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Introducing the Shrine of Eldir - Elemental Earth Character Shrine

Introducing the Shrine of Eldir - Elemental Earth Character Shrine

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).

New 5v5 Neoprene Mat

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.

 Shrine of Eldir

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.

Terra, Earth Elemental

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? :)

Shrine of Eldir

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Judgement 2019 Release Schedule

Judgement 2019 Release Schedule

For many people, Judgement is a new game that has just hit the scene, however it has been nearly 4 years since the initial concepts of the game were discussed among the game's designers back in 2015. In 2017, we launched the game via our initial Kickstarter, which unlocked 15 heroes and 1 monster. We followed that up with our wave 2 Kickstarter in 2018, expanding the hero pool to 28 and introducing 3 more monsters. Along with our new 2 player starter box and a bunch of accessories, the 1st edition of Judgement is considered to be done. We are in full retail mode and are now focused on growing our player pool around the world.

With that in mind, we have decided to publish our release schedule for the coming year. Before we even start we have to state a sizeable caveat around this. As much as the game is growing and we are blessed with a solid core of players from around the world, Judgement is still a very small player in the table-top industry. We are not flushed with cash, by any means, and will rely on future sales to fund these releases, particularly since we are not planning any Kickstarter campaigns for the foreseeable future. 

The Judgement 2019 Roadmap

January - March Quarter

Shipping the Wave 2 Kickstarter

Despite our best intentions, the shipping of our wave 2 Kickstarter will continue into early next year, particularly for our EU backers. We plan on having this completed within the month of January.

New MuseOnMinis Plastic Tokens

Following up on the release of plastic measuring widgets by MuseOnMinis, we look forward to the release of a new plastic token set by Muse. There will be 3 separate products released to cover all the elements of the game, Core, Wave 1 and Wave 2. The tokens will be launched at Adepticon in late March before being available online via the Judgement and MuseOnMinis websites.

Conventions

  • CanCon (Australia) - January 26th - 28th
  • Adepticon (USA) - March 27th - 31st

April - June Quarter

New Hero - Itchynads, Goblin Hunter

Not wanting to rest on our laurels, we are charging headlong into introducing a new race (Goblin) and hero type (mounted) with our very first release in the post Kickstarter era. Itchynads brings a bunch of unique elements to the battle field and has proven to be a favourite among the play testers.

Here is his current card.

Itchynads, Goblin Hunter

And here is Itchy's illustration which forms the basis for his sculpt.

Itchynads, Goblin Hunter

Shane L Cook has done a wonderful job with Itchynads, capturing his essence superbly. We have commissioned James W Cain to do the sculpt and are eagerly anticipating having something to publish before Christmas. In the video below, Judgement game creator, Andrew Galea, walks through Itchy's rules in detail.

New 5v5 Neoprene Mat

We currently have two neoprene mats for 3v3 games, the Cobblestone theme and Swamp theme, as well as a 5v5 Cobblestone theme mat. With multiple scenarios and terrain pre-marked on the mats, they have proven invaluable to playing Judgement. We have been planning a new 5v5 neoprene mat for some time, particularly since our current one does not have the terrain pre-marked. The new mat will not be a replacement for the current one however, it will be a brand new themed map with 6 new scenarios on it. We are looking to get the illustration done for the new mat early next year so we will publish that at the time.

The new 5v5 map will include rules for Shrines dedicated to the gods Eldir (earth) and Forin (fire), as well as rules for a new monster.

July - September Quarter

New Hero - Lord Fazeal, Undead Death Knight

Continuing our plans to push the game into different directions, the 2nd hero for 2019 will be introducing yet another new race, this time the much anticipated undead. Lord Fazeal is a death knight of renown and one of the 1st undead to walk upon Athien. Oh and yes, like Itchy, Lord Fazeal is also mounted. :)

We have commissioned Shane L Cook to do the illustration for Lord Fazeal, and we anticipate that will be done during January.

Effigy, Shrine and Soul Packs

We have seen some fantastic work, within the community, in terms of custom built Shrines and Effigies. We have built some ourselves for our streamed games. However we have had many requests to produce an official set of Effigies and Shrines, and this is something we have always wanted to do. So 3rd quarter in 2019 we intend to do just that. At this stage there will be three products:

  1. a generic Effigies and Shrines pack that contains 2 of each.
  2. an elemental Shrine pack which will include the 4 character Shrines that appear on some maps. Rules for Arden (air) and Wellin (water) are already released.The rules for Shrines dedicated to Forin (fire) and Eldir (earth) will be released with the new 5v5 neoprene mat in the 2nd quarter 2019.
  3. a Soul pack that contains 10 Soul models.

Conventions

  • GenCon (USA) - 1st -4th August

October - December Quarter

New Hero - TBA

We have 2 possible heroes to fill this slot, so we are reserving our decision until sometime next year. Details of the hero will be released at that time.

New Monster - TBA

A new monster will be introduced with the 5v5 Neoprene mat. We will release the model before the end of the year.

Conventions

  • PAX (Australia) - October

Our Best Efforts

The best laid plans can come unstuck however you have our word we will do our best to stick to the release schedule laid out here. If any changes to the release schedule have to be made, we will publish the updated schedule at that time. Jeff and I are looking forward to 2019, with much excitement, and to where the game will be come this time next year. If we can release all the products in this roadmap it promises to be an amazing year for all Judgement players around the world!

Regards,

Jeff and Andrew

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