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miniature review Sensei Xu: 6 points of abilities for only 3 points in your build.

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Sensei Xu: click to enlarge
Sensei Xu

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This crew takes up no cargo space when revealed. When revealed, put a crew with point cost 2 or less from outside of the game onto this ship. Link: Grand Temple.

It is every captain’s honor to have Sensei Xu on his ship. Many have even given up their own quarters to make him comfortable. His longevity and wisdom are legend, and he seems to offer protection to any ship on which he sails.

  • Collector's Number: 029A
  • Faction Affiliation: Jade Rebellion
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 3
Sensei Xu
6 points of abilities for only 3 points in your build.

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General description:
Sensei Xu is the Jade Rebellion's version of "Cameron the Cabin Boy" but with the bonus of being linked to the ship Grand Temple.

Sensei Xu's value is particularly good on Grand Temple (explained further below).

Strategies and game play:
See combos.

Combos with other miniatures:
As stated earlier, Sensei Xu is basically just the Jade Rebellion's version of "Cameron The Cabin Boy" allowing you to bring a crew worth 2-points or less from outside the game. The "South China Seas" version of Zheng Li Kwan has the "Blackheart" ability (sacrifice a crew for an extra action) so Sensei Xu can "summon" a cheap crew member to sacrifice Zheng Li Kwan.

Sensei Xu is also linked to Grand Temple which is a huge bonus. Since his ability is also that he takes up no cargo, when he's on the Grand Temple he basically becomes a Chinese "Master Bianco" for nothing since the rules for linked crew add one cargo space to the ship and Xu's ability is that he takes up no cargo space. A great bonus!

Ways to counteract it:
Normal anti-crew tactics.

When on Grand Temple he's grants the abilities of two crew totalling 6 points for only 3.


Artwork and aesthetics:
It's great!

Overall rating:
I give Sensei Xu 8 out of 10 for his versatility.


Modified on September 16, 2010 05:55 am

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Subject: Interesting do the math   Posted: March 25, 2006 08:40 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

The review is thought provoking, but let's figure out how much all this Sensei, Zheng, GT stuff costs.

Grand Temple 20
Sensei 6
Zheng 5
2 oars 2

OK, so that puts us at 33 points with one crew slot left.

If you're gonna use Grand Temple as a treasure hauler (to take advantage of Zheng's other special ability), you put on an explorer for a 34 point hauler that can get 5 extra actions. That's a lotta points for one hauler.

If you want ot take advantage of all those 2 and 3 rank cannon, your 4th slot is a captain (since Zheng doesn't have move and shoot). That's a 36 point shooter with 4 extra actions (the 2 oarsmen, the guy Sensei brings in from the Twilight Zone and the Sensei himself). The GT would be an incredible shooter, but for fewer points you could build a potential 3 or 4 action ship in another faction.

I'd put this in the 'novelty' category, a bit too expensive for the 'go-to' combo box.
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Subject:    Posted: September 16, 2010 05:53 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Another one that's been dragged to the top...

The little bit of information here is interesting and useful, but where's the rest of the review?

Except for the one sentence about Kwan, everything listed under the "combos" section would have been better as the "general description", and then it should have been followed by an actual review that goes into detail for each section instead of repeatedly directing the reader to another section.

The ways to counteract, strengths, weaknesses, and artwork sections tell us nothing.

What could he be used for on ships other than Grand Temple?
What are some suggestions for additional crew to bring in?
What is he good for besides just feeding Kwan?
What are some of those "normal anti-crew tactics"?
What's so great about his artwork?
Why does the review say nothing about his versatility until the final sentence?
What makes him versatile? If all he does is feed Kwan and add a cargo space to the Grand Temple, that doesn't sound very versatile at all.
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