This week Jesse is back with the third and final installment in Designing a Strategy Card Game. This article covers items such as rarity, power creep, and deck construction.
Written by: Jesse Bergman
It started in 2011 when John Kimmel and I were discussing putting together a video game company. We were testing a tactical arena miniatures game, but that was to be the basis for a new First Person Shooter game. Something magical happened that day when John and I realized it was much more fun to play board games than any of our most recent video game experiences.
2011, was before Kickstarter had exploded with the largest funded Kickstarter game Zombiecide from Cool Mini or Not. Later in May of 2012 Zombiecide would go on to raise over $700K and be the largest board game funded project on the platform at the time. This project re-affirmed to John and I that we were on the right path for making games. Sularia at this point had been in development wiith a few select locals for almost six months. It was nowhere near ready for the public eye. At this time the Jotune, Synthien, Exsularian, and Protoan while designed were called the Shien-Too, Sentients, Waste Walkers, and Beasts.
Two years after Zombiecide’s success, Punch-It Entertainment was officially formed by John Kimmel and I as we prepared to bring a world to the world. We only had a concept a mechanical prototype, and a dream. The world of Kickstarter had exploded, and 2014 started to see a shift from conceptual products to a need for an even more advanced and well-presented product, what many were calling a Minimally Viable Product.
John and I were working hard to make the best card game experience we could, one that was based around our favorite card games such as VS. System and Magic The Gathering, as well as bringing a unique twist by incorporating strategy and experiences players found in Real Time Strategy Video games. Finally, in June of 2015, we were ready to pull the trigger. We invested all the money, time, and energy we could to prepare for a Kickstarter, only to see White Wizard fresh off of the success of Star Realms launch Epic:The Card Game one week before our Kickstarter launch. In conjunction, we made a bold marketing move and invested thousands of dollars to attend Origins Game Fair to capture attention and excitement for the game. The purpose was to hit the 2015 Christmas release schedule and make our mark on Kickstarter with our new release.
Going up against, Juggernauts proved to be challenging and through efforts our campaign funded. John and I worked day and night, earning almost every single pledge on that campaign. We not only had to sell the game, but we knew we had to earn the backers’ trust and investment. It was a very long month for us, and we extended the Kickstarter by one extra week to have the opportunity to earn more backers while showing the game at KantKon 2015, in Kansas City, MO.
We missed Christmas delivery on the product due to a manufacturing delay, but we launched Sularia officially 30 days later, two weeks after our backers had started receiving their copies. We are always eternally grateful for all of the original backers and those of you that have stayed with us through the adventure.
John and I had been told by many that doing a expanding card game is not for the faint of heart. Boy! Those advisors right; we did not understand the scope of work necessary to release these kinds of games consistently. At the same time, we knew we needed an expansion within 90 days, as that was the strategy almost all "industry experts" had advised.
In March 2016, Punch It Entertainment launched Blood, Profit, and Glory, and once again we were successful...just barely. More experts came in and told us that we couldn't release expansion content only on Kickstarter, as the platform doesn't support it well. For the most part, they are correct. BPG, only funded slightly above the funding line, and we are of course are so appreciative of our fans support.
Many experts agree that conventions are the direct path to raising awareness of your game and growing sales. Punch-It Entertainment bought into this idea, and we spent significant money purchasing booth equipment and paying for travel. In 2016, Punch-It Entertainment did 12 different conventions around the area, as well as a few further away. The costs associated with those endeavors were staggering, and we faced our first year of income losses and which left us in a challenging position and left a lingering question: How in the world are we going to make the Protoan and Exsularian?
We discussed and brainstormed this over countless meetings and coffee breaks. Behind the scenes, our development team worked to make those factions play, be balanced, yet fun with the existing product. We still didn't know how we're going to fund the five figure costs of putting illustrations to the product and releasing it as a stand-alone expansion. We decided that Kickstarter would be the best venue.
With excitement and anticipation looming, we hit a development snag. The bookend mechanics for the Protoan and Exsularian, Anarchy and Virus were simply not fun. They ended up staying in deck boxes on bookshelves and players played strategies that felt very Jotune or Synthien. With our two newest factions lacking a clear identity, we adapted as a company and had to issue the dreaded word of "re-design" in our meetings. We are fully committed to releasing only the best and highest quality products in both production value and gameplay. The decision was a no-brainer, but it left us without a single new product for the 2017 year.
With minimal sales in 2017, we were very concerned on how to even keep Punch-It's doors open. We struggled, made personal financial donations to the business, and continued to push the development needle on the Protoan and Exsularian. During that time, with your feedback, we determined that the re-design was successful and that the new factions were fun to play.
We had received so much feedback that a book of our fiction and lore was highly desirable, so we thought. John and I shifted our attention on how to release Chronicles of Sularia. Unfortunately, the vocal minority had overcome the core audience and Chronicles was a dud on Kickstarter. In the future, we still hope to offer a coffee table book on the world of Sularia that incorporates Matt Och's fantastic fiction in the world, alongside the art and development of the game.
In 2018, we decided to launch Reign of Terror - The Protoan as a stand-alone faction pack. The goal was to re-energize our existing fan base and bring back as many original backers as possible. Unfortunately, we were not able to fund the Protoan through Kickstarter and we were left looking at what to do with the game. The Protoan were complete and financially we were in a place where we could complete the remaining illustrations for The Good, The Bad, and The Savage - The Exsularian. We had found a short run print supplier that could help us make 50-100 games which made sense economically.
Our Pre-orders were high, and our community rallied around Sularia leaving Kickstarter. Unfortunately, none of the three products launched this year have provided us with a significant enough uptick of income to proceed. We are back to exactly where we were right after Blood, Profit, and Glory.
So, what does this mean for Sularia in 2019? In September of this year, we stopped working on future content for Battle for Sularia: The Card Game. Without a clear funding path, we cannot keep making financial decisions that do not allow the game to grow. Not all is sour, we believe 2019 can be the first light in developing and sharing Sularia with the world.
That's where you, our most passionate fans of the game come in. Battle for Sularia: The Card Game is complete now that all four factions available for purchase. We are working hard to create an affordable core experience, and we will continue to do so, to make the barrier of entry into the game friendly for all card game players.
Our time is now, 2019 is the year we need you to be our voice. We need you to go out into stores and hold learn to play events. We are counting on you to grow your communities, and we will be right here supporting you every step of the way. A couple of incentives were working on are:
Creating alternate art promo cards for players to earn by attending events.
Creating an ambassador program that builds incentives for you to share the game and grow the game.
We are ready with open arms to support your local game store directly and eliminate the distributor who pushes our games to discount online retail stores. By controlling whom we do business with, we can make sure that retailers can be profitable with our products and support small businesses in your community.
We have some additional news, I do regret that John Kimmel has decided to leave Punch-It Entertainment. John has made the decision to pursue some other opportunities with his freelance graphic design business, John Kimmel Creative. We are sure you will find more of John's excellent work in an upcoming card game called Argent Saga. John leaving the project is particularly tough on us here at Punch-It as we cannot express how much we appreciate his sense of detail, and vision for the world of Sularia.
The ultimate goal for Punch-It in 2019, will be about moving forward and developing new game ideas. We currently have a new deck builder game set in the world of Sularia in testing. We hope to have more to share about the game in quarter one of next year. We now have to build some new relationships with graphic designers to assist in creating the content that John has done for us these last eight years. This will not be a small task, but one that I'm confident we can see through.
I also have many different prototype designs that we will be working to test internally to determine whether they will meet the ongoing standard's we've set out for Punch-It Entertainment games. Both Neil and I will continue to work hard for you and hope that you will stick through this transition year. We are going to work on releasing full art booster packs, which will contain Reign of Terror, and The Good, The Bad, and The Savage. Additionally, Neil and I will continue our Punch-It Plays series on YouTube, and we hope that you'll enjoy that content as well as share it with other gamer friends who have similar game preferences.
We have one final series to release to you in the world of Sularia. The Foundation Series is an Alpha Program release that focuses on sites and making sites in Sularia matter. Sites are an integral part of the game, but many players choose to spend construction points on flashier cards such as tactics, conditions, and combatants. The Foundation series put the flash in sites. The deck builder will have to make meaningful card selections based on construction cost and the impact of the card on the game. You can expect the first release of The Foundation Series to hit the Alpha Program page just after the beginning of the year.
