July 07, 2021 13 min read
Once boxed, these products are being sent out to our fulfillment center in the United States and the EU. From there, they will ship to customers. This means that if you ordered Lupercalia (Valentines) Resin Kits from our webstore, your order should be shipping out in the next three weeks.
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PigeonPete Reporting for Duty!
I’m super excited to be writing this to you all as a new member of Team Succubus!
Some of you may know me already and for those that don’t…
“Hi, I’m Pete!”
Up until recently I was the resident Pigeon for IDW Games, the lead designer and resuscitator of the Adventure System (TMNT and Batman The Animated Series Adventures). Since finishing up with IDW Games I have been working hard behind the scenes with Brooklynn and Alex bringing new ideas to the upcoming Bounty Packs.
Firstly, I recently finished my initial work on the Cave Sickle Queen. Can I say I get shivers down my spine with excitement for you all to see and play it?
I have tried to give the Bounty Pack a totally fresh feeling while still keeping it the Middara you know and love. Some of the areas that stand out the most and the things you have to look forward to are:
Unconventional layouts and tile setups.
Multiple paths to the center of the hive.
New and exciting monsters!
Terrifying alternate AI cards for monsters you already know and love!
And some... creative Easter eggs.
With closed beta testing on the horizon, hopefully you all get to play it soon and can find yourselves boots deep in the feeling that you’re on Char, LV-426 or Klendathu being surrounded by a horde of dangerous bugs!
Brooklynn and I have different design mentalities. Something that can be a great boon when striving for variety in a game as large and expansive as Middara! We both agree that this can be a huge strength to Middara’s trajectory and future.
Second, this also gave me the idea to use the tiles in an unconventional way, not lining them up orthogonally with each other really opened up the potential combinations and play space.
As you play through the Cave Sickle Queen, new and seasoned adventurers will be kept on their toes with unfamiliar encounter layouts that can't always be anticipated.
My favorite part of these two encounters is because the Bounty is a hive with maze-like twists and turns, they are actually part of the same section of the hive, just approached from different areas.
In this way, we have really captured the feel of continuity between encounters and travel. You’ll really feel like you’re delving into a continuous cave full of creepy bugs.
For the sake of continuity!
Another small but important running change coming with the Cave Sickle Queen is separating and expanding on the ALTERNATE tag for Combatants.
By separating Alternate Combatants into three different tags (Alternate, Variation and Scaling), it allows for easier comprehension of rules and grants a ton of new design space to expand on and create new Combatants.
You can click here to see the current hosted rules for the Cave Sickle Queen. There are in depth depictions of how this tag now interacts as well as new rules associated with additional terrain and some addendum to the current rule book.
Alternate: Brand new Combatant Cards that can be used as Alternate Spawns in place of existing Combatant Cards.
Variation: Existing Combatant Cards with brand new Variations or versions of their printed AI.
Scaling: Stronger versions of Combatant Cards that are spawned depending on the current Loot LVL.
So small, so deadly.
Of course, we haven’t gone through official beta testing on the Discord, so until then, these rules are all subject to change.
If you want to be part of that playtest, don’t hesitate to DM me on the official Middara Discord!
Right now, I’m almost done going through the Pit Boss Bounty Pack. You can expect a content and teaser update for that product later this month.
Thanks again for having me! As a community focused person myself, I am excited to chat with everyone and keep exploring Middara together. I promise to always do my best, bring you new and exciting mechanics, focus heavily on the theme and of course, always listen to the community.
You can find me on Facebook and the Middara Discord Channel @pigeonpete.
Creepy Creeper Creeping.
Brooklynn here, again.
(Note:Each phase represents simultaneous processes that are being completed.)
Outline and Planning
It starts to come together
Card/Tile Development: An in-house pass by our developers. We catch outstanding balance issues, glaring nomenclature issues, and double check setup lists/mechanic interactions.
Encounter Design: Every Encounter is designed based on the outline and using our finished and designed tiles and cards from Phase 3.
Encounter Development: An in-house pass by our developers. We catch outstanding balance issues, glaring nomenclature issues, and double check setup lists/mechanic interactions.
Closed Beta Testing: After a single in-house pass of the entire product, we share the designs with our community for public testing. This has shown to catch many issues as well as change some existing designs to something funner or more clear.
Completed and ready for prime time!
Unintentional Malum: Act 2 & 3: Phase 1 Completed. Phase 2 being prepared to begin. Many aspects of Phase 3 such as CAD’s and Illustrations are completed to various degrees.
Pirates of Elenia: Phase 1,2, and most of 3 are completed (waiting on some initial designs and some artwork. Phase 4 is currently underway and queued for completion after Bounties of Elenia 1 and 2.
Bounties of Elenia 1: Cave Sickle Queen: Preparing for Phase 5. Closed Beta Testing is planned by the end of this month.
Bounties of Elenia 2: The Pit Boss: Phase 4 is finishing up this week. Preparing for Phase 5. Closed Beta Testing is planned by the end of this month.
Bounties of Elenia 3: The Collector:This product is wrapped up in Act 2 and 3 development. It will be completed at the same time as Act 2 and 3.
Trail of a Princess #1:This product is in Phase 2. It’s queued for completion and design. Phase 5 is intended to occur at the end of August.
Unintentional Malum: Token Upgrade Pack:This product makes up the bulk of the miniatures unlocked on our Campaign. Due to its nature, it’s outside of the scope of the above phases. Instead, it’s completion is on track for submission to manufacturers by the end of this month.
*Products not listed in the above list will be announced at a later date. While many are under development, we want to ensure they can be packaged as intended before announcing them. We will ensure that this list is revisited and shared during Q4 of this year.
*We will provide a visual progress report in the near future.
Before I sign off, I wanted to give a shout out to our friends over at Lazy Squire Games. Wild Assent got an expansion and they're running a Crowdfunding campaign right now!
I've been playing through my own copy the last two weeks. The miniatures are really great and the passion the that the owners have for their games is incredible. I'm always a sucker for story telling games.
I'm excited to announce that Nyx herself is riding into battle in Wild Assent!
Note: Unless we say otherwise, all of our cross promotions are purely altruistic in nature. We do not make any money off of our cross promotions. Instead, we simply love to support and work with awesome people in an awesome industry.
After all, the rising tide lifts all boats.
This figure is available through their (Lazy Squire's) Crowdfunding campaign, provided by them, and contains no mechanical content for Middara .
Wild Assent Nyx Cross Promotion!
Wild Assent is a 1-4 player RPG board game with solo/cooperative and PvP game modes, beautiful miniatures and thrilling gameplay. The Lavon Rising expansion adds more heroes and creatures and a compelling story-based campaign with multiple endings that you won't need to rearrange your life to finish.
The Lavon Rising Expansion adds a 100-page decision-based narrative campaign book with multiple different adventures that give the feeling of a large scale narrative campaign (with impactful choices that affect the story and its conclusion) but without needing years to complete them. Lavon Rising also adds new mechanics such as equipment specializations and paths to customize your seekers in the Hunt mode and the ability to field XL creatures in the Arena mode.
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