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Become an Olympian God and fight beside the greatest heroes and monsters to ever live in this beautiful miniatures board game.
Become an Olympian God and fight beside the greatest heroes and monsters to ever live in this beautiful miniatures board game.
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Prepare to be Judged!

Posted by Monolith Board Games LLC (Creator)
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The first add-on we would like to offer you is another Kickstarter Exclusive: the Hell Judges.

Artwork by Loïc Muzy
Artwork by Loïc Muzy

Before we explore that expansion, we should take a quick look at what Kickstarter Exclusive means. Basically it’s simple: a Kickstarter Exclusive item is available during this Kickstarter campaign, and possibly never again. The only time it may be available is during special promotions or events, and only then if we have any left over from the Kickstarter in the first place. At no point will the Kickstarter Exclusive items ever be sold as normal retail options.

Now that’s out of the way, what’s in the Hell Judges box?

As it’s our first add-on, we thought we’d start with something simple, so the Hell Judges box is the models of the 3 Judges, plus all the dashboards and cards you need to play them. But who are these Judges? Let me explain…

When Hades left the Underworld to fight alongside his fellow Gods, he left his wife, Persephone, in charge. She, in turn, enlisted the aid of Aeacus, Minos, and Rhadamanthus, who had all been famous lawgivers in life. They would help her to decide the correct treatment for each soul. That, at least, was the plan, and it worked for a while. Unfortunately the gates of the Underworld were open, and the dead began to escape back up to the realm of the living. Eventually the Judges followed suit, and now fight alongside the Gods, among the ruins.

Each Judge has a different approach to the law and to battle.

Artwork by Loïc Muzy
Artwork by Loïc Muzy

In game, Aeacus keeps his theme of controlling movement, forcing enemies to pay an Art of War card to leave his area. He also has a unique power that he can only use once per game. Choosing when to use this is key to getting the most out of Aeacus. Again mirroring his former acts (this time exiling his son), he can spend an Art of War card to banish an enemy unit back to its deployment area.

Artwork by Loïc Muzy
Artwork by Loïc Muzy

Minos’ is an interesting character that takes some thinking to use well. His first power is to change the target of an attack in his area, forcing a friend to act as a Guard whether he likes it or not. However, duplicitous this may sound, it also gives the new target the option of counter-attacking, which suddenly changes its value dramatically. It shows the somewhat unpredictable and complex nature of Minos’ character. In addition, he can sacrifice an enemy Troop model in his area at the end of his activation, just as his did for the Minotaur. However, in this case the result is different - the model is destroyed immediately, and Minos regains one wound.

Artwork by Loïc Muzy
Artwork by Loïc Muzy

When Rhadamanthus deals damage he can, in addition, draw the target into his area, thanks to his chain. This chain also has a non-combat use, allowing Rhadamanthus to pick up omphaloi in adjacent areas. It is the spirit of retribution that defines this judge though, and this appears in his bonus for counter-attacks, both for himself and nearby friends.

As you can see, these three characters aren’t just amazing miniatures, they also add new tactical twists to your armies in the game. And they won’t be available after the Kickstarter…

Sculpted by Stéphane Simon
Sculpted by Stéphane Simon

 

Sculpted by Stéphane Simon
Sculpted by Stéphane Simon

 

Sculpted by Stéphane Simon
Sculpted by Stéphane Simon

 Voice of Olympus

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    1. Tobias on

      @Voice of Olympus: On 2nd Nov you said Minos is a Monster. In todays update Minos is a hero too. What is the truth? Or should I ask the blind witches?

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      Kodesh on

      Is it possible to make Rhadamanthus sculpt closer to the artwork? That artwork is really beautiful and I think changing the sculpt to closer resemble that would enhance the model.

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      Bruno Guerin on

      Pour moi, la figurine de Minos est ratée, elle ressemble davantage à un démon qu'au roi de Crète choisit pour sa sagesse afin de juger les âmes des morts. C'est dommage quand on voit la qualité du reste.

    4. Björn Magnusson on

      I seem to recall that the Hebrew version of Hell was a place removed from the presence of God and that this was a really bad thing.

    5. Quirkworthy
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      @Dennis Werfl - Prometheus had his liver eaten by eagles every day. It was a different unfortunate that had the vulture problem. The Greeks obviously had a thing for eating livers...

      As to "out of place", if the Greeks were happy to have people tied to spinning wheels of fire for all eternity then clearly being burned alive was something they thought of as reasonable punishment.

      I think the thing about Tartarus that is most different from the Christian Hell is that it isn't all one thing. The Greek idea, as I understand it, was to have the punishment fit the crime (in some slight twisted and gruesome way) on an individual basis.This makes it quite a varied assortment of tortures. Like I said earlier, not a nice or even neutral place at all: Tartarus was a place of punishment.

      Voice of Olympus

    6. Dennis Werfl
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      @Quickworthy, uh I recognise 2 of those, sissyphus (pobably written horribly wrong) and prometheus... wait, I thought it was an eagle and not a vulture. And I agree Hades is considered to be a inspiration of christian hell for a reason :P after all the bible was written in greek. And the jews don't have a place like hell.

      On the models... wow I love minos, love it, love it. I guess he will seem a bit out of place but man he is awesome.

    7. Quirkworthy
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      @Teowulff - I think Hades was a more complex place than you give it credit for. Certainly, it seems like the souls in Tartarus were not having much fun. Perhaps our art here is a bit fire and brimstone, but I don't think you can reasonably claim that parts of the Greek Underworld were not places of torment.

