Oh, so I joke, but only a little. I wanted to put up a blog post based on some feedback I have seen recently regarding my current favorite game, Malifaux. I thought this would be a good time to post as we recently received an announcement that a new rule book (Malifaux 1.5 - look to the left) is also coming out. In addition, in just a short 2 months Gencon will be here with the 4th expansion to the game.
So whats up with all the expansions and changes? Well, lets step back a bit and look a bit closer at the issues here. Lets talk about expansions and new book releases first.
So, jump forward about 9 more months to around May 2012. Since the beginning of 2011 the game grows exponentially and new players pour into the scene. Experienced gamers and new gamers alike start to play Malifaux. Along with this rush of players comes new issues that are identified. First, competitive Malifaux starts to move into a visible position with tournaments jumping up in the US and UK. These tournaments bring competitive players who start discovering ways to "break" the game and start discovering over-powered combinations of models that were missed in earlier playtesting. The growth also brings in a wider spectrum of new players, along with non-native-english speaking players and additional clarification and FAQ's are required. Wyrd copes with this by pointing folk to the Rules Manual and answering questions on the forums. Errata are created to fix both Typo's on cards along with some balance issues. Release of errata is slowed down a bit as the the errata is tested by the Wyrd development testing team. Around the May time-frame all these errata, clarification, and FAQ are again rolled together in a set of downloadable documents and released to the public in one place, making it easy to track the changes.
Jump ahead a bit to July 2012. Wyrd announces that they will be releasing a new Core Rulebook 1.5 at this time. What the heck is this? Let me try and shed a little light on the situation. The first Rulebook for Malifaux contained three pieces of information.
- Background story "Fluff"
- Game Rules
- Model Rules
Now, that brings us to the looming Gencon 2012. We already know a new rulebook is coming. We know this based on Wyrd's past record plus EricJ's announcement on the Gamers Lounge podcast. Eric says this book will contain a new faction called 10 Thunders. I suspect this will add a load of new models, similar to Rising Powers. We have heard that the 10 Thunders factions infiltrate other factions. This could mean an additional set of rules similar to Avatar Rules in Twisting Fates. It also might not. We have to wait for Gencon to see.
So, post Gencon what would you need to buy for a "complete set" of Malifaux rules. That answer is simple, you buy the Rules Manual. Basically, you end up with the following two choices:
If you want the basics:
- Rules Manual
- Model rules on the cards that come when you buy the model
- Malifaux Core Rulebook 1.5
- Rising Powers
- Twisting Fates
- Book 4 (10 Thunders)
I just realized how long this is, so I am going to sign off for today. Later this week I will come back and discuss rules changes and errata.