Onwards to Day 2 but our day 3. We’re knee deep in meetings with manufacturers showing us the new and latest products. We’ll ensure to cover those games, in more depth over the next couple of weeks but for now we’ll continue Part 3 with a few highlights from GenCon Day 2.
It’s worth noting that I’ll talk about what I see and experience but we may not stock everything. Therefore please talk with your representative about specifics for items I cover.
Everything for two players in one box
I mentioned the new 2 player starter for Dropzone in the second part of our GenCon coverage. Well, we finally got to take a picture of the entire contents. Nothing is left out and makes an ideal start. The new faction, even though they’re humans, strike me as a cross of 40K Orcs meet Reavers from Firefly. These guys are hardened vets with cobbled together equipment. The real juicy piece about this is the variations. Since the kit comes with variants of the main model, front section and weapons, even with such a small scale, there is a huge variation for each miniature. Add in variant paint jobs and no two miniatures will look alike. Definitely a faction for the swarm player.
As I stated before this huge set will retail for close to $100, is all plastic and they’ve pretty much covered anything and everything you’re likely to need to get into this miniature line. All conveniently found in one box.
A miniatures game with a difference
A very interesting concept. Golem Arcana is a small force skirmish miniatures game that feels like a boardgame, with a visual digital support tool. They said that it’ll be tablet, Android and Iphone and more compatable so it should be easily accessible to most people.
I have to say the miniatures were gorgeous. The detailing was amazing. The base had all the reader stats on them. You’d use the wand to read the action you wanted to take and the digital portion took care of the rest. Even movement was fed into the reader by wanding (reading) the area you want to move to. Which is why it felt so like a boardgame. In a small way it was very Dreamblade-esk in the large size and limit of areas for the demo. Though that’s where the similarities started and ended.
There was even a truly huge Juggernaut of a Golem that could be added as a AI third player. This Golem would act via the reader component creating havoc for both sides.
Golem Arcana has no release date set yet so expect to see more as they develop it further.
“Honey we just have to have one of these…”
Strangely enough as I was drooling over the amazing solid wood tables from Geek Chic the same company was airing on Shark Tank where companies pitch for funds. These tables are serious business. With a range from the small card game size to the ultimate Roleplaying tables. Not only did I take pictures while wiping away drool, but I had to immediately send copies to the office and my wife with one simple message… “we have to get one of these for the game-room”. If you’re the type of store that has a themed room you really need to check these out. If you’re a gamer, like myself, you’ll aspire to have one of these.
There are variants for boardgames as well as Roleplaying and card games. Lots of hidden storage panels slide off, open or to one side to make playing, DMing and storage a dream.
It’s not cheap but one of these WILL appear in my house some time soon. Check out Geek Chic at: http://www.geekchichq.com/
There is a disturbance in the Force
Part of this day 2’s meeting set was with FFG. Amongst all the goodies they wanted to show us was something truly huge in size and desire. I can’t say I’m a big Star Wars player but I am a big miniatures player and collector. FFG showed us the future of the Star Wars miniatures with two colossal sculpts. The GR-75 Rebel Transport and Escort ($59.95) and Tantive IV (Blockade Runner) ($89.95). We thought the Millennium Falcon was huge. Well the universe just got a whole lot larger. These double-base colossals are gorgeously sculpted and will earn a coveted place on my display shelf, even if I don’t use them for battles. Star Wars fans will go nuts for these in the same way they clamored for the AT-AT from Wizards of the Coast a few years back.
Game play wise, we sadly got no details other than there will be two new modes of play to accommodate the massive ship editions for X-Wing: Epic Tournament Play and Campaign Mode. Obviously there has to be something as they’re sure to be game changing models. Something that pretty much takes up the entire map board and is bristling with guns isn’t something that’ll just idly do nothing. As we get details we’ll announce more. Right now we’ve no firm delivery date other than early 2014.
It is a time of Civil War
After cooing over the not-so-small-miniatures I got my hands on a Beta edition of Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Roleplaying game. If youre a serious Star Wars fan, gamer and store owner I recommend signing yourself or players up. They can do this at: http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=4291
The book is 244 packed pages of Star Wars goodness but comes with the warning that contents are not final and subject to change. I’m a big supporter of fan participation. There’s little better marketing than allowing fans to help shape the next product. You know almost everyone of them will purchase a copy of what they contributed to so stores should encourage participation in this Beta development.
I’ll have more tales and pictures of PHD’s trip to GenCon tomorrow!