Visions in Flames is the name given to all the changes coming to the A Song of Ice and Fire: Tabletop Miniatures Game this year. In the ongoing series of previews of these changes, CMON's Michael Shinall is taking a look at the Baratheon faction and what sort of things will be changing in that house divided.
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Bannermen! Michael Shinall here, designer of A Song of Ice and Fire: The Tabletop Miniatures Game, and per the results of last week’s poll, Baratheons gets the spotlight this time on our Faction Focus.
So we have numerous articles in our Visions in the Flames series going over the philosophies and design choices moving into the 2021 updates (all of which you can catch up on here) but in this article we’re going to go into more details on those changes with some real examples as to how they are applied to a faction.
The faction we’re starting with was chosen by fan-polling, and it just so happened to be Baratheons. This presents an interesting situation as, when it comes to who was affected the most by these updates, Baratheons were near the top of the list.
Why exactly? Well, they just happened to contain a number of key elements that were targets of these updates (namely free actions and some other raw “power” elements). This resulted in various shifts as to how some of their effects worked. When it came to discussing the overall faction, there was also the factor that they are still one of the newest factions, thus the pool of content to discuss was a bit more limited compared to, say, Starks or Lannisters… Compound this with the dual-Loyalty nature of the faction and deciding exactly what to focus the discussion on became a discussion in itself!
That being said, we’ve decided that for this Faction Focus we’d take a look at the Generic Tactics Cards for the Baratheons, how they changed, and what impacts this has on the overall faction. To go along with this (and not play favorites) we’re also going to show off the updates to both Stannis (The Rightful Heir) and Renly (The Charismatic Heir).
Lots to cover, so let’s dive right in!