“Sentinels of the Multiverse”: A Card Game For Comic Book Fans
By Kyle Anderson on August 24, 2011
Hi, friends! Just a quick post to tell you about a sweet new collectible card game that’s available. Now, I’ve never really been into those kinds of games, ala “Magic: The Gathering,” but this game, “Sentinels of the Multiverse,” is huge amounts of fun. For starters, it’s about comic book heroes, which is always a plus in my book, and unlike a lot RGP-esque card games, it’s cooperative as opposed to competitive, meaning everybody works together against a common enemy. The game made quite a splash at GenCon in Indianapolis and Chicago ComicCon earlier this month.
Each player controls one of ten very different heroes and each turn consists of drawing various cards and using powers to deal damage to the villain, heal themselves or other heroes, or otherwise aid in the battle at hand. There are four different villains you can choose to fight, each with their own set of powers and minions you must defeat. Finally, there are four different environments to play in that can either help or hinder you depending on the cards drawn. The aim of the game is simple: deplete the villain of his or her hit points before they do the same to you.
Officially, the game can be played with 2-5 players, though I would certainly say the more people you have, the more fun it can be. And given that the ten heroes are so varied, some of them are incredibly easy to play with while some are much more difficult, just depending on whom you choose. Game play moves very quickly, though, as long as you have a piece of paper and are good at adding and subtracting (get a calculator if you’re not, no biggie), because, essentially, everything that happens takes away a hit point or gives back a hit point.
Perhaps the coolest part of the game is that it was completely independently created and developed. All of the heroes, villains, environments, and character decks are the work of writer Christopher Badell and artist Adam Rebottaro. Each different card offers a different piece of art drawn by Rebottaro, and gives a quote or reference to an issue of the fictional “Sentinel Comics.” Each character has an extensive backstory as well, which gives the game a familiar, lived-in quality that’s really fun.
So if you’re a fan of super heroes, games, and quality work, I would definitely recommend picking up “Sentinels of the Multiverse.” To find out more or to order a copy yourself, go to their website. I found the game to be huge amounts of fun.
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