Project Warsong is a team-based board game with different game modes, the ability to build your own class, boards, weapons, energy (mana), and more! Create the ultimate class and use your chosen arts to defeat enemy players. Work together with your team and fight valiantly to complete the game’s objectives!
Before we start, I want to address that this project is currently in the planning phase. Meaning that no actual cards, pieces, or even full-board designs have been created nor finalized! In addition, names, concepts, ideas, and rules aren’t anywhere close to finalized as well. Everything in this thread is subject to drastic changes.
How will the game work?
The game will be a turn-based strategy game in which players will move around the board. Utilizing their abilities in order to disturb the flow of combat as they try to complete different objectives.
The game will consist of two teams, Red & Blue; dueling in one of the two game modes, Domination or Capture the Flag. Furthermore, the game centralizes on creating a good class in order to fight opponents or support your teammates. Finally, throughout the game there are special powerup spaces, weapons, and a special ability called the “Warsong” which can spice up the game.
The board will be made up of hexagonal shapes that players can move around on. The maps will include points to capture the flag, areas for domination, areas where players are unable to move (walls, buildings, water, cliffs, etc.), and potential ramps/buildings. Of course, these will mostly be 2D features.
Powerups: The game will include various power-ups which can be picked up on the board that will grant temporary buffs. These will be represented through powerup spaces.
Items: Similar to power ups but when a player lands on an item space, they will receive a random single-use item. These can be healing moves, speed moves, or even single use arts.
Player Movement: Player movement will likely be based on a die! However, certain abilities, powerups, and obstacles can also affect movement.
Health: Each player will have a set number of health points that are depleted when a player takes damage. At the start of a player’s turn, they will automatically heal. However, certain abilities and powerups can also affect health.
Death: When a player dies, they are sent all the way back to their base. Players will be able to use a “mount” that will add extra spaces to every roll done by the player. However, if the player is hit they are dismounted. Players also cannot attack while on a mount.
Turn Order: The turn order will be alternative. For example, a red player takes their turn then a blue player takes their turn.
Mana: This is a tricky one, but the idea is that all players will have a set amount of mana at the start of the game; with different abilities requiring mana. If the player does not possess enough mana, they cannot use an art. Mana is gained at the start of each turn or through certain abilities/powerups.
A.O.E or Ranged based Attacks
- Range: When a player fires a ranged attack, it will be based on the direction the player is currently facing. After this, dice can be rolled to see how many spaces the attack will travel.
- A.O.E: This can be dictated by defining a radius on how far the attack goes. Imagine an circle that 2 spaces large and the player is in the center of that circle. When they use an A.O.E attack, their attack will hit everyone within the imaginary circle.
What will the game modes be like?
The game will most likely include two game modes: Capture the Flag and Domination.
Capture the Flag:
Players will win by capturing the flag a certain number of times, this will be set by the players themselves. A team cannot capture a flag if their flag is stolen, meaning they will need to return it before they themselves can capture.
Domination: Players will control points throughout the map. Every turn all teams have a number of points per area they control. In order to overthrow a point, players must stand on it and defeat whoever has claimed it.
At the start of a turn each team is rewarded points per capture they have, the game ends when the target points are reached. For example, Red has 3 areas captured while blue has 2. At the start of a player’s turn, Red is awarded 3 points, and Blue gains 2. Once a team hits 50 points, they win.
Note: This is merely an example, numbers were chosen randomly.
Rivers: Will serve as mainly decoration on the board. However, players will be unable to cross them. Projectiles can still move over them.
Walls: Will serve as barriers for players. Players will not be able to cross them and any art will be blocked by them.
Pits: Similar to rivers, however, players can be knocked into them via an art that does knockback. If a player falls down, they will need to roll a certain number to escape.
Swamp: Rolls are halved if a player rolls while in the swamp.
How will Classes, Weapons, and the Warsong factor into this game?
All players will be represented on the board with game pieces and their class will be reflected on their pieces.
Warrior, Paladin, Mage, and Shaman are the current classes; more may be added soon.
Players will select either Mage, Paladin, Warrior, or Shaman and then pick from a pool of “abilities” to make their own class. Each class will have 5 abilities, the player being able to select 4 of them. These are the kind of abilities…
Talent: Each class has a default art, this cannot be altered and the other abilities will build off of it
Attack: An attack art, deals damage in addition to the talent art
Utility: An art that will help the player in some way (speed boost, energy buff, etc.)
Healing: An art that will heal the player in some way
Ultimate: An art that unifies the build, the signature art if you will (it can be an attack, utility, heal, etc.)
In addition to that, each class of the four classes will play differently…
Mage: A Range-based elemental character. Will rely largely on buffs & debuffs in order to do anything substantial. Builds can be stuff like white mage, dark mage, red mage, dedicated healer, dedicated buffer, etc.
Shaman: Jack-of-all trades, can do the things Mage, Warrior, and Paladin can do but in a different way. Can be a melee class, or a range class. Can rely on debuffs or be a tank. Depends on the player
Warrior: Pure Melee. Will rely on pure damage and utilize melee based arts. Builds can be defensive, offensive, glass-cannon like, dps, tanky, etc.
Paladin: Similar to Warrior in the melee aspect but will have a more unique move set, specifically in the healing and utility department. Builds can be super customizable with one being magic based or another being melee based.
Players will pick what they want for their class. However, to control it, each class has a set amount of art points. For instance, Mage has 15 art points. If a player wants a really good attack move for their build, it will cost 8 art points, but they will only have seven art points left to spend on the other three abilities.
Weapons will be a unique permanent buff that all players will be able to obtain. There will be a pool of weapons, at the start of the game all players will pick a weapon randomly from the pool.
Players are allowed to redraw a weapon one time before the game starts. After that, if they wish to redraw, they must step on the “weapon space” in order to redraw. There is only one weapon space on the entire board and it will be hard to reach or out of the way.
Warsongs are extremely powerful attacks. Warsong will work similar to weapons in which there is a single space on the board where a player can obtain a Warsong. However, there can only be one Warsong on the board at a time, meaning only one player possesses it at a given time. In order to use it, the player must charge it up by using their abilities on opponents or teammates. Once charged, they may use it whenever they want and unleash a super powerful attack. The Warsong will respawn after the player uses it or the player dies while holding it.
What can I do?
We would very very very much appreciate it if you list any ideas, feedback, criticisms, and anything else that you may have. Gaining input from everyone will be a major help.
The project will also require beta testers, artists, game designers, etcetera to help in the creation of Warsong, please let me know if you are interested in any of these by joining the discord.
Finally, spreading the word will be huge in keeping this project alive. There is also a chance that we may Kickstarter this project if it gains enough attention.
- Warsong Update #6: 6/13/21
- Warsong Update #5: 5/21/21
- Warsong Update #4: 3/28/21
- Warsong Update #3: 3/18/21
- Warsong Update #2: 3/6/21