A couple of columns back I wrote about Privateer Press’s upcoming Voltron Miniatures Battle Game that is launching in July. In that I mentioned that the game was a fully-compatible spin-off with another game from Privateer called Monsterpocalypse.
Monsterpocalypse is a table-top miniatures game of giant monster combat. It’s every kaiju movie come to life on your dining room table. It features pre-painted miniatures of a whole host of giant monsters (as well as smaller support units) from a variety of different factions. There’s also models of various buildings that serve as objectives and sources of power ups for your (or your opponents) monsters.
Right now the factions are:
G.U.A.R.D. – think Power Rangers, or any similiar giant robot force.
Elemental Champions - protecting the earth
Terrasaurs – your basic Godzilla-like reptilian menace
Empire of the Apes – Kong and his buddies
Lords of Cthul – ancient Lovecraftian beasties
Subterran Uprising – burrowers attack the surface
Martian Menace – attack of the flying saucers!
Tritons – sea-based monsters
Planet Eaters – stop them before they devour the planet!
Savage Swarm – THEM! Giant bugs attack!
Shadow Sun Syndicate – analogous to Ultraman
UberCorp International – they make their own robo-monsters to combat the others
The models look fantastic, and the game is super-fun to play. It’s a collectible miniatures game along the lines of Heroclix, so there’s a Starter Box to get you going with models, a rulebook, maps on which to play, dice and everything else you need to start kicking monster butt. Then you can add to your forces with booster packs. There are seperate Monster and Unit booster packs.
Privateer also makes Map Packs available so you can mix up your playing arena.
You can download the rules for free from the official Monsterpocalypse site to check out the game mechanics for yourself. The game is fairly easy to learn, but has a lot of options and strategic depth.
I like the game because it’s a lot of fun, but also because of the theme. Like many around my age, I grew up watching Godzilla movies. KTVU out of Oakland, CA showed a monster movie pretty much every Saturday afternoon, and most of the time it was a Godzilla movie. I was immediately hooked. I couldn’t get enough of giant monsters. I bought every issue of Marvel’s Godzilla comic. The toy store I mentioned in my last column, Kiddie World, carried a small selection of Japanese import toys and I had a die-cast Mecha-Godzilla and King Ghidorah. I loved Godzilla and still do. Naturally, Terrasaurs are my favorite of the available factions, with Empire of the Apes a close second!
So, when I first heard about Monsterpocalypse, I knew it was for me! I was heart broken that it came out right after I had to close up my game store in late 2008. But, I still picked it up and play when I can.
Thus far Privateer Press has stuck to their own (often inspired) creations. They are just now dipping their toes in the licensed product sea with Voltron. Can they snag the big fish of Toho Studios (home of Godzilla, Rodan, King Ghidorah and more)? I don’t know, but it would be awesome. I’ve heard Toho’s licensing fees are pretty outrageous.
Recently, Toy Vault announced a few months back that they are hard at work on a Godzilla boardgame. How that would potentially affect seeing the Big G and friends in Monsterpocalypse one day, I don’t know.
Monsterpocalypse recently got a big shot of publicity when it was announced that the movie rights for the property were optioned by Dreamworks, and reportedly they are seeking Tim Burton for the directing duties.
If all goes as planned, Monsterpocalypse could become monstrously popular!
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