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Old February 2nd, 2018, 12:46 PM
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Re: Soldiers of Valhalla - nominations and discussion

Bol by @The Dewk

The game currently has two 10-point filler units, one that feels like she's only worth 10 points and another one that wins games. That actually makes the niche fairly crowded already, but I'm game to try something new.

Balance

The only way to evaluate a 10-point filler unit is by comparing it against other 10-point filler units, though it is definitely worth considering that Bol synergizes with the Nottingham Brigands. Move, Range, Attack, and Defense all match Otonashi. Both have a situational attack boost, a form of Disengage, and an occasionally useful other power. Seems to fit in well.

Theme

Goblins have only been found under evil generals so far, and traditionally goblins are evil creatures. But it's common in fantasy, including D&D, for individuals to go against the mold and stand on their own, so a lone goblin on the side of good isn't particularly strange. That he is a Tricky Rogue with opportunistic abilities plays into that as well, as he still feels goblinish, just less evil than most.

The miniature, while tiny and visually fits with the other goblins, stands out with his different skill color.

Creativity

Opportunism is the key ability that makes Bol stand out. It's a clever way to get free order markers on a unit that normally wouldn't get any until he's the only one left. It gives him some real value in the necessary comparison with Isamu; while Bol doesn't have Isamu's potential, it's nice to get a consolation prize for losing order markers.

In general I push back against 4-power cards, as it usually suggests overdesign. In Bol's case, Scale is pretty much necessary, and Disengage is pretty common and almost necessary for his type of unit. Ankle Shank is the take-it-or-leave-it power of the set, being situational and not especially powerful. It does give him a little extra kick, both in terms of value and theme, and all of the powers are very easy to remember. So he gets a pass.

Playability

On his own, Bol doesn't do much, as you'd expect. A single melee attack of 2 isn't worth putting order markers on unless you don't have anything else. He could possibly be used to take a glyph, but he doesn't have the defenses to hold it for long. Ankle Shank isn't potent enough to make Bol a viable threat to make an opponent play around him or overextend to kill him.

If you have Unique Heroes you put order markers on it's nice to have Bol around. It's almost always a downgrade of your order marker to have it fall on Li' Yellow, but it's certainly better than losing it entirely. Of course, just running forward is likely to get Bol killed before he does anything, but Opportunism tends to be more useful in the late stages of a game when you may find yourself relying on the little guy anyway. If you're really lucky you'll get a free swing at one of your opponent's big fellows.

A Nottingham Brigand army seems like a perfect fit for Bol, but I found it disappointing at best. First, Brigands are not Unique, and that's where the order markers are in a Rogue army. Which means Bol's best attribute, free turns from Opportunism, is not in play. Yes, he can get bonding turns from the Brigands, but not as long as there is at least one other Rogue to bond with as Bol is almost always the worse choice. Not that he's entirely unhelpful here, though: he's still a Rogue and he's still only 10 points.

Summary

As a 10-point filler, Bol is pretty neat, though rarely worth taking over Isamu. That's fine; I wouldn't want another Isamu in the game, and it would be nice to have another decent option available. In Hero-heavy armies he's a nice addition, and doesn't hurt in most other armies either.

I vote Yea to induct Bol into the SoV.
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Old February 14th, 2018, 08:29 PM
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Re: Soldiers of Valhalla - nominations and discussion

Uzog by @Kinseth

See my earlier review, but change the parts where I talk about Uzog having too much value at 85 points and change it to him feeling like a good threat for 110 points. Uzog is still a beast savage, but at his new point cost he feels a lot more natural in his hybrid menacer/cheerleader role, and he compares well with other bonding heroes of that point range. I'm a big fan of this big brute savage.

I vote Yea to induct Uzog into the Soldiers of Valhalla.

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Re: Soldiers of Valhalla - nominations and discussion

For too long the Drow have sat by the wayside, without much interest (except the Chainfighter) suffering from poor order marker optimization, and generally lower rankings. I set out to fix this lack of cohesion, and set the Drow up as the odd yet intriguing Dark Elf faction they were meant to be.

I present the Drow Assassin for submission.



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Thank you for your consideration. I hope you enjoy the Drow Assassin as much as I do.

