Spring is coming and with it the promise of the BattleLore expansions we first hinted at here, back in November 2006.
Here is what is looming over the horizon. Some of it will be expected, some may be less so. But read on…
1. In March, we will release our first expansion: Epic BattleLore
This expansion gives you the opportunity to conduct battles on a grand scale, by combining the back side of two game boards to form a single, unified, giant battlefield.
This supplement also gives you a chance to adventure in the company of friends (up to 3 to a side), making it the format of choice to introduce new players to the game.
As a result of this – and of a unique new twist that involves a rather ingenious new use for a couple of your cardholders – we quickly expect Epic BattleLore to become the dominant format and preferred form of play for in-store events and game conventions.
Epic BattleLore – Adventures on a grand scale!
The format will feel familiar to Memoir ’44 Overlord veterans. However, the noticeably different orientation of the game boards (they are assembled along their longest edge rather than side-by-side) and a few other twists help make it a truly unique and fun new game experience, even when attempted with 2 players only.
This supplement will come with five full new Epic adventures.
To acknowledge the fact that not everyone owns a second set of the game yet ;-), we’ve taken great care to make sure these adventures could be played using a single army set – though two games owners will undoubtedly keep a headstart!
All that is required to play these first Epic adventures is a second board, some additional Lore tokens and a friend to play with.
This expansion will initially be released Online, free of charge, to all registered users of the game, sometime during the month of March.
A paper-based version that includes a 2nd game board and some additional Lore tokens, along with more new Epic adventures, will follow in May, and be available at retail as well as on our web site.
2. In April, in a bit of departure from our originally stated plans, we will introduce and ship our first major game supplement:
Call to Arms – The Definitive Army Deployment System for BattleLore
We were so happy with what Richard came up with that, once we saw it, we shuffled our production plans around to bring this out earlier than initially planned. We are confident you will agree with our decision!
While this post is not the one in which to delve in all the details, we can already confirm that:
- This expansion does NOT rely on the point-based army buying approach common to many miniature games.
- Rather, it uses a novel, card-driven deployment mechanism, centered around the use of Deployment decks, Specialist cards and Feudal Levy tokens.
- The deployment mechanics introduced in this expansion closely mimic medieval deployments of yore, and will provide you with a uniquely fun and enjoyable way to customize your troops and deploy your armies.
This expansion is expected to ship in April. It will be available at retail as well as on our web site for a suggested retail price of about $ 20.
3. In May, the benefits of changing the release schedule will become even clearer as we start shipping our first Figure sets, in the form of Specialist packs.
We received much feedback from Distributors and Resellers alike on the pros and cons of the blistered figures approach we had started experimenting with when we shipped our first promotional figures. These conversations convinced us that this format, while seductive, was not the best.
So we went back to the drawing board and came up with the concept of Specialist packs.
Each Specialist pack will introduce a couple of new units centered around a common theme. Likely early candidates include a Goblin Skirmisher set, a Dwarven Battalion (complete with the already infamous Dwarven Bagpipers!), and a 100 Years War Battalion.
Each of these packs will be available at retail, as well as on our web site, for a retail price of approximately $ 20.
Because we did not want this change of format to make us renege on our pledge to make new figures available on a unit by unit basis, we will also release these in single-unit blisters, exclusively off our web site. We are still working out a few specifics; more information should follow in late March.
Next… The gory details!