Jesse is back with an update on all things going on at Punch-It Entertainment. We have updates on Battle for Sularia’s Alpha Program, The upcoming Ambassador Program, our reactions on GPGF, and two brand new prototype games.
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 Savage – Fulfillment Update
National Championship 2018
Alpha Program – November Promo Cards
Escalation Series: Pack 9 – Card 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
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.
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.
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!
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 Savage – Development Update
Reign of Terror – Omega Release
Alpha Program – October Promo Cards
Escalation Series: Pack 8 – Card 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!
“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.
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
There are four goals to a successful conquest on the world of Sularia. Last week we learned that the first was to gain influence. But what's the value in being influential without a domain to lord it from or a base of operations from which to issue commands?