Just a very short blog today. We have some really neat stuff in the blender right now, but it’s taking a lot of time. And while we start sorting those things out, there isn’t that much to show you yet.
First off, Version 0.5 is now rolling out. It’s a fairly small update, with a BIG wording fix up in the rulebook. Previously, the rulebooks stated that if a defence roll was higher than the monsters ATK, then they were fine, and if it was lower, they were not so fine. But it neglected to mention what happens if it EQUALS the monsters ATK. Well, we have good news and bad news. The good news is, we fixed that, the bad news is: the hero gets hurt.
We have also confirmed that Goblins are Goblins. Like how Spitelings are Goblins.
Which leads us to today’s short development blog. Let’s talk about Dwarves. And digging holes. Did you know that the Dwarf was one of the original classes, and that there were originally 8? It’s true! I was pulling a page from some of the older Dungeons & Dragons where things like Dwarves, Elves, and Halflings were classes and not just templates to jiggle a stat or two! Sure, your Dwarf capped at Level 8 while the Human capped at level 36, but they uh… they had uh… okay look.
The original 8 classes included Dwarf and Elf (who later transformed into the Paladin, see their blog for the wild ride the Paladin went through) on top of the other 6 that are now included in the box. The Dwarf had the rather interesting explode defence dice on a 5 or 6, and came with a flat bonus to armour saves, similar to the Fighter’s attack bonus. They also got bonuses to attacks against Goblins and Orcs.
Ultimately the call was made to cut them for two reasons: 1) the balance was all wonky when a class with even one piece of armour on became an indestructible object. And b) because I’d rather put out a more interesting Dwarf design that just a bland class.
There are definitely designs in the work to have a clan system and bring the Dwarf back as more than just a filler class, but for now, they’re hiding in their mountain homes, diggy digging holes.
See? Told you it was a SHORT update. Ha. Ha.
Here’s the original design for the Dwarf card. As you can see, I probably don’t need an artist.
(Whatever you say Chris. – Leah)