Hello everyone, we’re back from rainy Manchester (we’re writing this in advance, but we’re just assuming it’s raining today) with another pre-errata look at some of the changes we’re making tomorrow. Yesterday we covered the changes that are happening to the Cook’s Guild on Monday, if you missed that blog, you can find it here.
Today we’re going to be covering some of the global changes that are happening with Guild Ball from tomorrow. So let’s dive in!
Going into this errata, one thing we wanted to do was generally bring up Union as a Guild. Many of their models haven’t been notably updated since Season 1, and they were starting to show their age. However, while developing this errata, we ended up running into points where certain Union models were beginning to show up too much in other Guilds. This was starting to become a genuine balance problem for us, since we wanted to get the Union in a good place internally, without having to take into account their interactions within other Guilds.
Given the backstory of the Union, and that they’ve effectively now been disbanded, as well as balance concerns, we believed that the best thing moving forward was to remove Union choices from other Guilds in organised play entirely. This rule will go into the Regional Cup document and will take effect from tomorrow. And yes, this does mean we’ve had a general pass over the Union and if you want to find out what those changes look like, check back in tomorrow!
This section is the most boring (for anyone that isn’t a rules lawyer!), and involves several tweaks to model rules to make them work as intended. Effectively, these are just a few wording corrections and FAQ updates.
Vitriol - Clone
Clone was worded poorly going into Season 4. This update makes it match the Resilience wording.
Corker - Legless Drunk
Legless Drunk should have always said ‘except while making an advance’, this update puts the changes from the last FAQ onto the card.
Veteran Chisel - Adaptive Strategy
This rule is correctly referred to as a pulse in the text, but was listed as an aura in the title. This is just a quick correction to remove any confusion.
The Charmed rule is very thematic, but it has never quite sat right with several members of the Development Team. It’s also gotten harder to balance as the gender split in the game has gotten more equal, and models often either end up being slightly too tough or slightly too squishy, based on nothing the players using them can control. More generally, however, representing model sexuality and gender like this is something we’ve grown very uncomfortable with. Guild Ball features characters that are male, female, cis, trans, non-binary, straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and asexual, and attempting to represent that broad spread of diversity in hard rules language doesn’t feel right in a miniature football game. Sexuality and gender identity are things which don’t have any impact on your ability to play football, or indeed your ability to do anything at all. As a result, we made the decision to remove Charmed entirely from the game and replace this rule with appropriate different buffs based on the guilds and models affected. There’s also a small additional spoiler for tomorrow’s update on these cards if you look closely enough!
(Just before we get into it, the one model that this isn’t true for was Harrow with Charmed [Animal], since in that instance it just represented that he’s a gentle soul who gets on well with animals. However, for cleanliness sake, we felt it was better to just remove it everywhere)
The changes are:
Brisket: Gained +1 HP.
Harrow: Gained +1 DEF, lost 2 HP.
Tater: Gained +2 HP.
Siren: Gained +1 DEF.
Flint: Gained +1 DEF
Snakeskin: Gained +1 DEF.
One More Thing…
Weeeeeellll we know we said today’s post was just going to cover global changes to the game. But yanno, you’ve been such good people and read this far, so let’s give you another little tasty change. And it’s a model that we’ve seen a lot of, ahem, heated discussion (also memes) about over the last few months.
Veteran Boar has been something of a bugbear for the last few months since he was released. He’s proven to be just a little too easy to get excellent results out of. As a result, in this pass we’ve lowered his influence generation to 3, and his MOV to 4”/6”, just to make players have to work a little harder to get the most out of him. We’ve also tweaked his playbook so that triggering his character plays causes no or much less damage, forcing more decisions on the Boar player. Finally, his health has come down by two hit points, just to make him a bit easier to actually take down.
Happy Guild Balling, enjoy your Sunday, and we’ll be back tomorrow with the rest of this mammoth update!