A few weeks ago, I entered a competition held by Mantic Games. It was simple really, just visit their website, create an account, and add up to £300 worth of goodies to your wish list. This I did, adding the appropriate amount, give or take a few pounds, of ‘The Walking Dead – All Out War’ paraphernalia. I did so without any thought of actually winning – I can’t remember ever winning anything worth more than a tenner on anything other than the Lotto – and maybe I could have been a bit more imaginative with my list.
Imagine then, my great surprise and delight when on Monday morning I received an e-mail from Mantic congratulating me on my win, everything on my wish list! What? Me? There must be some mistake; is this a scam or a hoax?
Anyway, I confirmed my address and phone number and the very next day a rather large parcel turned up covered in Mantic’s very own, personalised parcel tape! Needless to say, it didn’t take me long to rip in.
Here’s the contents of my wish list…
The Walking Dead All Out War: Days Gone Bye Atlanta expansion – Adds Dale, Allen, Donna, and Jim to the game, recreating the early exploits of the Atlanta group.
The Walking Dead All Out War: Prelude to Woodbury expansion – A solo adventure featuring ‘The Governor.’ It covers the period before he became the boss of Woodbury and includes solo event cards that can be used with the core game and other expansions.
The Walking Dead All Out War: Made to Suffer Woodbury expansion – Contains a series of scenarios covering Rick’s run in with ‘The Governor.’
The Walking Dead Call to Arms: The Saviors Faction Pack – Brings Negan and a few of his buddies to the table. Though being labelled up as a Call to Arms Faction Pack, this contains the Survivor cards required to add them to the All Out War game.
The Walking Dead All Out War: Anthology – A 176-page book packed full of all the updated rules found across the whole game. It also has new scenarios and features campaign modes, including co-op and solo play.
The Walking Dead All Out War: Scenery Booster – Replaces all the cardboard scenery from the core set with 3D plastic: cars, barricades, and supply counters.
Red Brick Terrain Ruined City – Coming in at a whopping £100, this modular terrain enables you to fill a battlefield 4’x4′ with dense, modern terrain, including ruined buildings, signs, bins, fences, and much more.
So, as you can see, I should have plenty of content for The Walking Dead to get some pretty comprehensive games in, but also the terrain is close enough in scale to use with Marvel: Crisis Protocol. The cars are the same wheelbase, though not as wide or ‘chunky’ as those included in Marvel, but everything else looks right at first glance.
The Ruined City should also provide a backdrop for something I’m getting for Christmas, so I’m well chuffed with that.
Okay, I’ve got a lot more added to my painting list, but at least all the figures are pre-assembled and I’m more than happy to ‘play grey’ until I start on them. But before that, I’m going to bang some quick unboxing posts of them all, it’s the least I can do to show my appreciation to Mantic for hosting such a great competition.
What else can I say? A great and wonderful early Christmas present, thank you very much Mantic Games!
And, to everyone out there reading this, ‘Have a great Festive Period, stay safe, and be lucky.’