Finally... we get to share!

One of the hardest part of the Game designer/Line Developer job is how you get to be buried with the rules for so long that it never seems like those small incremental changes will ever result in a finished document.

 

One thing I've noticed though is how its affected my son. He's 7 and is big into Lego and Plasticine and is constantly leaving his creations on my work desk. I doubt there's another kid at his school who could describe the theory of how mecha/robots/vehicle differ from each other. But I'll spare you from the terror that his goal of an army of snake-mecha would bring to the Heavy Gear universe and just focus on the Living Rule Book Beta rules that we are dropping later today.

 

What's new? Well... A lot really. And then again most of it will look very similar unless you've been there in the trenches watching them change step by step.

 

Running the old Relay... (Preview)

In the forthcoming update/rewrite of the beta rules (due out as soon as layout and final checks get it ready) there are not a lot of new parts. There are some sections that have been eliminated and you can find the list of those here.

 

A truly new part of the rules debuted as part of the satellite uplink section, the ability to relay using other models as intermediaries. This concept is now being extended to any model with the Comm:X trait.

 

Fire Dragon Preview

As the layout is still ongoing I'll continue with some previews and explanations for some decisions made along the way. A lot of the work for the new Heavy Gear rules has been to make sure that the new rules could faithfully render models from the field manual. In some cases a straight port became more and more impossible and some radical new directions had to be taken to be true to the design but balance properly. 

 

The South strider the Fire Dragon is an example of this. The Fire Dragon has always stood out as one of the most odd looking models in the South range. Six legs in a game where most other models have two and four at most plus a rounded. bulbous feel makes it a very alien looking strider.

 

Progress, progress, progress...

Deadlines are great.

 

They make you knuckle down and make decisions that have been put off for far too long. Here's a rules decision that has been made in terms of the Living Rule book, and some of the thinking and process that went into it. This rules decision is one that developed from one concept to another as I delved into the thinking behind what a Stealth technology is and what it does, and doesn't do. 

 

I'm going to use the Stealth trait as the example because it is one trait that there has been a lot of back and forth work on. The trait has settled nicely, though the why and the how of the rule, and how it functions in the game, is worthy of some discussion.

 

Living Rulebook Beta sent to layout, and stuff.

There are times when you are sad when you're wrong, and this is one of those times. Back before the Kickstarter I said that there would be an update of the Beta rules soon after the kickstarter, and then I got to work reading e-mails, making notes, and blitzing the forums, and I don't mean the DP9 forums, but forums everywhere.

 

And I got feedback by the ton. Some was errata along the lines of "I think this is what you want this to mean" to the always excellent "this example is backwards" to my favorite "We play tested this and had a lot of fun, but had trouble understanding X".  Some sent in full battle reports and some just commented on forum posts. There have been gut checks and statistical arguements galore and conversations both online, on public transit (random gamer encounters), and in game stores. Everyone I talk to has their own perspective on the game and what it can, and can't be.

Thank You All!

New Acco light trooper Mount Preview

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