I can be very impatient when it comes to waiting for new toys, so I was very happy to see a big box show up. I had gotten the shipping notice in the middle of the week, and FedEx did not do a good job of updating the status (and apparently my other box is now in the hands of the USPS in Cincinnati). None the less, it is here.
First on top is the rule book. This only has a single book - it contains both the rules and the base scenarios. Full color, with some nice illustrations.
Below that are the large villain and champion cards.
Beneath these are six sheets of tiles and tokens. Rather than a lot of differently shaped tiles that you would combine to make the board, this has three full size tiles with multiple rooms on each (and one half size). There are a lot of tokens as well.
Then beneath these - minis and cards. The mini tray as the two larger champions, and four of the six villains in the base game. Mantic has been really improving the quality of their board games by using these cutout trays to keep the miniatures from being bent or damaged. The Walking Dead and Hellboy games are great examples of this as well.
Lifting up the card tray though, there wasn't a second tray with the rest of the miniatures - instead a box. The larger tray has nothing underneath it - there isn't room with the drakons!
No trays, just bags of minis (and the dice). Unfortunately this is the same way the minis came in Dungeon Saga and Star Saga, which often resulted in bent (and sometimes even broken) minis.
The dice use the same idea as Hellboy, where you can possibly upgrade (or downgrade) the color - with purple being the strongest and white the weakest, with orange in between. The yellow die is the loot die.
So not perfectly packaged - but let's look at the minis. One bag has the other two villains for the game - Karzek Runesbane - an Abyssal Dwarf Decimator, Glum Slittercreep, a Goblin Assassin.
Then there are the Juvenile Drakons
These elves suffer greatly from bendy spear syndrome - caused by being thrust into baggies. They are pretty close to the current plastic spearmen
Then there is the new gladestalker - a great elf sculpt that reminds me of the basilean sisterhood archer. I guess I just may have a weak spot for kneeling shooters.
Then there is the Drakon Handler, which again there is nothing to really compare it to.
I did want to point out that though some of these are bent, they are easily fixable in hot water (near boiling). You can see how I straightened out the worst of these
While being a miniature wargamer this is no big deal at all for me - for a pure board gamer that wants to play this out of the box, it can be 'challenging' - so much so that I can see some people just wanting replacements instead. Not great for what should be an introductory game.
Then there La'theal Bleakheart - a Twilight Kin Sorceress. Mantic has not made any Twilight Kin minis for several years (they were not even a 'standard' part of 2nd edition Kings of War, only having an online PDF army list, though they returned in 3rd).
Then there is Melantha Arveld - a Vampire Noble. He reminds me of the OOP metal Enric the Vampire from the Heroes of Mantica set for Dungeon Saga.
The big models are the Adult Drakon and Elven Lord on Drakon.
I can easily see someone mounting a rider on this beauty.
I can see him showing up - in face I ordered a second one to use for a Kings of War project I'm working on myself . I can also see him in the center with two of the Adult Drakons (with added riders) on either side to make a full regiment of Drakon riders - at least until the new resin models eventually come out.
So some really nice miniatures (I can see where adding another tray would have made the box larger - which would probably have increased the cost prohibitively. I tend to throw them out as well - but they do the job of protecting the minis until they get to the consumer very well.
Also, there is a misprint on the Defender cards -
The values for armor and health are switched. I saw a discussion on Facebook about this - it was a late design change to make all the cards consistent (I guess at one time the defenders were movement, health, armor). Unfortunately this was missed. I'd like to see if Mantic could produce a PDF of the new values that we could print on a sticker and put it over the incorrect ones (so the cards looked right). It is easy enough to work around even without that though.
One thing I do like is that the rules / card for an Unseen Master are already included instead of trying to add them on to the end.
I look forward to giving this a spin once we have more people getting together for gaming again.
Because it is all fun and games . . .