By Nate Parkes– June 14, 2012
Sorry, I’ve been posting like crazy, but I want to get your input on something. My girlfriend, Molly, has said she’s willing to try Monpoc with me. She’s a gamer, but she prefers euro-style boardgames and abstracts, and she’s intimidated by the number of rules and abilities in Monpoc. I promised her I would make her first play easy, by having reference cards for her and having a simple force.
We talked a bit about what she wanted to play, and she was drawn to the Tritons. I thought about it a bit, and I suggested Ultra Crustaceor. I know he’s not a top-tier monster, but he’s only got 8 abilities across both forms, so there’s not as much to remember, and he’s got nice basic tricks, as well as the ability to consistently hand out 2 points of damage.
Here is how I imagined her force:
2 x Elite Steel Shell Crabs
4 x Grunt Steel Shell Crabs
2 x Elite Spadefin Skimmers
4 x Grunt Spadefin Skimmers
3 x Nautilus Blasters
For buildings, we’re going to use 6 x Apartment Building, 6 x Downtown High-Rise, and 6 x Post Apartments. That was she only has to remember 3 building types, and there’s a good mix of spire, fire, and high occupancy.
I know it’s far from an optimal list, but I think it’s accessible, and will provide some strategic options without being overwhelming.
The question is: what do I run against this? (Remember, I want her to have the advantage.)