I've only ever played a couple demo games of the Original Deadzone, acquiring a handful of models along the way as I like the look of them for generic sci fi gaming. 18 months after my initial Deadzone trials, I find myself with a bunch of models, my Kickstarter pledge delivered and exactly 1 Deadzone 2 Demo under my belt (at Adepticon this year).
While Mantic has retooled and geared Deadzone 2 to be the boardgame-esque companion game to its new "Warpath", a 40K competitor large format Sci Fi wargame, I think they kind of missed the boat here. Originally Deadzone was being presented as Mantic's only wargame Sci Fi Entry, uniquely different from 40K. It had a good niche, but I think the resulting success of Kings of War, almost entirely due to Games Workshop blowing up Warhammer Fantasy, somehow clouded their judgement thinking a 40K style entry could do similarly well, and the "new" Deadzone sort of just got piled in with that. Well I am glad it did, I could care less about Warpath, and I am kind of thinking alot of gamers who like the genre will not care either ,because if you want a game like that you just play 40K, unless you in the small percentage of outcasts, that somehow dont have a 40K army and want to invest in Warpath.
|The board- this is basic KS terrain set plus a couple Urban Sprues for the grey building.|
|Enforcers (proxied Reaper Nova Corp, the Strider is a Robotech promo model from 2 year back)|
|Rebs, a mix of Mantic and Reaper figures|
|Shoots and Misses...Teraton has more survive success than Strider had hits.|
|Enforcer in foreground shot down by Yndij Trooper|
|Seemed like a good idea, she did wound the Strider, but leaving her in postion to be blasted next turn, bad idea.|
END OF ROUND 1
|The Strider vaporizes both the Reb Commander and Troop on the corner of the Red Building here.|
|Yndij Trooper Pinned by Enforcer Rapid Fire.|
|With the relative ease the Strider withdrew, I knew the Teraton was in big trouble|