Waldo's Weekly - "I am the Key(word) Master!"

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Hey Wyrdos,

This week, Waldo started shouting about needing a Gatekeeper, something about being a Gozer, and there being only Zuul. Once we explained to him that we were going to be talking about KeyWORDS and not KeyMASTERS, he disappeared in a puff of frustrated smoke. Him being gone works out for us, though, because we’ve got a lot to talk about this time around!

Last time we spoke, we asked you what parts of M3E you wanted to hear about, and we’ll certainly touch upon as many of those as possible in future articles. This week, we’re going to take a look at every existing model in the game and which Keywords they possess. This list includes all of the models from M2E. There will be more models to fill in gaps in M3E, but we’ll cross those bridges when we get there.

As a reminder, in M3E, your Leader can hire any models that share a Keyword with them, as well as any Versatile models in their declared faction, at their listed Cost. They can also hire models belonging to their declared Faction, albeit at +1 Cost. Totems are not specifically noted on this list but can only be hired into a Crew that contains their Master. Versatile models are denoted with asterisks after their names.

Crews can be led by both Masters and Henchmen, both of which have been noted below, along with any secondary Keywords that those models can hire without penalty.

As you look through this list, you’ll see a few models that have undergone name changes, which are noted where applicable.

And, not that it’s needed to be said again, but just in case: M3E is still in beta-form, and details are always subject to change.

All right, take a deep breath, because we’re diving in!

