Over the past few months, we have posted a number of articles on the game mechanics that make Conan: Savage Legends an amazing arena combat game. Here are links to all of those articles in one place, which will be updated as we write more, so you have an easy reference.
Of course, we also have articles on the individual characters, story, and sculpts, so check those out as well! But if you're just looking to learn about the game play of Conan: Savage Legends, the above articles are for you.
Today we wanted to get all of the amazing miniatures we have previewed for Conan: Savage Legends together in one place. The game will have many more stunning sculpts to come, but here is what we have released so far (this blog will be updated with new miniature previews until the Kickstarter launches):
Today we’re going to take a look at Items in Conan: Savage Legends.
On the battlefields during the Hyborian Age, it’s always best to be well-equipped, even if you are wading into combat in a loincloth. The weapons, armor, and equipment your Legend brings with them are collectively called Items. Items fall into one of six affinities: Might, Prowess, Cunning, Eldritch, Leadership, and Monstrous. Each affinity has its own specialty. For example, Might Items tend to give you bonuses during a Clash, while Leadership Items tend to give you ways to manipulate or help other characters. Your Legend begins the game with four Items. The Items your Legend may bring are determined by the Legend’s Item slots. For example, let’s take a look at Valeria:
Valeria has two Prowess (blue) Item slots, which must be filled with Prowess Items. Next she has an Item slot that may either be filled with a Prowess or Might (red) Item. Finally, she has an Item slot that may be filled with either a Might or Cunning (green) Item. This gives you a few different ways to play Valeria if you choose her as your Legend. Do you go all-in on Prowess, or add a bit more Might to your arsenal? Do you throw in a Cunning Item to allow her some devious tricks, or focus on pure strength?
Now that we know how Items are selected, let’s have a look at an Item card:
The War Axe’s ability allows you to Exhaust it in order to convert one Rune icon into an Axe icon. When you Exhaust an item, simply turn its card sideways to note that it has been used. At the end of the Round, turn any Exhausted Items upright so that they may be used during the next Round.
The War Axe also has an Upgrade Cost and a Flip symbol. The cost to Upgrade the War Axe is two coins. Once that cost has been paid by placing two coins on the War Axe, flip the card over and it becomes the Cimmerian Axe, shown on the right. This is the side that will be showing once it has been upgraded. Your new and improved Cimmerian Axe allows you to change any result you roll during a Clash into an Axe icon! Upgrading your Items creates interesting tactical decisions during the game as you decide where to spend your coins, and it also allows your Legend to power-up as the game races towards its epic conclusion!
Here are a few more Items that will be available to your Legend:
As you can see, Conan: Savage Legends has a wide array of Items you can use, making for interesting character builds, tough decisions, and brutal combat as you bring all your weapons to bare against your foes!
Today we’re going to take a look at Momentum in Conan: Savage Legends.
Momentum is gained when you play Tactics cards. We already talked about Tactics cards in our Round of Play Breakdown, but here is a quick reminder of how they work. At the start of a Round, each player plays a Tactics card face down, then all Tactics cards are revealed simultaneously. The order in which players get to go during the Round is determined by the Initiative (lightning bolt symbol) of the Tactics card they played. Tactics cards also generate Coins and have unique abilities that will affect the Round.
At the end of the Round, the Tactics card you played goes into your Momentum Pool. Only Legends may benefit from Momentum, and they gain the combined bonuses of all the cards in your Momentum Pool. The symbol in the upper left shows you what kind of Momentum bonus the Tactics card provides. For example, Mighty Blow has an Axe icon, so it gives your Legends a bonus of +1 Axe icon during every Clash in which they are involved. Momentum may also add Shield or Rune icons during Clashes, or an additional hex of movement during movement actions. In this way, your Legends become more powerful as the game progresses, until they are whirlwinds of destruction barreling through your enemies!
Momentum cards only go back to your hand when you are out of Tactics cards to play, or when you spend them for other game effects. For example, Pallantides has an ability that allows you to return a Momentum card to your hand in order to roll additional dice. These abilities force you to choose between a long-term bonus and a powerful one-time effect which creates interesting tactical choices and allows the strongest commander to plot their way to victory.
Here is an example of a Tactics card:
As you can see, choosing the right Tactics card is a pivotal decision. Do you go for the highest Initiative, the most Coins, the strongest effect, or the Momentum that you know you will need in later turns? Not only does Momentum allow your Legend to dominate the battlefield with the might of a proper hero of the Hyborean age, it also creates interesting strategic decisions that will make Conan: Savage Legends a game that hits your table again and again.
Today we’ll take a look at more Companions that can aid your Legend in Conan: Savage Legends.
