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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Runewars - More Waiqar Details

FFG has been publishing multiple articles about Runewars lately.  Unfortunately, we still don't have a release date.  I'm REALLY looking forward to the game.  Mechanics-wise, it looks a bit between Armada and X-Wing, but with fantasy troops instead of space ships.

When looking at the models, my favorite of the lot is the Carrion Lancer.  The model itself has an unusual look.  I'm so used to seeing skeletons on skeletal horses or in shambling hordes.  It's really nice to see a giant worm being used.  It's something different.

From what I can tell of the leaked bits of rules, units can be taken in "tiers".  For the Carrion Lancer unit, there are four available tiers.

  • Tier 1 - One Carrion Lancer for 15 points.  You can take whatever the icon below means for upgrades.  I'll call it 'basic' with the other kind as 'advanced'.
  • Tier 2 - Two Carrion Lancers for 27 points.  That's a 3 point discount over two singles.  Same upgrade options
  • Tier 3 - Four Carrion Lancers for 46 points.  That's a 14 point discount over four singles.  That's almost a free Lancer.  You also unlock the second kind of upgrade at this tier and above.
  • Tier 4 - Six Carrion Lancers for 68 points.  That's a 22 point discount over six singles.  That's a free Lancer and a half.
My working assumption is that the larger units will get discounts that you'll end up spending instead on upgrades.

I still don't understand the movement/action dials well enough to comment.  On the below dial, the blue items involve movement with the white numbers indicating initiative speed.  I'm not sure yet if low numbers are quicker or slower.  The right side is a modifier.  So, you could select a forward march distance 3 at initiative 5 and then modify it with a left or right "bank/sloop" at a reduction of one distance.  You could also charge or "bank charge".  It's a neat scheme.  Red looks like fighting and green look like maneuvering/re-positioning.

I REALLY wish they'd just go ahead and post the rulebook.  It would be nice to be able to read up on things before the game actually releases...  which looks like it'll happen in late March/early April.  It's been on the boat since 1/25 and they normally stay that way for 4-6 weeks with another 2 weeks or so of shipping to stores before release.  If we guess 8 weeks, that puts us right about 2 weeks from now.

I am so antsy for this game to hit.