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NameKeyword(s)Note
Sandeep DesaiAcademicMASTER, can hire Elementals if Leader
Kudra AcharyaAcademicHENCHMAN, can hire Elementals if leader
Shastar Vidiya GuardAcademic 
Oxfordian MageAcademic 
KandaraAcademic, Elemental 
BanasuvaAcademic, Elemental 
Joss TatankaAugmented, Visionary 
Medical AutomatonAugmented 
Mobile ToolkitAugmented 
Howard LangstonAugmented, M&SU 
Union SteamfitterAugmented, M&SU 
Marcus Lavon (Also Neverborn)ChimeraMASTER, Beasts of declared Faction are Versatile
MyrandaChimeraHENCHMAN
Ferdinand VogelChimera 
CojoChimera, Beast 
The Beast WithinChimera, Beast 
Sabertooth CerberusChimera, Beast 
Slate Ridge MaulerChimera, Beast 
The ScorpiusChimera, Beast 
MolemanChimera, Beast 
JackalopeChimera, Beast 
Paul CrockettChimera, Frontier 
Envy*CrossroadsHENCHMAN
RasputinaDecemberMASTER
Snow StormDecemberHENCHMAN
December AcolyteDecember 
Silent OneDecember 
WendigoDecember 
Blessed of DecemberDecember, Beast 
HoarcatDecember, Beast 
Ice GolemDecember, Elemental 
Ice GaminDecember, Elemental 
Ice DancerDecember, Performer 
Arcane Effigy*Effigy, Puppet 
Wind GaminElemental 
Poison GaminElemental 
Essence of PowerElemental 
Arcane Emissary*Emissary of Fate 
Anasalea KaerisFirebugMASTER
The FirestarterFirebugHENCHMAN
Eternal FlameFirebug 
Fire GolemFirebug, Elemental 
Fire GaminFirebug, Elemental 
Neil HenryFoundry 
Willie BrantFoundry 
Metal GolemFoundry, Elemental(formerly named Rail Golem)
Metal GaminFoundry, Elemental 
Mechanical Rider*Horseman 
Toni IronsidesM&SUMASTER
The Captain*M&SUHENCHMAN
Amina NaiduM&SUHENCHMAN
Joshua FitzsimmonsM&SUHENCHMAN
GunsmithM&SU 
Union MinerM&SU 
MouseM&SU 
Colette Du BoisPerformerMASTER
Cassandra FeltonPerformerHENCHMAN
Angelica DurandPerformer 
ShowgirlPerformer(formerly named Performer)
MannequinPerformer 
Mechanical DovePerformer 
Carlos VasquezPerformer, Firebug 
Coryphee DuetPerformer, Puppet 
CorypheePerformer, Puppet 
Soulstone Miner*Tricksy 
Steam Arachnid Swarm*  
Mecharachnid* (formerly Large Arachnid)
Saboteur*  
Steam Arachnid* 
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NameKeyword(s)Note
Bayou Smuggler*Bandit, Infamous 
Som'er Teeth JonesBig HatMASTER
Lenny JonesBig HatHENCHMAN
Gremlin CrierBig Hat 
BanjonistaBig Hat 
Old CrankyBig Hat 
Bayou Gremlin*Big Hat 
SkeeterBig Hat 
Gluttony*CrossroadsHENCHMAN
Lucky Effigy*Effigy, Puppet 
Lucky Emissary*Emissary of Fate 
Mechanized Porkchop*Foundry 
Captain Zipp (also Outcasts)InfamousMASTER
Mancha RojaInfamousHENCHMAN
Iron SkeeterInfamous 
WrastlerInfamous 
Earl BurnsInfamous 
Merris LaCroixInfamous, Kin 
The First MateInfamous, Swampfiend 
Burt Jebsen*Infamous, Wizz-Bang 
Flying PigletInfamous, Wizz-Bang 
Ophelia LaCroixKinMASTER
Francois LaCroixKinHENCHMAN
Raphael LaCroixKin 
Pere RavageKin 
Rami LaCroixKin 
Young LaCroixKin 
Sammy LaCroixKin, Wizz-BangHENCHMAN
Old MajorPig, BeastHENCHMAN
War PigPig, Beast 
Gracie*Pig, Beast 
The SowPig, Beast 
Wild BoarPig, Beast 
PigletPig, Beast 
Ulix TurnerSooeyMASTER, can hire Pigs if Leader
Hog WhispererSooey 
Slop HaulerSooey 
PenelopeSooey, Beast 
Harland McTavish*SwampfiendHENCHMAN
Spawn MotherSwampfiend, BeastHENCHMAN (faction change)
SiluridSwampfiend, Beast(faction change)
Bayou Gator*Swampfiend, Beast 
GuppsSwampfiend, Beast(faction change)
Gautreaux BokorSwampfiend, Wizz-Bang 
The BrewmasterTri-ChiMASTER
Whiskey GolemTri-Chi 
Fingers LeongTri-ChiHENCHMAN
Popcorn TurnerTri-ChiHENCHMAN
Cooper JonesTri-Chi 
Moon ShinobiTri-Chi 
Whiskey GaminTri-Chi 
Apprentice WesleyTri-Chi 
AkanameTri-Chi, Oni 
Mah TucketTricksyMASTER
Big Brain BrinTricksyHENCHMAN
Trixiebelle TucketTricksyHENCHMAN
BushwhackerTricksy 
SurvivorTricksy 
The Little LassTricksy 
Rooster RiderTricksy, Beast 
Sparks LeBlancTricksy, Foundry 
WongWizz-BangMASTER
TaxidermistWizz-Bang 
Pigapult*Wizz-Bang 
Swine-CursedWizz-Bang 
Lightning BugWizz-Bang 
Olivia BernardWizz-Bang(formerly named The Lovely Assistant)
Stuffed PigletWizz-Bang
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NameKeyword(s)Note
Dr. Grimwell*AsylumHENCHMAN
Nurse Heartsbane*Asylum 
Orderly*Asylum 
Charles Hoffman (also Arcanist)AugmentedMASTER
Peacekeeper*Augmented 
GuardianAugmented 
HunterAugmented 
RiotbreakerAugmented 
WatcherAugmented 
Mechanical AttendantAugmented 
WardenAugmented, Guard 
Greed*CrossroadsHENCHMAN
Brutal Effigy*Effigy, Puppet 
Lucius Mattheson (also Neverborn)EliteMASTER
InvestigatorElite 
Guild LawyerElite 
The ScribeElite 
