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#1 Gareson

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Posted 30 January 2009 - 11:20 PM

I received my copy of The Frozen Wastes...it was worth the wait!

Given that everyone here has probably read the rules that are already online, I will confine my post to describing the component quality-

New Characters(stats: R=Ranged, M=Melee, Ma=Magic, L=Life, F=Fatigue)-note: I did not list special abilities some of which are very substantial.

Arvel Worldwalker: R=4/2,M=2/1,Ma=3/1, L=4,= F=5, Skills: Climb+2, Hide+2, Endure +2

Zyla: R=3/1,M=0/0,Ma=3/2, L=4,= F=4, Skills: Climb+2, Hide+2, Sneak +2

Karmon: R=0/1,M=5/2,Ma=2/1, L=5,= F=5, Skills: Endure+4, Resist+4 

Laughin Buldar: R=3/1,M=4/2,Ma=2/1, L=4,= F=3, Skills: Diplomacy+2,Resist+2

Okaluk and Rakash: R=1/1,M=3/1,Ma=4/1, L=4,= F=4, Skills: Jump+2,Tinker+2,Spot+2

Shiver: R=1/1,M=3/0,Ma=4/2, L=5,= F=2, Skills: Lore+2,Resist+2,Endure+2

Aside from the great, ecletic mix of characters, the figure sculpts are beautiful...the most detailed and exciting Runebound releases so far without a doubt.  For you figure painters, I know you'll love these. 

Cards:

Before specifics- let me say that all of the artwork shows great care and attention to detail.  They inspire the imagination and the styles used to depict mechanized items/characthaters are such that they fit the Runebound "culture" seamlessly. 

Allies: Great mix of different cost support troops including mechanized allies(as you might have suspected) and an enchanted wolf.

Items: The legendary items are worth the cost of admission, especially the 15g "Armor of the Ancients" which absorbs all damage beyond 1 pt.  Various armor, weapons, artificats and a rune(Twisted Symbol) comprise the set.

Encounters: The "villains" are wonderfully chosen and fitting the environment.  From the magically-enchanted mechanized foes(Ancient Enforcer), to the arctic beasts(Raging Mastadon), to the various barbarian challengers, the set fits the theme. 

Now I haven't played the expansion yet as I am in the middle of an Island of Dread game right now, so I did not look at the Event Cards(I like to be surprised and play through the tale).  There are no quest cards, but given that the game itself has "built in" quests such as searching for legendary items and the Princess via "clue cards", they would prove redundant anyways in my opinion. 

Playing Board:

Yes, these are the Frozen Wastes.  I get cold just looking at the board(and don't take that lightly as I live in Upstate New York- having just shoveled my driveway the last few days).  FFG could have given us "whitewashed" Runebound terrain but all of the artwork is original and inspired.  The forest spaces show trees bending under the weight of snow.  The mountain spaces truly look like frozen, unforgiving spires.  The artwork for the Inuit villages and city of Lagart are up the Runebound standard(high).The ice and snowdrift spaces- they solidify the mood of the terrain(cold!).

Tokens, Counters and Bits:

The rumor tokens, frost counters and weather tiles are sturdy and vibrant.   Everything comes in plentiful supply(there are two sheets of counters).  The survuval gear counters are large and well-illustrated.

Overall-yes this is a Fantasy Flight Game-I opened the box and found the promised, quality components.  The new characters, allies, items and encounters are very "Runebound".  For the worryers about this being a sci fi game- I don't get that feel from the components.  All of the mechanical items, allies and foes appear to be magically enchanted metallic devices rather than "robots".  This is what I was hoping for, and this is what was delivered.

I hope everyone gets a copy soon!

Have Fun,

Gareson

 



#2 Torbal

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Posted 31 January 2009 - 01:32 PM

My copy is scheduled to arrive Wednesday. Saw a close-up of the map on BoardGameGeek and it does indeed look exceptional.

 

The Zyla character special ability is interesting: if she succeeds in her ranged attack, which is 3/1, she can skip the melee phase, in which she is 0/0, and go right to the magic phase, where she is 3/2. I had forgotten new characters were going to be included in FW, as most talk had been about the background story and new mechanics.



#3 Kalidor

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 01:02 PM

Nice job!

I am awaiting my copy...it should be here by Friday.

 

/em crosses fingers...



#4 wsmithjr

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Posted 02 February 2009 - 04:39 PM

Torbal said:

The Zyla character special ability is interesting: if she succeeds in her ranged attack, which is 3/1, she can skip the melee phase, in which she is 0/0, and go right to the magic phase, where she is 3/2.

Actually, that's not completely accurate.  The card reads "If Zyla successfully defends, she may ... skip the melee phase."  I was going to play a game with her but did not because I was no clear on how to treat this.  If a challenge has a zero ranged attack, then the ranged phase is skipped.  So, if the dice are not rolled for the phase, does this count as a successful defense or not?



#5 Indy

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 08:03 AM

I wondered about something similar:

Is it actually in the rules that the phase is skipped, because we play it like this as well, or is it just common sense?

I couldn't find it in the rules when I tried to look it up.



#6 Acolyte Rivan

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 12:42 PM

We playtested this game and raised this question with the designer. His response was you could roll a defense roll versus a zero damage result in order to trigger an ability like Zyla's or Shiver's.



#7 Wiz

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 03:38 PM

It is not in the rules that you have to roll against a zero damage phase. Most players skip them since their hero can not be hurt. However, since there is something to be gained by rolling in her ranged phase even against a zero damage opponet, I along with all my friends would roll.



#8 wsmithjr

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Posted 03 February 2009 - 04:57 PM

Wiz said:

It is not in the rules that you have to roll against a zero damage phase. Most players skip them since their hero can not be hurt. However, since there is something to be gained by rolling in her ranged phase even against a zero damage opponet, I along with all my friends would roll.

For some reason, I was thinking "zero damage = automatic success" but it obviously only means zero damage regardless of success or failure.  Now it all makes sense to me.  Thanks.



#9 allenkwest

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Posted 10 February 2009 - 10:19 AM

Great mark-up! Thanks!






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