CHANGE, CHANGE, CHANGE... CHANGE IS GOOD!

Written by: Jesse Bergman


Hello Commanders!

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:

  • Ambassador Program

  • Tabletop Simulator Weekly Community Night

  • Punch-It Plays

  • Discord Community Group

  • Website Resource Page Update

Ambassador Program

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.

 
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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.

Punch-It Plays

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.

SEPTEMBER 2018 UPDATE

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 SavageDevelopment Update

  • Reign of TerrorOmega Release

  • Alpha ProgramOctober Promo Cards

  • Escalation Series: Pack 8Card 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!

 
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“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.

 
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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!

 
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Ashgar's Duty

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.

 
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Juggernaut Mauler

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

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.

 
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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.

 
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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.


AUGUST 2018 UPDATE

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. 

 
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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. 

 
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"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!

 
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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.

 
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Simiann

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.

 
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Gorgarid

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

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.

 
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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!


FULL-ART BOOSTER PACKS AVAILABLE NOW!

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 BeginsFull-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

  • Individual Packs

  • Set Checklist

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.

Deck Building

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.

GAMEPLAY

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

 
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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

 
 

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.

Set Checklist

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.  

The Battle Begins: Full-Art Booster Checklist
 

JULY 2018 UPDATE

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.

 
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"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.  

 
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Lone Wolf

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.

 
 

Exposed

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.

 
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Crazy Joe

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

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!

BATTLE FOR SULARIA 2018 PRODUCT ROADMAP

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.

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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!

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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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APRIL 2018 UPDATE

Written by: Jesse Bergman


Hello, battle commanders back again with a brand new update regarding what you can expect this month in the world of Sularia. April is a very much for Battle for Sularia and the Alpha Program. Read on to learn about the Kickstarter, and the April Alpha Program updates.

Reign of Terror: The Protoan is now funding on Kickstarter and we have until April 20th, 2018 to reach our goal of $9,975. The Alpha Program continues to evolve and we will discuss all of those things in this update.

What you can find in this update:

  • Kickstarter - Reign of Terror: The Protoan
  • Command Pack Series 1: Pack 3 Card Update
  • Alpha Program April TTS Tournament and Info
  • Alpha Program April Promo Cards

Kickstarter - Reign of Terror: The Protoan

Reign of Terror: The Protoan was launched on Kickstarter March 27th, at 10:00 am and a number of our faithful backers were ready to pledge. Because of that, we had our second best opening day on a Kickstarter ever. Our best is still held by Blood, Profit, and Glory.  The Protoan missed the mark of best by 8 backers is all. We love all of the support and want to take a moment just to thank all of you for being so awesome!

We've had numerous reviews come in before the campaign and it has been very encouraging as we have not had a single negative review from anyone at all! This is astounding and we cannot be more pleased with the results.

To learn more about the campaign please head over to: Reign of Terror: The Protoan

We also started testing a brand new idea of live streaming across YouTube. Our first stream can be viewed HERE.

We also did a Let's Play session using the Protoan which can be watched HERE.

Going forward in this campaign and potentially post campaign we will be hosting live stream Let's Plays of the Alpha Cards each Wednesday, starting at 7:00CDT and going for one hour. We hope many of you will tune in and potentially get a game or two in with us over Tabletop Simulator.



Command Pack Series 1 Pack 3

April brings the newest command pack to be released into the Alpha Program and much like March's release, there are some cards here your collection simply cannot be without.  

Jotune Card

This month's Jotune card is a fantastic and affordable tactic. Path of Enlightenment is a serious contender for the card of the pack allowing the Jotune to have a draw engine outlet for any sularium they might have laying around. This card is how the Jotune players can fuel more combatants into their hands and boy is it nice to deploy a Gray Harrier and before it resolves, pay additional sularium to draw cards to your hand.

With the state of the Jotune currently, if a player built a lower cost curve of combatants in their deck, they would start to rely solely on top decking after round 4 or 5. With Path, they can refuel their hand of cards more effectively and strategically, instead of relying only on luck. Which, thematically speaking, also matches up with their superior tactics and focused training—according to their lore.

 
 

Synthien Card

Not to be outdone by the Jotune, the Synthien are ready to turn up their power to 11. Neural Network Boost is another powerful Synthien condition. At 4 cc (construction cost) and 2 sularium maintenance, this card is both expensive in deck building and expensive to remain in play. What makes Network Boost more reliable than Path for the Jotune is the consistent one extra card during the draw phase.