Brutal Emissary*Emissary of Fate 
Perdita OrtegaFamilyMASTER
Francisco OrtegaFamilyHENCHMAN
Santiago OrtegaFamily 
Nino OrtegaFamily 
Papa LocoFamily 
Monster HunterFamily 
Abuela OrtegaFamily 
Pistolero De LatigoFamily 
Enslaved NephilimFamily, Nephilim 
AustringerFrontier 
PathfinderFrontier 
Clockwork TrapFrontier 
Trained RaptorFrontier, Beast(formerly Malifaux Raptor, Faction change)
Dashel BarkerGuardMASTER
ExecutionerGuard 
Francis QueegGuardHENCHMAN
Mounted GuardGuard 
SergeantGuard 
RiflemanGuard 
Guard PatrolGuard(formerly named Guild Guardsman)
Guild HoundGuard, Beast 
Pale Rider*Horseman 
Nellie CochraneJournalistMASTER
Phiona GageJournalistHENCHMAN
Allison DadeJournalist 
Field ReporterJournalist 
The Printing PressJournalist 
Lady JusticeMarshalMASTER
The JudgeMarshalHENCHMAN
The Lone MarshalMarshal 
The JuryMarshalHENCHMAN
Death Marshal RecruiterMarshal 
Domador De CadaveresMarshal 
ExorcistMarshal 
Death MarshalMarshal 
Scales of JusticeMarshal 
Sonnia CriidWitch HunterMASTER
Samael HopkinsWitch HunterHENCHMAN
Witchling HandlerWitch Hunter 
Thalarian QuellerWitch Hunter 
Sanctioned SpellcasterWitch Hunter 
Witchling ThrallWitch Hunter, Witchling 
Witchling StalkerWitch Hunter, Witchling 
Purifying FlameWitch Hunter, Witchling 
Guild Representative* (formerly named Governor's Proxy)
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NameKeyword(s)Note
Razorspine RattlerChimera, Beast(Faction change)
Wrath*CrossroadsHENCHMAN
Mysterious Effigy*Effigy, Puppet 
Doppleganger*Elite 
ChangelingElite 
Mysterious Emissary*Emissary of Fate 
TitaniaFaeMASTER
KilljoyFae(Faction change)
AeslinFaeHENCHMAN
Autumn KnightFae(consolidation of all three knights)
GorarFae 
RougarouFae, Beast 
BultunginFae, Savage 
WaldgeistFae, Swampfiend 
Angel Eyes*Half-BloodHENCHMAN
Tuco Ortega*Half-Blood 
Maurice*Half-Blood(formerly the Scion of Black Blood)
Bloodwretch*Half-Blood 
Hooded Rider*Horseman 
NekimaNephilimMASTER
Mature NephilimNephilim 
HayreddinNephilimHENCHMAN (Faction change)
LeluNephilim 
LilituNephilim 
Young NephilimNephilim 
Black Blood ShamanNephilim 
Juvenile NephilimNephilim(Formerly Terror Tot)
Corrupted HoundNephilim, Beast 
The DreamerNightmareMASTER
The CarverNightmare, WoeHENCHMAN
TeddyNightmare 
CoppeliusNightmare 
Lord Chompy BitsNightmareHENCHMAN
Widow WeaverNightmareHENCHMAN
Serena Bowman*Nightmare 
AlpNightmare 
DaydreamNightmare 
BandersnatchNightmare, Beast 
Insidious MadnessNightmare, Woe 
Stitched TogetherNightmare, Puppet 
Vasilisa*Puppet 
Wicked Doll*Puppet 
Hinamatsu*Qi and Gong, PuppetHENCHMAN
CyclopsSavage 
Primordial MagicSavage 
Zoraida (also Bayou)SwampfiendMASTER
Bad JujuSwampfiendHENCHMAN
AdzeSwampfiend, Beast 
Will o' the WispSwampfiend, Beast 
GrootslangSwampfiend, Beast 
Voodoo DollSwampfiend, Puppet 
PandoraWoeMASTER
CandyWoeHENCHMAN
Baby KadeWoe 
SorrowWoe 
PoltergeistWoe 
IggyWoe, Firebug
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NameKeyword(s)Note
Eleazar LeveticusAmalgamMASTER
Desolation EngineAmalgam 
Ashes and DustAmalgam 
Rusty AlyceAmalgamHENCHMAN
Marlena WebsterAmalgam 
AbominationAmalgam 
Hollow WaifAmalgam 
Ashen CoreAmalgam 
Dust StormAmalgam 
Parker BarrowsBanditMASTER
Mad Dog BrackettBanditHENCHMAN
SueBandit 
Convict GunslingerBandit 
BandidoBandit 
Doc MitchellBandit 
Wokou RaiderBandit, Last Blossom 
Benny WolcombBandit, PlagueHENCHMAN
Dead OutlawBandit, Tormented 
Pride*CrossroadsHENCHMAN
Hodgepodge Effigy*Effigy, Puppet 
Hodgepodge Emissary*Emissary of Fate 
Leopold Von SchillFreikorpsMASTER
LazarusFreikorps 
Hannah LovelaceFreikorpsHENCHMAN
Arik SchoettmerFreikorpsHENCHMAN (formerly named Strongarm Suit)
Drache TrooperFreikorps(formerly named Freikorps Specialist)
Freikorps LibrarianFreikorps 
Freikorps EngineerFreikorps 
Freikorps ScoutFreikorps(formerly named Freikorps Trapper)
FreikorpsmannFreikorps 
Steam TrunkFreikorps 
Johan CreedyInfamous 
The Midnight StalkerInfamous 
Viktoria ChambersMercenaryMASTER x2 (Both Viktorias use the same profile)
Taelor SarsfieldMercenaryHENCHMAN
Bishop HughesMercenary 
Vanessa ChambersMercenary 
RoninMercenary 
Big JakeMercenary 
Student of ConflictMercenary 
Desperate MercenaryMercenary 
Barbaros*NephilimHENCHMAN (cannot be hired into Neverborn)
Tara BlakeObliterationMASTER
AionusObliterationHENCHMAN
The Nothing BeastObliteration 
TalosObliterationHENCHMAN
Scion of the VoidObliteration 
Karina OstrowskiObliteration 
Void WretchObliteration 
HamelinPlagueMASTER
NixPlagueHENCHMAN