Additionally, we will be releasing a complete content update to The Escalation Series sometime in January, that will modify some of the cards for clarity and gameplay based upon feedback we've received by you our players. That pack will be a single download for the entire series and will replace the individual packages on our website after its release. Punch-It Entertainment has found a way to use a Print On Demand service with our partners to offer the Alpha Program releases printed on card stock. These packs will be at a slight premium, and they will require 3-4 weeks to deliver from their order date. We will offer this service on escalation cards as well as The Foundation Series cards in the Alpha Program in 2019.
Lastly, we have heard from many of you that a subscription service for our Alpha Program would be preferred. We are looking into this in greater detail and hope to have a more concrete plan available in the first quarter of 2019.
I know this update was a doozy of one, with a little bit of good, a little bit of bad, and some hope for the future, but Punch-It Entertainment is not going anywhere, and we cannot wait to share some of the things we've been working on with you in 2019. Thank you so much for being fans of our games, we appreciate your unwavering support and we will see you all in 2019!
Written by: Matthew Greenleaf
Eat Your Tokens: A Sularia Nationals Tournament Report
Before Nationals this year I went on record saying Nationals would be won in deck building. The format was so new and power levels were more theory than practice. No one really knew what was best in this new world where you need to worry about 4 match-ups instead of 2. That means the meta as a whole contains 16 matchups instead of 3. After winning the whole thing I think that was true.
I played a Protoan list whose main goal was not to move as fast as possible. My deck building ethos was generate so much free value that victory becomes inevitable. Even going into the tournament I did not know if this was the right way to approach it. Traditionally you won in Sularia by going as fast as you can. I am not saying Synthien should try to go faster than the Jotune but there was always little value in being the second fastest Synthien deck. Protoan changes all of that.
No card produces more free value than Agropholid Hatchery. With that as the founding principle building the deck becomes much easier. If we are hoping to rely on tokens to out value our opponents than there are actually 2 goals we have to pursue. The first and obvious goal is we need to make as many tokens as possible. The second goal is actually the more important one because it is easier to overlook. After generating these tokens we need to maximize the ways we can translate them into a concrete advantage. Level zero of this goal is maxing out on 4 Blood Lusts. Level one is running two Metamorphosis Chambers and two Ashfall Plains to have early surrender outlets for Tricentis and also pull double duty allowing you to cash in excess tokens for advantages in combat or resources. Level two is including 3 Materox and 2 Parasitex to gain value even in the face of loss. All these layers build an impressive value engine that takes time but output ridiculous amounts of damage.
As I said I liked my chances but was very concerned about fast decks. Right out of the gate I had to face off against the reigning Nationals Champion Dustin. That made me nervous but I was glad to see him on an Exsularian list and not a Kyzr Hekaton list closer to what he won last year with. The Exsularian also want to play a longer game and most of their removal is 1 for 1 so in general I like the match-up. Things to look out for are they are good at attacking sites outside of combat and they can generate surprising value from their combatants activated abilities. My deck did its best impression of an aggro deck and I was through round 1 with a win.
Round two I was up against the other Kansas City competitor Logan and it was a mirror match. Being the slightly slower Protoan deck is especially critical in the mirror match. The early aggression from things like Syrana are too easy to shut down by It’s a Trap. Even without having the answer their window of effectiveness is so narrow they quickly become bad top decks. Being slower and more focused on free value you will often find yourself with more tokens or at least more things to do with them. This match-up also highlighted the strength Disruption. There is so much token on token blocking that a Blood Lust advantage might as well be the game if it lasts any length. Having even just 2 Disruptions was pivotal to winning the Blood Lust arms race at instant speed.
Round three I was paired down and was playing against a newer player with a Synthien combatants list that was just too fair to fight against the free token spigot turning on consistently on turn 2. The Synthien match-up some people like because they see Satellite Network Facility as a breaker. While it can be, I think that as your plan A is short sighted. Despite being slower than the fastest decks tokens still usually end the game before round 7. Also Materox and Parasitex are there specifically to take advantage of tokens dying. Also Mount Killara comes down a turn sooner to consolidate your strength onto a smaller number of big combatants to finish out the game.
Round 4 I played against my play test partner Aidan with his Kyzr to Skobn combo deck. There is not much I can hope to do against a turn 2 or 3 Skobn but I dodged that bullet and won with a stronger mid game. An interesting card in the mirror match is Carapace Dome. Dome is a card that if played tactically can win you races where their damage output doubles yours but it just does not matter because of the hardened and lair keywords.Carapace Dome is an excellent choice when it comes to racing your opponent.
The Top 4
The Semis was a rematch against Aidan who I had just played. Again without a fast Kyzr hand I just out-valued the other Protoan deck. At this point I am pretty thankful for just how good my deck is in the mirror match since it to this point was half my matches. The finals are next and they are against Jasper who won the first ever Sularia tournament back at Great Plains Game Festival in 2016.
Jasper is on a Synthien Combatants list. Our games came down to both of us dead at the end of several of them. Disruption was again surprisingly useful just shutting down late Master Mining Programs forcing him to fight harder for his Sularium. They (Synthien) have to spend sularium for all of their sources of damage so any way you can fight that helps. Some games they will generate too much for the 2 lost to matter but when it does matter it can give you multiple turns of breathing room. At this point I was very happy with my choice of tactics in 4 Mind Shell, 2 It’s A Trap, and 2 Disruption. When the dust settled I had won the finals 3 to 1.
To win there is always an element of luck and I had that in spades. I had favorable match-ups across the tournament and dodged my worst possible match-up of Jotune decks. I also drew like a boss which makes things easy. The Blood Lust showed up for me and so did early tokens in the form of Hatcheries and Tricentis. All in all Nationals was a great event and I really feel I learned something about the game from playing in it. It was for value to chalk up a win against tempo.
Written by: Jasper Birch
Battle for Sularia nationals: The road to almost champ
Last year I had to miss nationals for Battle for Sularia, because I was not able to get the day off. Therefore I had decided that this year I was gonna prepare extra good for the tournament, so I would have a good shot at winning it all.
Yeah, that ended up not happening. Being busy with work, family and just life in general I had not played much Sularia in the months leading up to nationals. With less than a week until the tournament I still had to pick what faction I was going to play, let alone put a deck together. In my head I thought that Protoan was probably the strongest faction at this point, but the deck I had in mind for it was not necessarily one I was desiring to play. So I decided to just build one deck for each faction that I thought would be strong. Even within deck building I noticed that Jotune, as much as I like them, did not seem in a very strong position right now. Exsularian seemed pretty promising, but with the lack of play and the complexity of some of their faction I thought playing it might not be the best idea. So it came down to Protoan or Synthien. As much as I wanted to favor Synthien, the Protoan deck kept beating it in test play.
The day of nationals I had still not really decided. I asked myself if I’d rather play for foil Projectus than for the title (and the foil Johnny’s!). I decided against the Protoan deck, partially because I wanted to play what fits my playstyle, partially because I felt there might be a lot of answers against the Protoan deck I would play. So Synthien it was. My Synthien deck was mostly a renewed version of the Hekaton Experiment deck that won Dustin Rogers the title last year and had been successful before the release of the Protoan and Exsularian factions. Now my version was not as heavily depending on the combo going off, or protecting it by any means necessary. I brought in just a bunch of overall good cards to just have several potential threats coming out. I was planning to make a bunch of sularium with Master Mining and Hero’s Boon and then I had multiple options to bring into play that could become a big threat. After having tested so much against my own Protoan deck I had made a last minute change where I took out the one STAB I had in the list plus a System Scramble (which I never liked in the list anyways), to replace it with two It’s a Traps, since I had issues dealing with the super aggressive Protoan list I had and was expecting to show up at nationals as well.
So here I was, not as well prepared as I had said I would be, with a deck I was unsure about that it was the strongest. Round 1 would be a first test to see how it would perform. I was playing a mirror match-up against Thomas and the first game was not promising for my deck. I kept a slightly questionable opening hand that was light on Sularium generation and my small sites got stomped before I could even get anything going. My confidence level in the deck plummeted immediately. I was just hoping to not lose all my matches now. Game 2 fortunately was the complete opposite of the first game. I played a turn 2 KYZR/Hekaton, and even when that got blown up right away with a STAB, I played a Johnny right afterwards, which controlled the rest of the game. Game 3 was close. It was pretty slow as we both got some dudes out and both had a Centropolis on the field, which prevented any possible attacks on either side. That was, until I drew my one copy of Harp from my deck. I flipped 2 Defense Overrides, played Harp, so I could play a third copy, which killed three sites and left Centropolis open in the back row, so I could hit it with my combatants. After taking out Centropolis, I took control of the game and won. I was happy with the win, but it was not a convincing win to say the least, so I was not very optimistic about my chances to reach the top 4.
