The Union in Chains - Gutter - Week 3

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The results are in from Week Two and the Alchemists, Brewers and Butchers have all managed to maintain a strong lead over their respective rivals, whilst the Hunters have fought a hard fight to bring Hemlocked into their Guild, with only 2% difference to the Mortician's. You can see the exact breakdown in our previous blog post.

This week we'll be continuing the Guild Ball narrative as we see Grace release Gutter in an attempt to find Rage. Find out more in Part 4. Lady Death

Will Gutter find peace in the Butcher's Guild...

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...or in the Fisherman's Guild...

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...only you can determine the outcome by taking part in the Community Event. Find out how you can get involved here. You're also able to influence the results by playing games at SteamCon UK and reporting them to our Longshanks Desk.

Guild Identity Cards - Update!

In our last blog about the Guild Identity Cards (GICs) we revealed a fairly huge update based on the tremendous amount of feedback we have received from you, the coaches. We’re not far off around a thousand responses to the various forum discussions and feedback threads which is simply amazing. We’re also starting to see a couple of events cropping up that will use GICs to test them in an organised play setting, which is fantastic. If you have the chance to do this or be involved in an event using GICs please do. Its feedback we’d love to see! Today, it’s time for another update to the GICs themselves albeit smaller than in our last update.

The Union in Chains

At this point you’ve probably heard about this year’s community campaign, the Union in Chains. If you haven’t, you can find information on that campaign HERE. For those wishing to both participate in community campaign and the rest of the GICs preview, you can! Just keep playing your games using the Guild Identity cards, and remember to submit your results to the Union in Chains campaign just like any other game of Guild Ball!

The Big Finish

The time for the GICs public preview to end is fast approaching. Please make the most of the weeks we have left to get as many games played as you can, and post feedback on our forums. The public preview for the GICs can already be considered a huge success so let’s finish it on a high note! The remaining timeline for the GICs looks like this:

3rd Preview Rules Update – Friday 6th of October (today!)
This blog post details the progress of the preview and its updated rules.

Final Preview Rules Update – Expected Friday 20th of October
A blog post will be published detailing the progress of the preview and any updated rules.

Preview Ends – Friday 27th of October
At this point we will internally review the GIC preview as a whole, and decide what to do with Guild Identities going forward. Coaches can of course continue to play with GICs in their ‘final’ form.

All the Single Changes, All the Single Changes

This is the change log for the Guild Identity Cards. As usual the full digital files can be found at the bottom of this blog. You will notice that there are significantly fewer card changes than there were in our last GICs update. This is to be expected as the testing phase of the GICs comes towards its close. Similarly, to when a new model or rule is in internal playtest. Towards the end of its playtesting phase the feedback models or rules will become more focussed on minor details.

Blacksmith’s Guild
It’s been a little tougher to judge the Blacksmiths GICs and where they need to sit in relation to all the other Guilds. This is simply due to them being the newest addition to Guild Ball. However, we’ve decided to let the Blacksmiths lean into one of their biggest strengths, their resilience. Strike Right Here has had its Heal Rate increased from [3] to [4], and Tough as Nails has similarly had its Heal Rate increased from [4] to [5]!

Brewer’s Guild
Even though Brewer’s coaches seem very happy with their selection of Guild Identities, your feedback has suggested that it is difficult to choose Bring it On! or You, Hang Back! over Another Round. The strength and utility of having a ‘free’ Heroic Play at any point in the turn is just so beneficial, and hard to ignore. We have therefore reduced the Heal Rate of Another Round! down from [4] to [3].

Butcher’s Guild
We saw quite a strong reaction to the Crushing Force card as it can lead to the Butchers, just dominating the Pitch in an almost unstoppable manner. While many of us love reminiscing about past Seasons of Guild Ball, being unable to Counter Attack a Butcher Captain on the first activation of a turn doesn’t often make for the most fun experience for the Butcher’s opponent. Crushing Force now effects only friendly non-[Captain] Guild models. This means that Union players on a Butcher’s team, and the Butcher Captains will no longer benefit from the text benefit of Crushing Force.

Mason’s Guild
In an almost reverse situation of the Brewer’s Guild, Mason coaches have been having a tough time being able to select The Greater Good over Tactical Flexibility or Built to Last. We considered many ways in which we could improve The Greater Good. We settled on increasing its Heal Rate from [3] to [4] and increasing the range at which Influence can be allocated from [4”] to [6”].

The Union
While not strictly a balance change, the previous wording of Honour Among Thieves was allowing Union players like Gutter to take-out friendly players and take their Influence to keep making attacks. So, if Gutter were to take out a friendly Decimate with her last Influence because Decimate happened to be caught by the effects of Scything Blow, Gutter would have been able to take any Influence that was on the friendly Decimate to keep making attacks. This was an unintentional effect of the card and as such it has had a wording update to prevent this from occurring.

That’s all for today folks! Remember to post your thoughts on the Guild Identity Theory posts in the General Discussion Forum or within the Guild Specific Sub-Forums. Please leave any feedback you have from games played within the Game Feedback Thread. We hope you continue to enjoy the preview!

The Union in Chains - How to Get Involved!

The Union in Chains - How to Get Involved!

The Union itself will still function as normal; however, the players that leave The Union narratively will become a Veteran Player option in-game for the victorious Guild. Which will allow them to benefit from ‘Friendly Guild’ Character Plays and Traits, so it’s all to play for!

We're off to Belgium!! - Steamforged Community Team

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Due to unforeseen circumstances we're unable to bring our streaming equipment over to the World Team Championship however the Community have rallied and HobbyGeekGaming will be managing the stream (still streaming through Steamforged Twitch Account) with Alex & Jamie on hand to provide commentary.

If you're attending the event we'll see you there, and if not be sure to tune in to twitch.tv/steamforged for some "High Level Guild Ball, Low Level Commentary" from Alex & Jamie.

As we're being unchained from our desks and let out. Messages sent to the Steamforged Games and Guild Ball Social Media Accounts will experience a delay in response.

Schedule

Saturday 23rd

Round 1: 9:30 - 11:30
Round 2: 13:30 - 15:30
Round 3: 16:00 - 18:00

Sunday 24th

Round 4: 9:30 - 11:30
Round 5: 13:30 - 15:30

(All Times in BST -01:00)

See you all soon!

Resident Evil™ 2: The Board Game - Scenarios

Resident Evil™ 2: The Board Game - Scenarios

We’re some of the biggest Resident Evil™ fans you’re ever likely to meet, and when we started work on our adaptation of one of the most iconic releases in the series, we wanted to make it as close to the original game as possible. Immediately we knew one of the most important aspects would be getting the locations and feel of the game just right.

Resident Evil™ 2: The Board Game – Encounter Tables

Resident Evil™ 2: The Board Game – Encounter Tables

In our last article, we took a look at the Tension Deck and how it created unexpected and sinister threats for the characters of Resident Evil™ 2: The Board Game. If you missed out, don’t worry - you can find it here. This time around we’re going to continue the theme of keeping players on the edge of their seats, and see how the Encounter Table works.

The Fisherman's Guild: Pirate's Return

The Fisherman's Guild: Pirate's Return

“I’ve heard all the rumours lad. Corsair’s a drunk – he’s not match fit! Appearances can be deceiving young blood – under his leadership we’re rebuilding, being shaped into his team again - ready for anything.” — Greyscales, Fisherman’s Guild