Rat CatcherPlague 
Obedient WretchPlague 
StolenPlague 
Rat KingPlague, Vermin 
Winged PlaguePlague, Vermin 
Malifaux RatPlague, Vermin 
Jack Daw (also Resurrectionist)TormentedMASTER
MontresorTormentedHENCHMAN
GuiltyTormented 
Lady LigeiaTormented 
Hans Hetzenauer*  
Prospector*  
Malifaux Child* 
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NameKeyword(s)Note
NecropunkAmalgam, Transmortis 
Sloth*CrossroadsHENCHMAN
Carrion Effigy*Effigy, Puppet 
Carrion Emissary*Emissary of Fate 
Dr. Douglas McMourningExperimentalMASTER
Sebastian LugosiExperimentalHENCHMAN
Flesh ConstructExperimental 
NurseExperimental 
Guild AutopsyExperimental 
Little GasserExperimental 
Thomas RafkinAcademic, Experimental 
KentauroiExperimental, Beast 
Canine RemainsExperimental, Beast 
Zombie ChihuahuaExperimental, Beast 
Rogue NecromancyExperimental, Forgotten 
Molly SquidpiddgeForgottenMASTER
ArchieForgotten 
Philip and the NannyForgottenHENCHMAN
The Forgotten MarshalForgotten 
Zombie MisfitForgotten(formerly Punk Zombie)
CrooliganForgotten 
Night TerrorForgotten, Beast 
Necrotic MachineForgotten 
MournerForgotten, Redchapel 
Dead Rider*Horseman 
Mortimer*MortuaryHENCHMAN
Gravedigger*Mortuary 
Seamus O'DayRedchapelMASTER
Madame SybelleRedchapelHENCHMAN
Bete NoireRedchapel 
Dead DoxyRedchapel 
Rotten BelleRedchapel 
Copycat KillerRedchapel 
AshigaruRetainer 
Toshiro KatanakaRetainer, AncestorHENCHMAN
Manos PanagakosRetainer, AncestorHENCHMAN
Yin KatanakaRetainer, Ancestor 
Reva CortinasRevenantMASTER
Vincent St. ClairRevenantHENCHMAN
Asura RotenRevenantHENCHMAN
LampadRevenant 
DraugrRevenant 
ShieldbearerRevenant 
Restless SpiritRevenant(formerly named Graveyard Spirit)
Corpse CandleRevenant 
HangedTormented 
Crooked ManTormented 
Anna LovelaceTransmortisHENCHMAN
The ValedictorianTransmortisHENCHMAN
Student of VisceraTransmortis 
Student of SinewTransmortis 
Student of SteelTransmortis 
Kirai AnkokuUramiMASTER
Datsue BaUramiHENCHMAN
IkiryoUrami 
GoryoUrami 
Francis KitchenerUrami(formerly named Lost Love)
OnryoUrami 
GakiUrami 
SeishinUrami 
ShikomeUrami 
Jaakuna UbumeUrami, Tormented 
DrownedUrami, Tormented 
Grave Golem*  
Bone Pile*  
Mindless Zombie* 
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NameKeyword(s)Note
Dawn Serpent*Beast 
Lust*CrossroadsHENCHMAN
Shadow Effigy*Effigy, Puppet 
Shadow Emissary*Emissary of Fate 
Mei Feng (also Arcanist)FoundryMASTER
KangFoundryHENCHMAN
Rail WorkerFoundry 
ForgelingFoundry(formerly named Emberling)
Jakob LynchHoneypotMASTER
Gwyneth MaddoxHoneypotHENCHMAN
Mr. GravesHoneypot 
IlluminatedHoneypot 
Mr. TannenHoneypot 
Hungering DarknessHoneypotHENCHMAN
BeckonerHoneypot 
DepletedHoneypot 
Yasunori*Horseman 
Misaki KatanakaLast BlossomMASTER
OtotoLast BlossomHENCHMAN
Minako ReiLast BlossomHENCHMAN
Katanaka Crime BossLast Blossom 
Yamaziko GozenLast BlossomHENCHMAN
Katanaka SniperLast Blossom 
TorakageLast Blossom 
ShangLast Blossom 
Thunder ArcherLast Blossom, Monk 
ShenlongMonkMASTER
Sensei YuMonkHENCHMAN
High River MonkMonk 
Lotus EaterMonk 
Wandering River MonkMonk 
Low River MonkMonk 
Aspiring StudentMonk(formerly named Peasant)
Charm WarderMonk, Qi and Gong 
Fermented River MonkMonk, Tri-Chi 
Asami TanakaOniMASTER
Ama No ZakoOniHENCHMAN
JorogumoOni 
Ohaguro BettariOniHENCHMAN
Obsidian OniOni 
YokaiOni 
KatashiroOni 
TenguOni 
KamaitachiOni 
AmanjakuOni 
KunoichiQi and Gong(formerly named Oiran)
BunrakuQi and Gong, Puppet 
KomainuRetainer 
Soul PorterRetainer 
Yan Lo (also Resurrectionist)Retainer, AncestorMASTER
Izamu KatanakaRetainer, Ancestor 
Sun QuiangRetainer, Ancestor 
Chiaki KatanakaRetainer, Ancestor 
Wanyudo*Revenant 
Tanuki*Tri-Chi 
Lucas McCabeWastrelMASTER
Sidir AlchibalWastrelHENCHMAN
RuffianWastrel(formerly named Wastrel)
LunaWastrel, Beast 
Obsidian Statue*  
Fuhatsu Katanaka*  
Samurai*  
The Lone Swordsman*  
Ten Thunders Brother*  
Terracotta Warrior* 
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NameKeyword(s)Note
CollodiPuppetMASTER (can hire Versatile Neverborn if Leader)
MarionettePuppet 
LilithNephilimMASTER (cannot be hired into Neverborn, can hire Versatile Neverborn if Leader)
CherubNephilim 
Aloysius NicodemMortuaryMASTER (can hire Undead Resurrectionist Minions and Undead Resurrectionist Enforcers if Leader)
VultureMortuary 
Ryle HoffmanAugmentedHENCHMAN
Victor RamosVisionaryMASTER (can hire Arcanist Construct Minions and Arcanist Construct Enforcers if Leader)
Electrical CreationVisionary 
Brass ArachnidVisionary

