore board game deals I’ll update the list. Happy hunting! 🙂 Until next time Happy Thanksgiving and Live by the Board.

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Sentinels of the Multiverse – Base Set Characters pt2

Greetings All,

This is the start of my Sentinels of the Multiverse character series. Today is all about the Heroes of the base game. For those of you who are unfamiliar with SOTM, please refer to my prior post regarding the base set as well as my prior post for the heroes of the base set. Below you will find all base set villains and mine and my husband’s opinions of them, as requested by several of you. 🙂

Sentinels of The Multiverse Base Set Characters by Greater Than Game

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Baron Blade – Complexity of 1. Similar to Lex Luthor. His nemesis is Legacy. Probably the best starter villain due to how straight forward he is. His cards due descent damage, but it’s nothing you can’t combat when you work together.

citizen dawn

Citizen Dawn – Complexity of 3. Similar to Magneto. Her nemesis is Expatriette. She has a lot of minions/citizens that are in her deck, which make her quite formidable. Using standard rules she is easy to defeat, but once you try advanced it’s a whole other story.

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Grand Warlord Voss – Complexity of 3. Similar to Darkseid. His nemesis is Tempest. Easily the hardest villain of the base set. Still a fantastic villain to fight against.

omnitron

Omnitron – Complexity of 1. Similar to Braniac. His nemesis is Omnitron-X. He is simple enough to begin with, but offers enough of a challenge with his device cards. There’s always another robot to defeat when he’s in play.

So my husbands favorite from the base set happens to be Omnitron, he bases this off of the theme and complexity. My favorite is Baron Blade. He as this one card that comes into play at the start of play called Mobile Defense Platform. You can’t damage Baron Blade until you defeat the MDF. I honestly hate that card, but I dare say that I love to hate it. 🙂

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The Village Crone

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I know I said I would be doing a series of Sentinels of the Multiverse characters, but I figured it’s Halloween and I should really do something to compliment the holiday. I will still be continuing my SotM series in the future. 🙂

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The Village Crone by Fireside Games

1-6 players, 60-90 minutes

This game takes place in the village of Wikersby, where you will be competing to be The Village Crone. There are six different locations in Wikersby, but there only four that contain different ingredients for your spells. This game has six different witches to choose from as your character, however, the only thing that differs between characters are their familiars. Each witch receives a spell book which contains the same exact spells in each one. The goal of this game is to be the first witch to earn 13 points. Points are earned by completing tasks from the three different Scheme card decks. The three decks are arranged by points – 1, 2 & 3 point cards. All of the Scheme cards involve a variety of tasks that can be completed by getting ingredients via your familiars and casting spells. Most of the spells have to do with the villagers whom all have specific places they start in the game. Ex: Blacksmith starts in The Forge. The biggest thing about the spells is that you actually have to say the spell out loud for it to take effect. If another player catches you not saying the spell they can call you out and your spell fails.

Now admittedly I’ve only played this game a handful of times and the first play through was mostly spent trying to figure everything out, but I can honestly say I already love this game. I love Fireside Games (Castle Panic) and this game is a nice change from Fireside’s usual co-op to a game where you’re competing. Once you get the hang of everything the game goes really smoothly and you really start to get into the idea of being The Village Crone. It’s a great competitive game because you can make it as relaxed or as intense as you’d like. If you want to be cut throat at the game it is extremely possible and if you want to occasionally work with another player to move forward in the game you can do that as well.

The Village Crone is more affordable on Miniature Market, BUT I am very much so about supporting Fireside on their website not to mention if you buy the game from Fireside you always get the Silver Piece coaster promo for free. The promo is not currently available anywhere else.

I hope you enjoyed this mini review. Have a safe and Happy Halloween. If you liked this review and want to be kept up to date please follow my page and like me on Facebook. Until next time… Live by the Board.

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Sentinels of the Multiverse

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Today will be a rather long review of Sentinels of the Multiverse, courtesy of my husband. At the end I may say a thing or two, but I’m going to let him have fun with this. 🙂

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Sentinels of the Multiverse by Greater Than Games

Welcome, loyal readers, my poor wife has seen me fit to allow me to write YET ANOTHER review!!!  I’m here today to review a cooperative, superhero/comic book themed card game entitled: Sentinels of the Multiverse!