In round 2 I was facing Zach and his Protoan list. I had not very high hopes for a good outcome in this match as I was facing Protoan, a faction I had lost so often to in testing, and I was facing Zach, which I know is a very skilled player. Game 1 I quickly got behind and I could never get back into it, the Protoan just making too many tokens. Game 2 went pretty quickly my way as I managed to get a pretty quick KYZR/Hekaton combo going that took care of the little sites that Protoan have. Game 3 was the closest game of the three, and every time I thought I had an answer to Zach’s rapidly growing board, he flipped either an Evasion or a Frenzy to make any combat a bad trade for me. So I went to 1-1, but the loss was not as devastating as could have been. Still I was hoping not to face two more Protoan decks.
But Protoan it was in round 3. I was playing Aidan and he played a turn 2 Syrana. I answered by playing Johnny and after thinking about it briefly I decided that it was gonna be best for me to trade Johnny’s life for Syrana as I could not answer attacks at that point and I could not wait a turn, so he could answer with Evasion on top of Mind Shell. After Syrana’s death, I felt like Aidan had a hard time building up a good offense line and I had enough time to play bigger threats than his and win the game. The second game I was fortunate enough to draw the one card that can ruin Protoan really quickly, and that is double Defense Override. Aidan lost all his sites early on and never got enough Sularium production going after that to get back into the game. So I beat Protoan. It made me feel pretty good, and suddenly I was only a win away from making the top 4.
In round 4 I was facing Colin and his Jotune list. He was to my surprise still undefeated, because I didn’t think Jotune would do well this tournament. In game 1 he definitely proved me wrong. A turn 2 Oathki, turn 3 Fenris and 3 Art of Wars later I was very dead. In game 2 I fired back with Johnny, still my all-star guy, who is very good at killing early sites or taking out small combatants. Game 3 was slow as we both mulliganed into pretty poor hands, but eventually became a battle between the big guys. His Oathki and Fenris were up against my robot army. Fortunately he split his attack, so I could take out Oathki with a Trap and Feedback. Then my robot army was big enough to win me the game.
And suddenly I was in the top 4. I thought: ‘I might as well win it all now’. I think fortunately for me I was facing Colin again, so I avoided both Protoan decks in the top 4. I had more faith in my match-up against Jotune. Game 1 of our rematch went pretty quick. I was able to deny Colin of sites fairly early and snowballed it from there. Game 2 I mulliganed into a hand with 3 Hekatons. I was like: ‘Game 3 it is..’, until I saw Colin shaking his head after his mulligan. I think we both did nothing for 3 straight turns and eventually I drew cards that let me get out a KYZR/Hekaton and another Hekaton. Colin did not draw that well either, so I lucked out on that game. But.. I made the final table! I had not expected that with my last call deck decision.
Then I was facing Matt in the finals. I knew it was going to be rough for me as Matt had not lost a single game all day and he was playing a Protoan deck that makes as many tokens as my deck makes sularium. It was decided that the finals would be a best-of-5 match. Game 1 was a quick stomp. Multiple tokens plus double Blood Lust equals death. Game 2 was better for me, but I feel like the game changed into Matt’s favor after he flipped a Blood Lust make my Johnny trade for one of his many combatants. Without Johnny being able to take out some of the growing swarm of tokens I could not keep up the pace. Game 3 I was off to a good start. I got an early KYZR/Hekaton out and took out most of Matt’s sites. But Lifeblood still provided Matt with enough sularium to play a bunch of threats and Carapice Dome prevented me from getting in a lot of damage. It came down to a last round of attacks. I calculated the numbers and then attacked with everything, putting him at -13. On the swingback I just had to hope he didn’t have a Blood Lust or Frenzy or anything else that would increase his attack. He did not and took me to -12. I made it to game 4, but with him now being on initiative again a reverse sweep was not very likely. And game 4 proved just that. I could not overcome an early Materox and Matt quickly swarmed the board again, taking me out. Not completely to my surprise, Protoan won nationals, but I was very happy that my Synthien list came in second.
I think I also proved myself right to go with my gut instinct to play what I wanted, especially after playing Neil with my Protoan build and making a bunch of little play errors that ended up losing me the game. Overall, my deck performed well and did what it could do. KYZR/Hekaton remains pretty strong, though I did not play against Exsularian all tournament, which has a bunch of good answers for it. Johnny is still my favorite guy and I will pretty much auto include him in pretty much any deck right now. Centropolis still provides a lot of control and Harp was amazing every game I drew her. I was glad I included the 2 Traps, though I was slightly surprised how much sularium I sometimes made. A STAB or a fourth Feedback would have been very welcome sometimes. The one card that I was actually slightly disappointed in was Furtim. Every game I played him he seemed to be doing very little to nothing. I think I also played him over Johnny or a Terminator, where the attack threat would have been better probably. I am not sure if I should cut him, as he is still super strong against Exsularian, Synthien and any sort of Evasion, but just based on nationals I could use the 4 points elsewhere. And as far as dealing with these stinky Protoan, if you have seen some of the Alpha program cards, there will be an answer coming really soon!
Written by: Dustin Rogers (2017 National Champion)
Jesse asked me to do a write up of how it felt playing the ExSularian faction at Nationals. As this was the first time the faction had seen any competitive play in a National tournament, I was happy to oblige. So how did the least well place faction at nationals perform? Well as I pulled an overall 6th placement, it was a rough road.
Let's all go back to why I had decided on this faction…. For FUN! As the faction had the most variability in their playstyle, I wanted to get into my opponent’s psyche if you will. Another player in our playgroup, had given them a fair run, using all of the denial strategies available to him, and that provided for some very long and drawn out games. It opened up my mind to what possibilities that were available to them, Once that strategy entered our play group, of course as the deck brewer of the group, I had to see if i could play them counter to their obvious denial strategy. I built an aggro list that really felt punishing, but was fairly inconsistent specifically against certain Protoan builds. It was tons of fun to play though. It was a deck I had tuned up to compete for nationals, and was seriously a contender. And while I did play ExSul, it was not close to this list at all. So why did I go with a different playstyle, and change it up so close to nationals?
Well this all comes down to what happened with the final release of ExSul. Up until this point we had only been testing with what was the released as the Alpha versions of the faction, and when the final cards we announce there were many changes to some of the cards, and not in a negative or powering down version. There were changes to Anarchist, Anarchy, and biggest of all Village of San Clementa. This got the gears turning in my mind I decided to build a deck that incorporated all of these changes. And all I can say was, it was fantastic.
This deck entered our play group and blew our playtesting meta up!! It was sooo crazy, I just had to run this version at nationals. I spent the remainder of our time testing and editing this deck to be the most optimal. I was ready for nationals, I had decided I was going to run this list, knowing full well I was going to have some trouble with Protoan lists..
So how did the ExSul list fair at nationals… well I think that if i had drawn just a little better, in one game, the whole night may have gone differently. Let’s break down my matches.
Match one was vs the man with the plan who won it all, I did stuff he did more stuff, Protoan ran over me.
Match two was vs the man with a vendetta on me, this was the game i felt draws lost me this one, I had him on the ropes but the ropadopes never came, Protoan ran over me.
Match three was my mirror, the other ExSul player himself. This was without a doubt the best matchup and the most fun I had.
Match four vs a Synth player, I won. I pulled all the tools out of my deck in this match.
All said I know that when my deck won a game, it really won. I honestly think variance was got the best of me, even against some of the matches against the Protoan that I knew were going to require me to get a little lucky to win.
So for all those out there who are curious about adding the ExSul to your repertoire right now, you gotta know your command windows inside and out, and you have to know the other factions as well as everyone else. They require patience and you must be constantly thinking, what the best moves are, far more than the other factions. You must be prepared to play on your opponent's turn more than your own. Or you run an aggro list that's totally viable.
I had to carefully pilot my way to an Exsul Victory and at the end of the day, I would absolutely run them again.
Written by: Jesse Bergman
Happy Halloween Battle Commanders!
October has been an outstanding month for us with the release of Reign of Terror and the announcement for the 2018 Battle for Sularia National Championship. We are rapidly approaching the end of the Escalation series of releases, and we will be announcing the new Alpha Edition Series coming up in January of 2019.
