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’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!
Today we're uncovering our first Monstrous based Legend for Conan: Savage Legends – Akivasha, Stygian Vampire.
Akivasha is the eldest daughter of Pharaoh Tuthamon. She was renowned for her beauty. Unable to bear the thought of growing shriveled with old age, she made a pact with the dark gods. She would remain forever young and beautiful, sustaining herself on the blood of the living. Akivasha first appears in chapter eighteen of The Hour of the Dragon, where she attempts to seduce and enthrall Conan as he searches for the Heart of Ahriman in the Temple of Set. Conan realizes her true intentions just in time and escapes as Akivasha’s maniacal laughter echoes behind him.
Akivasha tends to use a mixture of deception, dark magic, and monstrous creatures in combat rather than rely on pure skill. Akivasha has the Stygia, Horror, and Noble traits which gives her access to a wide variety of companions to do her bidding.
With her ability to gain one health each time she activates, Akivasha forces her opponents to come to her and fight on her terms before she becomes too powerful. She also has an affinity for Monstrous, Eldritch, and Leadership based items which gives her a wide range of powerful artifacts to choose from and allows her to command the battle with dark magic and horrific creatures. If you enjoy summoning dark and forgotten things to make your foes tremble then you will love Akivasha!
Today we're uncovering our first Cunning based Legend for Conan: Savage Legends – Ascalante, Baron of Thune.
Ascalante is a former Aquilonian count whose lands were forfeited, forcing him into a life of banditry. He became the leader of a band of outlaws that raided caravans in the desert. During one such raid he captured the sorcerer Thoth-Amon and blackmailed him into servitude. Ascalante first appears in The Phoenix and the Sword, where he coordinates a coup led by the so-called “rebel four” against King Conan. Long relying on his cunning ways, Ascalante plans to betray even his own co-conspirators and place himself on the throne once their plot is complete. Being one to only fight on his own terms, Ascalante waits until Conan is wounded before finally facing him.
Ascalante tends to use tricks and deception in combat rather than rely purely on skill. Ascalante has the Rebel, Thief, and Mercenary traits which gives him access to a band of cutthroat Companions who are almost as cunning and underhanded as himself.
With his ability to force his opponent to reveal their tactics card before choosing his own, Ascalante can control the flow of the battle, always giving himself an edge. And with his affinity for Leadership based items, Ascalante can command his Companions to do his bidding, rather than risk his own precious hide in combat. If you enjoy tricks, deception, and deceit then Ascalante is the Legend for you!
Today we’re giving a little insight into the first of our Prowess based Legends for Conan: Savage Legends — Valeria, of the Red Brotherhood.
Valeria, an Aquilonian pirate and adventuress, first appears in Robert E. Howard’s story “Red Nails.” Conan and Valeria first become acquainted in the jungles far to the south of Hyboria, where they discover the lost city of Xuchotl. The city and its rulers, Olmec and Tascela, hold a dark secret, and Valeria and Conan will barely escape with their lives. Howard describes Valeria as a superior swordswoman, of unusual strength, who is faster and more agile than Conan himself, and she constantly showcases these abilities.
Valeria, as well as other Prowess Legends, tends to use her speed and agility, rather than sheer brute force, in combat. She possesses the Outlaw, Warrior, and Pirate traits. These give her a very wide and interesting mix of Companions to choose from.
With her ability to increase her defensive abilities in a Clash, Valeria can prove to be a very difficult Legend to bring down in combat. Her evasive nature allows for her to be right on the frontline against even the most brutal of Legends. With the right combination of Companions, tactics, and items, Valeria is able to pass along her evasive abilities, creating a fighting force that can stand against any other. If you find a brave warrior, with a multitude of different fighting and play-styles appealing, then Valeria might be the perfect Legend for you!
Today we’re taking this opportunity to give you a little insight to yet another Legend for Conan: Savage Legends — Thoth-Amon, Sorcerer of Set.
Appearing in the very first Conan story, “The Phoenix on the Sword”, Thoth-Amon, temporarily powerless and a slave at the time, used to be the greatest wizard of Stygia. Howard described him as “a somber giant, whose dusky skin revealed his Stygian blood.” With his powers restored, Thoth-Amon’s drive for revenge against his captors threatens the life of Conan as well and places the two at odds.
Thoth-Amon is a Legend who utilizes the Eldritch affinity and has the Stygia, Sorcerer, and Priest traits.
With abilities and tactics allowing Thoth-Amon to manipulate dice and transform results, he wields unexpected power that can catch even the greatest of tacticians off guard. The best way to capitalize on these effects is by building a Warband specifically around his arcane abilities. With Eldritch, Cunning, and a little bit of Monster items available for use, Thoth-Amon excels at keeping his opponents constantly guessing what his next move will be. If you like a bit of magical manipulation in your Legends, Thoth-Amon might just be the perfect choice for you.
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Today we’re taking this opportunity to introduce another Legend to lead your warband into battle for Conan: Savage Legends — Olmec, Prince of Xuchotl.
Appearing in the Conan classic, Red Nails, Olmec is a giant of a man, with a thick beard and the shoulders of a bull. Ruling over Xuchotl, Olmec welcomed Conan and his companions under the guise of hospitality, only to turn on them later for his own devious motivations.
Olmec is a Legend with the Leadership affinity and possesses the Xuchotl, Noble, and Warrior traits. With abilities and tactics available to him that place a strong focus on empowering his surrounding companions and minions, Olmec is more an artful strategist, than in your face combatant. That isn’t to say Olmec can’t stand toe-to-toe with other aggressive Legends. He can definitely lead from the front while bringing an impressive force down to bear. Olmec has many different options available to him as he can not only use Leadership items, but also items for Might and Prowess as well. Giving him a wealth of playstyle options.
Today we’re going to talk a little bit about Conan the Barbarian, in Conan: Savage Legends. Each Legend has an affinity associated with them that influences a number of different elements. Things like building their warband, what tactics they can add to their deck, and just overall general play style.
Through the many Conan adventures Robert E. Howard crafted, Conan has been many things: a thief, an outlaw, a mercenary, and even a pirate, but above all else he is a barbarian. Born the son of a Cimmerian blacksmith, Conan quickly proved his prowess as a respected warrior at a young age by taking part in the destruction of the Aquilonian fortress of Venarium. His heroic feats and countless battles proved to only strengthen his status as a
Conan the Barbarian is a Might based Legend, as you can probably imagine. This means he excels at and has an enhanced focus on aggressive, close up, face to face combat. You shouldn’t find him sitting back trying to take out his enemies with arcane spells. If that is your preferred play style, there are far better Legends to chose from.
Pair Conan with Companions and Minions that can support his in your face style and you will be hard pressed to find a better Legend option then Conan. For those of you who love to stare into your enemy’s souls as you plunge your sword into their flesh, he is the Legend for you!