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During a live stream before Gen Con 2023 kicks off, Atomic Mass Games revealed more of what’s to come for Marvel: Crisis Protocol. After a bit of a quiet period, the game is getting a lot of releases including the long-rumored new core set.
Dubbed “Earth’s Mightiest Core Set,” the new starter set features new sculpts and cards, scenery, and more. There are 13 all-new miniatures, 26 terrain pieces, 6 new Crisis Cards featuring new scenarios, and 20 Team Tactic cards. Also included are dice, rulers, and more to play.
Like previous releases, many of the characters will look familiar with new sculpts and new cards. The game presents characters from throughout their comic history so no previous release becomes invalid, we just get different versions of the same characters. The set is up for pre-order for $149.99.
Also shown off is the Crisis Card Pack 2023 which features updates to 23 Crisis Cards including 10 updated Extract Mission Cards and 13 updated Secure Mission Cards. That will retail for $19.99.
But, beyond the new starter set, what else is new?
Spider-Man is getting some love as 6 new sculpts were shown off.
There’s Gwenom and Ben Reily but will get even more people excited are Electro, Shocker, Vulture, and Sandman, making a Sinister Six faction very viable and surely coming to the table. It’s a group that’s been wanted for some time now and it looks like it’s finally coming.
Also revealed is a new tournament format called “Timeline Events.” Meant to take place over three days, players will create a Roster for each day. They will be given a specific set of Characters and Team Tactic Cards to build their Rosters from. They then will not be able to repeat the characters or Team Tactic cards across their rosters. Timeline events will also rotate out regularly creating new challenges and opportunities and a greater use of players’ skills (and wallet).
At Adepticon 2023, Atomic Mass Games revealed a lot of what’s coming for Marvel: Crisis Protocol. There were quite a few surprises as well as a lot of characters that players had hoped for.
Photos are from the Marvel: Crisis Protocol Facebook group and we’ll update as official images are released.
The X-Men have a bit of old and new with multiple releases and varied characters. Mainly focused on the X-Men themselves, we also get one villain. Revealed were Professor X, Kitty Pryde, Iceman, Bishop, Nightcrawler, and Shadow King.
Bishop and Professor X come with some options for heads that look interesting and it looks like Nightcrawler comes with and without his swords.
There was a focus on expanding the world of Wakanda with multiple reveals including scenery and a new rivals set… which features scenery. M’Baku and Klaw are getting a release with M’Baku featuring more of a look from the movie universe. Klaw is a more traditional look for the character.
There was a bunch of new scenery shown off to help build out your Wakanda boards. And, a new “rivals” pack featuring Black Panther and Killmonger (sporting a look from the film) was shown off which also features some impressive scenery.
Cosmic Ghost Rider and a new Ultron!
In one of the bigger surprises, Cosmic Ghost Rider was revealed for the game. The Punisher and Ghost Rider are currently playable but the inclusion of a relatively new character was a bit out of left field.
A new Ultron was also shown off, this one featuring Ultron drones as well. The release is the continuation of the new rules we’ve seen for the inclusion of figures representing low-level members of Shield, Hydra, and the Hand.
Along with the characters, a look at the cards for Squirrel Girl and Gwenpool were also shown off.
Eat nuts and kick butts with Squirrel Girl and Gwenpool. They’re coming in a two-character pack for Atomic Mass Games‘ Marvel: Crisis Protocol.
Along with the two miniatures you get 2 character stat cards, 3 team tactic cards, and 1 token sheet.
Doreen Green, aka Squirrel Girl, debuted in Marvel Super-Heroes Vol. 2 #8 in 1991. She was created by Will Murray and Steve Ditko and has been a member of the Great Lakes Avengers, Avengers Idea Mechanics, and U.S. Avengers. She has superhuman agility and strength, a prehensile tail, razor-sharp claws, knuckle spikes, and can talk to squirrels. She’s defeated Doctor Doom, Thanos, and more.