      For example, some individuals who were condemned to tartarus were...

      ...starving, but food and water was perpetually just out of reach.
      ...given an impossible task and had to watch it fail over and over again.
      ...attacked by vultures who ate their liver (which grew back every night).
      ...strapped to a spinning wheel of fire.

      As always, there's no requirement to take this add-on. Just not so sure it's as far adrift as you think.

      Voice of Olympus

    8. Paireon, lumberjack of Brimstone
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      Well, the Greek Underworld may not have been a place of eternal torment like the Abrahamic Hell (except for Tartarus), but it most definitely wasn't a nice place by any stretch of the imagination either, unless you were heroic enough in life to earn your place in the Elysian Fields. There's a reason Cerberus guarded more against attempts to get out than attempts to get in.

    9. Ben Clapperton on

      Strictly speaking Hell wasn't a place at all in Greek myth. You had Hades and Tartarus. The King James Bible glosses those and Sheol as Hell.

    10. Teowulff
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      @Wayne Andersson: agreed.

      In Greece, hell wasn't a place if demons and torment, it was just the place where the common people went to when they died.

    11. Thuillier Loic on

      What a nice addon !
      Figurines are really on thematic, awesome, new gameplay, and for a little price !

      Plus, we have an history in this post. teaching more about Greek Mythos.

      thx

    12. W.A. on

      I also am not that big a fan of the more christian hell estetic i whould like the game to feel more greek and classic not like dark souls i have already pladged for that i realy think this game should keep the classic estetic they have for the majority of there figures, and skip makeing more of the christian hell demon like things.

    13. Ben Clapperton on

      @Seb_Super

      Because we have a long tradition of Latinising Greek names before then Anglicising them. Even when we use the Greek spelling, we don't use the Greek pronunciation, as with Minos. I couldn't do an aspirated rho with Rhadamanthus even if I wanted to.

    14. Quirkworthy
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      @Teowulff - Horror? No, these judges are just misunderstood. They can't help being dead...

      :)

      Voice of Olympus

    15. Teowulff
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      Hmm .. not really my taste, I already pledged for enough horror games ..

      Hopefully the next add-on contains some more humans, also a bit more female characters/heroes ..

    16. Teowulff
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      Hmm .. not really my taste, I already pledged for enough horror games ..

      Hopefully the next add-on contains some more humans, also a bit more female characters/heroes ..

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      Seb_Super on

      so why he's named Aeacus then? :D

    18. Ben Clapperton on

      @Leif

      Rhadamanthus is an extract transliteration of the Greek. Aeacus is the only one with a Latinised name. He'd be Aiakos in Greek.

    19. Quirkworthy
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      Minos is a Monster, the other two are Heroes. This means you add them to an army individually.

      Voice of Olympus

    20. Daniel Thorsén on

      Nice add-on! Are the bases used in the picture the intended size? Especially for Minos, the base looks way too small and I'd rather avoid cutting off and placing the mini on a larger base.

    21. Leif Eriksson
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      A bit confused about the look of Minos. Also I think (but not sure) the other names are in Latin spelling. But nice addon anyway.

    22. Peter "araziel" Cruickshanks
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      Oh, also, instabuy, great minis!

    23. Peter "araziel" Cruickshanks
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      What jstenzel said. I hope the bars aren't preglued, or if they are, that they're easily removed.

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      coschemique on

      its not clear how to add it on my pledge !

    25. Robert Scott Small on

      So which is your favorite and how big of a sadistic ass does that make you?
      Mine is Rhadamanthus and my brothers is Aeacus.

    26. Ben Clapperton on

      It would be Rhadamanthys if you transliterated the upsilon as a y.

    27. jstenzel
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      I don't suppose we can get Minos with the chest bars as a separate piece from rest of the model? That cavity just begs to be painted as an awesome internal furnace full of glowing skulls, but it will be impossible to paint if the bars are in the way (basically, paint the inside and then attach the bars).

    28. Runeclaw on

      I like their special rules, should add a lot of nasty tactics to a battle.

    29. Red_Rogue on

      ok, this is nice not really greatm, but let's be honest I want to have everything. The good things is that this looks like thematic addition. So, I hope that other gods will also get there character units :)

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      Seb_Super on

      @Ariakas: for me theyare 3 separate (evil) heroes,nothing else.

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      Jon B on

      @Aaron: You simply modify your pledge amount by the value of the add-on, in this case $15. After the campaign, we'll likely have a Pledge Manager system in which you'll be asked what you planned to purchase with the extra money. Or you can wait until after the campaign and add your money then if you don't have the funds now or don't want to commit too early.

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      Seb_Super on

      @Aaron Binder: just add 15 dollars to your pledge.

    33. Aaron Binder on

      I don't see where to add it on

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      hattori_gonzo on

      Please add....A TITAN!!!!!

    35. ARIAKAS on

      As much as I dislike Minos, I like Radamanthus (shouldn't this be Radamanthis?)
      What's the deal with these three? I guess you have to take all three to the field, but are they troops? Monsters?

    36. Bill Redford on

      $15 seems very reasonable

    37. Olivier Stahl on

      Nice add-on, just a little confused about Minos art, but why not.

    38. Melhilion
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      Cool addon - definitly interested. Would you please think about an addon bundle for all the gameplay-relevant addons that will come? I think I am not the only completionist in here.

    39. Roland
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      snatched that one up...next please.