Last weekend we didn’t get to have GenCon in the traditional sense, but we did get to have GenCan’t (or GenCon Online, however you choose to refer to it). There was no slowly going deaf and hoarse as you tried to communicate in the vendor or tournament hall, there was no rushing through the doors to get a copy of a limited release game, there was no big fuzzy machine handing out soap and watermelons (yes, that was a thing last year), but I think it’s fair to say that Atomic Mass Games knocked it out of the park, considering the socially distanced limitations they were working with, by presenting a string of spoilers and reveals for models in the pipeline, and it all started with this…
After a full year of “X-Men plz?!?”, well, we’re getting X-Men! The rosters are opening with the leaders of the Blue and Gold teams – Cyclops and Storm – along with the rampaging Canuck Wolverine, and Mama McCoy’s bouncing baby boy, the Beast. With a roster as wide and varied as Xavier’s mutants, I think these are excellent choices to kick the door down with. Storm and Cyclops could each come with a different Leadership ability for their teams, Storm could also be added to the Wakanda affiliation, and both Wolverine and Beast have also been Avengers. There’s some great opportunity for thematic cross-pollination for those of us that love playing affilition-centric teams.
Add to the mix that Beast – sculpted by the inimitable Brian Dugas – comes with an alternate hand that has him holding a book rather than a clenched fist – and all I know is I’m going to have to practice my freehand to replicate a teeny tiny dustjacket!
Where you have X-Men, can the Brotherhood truly be too far behind? Magneto and Mystique have led the Brotherhood at different times, Sabretooth is an obvious counterpart to Wolverine, but I think more than any other character I’m excited for Toad. He’s been an iconic member of the Brotherhood since its inception, and in terms of gameplay, his ability to move opposing characters away from objectives should be downright prodigious. Never mind how fantastic the sculpt looks, and how much I enjoy painting golden yellows 😉
Also of note in this pack is the two bases littered with bent and twisted metal. Mobile obstacles for Magneto to send careening around the table maybe?
The reveals didn’t stop there, of course. That was just the opening salvo.
Hot on the heels of the X-Men we saw teasers and full model shots, of Kingpin, Bullseye, Taskmaster and the Punisher. As Marvel’s New York Underworld unfolded (remember, kids, Punisher’s entry into Marvel comics as as a hitman hired to kill Spider-Man, though I don’t expect him to share any affiliation with Fisk & co. when released) we were also made privy to a brand new terrain pack.
A skid steer, mixer, demountable office, a selection of barriers and barrels make up the Construction Site terrain pack, an excellent complement to your New York themed tabletop.
My main ponderance with this block is just how Bullseye’s unerring accuracy will be reflected on the table. Does he count blanks as hits, perhaps?
Daredevil was next in the queue, sharing this tableau with Dr Strange (who I’m super keen to get my mitts on). While Daredevil doesn’t share the Defenders affiliation (the full roster for which was also spoiled), we did confirm that Luke Cage and Iron Fist are on the way, so fielding the TV incarnation of the team is getting closer and closer to a possibility… but for now, defending reality will do without ol’ Hornhead. With Ghost Rider on the team, battles through the streets of the city may be more in line than across the rooftops of New York.
We’ve known Angela has been in the works for some time – She’s on the Asgard and Guardians of the Galaxy affiliation cards – but it’s fair to say that Asgard’s Assassin will unleash some slicey-dicey pain upon your opponents, despite her ribbon trails offering hugs and kisses to anyone who cares to read them.
With the Asgardian ranks gaining a new model, is it any surprise that Amora the Enchantress was also revealed? Arguably one of Thor’s greatest opponents (along with Loki and Surtur), Enchantress is an exceptionally powerful sorceress and illusionist, more than capable of messing with an entire team of Avengers all on her lonesome. In the absence of Mephisto, Dormammu or Baron Mordo, I’d say the bad guys are getting their own Dr Strange. Of course, he has a much better moustache.
And then there’s Jennifer Walters, the Sensational She-Hulk. One of my favorite Marvel characters, she’s possessed of strength almost on par with her cousin Bruce, but she retains her incredibly sharp legal mind with hulk’d out. There have been entire comic series written about her that had pretty much nothing to do with her strength and invulnerability, and everything about her work as a lawyer. I’m really hoping she gets abilities named things like “Motion to dismiss!” where she throws an opponent away, or “Objection!” where she negates an opponent’s use of a power by leading them in verbal circles until they’re confused, or somesuch.
Add in painting videos, twitch streams discussing Atomic Mass Games’ design process, painting contest and more, and I think that all told it was a very successful GenCan’t for AMG. Here’s looking forward to another fun year… once we can actually get together to play games 😉