WHAT YOU CAN FIND IN THIS UPDATE:
The Good, The Bad, and The Savage – Fulfillment Update
National Championship 2018
Alpha Program – November Promo Cards
Escalation Series: Pack 9 – Card Update
The Good, The Bad, and The Savage Fulfillment Update
The Good, the Bad, and the Savage have arrived here at Punch-It Entertainment. We are in the process of generating shipping labels and packaging up your copies to ship by the end of this week. This should put us delivering GBS before the expected release date of November 6th, 2018. If you are looking to find out what is different in GBS and RoT, look no further than our recent Omega Update over on our YouTube channel.
National Championship 2018
The Battle for Sularia National Championship 2018 is quickly approaching. The competition is heating up, and early registration is now available. Early Registration will make sure that you get copies of the full art Disruption promo card.
You can register right here on our Website: REGISTRATION FORM
Additionally, we have many really awesome prizes for the competitors, which includes for the first time ever. FOIL Full-Art Promo Cards. The entire prize list and tournament information can be found HERE.
Alpha Program November Promo Cards
November brings a brand new release of Promo Cards. Continuing with our celebration of the release of Reign of Terror, and the upcoming release of The Good, The Bad, and The Savage, this month we add two exciting and powerful staple sites in Ashfall Plains, and Stockade.
These cards will be available on our website for $5 per card per play set.
Escalation Series: Pack 9
Four brand new cards make their way into the escalation series for November, and pack number 9 brings a host of exciting cards that introduce tons of card advantage to the Battle for Sularia game. Each card is specifically designed to be thematic to the faction and provide leverage to escalate their gameplay to entirely new heights.
BLESSED BY THE GODS
For the first time every we approached the topic of what would a 3 construction cost Jotune tactic look like. Up until this point, Jotune construction cost has been pointed directly at their powerful combatants. Player’s have invested dearly in those combatants over the last few years and have been able to leverage powerhouses to the battlefield. To continue with creating Jotune cards that have an impact on the game and escalate their capabilities. Blessed by the Gods succeeds at every level.
With a Threshold of 2, Blessed allows Jotune players to search their decks and deploy a combatant for zero sularium. The search capabilities are limited to a combatant with a cost less than or equal to your current influence generation. One of the significant weaknesses for the Jotune is when an opponent can effectively keep their sularium at bay, and they are unable to build a presence on the board. Blessed represents the idea that now Jotune players can get their hands on powerful combatants without caring about their sularium production as much.
NEURAL NETWORK FACILITY
Continuing the theme of this month’s pack for tutor cards, Synthien will not be left undone. The Neural Network Facility is a powerful 6 Influence cost site that was designed by Luke Greenleaf, the 2016 National Champion. Luke loved Synthien gameplay and indicated that he liked their tactic play in particular. He also expressed sadness that by the late game Synthien were relying heavily upon draw to try and finish the game with a Sularium Tactical Assault Beam or Feedback. Neural Network Facility allows for the Synthien player to get additional value from their tactics still in the deck, but it does come with a 2 construction cost price tag. For a faction with a relatively inexpensive site curve, this is one site we expect many Synthien players to make room for.
By design, the Protoan have a ton of cards that care about tokens and token production. Skriox is no exception to this formula. What the aim in the design of this card was for the Protoan to dial up the exact threat that they need based solely on the number of combatants they have on the Battlefield. Remaining thematic in design is always a goal for us here at Punch-It, and Skriox hits on both the mechanical relevancy and thematic design fronts. Being able to search out your deck for a precise threat and deploy that threat is a power that is not easily overlooked. Skriox has an additional benefit in that not only do you get a threat, but you also get a combatant in your discard pile for those powerful Lifeblood Harvest actions.
HIDDEN IN THE WASTES
Hidden in the Wastes allows the Exsularian to have their very own version of Skriox or Blessed by the Gods. Exsularian players have a desire to care about influence as part of their identity. We’ve seen this on cards such as Tackey, and Keshel Cantina from The Good, The Bad, and The Savage release. We’ve seen it in escalation from Power Broker, and the thread continues with Hidden in the Waste. Well Played Hidden in the Wastes and bring combatants out of your deck and put them into your influence row, and while they may not get played the same as the other factions search cards, it does give the Exsularian powerful influence ramping.
That ramp can extend to playing tactics and conditions faster during a game, or making your Tackey larger. In some ways, Hidden in the Waste can also be viewed as being similar to playing a Blood Lust or Art of War for the Tackey. Of course, if you play the searched combatant, then you are not netting those results, but this gives Hidden in the Wastes a dynamic way to impact all Exsularian build archetypes.
Well, there you go! November is set to be an exciting month in both Alpha and Omega gameplay formats. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Nationals and catching up on some games. We are also excited to see what concoctions you guys brew up for the Exsularian once they are in your hands!
Until Next Time Commanders! See you on the Battlefield!
Battle for Sularia National Championship 2018 is Almost Here!
Nationals is an opportunity for players of all skills to test their mettle against other players. The Battle for Sularia player community is so awesome, that last year we even had players that were still just learning the game competing at this level. The championship last year was won by Dustin Rogers of Kansas City. Will KC take the trophy home for another year, or will a new contender step up and claim the glory for themselves?
Entry Fee: $15
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When: Saturday November 17, 2018
Day of Registration: 10am to Noon
Start Time: Tournament Round 1 starts at 12:30
Set Legality: The Battle Begins - Blood, Profit, and Glory - Reign of Terror - The Good, The Bad, and The Savage - All Mercenary cards including Crazy Joe and Disruption.
Additional Notes: Pre-Registration before November 1st will guarantee you a copy of the participation prize Disruption. Any late Registrations or day of Registrations will receive the prize on a first come first serve basis.
Participation Promo Card: Full-Art Disruption
Top Protoan Player: Parasitex Full-Art Foil
Top Exsularian Player: Solomon Full-Art Foil
Top Synthien Player: Projectus Full-Art Foil
Top Jotune Player: Worgana Full-Art Foil
Winner: Johnny Cache Full-Art Foil, Winners Plaque with Johnny Cache, Design a Battle for Sularia Card for release in a future set.
Top 2: Mercenary Disruption Nationals 2018 Play Mat
Furthest Traveled Player: Lord Oathki Kickstarter Edition Play Mat
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Written by: Jesse Bergman
I'm back this week with a new post discussing some upcoming changes to our content creation strategies. If you are checking out our bi-monthly stream on YouTube, you know that we've been releasing content a couple of times each month on there covering Battle for Sularia: The Card Game.
We have enjoyed our time on stream immensely with each of you folks. Unfortunately, the participation has been hit or miss, and we want to work towards growing Battle for Sularia over the coming year. 2019 will be an excellent year for us to focus our efforts on gaining players and improving the overall experience.
What you will Find in this Post:
Tabletop Simulator Weekly Community Night
Discord Community Group
Website Resource Page Update
While we are not quite ready to unveil the Ambassador program, we will be putting a new post out very soon that will give each of you the ability to demo Battle for Sularia, or run Battle for Sularia tournaments with official prize support from us. We understand that an official Ambassador Program and Organized Play Program is a new venture for us. We've managed a few local tournaments and have leveraged that information to create tournament formats that work based on what type of event is held.
Tabletop Simulator Weekly Community Night
Tabletop Simulator is an excellent way for us here at Punch-It to break down the walls around communities. Strategy card games typically suffer from the common problem of players not having anyone around them to play. With Tabletop Simulator we can break down the geography walls and build a thriving online community where players can hop on at any time and get a game played. Like anything, this requires active community building, and we intend to start that process next Tuesday, October 16th, 2018. Beginning at 7:00 CDT. Neil and I will be online, to teach you how to play Sularia or test your favorite decks against ours.
Additionally, we will be petitioning General Chat inside of TTS to teach players and drive new people into the game. We would like all of you rabid fans of Sularia to help us build this vibrant gaming community we envision.
While we may be discontinuing our bi-monthly live streams that doesn't mean that you won't be hearing from Neil and I... I know, I know we can hear the groans all the way over here at our keyboards. Punch-It Plays is a brand new format for our YouTube Channel, where we will be playing board and card games for each of you and releasing that content. For now, due to some restrictions, we will not be live streaming these games, but we hope maybe in the future to offer that up. Each week Neil and I will be picking one game and playing it. Of course, we want to get you our fans involved as best as possible, and therefore, we want each of you to nominate the game that you want us to play. If we own it, or if we can acquire it, we will play it.
We will begin recording content for the YouTube Channel and hope to have our first Punch-It Plays episode out in the next week or two. We intend for each Punch-It Plays session to be around an hour in total duration unless you guys make us play a game that lasts 3+ hours. Hint... Please don't we are not fans of long drawn out games in general.
