Tuesday, March 25, 2014
YE COUNTDOWN BEGINNETH!
Phew, I just compiled the new beta player list from all the emails that have been gathering in my gmail folder. There is a LOT of eager Dredlings!
Rather than have everyone fill in a questionnaire, I am going to post one up on the forum and you can choose to fill it in as a forum post in the introductions- that way we can all get to know each other a bit- and you may find people you connect to that you can play Skulldred with. Ahh, community.
You will receive welcome mails shortly giving you the password to the new playtest forum- as well as a pleasant little surprise. I will announce the mailout on this here blog- so if you do not get a login, something is amiss- flick me an email!
NEW BETA NOTES
The new free beta is a cut down version of the book release. It is formatted to A5 paper (pocket size). Though it is rather sexy looking, this is only the word file and does not represent the final layout, photography or illustration of the book. Rest assured. It will be even sexier.
The free beta is missing some modules, which will be privately emailed to NDA members.
As promised, with the release of the new beta, I will be reinstating the Skulldred Warband painting competition that got halted when I fell ill. The warband must have between 5 members and 12 members, and must feature either the Skulldred 'S' skull logo or 'Ace of Dread' logo. You are invited to make custom character cards for your warband, and a backstory. Prizes are Darkling Games miniatures- awarded for creativity, painting chops, conversion skillz, profile cards and general craziness- as judged by me. You have two weeks from beta release to finish your entry. May the maddest, paintiest Dredling win stuff! I m looking for diverse and clever use of minis from ranges from any era, any manufacturer. 'Tis the Skulldred way.
The new counters are language free with just an icon. Yep- I am listening!
Combat and wounds/health rules are done. So much nicer now.
Boost dice now equal 1 dreadskull per dice- lowering their worth so it balances out using skulls for extra pips and for standing. Basically you get double the dreds now, and have more ways to use them.
I only had a few hours tonight so I tackled the character card .psd file today and got that ready. I know making custom cards was a big enjoyment for everyone. I have still to do the gimp version.
Now that is done I can make the updated diagrams for the profile building section, pregenerated starter cards.
Only a few days to go. Tomorrow I am training a studio in a software package, but the day after it is fulltime on Dread!
Monday, March 24, 2014
I have just wrapped a big FX job and am back on 'Dred. Yay.
The forum is down thanks to spambots- apparently the inbuilt catchpha in phppbb was hacked ages ago and is useless. I have to install another security measure when I get the time- hopefully the old forum is working so we can use that for this beta. Any advice would be appreciated in the comments below...
Combat is up and running- with fresh color coded diagrams for damage. I ended up going with a drop dice system for damage for this edition. Scoop up winning dice, drop your opponents hits- then any armor they have (most have none- big 1, huge 2 etc).
If the result left is zero- you gain advantage (knock back, drive back, circle or disengage). 1 =down, 2= wounding blow and 3 killing blow. Step up one level if opponent caught off guard.
Friday, March 7, 2014
I will sort that out once I have some free time. If anyone is a master of fitting spam filters and wants some free minis... drop me a line- many hands makes fast work.
The beta proof threw up a bucketload of errors- so I have to sit down and recompile it before beta release. Right now my focus was on a freelance gig... but that wraps on Wednesday- and with any luck I will be hammering the new edition into shape the rest of the week.
I am going to add the campaign rules to the core rule book and shunt several spells and abilities out to the expansion. Skirmish is about characters... and campaign advancement is integral to that experience.
By the way, the one and only Thrud The Barbarian is slated to join in on the fun! A perfect setting for him!
If anyone has some last minute contributions of painted indy minis, terrain or so forth drop me a line!
Thanks a for your patience whilst I juggle life, mini sculpting, freelancing and recovery!