I’ve had a bit of time away from the gaming table so it was good to get a game in with my friend Iain. We decided to play the Seek and Find mission, and we were on the hunt for Infinity Gems, which had been scattered throughout the area. There are 7 structures on the board which potentially contain one of 5 gems. The team which recovers and carries the most gems off the board will be the winner. It was a fun game with a lot of back and forth in spite of finding the gems pretty early.
Iain took his trusty Guardians of the Galaxy, with a couple of changes. Mantis made her first appearance, and Iron Man joined forces to give the team a bit more mobility. Iain dubbed the team ‘Date Night’.
Meanwhile, I fielded a team of X-Men to try some characters I hadn’t fielded yet. Deadpool is actually a figure from the Infinity range named Señor Massacre I had painted a while ago. Banshee is a conversion of the original Heroclix figure minus the disco collar and with a new screaming head to represent the Jim Lee era blue and gold Banshee (which was when I first encountered the character).
Here are some of the game’s highlights!
The X-Men examine their first structure and Banshee finds a gem thanks to his Enhanced Senses.
Iron Man finds a gem of his own and starts exchanging fire with Deadpool, who has set up in the opposing building.
Star Lord (legendary outlaw) searches for a gem, but the malignant influence of the artefact results in some nasty psychic backlash.
Gamora and Mantis advance on the X-Men. Mantis’ mind control powers will prove extremely useful in this scenario.
Beast locates a gem, but Iron Man swoops in and starts firing on him.
Star Lord uses his jump boots to investigate Deadpool’s building, and manages to secure a gem at last.
Banshee throws caution to the wind in an attempt to Sonic Blast the already injured Star Lord, but the outlaw proves too resilient.
The ladies close in on the enemy and Mantis starts using mind control to move Beast closer to their clutches.Beast is eliminated by Iron Man, dropping two gems, which Tony scoops up as he makes a run for it with three gems in hand.
Iron Man pulls a classic Tony Stark move and runs for the board edge, abandoning his team.
In a stunning turn of events, Deadpool makes a massive Teleport roll, catching up with the fleeing Iron Man, and unleashes a blaze of fire which takes the billionaire genius philanthropist playboy down!
Star Lord proves that two can play at that game and leaps over to Deadpool, scooping up the three dropped gems before scampering off the board to go shopping for an Infinity Gauntlet!
So all in all, it was a really fun game with lots more back and forth than we would have expected given how the early game played out. Teleport and Leaping are both very useful abilities to cross large distances, which gave each side a chance to reverse their fortunes at various points. Mind Control was again a very decisive ability (I think I will be bringing Jean Grey along next time!) and the objective really added a lot of interest and balance to the game.
Until next time: Truth, Justice and Gaming!