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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.


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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