Battle for Sularia

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.

STATE OF THE GAME 2018

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:

  • Errata
  • Restriction
  • Bans
  • Formats Affected

Errata

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.

Errata List

  • 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.

Restriction's

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.

Restricted List

  • Synthien - Furtim Braccae
  • Mercenary - Dr. Lehner "Time Hopper"

Bans

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.


Formats Affected

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.

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.

CHAPTER 31 – A NEW TERROR RISES

CHAPTER 31 – A NEW TERROR RISES

He turned to look where Johnny had been. The trench coat silhouette raised its hand and tipped its hat in his direction before disappearing.

CHAPTER 30 – NOT DEAD YET

CHAPTER 30 – NOT DEAD YET

There was a buzzing. It thrummed in his head, throbbing at his temples with a dull, tone-deaf ache. The buzzing didn’t come from anywhere because it was everywhere. It was inside him, rattling every bone in his body like the wings of bot fly until he was numb...

CHAPTER 29 – RETRIBUTION

CHAPTER 29 – RETRIBUTION

He looked back at the cacophony of light from which he traveled; squinting as he did, he could feel the muted warmth of tears slide down his weather beaten face. They weren’t tears of sorrow or joy, they were those of necessity, as are all things born of the wastes. He flicked a finger across his cheek as if he were shooing away a fly, then turned and continued on his way...

CHAPTER 28 – AT OUR GATES

CHAPTER 28 – AT OUR GATES

“This is for them then,” she murmured, holding the needle at eye level in a two handed grip... 

CHAPTER 27 – SPECTER OF THE WOLF

CHAPTER 27 – SPECTER OF THE WOLF

He walked into the throne room, indulging himself in the spectacle that had become of House Hrothgar. Gloomy at the best of times, the Wolf’s Den was more macabre than ever under its new leadership...

CHAPTER 25 – WHEN YOU FIND 'EM, HANG 'EM

CHAPTER 25 – WHEN YOU FIND 'EM, HANG 'EM

“By the body of the man Judas.”

Johnny Cache tipped his hat back and nudged the hand of the corpse spread face-down before him. He had seen this countless times before; the gaunt complexion, the deathly pallor...

CHAPTER 23 – KEEP ON RUNNIN'

CHAPTER 23 – KEEP ON RUNNIN'

Solomon armed sweat from his brow. He limped along beside the hulking form of his companion and as he glanced up, he wished they could find some shade...

CHAPTER 22 – MEET ME ON THE OUTSIDE OF HELL'S REACH

CHAPTER 22 – MEET ME ON THE OUTSIDE OF HELL'S REACH

 

“Solomon, should I comply?”

Solomon looked at the barrel of the cell shooter trained on him, and then into the eyes of the man who held it, before he spoke. What he saw was enough to make up his mind...

CHAPTER 21 – UNLIKELY PAIR

CHAPTER 21 – UNLIKELY PAIR

Solomon consulted the faint glow of the data slate he held in his hand. Tiny letters scrawled out across its surface listed a myriad of mundane items: 16 meters of copper wire, 5 kilograms of rubber hose or scrap, 100 kilograms of techcrete (not mixed)…

CHAPTER 20 – CONFRONTING THE MOTHER

CHAPTER 20 – CONFRONTING THE MOTHER

Frankincense and gar hung heavy in the air, billowing out as if to greet her words. The atmosphere inside her mother’s chambers was thick, stale, and stunk of entropy...

CHAPTER 19 – BROKEN

CHAPTER 19 – BROKEN

Where… Where am I?

He tried to shift his weight, but couldn’t move. Pain coursed through his body like searing blood, and the air was thick with the weight of deep isolation...

CHAPTER 18 – TREPIDATION

CHAPTER 18 – TREPIDATION

Worgana had flown into a rage ever since the Emperor had spoken that word, and her world had shattered. Exile. Her brother Fenris was to be cast out of Jotune society and sent into the west – to wander and die alone...