As we move closer to the release of BattleLore, we thought we would take this opportunity to revisit some commonly asked questions, as well as answer a few new ones.
Some – but not all – of these issues have already been addressed or discussed at length in a number of venues (our forums, boardgamegeek.com, etc…). We are mentioning them here for the benefit of our most recent readers, and for the sake of completeness, not out of a desire to reopen some already hotly debated subjects.
There are two promotional miniatures to be released for the launch of the game: a Hill Giant, and an Earth Elemental.
In the US –
The Hill Giant is available to anyone who pre-orders the game from a FLGS (Friendly Local Game Store). As of this writing, all participating stores should have received their figures, and be able to hand them out as pre-orders are placed. If your FLGS does not have any Hill Giant in stock, they should contact their regular game distributor. If your store or their distributor has already run out of their initial allocation, no worry – They will be able to get additional Hill Giants in sufficient quantities to fulfill all of their pre-orders on hand, when the game finally ships.
Recognizing that not everyone is within easy reach of a FLGS, we are also making the Hill Giant available to folks who choose to pre-order the game from our web site. The Hill Giants for these pre-orders are being shipped out as of this writing. They are going out in batches, with the earliest pre-orders handled first. Because these are being shipped ahead of the actual release of the game via parcel post, some of you may already have received your figures, while others are still waiting for them.
We ask that you do not call or e-mail us to ask the whereabouts of your miniature(s). This would just slow us down, and we would not be able to provide you with any additional details.
The Earth Elemental is going to be used as a promotional item to spur game demonstrations surrounding the actual launch of the game. These will be released at a variety of events, venues and conventions which will be listed on our web site. A few lucky participants at BGG.con likely received the first Earth Elementals to reach this country, last week-end in Dallas. Other events will follow soon: Demo events and volunteers will be the subject of an upcoming blog entry.
Again, realizing that not everyone lives within driving distance of the various events that will be held in the coming months, we will also make the Earth Elemental available from our web site.
By early next year, any registered owner of BattleLore (like all our big box games, BattleLore contains a unique web access number which you can enter on our web site to register your product and gain access to a variety of functions, including the free Online Adventure Editor) will be able to order a copy of the Earth Elemental. The Earth Elemental will be available free of charge, save for a modest shipping and handling fee.
In Europe –
Due to differences in our distribution networks, in Europe, the promotional miniatures are being handled as follows:
A limited number of promotional miniature sets, including both the Earth Elemental and the Hill Giant, are being allocated to each country. These miniatures will be given to pre-order customers on a first-come, first-served basis. Note that unlike the US, these miniatures will NOT be handed out or shipped ahead of the game’s actual release. Instead, they will be handed out with the first copies of the game.
Days of Wonder customers who placed orders on our European web store will receive their miniatures in the same manner, along with their own copy of the game.
In the rest of the world (including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, etc…) –
Both the Hill Giant and the Earth Elemental will be shipped to our local distributors, along with their pre-ordered copies of the game. These distributors will then pass those on to their own local resellers along with copies of the actual game once it ships.
Days of Wonder customers in these parts of the world, who have placed orders off our web site, will receive both miniatures via parcel post, either ahead of the game’s shipment or along with it, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Again, we kindly ask that you refrain from contacting us to ask the whereabouts of your own promotional minis until you have received your own copy of the actual game, as we would not be able to provide you with any additional information.
Languages, Rules & Localization
As of this writing, the game is published and fully supported in three languages, namely: English, French and German.
With the generous help of some volunteers, some additional languages (Spanish, Dutch, Italian) are partially supported via online resources such as this blog. However no definitive plans have been made to release the complete game and its upcoming expansions in these languages (not to mention others); nor is it likely for us to make any decision in this regard until we gain additional visibility on the demand in these markets.
Likewise, we have no plans to release the 80 pages rulebook as a PDF. For those wanting to learn more about the game, the present blog provides a comprehensive and rather detailed overview of the game and its mechanics. In addition, and recognizing that some will want additional copies of the rules for their own reasons (to loan out, bring on trips or to the office, give out to members of their role-playing group, etc…), we will make additional copies of the rulebook available, for a charge, on our web site following the shipment of the game.
While we have to keep some surprises up our sleeves regarding the future of this game, here are a few tidbits we’ve already shared about upcoming expansions – with a few additional details thrown in for good measure!
Starting in March 2007, we hope to release 2-3 mini-expansions every month. These expansions will come in the form of easily recognizable blisters (similar to those used for the promotional miniatures), which will be available through our regular distribution channels as well as our web site.
Pricing will typically be in the $7.00 to $12.00 range, with some items lower, and a few higher.
The objective of these expansions is NOT to start an arm’s race toward the most powerful Creatures, Units or Armies. While these expansions will come in blister packaging, they will not all be plastic figures, units or battalions.
Instead, our goal is to both surprise you and delight you, by building upon some of the many foundations introduced in the game’s core rulebook.
While competitive play is definitively a possibility, and will be an aspect of this game, we care just as much about story-telling and providing you with the tools needed to create memorable game sessions. As you think ahead to the game’s future, think D&D just as much as Warhammer!
This also means that we do not plan to design every mini-expansion as a must-have for everyone. Instead, the mini-expansions provide us with a vehicle which are intended to explore different facets of the game, styles of play and players’ tastes, etc…
In addition to the above-mentioned expansions, there will be two major expansion released next year, one around the summer, the other before Christmas.
Again, while possible candidates include the miniature additions (army expansions à la Memoir ‘44 expansion packs) one would come to expect for such a game, just as likely a source of inspiration comes from the role-playing side of the hobby. Campaigns, Heroes & the like are all subjects worthy of consideration and future development.
One other small piece of news/confirmation: While we do intend to stay away from a traditional point-based approach to building armies, Richard and the development team have been hard at work on an innovative, and truly fun new approach. So stay tuned!