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Sentinel Tactics – New Add-ons

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It’s been a while since I last posted about Sentinel Tactics and there’s been some great progress with the campaign. I correctly guessed that the $125k and $155k stretch goals would be Ambuscade and Proletariat, but the $230k stretch goal was a set of environment elements, not the Dino mini I predicted.

On April 4th it was announced that a new pledge level, “Super Heroics in Full Color”, was being introduced that provides backers with a set of painted minis (delivered at a later date) as well as the unpainted set that will come with the first delivery. The new pledge level costs $250 plus postage, but for the quality and number of minis you’re getting it doesn’t seem too bad a deal (If you’re a backer in the US or Canada that is, carry on reading for more on this).

Since then we’ve smashed through two more stretch goals for some Citizens of the Sun miniatures at $170k and Unity at $185k. Looking set to hit the $200k stretch goal very shortly (they’re at $193k at the time of writing) the guys at GreaterThanGames have made an early announcement before they head off to PAX East. In the announcement they detailed the future of the campaign, the $200k stretch goal, and the next three stretch goals all the way up to $245k.

So, the $200k stretch goal is a set of six blade battalion miniatures, which is the last of the stretch goals for the initial pack. Anything beyond this will be made part of an additional add-on pack costing $40 for the unpainted version or $100 for the painted. As you can see, first of the add-on stretch goals are bonus maps and some additional miniatures. Unlike the initial game that appears to contain map tiles, these bonus maps are described as a “poster map with included scenario”, not quite as nice as I would have liked but they could be quite cool. Also, based on the silhouette of the minis it looks to me like there might be some Dino minis coming our way but don’t quote me on that!

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So with the cool news out of the way I want to return to a gripe that I mentioned in an earlier post… International Shipping.

For Sentinel Tactics, international backers are left with three options.

  1. All at once – Pay $40 postage and wait for July 2015 to receive everything in one parcel.
  2. Unpainted Individual Parcels – Pay $40 postage to receive the game in December 2014 and another $40 postage to get the add-on pack in July 2015.
  3. Painted Individual Parcels – Pay $40 for the game in December 2014, another $40 for Painted minis in March 2015, and yet another $40 postage for the add-ons in July 2015. Yes, you read that! $120 in postage charges if you want to play the game at release and get all the cool Kickstarter stuff.

I love the idea of Sentinel Tactics, and I really want to support GreaterThanGames who do an awesome job, but let’s face it, people don’t want to pay the premium Kickstarter price only to have to wait 6 months after release to get the game (which is the most cost effective approach for backers.)

There must be something that can be done about these crazy postage prices. Companies such as CoolMiniOrNot and GameSalute seem to be able to provide international shipping to Europe at a very reasonable price which even covers their backers for any additional packages that might be needed. I paid $35 postage for my Zombicide Season 2 kickstarter pack, which was an absolutely massive parcel, and there’s even a second parcel yet to come!

I really do wish GreaterThanGames could work out how to achieve this for their backers here in Europe because the steep prices will definitely put people off of supporting the campaign. In fact I’ve even heard a few people talking about cancelling their pledges which makes me feel very sad.

Sentinel Tactics: Uprising Expansion

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Just a short update today. The Sentinels Tactics campaign reached another stretch goal! I predicted an expansion and that’s what we got, kind of…

In response to reaching the $110k goal, GreaterThanGames announced the Sentinel Tactics: Uprising! Expansion. I’m not sure what I think about this stretch goal… On the one hand there’s a nice box with some new scenarios, tokens and “side-characters”; on the other hand, the box will mostly contain the characters we already unlocked.

I’m going to reserve judgement on what I think of the expansion for now. I’ll probably warm to it more once we see more characters added. The one thing that did please me though; no mention of extra delivery charges! Thank you GreaterThanGames!

Sentinels Tactics – First Stretch Goal Update

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It’s been less than 24 hours since I posted about the Sentinels Tactics Kickstarter campaign and it’s already reached the third of its stretch goals, $95k!!!

It’s awesome news for GreaterThanGames but it’s even better news for us, the backers and fans. That’s three new characters added to the game and a new pledge level added to the campaign.

So, what’s this new pledge level for? It’s for the extra minis for the new characters. The new pledge level is a $20 increase in cost over the previous highest level but as more characters are unlocked their minis will be added to that pledge level making it better value the more we unlock.

