The COVID-19 lockdown has us all going sitr crazy! To help pass the time, I’ve been playing more AI games. If you aren’t familiar, you can find my Armada AI system here.
The AI system is amazing for simply passing the time for the sake of fun! This makes it especially fun for huge crazy pitched battles! I wanted to battle two Super Star Destroyers and decided to use the second base that comes with the SSD to support my Bellator model from Mel’s Miniatures.
The results were spectacular!
This was a 400 point fleet for me, facing off against over 1,000 points of Huge Ship AI! Now granted, my AI isn’t exactly the smartest opponent, but it is unpredictable and that can be exciting!
In our first episode, entitled “The Double Critical” we are talking about doing new things with Surge results and with Dice – starting out with my lovely idea of a unit having Surge to double critical results!
I’d love to hear what you all think of the format!
When starting out on a budget, it is easy to get overwhelmed when a game like Star Wars Legion has tons of product available. Even if you are restricting yourself to only a single faction, this can still be a daunting task. I have often made “What to Buy First” videos for lots of the games that I’ve covered over the years, and I’m pleased to report that I’m updating this series for 2020.
First up: The Imperials
The Empire has so many available expansions currently that it can easily be overwhelming for a new player. Since most of us are on a budget, making smart choices for your first few purchases is going to be crucial. Like most lists, I always suggest starting out with not just ONE core set, but two. Conversely, if you have split a core set or two with a friend you’ll both be able to save costs and double your plastic – which is clearly the best value. After that, I generally suggest packs that are very effective, and also packs that have great value, like the Shoretroopers, and Imperial Scouts for value which have two units in each box. Also cheaper Commanders will give you great list diversity, like Director Krennic. See the video for the full breakdown.
The Rebels have also been out for years, and have even more options than the Empire does, considering they now have access to R2-D2 and C-3PO, which actually makes them the largest faction in the game right now, in terms of available units. Alot of figures on this list have changed since last year, and even more new things have been announced and come out. And as always, if there’s something in particular you are looking for or excited about – you should absolutely prioritize things that you are excited over first!
The Republic and Separatists will be coming next, but I’m not in as much of a rush to get these lists out just yet because the last version I did is still pretty close to accurate, in that we haven’t seen as many units actually release for them just yet. I’ll update them soon however!
Thor, Valkyrie, Loki, and Hela have arrived in Marvel Crisis Protocol!
I’ve been doing some coverage of every expansion that’s been coming out for MCP, and in this latest wave of releases we finally get Thor, who is both an Avenger and an Asgardian. This gives him some really cool playable options. Valkyrie is also here, benefitting from that awesome Asgardian ability to get extra power each turn!
Additionally, we get Loki and Hela – and while they are typically Evil, they are absolutely gorgeous sculpts and fantastic characters to bring into the game here! Hera in particular, is my favorite! Loki also comes with the Mind Gem, the first Infinity Stone in the game, which costs 1 additional threat, and counts as a team member when it comes to Roster Building!
My local store didn’t get Vision of Bucky in yet, so I’ll be on the look out for those soon! For now, it’s time to get painting!
So we’re finally getting more expansions for Marvel Crisis Protocol! I was a bit late picking these up, but I’m happy to finally have them and decided in my recent videos to do more than just an unboxing, but rather I’d also build them, since sometimes assembling these can be moderately difficult to some newcomers.
Shuri and Okoye are a 2-pack, and help you round out your Wakandans, if you were looking to put together a Wakandan list. Along with Black Panther and Killmonger, these two complete all current Wakandans available for Marvel Crisis Protocol. Okoye is my favorite from the Black Panther film, but in the game she seems to be a competent, lower priced hero. Shuri on the other hand, while more expensive, is more of a support character that can likely help out any team regardless of team affiliation.
Venom is the first expansion we’ve seen for MCP that doesn’t actually belong to any pre-existing team affiliation. And while he does have a special card that works specifically with Spider-Man, he seems more or less designed to work well in any build. He is a bit expensive, and larger than most, but also is very strong and has the ability to heal himself. To make up for that, he is also one of the slowest characters in game, so if you use him you’ll have to take your time getting into position, or consider team tactic cards that will help your movement.
With all the new expansions already revealed, and more showing up on social media all the time, Marvel Crisis Protocol looks more and more fun each month!
With a growing focus on tabletop terrain for both Legion and RPG needs, I’ve been always on the lookout for new terrain to review. Having worked with LV-427 Designs before, I was delighted to see their re-designed modular corridors, which are now larger and more compatible with games like Legion than before!
The Hangar Bay was the first or the new large rooms that I’ve seen. I was really excited to see rooms of this size because the first time I saw their terrain it was primarily corridors and smaller rooms, which work great for the RPG, but not as good for Legion. Larger rooms make it easier to fit and move larger units around the game board!
The Hibernation Chamber and Conference room each feature a series of 4 interconnected tiles to make one large room. They each also have a removable centerpiece, helping make them versatile and perfect for both role play functions and also for battling inside a station or destroyer!