Recently at Steamforged Games we attended the NOVA miniatures game convention in Washington. At this convention we had a keynote where we talked about the campaign and post-Kickstarter plans and releases for Godtear. Read about the Guild Ball announcement here.
With Godtear we are going to be covering the three pillars of organised play; Campaign Play, Tournament Play and Special Events.
Campaign Play is going to be one of the main forms of organised play for Godtear. Campaign play sees players matched up to specific locations to play games. Each location has a special rule that modifies one of the Godtear scenarios in a unique way. After the game, each player will earn godtears that they can use to spend on champion upgrades. Their location card will also tell them the next location card they need to take.
Each champion will have a double sided upgrade card that has two different upgrade paths themed around specific godtear types. Rangosh has a Death side focused around dealing even more damage. His Chaos side is focused on moving models, both friendly and enemy. For example, Whiplash allows Rangosh to teleport across the battlefield.
Each upgrade card features three upgrades; a stat upgrade, an upgrade to an existing skill or trait and then finally a completely new skill. Each of these upgrades is cumulative and must be taken in order. For example, Rangosh must take his level 1 upgrade before he can take his level 2 upgrade.
After each game, players will earn godtears that they will spend on upgrades for the champions in their warband. Players can choose to use their godtears on a single champion or they can distribute them amongst all of their champions.
The first campaign pack will come with the kickstarter and we will be adding to the campaign with additional packs in future. In each of these additional packs we will be taking onboard community feedback to evolve and refine the campaign rules.
As seen with Guild Ball, Steamforged has a well-established reputation for excellence when creating organised play documents for tournaments, and Godtear will build upon this.
Initially, our focus will be to encourage events that are accessible for new players who are learning the game, and/or have never previously attended tournaments. Our aim is to grow the Godtear community, and introduce the game in a relaxed and friendly competitive setting.
At the time of release, tournaments will be simple to learn and play in, before evolving over time to add additional elements as the Godtear community establishes itself. This will also allow us to be dynamic, providing the opportunity for listening to feedback and shaping tournaments around how our community engages with Godtear.
The final way we will be supporting Godtear organised play is with special event packs. The first of these will be a new player focused launch pack celebrating the retail release of Godtear. These will focus on teaching players the game, starting with single champion learning games and then eventually building up to full sized games.
In addition to these retail focused events, we will also be providing special events for conventions and custom campaign weekends.
Though the kickstarter is hugely important to Godtear, it is just the first step. At Steamforged Games we are going to be supporting Godtear with new releases after the kickstarter delivers and hits retail.
One of the main releases will be additional champions. Without further adieu we would like to introduce you to two new champions.
Brand New Revenant Shaper Champion
Last year at SteamCon UK we cryptically introduced everyone to an adorable Ragnaruff. We can now reveal that the Ragnaruffs are the followers of a new revenant shaper champion.
This champion is the master of death and controls the battlefield by knocking out enemy models. Additionally the Ragnaruffs that accompany him are the first followers in the game that can remove the banner of an enemy champion.
Feel free to speculate on what his name could be.
Brand New Goblin Maelstrom Champion
Sneaky Peet has been the favourite of many Godtear fans due to his unique look and plot phase focused playstyle. Our new goblin samurai focuses on the plot phase focused playstyle of Sneaky Peet. She is quick on her feet and brings additional speed to the warbands she is a part of. Both her and her followers excel at removing enemy followers during the plot phase.
Feel free to speculate on what her name could be too!
That covers everything we announced at NOVA and we hope you are as excited for the future of Godtear as we are!