Gwenpool debuted in Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars #2 in 2015. She was created by Christopher Hastings, Heather Antos, and Jordan D. White with a design by Chris Bachalo. She arrived in the comic world from the “real world” and is a comic fan. She has the ability to manipulate the fourth wall. She had no real powers at first, just a vast knowledge of Marvel comics, and then trained in weapons and hand-to-hand combat. Fully aware she’s in a comic, she can step out of and into comic panels, dump characters into “gutter space” aka between panels, and interact with word bubbles.
What’s old is new again? After a new Hulk was revealed, Atomic Mass Games has followed up with a new M.O.D.O.K. coming to Marvel: Crisis Protocol.
Players hover to new heights of petty crime with the M.O.D.O.K., Scientist Supreme Character Pack. This unique version of the character is both sinister and wild, giving players unforeseen methods to engage and disrupt their opponent.
M.O.D.O.K. was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and debuted with a cameo in Tales of Suspense #93 in 1967.
The box features the new miniature, 1 stat card, 2 Team Tactic Cards, and 1 Token Sheet. It’s expected to be released in April 2023.
The Hulk is getting a second figure for Marvel: Crisis Protocol in the form of the Immortal Hulk. Revealed by Atomic Mass Games this incarnation of the Hulk is based on the recent Marvel comic run, The Immortal Hulk, that ran from 2018 to 2021 and was written by Al Ewing and featured art by Joe Bennett.
The story saw the resurrection of the Hulk after Bruce Banner’s death during Civil War II the series focused on Banner’s pain, life, and death. The character is both intelligent and possibly the strongest Hulk persona with regeneration.
How this version will differ should be interesting but expect a hulked out powerhouse.
Retailing for $39.99, the set features the new Immortal Hulk miniature with base, Stat Card, 2 Team Tactic Cards, and 1 Token Sheet.
Atomic Mass Games has revealed a new release that’s been a fan want, Psylocke and Emma Frost! The box set features two powerful telepaths and Emma Frost features a version in her organic diamond form!
The set features three miniatures with three stat cards. It also features six Team Tactics cards, including one that gives Emma Frost a leadership ability for the new Hellfire Club Affiliation!
Psylocke has a rather complicated history but was created by Chris Claremont and Herb Trimpe. The character as Betsy Braddock debuted in Captain Britain #8 in 1976 and as Psylocke in New Mutants Annual #2 in 1986.
Emma Frost debuted in The Uncanny X-Men #129 in 1980 and was created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.
Atomic Mass Games has been teasing some of what we can expect for Marvel: Crisis Protocol in 2023. The latest two reveals will add some muscle to the Asgardians (and others). Beta Ray Bill and Ulik will be coming to the tabletop.
Beta Ray Bill debuted in The Mighty Thor #337 in 1983 and was created by Walt Simonson. The character has allied with the Asgardians but has also been a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, another affiliation in the game. It’s unknown who Beta Ray Bill will be able to join but Asgard is at least one of them.
Ulik was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Debuting in Thor #137 in 1967, the character has superhuman strength, stamina, and is good in close combat. A villain, the character will likely be in the Asgard affiliation and maybe Cabal. But, with Malekith, Loki, Enchatress, and Skurge, maybe we’ll see a new faction of “Asgardian” villains.
Star Wars: Shatterpoint is a new skirmish miniature game coming in 2023 from Atomic Mass Games. Much like Marvel: Crisis Protocol, also from Atomic Mass Games, you’ll manage your “team” to battle it out. But, for a fun game you’ll need some scenery, right?
Recently revealed are two scenery packs that’ll be released to help your epic tabletop duels. The two revealed so far are the “High Ground Terrain Pack” and the “Take Cover Terrain Pack“. Based on their names, it’s pretty clear what the “role” of each terrain set is with one giving an advantage at height and the other providing cover on the ground.
We’ll have more news about this exciting and anticipated game.