The first Punch-It Plays episode will feature PlayFusion's Age of Sigmar: Champions, and we will explain the game on stream, and then play a game or two depending upon time. If you haven't subscribed to our YouTube Channel now is the time, head over there now and in my best YouTuber voice "Smash that Subscribe Button!"
YouTube Channel: http://bit.ly/2CB62mo
Discord Community Group
Over the last few months, we have seen amazing new groups grow around our favorite games all using the app Discord. Because of the rise in popularity of the Discord app, it's available on your mobile platform, desktop, or web browser we feel this is the best app for us to use to build active communities moving forward. We will continue to support our social media groups and feeds, but with Facebook's constant tinkering of our group posts and page posts, many of you don't see our updates.
The link provided for our discord is an open invite, so please feel free to invite any of your friends or family members that play Battle for Sularia or those that you are trying to get into the game.
The link to our discord is: https://discordapp.com/invite/aVJafBe
Website Resource Page Update
We've recently updated our Battle for Sularia Resource Page with the following items.
Errata, Bans, Restrictions
We have updated our OP lists according to our most recent state of the game article back in June. If you missed the post, please head over to this link and read all about it.
Deck building Tool
A Battle for Sularia fan and local web developer has worked closely with us to create an online deck building tool. We are currently in Phase One of the s, and we hope to update the functionality and look over the coming years, but for now, this gives each of you a chance to build decks and theorize about those builds. The decks may then be exported as a PDF for sharing in our Discord channel.
Online Deck Builder Tool: http://bit.ly/2OkovKs
Learn to Play Rules and Comprehensive Rules Update
We will begin the process of updating each of these rule sets over the coming weeks and hope to have the official rule set completed by no later than Mid-November. These rules will serve as the ongoing foundation for all future Battle for Sularia products and will be updated and announced regularly. Please note that The Alpha Learn to Play Rules will serve as our primary rules document going forward and can be downloaded directly from our website here:
Learn to Play Rules: http://bit.ly/2NBDoTg
That's all for now, check back here next week as we announce Battle for Sularia National Tournament 2018. Until then may all your draws be good, and remember it's always better to be lucky than good.
Written by: Jesse Bergman
September of 2018 has been one heckuva busy month as we prepare to launch Reign of Terror to each of you on October 2, 2018. For those of you that have pre-ordered the product, your packages will be sent out by Friday of this week, and you should receive your products by the 2nd. If you have any questions regarding your pre-order, please fill out a submission form, and we will respond to each of your requests as fast as possible.
What you can find in this update:
The Good, The Bad, and The Savage – Development Update
Reign of Terror – Omega Release
Alpha Program – October Promo Cards
Escalation Series: Pack 8 – Card Update
The Good, The Bad, and The Savage Development Update
The Good, the Bad, and the Savage are progressing to the final stages of development. We will begin final Q&A proofing of the print documents for the final print file to be sent to our print partner.
We received all of the final art pieces in the last week, and we have posted them on our social media channels. But check out Sularium Depot below! We love what our artists have put into the Exsularian pieces, and The Good, the Bad, and the Savage is turning out to be one of our most stunning sets yet!
“Sularium Depot” by Filip Depot
The Good, The Bad, and The Savage ships to you on November 6th, 2018.
Reign of Terror Omega Release
Reign of Terror will release and be ready for Omega game play next week on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018. There have been many updates to cards and rules for Omega play. We will be updating our rules document in the coming weeks, to prepare for the new rules. When that document has been released we will update each of you through this blog. The new rules document will be available to download to your electronic device. We are also looking to compile a comprehensive FAQ regarding cards, if you have a question regarding a specific card's interaction please let us know so we can add it to our website.
Alpha Program October Promo Cards
October brings a brand new release of Promo Cards for October. This month introduces two impressive new combatants from the Reign of Terror and The Good, the Bad, and the Savage releases.
These cards will be available on our website for $5 per card per play set.
Escalation Series: Pack 8
Four brand new cards make their way into the escalation series for October, and pack number 8 brings a powerful new combatant and exciting new tactics the core factions. These are cards that deck builders will not want to miss regardless of whatever faction you love the most!
Ashgar's Duty is a card designed by national champion Dustin Rogers. He wanted a card that gave the Jotune a proven ability QUICK. As a two construction cost card, Ashgar's Duty is not an automatic inclusion in Jotune player's decks, but there are specific game archetypes that will benefit most from a card like Ashgar's Duty.
With a fairly high threshold cost, Ashgar’s duty gives the Jotune a powerful way to finish off their opponent in the later stages of the game.
Ashgar's Duty is a card that will see play in competitive formats, and we cannot wait to see how it fits into your Jotune builds.
Last month we introduced Simiann a new combatant that uses Energize as a reliable defensive option. This month brings another Energize combatant to the table, and this one serves as a valuable aggressive combatant for those Synthien aggro lists. Last month's post discusses how energize operates using Simiann. The same rules apply to Juggernaut Mauler with a much higher ceiling.
As a two construction cost card, the Mauler lives in an excellent sularium cost point in their combatant curve. While Hydra Reaver offers a consistent and affordable six sularium combatant, the Juggernaut Mauler pushes the ceiling of power to new heights, extending even beyond the almighty Hekaton Warhulk
Bellowing Roar is a brand new tactic for the Protoan and offers an excellent control piece for the faction. Players will be able to leverage Bellowing Roar by playing the more substantial Protoan threats. As a one construction cost tactic, fitting Bellowing Roar fits into a player's deck easily.
The drawbacks to Bellowing Roar exist in two different spaces. First, players have to decide what four cards of their sixty in the tactic and condition department could be cut to make room for it. Additionally, players have to play the more powerful combatant suite in order to turn on the card and provide a useful result. While Bellowing Roar has a similar effect to Centropolis in the Synthien, it does not offer the consistency and cards such as Evasion are much more profitable in the exchange.
From The Rubble
From the Rubble is an exciting new card for the Exsularian. As a two construction cost card, From The Rubble provides an excellent new tactic that gives the Exsularian another valuable control piece. Synergizing nicely with Anarchy mechanics, From the Rubble allows an Exsularian player to pull valuable high powered sites from the discard pile. From The Rubble can grab your opponent's sites or your own.
It does come with one major drawback in that the site's defense is reduced therefore making it easier for your opponent to remove. Additionally, the Anarchy package tends to push construction cost limits to near break point and From the Rubble doesn't alleviate this. When deck building with From the Rubble players will actively have to find a way to fit the cards all together in their 60 cards and 90 points.
We hope you are all enjoying the upcoming content. We are very excited to get the Protoan into your hands and hope you share with us your decks and favorite cards from the set on social media and elsewhere!
Until next time, see you on the battlefield.
Written by: Jesse Bergman
Wow, did this month go fast! It's hard to believe it's time to write another update to all of you! August saw some exciting new things going on and sets us up for a whirlwind to the end of the year. It's like the precursor to a big storm, you can see the clouds rolling in and the wind is picking up, but you don't quite know what all is in store!
The Battle Begins: Full-Art Booster Pack went on sale on August 2nd and many of you have taken advantage of them and we have had strong sales to start. If you are already an existing player of Battle for Sularia: The Card Game, then you do not want to miss out on this opportunity to bling out your deck. These items are selling quickly and when they are gone we will discontinue them for a while. They may return at a later date, but that will all be determined by your overall demand for the product.
What you can find in this update:
Full-Art Booster Pack information
Reign of Terror development/production update
Escalation Series: Pack 7 - Card Update
Alpha Program July Promo Cards
Full-Art Booster Pack Information
Full-Art Booster Packs were released on August 2nd, 2018 and come in two different product offerings. The individual packs can be purchased for $5.99 or if you want to try out randomized drafting of Battle for Sularia: The Card Game, then you can purchase our 4-Player Draft Pod package for $89.99.
We won't go into full detail on the packs here if you would like to read more about them, head over to our blog post on the packs and get a complete rundown and determine which packs are best for you!
These packs are a web exclusive offer and will sell out fairly soon. Re-order of the packs will not occur immediately, but they may return later this year or next.
Reign of Terror Development Update
Reign of Terror development has been closed. We are in process of placing orders with our printers and we are on track for an early October release. We will begin showcasing more about the release as we get closer to that fateful October date. We will continue to take pre-orders right here on our site. Once the pre-orders sell-through, we will open up a wave 2 for those of you that missed out early on.
If you are on the fence about ordering Reign of Terror, now is the perfect time to get in and make sure that you recieve your copy as it releases.
