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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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A Most Unfortunate King

Posted by Monolith Board Games LLC (Creator)
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This Kickstarter Exclusive expansion contains one of the most unhappy characters in Greek myth, illustrated by one of our favourite pieces of art from all the many pieces we have had done for Mythic Battles: Pantheon.

 

Majestic, elegant, utterly doomed. Our kind of Hero. Artwork by Guillem H. Pongiluppi
Majestic, elegant, utterly doomed. Our kind of Hero. Artwork by Guillem H. Pongiluppi

This expansion contains just two miniatures: Oedipus and the Sphinx, but they are potent forces in the game. They both have unique playing styles, which add an interesting twist whether they’re being used in their dedicated campaign or in skirmish mode. Lots of replayability squeezed into these two.

That dedicated campaign I mentioned is a special 3-scenario mini-campaign, built around the conflict between these two characters: The Riddle of the Sphinx.

Of course, the pack also includes all the cards and dashboards you need to play these characters in the game.

All for $15.

Riddle of the Sphinx Campaign

The campaign is a re-telling of the Riddle of the Sphinx. At least, that’s one way of thinking about it. Being a riddle, it wouldn’t make sense to be entirely straightforward, and being a riddle it would be unfair of me to spoil the surprise by telling you all the details in advance.

What I can tell you is that the campaign is very much focussed on the confrontation between Oedipus and the Sphinx, but they aren’t the only models involved. It starts out personal and adds more units from the core box as things escalate.

Poor old Oedipus. Nothing is ever simple.

The Tragic Tale

The story of Oedipus is well-known. The young prince Oedipus was abandoned on a hillside as a baby - his parents fearful of a prophecy that he would kill them both. However, Oedipus did not die. He was rescued and raised by king Polybus and queen Merope.

Sculpted by Irek Zielinski
Sculpted by Irek Zielinski

 The Delphic oracle told the adult Oedipus that he would kill his father and marry his mother. To avoid this fate, Oedipus fled the palace of king Polybius and queen Merope, whom he believed to be his parents. Thinking he had safely removed himself from any possibility of fulfilling the prophecy, Oedipus fell into an argument with a stranger on the road, and killed him. Then, arriving at his real homeland, he discovered that the city was plagued by the Sphinx and that the king had recently been killed. He solved the riddle of the Sphinx, and won the hand of the queen.

Sculpted by Irek Zielinski
Sculpted by Irek Zielinski

 Of course, you will have guessed that the stranger was none other than his father, and the queen his mother.

Sculpted by Irek Zielinski
Sculpted by Irek Zielinski

 Years later, Oedipius discovered that he had killed his father, and when his mother discovered what had happened she hanged herself, thus completing the prophecy. In remorse for what he had unwittingly done, Oedipus blinded himself with pins from his mother’s dress.

Oedipus

In game, Oedipus is a strange Hero. He only costs 2RP, and adds 1 Art of War card to your deck. His fighting abilities are average, and only has 3 activation cards, so you probably would not take him to fight. In fact, why take him at all? Well, his importance lies in his unique powers.

The Answer is a power that reflects his ability to reason his way out of anything. Enemy models with a Strategy rating of zero can attack him as normal, but will do no damage unless they spend 2 Art of War cards to bypass his cunning. This makes him extremely survivable against the right opponents, which in turn makes him a great unit to collect omphalos with.

Oedipus’ experiences made him more than a little unbalanced. Repentance is a power that allows him to sacrifice a point of Vitality in order to count as having spent an Art of War card. A very useful ability, but when only has 5 Vitality, and he isn’t allowed to kill himself with it he has to think carefully about when to use it. Still, there are no other units that can provide this extra pool of Art of War cards for an emergency, and I expect him to be popular for exactly this reason.

Sphinx


The Sphinx is one of the rare flying creatures in Mythic Battles: Pantheon. With this ability, plus a move of 2, she can move about the board quickly to gather omphalos or pounce on her chosen prey.

Artwork by Guillem H. Pongiluppi
Artwork by Guillem H. Pongiluppi

 She is a powerful Monster, with 8 attack , 9 defence, and Block, but the Sphinx has a weakness. She exploits the ignorance of men and monsters in battle, and when pitted against a clever opponent she is much less effective. Whenever she is in combat, she reduces her attack and defence by her opponent’s Strategy value. Against dumb monsters this is no problem as their Strategy value is nil. Against masters of strategy like Odysseus she is in trouble.

