Let’s get ready to rumble! Megaton Mashup is hitting shelves and it’s time to tag team with your favorite rival to take down the newest threats in town… or the oldest. Sure, that sound’s cryptic, but it’s easily explained. Megaton Mashup introduces cooperative play to Monsterpocalypse along with the first representative of the new Necroscourge faction, Gallaamaxus – but don’t think it stops there. Megaton introduces rules for using -any- Monsterpocalypse monster as an opponent for your team-up!
Monsterpocalypse has, until now, been all about putting monsters and units on table and squaring off against your pals as your competing monsters work to either save or destroy the cityscape. It’s a ridiculous amount of fun as your Subterrans and Lords of Cthul try to subjugate the souls of of the city while your opponent’s GUARD mecha and Terrasaurs fight to save humanity and the world, but when a bigger threat comes to town, well, there’ll be no humans for Hammerklak to enslave if the Ares Mothership disintegrates the entire city. Defender X and Hammerklak may have to stop fighting each other and join forces to take on the new invader. They can get back to fighting each other once the Martian Menace has been dealt with.
This is pretty much the premise of Megaton Mashup. Both players join forces and coordinate attacks, regardless of agendas, to deal with a bigger threat. Megaton Mashup introduces a deck of villain cards which directs the movement and attacks of the new threat, whichever monster you choose it to be. I can’t stress that enough. While the box does come with Gallamaxus, literally any monster in your collection can be used as the target of the players’ combined efforts.
The box comes with a single, double-sided rule sheet, the Megaton Mashup villain deck, a small card with to track extra health for your villain, and the card and model for Gallamaxus.
The rules are a straightforward addition to the standard Monsterpocalypse rules. You choose your villain monster, and the difficulty level. The health card lets you add up to +12 health to both the regular and hyper sides of the monster’s card. The villain won’t use units, and any special actions on the card won’t come into play. Instead, the villain deck will provide direction for the villain, including how it moves, who it targets, and when to use Brawl and Blast abilities, using dice as indicated on the cards. One of them is called Wicked Backspin. I just mention that because it sounds damn cool.
Players bring one monster each in an attempt to double-team the villain. The players can activate each other’s units, and play continues until the villain is defeated. Assuming it is. Whether you and your fellow player celebrate with milkshakes or drown your sorrows in root beer, well, that depends on you and the dice.
And then there’s this guy…
Gallamaxus was once a hero of the Draken Armada. Then he died. We assume it was tragic. I’m told the Planet Eaters were involved. His body was then reanimated by the Necroscourge, a nefarious and largely unknown threat, and now he’s landed on Earth to eat power stations. The model comes in seven pieces, only two them metal. There was some minimal cleanup required to clip off resin channels, but the model fits together beautifully. I’m still not sure if those massive back things are meant to function as wings or intakes. Either way, it can fly…
Before it goes hyper, Gallamaxus builds power throughDemolisher, heals by eating units in melee with Munch, and just generally messes up units at range with Explosion on his blast attacks. Once he goes hyper, the game changes. It keeps Flight and Explosion, but his brawl and power attacks switch to the armor-breaking Penetrator, can tap into Inner Fire and Overdrive as actions, but pays the price for either, damaging itself with Redline. Suffice to say, Gallamaxus makes for a tidy early game and a brutal late game.
Painting Gallamaxus was, frankly, a lot of fun. The’re a lot of opportunity for high contrast, for source lighting and glow, the ribbed alien physiognomy can be painted as a carapace or as exposed flesh or as… well,let’s just say there’s lots of possibilities for interpretation on what is, frankly, one of my favorite Monsterpocalypse models, who photographs very nicely against the hydrangeas. Sorry, Gallamaxus, you can’t just waltz in and dethrone Hammerklak, but you are very welcome in my model cabinet.
Now, which of my local pals wants to come over once we can gather again, and see if we can save Destruction Junction this guy?
Megaton Mashup releases this month. Check in with your FLGS or preferred online retailer. It’s time to eat New York… TOGETHER!