Steamforged Previews Harriet The Hat for Guild Ball

I guess that headline should have “spoiler warning” in it, but at this point, if you’ve not read the fluff for the Exiles box for Guild Ball, that’s on you. Long story short, not everybody made it out alive, and Harry is no more. However, his hat lives on and has found a new owner in the form of a young Engineering student. And so we get Harriet the Hat. Check out her new cards below.
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Thursday Terrain Corner

And we’re already into Thursday. The week continues along, speeding at full pace to that weekend that I know I love so much. Plus, it’s game day up at the library. So I’ve got that going for me. How about you? Any gaming planned this weekend Does it involve terrain? If it does, let’s make that terrain table look just a little bit better.

Today in the Terrain Corner we have: New Shipping Container Bridge Available From Mechanical Warhorse, New Grimdark Signs from Tabletop Scenics, Volkano Gaming Mat Available From Pwork Wargame, Heroic Maps Releases Fenherrick Monastery & Salt Marsh Maps, and Deep-Cut Studio teams up with Steamforged Games to releases official game mats for Guild Ball.

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Steamforged Previews Veteran Hemlocke For Guild Ball

The next in the list of figures from the Exiles set, the end result of the Union in Chains event, is Veteran Hemlocke. She was originally being fought over by the Hunters and the Morticians, but that changed when Veteran Minx came on the scene. As such, Hemlocke is trading in for all-goth gear and going with the dead-lovers. We get a look at her new card here.
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Steamforged Previews Veteran Minx For Guild Ball

As many of you know, I play Guild Ball. The Hunter’s Guild is one of my teams (I mean, they have a bear). So, of course, I’m excited to see what new minis they’re getting. In this case, it’s one of the models from the Union in Chains event. It’s Veteran Minx, and she adds some cool abilities to the pitch.
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Veteran Captain Salt Available To Order From Steamforged

So, yesterday was April Fool’s. Honestly, I don’t really like the holiday much, as you get all sorts of stories coming out that could maybe be true, and would be really cool if they were, but they aren’t. So you never quite know what’s real and what isn’t. As a reporter, that can be very frustrating. However, this story isn’t a joke. Well, it is, kinda, but it’s also real. Steamforged has created Veteran Captain Salt for Guild Ball, and you can order yours now (better hurry, today’s the last day to order her).
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Steamforged Previews Veteran Decimate For Guild Ball

The Union in Chains event for Guild Ball saw the Union players spread out among the other Guilds. In the case of Decimate, she’s ended up with the Brewer’s Guild. Her knowledge with the sword is no longer employed with a foil or rapier, but a broadsword. So, what sort of changes does that mean for her card? We get a look at just that in this preview.
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Steamforged Previews Bonesaw and Graves For Ratcatcher’s Guild

Well, ok, in a way, this isn’t so much a preview. Veteran Graves and Bonesaw have been around for quite a long time as part of the Mortician’s Guild. However, that doesn’t mean that things haven’t changed. The figures were originally created when the idea of Minor Guilds wasn’t around yet, and Veteran Graves, in particular, really needed a bit of touching up to really make him shine with the new team. So that’s what Steamforged has done, a touch-up.
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Falconer’s Guild Available To Pre-Order For Guild Ball

Buccaw!
The Falconer’s Guild is the second of the Minor Guilds that will be making their way to the Guild Ball pitch. They’re the Minors for the Hunter’s Guild. The two teams will be able to share a pair of players between them, as well as the Falconer’s being able to be used on their own (of course). If you want to get these high-flying new figures, you can order yours now, as well as special dice. If you pre-order through your LGS, be sure to ask about the LE alt-sculpt figure, too.
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Steamforged Previews Veteran Gutter For Guild Ball

The Union is going through changes. The Solthecian Church has taken over, and many of the players that used to be on the team have looked elsewhere for employment. One such is Gutter. Back during the Union in Chains event for Guild Ball, Gutter could’ve ended up with the Butchers or the Fishermen. In the end, the Butchers won out. In this preview, we get a look at what they can expect when she hits the pitch.
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Steamforged Previews Last Two Ratcatcher Minis’ Stats

The Ratcatcher’s Guild is the first Minor Guild to hit the pitch. They’ll be making their way to tabletops soon, but it’s best to know what you’ll be getting into. As such, there’s two final players to preview for them. One’s Miasma, the other is Squeak, their mascot. Because, yes, you get a giant rat to use on the pitch.
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Steamforged Previews Falconer’s Guild

The Falconer’s Guild is the new Minor Guild coming for the Hunter’s Guild in Guild Ball. (Guild, Guild, Guild)
They’ll be taking to the skies in a couple months, but you can get a look at what they’ve got in store, as well as previewing the retailer-exclusive figure you can get if you pre-order through your LGS.
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Rookie League Minis Available To Pre-Order From Steamforged

Steamforged is working on bringing you the new Rookie League for Guild Ball. This new format allows players to use a Rookie in their games, then build them up throughout the League, choosing several different options as they go. Steamforged is taking pre-orders for the whole bundle of players, as well as selling them individually.
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Ratcatcher’s Guild Available To Pre-order From Steamforged

