This puts my totals for December back some way, so what is in the box and is it worth it?
The box is just 11" square and 4" deep, designed to look like some sort of containment vessel.
A lot packed away inside. I haven't checked, but I think there is some sort of dimensional warp here allowing Mantic to fit in more minis.
I haven't tried the game yet, but the system is like Dungeon Saga, which I liked. There is an artificial intelligence option, either allowing up to four players to play against it, or one person to have a go on his or her own. A great way to learn the rules.
But its the minis that I suspect a lot of you are interested in. These are all photographed straight from the box (with insufficient overhead light to show the details).
The four main heroes, Wrath, Francesco 'The Devil' Selvaggio, 'Curby' and Captain Erika Dulinsky. Wrath is an established Deadzone character, being the only Judwan to turn to violence, a result of tampering by the Corporations. Selvaggio appeared in a Deadzone short story.
Extra heroes Alyse and Ogan Helkkare, flanked by two of ogan's Sentry Guns.
Four of the 'bosses', organic Data Storage Unit X-02-A (a Chovar), Enforcer ES435 'Monarch', Guard Commander Graves and Dr. Lukas Koyner.
Lab Technicians, the lest powerful of the minions.
Plague Victims (I wonder what Dr. Koyner has been experimenting on?)
Two Corporation Rangers (elite marines) flanking another Marine.
Extra Mercs, a Koris, the Rebs Sphyr leader Kira Nikolovski, and The Fear, one of the Nameless.
Blaine (of course), Hacker Halftail and a new sculpt of the Survivor (another established Deadzone character)
Finally, The Abomination, straight from Deadzone, and a pleasure to own.
There is some scenery as well. cabinets and storage tanks
Desks and tables
A small cabinet and some computer terminals. in the game the terminals are used to unlock doors or find out additional information
Crates, which can be searched for extra items
The quality of the pieces is good. Dungeon Saga seemed OK, but The Walking Dead was much better in terms of sculpts and casting. Star Saga is, to my mind, even better.
There are also a slew of tokens and floor plans, special dice (reminiscent of the old heroquest dice), data cards for teh heroes and the opposition, as well as events and items and a Rule book and a Mission book. More missions will be published, and several were unlocked during the kickstarter.
The Kickstarter edition contains some extras; bonus minions and the Extra mercs. Even so, the base game is a good set.
Apart from playing the game itself, there is lots of opportunity to use the minis in games of Deadzone. I'll certainly be using Nikolovski in my Rebs trike team and the technicians would make ideal targets to be captured, rescued, or even infected.
One very nice thing about the game is how mantic use it to expand their Warpath universe. Including Some known characters makes the place come alive, but the addition of new races and details about worlds and different Corporations help it to grow. I wonder how many different races now inhabit the Warpath Universe?