It is here! Season 3 of Guild Ball!
I thought I’d write this quick article now having had a few games of S3 Guild Ball.
Initial thoughts are great! Some subtle and small changes have really brought this game to a whole new level of extreme balance. Now the player who does not have initiative gains 1 Momentum at the start of the turn giving them a touch of defence against the first activation. This also brings a choice of whether to go first in a turn or second – each holding their own form of benefit.
The game devs have also definitely made an attempt to sway gamers to the football side of the game too. Making ‘Tap In’ a core rule meaning when a model is within 4” of the goal marker, they lower the target number by -1. This makes it easier to score close range goals and entices players in for the more achievable shot. Some models have also gained some new abilities swaying them to more agile strikers such as Midas, Blackheart and Harry ‘The Hat’. This brings some new choices to team selection, a borderline brand new player in Midas’ new stat card and also forces some historically “bad” models into contention for regular play.
The Season 2 “auto-include” models Avarisse & Greede were served with a decent reworking of their stats and abilities. The great thing is they are still an incredible choice for any Guild’s line-up but not essential to stay competitive at every event!
The new player cards look the best they ever have but as a player, I just really would have loved to have physical access to them from release day on November 25 rather than the delayed recent release on January 20. Free PDF downloads are still great but nothing beats the real thing!
SteamCon back in November seems to have been a massive success which is incredible for the future of Guild Ball and Steamforged Games. The keynote was awesome to watch and get some upcoming release spoilers as well as a result to the Butcher Civil War – congratulations Brisket! – Looking forward to reading the rest of the S3 story in the new book!
Anyway that’s just my quick thoughts surrounding Season 3, stay tuned for more articles and new releases coming soon!