Welcome to Warlord Week on the Blog. Not intentional, but I've got nothing from Mantic lately to discuss, and it turns out I have a couple of things from their neighbor in Nottingham this week.
Of course I had to get out the phone and snap pictures!
|all the goodies, after the packing material is removed|
|Game box, top|
|Game Box, bottom|
|Guide to the Time Vortex|
|Dalek reference card|
|Cybermen Reference card|
|Cyberman Sprue front|
|Cyberman sprue back|
|Dalek sprue front|
|Dalek sprue back|
The Cybermen have three arms and three bodies (two of each on the sprue) . This allows you some slight variation as you can change the angle of the arm as well as which arm goes with which body. The Daleks have no variation - as far as I can tell all six on a sprue are identical - which is typical with Daleks anyway.
You get ten custom dice in the set - the dice are all identical - three sides with a hit, two with a shield and one with a lightning bolt.
The recruitment cards give stats for the models in the game - move, defense, melee and ranged bonus. The cards also have special rules, an icon indicating if they are unique, the number of models they represent, and the number of fate tokens they generate at the beginning of the game. A nice bit of these is the full text of all the special rules for each card is printed on the back. Of course the cards for Cybermen and Daleks are all there, but there are ALSO cards for The Silent (I had always thought they were the Silence - I guess I was wrong), the Judoon and Zygons. These match the three expansion packs for each of those races.
All the cards have icons to indicate which set they belong to - it is interesting to note that the icon for 12 and his companions is the same as the base set, though the minis are NOT part of the base set.
It is a nice way to get people to want some of the expansions by including the cards in the base set to "wet your whistle".
The game includes a two sided paper battle mat - which turns out to be bigger than I expected!
|folded battle mat|
There is also a double sided sheet of tokens for use in the game
What it doesn't have, unfortunately, is any new scenarios. I think it would be fun to actually have a specific game scenario with Missy & the Cybermen vs 12 and Clara (of course you would need a card for a Brigadier Cyberman and as well as Kate and Osgood Stewart).
|Missy - front|
|Missy - back|
Davros almost works just as an addon for Daleks - but again it would be nice to have some scenarios for him vs 12 (or 4 even!) Hmmmm - do you notice a pattern here or anything?
|Interesting clamshell in the box|
|bases - boring but necessary|
|Doctor and Companions|
|Doctor and companions, back|
As expected, the 12 Doctor and companions are also available (it does feel like they are missing one between these, doesn't it?)
|Doctor and Companions front|
|Doctor and Companions back|
The Silence are some of my favorite monsters, and were featured in what was probably my favorite season (A Good Man Goes to War may be my favorite episode - "Any Questions?"
I mentioned earlier that the cards in the base game are "The Silents" - but on the box they are The Silence. So which is it supposed to be. Sure a minor point, and I expect to forget about it completely once I am no longer looking at it.
Even the small boxes have smaller blue clamshells to hold everything.
The Judoon were interesting, and I hope to see them show up again sometime (and maybe scenarios for the minis)
Three nice models to go with Martha Jones and the 10th Doctor.
Back with the 4th Doctor, the Zygons were just guys in rubber suits. I wasn't excited about them coming back but was very pleasantly surprised. While they are still in stupid looking rubber suits, they have become much, much more interesting. The fun things is you don't need more than a couple of these figures, as any OTHER figure may be a Zygon. Wouldn't that be an interesting scenario to have one of your companions turn out to be a Zygon during the game?
The last four monster packs do not have cards unfortunately. Warlord has said that they will be available as PDFs - but that doesn't replace real professionally printed cards. These are also all one-shot monsters - each only being in a single episode.
The Return of Dr Mysterio was the 2016 Christmas special - and this box features the Ghost and Dr. Sim from that episode.
When I first saw this I could barely recognize the picture. I am a bit curious as to why they picked these for the first release - even in the show they aren't that interesting UNTIL Professor Yana discovers he is actually The Master, kills Chantho and is mortally injured, so he steals the Tardis and regenerates. Getting the John Simm Master is what everyone wants, especially with him coming back for an episode with Missy (Michelle Gomez).
The Clockwork Droids were interesting, but are these really needed before things like - maybe UNIT? UNIT could be a third complete faction facing either the Cybermen or the Daleks. Both the Stewart sisters from modern UNIT, plus classic figures like the Brigadier and Seargent Benton would be awesome.
These are nice models, but until they at least have cards are probably for hard core collectors only.
The final expansion is the most puzzling to me. They are minor one-shot monsters from the CLASSIC series. While Daleks and Cybermen were both in the classic series, they have been updated in the modern versions.
However these are some of my favorite sculpts - so go figure. But still not cards, so not usable in the game. Plus they work for the Rani - and she is also, like all the rest of the classic characters, not in the game. (I was really hoping last season that Missy would turn out to be the Rani - and interesting way to update an old villain for the new generation. Plus she could then have teamed up with the Master again (like they did in the classic version) - though the actors will be teaming up soon.
I do hope to get a chance to actually play it soon because I have so much cool stuff for it.
Because it is all fun and games . . .