"Subterranean Lair" by Ascary Lazos
Escalation Series: Pack 7
The Alpha Program heads into pack 7 and the back half of the escalation series release. This pack introduces some powerful new cards, that need your attention. The idea behind the Alpha Program is for you our fans, to get an opportunity to try out new card designs before they are released into the final form. Playing games with these cards and providing us with feedback helps shape the final version of the game. Feedback can be provided directly through our feedback form found here at the Alpha Program page of this site!
Gods Among Men
This card represents a new design idea for condition cards. It functions in two separate ways. The first way is one in which the card gains tactical value in the form of playing the card in a similar fashion to the Mercenary card evasion. While the scope of Gods Among Men is limited to type 1 combatants, it further reinforces the theme we were building in The Battle Begins Starter Set.
When your opponent attempts to target your powerful type 1 combatants, Gods Among Men springs to the rescue to protect them from those effects, however, since it is also a condition card it provides a powerful ongoing effect that indicates that future and existing type 1 combatants cannot be defused by effects. This particular play pattern is narrow, but offers protection from some of the most powerful cards in the format such as Dead on Arrival, and Sularium Tactical Assault Beam.
Simiann is a backer designed card from our Blood, Profit, and Glory Kickstarter. Backer Jim O'Flaherty, who also designed Lady Worgana, came to us with an idea to build a powerful robot that was versatile and flexible. Jim was working on a self-learning AI that each iteration brought a new and improved intelligence. We latched on to Jim's idea and created a whole new keyword for this type of mechanism. ENERGIZE is a dual-modality ability that allows players to invest sularium one action at a time to do one of the two following abilities:
This combatant gets +1/-1 until the end of turn.
This combatant gets -1/+1 until the end of turn.
This sort of flexibility combined with Specialist makes Simiann a force to be reckoned with on the battlefield. Many users ask how he functions, his attack value is facing the limiter of his defense value because if at anytime a combatant has a defense value of 0 it dies. However, on the defensive side, you may continue to make investments that would reduce a combatants attack value to 0 or below 0, while the defense value continues to climb. So, if you have 9 sularium, then you can invest 9 sularium into Simiann's -1/+1 ability to modify his stats to -7/15 making him a nearly impenetrable wall for one of your opponent's combatants.
VIRUS has represented itself as a powerful ability that gives a player the ability to reduce incoming damage or potentially kill off major threats on an opponents board. VIRUS is a dangerous ability that opponents need to respect. A Protoan player has so many proactive ways to net value with Gorgarid while impacting their opponent's board state. Gorgarid is the type of combatant that provides that complete upside of combatant removal/reduction, with an affordable package in their decks.
With a base attack of 2 and a base defense of 3 Gorgarid can focus by dealing 2 damage to a combatant on defense, and then die from combat damage or through a sacrifice outlet to put the two infection counters on that combatant, and effectively deal 4 damage that turn. Dealing 4 damage for only 3 sularium and 1 construction cost is an excellent trade in the game.
Hideout continues the theme of Influence matters. This time synergizing with Ruffian combatants. Hideout at 6 influence requires some work to get into play, especially when many constructed games only play to turn 6 or turn 7. Combined with Power Broker, Exsularian players could see this site as early as turn 4, giving them plenty of opportunities to build up powerful sites, but the less obvious play is the impact that Power Broker and Hideout can provide to playing tactic and condition cards with higher threshold values.
A player also gets additional value by being able to deploy their Ruffian combatants into the hidden zone reducing the number of opportunities that a player has to interact with those combatants. Powerful Ruffians such as Tunnel Rat become very difficult for an opponent to deal with and handle when they are in the hidden zone. Additionally, with a sularium generation of 2, it provides a much needed sularium boost to play more expensive Exsularian combatants.
With a base attack of 3, it is single-handedly one of the most powerful Exsularian sites and a prime target for It's a Trap. Additionally with a hardy 8 defense, an opponent will need to commit serious firepower to the sites removal.
August Alpha Program Promo Cards
This month's Alpha Program Promo Cards are an absolute must-have for any Jotune or Synthien player's collection. For those of you tournament players who have asked how to update cards we have errata'd, then Centropolis will give you an outlet to do just that! These cards will remain in the store until September 18th, 2018!
One last little bit of information, if you didn't see on the Full-Art Booster Pack blog post we have added a checklist that covers every card we've released to date. It is up to date and includes the current Alpha Edition promo cards. If you are attempting to be a collector then this checklist is a must have!
Download The Checklist!
Until next time, see you on the battlefield!
We've been talking about it, we've covered them on Live Stream back in May, and we even ran an invitational tournament with Full-Art Booster Packs. Punch-It Entertainment is excited to release Battle for Sularia: The Battle Begins—Full-Art Booster Packs.
For those of you who know exactly what this product is, no need to read on any further here, other than potentially downloading the checklist for you to reference when collecting all of the cards. You can find the checklist linked at the bottom of this post.
For those of you hearing about this product for the first time here is what this update will provide:
Wait, What, Random Packs? I Thought Battle for Sularia was an Expandable Card Game!
How to Draft
Four-Player Draft Pod Package
Wait, What, Random packs? I Thought Battle for Sularia was an Expandable Card Game!
Battle for Sularia: The Card Game is an expandable card game, which means that the base game will continue to be released in a non-randomized distribution model, where you will always get four copies of every card in the set. The introduction of the full-art booster packs will not have an impact on the actual standard Battle for Sularia game or how it plays. The full-art booster packs are merely cosmetic upgrades for your deck. The packs allow you to replace our standard card with a beautifully illustrated full-art card.
However, The full-art cards also solved a gameplay variant problem for us as well. All of us here at Punch-It Entertainment are huge fans of limited formats in games like Magic The Gathering. For those of you new to this idea, a limited format means that you have a limited pack of cards to build your deck with.
Battle for Sularia: The Card Game has had a semi-limited format in the form of cube drafting. This meant that players could craft a cube of cards and deal out "packs" to players to select and draft. The format was incredibly fun, but the cube always guaranteed a certain number of cards to be available. This was never a truly random distribution and after a few times doing it, you began to know what cards you could not pass on to an opponent.
With the full-art booster packs, now players can execute a truly random limited format for Battle for Sularia: The Card Game. With each card broken down into ultra rare, rare, uncommon, and common, players will have to make choices when drafting as each of these packs will produce unknown quantities of a particular card.
Full-Art Booster Packs will be broken down into the following distribution:
- Two Cards: Rare (Potentially one of these cards will be an ultra rare)
- Four Cards : Uncommon
- Ten Cards: Common
How to Draft
Drafting Battle for Sularia: The Card Game is easy to do. Here are some things that players will need.
- Dice, tokens, gems, and some way to track their life total
- Four packs of The Battle Begins: Full-Art Booster Pack (per player)
Draft Round 1
During Draft Round 1, you will open one pack from your four, and select a single card from the pack. Each other player in the draft will do this as well. Set that card aside, and pass the remainder of the pack to the player sitting on your left. Wait until all players have made a selection and then pick up the pack from the player sitting on your right. Again, you will select a single card from the now smaller pack of cards, and pass the remainder of the pack to the player on your left. This process will continue until all the cards from the packs have been selected. This will leave you with 16 "drafted" cards.
Draft Round 2
Following the same procedure from Draft Round 1, you will open a new pack from your remaining three packs, and select an individual card from the pack. The remaining cards will be passed on to the player on your right. Continue this process passing to the right until all packs have had all cards drafted. This will leave you with 32 "drafted" cards.
Draft Round 3
By this time, you should be feeling comfortable with how the draft works and you will begin by opening your third of four packs. Just like the previous draft rounds you will select one card from your pack and pass the cards to the player on your left. Continue selecting cards and passing the remainder to the player on your left until there are no longer any cards to pass. This will leave you with 48 "drafted" cards.
Draft Round 4
Continue doing the same thing you did in the previous three draft rounds and open your final pack of cards. Select one card from it and pass it to the player to your right. After all cards from this pack have been drafted you will now have 64 cards to work with.
For your first few drafts, I would recommend not setting a time limit on how long a player can spend building a deck. If all the players involved in the draft are experienced Battle for Sularia: The Card Game players, we recommend setting a timer for a 30-minute deck building time limit. Feel free to experiment with this and let us know how much time you feel is necessary to construct your draft deck.
Unlike the standard constructed play format, there are a few differences in deck building that need to be adhered to.
- Each deck must have a minimum of 40 cards
- Construction points on cards do not matter during draft play
- There are no playset restrictions
- Players are not restricted to a single faction during deck construction.
A draft game is played exactly the same as a standard constructed game. If you are unfamiliar with the rules for Battle for Sularia: The Card Game, please reference and download our Learn to Play Rules Guide: Alpha Edition HERE.
