COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION
EPISODE DURATION: May 24th - May 31st 2013
With his superior missing in action and presumed dead, Starscream has stolen the Exponential Generator from Doctor Arkeville, and plans to use it to destroy the Earth and harness the energy to restore Cybertron! With the help of Ironhide, Sideswipe and Red Alert, you must seek and attack Starscream and his minions, before time runs out and the Earth is destroyed!
Assemble the strongest Autobot deck you can! Scan all sectors to uncover Starscream's Minions. Battle them to weaken them. Ask your friends for help. Time is running out.
WHO MAY ENTER
Anyone is free to enter after reaching level 5.
When the Episode ends, players are ranked according to the amount of Episode Points they've accumulated, with high-ranking players receiving powerful limited edition TRANSFORMERS Legends cards!
PARTICIPATING IN THE EPISODE
For this Episode, an Autobot Character card paired with a Autobot Weapon card will get a Faction Affinity Bonus when facing Starscream's Minions! Make an entire deck of Autobots for an even greater bonus!
- Find one of Starscream's Minions when scanning any area.
- Battle the Boss!
- If the enemy is too strong, work together with your allies to defeat the enemy!
- Earn special rewards with Episode Points. Everyone who participates receives rewards!
FINDING STARSCREAM AND HIS MINIONS
After starting the Episode, you can find Starscream's Minions through exploration. The Bosses can be found in both Decepticon and Autobot missions, but an Autobot Character card paired with an Autobot Weapon card will receive a Faction Affinity Bonus while facing Starscream's Minions.
BATTLING THE BOSS
After finding a Boss, tap ACCEPT to engage in combat. The amount of time available for the battle depends on which Episode Boss you face. Battling a Boss consumes Battle Cubes.
You may battle a Boss as many times as you like within the given time limit. If the Boss’ health drops to 0 before time expires, the battle is won.
BOSS BATTLE STRATEGY
Assemble a deck with 9 Units. They can be Decepticon or Autobot, but only Autobot Character cards paired with Autobot Weapon cards will receive the Faction Affinity Bonus when facing Starscream and his minions.
- A Unit's position in your deck determines the bonus applied to its stats. The front row receives a 3x bonus to both HP and Attack during battle, while rows 2 and 3 receive a 2x bonus.
- Unit’s HP: (TRANSFORMERS Character Card HP stat x Weapon Card HP %) x Position Multiplier.
Event Bonus Character Cards
- Boss Episodes include special TRANSFORMERS Character cards with Attack Power that is increased by an additional factor of 3 or 5 times for the duration of the Episode.
- Unit’s Attack Power: (TRANSFORMERS Character Card Attack stat x Weapon Card Attack %) x Position Multiplier.
- Each Autobot Character card paired with a Autobot Weapon card in your deck will have its Attack Power increased by a 5% Faction Affinity Bonus.
- If all of your front row TRANSFORMERS Character cards are Autobots equipped with Autobot weapons, then the Faction Affinity Bonus will rise to 10%.
- If all TRANSFORMERS Character cards in your deck are Autobots equipped with Autobot weapons, then every card in your deck will have its Attack Power increased by 20%!
WORK TOGETHER TO DEFEAT THE BOSS!
If a Boss still has HP after a battle, you can ask your allies for help.
REWARDS FOR ALL
If the Boss is defeated within the time limit, everyone who participated in the battle receives Episode Medals. Additional rewards, such as more Episode Medals, Battle Cube Recharges, and bonus Episode Points, are granted to players who accomplish the following goals:
- First Blood: The first player to discover and attack a Boss.
- MVP: The player who deals the most damage will gain bonus Episode Points.
- Finisher: The player to deal the finishing blow to a Boss.
- Rewards for Joining: Everyone who participates in a Boss battle receives rewards.
- Friendship Bonuses: Defeat a Boss with enough players and everyone will earn extra rewards!
- Rewards for Joining: Everyone who participates in a Boss battle.
- Rewards are only earned if the Boss is defeated within the time limit.
EARNING EPISODE POINT BONUSES
You also earn Episode Points in addition to rewards for defeating a Boss.
Receive rewards for achieving certain Episode Point levels.
Rankings are determined by the amount of Episode Points accumulated at the end of the episode.
High-ranking players receive limited edition Rare and Super Rare TRANSFORMERS Character and Weapon cards.
The terms of the Episode are subject to change without notice.
Medals obtained during the Episode will be automatically converted to normal Silver and Gold Warrior and Weapon medals within 24 hours of the end of the Episode.
Any items obtained through bugs or exploits will be confiscated.
Episode Ranking Rewards will be granted within 24 hours of the end of the Episode.
Name: Nemesis Heffer
Allegiance: Shattered Moo-niverse
Function: Evil Counterpart
Quote: Tarnation! This is some Ruff Stuff right here!"
