The Skeleton King Needs Your Help!
Today I'm bringing some exciting news that has a bit of an interesting backstory, and it's something we need your help on.
Some of the sharper eyed followers may have noticed something slightly amiss about the pictures of the core game contents, specifically in regards to how many units each faction has. Specifically, the intention was for the core box to contain 3 different troops (but 2 sets of each), 5 heroes, and 1 lord.
However, slipping past the notice of either Limbo or myself, an extra battalion of troops made their way straight into the centre. You'll notice them as they're also the only troops that don't have a corresponding second group.
You see, originally there was some talk of including them as an alternate set of sculpts for people to use, an idea that was eventually scrapped. As it turned out, these sneaky troops have found a way into the limelight, and as they were something that were announced as part of the core set, we decided to leave them there.
As the game designer, however, this posed a challenge. If the troops are extra troops for the humans, then they, for whatever reason, will have an extra character in the core set. However, if we make them simply alternate sculpts, then they seem really strange and out of place.
So in the end, we decided to make them characters on their own. Of course, as I said, this would mean the core set would be unbalanced.
Unless, of course, we also added a new character for the Dark faction:
I just want to emphasise that this character is now part of the core game. That is, EVERY CORE SET ordered will come with our little skeleton friend here. It's like you've just unlocked a stretch goal out of nowhere.
This makes the most sense to us, as we didn't want to take things away that had already been announced. At the same time, we needed to resolve a silly oversight that was made in positing the picture. Of course, this oversight means MORE minis for everyone, and MORE variety in the core game, which is a win for everyone, really.
Now, here's the thing. We're undecided on how we want to implement both our skeletal friend here, as well as change the troops for the Light side. That's where you all come in. I'm going to share what my current design thoughts are regarding them, and I'd love for you all to comment on this and share what you'd love to see.
1. We make them both Heroes, which is my preferred path. The main point of contention to this lies in the fact that the level of detail on each of the minis is not as deep. This would mean that the troop squad for the Light force would likely have some interesting rules regarding its three troop hero squad. I have some ideas I think would be interesting to try.
2. We make both of them Upgrades. This would mean that they are almost like "elite" versions of troops, and can be attached to a squad to boost its abilities and provide an extra character to activate for that squad.
3. We make one of them a Troop squad and the other a Hero. This causes some asymmetry in the forces of Light and Dark, but it's likely the most natural solution.
I'd love to hear from all of you and remember to post any comments or questions , and you have here. This idea gets me excited, and I hope you all share the feeling. You can help us bring them to life!
Until next time...