Whew!

There you have it, all of our M2E models and their Keywords for M3E.

But remember, as all M3E reveals go, things are:

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Waldo's Weekly - Speak Now in the Fire

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Hey Wyrdos,

This week, Waldo was rummaging through old documents in the warehouse (probably to find out why his attempts at summoning more imps failed - we're still cleaning that mess up) and stumbled across what looks like the scribbled notes of a history professor who had gone missing in the mid 1900s. We saw it as a good opportunity to get you all caught up on the timeline for the Other Side, so enjoy! 

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The World is Burning

How Did We Get Here? An Understanding of the World on Fire

All is Beautiful in the Fire

A Modern History: an Opening Lecture for the New Semester

Welcome the new students. Act pleasant. Happy. Stable. You are fine. You are stable. Provide syllabus. Perform lecture on timeline to current day. Do not bring in the book. Do not talk about the book. Do not bring in the book.

1642 - The Beginning, or When We First Discovered Soulstones

Abyssinia, a country separated by secrets for centuries, forced to share their knowledge with their allies to prevent overwhelming losses in the battles to come. It has recently been discovered that Abyssinia was the first recorded power to obtain Soulstones after an isolated Breach (which has since closed) opened in their country’s borders. It would be another hundred and forty five years before the rest of the world was introduced to their magical energy.