Gromel is an Aquilonian and was the former commander of the Black Legion. He encountered Conan in the story The Phoenix on the Sword, one of the ‘Rebel Four’ he conspired to kill King Conan. A giant of a man, always seen in a gleaming suit of armor, he was the first of the conspirators to charge the king.
On the game board, Companions may be upgraded, spending coins to upgrade your Companions unlocks different options, need a little more punch? Give Gromel a bonus Axe Icon when attacking, or are you lacking a bit of protection? Give him a bonus Shield Icon when defending. As the battle wears on, and you need to change things up, you can give Gromel the upgrade you didn’t choose initially. This makes him a versatile combat piece, perfect for flinging headlong into the battle!
Epemitreus the Sage
Epemitreus the Sage is a long-dead prophet of the god Mitra. He first came to Conan in the story The Phoenix on the Sword in order to warn King Conan of the impending coup.
On the game board, Epemitreus can give your Legends a bonus Axe Icon during clashes, allowing him to aid your other characters from afar. Also, upon death, he becomes a Momentum card, which still continues to benefit your Legend. Just as the ethereal Epemitreus came to the aid of King Conan in the lore, so too can Epemitreus aid your Legend from the grave on the tabletop!
Baron Dion is the Aquilonian baron of Attalus. Another of the ‘Rebel Four’ in the story The Phoenix on the Sword, the wealthiest of the conspirators, Baron Dion funded the conspiracy against King Conan expecting to claim the Throne following the Kings death. During the coup he was banished to his estate, lest his cowardice give the plot away.
On the game board, Baron Dion allows you to discard your opponent’s coins, or even swap out Tactics cards for those you already used. While he may not be the ideal warrior, Baron Dion adds a level of tactical flexibility and cunning that may decide the battle!
Pallantides, commander of the Black Dragons, also introduced in The Phoneix on the Sword, where he and his Black Dragons remain loyal to King Conan in the midst of a deadly coup.
On the game board, Pallantides allows you to trade your Momentum for more dice on a single roll, letting you trade a steady bonus for a decisive, one-time boost. He may also improve the movement of your minions. Together, these abilities give Pallantides great tactical flexibility, which make him the perfect ally in a rapidly-changing battle!
Xotalanc is one of three rulers of a lost city which Conan encounters in the story Red Nails. He once ruled the city of Xuchotl with his brother, Techultli, and an escaped slave named Tolkemec.
On the game board, Xotalanc may convert one Rune Icon into an Axe Icon. He also may gain a bonus Axe Icon or Shield Icon for each friendly minion that is adjacent to him. This makes him a flexible combat piece, perfect for leading the charge of a group of loyal soldiers!
The Crawler a giant, reptilian monster, released from the black tunnels below Xuchotl by the Xotalancs, it is the ultimate hunter, staking its prey through light starved catacombs or open field with ease.
On the game board, The Crawler has a pair of truly monstrous upgrades. One converts all of the Runes Icons it rolls into Axe Icons, making The Crawler a fearsome monstrosity in any Clash! The other allows The Crawler one last clash as death takes it, lashing out one final time. These abilities make The Crawler a terrific battering ram to send hurtling at your opponents to disrupt their plans.
Today we’re going to take a look at Clashes in Conan: Savage Legends.
Combat is a huge part of how things are settled in Hyborea, and Conan: Savage Legends is no exception. In this game, the winner of a combat is determined by what is called a Clash. When your character is in range of an enemy, it may use an action to Clash with that enemy.
During a Clash, first, you determine how many dice your character rolls. Your character will have a base amount and type of dice they always roll during a Clash, but they may gain more from items, upgrades, and other game effects. Roll the dice and count how many Axe and Shield icons you achieved. Your opponent does the same for the character which you are attacking.
There are three colors of dice in Conan: Savage Legends, black dice, gray dice, and white dice. Black dice have the highest number of Axe icons, making them the best for dealing damage. Gray dice have a higher number of Shield icons, making them ideal for blocking damage. White dice have the highest number of Rune icons, making them great tie breakers and good for other, more advanced effects.
To determine damage, add the number of Axe icons you rolled and subtract the number of Shield icons your opponent rolled. This is how much damage you deal to them! In Conan: Savage Legends, two characters will deal damage simultaneously during a single Clash, so your opponent also adds up how many Axe icons they rolled and subtracts how many Shield icons you rolled and deals that amount of damage to your character. The winner of the Clash is the Character that dealt the most damage, meaning a character can even win a Clash while defending! In the case of a tie, the character that rolled the most Rune icons is the winner (more on Rune icons in another article).
For example, let’s take the characters Conan and Valeria:
If Conan targets Valeria with a clash, Conan will roll two black dice while Valeria rolls two gray dice (assuming neither character is upgraded and there are no other effects which alter their dice). Because Conan rolls black dice he is better at dealing damage, while Valeria’s gray dice make her better at defending.