Sculpted by Irek Zielinski
Sculpted by Irek Zielinski

 

Sculpted by Irek Zielinski
Sculpted by Irek Zielinski

 

Sculpted by Irek Zielinski
Sculpted by Irek Zielinski

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    1. Missing avatar

      Willem Verheij on

      I really like this little expansion. A little pricy I suppose since it's only two models and hell's judges costs the same, but I think the scenarios will be very interesting and I really like the abilities of these two additions. They allow for some fun strategies.

    2. Amarice on

      @Scion, stat clips are included.

    3. ScionOfFortune on

      Apologies if this has been asked before, but I cant see the question or answer if it has:

      Does the Oedipus and The Sphinx expansion come with stat clips? The text of the "main" graphic doesn't list them, however the pictures show them. I ask because in the stat clip update when they became available as an add-on, it said that if they're not listed, they're not included.

      Thanks,

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      thomas frith on

      @Dan Hughes get a life i bet your one of these people who say its sexist i tell you i have a friend ann who finds your comment disrespectfull, if you dount like it dount back it

    5. Bazz
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      Your most welcome :)

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      Kenny Rosenberg on

      Ah that makes a ton of sense. Thanks Bazz!

    7. Chris McGuire on

      I think the wording on the Riddle of the Sphinx power should be made more clear to indicate that the effect happens to the Sphinx itself and not the unit it is fighting.

    8. Dan Hughes on

      The depiction of nearly every single female model is preventing me from pledging for any of the add ons. I wonder if you are putting off more people than you are attracting with these porn-like poses and clothing.

    9. Bazz
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      Its not a dumb question Kenny :) The strategy rating is the amount of art of war cards a character brings to battle eg Oedipus brings one so has a strategy rating of one :) Hope this helps

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      Kenny Rosenberg on

      I'm sorry if this is a dumb question, but what is the Strategy rating? Where is it displayed on the dashboard?

    11. FILS DES LOUPS
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      both great !!!

    12. Jesús López Pérez on

      Fantastic artworks! But I don't like the way he is holding the spear it seems unnatural.
      Sphinx is an impressive sculpture but it has a strange pair of wings, the proximal part, is it flesh or are they feathers? I would like to see how the painter will solve that.

    13. Reju on

      Great minis, fond of the campaign thing.
      Keep up the god job, Mythic Game/Monolith ! and don't listen to the Tartuffes ^^

    14. W.A. on

      I love the look of Oedipus and i would love the look of the spinx if her breast looked more natural and less porn, i defently dont think i creature needs a top on! but what i have liked are the sculpts the lookes more classical greek and less dark fantasy/hellish/fansurvice i think you guys over there should focus on the clasical sculpts that will make this game stand head and shoulders above most other kickstarters....

    15. Gauthier D.
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      @Daniel Toone
      I think you're too used to Hollywood mythology. The "real" greek mythology is really not prudish.

    16. Enrique Aguilar on

      @Ernster, you're right, one might expect the same content/price across all the addons.

    17. Bazz
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      Have to say the art for Oedipus is stunning, the best ive seen in the game and his figure just amazing, really captures the dark story behind this tormented hero. Love it :)

    18. Ernster on

      @Enrique, makes sense in regard to the tile. unless it is a generic outside tile. I just don't like seeing items that have less items cost the same. I will say I am impressed with the miniature detail and quality that manufactures are coming up with. heck, GW charges $15 for 1 hero!

    19. Enrique Aguilar on

      @Ernster: as being KSE and looking awsome it is a must, but I suggested the map tile because the Sphynx happned to prowl outside Thebes and we have Olympus, Styx, Labyrinth & Tartarus map tiles plus the Volcano and the Hephaestus Forge add-on. I'm willing to pay more for the Sphynx addon if it has a thematic map tile; or if they release the map tiles as another addon.

    20. Clint Lee Werner
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      @Ernster That's the weird thing, I hear both from different sources. Some people complain the dragon is too big for the boards and others gripe that it is smaller than they expected. I just don't know what to believe any more.

      The funny thing is I didn't have any problem waiting all this time... until other folks started getting their boxes. Now I'm just on pins and needles waiting for that verdammte shipping notice!

    21. Ernster on

      @Clint, I loved the Dragon because it looked different. I did not get it as it was not exclusive and figured I would get it like the artist boxes. Sounds like he is tiny.