A bright – if brief - time in our world’s history, a time that most scholars still believe was Earth’s first gaze upon the new world - wrong. The Council opened the portal Breach to Malifaux, walked its city’s streets… but little did they know that the Breach was an open window, and not a one way street. We all know of the events that occurred, but as to how and why the Breach had closed a decade later remains a mystery. Keep it together. You can make it through this.

1803 – 1814 - the Black Powder Wars, or the Rise of a New World Power

After the Breach closes, the world bites at the necks of allies and enemies for control over Soulstones. Allegiances form while others are torn, leaving a gap for Guild of Mercantilers to establish itself as a world power in London – thanks to obtaining the majority of the world’s Soulstones in a very short amount of time. A stepping stone for the good and beautiful, born in fire for worldwide civility.

1853 – 1857 – A Stranglehold over the Peace in the East

The Guild opens the Three Kingdoms’ ports for trade. Over the next few years, the Guild’s influence over Vietnam, Japan, and China help bring peace over the war-torn countries in a recovery effort after the Black Powder Wars. Why are you lying to them? This isn’t you. Speak the truth, of the wrongdoings, of the police states. Wake up. Don’t think about the man before the Burning Man. He is not worth protecting.

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1897 – The Breach Reopens

Without rhyme or reason, the Breach bright and blue and shimmering reopens. The Guild seizes control over Malifaux City, and their Soulstone mining continues. A Governor-General is appointed, a Herbert Kitchener, who sought for greatness, and found it in fire. Somewhere in Windsor, a man has visions of a being robed in magma and crowned in flame. Think of something else. Anything else. Fight these thoughts, these bright and beautiful dreams.

1900 – The Sermon at the Cathedral

A king god man named Ephraim Wade performs a sermon at the Cathedral of St. Mary-le Bow, and speaks the truth a fearmongering sermon, of an apocalypse wrought in hellfire, and of the Burning Man, who would cleanse the unfaithful and bring about a new order from their ashes an entity who would later become the focus of his book THE BOOK, the Contiones de Rege Flammae, and the words that would form and spark the creation of the Church of the Burning Man.

1902 – The New Year’s Massacre and the Wade Trial

Did you take your medicine? Ephraim Wade and over three thousand of his devout followers march to the Thames River in repentance, not celebration. Assaults begin, riots form. Families there in celebration of the New Year are trampled to death. Wade and his inner circle are arrested and put on trial, sentenced to a lifetime of solitary confinement for manslaughter. But ignorance cannot keep the good, the bright, the beautiful, in the dark for long.

1904 – 1905 - The Guild Loses its Footing

Breathe. You need to breathe. These dreams, these premonitions… they’re… England announces its independence from the Guild, forcing the Guild’s headquarters to be relocated in Vienna. India, the Three Kingdoms, Russia, and the Ottoman Empire soon make demands of the Guild. ALL FOR NAUGHT. IT SHALL BE BROUGHT TO ASH.

April, 1906 – THE ARRIVAL The Earthquake

The Governor-General goes missing BUT THOSE WHO LISTEN KNOW WHERE HE IS, causing more disarray for the Guild. Shortly thereafter, a body of burning flame in the shape of a man, later coined the Burning Man, appears above San Francisco. A week after its his arrival, an enormous earthquake destroys the city, and terrible monsters the devout are released upon the city, and into the world. Can’t… fight… so bright…

May, 1906 – Arrival in London

The Burning Man arrives in London, sending a wave of panic through the King’s Empire and the world bringing with it the Gibbering Hordes truth in its fiery wake. The madman Ephraim Wade escapes prison. Reaper, sower, borne from the depths of the cosmos in the belly of fire and ash, wreathed in the light of a thousand suns. Let the Earth burn with righteous fire beneath his every step. He brings the good and the beautiful end, and we shall bathe and dance in his bright and beautiful fire. Stop. You should have never read that book. Your curiosity has ruined you. Ruin is a virtue. Pain is the path. The future is forged in fire. You carry the torch. Burn it all.

June, 1906 - The Battle of London

The Burning Man’s presence begins to warp and transform those who feel close to the flame, forcing Londoners to turn their guns on their fellows. The great and beautiful and bright fire shall engulf the flesh that resists and the flesh that refuses but those that listen and hear and see the radiance in the flame shall find a retribution in the light. The portals are eyes and mouths and see and speak of the Burning Man’s will and we owe it to the great flame to listen for we too will be bathed in the light and in the flame like silk robes carrying us to a new world, beautiful and bright. It begins. It begins. It begins. It begins. It begins. It begins.

