Let’s take a break from tracking shipments and talk about new game play. We have completed the core rules, scenarios and play testing for the Yau Demons. A picture paints a thousand words and we just love the look of these minis, so let’s start with a refresher on what these guys look like.
You can see these and more images back in Update 126:
If you don’t want us to spoil the surprise, stop reading now! We are going to talk about new game play. The Yau are the first Demons we will show you that play quite differently from the Bull Demons. If you start by thinking of them as evil spirits that haunt a location, you will begin to understand their operation.
Yau Demons do not Spawn at Gates by drawing Demon Spawn Cards (most of the time). Instead each Yau is placed at a specific location marked with a token and will come back to haunt that location even if it is Killed or Cleansed. When the Pilgrims defeat the Yau, they are only dismissed for a certain period of time.
They do have prioritized AI plans, but the plans are slightly different from the Bull Demons. Since Tripitaka cannot permanently banish them, they regard Tripitaka as a normal Target. Generally the plans make them attack the most targets they can and defend their Haunting Token.
Yau Demons do not chase the Pilgrims too far. They will not move off the Map Tile containing their Haunting Token.
There are many ways the Yau can be incorporated into your games. We have created 3 new Quests based solely on the Yau Demons. As another difference, we have designed these Quests to be played campaign style, so the Pilgrims make no changes between Quests. You keep the same Health, Skills, etc, so you need to be more careful. Making heroic but risky moves to end the early Quests can be disastrous!
You can add the Yau to any existing Quest, by adding Haunting Tokens anywhere on the Map. If you replace some existing starting Demons with Yau, the difficulty will be about the same and simply adding extra Yau will ramp things up.
Finally you can use the Yau as Mercenary Demons, recruited to the Bull Demon Horde. When spawn cards generate Demons, the Bull Demon King always pushes his Mercenary Demons through the gates first. So spawning 2 Berrok Warriors will actually spawn 2 Jing Yau, if there are any in reserve.
We hope this is enough to whet your appetite. We’ll be back with more info in roughly 2 weeks.