    22. Clint Lee Werner
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      @Ernster I'm really curious to see how the dragon is 'in the flesh' as it were. That was the one model I came closest to passing on. Ironic since it was the amazing quality of the reptiles in this one that made me get off the fence (and indeed I'm debating getting a second set for my daughter once the pledge manager comes around). I've heard iffy things about the dragon's scale but wildly at odds with some folks complaining it is too small and others saying it is too large to really use on the boards!

    23. Ernster on

      @Clint, I received my King pledge and agree with your friend. The scale is off on some items. The Skull pile is really bad. The skulls are too small. I got all exclusives and will get the artist boxes later as well.

    24. Clint Lee Werner
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      @Ernster Still waiting on Wave 1 here. I had an almost 'all-in', only skimped on the artist boxes since I figured I could get them at retail later. Early report from one of my friends who got it is that - except the lion - everything looks good and the detail on suspect models at least in the King Pledge come out once you give them some dark primer.

    25. Ernster on

      @Clint, I ALWAYS get KSE...ALWAYS!

      Im waiting for Wave 2 for my Conan book. I Love Adrian Smith so again...ALWAYS get! ;)

    26. Clint Lee Werner
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      And of course it is to be regretted that there aren't any rat monsters in Greek Mythology. We'll have to live vicariously via cannibal kings cursed with lycanthropy.

    27. Clint Lee Werner
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      @Ernster - That's always the thing. If it says KS exclusive, you have to really make sure you don't want it. I made that mistake with ZBP. Lord that was expensive to play catch up. And I've been regretting not plumping for the art book with Conan.

    28. Ernster on

      @Enrique, since it is exclusive I had to get it. It will be ridiculously priced on ebay and I would be kicking myself for not getting it!

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      Aaron Woodside
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      Yeah this is pretty awesome. The Oedipus model is seriously baller. Sphinx is pretty nice too.

    30. Ernster on

      @Clint, yup so I added it. No arguing with his most illustrious mystical presence Thanqoul!

    31. Bazz
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      I'm so in, these look great, Man I love these add ons :) more pleaseeeeeeee

    32. Enrique Aguilar on

      @Ernster: same feeling here .... if this add on would have a map tile or include little 3D scenery it'd be "better".

    33. Clint Lee Werner
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      @Ernster Even if the Sphinx isn't that much larger, she is certain to be a more complex model than the Judges. There's no way she's going to be a single piece casting.

    34. Ernster on

      I got it anyway due to it KSE.

    35. Ernster on

      @ Seb, still seems reaching.

    36. Cornelius, Wanderer of the Ringtail Fox on

      Excellent looking Oedipus and Sphinx. Thanks

    37. Clint Lee Werner
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      I don't know... giving the Sphinx this emaciated body makes her look much more menacing to me. She's clearly quite ready to prey on whoever stumbles across her. Since she's more a clever and crafty monster than a raw brute like the Minotaur, I think it is fitting that she shouldn't look like a hulking bruiser.

      Oh, and +1 for sticking to traditional representations of the Sphinx. She's a ravening monster, what would she care about modesty?

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      Seb_Super on

      @Ernster you forgot the scenarios.

    39. Ernster on

      $15 for 3 Hell Judges and $15 for this for 2 miniatures? Is the Sphinx larger?

    40. Sillec on

      Another optional buy again ... :(

    41. Quirkworthy
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      @Daniel Toone - the "topless fantasy chick" seen here is a mythical monster called the Sphinx. No period representation of her that I am aware of shows her wearing a top.

      Voice of Olympus

    42. kelly thomas
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      @ MB - The Sphinx reminds me, do we get to see any Harpies?

    43. kelly thomas
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      Both the Sphinx and Oedipus look great, I only wish Oedipus looked less Caesar-like, and that the lion body on the Sphinx was a little thicker. But I'll take them happily : )

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      cpmartinez on

      I'm sorry for the question, I must have missed sthg in the rule ... but what is the 'strategy rating' ?

    45. Asghan on

      Amazing job!!!

    46. Olivier Stahl on

      Oh my .... I'm un too !

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      Gary on

      Never wise to call anyone with wings and claws a 'gardening tool' unless you want dropping from a great height :)

    48. Weresheep of Sin AKA Stefan
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      Calling a Sphinx a "chick" and a "topless hoe" ... don't know where you usually hang out, but must be an interesting place.

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      Seb_Super on

      @Daniel Toone: you can't be serious.