The game has been online for a few months now and a few players have large collections. These players can deploy some very good starting decks and the game is becoming too easy for them.
I feel that allowing players to simply deploy 6 or 8 card armies onto the board before the game even starts, while fun to do, will ultimately make the game less fun for everybody.
Penny and I have discussed a number of different new rules we could add to the game. We talked about adding new resources and additional casting costs for each hero but we felt that it would make the game more complicated and have quite a lot of UI changes.
As a trial, I’m going to implement a new deployment restriction as an option you can turn on when starting a new MP game. If we like the changes after testing them we can roll them out to everybody.
Under the new restricted deployment rule, you will only be able to deploy one card in any one settlement, every 6 hours.
The card will appear right away, but the settlement will have a dot that shows a new card cannot be deployed at the settlement.
At the start of the game you will only be able to deploy one card, and recruit one army. Then as your empire grows you will be able to deploy more heroes simultaneously, but never more than one in a settlement at a time.
I think this will make the game significantly harder.
- Your expansion at the start of the game will be much slower.
- You will no longer be able to drop large forces of troops into a town moments before a battle to save it. You’ll have to think ahead more and move your troops into position. You’ll have to think ahead more.
Ultimately I hope this will mean there is less difference in play style between new players and those with lots of cards.
The missions themselves might need balancing again afterwards, so we might need to move on this idea quickly.
Things like banners might need some more thought, but we’ll do that after we make sure we like these new rules.
Please give the idea some thought before commenting, but then your feedback would be welcomed.