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A fully cooperative fantasy game where 2-6 players of any skill level work together to battle massive enemies.
A fully cooperative fantasy game where 2-6 players of any skill level work together to battle massive enemies.
A fully cooperative fantasy game where 2-6 players of any skill level work together to battle massive enemies.
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Quick Update on Wrathborne Champions

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Hey Team

I wanted to take a moment to give you a quick update on Wrathborne Champions. Things are steaming right along for the team with our contract artists hard at work, getting things ready for production.  We have two major updates to share regarding their progress in this update.

Minion Art Upgrades

As I eluded to in the last update, we were in talks with our artist Ruk to give some minor updates to all of our Minions of Wrath to give the miniboards small artistic differences between the low and high level sides. I'm pleased to announce that we worked out a deal and will be getting this minor tweaks done for the rest of our Minions of Wrath, just like we did for the Ember Dragon.

Just to be clear, we aren't talking about full art redesigns; we think the original pieces are exactly what we want for the game.  What we are working on is small tweaks to the art to make them reflect the mechanical differences between the two sides.

As a small example, the Fortified Brigands have a line of spearmen along the bottom, pestering the players while the archers focus fire. At higher levels, these spearmen suddenly gain DEFENSE, turning them from a relatively easy-to-dispatch annoyance to something that takes dedicated effort to over come. To reflect this change, Ruk has added helmets to each of the spearmen to show off their new defense value.

Now with Helmets!
Now with Helmets!

While it certainly isn't a profound alteration, I really enjoy how the small touch reflects the new mechanics in the enemy. The final product will have these small twists to each Minion of Wrath and we will continue doing this for all additional enemies we add to the game with expansions.

More Graphic Prototype Work

We also wanted to give a quick peak at the quality of the Weapon Cards in our next graphic upgrade update.  This is a first pass at one of our distinct Weapon Cards, now completely overhauled by Jovial Games and Graphics.

Draft Image - not final
Draft Image - not final

I love how heavy and "chunky" these new designs are.  We really want these cards to look weighty in your hands, and I think they are doing a great job of getting that feeling. 

There is a lot of iteration to do on this before we hit final, but I'm extremely pleased with the progress and hope you guys and gals are happy with the progress.

Personal Note

I'm profoundly sorry to end this update on a down-note, but I wanted to be straightforward with everyone about something we've been dealing with at Randover Games.

As many of you know, I'm a huge animal lover.  I started working with animals professionally when I was 16 at a pet store,and by the time I was 25 I was running a vet clinic.  When I was 20 I worked at a vet clinic where I adopted a pair of abandoned stray kittens who weren't even a month old yet. Over the last 16 years, these two kittens have grown into wonderful, loving cats that have been a permanent fixture in my and Pantic's life.

Shortly after the last update, one of these two became very sick and, after a bit of testing, we found out she had cancer. We spent the last month trying to treat her, but it developed very quickly and, in spite of her and our best efforts, became unrecoverable. We said good-bye to her at the end of last week.

I mention this because I wanted everyone to know why I haven't been quite as responsive lately.  Thankfully almost all of the heavy lifting right now is currently in the hands of our talented, professional artists, which gave me the freedom to focus on her as much as I did without impacting our timeline. I just wanted everyone to know.

The sisters. (don't be surprised if they turn into a card for Wrathbrone some day)
The sisters. (don't be surprised if they turn into a card for Wrathbrone some day)

I wish all of you the very best and hope you are doing well. If you are an animal lover who has pets of your own, I would encourage you to give them some extra love tonight.

Thanks

Ben

Celestial Final, Graphic Updates, Survey's Incoming, and More!

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Hey Team!

I hope everyone is doing wonderfully out there!  I have a ton of amazing news for Wrathborne Champions that I'm extremely excited to share with everyone!

The Fallen Celestial

First off, I am profoundly happy to announce that Ruk has completed the Fallen Celestial! Check her out!

Now in widescreen!
Now in widescreen!

As you can see, she is no longer a square piece of art, but instead a 16:9 ratio full piece! We were so impressed with everyone's interest in her that we decided she should be the dimension of a desktop background (the art that is, the miniboard will still be square)

I hope you guys and gals like the way she turned out.  I may be biased, but I personally think she is amazing and she is certainly one of my favorite pieces of art in the entire game.

What do you think?

Digital Upgrades

Since we took the time to make the Fallen Celestial a full desktop piece, we have decided to give all of our backers a special digital thank you. In addition to the game files, when we send out the Production Print and Play files (to all Scholar level backers and higher) we will be including three computer backgrounds: the Hydra, the Ember Dragon, and the Fallen Angel. 

Two of these were planned to be social stretch goal rewards, but if I'm being honest, I already took the time to make them and (since there isn't any production cost) I really want all of our backers to have them. It seems silly not to share with everyone since the extra work to get the Celestial ready is extremely minimal while we wait for graphic design work to be done.

