Bell of Lost Souls posted two excellent videos featuring ASOIAF Mini Game, including detailed video of each of the models in the Starter Box, components walk through, and a full Starter Box game. These are definitely a must watch.
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Just a minor update to point out that I have added a Links tab to the primary menu bar so that we can all have quick reference to the best resources about the game. If there is a great resource that I don’t know about, post a comment and let me know. The ones that I regularly use are:
ASOIAF Kickstarter – The site that started it all. Not the best format to navigate, but has most of the information about the game available in one form or another.
ASOIAF Minis Reddit – This is the best subreddit about the game from a competitive standpoint. Good analysis and community.
ASOIAF Miniature Wargamers Facebook Page – This is the most active Facebook page about the game. It contains regular activity and a good community.
BoardGameGeek ASOIAF Page – BoardGameGeek is a great resource for all tabletop games and this one is no exception. A lot of good information here.
Panic Check Chart
Lets begin by taking a look at the relevant rules for Panic Tests:
If the Defender suffered any casualties from the attack, they must now make a Panic Test. WIP Rulebook Page 14. When a unit makes a Panic Test, it rolls 2 dice and compares the results to its Morale Stat…if it fails to meet its Morale Stat, however the unit immediately suffers 1 automatic casualty for each point it failed its test by. WIP Rulebook Page 10.
Here is a unit by unit chart that will shed some light on the basic math for an unmodified Panic Test.
The first column lists the defending units Morale stat. The second column provides a handy list of the units that have that current Morale stat for ease of reference. The third column shows the percentage chance that the defender will fail his or her Panic Check, thereby suffering automatic casualties. The remainder of the chart shows the relative percentages of chances to lose multiple models from a unit due to degrees of failure.
When making simple choices about attacking a unit that has no conditions, the above chart should be helpful.
For the next math segment, we will review the above in the context of the Panicked condition and under what circumstances should a player require the opposition to re-roll.
Update 74 is live on the Kickstarter, which includes all of the Lannister Attachments! I will be updating all of the pages on this site with the new information in the next hour or so. Big day!
Update: All cards are now updated on this site to reflect the latest information.
One of the most fun things about a miniature game is figuring out what comes next! This is true even for games in pre-production. CMON is pretty good about dropping hints as to things to come. I have compiled all of units that have been “spoiled” in one way or another in this post.
Before we begin, though, I did not originally include the Kickstarter Lannister attachments “Champion of the Faith” and the “Crannogmen Warden” in the complete unit listing on the site because CMON had not supplied any stat information on them. When CMON posted its Design and Development Talk, however, it provided a partial card for the Champion of the Faith. So, the Lannister Page is now updated with the partial information on the Champion of the Faith attachment. We still don’t know his cost, but we know enough to add him to the official Lannister unit list.
Update: The 74th Update by CMON to the Kickstarter had some additional information on the Champion of Faith. First, his cost has been released (its 1). Second, the article states that his primary synergy is with the Faith Militant, so we can either expect that to be a new unit, or potentially a subfaction of Lannisters. (Thanks for the tip
That leaves us to our first “spoiled” unit…
Everyone will recieve an alternate sculpt of the Crannogmen Warden via the Kickstarter, but that is all we know about this Attachment. CMON has not released any stats or card information on it as of yet. The good news is that I suspect we will see his information when CMON continues their design update posts for Commanders and Attachments. I suspect we will be learning more about Attachment and Commander updates very soon, but wanted to include this for completeness.
Roose Bolton Attachment
Nothing exciting here. Roose Bolton’s Commander card was changed to a NCU Commander. Because of this, CMON stated that it was reworking Roose’s previous commander combat Attachment card to be a normal non-commander Attachment.
Unknown Stark, Lannister and Mercenary Units
When the Kickstarter ended, CMON posted the above teaser images that include an unknown unit of what appear to be: (1) House Umber Starks with 2 handed axes (this unit was also displayed at GenCon 2017), (2) a unit of Lannister nobles or perhaps Iron Bankers, and (3) a unit of Mercenary (House Bolton) heavy Infantry. Nothing more is known about each of these units.
