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Title: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: Darcy Smith on February 09, 2016, 10:09:41 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/opfdUGK.png)

Hey Armellians!

The next update "The Stranger" has been announced (http://armello.com/#updates)!

But remember: v1.2 is not yet live, it will be here on the 17th of February (PST). Here are the list of features that will appear in this update, details will be added as we approach the release.

New House Rules
In this update, a bunch of new House Rules have been added to ensure you can take control of your own game and play Armello in new, interesting ways. A few of these were even inspired by community suggestion!

King Dawn Damage
By turning The King’s standard dawn damage off, The King will continue to rule Armello until the heroes intervene.
The Mad King
Each night, The King ensures there are at least 4 perils on the board.
Starting Hand Type
There are three options here, Default; an even distribution of Item, Spell and Trickery cards, Random; start with completely random cards and Draw; Choose which decks to draw your starting hand from on your first turn.
Hero Wits
Heroes gain a passive bonus to Wits
Hero Starting Equipment
Each hero starts with either a random Treasure or a random Follower

New Cards
This new batch of cards focuses on forethought and strategy. Block an opponent's path by placing a strategic Rotten Fog or stop them by force by standing in their path, armed with a Tower Shield. Avoid confrontation by forcing an opponent into an Armistice and steal a King's declaration with a Bubble Tea.

Tower Shield (Item) - 3 Gold
In Battle, +1 Shield, and when Defending gain another +1 Shield.
Bubble Tea (Item) - 1 Gold
(Play on) Hero, +1 Prestige until the end of target's next Turn.
Rotten Fog (Spell) - 2 Magic
(Play on Empty Tile) Plains, Forest, Dungeon; Creates a toxic -1 Health Fog on the Tile until next Dawn
Armistice (Trickery) - 2 Gold
(Play on) Hero (Not Self); If either Hero attacks the other, they'll be given a Bounty
(https://media.giphy.com/media/l4KhY2YtzIc86FVBe/giphy.gif)
Armistice Artwork by Jerome Jacinto

Improved Multiplayer Stability/Security

Visual Improvements

Gameplay Improvements

The Stranger

More details will be announced shortly but for now, share your theories on what these could entail!

<3 Darcy and the LoG Team

EDIT: House rules revealed! New Cards revealed!
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: SurefireTactics on February 09, 2016, 10:25:57 AM
GET HYPED. Glad to see more updates to the game :)
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: Seniorconejo on February 09, 2016, 10:29:28 AM
Wow looks really nice!! I do not have any idea about who or what is the stranger. Maybe a new character? A new game mode? Cant wait to know it!!
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: InariFox on February 09, 2016, 10:35:25 AM
[SPOILER] CONFIRMED! Kappa
Anyway, This update is pretty hype worthy stuff.

Edited by Mods: We accidentally said too much.
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: hatori1181 on February 09, 2016, 12:14:50 PM
The wife and I are super excited by this. We can't wait to see what the stranger is going to bring. Maybe a new tile piece? Maybe s/he sits at a shop somewhere in Armello and will not only sell stuff to the players, but maybe even buy cards off of them?

Or maybe It's a whole new hero with a unique power who isn't tied to the existing clans.

Excitement abounds!
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: Bobo on February 09, 2016, 01:17:12 PM
I think it would be very neat if "The Stranger" was someone who came to the land of Armello and either became the Puppet Master for the dying King, working his way into power. Or, once the King has perished to corruption, he has taken the Throne and is threatening the land with the ultimate darkness. Therefore the Clans must unite to try and overthrow this new danger. Maybe even the introduction of the Bandit clan to the non-backers
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: hatori1181 on February 09, 2016, 02:09:08 PM
Maybe even the introduction of the Bandit clan to the non-backers

That's coming with the tablet version of Armello, and will be a separate purchase.
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: VarVau on February 09, 2016, 05:27:01 PM
Stranger comes with danger!
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: Peridiam on February 10, 2016, 03:59:21 AM
The Stranger has a symbol on the main site that reminds me of a baby wallaby.  Well, a hybrid of sorts.  Kinda rodent-ish. Maybe a jerboa?

Also given the '"." in 1.2 is a crazed/skiddish eye, and the Stranger symbol has a messed up eye, perhaps the Stranger is some crazed rodent.
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: FluX on February 10, 2016, 08:24:12 AM
Tomorrow, as in Australian Time? Because it's already February 10, give it to us! So much hype.
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: Darcy Smith on February 10, 2016, 11:46:00 AM
Yo! Just to clarify, the patch will not land on the 10th of February (Today). That date was placeholder in the text field and we removed it from our website shortly after.

