Today was an exciting day. Late yesterday I had a confirmation from UPS that my long-awaited copy of Sedition Wars: Battle for Alabaster was finally starting its final journey from Essex to my front door. Given that I pledged toward to Kickstarter for it last June, I've spent quite a while looking forward to it!
Having tracked it onto a van at 7:30am, I spent most of the day with bated breath. Finally, at 4:30pm...
Let's take a look inside, shall we...?
First things first, I want to emphasise just how enormous the box is. Anyone who has played Super Dungeon Explore would be right to expect something about the same size. For those who haven't, here's a comparison to Warmachine: Prime (roughly US Letter size).
Pop open the box, and you're greeted with STUFF!
The other two big sheets of card in the box contain a multitude of tokens just waiting to be pushed out:
You might be wondering about those green square tokens two pictures ago. Here's one, along with some dice. Everyone likes dice, right?
The red and blue discs among the tokens are another nice little feature. They're actually designed to clip onto the bottom of models' bases to represent different in-game effects. I've not seen this done before, but it strikes me as being rather nifty. Take a look for yourself!
What I can show you a little more of, however, is the rulebook. Weighing in a almost 60 pages of full-colour gloss, it certainly looks the part. It contains more-or-less what you'd expect: basic game rules, specific details on the forces of the heroic Vanguard and gribbly Strain, some nice bits of background text to help set the scene and a range of 9 exciting-sounding scenarios to guide players through the story of Alabaster Station. If that isn't enough, there are also rules for 'strategic' [read: generic] scenarios for those seeking a more 'pitched battle'-type affair. I'm planning to post more about the rules and scenarios themselves after I've had a chance to digest them, but for now feel free to cast your eyes over these few pages:
So, there we go for the first stage of the unboxing. So far, I feel quite impressed, and happy that I invested in a good product. Come back soon to see some pictures of the miniatures and, when I've read them through, my thoughts about the rules. After that, I guess I should find someone to play it with!