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The all new Scorched Earth neoprene mats have arrived and will be shipping out to pre-order customers from Monday. The bulk manufactured mats are even better than the prototype, making Scorched Earth our best mat to date. Not only is Shane L Cook's illustration amazing, we have spent more time designing, and play testing, this map than any other. It includes 6 challenging scenarios which include the elemental character shrines Forin (fire) and Eldir (earth), the new demon monster Dor'gokaan as well as introducing a brand new terrain mechanic with the teleportation circles.
We have re-engineered the scenario circles which enables us to include as much variety as possible in various locations. For example, the circle below contains the following scenario legend:
Scorched Earth includes the much anticipated elemental character shrines for fire (Forin) and earth (Eldir), the latter coming to life in the form of Terra, the earth elemental, whenever a Warband controls it. These two shrines provide an incredible amount of depth to the game and become dominant objectives that players will fight over continually throughout a battle.
There is still 24 hours left to pre-order your own Scorched Earth map and claim free shipping to anywhere in the world. Use the code "ScorchedEarthFreeShipping" to activate the free shipping during checkout.
You can see the Scorched Earth map in action on this re-broadcast from out twitch stream.
The announcement of the new 5v5 neoprene mat has generated a lot of excitement, not only because there will be another beautifully illustrated shadow plane themed map, but with a new map comes new monsters, character shrines and cool rules. Today we are happy to reveal the rules and illustration for a new character shrine, the Shrine of Eldir. Astute readers of our Origins material will know that Eldir is one of the old gods, the god of elemental earth, and many of you will be familiar with two previously released character shrines in the Shrine of Arden (elemental air) and the Shrine of Wellin (elemental water).
The new 5v5 neoprene mat has been generating a lot of excitement. Another wonderful illustration by Shane L Cook, the new mat depicts the juncture between the Shadow plane and the elemental planes of Earth and Fire.
The shrines of Arden and Wellin provide powerful buffs and abilities for the Warband that manages to control them. They are meant to be potent concentrations of energy on the shadow plane since the power is generated directly from the old gods themselves. With the Shrine of Eldir we have moved into an intriguing new direction, one that is still powerful but very different from the previous two. Essentially the Shrine of Eldir is an inactive earth elemental sitting on a stone throne, known in his home plane as Terra. Once controlled however, Eldir empowers Terra to come to life and join the Warband for a period of time.
The unique rules of Eldir mean that when controlled it is actually removed from the board and replaced with a raging Earth Elemental called Terra! The shrine will then respawn during any Communion Phase where Terra is not alive.
Having an Earth Elemental join your Warband is nothing to be sneezed at, particularly when it packs the punch that Terra does. He is a tank that can hurt both in melee and from range albeit, being a lesser being, with only 2 actions per activation. In addition, the owner has the ability to keep Terra alive between turns by paying Eldir the tribute of 1 Fate each time, so theoretically, if the owning player has the Fate and the opponent does not kill him, Terra can be part of a Warband he joins for the rest of the game. We are so excited about the rules for the Shrine of Eldir, not only because we get to create two cool models for it down the track, but mainly the fact the rules add a huge layer of dynamism to any game where it becomes active, and a sharp focal point for players to fight over when not.
The rules for Terra are still version 0.9, however they will be official (v1.0) with patch #6, which comes out on April 1st.
We look forward to revealing the illustrations and rules for the Shrine of Forin (elemental Fire), and a brand new monster, in the coming weeks, as well as using these new models on stream during this time. Let us know what you think of the Shrine of Eldir and the mighty Terra, are you as excited as us? :)