Additionally, combining this card with Dr. Lehner gives the Synthien player 6 cards before your opponent is allowed to draw. This is a very powerful card for the Synthien, but one that they can afford with their enhanced ability for the mining and processing of sularium.

 
 

Protoan Card

The Protoan are getting a brand new Type 1 site to add to their arsenal in pack 3 and this card is quickly becoming one of our favorites in deck builds. At 3 cc, it is expensive to play, but more than makes up for it in gameplay impact. Coming in as a four influence site, Hive of Cera does just about everything a Protoan player could ask for. The birthing grounds of the original Primordial Cera from pack 1, the Hive is going to produce more 1/1 Terrorbite tokens. Not only that, it will allow you to search for additional copies of Cera for buffing your Primordial Cera even faster.

Combined with Crazy Joe, the Primordial Cera will become a monster on the battlefield very quickly and one that the opponent cannot allow to remain unchecked.

 
 

Exsularian Card

The Exsularian are a faction never to be outdone by the others on Sularia. They have fought, salvaged, and gambled their way to a place in the world and Feeling Lucky is right at home with this faction. Following the theme from last month's card, the Exsularian care about their influence on the world of Sularia, and nothing like a little Power Broker'ing to success with Feeling Lucky.

Don't have a site to play this turn?—no problem—if you're Feeling Lucky, you'll likely end up with a handful of powerful tactic and condition cards. Everything an Exsularian player could hope for to ensure victory against the steepest of odds.

 
 

April TTS Tournament 

It's time to signup again for our monthly Tabletop Simulator tournament. This month will be held on April 14th at 12:00CDT. The entry is free to anyone with the mod, and the prize to the winner will be their choice of an Alpha Promo card set from April. Normally, we try to hold these tournaments on the third Saturday of every month, but we will be attending Pretzcon and running a real life Alpha Tournament there instead.

Sign up for free on our Alpha Program page

Additionally, all Alpha Program cards released to date, including April's pack, are legal for this tournament and can be found inside the mod. 


Alpha Program April Promo Cards

The Alpha Program April promo cards will be released today for you to begin pre-ordering. You can expect an email coming soon after this update with the promo codes for these cards. If you are not already signed up for the Alpha Program, be sure to signup on our Alpha Program page and you should receive the email codes in your inbox in about 24 to 48 hours after you signup. Be sure to check your spam folder though, as many users have reported the email going straight to spam.

In celebration of the Kickstarter, let's officially welcome the Protoan to the Alpha Program with the brand new monochromatic cards for Parasitex and Syrana. You will not want to miss adding these to your collection!

 
 

April looks to be an absolutely awesome month to be a Battle for Sularia fan and we hope you agree. Be sure to check us out on our live streams during the campaign and don't forget to get your promo cards ordered before they leave the store!

Until next time, see you on the battlefield!

REIGN OF TERROR: THE PROTOAN KICKSTARTER—STARTS IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS!

REIGN OF TERROR: THE PROTOAN KICKSTARTER—STARTS IN LESS THAN 24 HOURS!

The Reign of Terror: Protoan is less than 24 hours away to go live! We're very excited to have the game move forward in this direction. We're also extremely grateful for the support and patience our community has had for this new stand-alone expansion to come out.

ALPHA PROGRAM MARCH 2018 UPDATE

Written by: Jesse Bergman


Hello, commanders back again with a brand new update regarding what you can expect this month in the Alpha Program. March will see lots of activity involving Battle for Sularia and the Alpha Program and we can't wait to show you this month's cards and brand new promo cards!

The Alpha Program is now in high gear as over 50 of you have downloaded the program since it's inception! We are so very pleased with the amount of participation and feedback we are getting. 

What you can find in this update:

  • Kickstarter - Reign of Terror - Part 1 - Protoan Faction Pack
  • Command Pack Series 1: Pack 2 Update
  • Alpha Program March Tabletop Simulator Tournament and Info
  • Alpha Program March Promo Cards

Kickstarter - Reign of Terror - Part 1 - Protoan Faction Pack

 
 

The Protoans are coming to Kickstarter on March 20th of this month and here is what you can expect from the campaign.

We had discussed in the Future of Sularia update that we would be running the campaign with only trying to fund the remaining art needed for this faction. When we started doing the math on this we realized we should probably just simplify things and offer a single pledge that would get you Faction Pack: Protoan. Existing Battle for Sularia customers will pledge for the Protoan and they will be delivered later this year. No need to hold onto your coupon code and order them from us at a later time. 

