Somehow I missed this coming. Apparently, I’ve been really just not been paying enough attention, and just missed it. I had specifically planned a playthrough of TMNT: Shadows of the Past in the fall with some other Turtle fans that was to be live streamed on The Watch. Through a combination of bad luck and more bad luck, that game never happened. Thankfully we were able to pull together a game last week, and it was a blast! It was a bit chaotic, but you can watch the archived stream at the bottom of this Spotlight. It was during that game I found out this campaign was launching, and we’re here today which is what’s important.
This campaign covers not one, but two new games in the Adventures game system by Kevin Wilson. Change is Constant and City Fall are each their own complete game but they can be interchanged with each other and Shadows of the Past.
Change is Constant comes with the villains Old Hob and Aloplex (both of whom will have new sculpts from their preview appearance), plus Baxter Stockman, 30 newly retooled Mousers, and a giant Mega Mouser. There’s also generic thugs and Foot Clan Ninjas. Both of the new games now come with five playable heroes, rather than only four. For Change is Constant, you’ll get all four Turtles and Casey Jones (again, all with new sculpts.)
City Fall is interesting. For villains, you get Shredder, Rocksteady, Bebop, Hun, Karai, a handful of Purple Dragon and Foot Clan figures, and Chunin (more on him in a moment). For heroes, you get Splinter & April (who, like Casey Jones, were previously sold as individual “hero packs”) you also get Angel Bridge, Slash, and Old Hob (yes, this time as a hero). There are no Turtles. I know Slash is technically a turtle, but he’s not one of THE Turtles. Slash aside, it would probably be more accurate to say that none of the Turtles are heroes, because the villain Chunin is actually the brainwashed Leonardo. Once again, all of these miniatures will feature different sculpts than previous releases (including Change is Constant).
Beyond just the new miniatures, both games will have eight new double-sided map tiles, 16 playable missions, and an all-new AI system to allow for fully cooperative play.
Before I touch on the pledge levels, I should start by saying that when I originally looked at the TMNT Shadows of the Past Campaign, I was underwhelmed. I thought the campaign was generally overpriced until most of the stretch goals were unlocked, and even then it depended on which version you got. Even if I hadn’t just played Shadows of the Past, pledge-for-pledge this campaign is way better! That’s not to say it’s an inexpensive campaign, it’s actually more expensive, but it does feel like a better value.
For $125 (USD) there are two options, one for each game:
On top of what I mentioned above, Change is Constant comes with the Kickstarter Exclusive “Stan Sakai Box” containing and (currently un-shown) Miyamoto Usagi figure, hero card, and dice. As well as alternate sculpts for the Turtles, based on Stan Sakai’s art in the recent Usagi Yojimbo/TMNT crossover story Namazu. This pledge also comes with an alternate sculpt of “Loner Raph” and three specific hero dice.
City Fall comes with the Kickstarter exclusive “Deviations Box” that includes “Dark” versions of the Turtles from the one-shot Deviations story, in which all four brothers are brainwashed into joining Shredder, not just Leonardo (and yes, this Dark Leo is also a different sculpt from the retail one). This pledge also comes with an alternate”Savage Slash” sculpt.
For a $250 pledge, you’ll get everything above plus the “Villains Upgrade Box” that allows you to play with most of the Villains as a “hero”, and AI “villain” cards to play against the Turtles instead of as them. You also get the Kickstarter Exclusive villain Scratch and all the stretch goals that get unlocked.
The one thing that really bugs me is that almost all of the Stretch Goals are ONLY available with the $250 pledge level. This was something that bothered me about the first campaign as well. But so far they’ve unlocked “The Stranger” figure and Villain AI (this is apparently an alternate Splinter, but I honestly have zero clue about him), 15 Flying Mousers, Baxter Stockman’s mutated fly sculpt and AI card, and six Player boards that really serve no purpose. There is also a set of six hero and three villain life trackers that are labeled “everybody gets it” but they aren’t really that amazing.
You can back at a $1 level now to access the pledge manager later. This lets you add on any of the Kickstarter exclusive boxes, such as the Stan Sakai box, for $25 each. Even if you don’t back one of the higher levels.
This is a big campaign, this is an expensive campaign, but there’s some really neat stuff available in this campaign. The cost is very much going to be a hindrance for a lot of people, but if you can get it, get it.
[UPDATE: since this CrowFUNding Spotlight was first written, this campaign has continued to grow at an explosive rate. Amongst other thing you get 70 digital IDW comics and they are moving towards releasing the Secret History of the Foot Clan story arc via stretch goals. -dc]