Mercenary

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.

 
Deathspore Forest Art By: Ascary Lazos

"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!

COUNTDOWN TO KICKSTARTER – CRAZY JOE'S EXPLOSIVES – SPOILER

COUNTDOWN TO KICKSTARTER – CRAZY JOE'S EXPLOSIVES – SPOILER

Our latest Kickstarter Campaign went live today! Go ahead and visit the page at kickstarter.com/projects/punchitent/battle-for-sularia-blood-profit-and-glory, make your pledge and check out all the sweet sweet stretch goal rewards and I'll wait for you here...

MERCENARY

MERCENARY

Mercenaries do what they want. It was that way before the Fracture, and it’s definitely that way now. For some it’s greed, for others it’s power, and for some it’s just for fun! Sularia is one messed up world. While there are at least two opposing factions on Sularia, there will be mercenaries waiting to capitalize on it.