Regardless, the wait shouldn't be long! Hold tight for a date!

<3 Darcy aka WordSlice
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: Randam Saiko on February 10, 2016, 02:21:17 PM
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Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: dragoncrescent on February 10, 2016, 05:47:27 PM
I have this... clingy sense of foreboding. It's been following me around all day. I thought it was just my fickle tastes misleading me, but now I know why... :D
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: Ollehyas on February 12, 2016, 05:09:58 PM
So basicly this update occurs 6 months after launch. Does it mean that a tablet version comes along with it?
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: hatori1181 on February 13, 2016, 01:25:40 AM
So basicly this update occurs 6 months after launch. Does it mean that a tablet version comes along with it?

I believe they've said that the tablet version has been delayed.  :'(
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Soon)
Post by: Mcksalg on February 13, 2016, 02:09:28 AM
wooooo nice updates
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Soon)
Post by: Blade-Dancer on February 13, 2016, 08:16:35 AM
Alright!!!! More Updates!!!! i honestly think that the stranger might either be a party card or a playable character.
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: Ollehyas on February 13, 2016, 04:43:39 PM
So basicly this update occurs 6 months after launch. Does it mean that a tablet version comes along with it?

I believe they've said that the tablet version has been delayed.  :'(
Any specific information on how long it will take to release it? I would love this thing to jump on my tablet.
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser(Coming Soon)
Post by: Inkk la on February 13, 2016, 06:57:14 PM
So basicly this update occurs 6 months after launch. Does it mean that a tablet version comes along with it?

I believe they've said that the tablet version has been delayed.  :'(
Any specific information on how long it will take to release it? I would love this thing to jump on my tablet.

I messaged the developers on Facebook asking about this, I'll attach their response. Sounds like iPad delayed so "sometime in 2016" is now the window.

Given they originally predicted 6 months from Sep 15 as the go live (so Q1 2016), I'd say the most they could push it back for would be a further 6 months - and would tip Q2 or Q3 this year (Sep 2016 at the latest) for its release and the associated Bandit Clan DLC release as well.

That's just speculation though.
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Soon)
Post by: Comrade243 on February 15, 2016, 10:13:29 PM
Thoughts on the New Cards:

I have to confess that I'm pretty underwhelmed by the reveal, on account of both the relatively small number of new additions (only 4) and their respective  effects. None of them break the mold of previous cards; two of them (Tower Shield and Rotten Fog) are essentially modifications of existing cards (Chainmail Shirt and Wall of Thorns). Still, it seems that most of the truly original content of 1.2 is going to the as-of-yet undisclosed "Stranger," so perhaps I'm being a little hasty with my judgment.

Tower Shield: Nothing too special here. A defensive counterpart to the Chainmail Shirt, and the lower cost makes it a solid component of any pacifist Hero's load-out. Paying 4 Gold for a CS when I hardly ever planned to use it in offensive maneuvers was a drag.

Bubble Tea: I'm a fan of the concept.  I can imagine that it can let a player steal a Prestige Victory in addition to a Declaration. Quick question, though: why is this an Item and not a Trickery? I understand that Items whose effects step outside the deck's normal routine  tend to have temporary effects (Brazenberry Ale, Mountain Moss), but since this one deals with Prestige - the currency of the "political game" - it seems a little incongruous. Also... "Bubble Tea"? I'll wait until I see the card art, but one of the things I love most about Armello is the amazing way its cards effectively contribute to world-building. If "Bubble Tea" is in fact a bottle of bubble tea, it's going to stick out like a sore thumb.

Rotten Fog: So... This one in particular leaves me scratching my head. Out of all the creative suggestions that have been proposed on this forum and the Steam board, the devs. picked a watered-down version of Wall of Thorns? Why? I can only imagine that in a given day at most one player will have to make the choice of passing through the fogged up tile. And it's not really a hard one to make. I guess the 1 damage snipe if played on an occupied tile makes up for the cost... I guess. What was wrong with Moonbite?

Armistice: Big, big, big kudos for introducing another card that encourages alliance-forming and strategic cooperation. This one in particular can act as a nice signal of goodwill toward another player. The cost of breaking the armistice, however, is too low (what if I get hit by a Bounty during the armistice?). At the very least the offending party should be penalized with a -1 Prestige if they kill the aggravated party (as if they were killing a King's Guard). It doesn't even make thematic sense for them to still gain Prestige from the kill. EDIT: The card also indicates that the penalty is only incurred when one of the parties "attacks" the other. If I lightning bolt my "partner" to smithereens, do I not get a bounty?

