Fire Dragon Preview

As the layout is still ongoing I'll continue with some previews and explanations for some decisions made along the way. A lot of the work for the new Heavy Gear rules has been to make sure that the new rules could faithfully render models from the field manual. In some cases a straight port became more and more impossible and some radical new directions had to be taken to be true to the design but balance properly. 

 

The South strider the Fire Dragon is an example of this. The Fire Dragon has always stood out as one of the most odd looking models in the South range. Six legs in a game where most other models have two and four at most plus a rounded. bulbous feel makes it a very alien looking strider.

 

Progress, progress, progress...

Deadlines are great.

 

They make you knuckle down and make decisions that have been put off for far too long. Here's a rules decision that has been made in terms of the Living Rule book, and some of the thinking and process that went into it. This rules decision is one that developed from one concept to another as I delved into the thinking behind what a Stealth technology is and what it does, and doesn't do. 

 

I'm going to use the Stealth trait as the example because it is one trait that there has been a lot of back and forth work on. The trait has settled nicely, though the why and the how of the rule, and how it functions in the game, is worthy of some discussion.

 

Living Rulebook Beta sent to layout, and stuff.

There are times when you are sad when you're wrong, and this is one of those times. Back before the Kickstarter I said that there would be an update of the Beta rules soon after the kickstarter, and then I got to work reading e-mails, making notes, and blitzing the forums, and I don't mean the DP9 forums, but forums everywhere.

 

And I got feedback by the ton. Some was errata along the lines of "I think this is what you want this to mean" to the always excellent "this example is backwards" to my favorite "We play tested this and had a lot of fun, but had trouble understanding X".  Some sent in full battle reports and some just commented on forum posts. There have been gut checks and statistical arguements galore and conversations both online, on public transit (random gamer encounters), and in game stores. Everyone I talk to has their own perspective on the game and what it can, and can't be.

A design manifesto

There are always some questions that pop up asking for clarification on so I've pulled and updated some answers from my own game bible. When it comes down to brass tacks I always like to remind players that there are any number of lenses you can view the game through, and it is fine to choose a viewpoint that is different from the standard one. The important part is to choose to have fun playing the game with your friends!
 
Note: There are a lot of aspects that get considered when choosing how parts of game design impact parts of the rules. For this blog I'm focusing almost exclusively on the core considerations, not any minute of the rules.
 
The Heavy Gear Manifesto (Game design brief)
This edited brief describes the goals behind the new edition Heavy Gear rules.
 
The Vision: To make Heavy Gear a classic and modern Intellectual Property that can be a popular cultural device for games and stories set in a science possible fictional future where humankind must face it’s own worst enemy, itself.
 
The Goal: Our goal is to create a fun and gripping tabletop combat game where between four and twenty models a side face off in a tactical combat scenario. A scenario should last about two hours. The game setting is realistic/tactical with a cinematic flair. 
 
 

Kickstarter Preview details are live

There's a new forum in town and you want to be there to get all the juicy details.

Kickstarter Preview!

In case it needs to be said you should be sharing this with your friends on social media and help to build up some hype about this kickstarter.

Thanks!

Dave

Beta Rules Errata

If you haven't already downloaded your free copy of the Heavy Gear Blitz beta rules you are going to want to head over here and pick it up right away. Make sure that the copy you open is the September 24th Update. You will notice that also attached is a changes log file that will help orient you as to the changes that have been made thanks to the feedback from the play testers and fan readings of the rules.

The announcement is great because it falls close to the kick off of a Kickstarter that will catapult Heavy Gear back into the spotlight. You, the players, are making this game better because we are listening to your suggestions. Soon there are going to be a lot of new reasons for players to jump in a Gear and join the battles.

This blog isn't about that though, it's all about the details of the September update and what it means to the game.

 

Kickstarting; We need your feedback!

Here at the Pod we get a lot of great feedback from players. Since we announced that we would be doing a kickstarter in late September/October there has been a lot of great deal with feedback but we need to hear more from fans

Please help us by following this link to the forums, voting in the poll, and registering your comments in the poll thread.

Cheers!
Dave

Beta Rules post Gencon

There is a certain joy to the feeling that the rules that you personally have had a connection to developing being well received. The beta rules have been downloaded for free over one thousand times now and the game reports, rules comments and questions are starting to pick up to the point where an update of know problems will need to by released. The update should be arriving in the second week of September, after the back to school rush.

As part of the new push on to get more players driving Gears around their tables the pod squad is going to be getting out and spreading the word. If you want to part of these dedicated volunteers who promote all things Heavy Gear get in touch with us and we will get you in contact with our coordinator Joe.

 

Gencon!

This week was supposed to be a week of blogging from Gencon but the reality is that we are far too busy setting up the booth, giving demos and getting great pics of the con goers to have the time to discuss the experience that is Gencon with anyone who has not experienced it first hand.

Needless to say we're giving hundreds of demos this weekend and tons of people are coming to tell us they like what they see. I'll have to process some more and give a full report next week. Till then spread the world about the free beta rules download on downloadrpg and get playing.

Mounting the new Northern Infantry for Beta,

Part of the push towards rationalizing the new core rules for Heavy Gear was providing simple and easy to use rules for Infantry that allowed therm to be a part of the game while illustrating how tactically different they are from the Gears that are the focus unit of the game. 

The infantry rules revolve around the concept that a squad of infantry is treated as a single model even though it is composed of distinct parts (the infantrymen/women).

 

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