When Dairycon shattered into the Moo-niverse, this doppleganger of evil crossed over. Different from HEFFER in nearly every possible way, he has been sent by the Dark Master to gather artifacts of incredible power and destroy the Dairycons in the process.
Incredibly smart, talkative, and powered by the Dark Energies, NEMESIS HEFFER utilizes Heff-mounted weapons to deliver a powerful attack. With (Secret) and (Secret), commands a drone army of thousands. Uses the dark energy to corrupt others to his master's cause. Unlike other ground-based altmode Dairycons, Nemesis Heffer has the ability to fly.
Cannot spend much time in the Dairycon Classicverse without succumbing to the Light. Would be rendered powerless if HEFFER can gather the artifacts and defeat him in-time. His attempt to disguise himself as a popular Micromaster will likely backfire.
Function: Military Intelligence
Quote: "I am NOT an oxymoron!"
Hero. Villian. Savior. These and more apply. His history as a high-ranking member of the cybertronian military is obscured, as is his time as a mercenary. Little is known about his past beyond his time with the Dairycons, serving as a friend to Bunny Convoy (and more recently his heroic sacrifice to defeat the world-devourer.) Brought back to life by Hi-Q for reasons yet unknown, Washout will do his best to fight the good fight - at least, until bar time.
Washout is a formidable weapon, both in body and mind. Belives a mission's success lies in its planning. Transforms into an armored tank. Can fire photon missles with pinpoint accuracy. Remembers battles long past and crafts future strategy accordingly. A relentless fighter. Few can withstand the onslaught.
Getting sloshed on a semi-regular basis is Washout's only true weakness. If he can lay off the energon, he can usually focus on the task at hand. on the task at hand. Recurring processor glitch sometimes robs him of his short-term memory.
Function: High Protector
Quote: "Why do they keep killing me off?"
Boundless pride, ego and ambition describe ReCyKill. Once content with obscurity, his constant reincarnation in other series have sparked his desire to return to power. Although he seems to be quite at home in the role of a brutal, ambitious warlord and would be world-conqueror, the moment he gets started with his diabolical plans, something catastrophic happens (Scoot steals his power suit, the entire universe is in peril, causing a team-up with his foes, or worse, someone kills him with his own weapon.) His recent stop in the Dairycon Universe has only worsened his situation.
As a main character in a once-popular series, ReCyKill has the ability to come back. Thwart his plans for world domination and he'll come back with a new plan the next day. Toss him in a smelting pool and he'll come back in another series, sporting his signature color scheme. Able to survive an almost cartoon-quality amount of damage and humiliation.
See Strengths. And Profile.
Allegiance: Evil Dairycon
Name: Combat Hero
Quote: "The jail you planned for me is the one you're going to rot in."
A former high-ranking officer in the Cybertonian Forces. COMBAT HERO made his way up thru the rank and file. Believes in lasting peace thru the use of tyranny. An incident of rebellion against high command led to his discharge and imprisonment. With the aid of ReCyKill, COMBAT HERO escaped the Big Max prison and is currently at-large.
COMBAT HERO is a formidable weapon, both in body and mind. Belives a mission's success lies in its planning. Transforms into an armored tank. Can fire photon missles with pinpoint accuracy. Controls a number of earth-based clones of himself. Remembers battles long past and crafts future strategy accordingly. A relentless fighter.
Chafed under high commands' rule. Notoriously short-temper; incompetent underlings really grind his gears. As a result, his plans to lead a Dairycon uprising will likely fail.
Allegiance: Cheesehead Garrison
Name: PewtaR-2D2 ('pewtartoo')
Function:Royal Astromech Sewing Droid
Quote: "Beep. Seriously? That's how I talk? Beep?"
A Royal Sewing Astromech in the Queens service. Responsible for hemming and adjusting of various complicated dresses. One of the earliest models in the series; has served faithfully the Royal Family of Naboo for many years. Along with his faithful counterpart, Sew-3P0, was instrumental in getting the Queen's gown ready for the Royal ball.
Sewing skills are required for much of PUR2's work, but design, fabrication and even metal casting can come into play. Known best for dressmaking, gown design, handbag making and mending of zippers. PU-R2 can also work with highly specialized garments, such as bulletproof vests.
Sometimes his bobbin jams, rendering him inert for hours.
PAGE 1- Thundercracker is with a group of Decepticons who appear to be looking for Metroplex. What was your motivation to tie this story into recent events involving Metroplex from TRANSFORMERS: AUTOCRACY and the MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE and ROBOTS IN DISGUISE Annuals?