Let’s start by addressing the elephant in the room, i LOVE comic books.  My walls contain some dozen (or so) comic book posters and I wear a Green Lantern wedding band on my finger…I may have a fixation…THAT IS PERFECTLY NORMAL AND GROWN UP AND STOP JUDGING ME.  And, I may have a mild (PROFOUNDLY DEEP) affinity for cooperative games, see previous entries on this blog highlighting Castle Panic for insight into this.  So, naturally, combining the these two things would cause any random passerby to have a geekgasm (it’s totally a word, don’t sass me readers!)  Enough preamble, onto the game!

In the base copy of Sentinels of the Multiverse, you get several heroes, several villains, and several environments, all of which are represented by decks of cards.  Also contained in the package, are several baggies full of round and rectangular tokens (for tracking the health/status effects of heroes and villains), as well an awesome rulebook that contains rules (duh), complexity charts for heroes and villains, and comic book themed biographies for each of the heroes and villains in the game(excellent touch in presentation).  It all comes in a sturdy box, that is ready-made for expansions and add-ons to the base game.  The art, though not entirely my cup of tea, definitely evokes all the feelings it’s shooting for, super-heroic action! All in all, though not the greatest presentation ever, SotM is certainly upper tier.
Now, the gameplay, is fantastic.  This is where this game shines.   2 to 4 players select 1 hero character (with an awesome character card to track status ailments/enhancements and health) each, all based on famous comic book characters. (like a female version of the Flash named “Tachyon,” or a Superman analogue named “Legacy”) Each of these characters has a preset deck of cards that corresponds to that particular hero, usually with cards that compliment that hero’s power. For instance, Tachyon has super speed, so she generally hits many enemies, but for low damage. After everyone picks a character, you’ll all then pick an environment and a villain (with a character card similar to the hero’s) to battle against.  The environment is represented by a deck that can have an odd effect on generally the whole field (like increasing damage dealt to all parties by 1, or something similar) and that most of the time won’t be directly interacted with.  Now, the villains, can be difficult.  Each villain turn consists of drawing a card and resolving its effect, sounds simple, right? Well, the villain’s have an individual card that dictates special rules for playing with them.  For instance, playing with Baron Blade means that if he gets 15 or more cards in his discard pile that he can then pull the moon into the Earth and everyone dies…wait, what!? Did things just get real!?!?! Why yes, readers, it did!  Each turn, every character draws cards (from a starting hand of 4), uses “powers,” and plays cards. I’m not going to bore you with specifics, but suffice to say, there will be a full table discussion on how best to play every card.
Ultimately, this game’s “fun factor” will be based heavily upon your table mates. If you have some team players that want to support the collective, you’re definitely going to have more fun then if you have a lone gunman trying like hell to fell the villain all by his/her lonesome…usually because it’s at the expense of strategy and the well-being of the members of your team. So, if you have at least 1 friend that you can form an evil doer subdue team with, I HIGHLY recommend this game. Otherwise, maybe hold off on this one. Excelsior!!!
I hope everyone made it through that summary, it’s actually very good. So here goes my full-blown honesty that I agreed I’d share with you guys. I disliked Sentinels at first, I’m not very good at deck builders, and the villans were quite challenging. I’m not sure what happened, but about a month ago I started playing again and I love it. I love co-op games and this one lets me pretend to be a hero and use my powers not only to defeat the villan, but heal or protect my fellow heroes. It’s quite fun and I think it’s a fantastic family game. My children love playing. If I’m being honest though, I love playing alone with my husband. When we take down a villan it’s a shockingly awesome bonding experience. I would recommend this game and suggest you play it with a best friend or a spouse… unless you’re like me and your best friend is your spouse (cheesy right?). 🙂 If you liked this review and want to be kept up to date please follow my page and like me on Facebook. Until next time… Live by the Board.
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10% off Clearance Section at Miniature Market!

Greetings All,

Miniature Market is notorious for their great prices and the have a special going until this coming Sunday.m Go check out their clearance section and get an additional 10% off! I highly suggest checking out Fantasy, which I’ve reviewed on here before! Happy Hunting!

Until next time… Live by the Board.

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