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OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE

Written by: Jesse Bergman


Happy Halloween Battle Commanders!

October has been an outstanding month for us with the release of Reign of Terror and the announcement for the 2018 Battle for Sularia National Championship. We are rapidly approaching the end of the Escalation series of releases, and we will be announcing the new Alpha Edition Series coming up in January of 2019.

WHAT YOU CAN FIND IN THIS UPDATE:

  • The Good, The Bad, and The SavageFulfillment Update

  • National Championship 2018

  • Alpha ProgramNovember Promo Cards

  • Escalation Series: Pack 9Card Update

The Good, The Bad, and The Savage Fulfillment Update

The Good, the Bad, and the Savage have arrived here at Punch-It Entertainment. We are in the process of generating shipping labels and packaging up your copies to ship by the end of this week. This should put us delivering GBS before the expected release date of November 6th, 2018. If you are looking to find out what is different in GBS and RoT, look no further than our recent Omega Update over on our YouTube channel.

 
 

National Championship 2018

The Battle for Sularia National Championship 2018 is quickly approaching. The competition is heating up, and early registration is now available. Early Registration will make sure that you get copies of the full art Disruption promo card.

You can register right here on our Website: REGISTRATION FORM

 
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Additionally, we have many really awesome prizes for the competitors, which includes for the first time ever. FOIL Full-Art Promo Cards. The entire prize list and tournament information can be found HERE.

Alpha Program November Promo Cards

November brings a brand new release of Promo Cards. Continuing with our celebration of the release of Reign of Terror, and the upcoming release of The Good, The Bad, and The Savage, this month we add two exciting and powerful staple sites in Ashfall Plains, and Stockade.

These cards will be available on our website for $5 per card per play set.

 
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Escalation Series: Pack 9

Four brand new cards make their way into the escalation series for November, and pack number 9 brings a host of exciting cards that introduce tons of card advantage to the Battle for Sularia game. Each card is specifically designed to be thematic to the faction and provide leverage to escalate their gameplay to entirely new heights.

BLESSED BY THE GODS

For the first time every we approached the topic of what would a 3 construction cost Jotune tactic look like. Up until this point, Jotune construction cost has been pointed directly at their powerful combatants. Player’s have invested dearly in those combatants over the last few years and have been able to leverage powerhouses to the battlefield. To continue with creating Jotune cards that have an impact on the game and escalate their capabilities. Blessed by the Gods succeeds at every level.

With a Threshold of 2, Blessed allows Jotune players to search their decks and deploy a combatant for zero sularium. The search capabilities are limited to a combatant with a cost less than or equal to your current influence generation. One of the significant weaknesses for the Jotune is when an opponent can effectively keep their sularium at bay, and they are unable to build a presence on the board. Blessed represents the idea that now Jotune players can get their hands on powerful combatants without caring about their sularium production as much.

 
 

NEURAL NETWORK FACILITY

Continuing the theme of this month’s pack for tutor cards, Synthien will not be left undone. The Neural Network Facility is a powerful 6 Influence cost site that was designed by Luke Greenleaf, the 2016 National Champion. Luke loved Synthien gameplay and indicated that he liked their tactic play in particular. He also expressed sadness that by the late game Synthien were relying heavily upon draw to try and finish the game with a Sularium Tactical Assault Beam or Feedback. Neural Network Facility allows for the Synthien player to get additional value from their tactics still in the deck, but it does come with a 2 construction cost price tag. For a faction with a relatively inexpensive site curve, this is one site we expect many Synthien players to make room for.

 
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SKRIOX

By design, the Protoan have a ton of cards that care about tokens and token production. Skriox is no exception to this formula. What the aim in the design of this card was for the Protoan to dial up the exact threat that they need based solely on the number of combatants they have on the Battlefield. Remaining thematic in design is always a goal for us here at Punch-It, and Skriox hits on both the mechanical relevancy and thematic design fronts. Being able to search out your deck for a precise threat and deploy that threat is a power that is not easily overlooked. Skriox has an additional benefit in that not only do you get a threat, but you also get a combatant in your discard pile for those powerful Lifeblood Harvest actions.

 
 

HIDDEN IN THE WASTES

Hidden in the Wastes allows the Exsularian to have their very own version of Skriox or Blessed by the Gods. Exsularian players have a desire to care about influence as part of their identity. We’ve seen this on cards such as Tackey, and Keshel Cantina from The Good, The Bad, and The Savage release. We’ve seen it in escalation from Power Broker, and the thread continues with Hidden in the Waste. Well Played Hidden in the Wastes and bring combatants out of your deck and put them into your influence row, and while they may not get played the same as the other factions search cards, it does give the Exsularian powerful influence ramping.

That ramp can extend to playing tactics and conditions faster during a game, or making your Tackey larger. In some ways, Hidden in the Waste can also be viewed as being similar to playing a Blood Lust or Art of War for the Tackey. Of course, if you play the searched combatant, then you are not netting those results, but this gives Hidden in the Wastes a dynamic way to impact all Exsularian build archetypes.

 
 

Well, there you go! November is set to be an exciting month in both Alpha and Omega gameplay formats. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at Nationals and catching up on some games. We are also excited to see what concoctions you guys brew up for the Exsularian once they are in your hands!

Until Next Time Commanders! See you on the Battlefield!






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!