Let me just add that my (perhaps overly) critical tone is in no way meant to reflect a lack of gratefulness for the hard work the devs. have made to keep this community together and satiated with free update after free update. I just want the game to be as good as it can be, like anybody else. Can't wait to hear more about 1.2!
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Soon)
Post by: Seniorconejo on February 16, 2016, 02:05:51 AM
King dawn damage looks good , and the cards Too :)
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Soon)
Post by: Kletian999 on February 16, 2016, 03:56:34 AM
Bubble Tea's art is pretty "in universe", looks like a nice teapot... but yes, I hate the name, don't get the concept, and am not a fan of the mechanic.

I'm not sure if Darcy wrote Rotten Fog correctly or if it changed recently, but there was no direct play when I was testing it (so it's not moonbite- it's build a swamp- you don't get prestige from it and doesn't hurt guards/banes)
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: zaneomega2 on February 17, 2016, 02:12:00 AM
It's out tomorrow, HYPE
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: Darcy Smith on February 17, 2016, 10:21:23 AM
Hey Kletian! It's important to remember that in the land of Armello, a tea party will make friends but a Bubble Tea party will bring fame.

Also I amended the post to ensure it shows that Rotten Fog must target an empty hex, good pick up.


Cheers,

<3 Darcy
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: Comrade243 on February 17, 2016, 10:54:46 AM
Thanks for the clarification, Darcy. You know, this is seriously my favorite aspect of Armello's fanbase and development team, the back-and-forth. I'm so glad to have the incredible responsiveness of the latter (which really sets a high bar for developers in general), and to read the wonderful suggestions offered by the former.

Just to reiterate one question if I may: does the Hero breaking the Armistice still receive 1 Prestige if he or she kills the aggrieved party? Well, I guess I'll find out tomorrow ;D

Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: Awhaleonabeach on February 17, 2016, 09:15:56 PM
Is there any confirmation for what time the update will arrive? Otherwise I'm going to be spending all day refreshing this thread untill there's more news which will be very detrimental for my workplace productivity!
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: krysh on February 17, 2016, 09:59:35 PM
Is there any confirmation for what time the update will arrive? Otherwise I'm going to be spending all day refreshing this thread untill there's more news which will be very detrimental for my workplace productivity!

I'm in the same boat, refreshing the forums constantly while procrastinating at work. Good times! But unfortunately it may be pointless due to different time zones as the devs might be happily asleep right now
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: Awhaleonabeach on February 17, 2016, 10:56:19 PM
I'm not expecting the update for at least another 4/5 hours now, but the fact  they said 17th February PST gave me hope that it might be a midnight PST update. Unfortunately I'm too optimistic and will probably check this thread all day anyway!
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: m8chor on February 18, 2016, 10:04:42 AM
Waiting...
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Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: krysh on February 18, 2016, 11:01:00 PM
Any news on when will the update hit PS4?

I really like the game but I wish PS4 could get more love . However I understand that the team is new and small so no pressure! When it arrives, it arrives.
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: Kletian999 on February 19, 2016, 05:35:21 AM
Because of Sony's patching rules, expect 1.2 on the PS4 after a month.
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: Seniorconejo on February 19, 2016, 07:41:30 AM
Because of Sony's patching rules, expect 1.2 on the PS4 after a month.

*cries* :'(
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: Inuneko on February 19, 2016, 12:44:43 PM
Spoiler!!!

I ran around back and forth on a dungeon for an entire game session just because I saw an unfamiliar tile come  up.  I eventually picked up a follower called The Stranger who immediately latched on as a follower.  Since I only had one other follower, I don't know if he will replace another follower, or if you can replace him with another follower. (Clingy)

At the beginning of every turn, The Stranger would knock me off of whatever tile I was previously on and send me in a random direction without using up any of my AP, the chat would show the prompt of "(Character) has been lead astray by The Stranger".  I don't know if he does this on all tiles or if palace tiles are exempt.  If they are not, then getting anything other than a prestige victory will be impossible because you will be moved into a random hex at the beginning of your turn. (Misleading)

I'm not sure what he does during combat, since I had other things equipped, but his card did pop up in the combat screen.  I think he took a die away from me, but I could be wrong so don't quote me on that. (Fickle?)
Title: Re: The Stranger v1.2 Teaser (Coming Wednesday 17th February PST)
Post by: Lisy Kane on February 19, 2016, 12:55:16 PM
Hey Inuneko,

We recommend you take a look at our update  (http://leagueofgeeks.com/forums/index.php?topic=2241.0)for more details.. this may help you understand :)