Additionally, if you are a new Battle for Sularia customer you will find an additional pledge amount that will get you all of the content up to and including the Protoan. This will bring you up to speed with anyone else that is already into the game.

You will find in this campaign a few things of interest.

  • New Playmats
  • Add on Accessories
  • Add on Promo Cards
  • Social Stretch Goals
  • Stretch Goals to make Reign of Terror—Part 1 a retail pack versus a print-on-demand project.
  • Alternate Art Card Stretch Goals
  • Faction Pack: Exsularian Stretch Goal

We will be announcing more about this soon, but be sure to mark your calendars as we will go live at 10:00 am CDT on March 20th. Over the coming weeks, we will create an event in our Battle for Sularia Facebook community that you can join and we might even be doing a few fun things there during the campaign that you won't want to miss!


Command Pack Series 1: Pack 2

 
 

March signifies the newest command pack to be released into the Alpha Program and much like February's release, there are some cards here your collection simply cannot be without.  We have decided internally that we will not be issuing errata's to alpha cards as we get feedback. Instead, your feedback will be directly applied to the final Omega Program releases based on everything we've collected from you as well as from our internal testing. So please rest assured that we've heard you and we are going to make changes, we just are not going to deploy those into the Alpha Program. So without further ado, we should dive right into this month's promo cards.

Jotune Card

This month's Jotune card is a doozy. A brand new Jotune Type 1 combatant for 3 sularium and only 1 construction cost! Jotune deck builders can now rejoice as they incorporate strong combatants that cost points without needing an expensive type 1 to enable the Art of War. 

To further push the Jotune strategies, Lord Ashgar poses a powerful ability that lets him defuse tactic cards! This is just the first of many cards that will start to see a major uptick in counter play existing in the metagame. Not only for the Jotune but for the other factions as well.

 
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Synthien Card

The Synthien have always had big powerful mechanized robots like the Hydra Reaver, Assault Synthoid, and everyone's favorite Hekaton Warhulk. For those of you that prefer to play Synthien for their combatants then this month's combatant is perfect for your arsenal. The Warp Stalker is a powerful 2 sularium combatant for play. At 5 attack and 1 defense, the stalker is vulnerable to direct damage counter play from the likes of Booby Trap, Vassad Saboteur, and Solomon. But the ability and Hidden more than compensate for this weakness. 

At 3 construction cost, the Warp Stalker is expensive in the deck, but this decision was based on the idea of preventing huge burn tactics like Feedback, Sularium Tactical Assault Beam, and the early game aggro threat from taking over the meta. We do look forward to hearing your thoughts on this card because it has the unique ability of really pushing through early sights, and a single Animus turns it into a 7/1 Alpha Strike!

 
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Protoan Card

Last month the Protoan got a type 1 combatant that showed how each card in their deck will have significant value. This month the Protoan are getting a card that prevents getting hard locked in one of their most challenging matchups. Protoan players will begin to fear the Synthien as cards like Sularium Storm, Centropolis, and Satellite Network Facility are very good against them. Infestation presents for the first time ever a card that defuses a site and its abilities. Much like how Interference or Disruption can hit conditions, Infestation is providing the same ability targeted directly at our opponent's sites. 

As a reminder, this defuse ability will not only remove the card text from the text area, it also can turn off the built-in sularium production of that site. This is a powerful tactic for the Protoan to use to help keep and maintain their tempo after board wipes and other major controlling efforts. Please remember with this card that it cannot target a site that is resolving off of the command chain, that site must resolve to play before it can become a legal target for infestation.

 
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Exsularian Card

Power Broker represents exactly what the Exsularian want more than anything, influence, on the world of Sularia. With each Power Broker in play, Exsularian players can push up their influence level significantly, allowing themselves to potentially skip the middle of the site curve and go on to much larger influence costing sites.

Additionally, Power Broker helps synergize and push up one of their most effective 1 construction cost combatants—the Tackey. Exsularian combatant strategies should have some number of Tackey cards in their deck, and Power Broker at this stage is pushing players deeper into Tackey as a staple. Additionally, Power Broker used during the Influence phase also increases your Influence generation, enabling some of those higher cost tactic and condition cards to come online earlier in the game than they can without Power Broker.

 
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March TTS Tournament 

We have on our site at the time of this blog update the signup for the March Tabletop Simulator Tournament. The winner of this tournament will get a set of either Projectus Immunis or Lord Oathki "The Hawk" Alpha Program cards for free! 

The tournament will be held on Saturday, March 24th, starting at 12:00CDT and should hopefully be concluded by no later than 6:00 pm that day. However, that is subject to change based on participation. If we have less than 8 players we will play a round-robin format, and over 8 players we will switch to a Swiss format. At 16 players we will cut after 4 rounds to the top 4 and play a semi-final and final match.

Sign up for free on our Alpha Page. Please remember that CPS1P2 is legal in this tournament.

 

 
 

Alpha Program March Promo Cards

The Alpha Program march promo cards will be released today for you to begin pre-ordering. You can expect an email with the codes for these cards today, and if you are already signed up for the Alpha Program you are good to go to purchase them. If you are not signed up, be sure to use the signup form on the page and we will email you the promo codes within 48 hours of your signup. If you do not get the email, be sure to check your spam folder, then please email us at webmaster@punchitent.com and we will provide you with the codes directly.

Let's officially welcome Projectus Immunis and Lord Oathki "The Hawk" to the Alpha Program! We think they look pretty awesome and hope you do too!

 
 

Phew, March is a busy month, but we are super excited at the possibilities and cannot wait to add even more to the list as we go. As always stay in touch with us by signing up for our newsletter or following us on your preferred social media platform and we will be back soon with even more exciting stuff to talk about.

ALPHA PROGRAM FEBRUARY 2018 UPDATE

Written by: Jesse Bergman


Hello, battle commanders. We’re back here again with a brand new update regarding what you can expect in the Alpha Program. This February will see lots of activity involving Battle for Sularia and the Alpha Program as well as our website.

John is working very hard to roll out our new web platform and we had hoped to have this site rolled out by now, but like all good things, it takes time and we have to wait just a bit longer. The Alpha Program doesn't wait for our new website, so we are going to continue to push content forward and out to you over the coming weeks.

What you can find in this update:

  • Command Pack Series 1: Pack 1
  • Alpha Program TTS Tournament and Info
  •  New Alpha Program page on our website for all things related to the Alpha Program.
  • Learn to Play Alpha Rules
  • Alpha Program February Promo Cards

Command Pack Series 1: Pack 1

On February 6th, 2018 we will release Command Pack Series 1: Pack 1. Which is a really fancy name for 4 brand new cards inserted into the Alpha Program. As a reminder, these cards are completely legal and ready to be played in Alpha format events. So get to downloading these print and play files as soon as possible because you do not want to miss out on some of these cards.

Card #1 - Harrier's Perch

Harrier's Perch is a brand new idea for a mechanic inside of Battle for Sularia and one that is unique compared to other strategy card games. We are beginning to play with an idea of reducing card construction cost by paying for other cards.

Harriers Perch is the culmination of that idea, where players can invest in it and get a powerful ability that allows you to search for a Gray Harrier. Additionally, it drops the construction cost of cards with Harrier in their name to one! We cannot wait to see what all of you Battle Commanders come up with and as you can be assured we are preparing to play more on this card in the future, with more Harrier fliers in the Jotune design.

Card #2 - Sularium Storm

Continuing in the spirit of the design of Harrier's Perch, the Synthien get a powerful new ability card and one that helps keep those Harriers from getting too far out of line. Sularium Storm is a powerful new direct damage ability that gives the Synthien a great answer to many of the powerful meta decks. In addition, Sularium Storm reduces the construction cost of Sheild Generator Installation to one.

This enables the Synthien player to build with more powerful effects by reducing the number of sites that cost more than one. Freeing up valuable construction points gives Synthien players many new options.

Card #3 - Mayhem

Mayhem is a powerful condition for the Exsularian. The Exsularian have two, already good, conditions in the form of Distraction and Secret Stash, but Mayhem gives them one of their first proactive condition cards and boy is it a doozy.

Players against Exsularian better be ready for the onslaught of site punishing removal cards and adjust their strategies to compensate for the early site losses.

Card #4 - Primordial Cera

Primordial Cera continues on the design thread of powerful mythical creatures in the Protoan design. We established this thread in Reign of Terror with Syrana, Parasitex, Dragos, and SKOBN. The main difference being is that Primordial Cera offers a powerful Type 1 that only costs one construction point to place into the deck.

The Cera continues to grow more and more powerful with each new deployment, which is also a great new mechanic that plays off of the draws where player's get more than one copy of it. This continues the thread of player's having uses for Protoan type 1’s when an additional copy is drawn.

Alpha Program TTS Tournament

I am excited to announce our first every Alpha Program TTS Tournament. It will be held on Saturday, February 17th, 2018 starting at 12:00 pm CDT. The Registration for the tournament will be uploaded within the next few days to our web store and will be a free entry.

The prize pool for this tournament will be one playset of either the Alpha promo Animus Vox or Lord Fenris. Depending on the entry count the tournament will be either a round robin or a swiss round system with qualifiers. This decision will be made prior to the tournament and be communicated with entrants at least 24 hours before the tournament start time.

You will need an updated copy of the Battle for Sularia mod found on Tabletop Simulator. You can download the mod today, and before the tournament, the Reign of Terror and CPS1 Pack 1 cards will have been added and updated appropriately. We are aiming to have this update completed by early next week.

Use this link if you already have TTS and just need to get the Official modification:

Download from Here

Introducing the Alpha Program Resource Page

Our website is receiving a new link and subsection under Products -> Battle for Sularia. This new subsection is called Alpha Program and is the definitive resource for all Alpha Program material.

You can jump to that section of this site by following this link:

Alpha Program Page

The page is laid out with the latest Alpha Program release featured at the top, next you will find the Alpha Program signup form, followed by this month's current Alpha Program promo cards, and then finally you will be able to provide feedback regarding any of the Alpha Program cards through our feedback submission form.

We hope that you will bookmark this page and return to it often as your feedback is crucial to the success of the Alpha Program. Please note, when John has the new site up and running in the next week or so, we will send out an update on this link. The Alpha Program and the future of Sularia design are directly impacted by you the players, and this means open lines of communication are imperative for this program and idea to be successful. While feedback is purely optional, we do appreciate it greatly!

Learn to Play Alpha

As mentioned previously your feedback is so crucial to Battle for Sularia's success. The first line of defense in that is our rules and updates to the rules. We need your help as valuable Alpha Program members. Please read through this document and use our feedback form to report any issues.

Learn to Play Free Download

Nothing is out of bounds on this feedback, if you feel the rules need a better layout, need more information, less information? You are our first line of defense in releasing high-quality products.

We hope that your feedback will begin coming in rather soon, in order for us to turn this document over to John and let him do his design wizardry that makes all Punch-It products adhere to the highest quality possible.

February Alpha Promo Cards

Not much to say here, if you are an Alpha Program member you will be receiving an email shortly that will have the promo codes necessary to order these cards for $5 + shipping. For those of you overseas, have no fears, we've been able to secure a reasonable way to ship these cards to you each month which for the first time ever will allow our website to ship directly to Canada, and the EU. Please keep in mind these promos will originate from the US so we cannot guarantee there will not be import surcharges, but as our game continues to grow we will continue to expand our fulfillment channels and make additional improvements.

Now onto the Cards Themselves!

 
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I hope you think these look as good as the team here does! John keeps pushing the limits on what we can do with our original card designs and this is another great example with how versatile those designs have been. We think every Battle for Sularia collector will want to add these to their collections. These cards will not remain in our store forever, in fact, they will be removed from the store February 28th, 2018. So don't delay and get your orders in before then. Because once they are gone, they will not return. Seriously. You can expect brand new promo cards in March—boom!

Well, that's it for this update. Thanks for getting this far!  And as always, if you have any questions please feel free to comment below and don't forget to like this post and maybe consider sharing it with your local communities as well.

Until next time Battle Commanders!

AN INTERVIEW WITH NATIONAL CHAMPION, DUSTIN ROGERS

Written by Jesse Bergman


I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Battle for Sularia's 2017 National Champion, Dustin Rogers, from Kansas City, Mo. Dustin and I discussed how he got into Battle for Sularia, his process to prepare and win Nationals, his thoughts on an underplayed card, and the Alpha and Omega Program. You do not want to miss out on his insight!


 
 Nationals 2017, From Left: Jesse Bergman, Dustin Rogers, and John Kimmel

Nationals 2017, From Left: Jesse Bergman, Dustin Rogers, and John Kimmel

 

Jesse Bergman: I have the pleasure today of interviewing the Battle for Sularia 2017 National Champion, Dustin Rogers. Dustin, obviously I want to give you a big congratulation on the win, I know that field was diverse and very well played. Before we jump into your Nationals experience, let's talk a little about your card game history. Is Battle for Sularia your first strategy card game?