JOHN BARBER: Well, as much as this story is a nice, self-contained war-era Thundercracker story, it also plays into the bigger picture of what’s happening in the ongoing ROBOTS IN DISGUISE and MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE stories. It was important to writer James Roberts (who’s writing three of the other SPOTLIGHT comics) and I—and Nick Roche, when he wrote SPOTLIGHT: MEGATRON—that these stories have an impact on the continuing Transformers comics—and to each other.
This story in particular continues a thread that James started in the SPOTLIGHT: ORION PAX comic last month–that Thundercracker and a few other Decepticons on Metroplex’s tail. Except now they’ve had it confirmed that Metroplex is real. You don’t have to have read that other SPOTLIGHT—I mean, you should, it’s a good comic—but you don’t have to read it. There are just some threads that will weave in and out of all of the spotlights. This page, in particular, was also an opportunity to sort of line up some of the things we’d learned about Metroplex and the other Titans, from various comics. Clarify everything, to some degree, and make sure everybody sees how it coheres.
Also, it was cool to get to see Chee draw these guys crawling around, looking for stuff. Chee and I worked together on an issue of TRANSFORMERS: SECTOR SEVEN a few years ago, and it was great to work with him again. He’s a master of clear storytelling, and I love the visual quality he brings to the ’bots. They’re not shiny and smooth—they’re kinda scraped-up and lived-in.
PAGE 2- Thundercracker and the Decepticons continue their search for Metroplex. How’d you find the challenge of writing Thundercracker, a Decepticon who necessarily doesn’t want to be one?
JOHN BARBER: I think that reluctance is a defining characteristic of him, yet we know he goes on to remain a loyal Decepticon for millions of years after the end of this issue. What I wanted to show here was a key moment of decision for him—when the doubts start creeping in about the Decepticon methods, if not the ultimate goals. He tries to tell himself the mission is more important than his own morality, but I think it’s eating at him a little. It’ll eat at him more as the story goes on.
We see him looking at Autobots and Decepticons as individuals throughout the story—like, he bristles a little at his commanding officer, and during the story he gains a grudging respect for at least one Autobot. I think that’s the key to him—he sees the two sides as made up of individuals, some good and some bad, and over the centuries that wears away his allegiance to a symbol or a movement.
PAGE 3- Back story on Metroplex and the Metrotitans, along with a link to SPOTLIGHT: ORION PAX. How much trading/give or take did you have to do with James Roberts (SPOTLIGHT: ORION PAX writer) to tie your story’s together and potentially have then read as a single narrative?
JOHN BARBER: That was the plan from the beginning. He used a couple characters in ORION PAX that I thought would be good to use here, picking up on their lives after some time had passed. And there were a couple characters that had shown up here, that wound up in Orion Pax. It was a pretty natural collaboration. We were each building forward and back from ideas we each had.
PAGE 4- More backstory on Metroplex and what happened to him after AUTOCRACY. With all of this new information we are getting on the Titans, is there still plenty more to tell with these giant race of Cybertronians?
JOHN BARBER: Yeah—definitely more to come with the Titans. As you may guess, something big is on the horizon with them… They’re huge and dangerous and mysterious and lots of people seem interested in them. So, yeah, there’s definitely more to tell, and more to be revealed about what’s happened in the past.
PAGE 5- Thundercracker heads back to his home base. We haven’t seen him appear in either of the ongoing comic book series, since the “Chaos” storyline in 2011. Any chance he could reappear, and will his choices in this issue have lasting consequences?
JOHN BARBER: Thundercracker didn’t return to Cybertron with most of the other Cybertronians—and this is something we’ll see a little of in SPOTLIGHT: BUMBLEBEE in March. So what he’s been doing, how he’s been keeping busy… all of that hasn’t been revealed yet. I say “yet,” so, yeah, I think his story is far from over.
I will hint that there’s a character in SPOTLIGHT: THUNDERCRACKER who isn’t Thundercracker (or an obvious pick like Bumblebee or Metroplex or Bludgeon) who’s going to play a pretty big role in the Transformers comics in the next year or so…
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HASBRO SINGAPORE AND RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA SINGAPORE TO HOST
FIRST EVER TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON CON IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
Hasbro to ‘Roll Out’ programmes to engage TRANSFORMERS fans of all ages
Singapore, 1 February 2012 – TRANSFORMERS mania is expected to hit a new high in Singapore and the region, with renowned branded play company, Hasbro (Singapore), and Singapore’s first integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa (‘RWS’), jointly announcing that the RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA SINGAPORE TRANSFORMERS CYBERTRON CON 2012 (‘Cybertron Con’) will be coming to Singapore this year, a first for Southeast Asia.
Held at the Resorts World Convention Centre from 11 to 14 March 2012, TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con will be a TRANSFORMERS brand extravaganza for fans, with different exhibits and activities that promise to bring smiles from the neophytes to even the most avid TRANSFORMERS collectors and hobbyists.
