I haven’t spent much time playing Sentinels of the Multiverse lately, but I’ve been keeping up to date with the development of new material for the digital implementation by Handelabra Games. They host a live Twitch stream every week, archived on their YouTube channel, where they preview characters in development, and you can see how development of multiplayer mode is progressing.
Part of why I haven’t been playing as much Sentinels as I when it first launched, aside from a happy surge in opportunities to play Call of Cthulhu more often and producing Decked! videos, is I found the Rook City content to be far more obnoxious to play than fun. I think I beat all four villains — the Chairman, the Matriarch, Plague Rat and Spite — once. After a couple halfhearted attempts to unlock the variants, I realized that I was launching Steam to play, and then not following through to the game because it felt like a chore.
Today, the Infernal Relics characters are scheduled to become available on Steam — and the Android marketplace and maybe even the iTunes store — so I’m looking forward to trying out the new heroes, Argent Adept and Nightmist. As they’re both pretty crunchy heroes with a lot of moving parts to track, having a computer to enforce the rules will be a huge help in learning how to play them effectively — plus having seen them in play on the live stream, as that’s a good source to pick up tips on combinations of effects, both from the developers and when they relay tips from the chat room.
My hope is that Infernal Relics provides a critical mass of options that I find playing more engaging. The core set by itself got boring after a while, and as I said earlier, I found Rook City added not terribly fun heroes and obnoxiously unfun villains, though that may be down to not spending enough time to learn how to play effectively with or against those elements. At the very least, I’m more interested in the mechanical aspects of Argent Adept and Nightmist as compared to Mr. Fixer and Expatriette, so I’ve got that going for me.
In closing, check out the Infernal Relics trailer: