Insider 5-18-2011

The past month or so has seen quite a few announcements and updates for Monsterpocalypse. Sometimes, it’s quite clear what’s going on at Privateer Press with your favorite game or faction. Other times, a bit of patience is required when more is going on behind the scenes than on the front page of the website. I’d like to use this blog entry to write about a few of the recent Monsterpocalypse developments and what they mean moving forward.

Many of the recent changes are part of a much bigger change—the decision to move Monsterpocalypse from a collectible miniatures game to a battle miniatures game. This difference is far more than just semantics. This summer’s Monsterpocalypse release, Dangerous Monster Zone, will be the first opportunity to purchase Monsterpocalypse figures for a specific, known faction. In fact, players who have checked out the set contents online will know exactly what figures they’re purchasing and how many of each they’ll receive.

For those players out there who have considered Monsterpocalypse but didn’t want to face the hurdle of collectible gaming, Dangerous Monster Zone is the perfect complement to the recently released two-player starter. After picking up a starter and one box of Dangerous Monster Zone, you’ll have 4 monsters along with 29 units from a single faction. Considering that a force contains 1 monster and 15 units, that gives you a solid range of choices for your upcoming citywide demolition spree.

This next announcement pales a bit beside the huge shift in how Monsterpocalypse will be sold moving forward, but new Monsterpocalypse hyper forms will be available at Gen Con for both the tournament events and as Iron Arena prizes. These new figures include alternate hyper forms for some of the first monsters people pulled from Monsterpocalypse boosters back in 2008.

We’ll be previewing some of these new hyper forms in the weeks leading up to Gen Con 2011, but for now, I’ll be a bit of a tease and say that Quantum Deimos-9 is one of my early favorites. He maintains all of that Martian Menace finesse that Martian players know and love, but he also packs a great deal of versatility when you trigger the quantum bonuses that come from having more than 5 P-Dice.

That’s certainly not all. We’ve also recently seen some updates to the Monsterpocalypse website, a new How to Play page, an update to the compiled errata document, and a consolidation of the Monsterpocalypse forums with the other Privateer Press forums. It’s great to see a lot of the backstage planning for Monsterpocalypse pay off, and I look forward to seeing some great Monsterpocalypse action at Gen Con this year where people will get their hands on those all-new hyper forms.

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