Dustin Rogers: First of all, thank you for inviting me to do this interview. (super politician during a debate right there) My strategy card game history started, as many players in my age bracket all seemed to start, with the American launch of Pokemon. After that game became stale, and let's face it, I was young and I didn't commit to anything back then, I moved onto a game titled Young Jedi. It was released after the Phantom Menace was released. I gave that game up after a couple of years as well, as the content was not forthcoming. Then there was a 17-year hiatus from strategy card games, a short break, and I made my glorious return to the card game world with Battle for Sularia.

Jesse: That is a pretty diverse, I consider myself a pretty avid card player, but I've never heard of the Young Jedi game. That is pretty awesome! So after 17 years what was it about Battle for Sularia that drove you back to strategy card games?

Dustin: I think it was the planets that aligned, a perfect storm of my yearnings that ended in my picking up of Battle for Sularia. I am an avid science fiction connoisseur, so it spoke to me thematically. Coupled with the amazing art that was enticing and vivid. If that wasn't enough, which it certainly should have been, it was a new concept (to me) of a strategy card game that was not a trading card game, yet containing all of the joys of deck building as one of the pillars. It all hit me at once, in one demo. (Thanks, Matt Ochs.) I had been looking for this exact style of game at the exact moment it appeared.

Jesse: So Sularia grabbed your attention? When you played your first game, what exactly said to you—man, I have to have this game? Was it the Deckbuilding? A certain faction?

Dustin: I know that I had spent a major chunk of my play time, just fascinated with all the possible play combos. My head was just running a bunch of the "what-if" scenarios in my head even after the game was over. I also remember thinking that here is a game with a level playing field. I won't get beat by a bank account, and I won't win in that fashion either. I liked that it was how well I played with what deck I built.

Jesse: Very true, that was, and has always been, the goal of Battle for Sularia. So when you first started playing the game, which faction drew you in?

Dustin: I think it was the Jotune faction, that honestly pulled me in at first. It was pretty obvious there were some serious attack numbers that you could put on the board, and then boost those numbers to indefensible heights.

Jesse: That's interesting, yet when you went to Nationals, you decided to run a Synthien combo deck. Were you fearful that the Jotune simply wouldn't compete or what was your rationale?

Dustin: Well, even up through Regionals, I was still running Jotune. It was the Jotune faction I competed with at Regionals. When it came time to get serious about Nationals, and to really tune what I was going to run, I had been toying with K.Y.Z.R. builds, with both factions and I just really enjoyed how well I had built my Synthien, K.Y.Z.R. combo. So that was what I focused on, getting that deck tuned and ready to compete.

Dustin: I want to add that, here in Kansas City, K.Y.Z.R. decks, they were not in our meta. So he was also a unique approach, from those of us out here who were playing.

Jesse: That's interesting that K.Y.Z.R. decks weren't really pushing the meta in KC. They had become so prominent around here that many were playing cards specifically to counter against him.  Obviously, the plan paid off, as you won Nationals 2017. Take me through your preparation for that tournament. It sounds like you used the Regional to decide what to run, and then once you committed how much time did you spend practicing with your deck?

Dustin: Let's step back just one step, I just went to Regionals. That was as far as I had intended to go. I hadn't even considered going to Nationals before Regionals was a wrap. My major match partner, Logan, was actually the one who both won Regionals, and had decided to go compete in Nationals. That moment was when I got serious about my tournament deck. So we both struck out to be as ready as we could, and after I settled on a general deck build I probably played at least 100 matches to not only tune my deck but also to tune my play style. I had to get all those pesky rookie mistakes out of my game. I honestly was thinking in the month leading up to Nationals, when I lose it will not be because I messed up, but because I was beaten. I was going to go down swinging.

Jesse: That is awesome that you have a great test partner in Logan. So how many of those 100 matches do you think it took to dial your card selection in and what was maybe the most difficult decision you had to make in final preparation for you Nationals list?

Dustin: I would say the first quarter of the matches we deck tuning. It was like play 6 to 10 matches, let the deck get a feel, for what worked, and what needed shored up and then adjust with a few card changes. I remember my last major change was adding in Projectus. Then I just tuned how many numbers of each card I wanted. All of these were small tweaks though, I was happy with my decklist as a general rule. I think the hardest decision was figuring out what was going to be my general strategy, but once I had committed to my general path, I didn't turn back.

