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Episode 56 – Into the Galactic Arena

Back again! This time around I get to chat with Eric from Japanime Games about their new release on Kickstarter, Krosmaster Arena, as well as the fun and games they’ve had with Anglicising previous releases such as Tanto Cuore and Kanzume Goddess. Also, will the potentially court controversy when they release Barbarossa later this year? Listen and discover for yourself.

Following that, I have an in-depth discussion with Christopher Badell from Greater Than Games. They’ve enjoyed immense success with their co-operative superhero cardfest Sentinels of the Multiverse but are now moving into a whole new world – or whole new galaxy, if you prefer – with a brand new title called Galactic Strike Force. What lessons has he learned from previous KS experiences? What on earth is an Electro-Celestial War Spectre? And will I owe him a beer at Essen 2013?

This episode’s links:

Direct download – http://littlemetaldog.podbean.com/mf/web/4fsm2i/LMD_Episode56.mp3

This episode shamelessly brought to you by Fox & Chicken from Sprocket Games – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/108292040/fox-and-chicken-werewolf-hits-the-henhouse

Japanime Games – http://www.japanimegames.com/

Krosmaster Arena on Kickstarter – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/370924922/krosmaster-arena-anime-miniatures-board-game

Greater Than Games – https://greaterthangames.com/

Galactic Strike Force on Kickstarter – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gtgames/galactic-strike-force-the-cooperative-deck-buildin

GSF’s dedicated site – http://galacticstrikeforce.com/

Sentinels of the Multiverse’s dedicated site – http://sentinelsofthemultiverse.com/

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More, More, More – Sentinels of the Multiverse Enhanced Edition review

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Since releasing the original print run of Sentinels of the Multiverse back in the summer of 2011, the team at Greater Than Games have been very busy indeed. Their fantastic co-operative game of superheroes fighting the good fight has returned to Kickstarter a couple of times to expand the Multiverse further – the Rook City and Infernal Relics card sets have added gritty new environments and magical elements as well as a bunch more heroes and villains; noted designer Richard Launius has even officially added a few things into the mix. The stories in the Multiverse have grown and grown; divisions have become greater, things have become darker and the game has improved exponentially.

Looking back at my original write-up about the game, you’ll see that I had a couple of problems with that first print run. The problems that arose from tracking damage could often become a massive pain, especially if you had a fair few enemies to deal with; keeping an eye on things using pen and paper became cumbersome and players often complained about a feeling of being removed from the game while housekeeping was happening.

The second issue was one of storage. Hundreds of cards in a small box with no real way of keeping them organised meant that initial set-up whenever you wanted to play was always pre-empted by having a massive sort out. The fact that the expansion boxes were bigger than the original meant that you could stash them in there, but really folks were just crying out for an all-encompassing storage solution. And now, in the Sentinels of the Multiverse Enhanced Edition, both of these problems have been dealt with in style.

No longer do you have to worry about separating decks from different expansions when you’re done with playing. The Enhanced Edition offers enough storage space for not only the base game but also at least a couple of expansions and a bunch of promo decks too. My own box has both Rook City and Infernal Relics in there and still has space for more. While I don’t think I’d be able to put the whole of the upcoming Shattered Timelines set in there, a couple of extra heroes and villains fit comfortably alongside a whole bunch of very useful tokens.

The Most Useful Bits Of Cardboard In The Multiverse (TM)

The Most Useful Bits Of Cardboard In The Multiverse (TM)

Tokens? Why yes, for that’s how the team have dealt with the Hit Points issue. No longer will you scrabble about with pen and paper or use the printouts available from the Sentinels site! You now get to use a selection of numbered tokens that show how much life you and your compatriots have (as well as the hordes of enemies you will face). Status markers have also been included which make remembering who is dealing bonus damage or protected from certain effects an awful lot easier. The fact that everything provided comes styled in a comic book fashion keeps the theme solid; no more complaints about being drawn out of the game world.

