Sunday, 15 May 2016

First Look – Frostgrave: Into the Breeding Pits


So here it is, my author’s advance of Into the Breeding Pits, the latest supplement for Frostgrave! It is due for general release in July.

You can currently pre-order a copy from Osprey or Amazon, but you might want to wait a couple of weeks. In June, North Star will be holding another Nickstarter, this time rechristened a ‘Gnickstarter’ in honour of the plastic gnolls that are being released at the same time. The Gnickstarter will be the first chance to order the book along with all of the new minis, as well as potentially pick up a few extra freebies.

The book itself is the same format as Thaw of the Lich Lord, a 64 page, full-colour book, loaded with artwork and photos and retailing for £9.99.

So what’s in it? Well, here’s a quick rundown –

Chapter 1: Underground Exploration

This chapter talks about setting your games of Frostgrave underground, giving a few ideas and rule suggestions, including a few changes if you are playing in a dungeon style set-up, and new rules for how wandering monsters appear. The real meat of this chapter is the section on traps, which adds a new element of adventure and random carnage to the game! Also, rules for secret passages.

Chapter 2: New Magic

This chapter has two major sections. The first part is all about the Beastcrafters, the ancient mages that created strange hybrids in the breeding pits. For those who like a more animalistic warband (or even animalistic wizard) this section is probably for you. The second section includes some new spells, including a new type, ‘Reaction Spells’. In truth, these new spells are probably the biggest single change I have introduced into the game so far. Nothing earth-shattering, but I think they bring a new, fun element to the game.

Chapter 3: New Soldiers 

This short chapter introduces two new soldiers, the Tunnel Fighter and the Trap Expert, both of whom have special abilities based on the underground rules.

 Chapter 4: Scenarios

This chapter includes five new scenarios, all set underground, including my new favourite ‘Here Comes the Flood’!

Chapter 5: New Treasure

Loads of new treasures for your adventurers to find! Highlights include Bear Amour and a Scroll containing a ‘Lost Spell’.

Chapter 6: The Bestiary

The only thing better than more treasure to find, is more monsters to fight, and this chapter contains a bunch of them. There are a few fantasy classics, a few Frostgrave uniques, and a whole lot of gnolls.

All-and-all, there is a lot of new info crammed into those 64 pages! I’ve got to admit, I’m a little bit proud of it.

18 comments:

  1. Wow! And I thought I was excited about it before! Can't wait for the Gnickstarter.

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  2. Wow! And I thought I was excited about it before! Can't wait for the Gnickstarter.

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  3. I like how this game is growing. I want to try this new magic system. I am really looking forward this dungeon experience. I want to start playing it now, haha. I hope sales goes really well.

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  4. I like how this game is growing. I want to try this new magic system. I am really looking forward this dungeon experience. I want to start playing it now, haha. I hope sales goes really well.

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  5. Looks like it will be awesome.What are the chances of us getting a better idea of the types of dungeon/underground terrain we might need.Frostgrave has gotten our group heavy into terrain building,and we are hoping to get a head start on building some great stuff for this expansion.

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  6. This has just confirmed my desire to build a Beastmaster warband!! Just reading the words "bear armour" has made me giddy with excitement!!

    Hoping for a "panserbjorn" model as per Northern Lights!

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  7. I'm massively excited for this! Sounds brilliant. Can't wait to explor some dungeons!

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  8. Can't wait for this expansion; sounds fantastic.

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  9. Really looking forward to getting into those dungeons and having some fun :-)

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  10. Finally, a new life for all my warhammer quest stuff? If you haven't done so, please consider doing guidelines on how to do a balanced "frostgrave warband versus the dungeon master's minions" -game.

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  11. Have to say I love the art work you use. Real nice quality. I should know I am an illustrator ;-)

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    1. I can't take any credit for that, but Dmitry Burmak is amazing!

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  12. Yay, I can finally use all the caverns that I 3D printed!

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