I'm not sure if they will be 1080 or 4k, but look for those three files when the Print and Play is ready! 

Graphic Progress

Speaking of the graphic upgrades, Scott from Jovial Graphics and Games is hard at work getting all the new card templates done and I figured you all might like to get a look at some of his work!

WORK IN PROGRESS - Miniboard
WORK IN PROGRESS - Miniboard

 

WORK IN PROGRESS - Class, Icons, Battle Deck
WORK IN PROGRESS - Class, Icons, Battle Deck

Please keep in mind, none of this is final, however I have wanted to share for a while and figured everyone might be curious! All of the icons seen on the Kickstarter Campaign and the Prototype Print and Play were sourced from www.Game-icons.net (which is an amazing resource for indie developers, by the way), and while they were great, seeing these amazing new hand-crafted icons for Wrathborne Champions is really incredible.

Man, I love seeing new work from talented artists (something I've NEVER had, myself).

Art Upgrades

This is NOT a promise, but I really want to share since we've been radio silent for so long.  Because of how much time the graphic overhaul requires, I've started talks with Ruk to give the game another extra bit of polish.

If you've looked at the Ember Dragon, you've seen that the art on the two sides are different, with one's mouth glowing like it's about to breathe fire and the other one not.

FIRE!
FIRE!

It's a small flourish, but I thought it added something to the overall presentation.  Anyways, since we have the time, I am hoping we will be able to do a small artistic tweak to all of the Minions to help make them special from one side to the other.

Once again, we're still in the "talking" phase and I'm not sure if he (and we) will have time, but I'm going to see what we can do, even if it's something small.

Survey Time!

Last, but certainly not least, we are ready to send surveys out to everyone!

Please keep an eye out for an email from Backerkit tomorrow with all of the required survey information!

This will be the first step towards us knowing exactly how many of each item we need to order, so please fill that out as soon as it is convenient. In addition to the shipping information, we have all of our Randover Games and Wrathborne Champions add-ons available, so if you missed out during the campaign, you can grab them now!

Alright, I know this is a beast of an update, but I'm glad you made it all the way through! As we near "art complete" for the production assets, I plan to call out a "Two week notice" on testing, so keep an eye out for that in a future update.  When I call this out it will give two final weekends for any tweaks or testing input before we lock everything down for printing.

I hope you're all doing wonderfully and I wish you and yours the very best as we move through spring!

Game On!

Ben

New Celestial Art and More Minions in your Print and Play!

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Hey Team

I'm beyond excited to share the latest piece of art: the first color pass for the Fallen Celestial!

Now with two shields!
Now with two shields!

I personally love the colors we are seeing with this terrifying enemy.  It has always been my hope that we offer a lot of color contrast between our different Minions of Wrath.  I want each of them to feel unique and special, and I really believe that Ruk has a handle on that vision; each of these is colored with a unique touch that makes them stand out brilliantly (at least, in my opinion). 

Also, you might have noticed that she has been given a second shield. After seeing how she was laid out, we decided that the "Sword Hilt" sector wasn't positioned correctly, while the extra hand was perfectly on display.  Considering how nicely the first buckler fit, a second buckler worked perfectly in that space. Now she has a better visual balance and the two shields really fit the EXTREMELY tanky nature of the boss.

I didn't expect this would be the result when I sent it out, but I honestly think this is perfect now; this is that wonderful part of the collaborative process that I mentioned in previous updates.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

More Minions Available Now!

Along side the the first color pass of the Fallen Celestial, I am beyond happy to announce that we have the final three Minions of Wrath available for the backer Print and Play!

Harpies, Undead, and Celestial... oh my!
Harpies, Undead, and Celestial... oh my!

If you follow the second link that I emailed out you will be able to see these new files in the same folder as the rest of the Prototype Print and Play files.  Be sure to also grab the "MoW Encounter Sheet Add On" for the 6 new encounter cards for these three so you can get the full feeling of them.

One fair bit of warning, the balance on these three still needs a bit of tweaking to get as polished as the other seven, so I may have minor updates to them over the next week.  This is actually something you could do a great deal to help us with. If you play with any of these three new Minions of Wrath, please let us know how they feel

The Decaying Dead and Fallen Celestial both incorporate the new "Permanent State" effect alluded to in the Beta Manual and their heavy focus on using States means they are much harder to balance on pure math.  Don't be surprised if they are extremely tough, even to the point of being insultingly difficult; some of our testers have had quite a time with these two in particular.

Finally, I'm still plugging away at the 3.7 rule update and truly hope to have that soon, along with a sneak peak at the new Minion of Wrath Miniboard overlay from our graphic designer! Keep an eye out.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, and Game On!

Ben

Fallen Celestial First Look, Aggiecon, and Rule Update!

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Hey Team!

