In less than a week, Mantic Games will be launching their much anticipated fantasy naval combat game Armada. People are so excited about it (myself included) that the initial print run of the base game has sold out on the Mantic web store already. (However, check with your FLGS (Friendly Local Game Store) as Mantic has said they hope to have it in shops by the release date of Nov 21, 2020.) (Just to clarify, sold out means that Mantic has allocated all their copies - these are going to pre-orders as well as stores that have ordered it. It does not mean it is no available, only that you can't get it directly from Mantic until the second printing is available (which they expect to be soon after the first of the year).
One of the duties of being a pathfinder for Mantic is to promote their games and run demos to introduce people to them. This is also a perk, as it means that Pathfinders can get their hands on some pre-release goodies in order to prepare for these demos. I'm actually going to be doing demos twice, on Nov 21st and Dec 5th down at Three Brothers Games in Hebron KY (yes, I'm in Ohio (and unfortunately no game stores locally are open for gaming yet because of this stupid pandemic), but Three Brothers is only an hour away for me). These will from 1 pm to 6 pm both days (I didn't think doing it the weekend after Thanksgiving was a great idea - though who knows right now).
So what goodies did I get to show off the game?
First off, they actually sent copy of the full book. I (and others) were just expecting a PDF of it, but no, in all it's full color, 92 page glory.
|The stylized one on the left is for a ship being ablaze - the explosion indicates that the weapons on a side have fired already this turn.|
|Top row are the types - run aground, anchored, steady, battle and full speed. The bottom row are the back sides of each.|
|Activation token and surrendered token (an appropriate white flag) |