Friday, 4 March 2016

Shako to Coalscuttle updates

A bit over a hundred people have downloaded the beta version so far.

If you haven't yet, go grab it here

If you already did, make sure to re-download it as it's gotten a ton of updates today:

*Typos corrected, including one very embarrasing one!

*Changed "blitz" to "Quick-time"

*Dispersed and individual stands can now turn to face any direction.

*Added chapters with background information on the time period, time limits, battle lulls and victory conditions

*"Slow rifle" renamed to "Muzzle-loading rifle"

*Added alternate dice options for firing and charging, aimed at being less dramatic and more morale oriented.

*Charge dice toned down slightly in general.

*Light troops may not charge.

*Break charge renamed to Halt charge

*Armies receive 1 rally and 1 shock action for free each turn, command dice are used for extra actions.

*Rapid Fire shock action now activated with rallying dice instead.

*A few notes have been added at the back with a view of things to come.

Some Q&A:

What additional content will the final game have?
Nothing is set in stone yet, but my note book says help to build scenarios (including some special rules), period-specific notes, some form of army generation (including a random factor) and some form of campaign rules for the ambitious player.

What will the final game cost?
Also uncertain, but likely between 10 and 15 dollars, depending on final page count and how much content I can pack in there.

Will you add feature X?
If you ask nice and give a good reason why it should be there, everything will be considered.

What basing system should we use?
For the moment, use whatever you have.
I really don't want to ever ask anyone to rebase their army.

Assuming your troops are on stands somewhere around 1-2 inches wide, they should work just fine.
2, 3 and 6mm figures could be on smaller bases. As long as they are roughly consistent with your opponent, no worries.

4 stands make a unit and you'll want 8-10 units to play.

Are you looking for contributors?
I am always looking for feedback and testers.

If you have figures you'd like to show off, either as a retailer, painter or just a hobbyist, let me know.

If you're an artist, let me know as well and we can talk shop.

If you would like to contribute a scenario, I am all ears as well.

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