Stark Faction – Tully Cavaliers & Crannogmen Trackers
As I previously posted, CMON gave a presentation directed at local gaming stores to promote the game and urge retailers to carry and support ASOIAF. Part of that presentation was emphasis on CMON’s commitment to continue supporting the game post Kickstarter. The above pictures are from that presentation. The Tully Cavaliers are presumably the Stark Heavy Cavalry option that it is missing and the Crannogmen Trackers have a hit and run ambush style gameplay like their namesake commander, Howland Reed.
Poor Fellows and Warrior’s Sons
These two units were spoiled on the original High Sparrow NCU Commander card. While that card has been updated to remove references to the two units, the fact remains that they are likely in the list of soon-after-release units. The card below is outdated, but you can see the reference to both of these units.
Unknown Blue Unit – White Walkers?
In this post talking about adjustment of the Failed Charge mechanics, CMON used a very curious unit to demonstrate the difference.
Note that the Color is blue, which is something we haven’t seen before and the sculpts do not appear to be anything we have seen before. With the GenCon images (see below), this is leading to speculation that the next starter set will be Wildlings + Night’s Watch vs the White Walkers. Hmm…reading too much into it?
Update: Fernando Alonso Simon from over at the ASOIAF Facebook page gave me the heads up that the blue figures are actually figures from another of CMON’s miniatures games, Rising Sun. So, i think the answer was “yes, reading too much into it.” Thanks Fernando!
This is the big one with the most detail. I added labels to what folks were told at GenCon. Here, far to the top left of the image, we have Coldhands riding his famous steed (from the books, no ordinary horse here), the Wildling Val, and a Wildling Rider.
In the back row, we have the aforementioned Umber 2 handed axe unit, along with Sam the Slayer, Qhorin Halfhand, Gilly and a random Wildling.
Finally, in the front row, we have two siege units, the bases for which are described in the WIP rulebook, so we knew they were coming. We have a bit of a conflict as to what the siege units will be. Based on the color of the plastics, if it is to be considered, these will be Mercenary units, but based on conversations at GenCon, the folks manning the engines are all Night’s Watch members.
So, there you have it. As far as I know, this is every upcoming unit that has been “spoiled” in some fashion or another. Let me know if you know of any others.
CMON announced today that the CMON Expo 2018 will take place on May 11-13, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta. Why is this relevant to ASOIAF? The Kickstarter is supposed to release in April of 2018, right before the CMON Expo!
So, assuming no delays in production, expect that the first official ASOIAF tournament will be likely held be held in May 11-13. Formal competitive play is not supposed to start until June of 2018, but I don’t think CMON would pass up an opportunity to show off one of its flagship titles for 2018 without a full fledged tournament!
We will be sure to pass along any information as it becomes available.
I believe that art plays a major role in a miniature game’s success. When you graduate from playing with “toys” to imagining the names of each individual soldier in your units, you are basically hooked on the game for years. The artists behind the game really spark the imagination and help us along that path. A Song of Ice and Fire has some really great artists contributing to the effort. This series will detail an artist that is contributing to the game in each post. The first is none other than Stefan Kopinski (website).
Stefan has an impressive style that is perfect for historical periods and low fantasy settings like A Song of Fire and Ice. His work includes the box cover where he provides create insight into his creative process here.
Other works include the box art for Bolton Cutthroats, Bolton Bastard Girl’s, Mercenary Heroes, Stark Heroes, Lannister Heroes, Lannister Guards, Stark Sworn Swords, Knights of Casterly Rock, Stark Bowmen, Lannister Crossbowmen. (See them all here).
If there is a single artist that will define the look and feel of this game, it will be Stefan Kopinski. If you want to discuss Stefan’s work or the artistic direction in general, I have created a forum thread here.
Michael Shinall and The Beasts of War put on a very small demo game (16 points) showing the updated Charge mechanics, NCUs, and Tactics Board. Not a ton of action going on with such a small game, but still worth the quick watch. The scenario is Game of Thrones.
CMON has been dropping hints in its updates and at conventions about several units that have not been officially announced. Two of those units are the Stark Faction Crannogmen Trackers and the Tully Cavaliers. While the stats on these units are almost certain to have changed since CMON posted these slides, they do serve to show that Stark Heavy Cavalry and “skirmishers” are on the horizon in the near future.