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Waldo's Weekly - A New Study Buddy

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Hey Wyrdos,

This week, we’re headed to PAX Unplugged in Philadelphia and hope to see you there! In an effort to make sure that we don’t come back to an office-turned-ash-pile, we’re taking Waldo with us, which means we’ll have to keep this week’s reveal short and sweet.

Here’s an art reveal for one of our newest models!

Have a look at the Undergraduate, who studies under the tutelage of Von Schtook at the University of Transmortis.

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Waldo's Weekly - Serving Up Summons

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Hey Wyrdos,

Waldo spent the week scribbling a bunch of strange symbols with chalk and candlewax on the walls and floor of the office. After explaining to him that is definitely not the way summoning works (though there has been a lingering sulfur smell as of late), he finally agreed to stop vandalizing the place as long as we told him how.

So, before we go check on that smell, we’re going to take a look at how summoning works in M3E.

Summoning has always been a cornerstone ability in Malifaux, and often, it’s one of the strongest abilities that a player can bring to the table. Not surprisingly, many of the best masters in first and second editions were those who capable of summoning in new models.

One of the goals for M3E was to keep summoning as the powerful and unique ability that it is while reigning it in and preventing a summoner from completely running away with a game. To accomplish this, we approached summoning from a couple different angles.

Let’s use Dashel Barker, the Guild’s newest Master, as an example.

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There’s a lot of fun stuff on Dashel’s stat card, but for the purposes of this article, let’s focus on his Call In Reinforcements Action.

The first thing that jumps out about the Action is that it’s Once per Turn, which is a restriction that can be found on every Master-level summoning Action.

Previously, in second edition, the best thing that a summoner could do was to spam their summoning Action as much as possible to flood the board with models. The rest of the summoner’s card was almost secondary to that action. Just about everyone has played a few games against Kirai and Nicodem where all they did was spam their summoning action to churn out as many new models as possible.

Surprisingly, most of our playtesters ended up enjoying the summoning Masters a lot more after this change. By removing the burden of having to create and maintain a summoning engine for maximum efficiency, it freed these Masters up to do other things with their Actions. Once Dashel has called in a new Guard, he’s free to move around or shoot at his enemies without feeling like he’s “wasting” those Actions.

While Dashel can only summon one model at a time (most likely due to Guild budget constraints), some of the other summoning Masters, such as Dreamer and Asami, can summon multiple models with a single Action. To do so, they just add the Cost of all of their summoned models together when determining the Action’s TN. This allows these Masters the option of summoning in two weak models in favor of a single stronger model.

Each Master-level summoning Action also Attaches an Upgrade to the summoned model. Dashel Attaches the Patrolling Guard Upgrade to his summoned Guard, so let’s take a look at that Upgrade now.

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Patrolling Guard is Plentiful (2), which means that a player can only have two copies of that Upgrade in play at any given time. If Dashel already has two summoned models with an Attached Patrolling Guard Upgrade, then when he attempts to summon a third model, he can’t Attach the Upgrade (due to exceeding its Plentiful restriction) and the summoned model doesn’t enter play. That’s somewhat restrictive, but if Dashel is his Crew’s Leader, the Plentiful Restriction increases to Plentiful (5), which greatly expands his summoning capabilities. This helps to ensure that the power level of summoning Masters is kept in check when they’re hired as supplemental Masters in a Crew.

Crews in M3E can have multiple Masters, by the way. If you want to splash some Guard summoning into a Witch Hunter Crew, for instance, you just hire Dashel like a normal model: you pay his Cost of 15, plus one if he doesn’t share your Leader’s Keyword (which in this example would be “Witch Hunter”). This has been working out pretty well in playtesting, and it’s super fun to have Dashel summoning guardsmen into a battle to support his Witch Hunter allies.

Looking back at the Patrolling Guard Upgrade, you can see that after it Attaches to a model, that model gains Slow. In second edition, there were a number of summoning restrictions in the book that always seemed to catch both new and experienced players off guard, such as summoned models showing up with Slow and not being able to take Interact Actions on the turn they arrive. In M3E, those restrictions have been moved onto the summon Upgrades themselves; after Dashel summons a Guard model, for instance, it gains Slow, but it has no restrictions on its ability to take Interact Actions.