Four-Player Draft Pod Package
We know that some of you only want to draft Battle for Sularia: The Card Game and we think that is great! It is one of the major reasons we have designed and built this product offering; so that it is more affordable and easier to gather your friends and draft.
This package will give you and three of your friends a ready-built draft pod to begin a draft game immediately. If you were to purchase each of the packs individually, you would need 16 packs at $5.99 per pack for a total of $95.84. With a discounted price of $89.99, this is the most affordable way to draft Battle for Sularia: The Card Game. Combined with at least four players, this pod package makes for the perfect draft experience.
Individual packs are an excellent way for you to add full-art cards to your favorite Battle for Sularia: The Card Game decks. It gives you that extra cosmetic customization that sets your deck apart from others across the table for you.
Punch-It Entertainment will continue to offer individual packs for players to purchase on an as-needed basis. And of course, we encourage you to trade these cards amongst your friends to help you collect and complete the set.
Attached below you will find the complete set checklist, which you may download and print off. This checklist can be used as a guide to helping you complete the full-art set. Additionally, we have included check boxes for any additional promo cards that may exist for this set.
Written by: Jesse Bergman
We are back again with a brand new update regarding what you can expect this month in the world of Sularia. July is in full swing and as the dog days of summer descend on us, now is a great time to grab a cold drink and read all about Battle for Sularia: The Card Game!
The Good, The Bad, and The Savage an Exsularian faction pack is now available for pre-order on our website, and so far you guys have all rocked it out of the park by pre-ordering and showing your support. We have a little less than two weeks left on the early pre-order and then we are moving on to to the release of the full art booster packs. If you want a more detailed look at our release schedules please check out this post here: 2018 Roadmap
What you can find in this update:
- The Good, The Bad, and The Savage Pre-Order
- Reign of Terror development/production update
- Alpha Program/Omega Program release schedule change
- Escalation Series Pack 6 Card Update
- Alpha Program July Promo Cards
The Good, The Bad, and The Savage Pre-Order
The Good, the Bad, and the Savage are still on pre-order until July 20th. At that time we will be shutting down the discounted pre-order price and the exclusive promo cards, which includes an early released play set of Disruption. If you simply don't want to pre-order we understand and The Good, the Bad, and the Savage will be available for general release in November.
We will continue to provide development and production updates over the coming months regarding this release.
Reign of Terror Development Update
Reign of Terror is progressing along nicely. We are currently receiving the final illustrations, which we will be put into final template cards. At that point, we will run each card through our quality assurance process to look for typos and template issues.
We anticipate that Reign of Terror will be sent to the printer by mid-August and will be shipping to us by mid-September. Because of the process, we are using we have reduced our shipping times substantially and are able to deliver this product in early October is very doable. Of course, if we can speed up the timeline up we will and as always we will do our best to avoid any potential setbacks or delays.
"Deathspore Forest" by Ascary Lazos
Alpha Program/Omega Program Release Schedule Change
We are halfway through the first year of the Alpha Program as we laid it out last December. We are looking to make a few changes in how Alpha Program and Omega Program releases going forward. Up to this point we have released Alpha Program packs and promo's on the first Tuesday of every month.
This release schedule seemed to be working well when it was only the Alpha Program. As we step into the future and Omega Program products begin releasing monthly as well we feel that we need to remain focused at the start of each month on the general release model. What this means for you is that we will be transitioning the monthly release schedule as follows:
The first Tuesday of each month: Omega Program Release
The third Tuesday of each month: Alpha Program Release
Now some of you may already be asking how does this impact the Alpha Edition promo cards. This is a good question, and we have been so very pleased by the response and support for those cards over the last few months. We will be continuing with those cards but they will be released to our web store on the third Tuesday of every month and will be removed when they are replaced by the new card on the following month.
These programs are still a learning curve for us here at Punch-It and we want to make sure that the releases make sense and work within our timelines. The Alpha Program and the Omega Program represent a lot of work for us and we need to manage that work as best as possible.
Of course, we always listen to our community and your feedback is greatly appreciated on these sorts of items. Please feel free to jump into our Facebook community or sign up on Slack to interact with us and let us know your thoughts on these changes. You can always comment below this post as well.
Escalation Series Pack 6
July brings the newest command pack to be released into the Alpha Program. This is the mid-point for the series and with it comes a whole batch of Mercenary cards to add to your deck building arsenal.
The Mercenary faction has always had a big impact on Sularia. Lone Wolf is no exception to this. Many factions find themselves in situations where if they had a powerful combat trick they could leverage advantage in an early stage of the game to potentially set their opponents back. Lone Wolf allows each and every faction early game threats to be site killers.
This is balanced against the cards scope, which only allows it to be played on an individual combatant who is attacking a site alone. This means that while you send a joint strike force of combatants at another site on an opponents board, you are also only sending one combatant at a second site. It is a risk that you are telegraphing your combat trick to your opponent and they may be able to defend it appropriately.
With the Exsularian faction's release on the world of Sularia, there are now two factions who are very good at deploying their threats into the hidden zone. An in some cases those threats may never leave. One of the more powerful Synthien plays is to put Projectus Immunis into the hidden zone and give one of your combatants each round a permanent immunity to damage.
Exposed entering the fray helps players when their meta is running rampant with powerful hidden zone plays. Its ability is simple in practice but can have a big impact on how games resolve. Players can use Exposed to pull a Solomon out of hiding or a Spirit Warrior, both significant threats that can have big impacts on the game as it goes on.
With skillful play Exposed can even get that projectus out of hiding, and help make sure the threat can be managed.
I have already done a write up on Crazy Joe for our Reign of Terror Kickstarter campaign, but I'll spend a moment recapping that here today for those of you that may have missed the article. If you are a fan of the fiction you know that Joe is one heckuva crazy mercenary. He has all the big guns. Joe even set up his shop in the hollowed out husk of a Hekaton Warhulk. He pairs perfectly with Crazy Joe's Explosives to offer the ability to put out and remove two explosive counters, but the depth of his ability doesn't end there.
There are many powerful sites in the game that have activate abilities. Joe allows you two activations of those abilities for a major upswing. Sites like Metamorphosis Chamber, Ashfall Plains, and Hive of Cera in the Protoan. In the Exsularian second activations of Stockade can be decimating to a low sularium cost board state. Of course, we all want to live the dream of a second activation of Centropolis on the Synthien side, and even extra activations of Storm Citadel on the Jotune can have big game implications.
To us here at Punch-It Joe is the perfectly designed Mercenary card because it has impact and value in all factions at this stage of the game and can potentially get more powerful as the game evolves.
Disruption is a card that has a major impact on the game of Sularia. Up until the release of Disruption only one faction had an outlet for defusing condition cards. The Synthien card interference was a monster in the 2017 National format as it put opposing players behind the curve. Defusing an Art of War, or a Master Mining program had very large gameplay impacts.
As more and more conditions come out, it becomes important that a threat exists that helps prevent conditions from becoming the safest plays for an opponent. While they should remain safer than other cards on the battlefield such as sites or combatants, they should not be considered surefire guarantees for success in deck builds. Even if a player doesn't run Disruption, deck builders will now have to respect the existence of the card and its impact on gameplay.
July Alpha Program Promo Cards
With the Exsularian currently in pre-order, we only felt it was fitting that they be the feature of this month's promo cards. Solomon "The Pariah" and Zed "The Constable" both see a ton of play in Exsularian decks and we wanted to provide you with two of the factions heavy hitters for their inaugural release.
We hope you are all enjoying the summer months and still getting a few games of Sularia in, the back half of this year is loaded with exciting stuff from the full art boosters, to the release of both Reign of Terror and The Good, The Bad, and The Savage. We are releasing more information regarding 2018 Nationals in the coming months and we can't wait to see all of you at it and ready to do battle and claim the prize as the best.
Until next time, see you on the battlefield!
Written by: Jesse Bergman
Battle for Sularia has been out for a little over two years now and we love all of the feedback and competition that has derived from its release. Every year in June we revisit the state of the game and talk about any issues that we see regarding the game.
This update always serves to shape the Omega Program for the coming year. In this update, you will find the following items:
- Formats Affected
Last year we errata'd both Verker "The Berserker" and Centropolis to have a construction cost one point higher than their printed values. When we ran a casual tournament at GPGF we realized that many folks had not seen those errata's and submitted decklists with construction costs on those cards 1 point under their new values.