Should you own a copy of the first run of Sentinels, I would still recommend trying to get your hands on the Enhanced Edition if only because you get all that extra capacity in that lovely big box (with fantastic new artwork from Adam Rebottaro!) and the extra tokens that make life so much simpler. It’s still the same old game, sure, but now it really feels like this is how the Multiverse should be experienced. Now, bring on the Shattered Timelines…

Sentinels of the Multiverse was designed by Christopher Badell, Adam Rebottaro and Paul Bender. The Enhanced Edition was released by Greater Than Games in late 2012, and if you want a copy for yourself the folks at Gameslore will sort one out for you for under £25 (the Recommended Retail Price is £30). Between two and five heroes can try to save the Multiverse in around an hour – a perfect co-op experience.

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Episode 49 – Essen 2012, Day Four

And so we come to the end of The Little Metal Dog Show’s coverage of Essen Spiel 2012! This episode covers the fourth and final day of the show with interviews with some big names in gaming as well as some new faces. From Stronghold Games’ Stephen Buonocore to Joost Das from brand new company Fablesmith, you’ll feel just like you were there. Or it’ll sound like it anyway… In order, prepare to hear the voices of the following:

Christopher Badell from Greater Than Games, creators of Sentinels of the Multiverse – http://sentinelsofthemultiverse.com/

Gordon Lamont (the ‘Gor’ in Fragor Games) talks Spellbound – http://www.fragorgames.com/

Simon and Tak from Japon Brand – http://japonbrand.gamers-jp.com/

Battlefoam’s Romeo Filip discusses their insane level of expansion in the past couple of years – http://www.battlefoam.com/

Andrei from NSKN Legendary Games – http://www.nskn.net/en2/ 

Wrong Chemistry designer Tony Cimino gets scientific – http://www.magecompany.com/

Joost Das from Fablesmith talks about his brand new game, Oh No! Invasion! – http://www.fablesmith.nl/

Ignacy Trzewik gets excited about his new stuff from Portal – http://www.portalpublishing.eu/

Nate Hayden from Blast City discusses Mayan prophecy – http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamepublisher/7052/blast-city-games

Stronghold Games’ very own Stephen Buonocore (of course!) talks about everything – http://strongholdgames.com/

If you’d like to download the show directly, click this here link: http://littlemetaldog.podbean.com/mf/web/i3rgcw/LMD_Episode49.mp3

Back Keep Running! now on Kickstarter! Have a look at the KS page here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/108292040/keep-running-a-quick-and-nasty-card-game-by-michae

Josh Mannon’s excellent looking Skies Over Danbury is here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jbmannon/the-skies-over-danbury-dungeon-world-adventures?ref=live

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Episode 35 – Lava, Heroes and 3d6

It’s the last episode of 2011! Blimey! And it’s exactly what you wanted for Christmas. If you’re a bit odd.

For this last blast we run the spectrum from full-on geeky awesomeness to casual gaming brilliance. I’m joined by Chris James, the head of Stratus Games, to talk about how their plans to bring gaming to the masses are going as well as the release of their latest title, the quite wonderful Eruption (expect a review soon, but heads up: it’s great). Christopher Badell from Greater Than Games also comes along to discuss their hit game Sentinels of the Multiverse and its follow up expansion: Rook City. Finally, with a bit of a musical interlude, the really rather excellent nerdcore punk band 3d6 talk games and gigs – all in all, it’s a pretty fantastic show!

Thanks for all your support throughout the year – it’s been fantastic to see the show go from strength to strength and that’s all down to the fabulous people who come on and talk with me. Cheers to every single guest, listener, supporter and company who’ve taken the time to get involved – you’re all grand and here’s to 2012!

And for the last time in 2011: Behold the links!

Direct download for the episode: http://littlemetaldog.podbean.com/mf/web/v6hdjx/LMD_Episode35.mp3

Eagle and Gryphon Games’ Caveman Curling: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/167427101/caveman-curling-a-game-of-stones

Plaid Hat Games, makers of Dungeon Run and Summoner Wars: http://www.plaidhatgames.com/

Stratus Games site: http://www.stratusgames.com/

Greater Than Games site: http://greaterthangames.info/

3d6 Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/3d6bandLasVegas?sk=app_2405167945

3d6’s “Damage” video: http://youtu.be/39vSWoXnf0c

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