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Making Sense of Marvel Comics’ Legacy Issue Numbering

Posted by on Dec 9, 2017

      Last month, the entire Marvel Comics line of books did a relaunch …of a sorts. The relaunch was dubbed, Marvel Legacy and introduced one very noticeable change. Marvel makes arguably the best super-hero movies, and they dominate the movie theaters. But their domination of the comic shelves is less assured: Marvel Legacy has barely registered on peoples’ radars in the way that Marvel’s movies do. Had the Marvel Legacy relaunch happened at any other time, it likely would have been a huge deal. As always, to understand why requires some context. September 2011 – DC: The New 52: a story line called Flashpoint story ends the entire DC Universe and the universe is then “rebooted” …minus the last 70 years of the company’s in-story history. From the ashes, DC launches 52 new monthly comic book titles....

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What have the Sentry Box staff been playing this week?

Posted by on Dec 9, 2017

Here is a rundown of the games our staff have been playing this past week. Agricola – You’re a farmer in a wooden shack with your spouse and little else. On a turn, you get to take actions from all the possibilities you’ll find on a farm: collecting clay, wood, or stone; building fences; and so on. You might think about having kids in order to get more work accomplished, but first you need to expand your house. And what are you going to feed all the family? Tiny Epic Galaxies – Each player controls a galactic empire, aiming to expand their influence by acquiring highly contested planets and increasing their cosmic armada. Tikal – A game of exploration within the Central American jungles in search of lost temples and the treasures within. Players send their team of explorers into...

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Game Industry News for December 8th

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017

Here is this week’s news stories and announcements. New Kickstarters Nemo’s War: Nautilus Upgrades Expansion + Reprint from Victory Point Games Nemo’s War is a single-player board game of underwater exploration and combat. You will search the oceans, combat vessels of all nations, brave the hazards of the seas, find mysterious treasures, behold and chronicle amazing wonders, and travel around the world in your quest for knowledge and vengeance. Capharnaum – The Roleplaying Game from Mindjammer Press A fantasy roleplaying game set in an imaginary Arabia-like world. It borrows from the tales of the One Thousand and One Nights, as well as semitic legends and the ancient and mediaeval epics. New Stuff Charterstone from Stonemaier Games A competitive legacy game scaled for 1-6 players, you construct buildings and inhabit a shared village. Building stickers are removed from cards and permanently...

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The Unlikely Return of Dice Masters!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017

Post by Kyle It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged about Dice Masters! Though I’m sure today’s blog title makes me sound like not much of a proponent for Dice Masters, I really am! To be honest, I’ve just rediscovered the joys of the game over the last few weeks after playing in some of the store’s events! So why such a back-handed compliment for this game that I supposedly like so much? Well, that will require some context… If you don’t care to read about some of the nitty gritty details and history of the gaming industry, feel free to skip to sub-heading 4! 1: Dice Masters in a Nutshell Dice Masters is a collectible Dice-Building game made by WizKids, based off the core mechanics of the Quarriors game designed by Mike Elliot and Eric M. Lange....

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What have the Sentry Box staff been playing this week?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2017

Here is a rundown of the games our staff have been playing this past week. Photosynthesis – Sow your crops wisely and the shadows of your growing trees could slow your opponents down, but don’t forget that the sun revolves around the forest. Lords of Waterdeep – Players are powerful lords vying for control of this great city. Its treasures and resources are ripe for the taking, and that which cannot be gained through trickery and negotiation must be taken by force! Timeline – A card game where each card depicts a historical event, invention or discovery, with the year in which that event occurred, invention or discovery was made on one side. Players take turns placing a card from their hand in the row on the table so it is in the correct chronological order with all other cards....

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Games Industry News for December 1st

Posted by on Dec 1, 2017

Here are this week’s announcements and news stories. New Kickstarters Bushido from Grey Fox Games A 2 or 4 player card driven drafting dice rolling game of martial arts combat. Tripods & Triplanes, The War of the Worlds in Wings of Glory from Ares Games In Wings of Glory – Tripods & Triplanes, the knights of the air of WW1 battle against colossal fighting machines sent by the Martians to invade Earth. Take control of an awesome Martian Tripod, set upon bringing death and destruction on our planet… or fly on the most advanced flying machines created by Mankind during World War One, and try to use them to win the War of the Worlds Book of Dragons from Robert Burke Games Book of Dragons is not just a card game, but a game system. It includes a deck...

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What have the Sentry Box staff been playing this week?

Posted by on Nov 24, 2017

Here is a rundown of the games our staff have been playing this past week. The Downfall of Pompeii – The year is AD 79. Pompeii, sitting at the foot of Vesuvius, is at the high point in its development. But who will survive the eruption of Vesuvius unscathed? Spendor – Players are merchants of the Renaissance trying to buy gem mines, means of transportation, shops—all in order to acquire the most prestige points. Unlock: The House on the Hill – Strange, paranormal activities have surrounded an abandoned house for the past three days. When an investigation uncovers that these occult occurrences center on an excerpt read from The Book of the Dead, you and your companions are tasked to enter the house, find the book, and stop the curse. Photosynthesis – Sow your crops wisely and the shadows of your growing...

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What have the Sentry Box staff been playing this week?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2017

Here is a rundown of the games our staff have been playing this past week. Warhammer: Shadespire – Warhammer Underworlds is a tactical arena combat game. This is a system designed for balanced, small-scale tactical games, that can be played quickly and easily by anyone. Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective – You are presented with a mystery to solve, and it is then up to you to trace the threads of evidence through the byways and mansions of nineteenth century London. You will interview suspects, search the newspapers for clues, and put together the facts to reach a solution. Necromunda: Underhive – Get ready for a new generation of war in the underhive. Necromunda: Underhive, a reworking of the 1995 title Necromunda, is packed with content to get you started: a full board representing the sewers and confines of the underhive, a...

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Game Industry News for November 17th

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017

Here are this week’s news stories and announcements. New Kickstarters Evil High Priest from Petersen Games You are an ambitious priest in a sinister cult, but your Great Old One lies dormant. He depends on you to free him.  Break out your insane henchmen from the asylums, gather spellbooks and other resources, summon fiendish monsters, conduct dark rituals and protect yourself against the forces of normal society. If you succeed you will be rewarded with the title of High Priest. Ogre Miniatures Set 2 from Steve Jackson Games Plastic Ogre miniatures for use with the Ogre Sixth Edition and Ogre Designer’s Edition games. Mars Open: Tabletop Golf from Bellweather Games Flick for a hole-in-one in this 3D golf game for your table! Includes 27+ crazy holes for 1-4 players to conquer!   New Stuff Coming Soon: King Kong Monster...

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Imaginary Wars 2017-11-15 17:03:04

Posted by on Nov 15, 2017

      Post by Rick N – “Am I so biased against writers that I think we’re 100 per cent? No. I believe we are 51 per cent.” Those are the words of Todd McFarlane describing the balance between art and writing as it pertains to the craft of comics. He goes on to describe the process, fairly accurately I think, by which new readers are attracted to a shiny new comic on a store shelf someplace. I would have included spinner racks in that sentence just now but those days are long gone sadly. Art is 51 per cent of that magnetic force drawing you in to a title you’ve never tried before, and story along with the art, or McFarlane says, keeps you there. Thus we have the other 49 per cent. Before you start in...

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