|Warning: Contents Under Pressure And Considered Extremely Awesome|
Keep Reading to see what's in the box!
|From Left to Right: Awesome Things|
Once you open the box, you get to see what kind of value is really packed into this small (but stylish) box: 1 copy of the SW Explorer's Edition (all the rules you need to play the game!), 1 SW Oversize Action Deck (a $20.00 value alone, more on this below), 2 bags of tiny poker chips perfect for handing out Bennies (story, fate, etc. points) to your players or mark different kinds of schmucks for your heroes to kill, 1 set of RPG dice, 1 Q-Workshop Deadlands d6 for your WildCard rolls, and 2 sheets of blast templates. Let's take a look at these items piece by piece.
|What more do you need? Nothing, that's what!|
So, now that we have that out of the way, I'll just comment that I like the new printing of the Explorer's Edition. I have an older printing that feels a little more like a magazine cover. This new one (which I believe TheBro also has) feels more like a trade paperback in that it's a thicker stock with a better laminated feel to it. Very nice quality for such a cheap book ($10.00 at retail on its own). You can also see the blast templates in the picture to the above right there (they're the big orange firey shapes on those pieces of cardstock). Of course no one needs to buy templates, but who likes making them anyway? These are the similar feel to the cover of the Explorer's Edition and will promptly be used in our next session, just cause I've got 'em.
|A Nice Set of Dice|
|My Initiative Deck Has Leveled Up.|
|That's the face I make when dealing initiative cards to my players.|
Enter the Oversized Action Deck. While technically speaking, this is just another deck of 52 cards + 2 Jokers, but it adds spice regardless of the genre you're playing. The cards themselves are obviously oversized (see the comparison pic to the right here for the card next to a standard d6). Each suit of cards have a different theme for the face cards. See the pictures at the end of the article for each of the themes covered. These cards, as mentioned above, retail for $20.00, and I've been looking at them for a while. Knowing these were in the starter really sealed the deal for me.
I don't regret a single aspect of the starter. You couldn't of really gotten more bang for your buck in the exhibitor's hall at Gencon (although at $40.00, DC Adventures comes awfully close, but more on that in a future review of that amazing Supers game). I really hope this boxset sees a wider release in the future, but doubt it considering how much this may cost Pinnacle to produce. If they threw a small book of one-sheet adventures in, I could see this bumped up to $30.00 and be just an amazing starter set for anyone to try out SW. We'll have to see what the future holds given that SW seems to only be expanding into more and more markets.