Shadows of the Past unboxing
Zia Comics game guru, Trevor Cooper, was a backer for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past board game. He received the “Works” edition of the game. He goes through an un-boxing of the game for all you players waiting for the retail version.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles popularity has withstood time and spanned over numerous different media. They started as an Indy comic book, have several cartoon series, made blockbuster movies, had video games on many platforms, and spawned many card/board games. Shadows of the Past is the next entry into the card/board game arena for the Turtles.
IDW Publishing has the comic book rights for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. IDW has their own game manufacturing branch now. They have been making games that correspond to their comic book titles lately. Most of the IDW Publishing games have been pretty good. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is their largest (by sheer number of pieces) board game yet.
Shadows of the Past began it’s life on Kickstarter. Judging by the amount it got funded, folks are liking the game.
From the Kickstarter campaign
It’s here! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game you’ve been waiting for! Play as one of the four turtle brothers (and some of their trusted allies), and defend New York City from thugs, ninjas, and of course the Shredder!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a story-driven adventure game for two to five players who will duel it out street by street and mission by mission to save (or conquer) New York. The game is based off of IDW’s ongoing comic book universe and features missions taken straight from some of the series’ biggest moments. Designed by the legendary Kevin Wilson (Descent, Arkham Horror) with input from Kevin Eastman and IDW’s entire TMNT creative team, this highly thematic adventure features incredible mechanics and gameplay. You’ve seen dice-chucking combat, but this is dice-nunchucking at its finest!
This campaign’s going to allow us to take a great game and make it amazing through the addition of a set of stretch goals we’re incredibly excited to reveal and—with your help—unlock!
More importantly, with a game this involved, it’s great to have an opportunity to interact with the fans. During the course of the campaign, we hope to answer any questions you have about IDW’s game, comics, or what our favorite pizza toppings are!
Description from the publisher:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows of the Past is a scenario-driven campaign game that features story content from the IDW TMNT comic. Taking the role of their favorite Turtle or the ultimate villain Shredder, players battle their way through a series of 60-90 minute missions in which they develop their characters’ strengths, fighting styles, and equipment along the way to create a lasting story arc. Fan-favorite characters like Casey Jones and Alopex appear throughout the missions as the Turtles call on their closest allies for help in battling their deadliest foes.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Hero Combat System:
Each Hero player in the game receives their own custom set of dice and Special Move cards uniquely matched to their character’s fighting style.
While it’s fun to have your own unique dice and moves, what really sets this game apart is the shared dice mechanic once combat begins.
Each round, every Hero player simultaneously rolls their dice then lays them out in front of their play area, strategically positioning their dice from left to right in order to lend help to their fellow players.
This means that on the active player’s turn, they’ll have access to their own dice and their teammates’ closest dice on each side of their character. This innovative system helps save players from useless rolls and thematically expresses how closely knit the team is. The only way to defeat the Foot Clan is to truly fight as one. It’s the ultimate co-operative system.