I'm super happy to share some news with you: we have received our first sketch for the Fallen Celestial!

Check her out!

Now this is a boss!
Now this is a boss!

I love seeing new sketches from Ruk; they are always so detailed and unexpected!  He has a great eye for getting what we need where we need it while still capturing a particular motion to it all.  Sorry if I feel like I'm fawning over it a bit, but it always feels a bit like Christmas when we get a new piece of art and I wanted to share.

We are making a few minor adjustments to the art from this point forward for mechanic and thematic reasons and we are making a few minor adjustments to the Fallen Celestial mechanics to match the art!  This is the fun part of marrying the image to the game that I've learned to enjoy during the process of making Wrathborne Champions.

When we get our next update to this piece (which is the base color step) it should be ready for testing!

Aggiecon 48

Starting tomorrow, we will be demoing Wrathborne Champions (along with our other games) at Aggiecon 48 in Bryan, Texas.  If you are in the area, we would love for you to stop by and say hello! We will be right up front near the entrance (or so I am told).

Rule Update

In a recent comment on the project page, one of our backers pointed out some issues with the challenge level of moving from one Minion battle to the next, which reminded me of another update coming in Beta Rules 3.7 (thanks John!).

Here is a quick run down from my comment reply regarding a new "between Minions" step.  We have been testing this for some time internally, and we wanted to add it here for all of you to try out with your Print and Plays!

Between Minions of Wrath there is a "Prepare or Heal" step. Once the Minion is defeated, as the next Minion is being set up, players draw up to 5 cards. They may then discard as many cards as they want and HEAL 1 for each card discarded. After this, they draw up to a max hand size and start the next Minion.

This allows all players to get up to a 20% heal to prepare for the next fight (up to 5 cards out of a 25 card deck, though this percentage does go down slightly as cards are added to the deck). However, if they get extremely powerful card in their hands (stuns, good attack, defense, etc) they can choose to keep those cards in hand instead of discarding all 5. This means the more prepared they are (keeping good cards) the less they heal, but if they want to, they can heal more and cycle the deck faster with the hope of getting a good card anyways (or drawing into the Fabled card they just acquired).

I think this is a fair approach to mitigating some of that Minion-to-Minion difficulty that has played out very nicely in our testing.  Let me know what you think!

Finally, I am sorry for the delay on getting the Celestial testing card to you (along with 3.7, and the other Minions), but things have been profoundly busy and getting it all ready is taking longer than I hoped.  That said, I do promise to keep you all in the loop about the timings on these with updates just as soon as I have them (and hopefully more assets for you to try out as soon as downtime allows)!

I wish all of you the very best!

Game On!

Ben

The Fallen Celestial is Joining the Game!

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Hey Team!

It has been decided, The Fallen Celestial is joining the base game of Wrathborne Champions!

We have a Winner!
We have a Winner!

Thank you so much for helping us pick the next Minion of Wrath! If you were hoping for the Dark Ritual (or the Black Knight or any of the other options) don't worry, you will see them soon! We will be starting on our first official expansion just as soon as the base game is off to the printer, with these will be at the top of the list.

Next Step

Now that we have selected the final Minion for the base game, we are going to send the template off to Ruk so he can get started on the final illustration. Additionally, we are shifting our internal testing efforts into balancing the Fallen Celestial double time; this is something you can help us with!

Early next week we will be adding the final three Minions of Wrath to the Prototype Print and Play folder so you guys and gals can start playing with them. At this same time (or shortly after) the 3.7 Beta Rule Set should be done and updated on the website for everyone.

As a sneak preview, here is an image of one of our recent templates for the Fallen Celestial.

RDG does not own this artwork.
RDG does not own this artwork.

Generally speaking, this is how all of our playable templates look before heading off to Ruk for illustrations. After I come up with an idea and mock it up in Photoshop, I search for images online that appear similar to what I'm looking for to help give a visual aid to Ruk and our play testers.

While the angel in this picture is a bit more on-the-nose than we will want for our "Fallen Celestial", she does a fair job of putting the right image assets in the right locations. I did a few changes from the original, such as dropping the sword down into a one-handed version of a long tail guard pose, in addition to adding a bit more clothing for the vestments.

It is quite remarkable seeing what Ruk can do in translating the layouts and art samples I provide into something far more evocative than I ever expect.  As a quick example, here is what I provided him for the Minotaur along side what he came up with.

I never said I was an artist...
I never said I was an artist...

As a quick personal note, I have family visiting this weekend, so if I'm a bit harder to reach than normal, that is why.  Additionally, this might put a delay on the next update since we have plans all weekend, but now that we have a direction to run, there is a lot of work to do to keep us busy in the free moments!

I hope you are all enjoying the Print and Play and I look forward to hearing all of your thoughts (in addition to sending the other three enemies your way.

Game On!

Ben