Steamforged Games has a trio of new pre-releases available over in their webshop. One is the first of the new Minor Guilds that are making their way to the Guild Ball pitch. It’s the Ratcatcher’s box. You can also pick up special team dice for them. But even if you’re not interested in the new Guild, every Guild Ball player will be wanting to pick up the Game Plan Deck. These cards take over for the old Guild Plot cards and also roll in the Initiative Roll into their uses.
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Steamforged Announces Gameplan Deck For Guild Ball

Guild Ball is getting a bit of a shake-up this morning. Steamforged had mentioned the Gameplan deck, but the details were thin on the ground. Now they’ve been fully revealed. The deck replaces the Guild Plots from the game, but also change how Initiative works at the start of a turn. They can even change how much Influence a player has during their turn. It’s a little change that makes big changes in the potential for the game.
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Steamforged Previews Piper For Ratcatcher’s Guild

“It’s time to pay the Piper.”
It’s an old saying, taken from the fairytale of the Pied Piper of Hamelin. You know, the town had a rat problem and they paid a dude with a magic flute to make them go away. Of course, when they didn’t pay, he led the children of the town away. In Guild Ball, the Ratcatcher’s Guild is being led by just such an individual. Piper’s his name and he’s also got a magic flute that will also cause players around the field to end up in spots they weren’t originally expecting. Take a look at his cards in this preview.
Also: Aaaaaaaaqualung!
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Steamforged Previews May Releases

The Union in Chains event left the Union decimated, with players being pulled away to join different Guilds as the Solthecian church took over the organization. In May, the results of that event will start hitting players’ tables. There’s two box sets coming, one based on all the characters that had been Union but are now gone, and another on the Chruch’s new leadership role in the Union.
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Steamforged Previews Scourge for Ratcatcher’s Guild

The Minor Guilds will change the dynamic of Guild Ball. They’re their own teams, but also tied with a Major Guild. The Ratcatchers are the Minor Guild for the Morticians. So death and decay is part of what they’re about. Also, rats are well-known to carry diseases. The Ratcatchers bring a new Condition to the game, Disease. And Scourge is one of the main carriers. Get a look at this stat cards and mini in this preview.
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February LE Minis Now Available For Guild Ball

Steamforged has started making a habit of releasing special, limited-edition minis for Guild Ball around the various holidays. I, for one, welcome our alternate-sculpt overlords. In this case, it’s the Puppy Love set, including a new version of Brisket and Boiler for the Butcher’s Guild. There’s also an exceedingly adorable new ball token with a little puppy wanting to show they can play a swell as the big dogs.
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Steamforged Previews Valentine’s Minis For Guild Ball

I love alternate sculpts for minis. Steamforged does, too. They’ve been coming out with holiday-themed alternate models for a while now, and this Valentine’s Day will be no different. If any Guild would be best for Valentine’s, it might as well be the one most associated with the color red. And they’ve probably had someone’s heart in their hands at some point… literally. It’s the Butcher’s Guild.
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Steamforged Previews Skulk and Pelage For Ratcatcher’s Guild

The Ratcatcher’s Guild will be the first minor guild released for Guild Ball. They will be hitting shelves relatively soon, and so, as to make you all informed customers about what you can expect, Steamforged has posted up a preview of two of the characters that’ll be in the box. They are Skulk and Pelage.
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The Farmer’s Guild: Old Father’s Harvest Now Available For Guild Ball

The new Farmer’s Guild box set is now available for Guild Ball. Expanding the options of this new Guild, it contains a full team of 6 players, goal post marker, terrain, and more.
I mean, there’s a pig taking a mud bath in a tub for your goal marker. Plus a turnip ball.
I kinda just want to get the ball to have. But that’s me.
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Steamforged Launches Fisherman’s and Butcher’s Guild Indiegogo Campaigns

The latest teams to come out for Guild Ball, the Farmer’s Guild and the Blacksmith’s Guild, have both been in pre-constructed boxes, with the figures made out of PVC. Meanwhile, the original teams have only been consolidated into team boxes. Well, Steamforged is looking to switch entirely over to that new format, and bringing the original Guilds to that new style is on the docket. To test the waters to see if this is something you, the players, want, they have launched Indiegogo campaigns in order to get the first two of those teams made, the Butchers and the Fishermen. The campaigns are limited to 800 each, as that’s the break-even point on tooling and creating the teams. From there, they’ll go to retail… if the campaigns succeed. They are up and running now.
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Steamforged Previews Ratcatcher’s Guild

The new thing coming to Guild Ball this year is the addition of Minor Guilds. The first of these is going to be the Ratcatcher’s Guild. They’re a sub-group off of the Mortician’s Guild. But what does being a Minor Guild really mean? And what sort of new tricks will this new team bring to the field? Well, Steamforged is answering some of that with this preview.
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Steamforged Previews Ratcatcher’s Guild

Minor Guilds are coming to Guild Ball. These guilds are offshoots of the main guilds already in the game. There’ll be some character sharing between the main guild and the minor guild associated with them. For the Morticians, their minor guild is the Ratcatcher’s Guild. They’ll be the first of these minor guilds to roll out, and Steamforged has posted up preview photos of the team.
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Review Roundup

Saturdaaaaaaaaaaay!
I’m sure a lot of you are probably traveling today, or perhaps hanging out with some non-gaming family. So, to take your mind off of things, here’s your regular list of reviews I know you so desperately desire.