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Old February 22nd, 2018, 01:56 PM
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Re: Soldiers of Valhalla - nominations and discussion

I don't think the Drow were designed to be a competitive faction, or even a faction at all per se, but rather a dungeon crawl baddie. Still, I wouldn't mind seeing some additions to the faction. I am a bit wary of the reverse-bonding, but I don't see any real problems with it, and I like the strategic possibilities.

The availability is really low, though, for a cheap Common. The 20+s at MM is hopeful, and the 20 you have is possibly the saving grace. Still, together that's only enough for 20 Scapers (figure 3 copies each). Ebay sellers aren't reliable numbers, and the rest is scattered bits. I'm ok with it, but I wouldn't be surprised if it gets rejected.

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Old February 22nd, 2018, 02:34 PM
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Well met!

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The availability is really low, though, for a cheap Common. The 20+s at MM is hopeful, and the 20 you have is possibly the saving grace. Still, together that's only enough for 20 Scapers (figure 3 copies each). Ebay sellers aren't reliable numbers, and the rest is scattered bits. I'm ok with it, but I wouldn't be surprised if it gets rejected.

to review the Drow Assassin

If this design were to be rejected due to availability as a Common, would it still be rejected on that score if it were an Uncommon Hero? Something like this:


NAME = DROW ASSASSIN
GENERAL = UTGAR
PLANET = TORIL
SPECIES = DROW
UNIQUENESS = UNCOMMON HERO
CLASS = ASSASSIN
PERSONALITY = TRICKY
SIZE/HEIGHT = MEDIUM 5

3 LIFE
6 MOVE
1 RANGE
4 ATTACK
3 DEFENSE
60 POINTS

Shadow Shift
After revealing an order marker on, and taking a turn with a Common Drow Squad, or Uncommon Drow Hero, you may choose one of the figures that attacked or moved this turn that is within 6 sight spaces of a Drow Assassin whose base is no more than 5 levels higher or lower than the base of the chosen figure. You may switch the Drow Assassin with the chosen figure. If you do, you may immediately take a turn with that Drow Assassin. Figures moved by Shadow Shift never take any leaving engagement attacks.

Sneak Attack 2
If a Drow Assassin is attacking an opponent's figure that is adjacent to at least one other figure you control, add 2 dice to that Drow Assassin's attack.

Hide in Darkness
If a Drow Assassin is attacked with a normal attack and at least 1 skull is rolled, roll the 20-sided die. If that Drow Assassin is on a dungeon space, add 3 to your die roll. If it is on a shadow space, add 6 to your die roll. If you roll a 1-15, roll defense dice normally. If you roll a 16 or higher, ignore all damage that would have been inflicted by the attack.


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Darrak Ambershard. This is a really cool concept that I'd hate to see wasted . . .


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Old February 22nd, 2018, 02:39 PM
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If this design is rejected due to availability as a Common, would it still be rejected on that score if it were an Uncommon Hero?
Hard to say with certainty. As a Unique Hero, yeah, but even as an Uncommon people will want multiples (especially people like myself that feel the inherent need to collect).
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If this design is rejected due to availability as a Common, would it still be rejected on that score if it were an Uncommon Hero?
Hard to say with certainty. As a Unique Hero, yeah, but even as an Uncommon people will want multiples (especially people like myself that feel the inherent need to collect).
OK. As a Unique Hero, same stats


3 LIFE
6 MOVE
1 RANGE
4 ATTACK
3 DEFENSE
60 POINTS

modified power:

Shadow Shift
After revealing an order marker on, and taking a turn with a Common Drow Squad, or any Drow Hero, you may choose one of the figures that attacked or moved this turn that is within 6 sight spaces of a Drow Assassin whose base is no more than 5 levels higher or lower than the base of the chosen figure. You may switch the Drow Assassin with the chosen figure. If you do, you may immediately take a turn with that Drow Assassin. Figures moved by Shadow Shift never take any leaving engagement attacks.

Leaf _It likes her somewhat squishy. If she must be Unique, I'd like her to be a bit stronger:

4 LIFE
6 MOVE
1 RANGE
4 ATTACK
4 DEFENSE
90-120 POINTS


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Well met!

