DGS News and Designer’s Blog October-November 2017
Jon Cleaves here, lead designer, to tell you all about the goings on Freeblades and Faelon.
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Our most important news is that Matthew Gooch has joined the DGS team! Matt is a long time gamer with experience in retail, sales, media and design. In addition to design duties, he is coming on as our marketing specialist and event coordinator. It is hard to express all the goodness Matt brings to the company and we are very happy to have him on board!
Since I last blogged, we put on a Games Day at Games Plus 1 in Davenport, Iowa on September 16th, 2017. In addition to some great demo games, we got to play some extended campaign games, as the players there are following along the campaign based out of KC. A super group and a super time. We will be back!
We released the Bard at GenCon, along with having our best convention ever. Thanks to all our players who made GenCon 50 such a special experience.
The Bard is a hero who brings an entirely new talent set into the game: Perform. She represents two different models in the game. First, she can serve as Glenaris Goldrhyme, the Bard of the Arlian and Bandit faction model and the other version is the Wandering Bard, an ally to the other factions. Ostensibly, the Bard of the Arlian carries a lute and wears her distinctive hat and the Wandering Bard plays a lyre. But the model is there for you to build any way you choose.
Another recent item you do not want to miss is Freeblades Factions. This is a free download pdf that contains images, background and stats for every model in Freeblades organized by faction. Freeblades Factions is available in the download section of the website.
We have more sculpts and models back from our Eclipse Sisterhood kickstarter campaign, which funded to 225%!!! The Eclipse Sisterhood is the all female rebellion against the Traazorite Empire and will bring a superb set of female adventurer models into our game line, as well as some exciting new rules. Not only are we going to make all of the starter models, but four stretch goals that are Eclipse models, three that are Shadow Demon models that allow us to bring you this faction sometime in 2018 *and* four more models from the Let’s Make a Model reward levels. Bad craziness! You can see the results here:
Here are the latest three Eclipse models from the project: The Manslayer, the Manhunter and the Untamed.
In October, we release the Takar Hunter. The Takar Hunter is an ally who can join any freeband. He is a hunter/scout with a winged companion. Parts come with the model to also make a follower version, the Takar Lookout, that gives much of the same help to your freeband but without taking up a hero slot. These models are available now!
Remember, in addition to the core rulebook, you also need a Freeblades Rules Companion. The FRC is a $6 downloadable pdf, purchased through our webstore. When you purchase the FRC, it will become a permanent download in your DGS Games website account. So, as we add new models and rules, all you need to do is go back in and download the latest version of the FRC to have everything in one place. $6 for a full color rulebook as a pdf that you can load onto your tablet or other device, that contains everything you need to play the game that is not in the core rulebook. And you get all the updates to the FRC for free once you have purchased it one time. We think that is a great deal and we think you will too!
The pdf is interactive. This means that rules, page references and index are hyperlinked to the appropriate section of the product. Models in the stat summaries are hyperlinked to their entry in the webstore.
The highlights in the new Freeblades Rules Companion, version 1.6, include the rules for the new models: Bard and Takar Hunter, a preview of the Eclipse, the new Alternate Faction Theme rule, a new scenario, the Black Knight and several new talents like Awareness, Bribery, Deceptive Strike and Winged Companion.
We know, better than anyone, that it can be a hassle to go back and forth between the printed rulebook and the interactive companion. One of our most important projects is to combine the two. In the not terribly distant future, the two will become one and the new rulebook will contain everything and be entirely interactive. You will buy it like you buy the companion now and you will get all its updates free once you purchase it. We appreciate your patience while we transition into a true 21st century rulebook situation. We intend 1.6 to be the last update to the old way of doing things. Stay tuned!
We have had a great deal of success in our retailer outreach program. We will come to a store near you that sells fantasy miniatures and put on a games day featuring Freeblades. We’ll give demos, put on a big game and give out some goodies. If you have a store you like that is interested, have them write Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-What else are we working on?
BrightSword (our RPG) playtest version 7.5 (7.4 is in the download section as an open playtest).
Freeblades Encounters – a game using the same models and core rules, but in which the players play cooperatively.
The Eclipse Sisterhood – playtesting continues, hot and heavy.
Shadow Demons – playtesting continues and the models are looking fantastic.
The Knight of Vasilar and the Knight Mariner.
More Freeblades Elite!
– Our next event is Reapercon in Lewisville, Texas October 19-22. https://reapercon.com/ Come and hang out with us!
Spike and Win!