Today we’ve got: Guild Ball Blacksmith’s Guild, Rail Raiders, Naruto Shippuden The Board Game, Zendo, Cottage Garden iOS, Meeple Circus, Gut Check, Mountains of Madness, Import/Export, Ticket to Ride Map Collection 6: France/Old West, Welcome to Centerville, Hunt for the Ring, and Master of Wills.

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Steamforged Previews February Releases

The Blacksmith’s Guild is the newest team to hit the pitches of Guild Ball. They’re a unique team in that they don’t have captains and mascots. It’s all just masters and apprentices. For now, there’s little variation in teams, as mostly just those first 6 figures are available. But if you’re waiting for the next batch to hit stores, you’ll be waiting until February. Steamforged is also showing off an alternate Bolt model you get when you pre-order through your LGS.
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Steamforged Previews Farris and Bolt For Guild Ball

The game of Guild Ball is part rugby, part soccer, part football (and yes, I know many of you think that soccer and football are the same game, but you know what I’m talking about here), but in their upcoming expansion, the Blacksmiths are showing that it’s also part polo. Farris takes to the field on her horse, along with her apprentice, Bolt. Dude flings horse shoes. Check ’em out.
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Steamforged Previews More Black Friday Alternate Miniatures

I’ve mentioned before that I love alternate sculpts for figures, and it’s true. I think they’re a great way to have holiday and event special figures that doesn’t have people that couldn’t attend/whatever miss out on chunks of the game. Well, Steamforged has shown off some of the alternate-sculpt minis they’re going to have this Friday. They’ve just shown off some more now.
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Steamforged Announces Rookie League Event

People love to see characters grow and change over time. That’s the whole point of the narrative structure for a story. In Guild Ball, we’ve seen how numerous characters have progressed along (including now taking dirt naps, because the Guild Ball fluff is the Game of Thrones of miniatures sports games). But what about heading the other direction? By that, I mean taking characters we know and seeing where they came from. That’s what the Rookie League is all about.
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Steamforged Games Previews Alternate Millstone

I am a huge fan of alternate-sculpt models. They’re a great way to get an exclusive figure out there to the players. Well, for those that are into the Farmer’s Guild and looking to get the new box that’s coming out in January, you can also pick up an alternate-sculpt Millstone. How? Just order from your LGS and tell them you want one.
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Steamforged Previews Cast For Blacksmith’s Guild

The Blacksmith’s Guild is different from the others in Guild Ball. Their teams are always made up of 3 Masters and 3 Apprentices. As each Master has a specific Apprentice they work with, there’s a strong impetus to use the matching pairs. Well, we’ve seen the Master Burnish. So what’s his apprentice like? Well, her name’s Cast and you can get a look at her here.
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Steamforged Previews January Releases

The New Year is rapidly approaching (at the rate of 3600 seconds an hour!!). When January does roll around, Steamforged will be ready with some new releases for Guild Ball. There’s going to be the 2nd Farmer’s Guild box set, as well as a Launch Party kit for their newest faction, the Blacksmith’s Guild.
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Steamforged Previews Veteran Minx For Guild Ball

In the Union in Chains event, the Hunters and the Morticians had been fighting for Hemlocke. Well, it would seem as though the Morticians are getting antsy and don’t want to give her up. So they’re offering a trade: they get Hemlocke and the Hunters get Minx.
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Thursday Terrain Corner

It’s odd. Each day this week I’ve found myself, at some point, looking at the clock and going, “How is it only (time)?! Geeze! Today is taking forever!” And yet, in contradiction of that, I’ve also found myself going, “Whoah! It’s already (day)!? This week is flying by!” So while each day is taking forever, the week is just speeding past. I don’t really get it, but it does mean we’re already most of the way to the weekend. I’m in my Thursday shirt, and that means it’s time to make your gaming tables look as good as possible.

Today in the Terrain Corner we have: New Steampunk Ironclads From Burn In Designs, Tabletop Scenics Giving Away An Orc Quarters, Skull Forge Scenics Halloween Sale Happening Now, Acheson Creations at Fall In! and Millennium Con, New Modern Civilian 28mm – 32mm Vehicles From Antenociti’s Workshop, and New Masons and Brewers Terrain For Guild Ball.

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Steamforged Posts Final Version of Guild IDs for Guild Ball

Though sports teams are built around a core style that they want to utilize in order to win, each one will also practice ways to counter-act other team’s special styles. You certainly know of teams that focus more on offense or defense, or some other specialization. Guild Identity Cards for Guild Ball let coaches customize their team a bit more with a particular style of play, some of which help them against certain other styles. Steamforged has been going through beta tests of these for a while now. Well, that’s finished and you can now find the final versions of these cards online.
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