By Amber Solaen– May 28, 2012
The following is what I hope to be an ongoing series of my random thoughts concerning MonPoc and perhaps even other games and events as time goes on. But for now, it’ll just be about MonPoc. I call it, “Lilchan Bites!”, the name being based off my WoW character’s (Raptachan’s) pet, Lilchan the raptor. Also, he will be my mascot for this series. Not to mention he resembles a raptix to a large degree, one of the first units I pulled out of the first 2-player starter I got when recollecting this great game.
At the moment, I’m sitting and pondering my future expansion of the game. I’m really wanting to get a full set of all six Rise factions, so later on people have more to choose from. But would it really be worth it?
The two that I have left to get are Lords of Cthul and Shadow Sun Syndicate.
After breaking down what you get in each starter set and what’s possible, it’s got me thinking quite a bit. With Cthul you seem to get two meat slaves and one task master. The meat slaves give you a good base for healing from and are a nice utility unit to have. However with the task master, you get not only motivator, but also telekinesis, which can really put a damper on those brawlers who wander too close to them and visa versa.
However, with the Shadow Sun Syndicate, you might have the chance to get either two shadow gates or two interceptors (this I’m not sure, since I’ve not seen enough complete lists for this faction yet to compare, so all I have to go off of is the distribution of other factions I’ve seen). But while interceptors might seem like a waste, they’d offer what two saucers offer the martians, fast power point capture units that can move over all terrain with ease and drop off a cargo unit. Unlike say, the single power pod I got with the martians that is, while still good for power phases, just a single shadow gate would be of big help. Especially when accompanied with three skyscrapers (which you get after three 2-player starters).
Think of it, you can put two skyscrapers within reach of your starting units (making them easy to secure) and another near one corner. Now send an interceptor out and drop off a shadow gate on the other side of the map. You’d have ninja’s popping out every corner of the map! Simply amazing. You can already taste the flavor of this faction.
Now what got me questioning this was simply that the interceptor is not really a fighter that the, well sun fighters are. But after pondering on it for a bit, I’ve gotten down to the conclusion that these two would be a good way to finish off my MonPoc flavor pack. So call me sold and next month I’m getting these two and finishing my collection… for now at least. – Amber (Raptachan)