Greater Than Games is the company behind the Sentinels of the Multiverse co-operative card game of superhero action. Sentinels is a fantastic game, by far the best tabletop superhero game I’ve ever played, and worthy of its own review (next week, I’ll get to it next week). The quick summary is that each player gets a hero who has their own deck of powers and actions. You select a villain and an environment, each of which also have decks, and engage in fast-and-furious superheroics. The game world has also developed its own story with each expansion evolving the heroes, adding new characters, and revealing a bit more of the Sentinels lore. The characters and their story add to the draw of an already engaging game.
If you are a fan of the superhero genre you owe it to yourself to check this game out. Be warned, once you try it you will be compelled to buy all the expansions, but it’s okay because they’re all awesome.
Now the folks at Greater Than Games are taking the Sentinels line in a new direction. Sentinel Tactics takes the heroes and villains from the card game and puts them into a hex-grid battle game with maps you construct and finely sculpted miniatures to play with. Another departure from the established Sentinels gaming style is that players face off against each other, letting players take on the role of villains as well as heroes.
“Out of the box, the game is balanced for teams comprising any heroes and/or villains in head-to-head skirmish combat. Additionally, Sentinel Tactics: The Flame of Freedom includes a scenario book which tells the comic book stories and lets you play out the heroes’ battles with the dastardly villains! In these scenarios, the villain player has access to additional scenario powers, rules, and minions that allow them to take on an entire team of heroes!”
The sculpts for the the miniatures look excellent and I cannot stress enough how much I love that it’s not a collectible game. Expansions are fine, collectible games are… iffy. Blind buy collectible games are horrible abominations that have no business on my gaming table. Even a game that seems tailor-made for me will not see a penny from my pocket if they use a blind buy model.
I’m looking at you Monsterpocalypse. Don’t give me those sad kaiju eyes, I will not buy you.
Greater Than Games also has a stellar track record with Kickstarters, a rare and valuable thing in the gaming industry, and it shows in the support they are receiving from their fans. Three days into the game and they’re already 2 1/2 times over their funding goal.
I love Sentinels of the Multiverse. I love light hex-grid combat games. Bringing the two together guarantees that I’m in for the long haul.
The only question left is what level I’m buying in at.