Of course, in that tournament we had everyone update the cards so that they were aware of the changes and the tournament lists were checked for legality and accuracy. We will begin offering updated cards soon on our site to replace these cards if you so choose. Additionally, the Full Art Booster packs launching later this summer will also provide the correct construction costs on these cards.
For 2018, we do not need to adjust any additional cards and we will retain the errata's from 2017.
- Verker "The Berserker" has a printed construction cost of 2cc, the card should have a construction cost of 3.
- Centropolis has a printed construction cost of 1cc, the card should have a construction cost of 2.
Last year we were seeing an alarming deck list arise out of the current card pool that was degenerate to the competitive metaspace. Furtim Braccae was punishing to the meta and there were not sufficient enough answers to provide valuable interactions.
Going into 2018 we don't feel that Furtim Braccae can come off of this list quite yet, but we will continue to test and analyze the meta and use the Alpha Program to determine if and when he can be removed from the list.
With the restriction of Furtim we saw another card rise in power, but typically was not being used in a majority of competitive decks. That was up until recently when internal testing and Alpha Program tournament results showed another card causing very degenerate gameplay states and very high win rates.
While we never take these situations lightly, and we always do our best to balance designs, the first card to be restricted was a backer designed card from our original campaign, and this card is also in the same boat. One of the challenges we faced offering backer designed cards was whether they could be considered tournament legal at all. We ultimately landed on that they should, but they have also proven to be the most difficult cards to balance and develop internally.
As you can most certainly ascertain from this update, we are adding one additional card to the restricted list for the Omega Program this year. We did not come to this decision lightly, in fact in our internal testing we proceeded all the way through Escalation (Command Pack: Series 1) testing and into the Command Pack: Series 2 (CPS2) line of cards before we ultimately decided this card was only going to grow in power with more cards introduced into the pool.
Restricted cards in competitive play can still be used in decklists but they are restricted to only one copy of the card in order to reduce the consistency of the deck.
- Synthien - Furtim Braccae
- Mercenary - Dr. Lehner "Time Hopper"
Last year we determined that no cards in the card pool would require a full-out ban from the format. I'm happy to announce in 2018 that we do not feel that any cards warrant a ban at this time. We always monitor our tournament results, our National Championship, and our community.
Each one of the above-mentioned changes will impact legality for Alpha Program and Omega Program tournaments for 2018 and early 2019. If we see a situation arise that requires an update to this state of the game we will post it on our blog and through our email lists.
We hope that this update provides you with insight into the meta and additionally helps everyone have enough time to prepare their decklists for upcoming tournaments in both the Alpha and Omega formats.
These restrictions will go into effect immediately on this date:
July 12, 2018.
As always we want to hear from you, head over to our Facebook community or comment here with your thoughts on this update and Battle for Sularia in general.
Written by: Jesse Bergman
Hello, Battle Commanders. We are excited to spend some time today laying out exactly what you can expect from Battle for Sularia: The Card Game in 2018. This post will detail all of the Omega Program releases and their exact release dates so that you can prepare and plan for them. While Reign of Terror: The Protoan wasn't successful on Kickstarter we were able to secure some additional funding from an outside source which enables us to pivot and move forward on development of future Battle for Sularia: The Card Game releases.
What you'll find in today's blog:
Previous Battle for Sularia Products
Battle for Sularia: Reign of Terror - Faction Pack
Battle for Sularia: The Good, The Bad, and The Savage - Faction Pack
Battle for Sularia: The Battle Begins - Art Booster Pack
Grab your favorite snack or beverage and let's jump into this update with both feet!
Previous Battle for Sularia Products
We've been analyzing the state of the game and trying to decide what is the best way to make Battle for Sularia: The Card Game as approachable as possible for new players and that the upcoming releases plugin in as relevant as possible. Because of this, we felt the need to re-evaluate Battle for Sularia: The Battle Begins and Blood, Profit, and Glory: Command Pack releases. This ultimately came down to card counts and how to ensure proper balance when Reign of Terror and The Good, The Bad, and The Savage release later this year.
The Battle Begins has 21 Jotune, 21 Synthien, and 3 Mercenary cards in the release. Blood, Profit, and Glory added 4 Jotune, 4 Synthien, and 6 Mercenary cards to the game. As we look at Battle for Sularia: The Card Game moving forward, we feel that the Blood, Profit, and Glory release is so important for every player to have that it can no longer be its own expansion. Instead, we will be rolling The Battle Begins and Blood, Profit, and Glory into one new product called Battle for Sularia: The Battle Begins - Starter Set.
In the short term, users who order this starter set will still receive both packages independently. If and when a re-order is necessary for these SKUs, we will proceed with ordering them as a complete unit in one box. For all of you that already own Battle for Sularia, but do not own Blood, Profit, and Glory; we will continue for only a short while longer to offer the product as it's own separate game expansion. This was not an easy decision for us to make, but as we focus on growing Battle for Sularia: The Card Game this year and into the future, we felt this was our best option moving forward. Ultimately, the goal of this combined offering is to help ensure the most enjoyable game play experience for new players right from the start as well as get them get up to speed more quickly to our existing players who typically own both products already.
Battle for Sularia: Reign of Terror - Faction Pack
We are excited to announce the Reign of Terror, a Protoan Faction Pack for Battle for Sularia: The Card Game!
Release Date: October 1st, 2018
Early Pre-Order Dates: April 20th, 2018 - June 5th, 2018
Reign of Terror features an all-new core faction for Battle for Sularia: The Card Game! A faction pack is a stand-alone expansion that includes a pre-constructed starter deck and additional cards in complete play sets. Faction packs include 25 faction specific cards, with four copies of each card, for a total of 100 cards.
Reign of Terror features the Protoan and new keywords, such as HARDENED, LAIR, VIRUS, and CHALLENGE. Players will find the Protoan introduce a number of exciting new strategies that will significantly alter the way the game is played.
Early Pre-Order Exclusives
Players who participate in the early pre-order will receive some additional exclusives that will no longer be available after June 5th, 2018.
Crazy Joe Mercenary Card
Crazy Joe is a Mercenary that will be released in our Battle for Sularia: Escalation Series - Command Pack expansion boosters in 2019. However, players who pre-order Reign of Terror will get a play set of him to start using early and before his official release in 2019!
Alpha Edition Hive Queen and Terrorbite
Have you seen our monochromatic Alpha Program cards?... No? Then, head over to the Alpha Program page and check them out. Go ahead, we'll wait! Hive Queen and Terrorbite are only going to be available as exclusive Alpha Program monochromatic full-art cards through this pre-order. You do not want to miss out on this opportunity to get these cards. Once they are gone, that's it—they are gone!
Battle for Sularia: The Good, The Bad, and The Savage - Faction Pack
We are excited to announce The Good, The Bad, and The Savage, an Exsularian Faction Pack for Battle for Sularia: The Card Game!
Release Date: November 1st, 2018
Early Pre-Order Dates: June 8th, 2018 - July 20th, 2018
The Good, The Bad, and The Savage features an all-new core faction for Battle for Sularia: The Card Game! A faction pack is a stand-alone expansion that includes a pre-constructed starter deck and additional cards in complete play sets. Faction packs include 25 faction specific cards, with four copies of each card, for a total of 100 cards.
The Good, The Bad, and The Savage features the Exsularian and a new keyword—PREEMPTIVE. The Exsularian further expand the BOUNTY keyword and introduce a new characteristic—Ruffian. Players will find that the Exsularian will not only expand on the depth of Sularia's more colorful inhabitants, but also introduce trickster-ish new ways to control the battlefield through anarchy, deceit, and outright criminal maliciousness to defeat their opponents.
More coming soon!
Battle for Sularia: The Battle Begins - Art Booster Pack
We are equally excited to announce The Battle Begins: Art Booster Packs, a collection of randomized cosmetic-only full-art card packs for Battle for Sularia: The Card Game!
Release Date: August 1st, 2018
For the first time ever, fans of Battle for Sularia: The Card Game can acquire every card from The Battle Begins - Starter Set in full-art glory. As an additional bonus, these full-art boosters will provide players an opportunity to booster draft Battle for Sularia! We are excited to share more details on these packs in the coming weeks and months leading up to their launch on August 1st, 2018.
Keep up to date on our blog and/or newsletter to learn more about these packs!
As you can see, there is a lot of exciting new content coming to your favorite game this year and we want to stay engaged with you throughout the process. We are actively building our community over on Facebook. If you #deletefacebook or never signed up in the first place—no worries—we have established a Slack channel just for you! We hope to hear from you in those places and we will be back next week for an update regarding Reign of Terror.
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