I’m not sure if it’s just that time of the year, X-Men being announced or the death of another game ( R.I.P Guild Ball) but the Facebook groups have an influx of new members. With new people come some of the same questions, one being “do I need to buy the core set?”
The answer is of course no, you don’t need to buy the core set, but you should. Core boxes for games are designed to entice players and are therefore fantastic value for money. In the case of Marvel: Crisis Protocol (MCP hereafter) the value is huge. Currently available for £74.99 at my FLGS The Outpost.
What’s in the box?
10 hard plastic character miniatures:
– Black Widow
– Captain America
– Captain Marvel
– Iron Man
– Baron Zemo
– Doctor Octopus
– Red Skull
10 bases of varied size
9 pieces of terrain
-1 Daily Bugle stand
-2 traffic lights
20 team tactics cards
3 map cards
2 affiliation cards
10 character stat cards
6 crisis cards
3 movement tools
4 range tools
1 learn to play guide
First and foremost it depends on how you want to play MCP. To play with a roster of 10 models, as is intended, you will also need 3 secure and 3 extraction Crises. To get these separately you will either need to hit up eBay for someone splitting the core box or buy sets that come with one of these Crisis Cards. This will set you back around £20 -£30 but will probably also include the tokens.
Terrain is another factor, if you have appropriate scaled terrain/access to 3d printing or O gauge model scenery then you are fine. Otherwise the terrain included in the box plus and extra building will set you back £39.99.
Templates are integral to the game and you will need to have a set to play, these will set you back £14.99. As MCP uses custom dice you will need a set of these at £7.99
If we add this up that’s already more than the cost of the core box.
The core box also contains 2 affiliations that are playable and also currently (other than ebay) is the only source for these 10 models. It’s also the only source for some of the key Tactics cards: Drop Off and Brace for Impact being the 2 biggest.
It not here to tell you how to spend your money just to point out what a great deal you get in the core box and a perfect gateway into the game.
Hopefully see you the other side of a table soon