Conan has rolled three Axe icons while Valeria has rolled one Axe and two Shield icons.
Conan deals one damage to Valeria (the total of his three Axes icons minus her two Shield icons) while Valeria deals one damage back to Conan at the same time (the total of her one Axe icon minus Conan’s zero shield icons). Each Legend takes a blow, and the battle rages on!
Today we’ll take a look at some of the Companions that can aid your Legend in Conan: Savage Legends.
In a game of Conan: Savage Legends, you get two Companions to fight alongside your Legend. Companions represent any number of powerful and interesting characters, from cunning mercenaries to curious wanderers, that your Legend may encounter and befriend. On the game board they are important pieces, second only to the Legends themselves in power. Here are a few examples of Companions that will be available to you in Conan: Savage Legends.
Techotl is a warrior of Xuchotl and was featured in the story Red Nails. In this story, Conan is a stranger to Techotl’s lands, and Techotl turns on his sadistic brethren to befriend the barbarian.
On the game board, Techotl increases both his own and your Legend’s combat ability when he is adjacent to your Legend. He may also force his opponent to reroll a die during a Clash. These two abilities make Techotl a powerful Companion when he is by your side!
Tascela is the immortal princess of Tecuhltli, who maintains her youth and beauty through the sacrifice of innocent children. She faces off against Conan in the story Red Nails, where she attempts to steal Valeria’s vitality.
On the game board, Tascela benefits at the expense of other characters. When a character near her is killed she gains additional health, and can even return a valuable Strategy card to your hand. With these two abilities, Tascela is the perfect character to place in the center of the action, so you can benefit from everyone that falls!
Volmana is a dwarf, and Count of Karaban. He encountered Conan in The Phoenix on the Sword, where he conspired to take King Conan’s throne. He was so eager to strike Conan down that he flung his co-conspirators aside to get into the fight.
On the game board, Volmana reduces his opponent’s defense when he attacks and he can advance after he wins a Clash. This makes him the perfect Companion to send charging headlong into combat!
Tolkemec is an escaped slave who ended up as one of the rulers of his city. He was overthrown and thought dead, but reappeared during the story Red Nails, where he emerges from the maze-like passages beneath his city where he had lived in secret and madness.
On the game board, Tolkemec may gain coins by turning on his allies! Additionally, if he is upgraded, he may choose to roll an additional die of his choice. Tolkemec is an incredibly versatile Companion, allowing you to gain Coins when no enemies are around and switch between types of dice!
Rinaldo is an idealist and a minstrel. He is one of the conspirators in the story The Phoenix on the Sword where he tries to overthrow King Conan. He uses his songs to sway the mood of the people against their king.
On the game board, Rinaldo may make a minion activate or allow your Legend to move to a more strategic location. While he has no particular bonuses to combat, Rinaldo is perfect for helping to boost or reposition your other characters!
Face of Nightmare
The deepest nightmares made flesh. The Face of Nightmare is the evil demon summoned by Thoth-Amon to destroy his former slaver Ascalante in The Phoenix on the Sword. The Face of Nightmare is a great black thing, born of no sane or human world, and appears as the deepest horror of those who look upon it.
On the game board, the Face of Nightmare can be upgraded so that it moves faster and ignores obstacles. Additionally, it can reduce the dice of those who dare to engage it in a Clash. If you would like an unstoppable monstrosity that hunts your foes as a Companion, the Face of Nightmare is the one for you!
June 3, 2019 – S7 Games is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of War of Three Kingdoms: The Card Game, based on the hit SEGA video game, Sangokushi Taisen. This immersive, tactical card game will allow two players to construct their own decks and control one of three factions as they wage war against each other for dominion over ancient China.
War of Three Kingdoms: The Card Game will be released straight to retail with a street date of October 18th, 2019. It will be distributed by various top tier hobby distributors as well as through Diamond Books to the broad market, with an MSRP of $29.99.
About War of Three Kingdoms: The Card Game:
War of Three Kingdoms: The Card Game takes place during a legendary period in history where the kingdoms of Wei, Shu, and Wu openly warred for control of ancient China. Now you have the chance to build your chosen kingdom by strategically selecting the heroic Generals and Tactics that will comprise your deck and lead you to victory over your rivals.
The base game will include three fully playable factions, comprised of a total of three hundred gorgeously illustrated cards that will bring the War of Three Kingdoms to life on the tabletop. Also included is a sixteen-page, full-color rulebook to guide players as they wage war.
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Sell sheet: http://www.sevenseasentertainment.com/PR/S7G-ThreeKingdoms-SellSheet.pdf
About S7 Games
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