Test of Honour: 2nd Edition
Bei Test of Honour stehen Änderungen an – eine 2. Edition und ein neuer Publisher: Grey For Now Games.
Test of Honour – 2. Edition
Test of Honour 2nd edition is coming.
For those of you who don’t know me, I’m Graham Davey, writer of the original ruleset. Andy Hobday and I developed the game, and now we’re making plans for taking things forward.
I’ve set up a company called Grey For Now Games, to become the new publisher (if you could see my miniatures collection, you’d know what inspired the name!), and the brilliant team at War Banner will be handling casting and delivery.
Andy and I have been throwing around ideas for ToH2 for a while now, so I thought I would write down the gist of our thinking. This should give you a sense of what to expect from the 2nd Edition, and hopefully a warm glow of anticipation!
Don’t Mess it Up!
First and foremost, we don’t want to ruin what is good about the existing game. Test of Honour has been vastly more successful than we ever expected, and it would be insane to change things so much that we lost all the wonderful, enthusiastic fans that are out there already.
So we won’t be messing around with the core rules. The game will still be quick to learn and fast to play, with those great cinematic moments as your hero slays a whole run of enemies in a single move!
Lots of you have invested time and money in the game over the last few years, so it’s important that we don’t invalidate all that effort.
As such we won’t suddenly restrict which models you can recruit, remove weapon options or anything like that. And wherever possible stats and rules on cards will remain consistent too.
New Miniatures, New Cards
There will of course be new models… we are working with a great sculptor to get some fantastic miniatures created.
We are also thinking about putting out card sets on their own – something many of you have asked for to make it easier to play the game with different model ranges.
On the whole the rules only need a bit of spit and polish. Thanks to the 32-page limit when I wrote the original mini rulebooks, there are a number of areas that could be explained better and improved with an example or two.
Chances are we’ll also include lots of the bits that are currently available in the Optional Rules, and add in the material from the Darkness and Deceit booklet as well, to create a more complete rulebook.
However, it wouldn’t be a proper 2nd edition without a few tasty new changes and additions:
Many of you have commented that cavalry seem too weak in the game, and there have been some fascinating Facebook threads with your ideas on how to redress the balance.
It should be clear that we don’t see a ToH skirmish as the opportunity for the thunderous, galloping, unstoppable charges you would experience in a full-scale battle wargame. Each turn lasts perhaps a second or two, so you would barely have a chance to urge your horse into motion and canter a few steps.
That said we agree the balance isn’t quite right at the moment, so we will be making some tweaks. At the same time, it’s vital not to let things swing in the other direction. ToH is an infantry game at heart, so we can’t let cav become dominant. Expect a light touch!
Honour and Dishonour
The more unscrupulous players of ToH take great glee in taking those Dishonour cards to give their hero a boost – who cares if their troops start to lose faith (Kieran Byrne I’m looking at you!).
We are playtesting a variety of new effects for the cards, so the penalty is less predictable.
But what about all those players who prefer to take a more noble path?
One of the key additions in the new version will be Honour cards. These are essentially the inverse of Dishonour cards – taking a short term disadvantage for a later boost in the courage and loyalty of your troops.
Balancing the power of these two routes will be critical, as well as keeping the path of balance between the two as a valid option.
And that’s not all…
I also have plans to flesh out the campaign system, lots of new Fate cards, as well as ideas (thanks to Jez and Andy) around adding more depth to recruitment using traits and specific Clans.
We need your help!
Needless to say there’s a lot of playtesting to do – please get in touch if you’d like to help and I’ll add you to the playtesters group! Everyone is welcome, there’s no need to be a rules expert – just play some games with the new rules and give me your feedback.
When will 2nd Edition be ready?
The quick answer is, it’ll be ready when it’s ready. However I’m aiming to publish this Summer!
More to Come…
This has been a quick(ish) recap of our ideas so far. Of course, we’ll tell you more as things come together over the coming months…
Please let us know your ideas and comments.
Nach dieser Wall of Text eine schnelle Zusammenfassung:
- Graham Davey & Andy Hobday, die das ursprüngliche Regelwerk entwickelt haben, wollen mit der neuen Firma: Grey For Now Games der neue Publisher der 2. Edition sein
- die Core Rules und das Flair bleiben gleich
- Rekrutierung und Co. sollen gleich bleiben, damit keine Miniaturen hat, die er nicht nutzen kann, Stats und Regeln auf den Karten sollen auch erhalten bleiben
- Neue Minis & neue Karten
- Mehr Platz in den Regeln um Dinge etwas klarer zu machen
- Kavallerie soll stärker werden ohne zu stark zu sein
- Honour & Dishonour werden so überarbeitet, dass die Strafe für unehrenhaftes Verhalten nicht mehr so leicht berechenbar ist. Es wird Honour Cards geben
- Kampagnensystem wird verbessert u.a. mit neuen Fate-Karten
- Erscheinungstermin…. im Sommer, wenn die Kami es wollen.
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