Jesse: Yeah, we do believe in order to find success with tournament play, committing to a plan and doing the best at it will always be better than any list just thrown together. So you obviously have a very strong handle on the deck building and 60/90 construction system. If you had to go back to your early days in Sularia, what would you wish a more experienced player could tell you to help get you off the ground with your own custom deck builds?

Dustin: Simple, plan then execute, and always be thinking on your feet. I can't count the number of strategies that emerged in the middle of a match, and when you are first starting to explore the game or even a new faction, just goof off a little. When I started, I had no idea what I was going to find, but I always discovered new strategies in the game, in the "well I wonder how this is gonna go" moments.

Jesse: That is great advice, and I think exactly what new players should adhere to. I think because every player has access to every card as a full playset that players should enjoy the experience and not worry about honing in on a specific build and just enjoy the creativity. Recently, we released a blog talking about the 5 Jotune cards you are not playing but should be. What is one card you think is currently being criminally underplayed and why?

Dustin: This sounds so award show-y. The Criminally Underplayed Card of The Year goes to...... (insert your own drum roll) Grey Harrier! I get it, the deck building cost is for its just static number values is a hard run of mental gymnastics to overcome. But its great early game, to put your opponent on the defensive quick when you can turn one a combatant, its great mid game, to throw down more damage, with the one extra Sularium you generated. And the number of ways you can buff it, Fire from the Sky, Art of War, Fenris, Storm Citadel. I could continue to praise the utility of the card, but its greatest strength is that its that this card is immune to Sularium denial strategies, so you can always get one down on the field.

Jesse: Yeah, I think in a past life I was a game show host! Gray Harrier is a great card but I do fear its defense value in the early game. So we've discussed your deck building strategies and your criminally underplayed card. You recently signed up for our new Alpha Program. As a player, what do you think of these two new Alpha and Omega formats?

Dustin: I think whatever roadmap gets your cards into players hands is a successful venture. I have been enjoying the new alpha cards, and without a doubt, I will be getting the Omega cards as well. I am glad that you have committed to making sure there is a goal even for the Alpha cards, with the Alpha Tournaments. It adds a certain something, a jes ne se qua if you will, to this format that makes it more than say a beta release. I know that I am in full preparation mode for exactly that right now.

Dustin: Plus as a pseudo-ambassador, as I know that program is changing, it is great to have some Alpha to demo with as well. It shows that there is a future to the investment, for players that is a great sell. It also is fun to show off stuff that has not been released, in a standard sense, to players. It is a behind the scenes that new players get to see.

Jesse: I agree that the Alpha program keeps the game constantly fresh and able to be played without any investment, a sort of try before you buy. Do you feel, as a competitive player, it could lend an advantage when it becomes time for these cards to be Omega released and played at the higher level tournaments such as Nationals?

Dustin: I think a player that has more exposure to cards is likely to feel more comfortable with them. If that unto itself is an advantage, I do not know. I was not subjected to the cards before their official releases before Nationals, and I don't think that it put me at a disadvantage with any of the players who had been exposed to them at an earlier time. The deck builders out there, the ones who like to experiment like I do, probably benefit the most from early exposure. It just gives them more time to play around.

Jesse: Good point, and I agree that early play time doesn't necessarily translate to better results during Omega tournaments. Okay, so one last question, after the alpha release of Reign of Terror and a chance to look at the two new factions, which one excites you the most? And, which card interests you the most? Okay, so maybe that was two questions.

Dustin: Honestly, I am more excited about the Exsularian faction a tiny bit more than the Protoan. I think that they are going to have more interesting, in game, "a-ha" moments to them. Which translates to the slight advantage in my mind as to whom I want to tinker with at the moment. That being said, I have to say my current card of most interest is in the Parasitex combatant. I can see so many strategies evolving around that card alone, like a power-up build or, my current favorite, the suicide bomber build. I know there are undiscovered gems, yet to be unearthed with all of the Reign of Terror cards, and I can't wait to discover each and every one of them.

Jesse: Great Dustin, thank you so much for your time today! It was awesome to hear your insights regarding the game and we can't wait to see what you brew up next.

Dustin: Absolutely, it was my pleasure, it's not often it is socially acceptable to talk about yourself.