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If this design is rejected due to availability as a Common, would it still be rejected on that score if it were an Uncommon Hero?
Hard to say with certainty. As a Unique Hero, yeah, but even as an Uncommon people will want multiples (especially people like myself that feel the inherent need to collect).

OK. As a Unique Hero, same stats
:

3 LIFE
6 MOVE
1 RANGE
4 ATTACK
3 DEFENSE
60 POINTS

modified power:

Shadow Shift
After revealing an order marker on, and taking a turn with a Common Drow Squad, you may choose one of the figures that attacked or moved this turn that is within 6 sight spaces of a Drow Assassin whose base is no more than 5 levels higher or lower than the base of the chosen figure. You may switch the Drow Assassin with the chosen figure. If you do, you may immediately take a turn with that Drow Assassin. Figures moved by Shadow Shift never take any leaving engagement attacks.

Leaf _It likes her somewhat squishy. If she must be Unique, I'd suggest she be a bit stronger:

4 LIFE
6 MOVE
1 RANGE
4 ATTACK
4 DEFENSE
90-120 POINTS


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Re: Soldiers of Valhalla - nominations and discussion

This isn't a Workshopping thread, but yeah, I could see a Unique Hero version of the design. I suspect that moves away from Leaf It's original intention, though.

It's all moot unless this one gets rejected anyway.
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Re: Soldiers of Valhalla - nominations and discussion

I figured I would search through figure trading sites, and forums to try and get as many of these as I could to help with availability. I found a guy in Europe that had 26 of the figure, and was willing to ship internationally for relatively cheap. Once those arrive in about 2 weeks or so, I'll have 46 total figures to sell. I'm in contact with someone else in the US that has some, though I don't know how many yet. I'll keep looking around and let you guys know if I find more. I really don't want availability to be the reason this design gets shot down.

Bigga informed me of a method of finding out how much Miniature Market has. They had 21 of the "Lolth's Sting - 53", but have sold 4 of those sometime yesterday, and currently have 17. As for the "Lolth's Sting 05 Promo", they have 26.

After looking closer at Ebay, there are currently more than 30 that I was able to find, ranging from $2.49 each, to $9.99 each, plus shipping. Most of them are below the $5 price point. One seller had 8, and another had 5, and there are a few more with several up up for sale.

If anyone is interested in purchasing this figure from me, send me a PM. They will be $2.50 plus shipping. I'll try to find the cheapest shipping as there is a UPS, USPS Post Office, and FedEx all near my house.

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Well met!

"If anyone is interested in purchasing this figure from me, send me a PM. They will be $2.50 plus shipping. I'll try to find the cheapest shipping as there is a UPS, USPS Post Office, and FedEx all near my house. "

Checked for myself, and bought 4 from Coolstuff for $2.49 each + $.99 shipping, along with:


Sneak Peek - A Unique Hero in development from C3V
(Medium Figure - single spaced)

The figure used for this unit is Artus Cimber from the WizKids, Tomb of Annihilation set.



I'm betting on your having enough, in a similar fashion as Sherman Davies' acquiring a bunch of figures (and selling chas and I a couple) for Gothlok:


The figure used for this unit is from the Pathfinder: Rusty Dragon Inn set. The name of the figures used is Orc Rider on Dire Wolf.







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The other person I was in contact with is sending me an additional 7, bringing my total from 46, to 53 figures. If I find more, I'll post about it here. Assuming about 3 - 4 per person, as that's generally what you want with an army of Deepwrym, once the packages arrive, I will personally have enough for about 14 people.

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Well met!

"If anyone is interested in purchasing this figure from me, send me a PM. They will be $2.50 plus shipping. I'll try to find the cheapest shipping as there is a UPS, USPS Post Office, and FedEx all near my house. "

Checked for myself, and bought 4 from Coolstuff for $2.49 each + $.99 shipping, along with:

Sneak Peek - A Unique Hero in development from C3V

I'm betting on your having enough, in a similar fashion as Sherman Davies' acquiring a bunch of figures (and selling chas and I a couple) for Gothlok:


Yes that was the idea. I'll try to get what I can from means outside of the usual online stores that everyone generally uses.
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