D&D Miniatures – Random No More?

Wizards of the Coast has made an announcement likely to get the attention of role players and minis gamers alike.  The D&D Miniatures line has been revamped and split into two offerings.  The first offering, D&D Miniatures: Heroes, will be split into six different packs, each consisting of three visible miniatures and power cards with “new class features.”  The three miniatuers will be two male and one female character representing one of the iconic character types in D&D.  The six packs available in Spring of 2009, at a retail cost of $10.99 US, will include:

  • Martial Heroes 1
  • Martial Heroes 2
  • Arcane Heroes 1
  • Arcane Heroes 2
  • Divine Heroes 1
  • Primal Heroes 1

Wizards has indicated that the Heroes line will be updated from time to time to provide greater player options.

The other new line is D&D Miniatures: Monstrous Manual, which will provide the monster side of the equation.  Things are a little more old fashioned with this line, with each pack having one visible miniature, one rare, one uncommon and two common miniatures (in addition to the traditional character cards).  The first set, Dungeon Delve, will include both medium and large miniatures with a retail price of $14.99 US.

Overall, its an interesting move by WotC and one that’s been called for by a fairly vocal segment of the gaming community.  However, I’m a little concerned with where this announcement leaves D&D miniatures as a standalone game, particularly in its competitive form.  While I’m glad to see this move (which makes me more likely to play D&D 4E in general), it does pretty much end the days of sealed D&D Miniatures tournaments…

Spaceship Carriers

I’m a big fan of cool spaceship miniatures and Brigade Models certainly has an impressive line. The two latest additions are the Underwood carrier for the American Republic and the Haixiung carrier for the Chinese Democratic Socialist Union. As with other ships from Brigade, these can be used for any number of spaceship systems. However, the company also sells a custom version of the Starmada X ruleset from Majestic Twelve Games.

Ogres

That’s the cybernetic, armored, gun covered, nuclear-powered, battle-tank of the future kind. See, before gamers discovered mechs, they played Ogre, a science fiction tactical war game and miniatures system from Steve Jackson Games. But like its weaponized namesake, Ogre is near impossible to kill, so all these years later the game still has a dedicated following. Now, completing a project began some time ago, Steve Jackson has just released an updated edition of Ogre Miniatures in PDF form. It includes all the necessary rules, as well as corrections to previous editions, addenda, FAQs, and record cards for all known Ogre models.

Family Friendly Game Store

We see these articles occasionally, profiling a local game store, the business owner, and the customers who show up to buy and play games. But this one stood out for Hastur Games & Comics’ (Salt Lake City, Utah) family friendly atmosphere. There you can apparantly find teenagers playing D&D while at the next table their parents play cards.

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Field Marshal Combat Dice

Field Marshal Games is a new strategy game store, selling war, board, card, role-playing, and miniature games.

They also have an exclusive set of field marshal dice (pictured) for your Risk or A&A games, and a custom dice bag.

Vaporized!

I’m sure you’ve seen it in a cartoon, movie, or comic—someone gets shot with a ray-gun or similar device, and the only thing left is a smoking pair of shoes. Well, now you can duplicate that effect in your miniatures game with the latest accessory from Litko Aerosystems, the Smoking Boot Marker. Just picture the battlefield with these testaments to your victory.

Move Over, Elmo – Here’s Bakugan

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Fear Ripper!

Bakugan has been identified as a spotlight item by Toy Wishes magazine and is expected to appear on the magazine’s annual “hot list.”  The hot list is an annual listing of the toys that are expected to appear most on Christmas lists that year.  Bakugan has apparently been building steam over the year and with its collectible nature and low price point, has many comparing it to the ascent of Pokemon.  Parents, you have been warned (and don’t forget to check out our overview of the game!)!