Appearing at the convention will be Mr. Hideaki Yoke, who has built up a substantial fan following in his role as the lead designer of TRANSFORMERS figures in Takara Tomy.
“Following the TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con’s successful inaugural convention in Shanghai in 2010, Hasbro Singapore is thrilled to share the hugely popular TRANSFORMERS brand with fans in Singapore and around the region. With the recent launch of TRANSFORMERS The Ride, and TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon becoming the fourth highest grossing movie of all time at the global box office, it is a fantastic opportunity to bring this tremendous TRANSFORMERS event to Resorts World Sentosa, a destination resort that is very popular with tourists from the region” said Mr. Harland Chun, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Asia Pacific, Hasbro Singapore.
“The TRANSFORMERS brand continues to be a pop culture phenomenon with millions of fans all over the world. As such, we’re excited to welcome tens of thousands of fans to this unprecedented convention to celebrate the stories, characters, art, action figures and entertainment surrounding the popular property. TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con is about celebrating the love of the TRANSFORMERS brand with lifelong fans and new fans alike,” he added.
Together, RWS and Hasbro (Singapore) will help bring the global TRANSFORMERS phenomenon to fans in the region, and inject vibrancy into the tourism sector as the integrated resort continues to bring in world-class attractions and events.
Said Mr. Dennis Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Attractions, Resorts World Sentosa: “We have had a tremendous run since the launch of TRANSFORMERS The Ride at Universal Studios Singapore. Bringing TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con to Resorts World Sentosa is a natural step to take, considering the strong following of this global TRANSFORMERS phenomenon in Asia. We believe that the combination of the convention and the ride will complete the experience for any TRANSFORMERS fan.”
Paying tribute to the popular entertainment brand that has taken the world by storm through its animated TV series, comic book and movie franchise, the convention will feature an extensive display of TRANSFORMERS toys; cartoon animation and video games! The event will also highlight previously unreleased artwork, as well as workshops for aspiring designers.
To showcase the history of the brand, Hasbro will present an extensive collection of historical TRANSFORMERS items from throughout the brand’s 27 year history via a visually stunning exhibit. The exhibit will take fans through the chronological progression of the TRANSFORMERS brand, beginning with the classic ‘Generation 1’ era. As fans proceed through, they will be able to view extensive artwork and information about characters and stories from different eras of the brand from ‘Beast Wars’ to the most recent entertainment blockbuster movie and current ‘Transformers Prime’ animated series produced by Hasbro Studios.
Other than the historical retrospective, TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con will feature a wide variety of displays, interactive experiences and special events. TRANSFORMERS brand leaders and designers will also be in attendance to meet with fans and attend special events and panel discussions.
Other special events and exhibits will include:
Panel Sessions with special guest, Mr. Hideaki Yoke and TRANSFORMERS brand experts from Hasbro;
A 22-foot tall OPTIMUS PRIME character statue, one of the largest TRANSFORMERS statues ever;
TRANSFORMERS drawing classes by top Hasbro artists (at select times);
Three-dimensional action figure dioramas capturing scenes from popular TRANSFORMERS entertainment including the blockbuster movies;
National ‘Fastest Fingers First’ Challenge, testing convention goers’ skills at converting TRANSFORMERS action figures from “robot” to “vehicle” modes.
Convention-goers can also expect to receive limited edition 2012 TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con souvenirs while supplies last, and see premium TRANSFORMERS collectibles. Hasbro will also display the latest line of TRANSFORMERS toys and products which will be available for purchase during the convention.
Tickets for the convention are priced at $12 for a Day Pass and $68 for a four-day VIP Pass. To complete the TRANSFORMERS experience, a special 3D2N TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con The Epic Battle Package – comprising hotel accommodation, a pair of one-day passes to Universal Studios Singapore, admission to the TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con 2012, and the Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium (MEMA) – has also been rolled out. Guests making reservations before 1 March 2012 will enjoy S$100 off the regular price of S$988. The Battle Pass, consisting tickets to Universal Studios Singapore and Cybertron Con, are also available at $77 (Adult), $62 (Child) and $48 (Senior Citizen).
Fans who wish to attend 2012 TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con are encouraged to reserve their packages and tickets fast through the Resorts World Sentosa website at http://www.rwsentosa.com, ticketing booths located at Universal Studios Singapore, RWS Ticketing and Membership Hub and MEMA, via reservation hotline +65 6577 8888, or through authorised travel agents now. Ticket sales begin from 3rd February 2012.
More information will be released closer to date. In the meantime, for more on 2012 TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con, please visit http://www.cybertroncon.com. Fans can also receive updates and take part in contests to receive exclusive prizes by joining the 2012 TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/transformerssingapore.
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