A Brief History of MonPoc and Me

Guess this will be my formal introduction to the Team (hi everyone). So with little else to do I give you my brief history with this game that has (probably) brought us all here to this site at some point. A game we have grown to love for the most part, this game of tiny […]

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Guess this will be my formal introduction to the Team (hi everyone). So with little else to do I give you my brief history with this game that has (probably) brought us all here to this site at some point. A game we have grown to love for the most part, this game of tiny angry monsters and destructible cities we call Monsterpocalypse.

 

Well, I first heard of Monsterpocalypse several years ago while looking towards buying miniature bits to finish a project I had going in my head at the time which had brought me to one company, a Privateer Press which had a wide array of bits from their Warmachine and Hordes product lines which were perfect for what I had planned. It wasn’t until sometime later that my curiosity peaked and decided to actually buy a couple starter boxes, one for a friend and another for myself. I ended up having to buy another since I had actually (and accidentally) got my own mother into it as well.

Which recently lead me to think that if my own mother can learn to play it and love it then it’d be easy enough for me to teach others in my area who could become interested in it through a game group I’m planning on starting later on in the year at a local community center I volunteer at regularly. Also in my mind, Monsterpocalypse is a perfect miniature’s game in that it not only would spark the imagination and curiosity of those who see it for the first time and is relatively easy to learn and wrap your head around. But budget wise, for the cost of one battle force of say Warhammer, you can practically get the flavor of the entire first series which comes already painted and for the most part (when the planet’s and stars align) fully assembled. So it’s not only a money saver, but a time saver as well.

Unfortunately having gotten rid of my initial collection via eBay to help fuel my other hobbies, I’ve had to start anew and now it seems is a better time than ever to get back into the game with the 2-player starters out now. So I bought one of the new starters from a retailer I had bought from before out of New York state (since my local stores don’t carry it since well, to them it’s a dead CMG unlike HeroClix) and out of it got a good starting selection of monsters and units with the Martian Menace and Deimos-9 and the Terrasaurs with Terra Kahn. Then I remembered about this site and Team Covenant, initially to see about buying singles to fill out the two previously mentioned, then when I saw that they sold custom 2-player starters I couldn’t resist. To fill out my armies not with (no offense) expensive singles, but entire armies from other factions for around the same price; I could get one of each for variety’s sake. Thus I sent away for G.U.A.R.D. and Planet Eaters and got Defender X and Rogzor. Maybe next month I’ll buy a Lords of Cthul set and a Shadow Sun Syndicate set and see what else I get, not to mention fill out all six “corners” of the agenda wheel.

We’ll see how things turn out in the long run and tomorrow is a monster playing day for me which will give me a chance to break in and hopefully not break what I already have recollected so far. – Amber (Raptachan)

    1. Glad I could both inspire and entertain. I’ll try my best to blog regularly, with personal concepts (since I need to figure out how to take MonPoc away from a 2-player game and into a group game and maybe even some fan fiction in the future (if I can get down to writing something with plot that is). But we shall see how things unfold.

      Some may say MonPoc is a dead game. But as those who have played it know, monsters tend to rise from the rubble once again to finish the fight one last time. Or at least I can hope they do.

      1. I’ve seen the Tri-City Tangle map that’s in the store and it did to me at least look a bit wonky. Checked out your map templates, some of them looked quite good, though on the four player one I’m only thinking the red player better bring some flyers or something with extinguish to deal with those flames you got going there.

        I’ve mostly been looking in reconfiguring the starter maps, Block War to be precise, though Smashville offers, well more smashing opportunities. Both are very basic and have an equal layout which is good. But I’ll probably save the details and graphics for a future blog post.

      2. oh yeah, in doomsday downtown, it’s a 3-player map. The red player has almost instant access to blue tenacious, so its units and monsters will be immune to hazards. The idea of the map is that it’s a 3-on-1, with one supercharged monster with tons of amazing abilities against 3 normal monsters. No idea how well it plays yet, but like i said, it’s just too big for units to be useful, so i’m going to trim it down today.

        I’m also way open to collaboration on map development. I have some good ideas, but most of my skills are in making other peoples’ ideas look great, so hit me up if you have some thoughts on good map concepts.

        Tri-city tangle is only a little wonky, just because the blue player is insulated and has 2 nega-zones, that are hard to disrupt, right away. However, my record on the map is 7 wins and 1 loss, and I don’t always start on blue, so it’s not THAT lopsided. It’s much more about convincing the other players to go after each other and leave you alone (which makes it into a very interesting and different game)

      3. Hmm, Tri-City Tangle sounds interesting after listening to how you put it. Seems to be based on prioritizing than anything else, either one hits the other and heaven forbid if you have a strong enough monster to warrant the other two teams reason to double against you.

        As I’ve said before, most of my ideas currently are just about augmenting the base Rise maps to fit a larger player base. But if I come up with something a bit more intriguing and original, I’ll be sure to let you know. Though I’ll probably use it for a reason to just make a new blog post.

  1. I always love when a new player jumps into the fray. Your enthusiasm and dedication are exemplary, and I want to be one of the first to welcome you to the best community of gamers the internet has to offer! I’m not only glad that you are interested, but that you have absorbed others into your hobby, particularly your mother…. I wish I could get my mom to play games…

    Welcome to the community!

    1. Thanks for your kind words and I’m glad to be here and a part of a community that shares similar interests.

      To be honest, even though her corporate background would want to tell you otherwise, my mother likes games and is a bit of a geek (sometimes even she scares me with it). We always played games together as a family. With me and her it was always board games and some card games, to us MonPoc is just another board game when you strip away the collectable miniatures aspect and complexities in the rules from it.

      Games just run in the family for me and they tend to bring me the greatest sense of joy. It’s probably why I want to start my own group one day, not only just to find people to share it with, but to use my own enthusiasm for the medium to do something better with it than to waste time with friends. But to bring people together, to have them work towards common goals, build team work and relationships. To use it for the true meaning behind play, to learn.

      But I digress, sometimes I talk too much and think on subjects too deeply. But thanks again.

      1. Haha! You’ll soon find out how long-winded some of us can be… particularly myself! We are all passionate about games and it is our attraction to truly great games that keeps Monpoc alive.

        I to have a family history of board games. My mother is an artist, sort of a free spirit, but HIGHLY competitive; she simply loves to win, and to humiliate//destroy all opposition! lol, it sounds a bit crude or exaggerated, but I swear, it is absolutely true!

        Sadly, as time went on, we just couldn’t find the time for family board game night. As we got older, got jobs, and my mother struggled from time to time trying to find consistent work, it wasn’t easy to sit down for even a simple game of Scrabble. I treasure those moments though, and hope to be able to create new ones with my future-family…

        I too, am interested in games from a sociological perspective. You can increase performance, knowledge and creativity through game-play, and can build social relationships. I am also interested in competitive play, what makes people competitive, how people formulate strategy etc…

        You will find quite a large number of “theorists” here like our good friend Jeff, AKA The “Theorist,” all of the TC owners, and many, many more, who will be absolutely willing to talk theory on any level.