We occasionally get a One-Shot that is thematic to current events, and when things really heat up, they’re not very subtle. One-Shot #323 (Line of Succession) felt like a warmup to something more direct. So as I’ve played a few games in the last couple of days to beat the snot out of would-be dictators, I’ve thought about what an upcoming setup may be. Here’s what I think:
Villain – Baron Blade feels like the obvious choice, either solo or on a team (certainly with Proletariat, maybe add Fright Train and Sergeant Steel. Alternative: Grand Warlord Voss.
Environment: Megalopolis gives the feel of invading a major population center. Dok’Thorath Capital has freedom fighters. Mordengrad has the eastern European flavor, if we treat the cards as an invading force. For Voss, the Maerynian Refuge
Heroes: Legacy (maybe Greatest) and Bunker (maybe GI) are a good fit for the military theme. Expat and Chrono-Ranger feel like guerilla warfare (and CR represents the law) and using weaponry more than powers. Parse and Scholar feel like using knowledge to cut through the lies and misinformation. Setback and the Sentinels feel like the scrappy locals doing their best. Some believe that Putin sees this as a holy war, so bring Fanatic in. For Voss and/or Dok’Thorath or Maerynian Refuge, Sky-Scraper and/or Tempest. Some variants may be more thematic than others, but it’s late.
There’s enough here for at least 3 games, so let’s see…
Baron Blade (Mad Bomber?) at Mordengrad vs GI Bunker, Greatest Legacy, Fanatic, and Chrono-Ranger
Blade, Proletariat, Fright Train, and Sergeant Steel at Megalopolis vs Expat, Setback, the Sentinels, and Parse
Grand Warlord Voss at Maerynian Refuge vs Tempest, Sky-Scraper, and Scholar. Maybe throw in Haka, even though it’s the wrong ocean.
EDIT: since 323 was in Mordengrad and had GI Bunker, maybe move it to Dok’Thorath and swap Sky-Scraper in for Bunker.