The latest Sentinels expansion is Vengeance, and unlike the previous expansions that only introduced new heroes, villainous masterminds, and environments, Vengeance introduces a new style of play. Instead of 3-5 heroes fighting 1 villainous mastermind in a single environment, Vengeance lets 3-5 heroes face off against 3-5 villains, each roughly equal in power to a hero.
It's a neat concept, but the actual game play experience is a little weak. 3-5 extra decks take up a lot of space on the table, and the interleaving of hero and villain turns is a bit complicated. The extra decks also take a lot more time to play, but the games don't last for very many turns. Heroes don't have time to set up their big combos, and villains play maybe 1/3rd of their decks at most. The fact that the Vengeance villains have a lot of ongoing and equipment destruction doesn't help the situation.
Another slight sadness for Vengeance is that the game is still limited to only five heroes. If you want to play with six friends, or if you want to experiment solo with a six hero match, it doesn't expand the
game to allow that. Admittedly, the designers of SotM never suggested they were going to allow six players, so I'm not faulting them for that. But it is an itch I'd like to scratch.
One thing I've been experimenting with is a semi-Vengeance style game using the normal villains.
Villainous Pair UpsThis is an alternate setup for SotM. Pick six hero decks, one environment deck, and two full size villain decks (not Vengeful 5 decks or alternate "team decks") from difficulty 1 or 2 villains. Set up one of the villains to start the game, followed by three of the heroes, the other villain, the last three heroes, and the environment deck. Play proceeds more or less normally, with a villain turn, three hero turns, the other villain turn, three more hero turns, and the environment turn. For scaling purposes, treat H as 4.
It's also a fun format, since with 6 heroes, there's more interaction and potential synergies between heroes.
So the extent that this blog has a following, it's mostly people who play GURPS. I'll be posting more stuff about GURPS in the future, I promise, but I have been playing a huge amount of SotM recently. There should be an Effectiveness of Template type article up soon, I hope.