Friday, September 08, 2006

BattleLore

BattleLore

We've known for a while that fantasy-themed Memoir '44 wasn't far off, but it is good to know now that it is more than a rumor. I'm sure this game will sell like crazy! Agincourt with goblins, dwarves, and elves sounds pretty weird, but I'm sure it will be fun. The miniatures look great, and I'm sure the production values will be in true DoW over-the-top quality. There won't be any hollow plastic GMT dice in this one.

I do sincerely hope they balance all the scenarios this time. At least with a fantasy theme they won't have history to blame for wildly unbalanced battles.

I also have to say that as a completist, I hate promotional figures! I still recall the Heroscape Nerak promotion last year where Toys 'R Us would only give the figure to you if you were under 18 (perhaps a message of some kind...). I'll probably pre-order the game from DoW to get the Hill Giant, but it sounds like I'll have to do some begging at Dragon's Lair to get the Earth Elemental... Perhaps Thought Hammer will get some... Otherwise, it's off to E-Bay! Argh!

13 Comments:

At 11:25 AM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

Oh God, no. -Not after Heroscape. My wallet and energies can only be so monumentally wasted on one game and one game only. Plus, I heard there's going to be some form of collectable blisters in addition to controlled expansion waves ala HS. Regardless,
I HATE PROMOS!!!11

 
At 11:30 AM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

To see what Ben and Simon mean (re promo figures click here)

It sounds freaking sweet. Fantasy gaming and a dash of Days of Wonder quality.... what's there not to like.

 
At 12:12 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

I fortunately checked out of the Heroscape crack-habit a few months ago via E-Bay. I stood there staring at the new castle expansion yesterday in Wal-Mart, but thankfully slowly closed my eyes and walked away.

 
At 1:56 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

Holy crapples, $70?!

Second strike...

(Btw, the castle set is what Heroscape was always climaxing towards. We'll have to bust out a game sometime, Ben.)

 
At 4:20 PM, September 08, 2006, Blogger Brian said...

This could be really cool. (I spoke with Richard Borg about this years ago, and he had a brilliant idea that I hope makes it into the game...) On the other hand, I'm passing. I sold my copy of C&C:A, and I haven't played M'44 in ages (or is that the other way around). I'd rather play Battle Cry and just house rule a few cards.

 
At 2:50 PM, September 09, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Spill the beans...spill the beans I say!

 
At 3:20 PM, September 09, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Haven't listened to the interview, but here is the CEO of Days of Wonder talking about BattleLore.

 
At 12:10 AM, September 10, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

After listening to the interview, I find myself less interested... I get a bit leary anytime I hear a game described as a "toolkit." I'm glad to see there seems to be nearly universal dislike of the promotional figures on BGG...

 
At 2:01 AM, September 10, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

I heard the game has an 80 page rulebook and the packs wil contain unpainted minatures...

Strike three and four?

Someone buy this so I can see if it's worth it! Hey Ben, want to bring your C&C:A on Monday, so I can play that too while I'm at it? Let's make it an all Ben night! Runebound, Prophecy, WotR:TA, and C&C:A!

 
At 9:58 AM, September 10, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

an all Ben night

My Fascist way is catching on...

*evil grin*

 
At 10:03 AM, September 10, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Simon: Interesting that you point out the "80 page rulebook" bit. I actually saw that as a good thing. I was like "sweet, it's meatier than I thought"...because the childish art left me wondering if it was going to have "substance".

BTW, I'll probably preorder just because. Other than Wizard Kings, I don't have any other cool fantasy battleground game. promo figures? They suck, couldn't agree more, but that's what ebay is for.

 
At 3:48 PM, September 10, 2006, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

Seeing how Wizard Kings, another toolkit game, has suffered, I'm now a little worried.

I hate the promo figures, too.

Still, I'm going to keep a close eye on this. Part of the attraction of WK was the fantasy theme as well as the lure of easy and short tactical wargaming. I looks like this one might deliver a little better.

 
At 9:59 PM, September 10, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

agreed (on everything above really...although not as pessimistic about WK)

 

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