Because M3E uses Upgrades to track which model is summoned, this lets us treat summoned models a bit differently than normal, purchased models. For instance, the Exorcist has a trigger that flat out kills a model with an Attached Summon Upgrade, making it quite the counter to Crews that do a great deal of summoning.

All in all, these changes to the summoning rules have allowed summoning to remain as a strong option for Crews in M3E while still ensuring that there are enough checks in place to keep it from becoming the absolute best strategy in every situation.

We’ve also balanced the number of summoners between Factions in order to ensure that each Faction has roughly the same amount of access to the mechanic. Arcanists have Sandeep Desai, the Bayou has Som’er “Teeth” Jones, the Guild has Dashel Barker, the Neverborn have the Dreamer, the Outcasts have Tara Blake, and the Ten Thunders have Asami Tanaka. The Resurrectionists, which have traditionally been the bastion of summoning Masters, have emerged in M3E with Kirai Ankoku and Albus Von Schtook as their summoning Masters (though Albus approaches the situation in a much more unorthodox manner than his peers).

Since it’s the holiday season, we thought that we’d leave the topic of the next article up to you! What parts of M3E are you most excited to hear about? Let us know!

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

The Other Side's Tides of Battle is Now Live!

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Hey Wyrdos,

We've officially released the Tides of Battle!

Tides of Battle is the official Escalation and Achievement League format for The Other Side. With this document, you will be able to play The Other Side in new and exciting ways by earning achievements and creating new Companies in the process. It’s a fantastic way to meet new players and establish a community in your area.

In the Tides of Battle, you’ll also find the Garrison system. Every two weeks, your Company will expand with more Scrip to spend on units and Assets, more Strategems to better prepare you for the battles to come, and more Commanders to lead your Fireteams to glory. The Garrison system will also be a part of the upcoming tournament document, which we will be providing in the near future.

You can find the Tides of Battle document here!

Upcoming Shows with Wyrd!

Hey Wyrdos,

We’re super excited to talk to you about the next two conventions that we will be attending.

At the end of this month, you can find us at PAX Unplugged. Starting November 30th and ending December 2nd, we will be there in Philadelphia, showing off The Other Side, Malifaux Third Edition, and more! Make sure to swing by our booth and say hello!

Then, in March, we’ll be headed to Schaumburg, IL to find out just how competitive our community is at Adepticon. From March 27th to the 31st, players will be duking it out in The Other Side’s first Wyrd-run tournament, as well as a tournament to celebrate Malifaux Second Edition before the next edition is released. We’ve got a bunch of other events that we’ll be running this year, so we hope to see you there! To find out more information about all of our events, head over to the Adepticon Event list here. Just make sure to search for “Wyrd” and you’ll be able to find our schedule!

We’ve got plenty to talk about and plenty more to show, so make sure to head to either (or both!) PAX Unplugged and Adepticon to find out the latest and greatest of all things Wyrd.

We’ll see you there!

 

To Our Wyrdos

Wyrdos,

We want to apologize for any frustration we may have caused with how The Other Side’s Kickstarter was handled. This apology goes out to those who have backed the game and are still waiting for what they had purchased, to those that received mispackaged or damaged products, and to those who are patiently waiting for The Other Side to arrive on store shelves.

As we have stated before, we stand by our product, so if there was a problem with your order, reach out to us via our contact form. We will take care of you.

The Kickstarter for The Other Side was a learning experience for us at Wyrd. Releasing a game of this scale has been both a fascinating and vexing challenge. We underestimated some of the obstacles that were put in front of us during the various stages of production and delivery, but have since created solutions so that these problems don’t arise again.

Additionally, we want to apologize to the local game stores who are also waiting for the product to arrive. While we try to make all aspects of our community happy, we felt it was important to hold to our word and make sure all of our Backers were taken care of first. Those orders are now out of the warehouse and sent to various distribution centers. Our focus is now on our Retail Distribution Partners. Shipments are on the way and we expect that they will be hitting retail shelves in the next week or so.

For those Kickstarters who are still waiting, thank you for your continued patience.  Due to circumstances out of our control, some packages have taken longer to reach doorsteps than we would have hoped. The wait should be over soon.

Taking the lessons we've learned to heart, we here at Wyrd are walking away from these challenges as a stronger company who believes in their products and community. We look forward to the opportunities to show you, once again, what we can do.

Thank you, for keeping it Wyrd.