Yesterday I had a stab at guessing which characters were coming in the first three stretch goals. I’m happy to say that I managed to guess one of them right. As you can see from the image at the top of this post, the first three goals were:
$65k – Beacon
$80k – The Operative
$95k – The Visionary – One of the predictions I made yesterday

There’s been four new stretch goals added to campaign this evening, so I’m going to take another stab at guessing who or what each one is.

$110k – Some kind of expansion for the base game? Or a second chapter to the story? Will this mean another new pledge level? Or will it mean paying double delivery for those of us who are international backers? It’s how last years Shattered Timelines campaign panned out once Vengeance was added, so I see no reason for it to be any different here. I have to admit that if the delivery charges double to $80 I’m not sure how many international backers will be able to afford the extra cost.
$125k – Ambuscade – a nice shiny new villain?
$140k – As the tiles for Tactics have Megalopolis on one side and Insula Primalis on the other I’m going to take a stab at the Silhouette of a T-Rex actually being a T-Rex to do battle on those hexes of war.
$155k – Proletariat – another villain to balance the ranks perhaps?

OK, so that’s my update for the day, let’s hope more of these stretch goals get unlocked tomorrow!

Sentinels Tactics Live on Kickstarter

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A couple of weeks ago I received my Kickstarter copy of Sentinels of the Multiverse: Vengeance the latest and greatest expansion for my favourite super-hero card game. Today I received a Kickstarter update from GreaterThanGames informing me of the launch of their new Kickstarter campaign for Sentinels Tactics: The Flame of Freedom. I instinctively clicked through to the campaign and after viewing the introductory video dived right in and pledged at the Heroic Figures and Combat level.

There’s three pledge levels at the moment, each designed to meet the needs of the fan:

  • HEROIC FIGURES! (Just the miniatures) for $40
  • HEROIC COMBAT! (Just the game without the minis) for $50
  • HEROIC FIGURES AND COMBAT! (The game and the minis) for $80

If you’re a fan of the fiction behind the Sentinels of the Multiverse then this Kickstarter looks like it will be right up your street. The base game includes Legacy, Bunker, Tachyon, The Wraith, Absolute Zero, and Ra, as well as the villains Baron Blade, Omnitron-V, and Citizen Dawn. If that isn’t enough then the various stretch goals laid out already promise more fun characters to join the action.

The Flame of Freedom is set several years after the card game and tells the first story in a series that pans out through the hex-based tactical skirmish gameplay. GreaterThanGames have uploaded a sample of the game rules for us to review, and it looks pretty fun to me.

Taking a better look at the campaign I noticed a few things that made The Flame of Freedom stand out from other campaigns I’ve seen or pledged for in the past:

  1. The base game doesn’t come with any miniatures. These are an additional cost for those who want to splash out. This seems like a good move as it keeps the cost of the base game low for those who aren’t interested in the minis. Although, personally, I loved them the second I saw them and had to have them.
  2. The stretch goal character silhouettes give away a bit of information as to who the special characters might be. At a glance I’m going to guess at Unity and Visionary being two of them, but that’s purely a guess. I imagine it won’t be long before I find out though because when I started writing this post the game hadn’t reached its funding goal but now it has. The thing to note with the stretch goals though is that they only provide the character cards etc. not the minis that represent them, they come at an extra cost.
  3. Minis! They look awesome! I just hope they throw in a custom set of dice as a stretch goal to make the game that little bit more awesome!

Despite the game sounding totally awesome, there’s one thing that might make international backers think twice. For those of us here in the UK there’s a hefty $40 shipping charge. I’m sure it’ll be worth paying for it in the end, but it’s a hard pill to swallow all the same. This charge was the same for the card game Kickstarter, so if you pledged and were happy with that one then this won’t be too big an issue for you. The Kickstarter page has the following apologetic message from GreaterThanGames about the charges:

“Even though we recognize that the international shipping fees are ridiculous, they will by no means cover all of our international shipping + customs charges. However, we hope that they will at least allow us to not lose money on international rewards. We would rather charge a high shipping fee than get rid of international delivery all together - we love our international backers!”

So, that’s about all I have to say about Sentinel Tactics at the moment. I’ll be keeping an eye on this one as the campaign goes on, so check out the Kicktraqing page I’ve just added for regular updates, or better still; head over to the Kickstarter campaign and pledge!