Monday, March 30, 2015

#36: Sentinels of the Multiverse (Mark's 100 - 2014)


Sentinels of the Multiverse

Mark's Ranking
  • 2014: 36th
  • 2012: did not appear
  • 2010: prior to publication
  • 2005: prior to publication
  • rank: 120
  • rating: 7.52
Print Status
  • in print
Why It's On The List
  • A cooperative comic book game that uses multiple card decks (heroes, villain, environment) to tell the story of a "battle royale". It's enhanced by a well-developed mythos and a plethora of sly references to various "real" (read: DC/Marvel) superheroes.
Tips & Tricks:
    • Some games have the potential to divide gaming groups into "wow - love that! let's play again" and "I'm pretty much done with that one after one play" - Sentinels is defintely one of those. I get to play a lot because both of my boys and one of my best friends LOVE the game.
    • When teaching new players, you MUST let them get to know their hero decks on their own. Avoid the temptation to tell them which cards to play - it will kill their enjoyment of the game... and shortchange them of the joy of "discovering their superpowers".
    • Building a good superhero team is a little like building a good D&D party - you need a variety of skills to take on different situations.
    • One of the skills that is difficult to master is creating a challenging but not impossible game - the right combination of heroes, villain & environment. There's a resource that can make that a whole lot easier - Matthew Gray's Sentinels of the Multiverse Difficulty Score System.
    Extras
    • There are a LOT of expansions for this game system - we own pretty much everything that has been published because part of the fun is getting to take on a new challenge each time. However, the game out of the box is quite enjoyable.
    • I've heard great things about the Sidekick app (that tracks hits & statuses) and the actual iOS/Steam app that plays the game - but I haven't sprung for either of them. Yet.

    2 comments:

    Katalin Benkő said...

    i want to buy this game if it is available for PC.

    LOL ELO Boost

    Mark (aka pastor guy) said...

    I think the account that posted this question is a spammer - but the answer is "yes, it is available for PC/Mac through Steam.