New Scenario Unlocked and Oracle's Betrayal
We finally did it, everyone! We unlocked the last currently revealed social stretch goal! That means that every backer from the first and second campaigns will now receive a PDF of a new scenario featuring the Visages! Woohoo! Great job! =)
So what's next? Well… we're still working on that, actually. We have a few potential things in the pipeline, but we're just trying to figure out what would work best as the next stretch goals. (Apart, of course, from Profundum, which we are still moving ever closer to unlocking for every backer in the Deeper Terrors, Investigator and All-In pledge levels.)
We've also had a couple of really fun things happen over the last day. First of all, we had the first part of our Choose Your Own Terror story come out! You can find it at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/diemensiongames/deep-madness-second-printing/posts/2342489. Also, we are still open for submissions for the rules and abilities for Evil Jon! If you're interested in helping us create this card, be sure to go to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/diemensiongames/deep-madness-second-printing/posts/2341053!
BOARD GAME GEEK MOST ANTICIPATED
Another cool thing we've been made aware of is that we have been nominated for Most Anticipated Game of 2019 on Board Game Geek! Score! We'd sure appreciate your vote for this, so go to https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/248375/item/6539254#item6539254 and give Deep Madness a thumbs up! The top 50 nominations will be entered into the final vote for the top 20. Let's make sure Deep Madness is one of them! (They say that it's okay for us to bribe people, so we're currently working on what a suitable bribe might be. Can someone say the next social stretch goal? ;)
THE ORACLE'S BETRAYAL
But now we'd like to turn our attention to the other major expansion for Deep Madness: The Oracle's Betrayal. During Chapter Four of Deep Madness, the investigators run afoul of Dr. William West, and at the end he (SPOILERS!) fuses the investigators' consciousnesses with his own. And some kind of nasty things happen to them, leading to the investigators' confrontation with Madness Within. But the thing is, something else happens then that catapults some of the investigators - or at least a part of them - into a nightmare world from which there may be no means of escape. The fragments of their souls shatter, and they are stripped of everything that made them who they were. As a consequence they start this story not as investigators at all, but as Victims.
The New Investigators
Oracle features three new investigators: the morally-driven detective John Murdock; the morally depraved psychologist Dr. Clarence Branom; and the star of the whole #justiceforhannah movement, little Hannah herself. There's something different about these investigators, though. They all seem to have an intimate connection with Dr. West. Are they real people at all? Or are they… something else?
The horrific, bubbling nightmare world that the investigators find themselves in is populated by an array of new denizens and nasties. There are the Victims: lost, fractured souls who only want to survive - and who the investigators start out Chapter One as. There are the Collectors: monstrous diving-helmet-bedecked servants who exist for one reason - to harvest fragments of souls and return them to their abominable master. There are also the Dissected: creatures who might not always be as evil as their horrific appearance may at first hint at. And then, last of all, there is the devious deviant himself: the horrific mastermind Dr. William West.
The Oracle's Betrayal has several new mechanics tied in to some very unique scenarios. One new mechanism is the fusion deck. Fusion cards work by integrating two investigators together. Then, when the two investigators work together, they are able to accomplish feats they could never do apart, exhaust sanity for each other, resolve madness card instead for others, or a number of other very useful things.
It's not all happy togetherness in Oracle, though. Dr. William West's influence is constantly felt, and one way it manifests is through the William's will cards. These cards are arranged above the activation track, and each one will force the investigator below it to take a William's puppet card when a certain action is taken by that investigator. Which brings us to the William's puppet cards. Whenever a player gets one, it is placed face down beside his/her investigator card. Then, when the game instructs players to do it, all investigators flip their collected cards over at once. If one person has an image on the reverse side of Dr. William West, then that investigator is no longer an investigator: he/she has just become William's puppet. This investigator now becomes a slave to the game, and functions similarly to a thinking epic monster. The puppet's goal is now to kill the other investigators (and it burns through the search deck looking for a weapon every turn to do just that,) while the investigators will be unable to win the scenario unless they kill the puppet.
There are also the William's Trial cards. Only one of these are played each chapter, and these cards tell you what will happen if you collect too many of those pesky puppet cards. Here's a hint: it's never good.
Well that's been a look into The Oracle's Betrayal. We'll be back with more fun stuff before long, and don't forget I'll be on Kickstarter Live today at 2pm PST! I'd love to chat with you, answer your questions about Deep Madness, and also show you some fun stuff that I think you'll enjoy! Until then, though, have a great day and we will talk with you again soon!