|Battlelore | Published 16 February 2010||Rating||18 votes|
France - 1373
Once, long ago we encountered and fortunately defeated an ill-tempered and obstinate Hill Giant, with no casualties I might add. So when we first laid eyes on that Creature in the battle lines of our enemy, we thought we would simply advance archers to achieve an identical result - victory.
Quickly we found that this beast was different; it moved with agility and kept itself well hidden in the forest, almost out of sight. Just as our archers moved into range, we noticed a flurry of activity and heard what sounded like boars crashing through the underbrush. Frozen in place and slack jawed in amazement, we watched as the shadows from the first battery of logs seemed to hover across our faces, and seconds later smashed down from sky to earth, tearing their way through our lines.
We understood then - this would be a heck of a fight!
FFG is proud to announce the immanent arrival of an expansion that will enhance your BattleLore games with more figures, new game components, and five fantastic scenarios - BattleLore: Creatures!
Although the Giant and Rock Elemental figures were once available only as limited edition promotional items, in BattleLore: Creatures you get both figures plus brand new variant Creature summary cards. The Wood Giant has a new lair and will attack enemies from afar with a flurry of logs hurled from any forest on the battlefield!
The Rock Elemental is a stronger, more powerful elemental that can be summoned by a Wizard Lore Master from your army's War Council.
Finally, the awe-inspiring Hydra is a multi-headed creature with the ability to move quickly, deliver a powerful strike, and even grow new heads when existing heads are damaged. The included model is designed with one body section, and six different neck sections that allow the figure to sprout from 3 to 6 separate heads. The Hydra is a most fearsome opponent indeed!
Set in a world that bridges history and fantasy, BattleLore is board game that puts players in command of a vast array of miniature troops on the battlefields of medieval Europe. Using the easy-to-learn Commands and Colors system, players can wage thrilling battles without a lengthy time commitment.
I do like the monsters though
I personally agree with stalking wolf there. if they dont think of some new races theyll probably hear the noise of all theyre work go crashing to the ground
Fortunately I have enough dragons from other games to use them and hence not have to re-purchase figures I already have! Download the rules, paint up my second spider and another games hydra dragon and hey presto Ive got it all with not a $ spent. :-)
Produce an new boxed army - undead, lizardmen, orcs and elves in that order and you'll get my hard earned $$.
"I sincerely hope they have some sort of "game changing" larger expansion in the works already (they would be foolish not to). In my opinion, I think that after four years of BattleLore, it is high time for a new fantasy race or two to join the Goblins and Dwarves on the battlefield. I think that would re-energize longtime BattleLore fans and set the game back on course, especially if it's done in true FFG style, with a wealth of new units, cards, and terrain. I also think that the announcement of such and expansion needs to come pretty soon. BattleLore fans have had a rough go of it for quite some time now, and we could really use something big to look forward to."
Could agree more with GamesKnight!
I won't be buying either Dragons not Creatures though until I'm assured that the game's future is NOT a continuation of DoW's expansion style. Enough with breadcrumbs, we need cake!!! :P
P.S. waiting for the inevitable "The cake is a lie" comment :P :P
Since we haven't had any new BattleLore content since 2007 (I don't think anyone considers 2008's Troll to be a true expansion), I'm just happy to get "something" (anything), so I'm going to stay as positive as I can. However, FragMaster does have some valid points. I recognize that the BatttleLore products we've seen from FFG so far are ones that were no doubt inherited from DOW and therefore have to follow DOW's questionable expansion format. I can accept that, but now that we've gotten Heroes, Dragons, and Creatures though the pipeline, I think that the grace period is ending and FFG needs to release something substantial; something developed in-house at FFG from start to finish, and something that will show us what FFG is capable of bringing to our beloved game system. Otherwise they risk losing their fanbase.
My two favorite games are BattleLore and Arkham Horror. When a new Arkham expansion comes out I always feel like, "This is awesome! I have to bring this game back to the table NOW!" Right now BattleLore desperately needs something that is going to have that kind of an impact. I'm worried that a lot of people's reaction to Creatures is going to be, "Great, ANOTHER Giant and Elemental to stick on my shelf with the others. What's next?" Personally, I think the Hydra is a wonderful addition, so I will be purchasing the expansion, but I do feel like I'm going to be paying $30 just to get that one figure, which is a little disheartening.
That said, I am staying positive and I do have confidence in FFG. I sincerely hope they have some sort of "game changing" larger expansion in the works already (they would be foolish not to). In my opinion, I think that after four years of BattleLore, it is high time for a new fantasy race or two to join the Goblins and Dwarves on the battlefield. I think that would re-energize longtime BattleLore fans and set the game back on course, especially if it's done in true FFG style, with a wealth of new units, cards, and terrain. I also think that the announcement of such and expansion needs to come pretty soon. BattleLore fans have had a rough go of it for quite some time now, and we could really use something big to look forward to.
And where is the reprint for the base game?...
Eagerly awaiting for the NEXT BattleLore product announcement.
I'm hoping for a seriously higher quality expansion than Dragons or Creatures. If FFG took BL's copyrights from Days of Wonder just to continue making ridiculous expansions with so litlle content then count me out. BattleLore is my favorite game and I see so much potential in it but the expansions keep the bar very very low unfortunately.
Please FFG. Stop making small expansions and create a medium or even large box expansion with a lot of USEFUL content. New armies, new Lore cards, Siege units, new terrain, new command cards and new creatures. All in the same box. Not dispersed among 13 different expansions.
How can the game possibly expand if different players own different expansions. Can you make good scenarios with Heroes if you have to keep making scenarios for those that didn't bought Heroes?
Can you control what game contents each player has so that you can create new universally balanced stuff/content if all the previous content is diluted among 15 different expansion packs?
1 expansion box to include all is my vote.
Just imagine for example Starcraft dispersed among 5 expansions.
I like the hydra rules, can't wait to check it out!