Waldo's Weekly

Waldo's Weekly - This Must Be The Place

 
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Hey Wyrdos,

As it turns out, Waldo never made it to our booth at Gen Con. He saw the Will Call line, turned right around, and spent the rest of the weekend hanging out behind the food trucks instead. Our little imp likes root beer and noodles. Who knew? Now that we’re in the office, though, he’s back to his old antics and has already started setting things on fire again.

So while we make sure he doesn’t burn all of the web orders before we sort through them all, let’s take a look back at this past week with our first Community Spotlight!

This year at Gen Con, we at Wyrd decided to try something new and set up the larger of our two booths in the Event Hall so that we could be within the heart of our community, and we’re sure glad we did. Being surrounded by new and veteran players alike as they enjoyed our various games and events got us even more excited about the next few months (and years) for what’s to come.

So, for this Waldo’s Weekly, we’re taking some time to celebrate our fantastic community that showed up and supported us at Gen Con.

In addition to our new booth setup, we also experimented a bit with some new events and ways to give back. Our first ever painting competition, A Dash of Color, was a huge success. Hobbyists of all skill levels got together to paint some our minis from both The Other Side and Malifaux. Check out the gallery below to see what some of the participants managed to pull off in just two short hours!

Some of our popular characters showed up at the booth as members of our community put together elaborate cosplays, too. If you were there at Gen Con, you might have run into the beastmaster, Marcus, or the leader of the Death Marshals, Lady Justice! One of our volunteers, Ariel, came dressed to take out the King’s Empire as the Stormsiren from The Other Side. You can see her incredible rendition of this Commander of the Gibbering Hordes below!

 
 

Our other gaming events were also rousing successes. Whether you play The Other Side and Malifaux competitively or casually, there was either a tournament or event for you. You can see the gallery of just a small sample of the events that were being run this year.

This was The Other Side’s first time of being available at Gen Con, so we went full force on the events this year. The first Battle of Four Fronts, a team-based scenario for The Other Side, put teammates in opposite corners while vying for control over a battlefield torn asunder by the chaos of multiple Allegiances. Gen Con’s first official One and Two Commander tournaments for our large-scale wargame pitted friend and foe alike for the taste of victory. Congratulations are in order to both John H., who played the Cult of the Burning Man in the Midnight Run tournament, and Jon G., who played Abyssinia in the Champions of Earth tournament, for walking away as champions!

Players also gathered around the table to play in the first set of Malifaux Third Edition’s tournaments for Henchman Hardcore, (the first ever) Double Rush, and, of course, our annual Tyrant Tournament. We saw both seasoned players returning to the game and new players being brought into the fold throughout the convention; it was great to see both familiar and fresh faces at the table. Congratulations are in order to Rob P., who walked away with the Tyrant belt by showing off the power of the Neverborn!

 
 

Wyrd at Gen Con wouldn’t be possible without our incredible community and volunteers, and this year was no different. Bringing an established game into a new edition brought on a new set of challenges, and those who stuck around the booth rose above and beyond to face the challenge. New players sat down at our Learn to Play and Demo tables to be introduced to our games, and were flipping cards and taking out models within minutes. Words cannot express how appreciative we are for everyone who came to show their love of our games, but it’s worth giving a shot, anyway. From everyone here at Wyrd: Thank you.

If you couldn’t make it to Gen Con this time, we hope to see you next year!

A special thank you goes out to everyone who took photos of our events and sent them our way. Last, but certainly not least, thank you to Cole and Mahtias, who ran the tournaments for both The Other Side and Malifaux, respectively.

Waldo's Weekly - Worlds Apart

Hey Wyrdos,

This week, we only heard from Waldo after he called us on accident. Apparently, he had hallucinated due to walking in the heat for so long and thought he was ordering a pepperoni pizza. He rambled on about seeing flying horses, and let us know that he might catch a ride with them in order to make the trip a little bit shorter.

So while he’s out dreaming of garlic knots and grandiose guardians, let’s check out a brand new digital release for Through the Breach, the Obsidian Gate!

 
 

Fatemasters, shuffle your deck and wrangle some miscreants and ne’er-do-wells to the table, because it’s time for you and the Fated to dive back in for another adventure. This time, we’re headed back to Earth, starting in a sleepy coastal town in Japan. Nothing bad happens in quiet, peaceful places, right? …Right?

You might remember the global RPG campaign that we ran last year, which impacted future releases for The Other Side (more on Dr. John Watson soon!).  Fatemasters ran their Fated through trial and tribulation, many of whom died along the way (only to later come back as one of the other fourteen characters available in the adventure). For those that managed to make their way to the end, they saw a glimpse of what is to come for the people of Earth, and for the next looming challenge they will need to face.

For those who didn’t have the chance to dip their toes into the Obsidian Gate, don’t fret. Now the four-act adventure is available on DriveThruRPG (with a physical book coming early in the fourth quarter of this year).  The best part? You can download it right now. No preview. No playtesting. No waiting in line.

That’s not the only thing we’re covering this week, though. As an addition to our digital release of the Obsidian Gate on DriveThruRPG, we have also released Malifaux Third Edition stat cards for all of our July releases.

Here’s a list of what you can find either on our website or on Wargame Vault right now:

  • Lady Justice Core Box (which includes Lady Justice, The Judge, Scales of Justice, and 3 Death Marshals)

  • Marcus Core Box (which includes Marcus, Myranda, the Jackalope, and 3 Order Initiates)

  • Loyalty to Coin box (of which the two new cards that are now available are the new Student of Conflict and the new Taelor stat cards)

If you don’t want to be spoiled in the Obsidian Gate adventure, I’d suggest closing out of this browser window now, because we’re about to reveal a model that will be coming to The Other Side, but is also in the adventure itself.

This is your last chance to keep yourself spoiler-free!

Really, I’m warning you!

All right. If you didn’t already know, the next two Allegiances that will be coming to The Other Side are the Three Kingdoms and the Kimon. In the Obsidian Gate, you’ll be running across a few oni. The one in particular that we’ll be covering today will also be a playable unit in the Kimon Allegiance when the second book arrives early-ish next year.

According to legend, the Quilin once roamed the Earth in packs, trampling what stood in their path to dust, until they were tricked into believing that the dirt beneath their hooves was not worthy of their touch, and from that day forward, they raced across the skies instead.

In the Other Side, the Quilin are an incredibly mobile unit that are capable of charging across the battlefield in a matter of seconds. When in Glory, the Quilin can take Morale Actions as part of a Rush Order instead of Melee Actions. This provides them with an unparalleled capability to claim Objectives during a game. But these oni are not one-trick ponies; they have the powerful debuffing Ability, Protect Kindred, which allows them to spread Shaken tokens across their enemies when a nearby friendly Kimon is attacked.

Below, you can see what one of them will look like on the table, with both the art and the render of their upcoming model.

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Waldo will be with us next week at Gen Con, so there won’t be a Waldo’s Weekly. When we get back, we’ll have plenty more to show. See you then.

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Waldo's Weekly - I Will Walk Five Hundred (And Thirty Five) Miles

Hey Wyrdos,

This week, we got a call from Waldo in Chattanooga. Apparently, he either has a fear of flying or really enjoys the summer heat, so he started walking to Indianapolis by himself. That wasn’t even the reason why he called, though. He just wanted to let us know that he used the company card to get some good barbeque. At least he got a head start; those stumpy little legs are going to take a while to get to Gen Con.

Will you be at Gen Con? Maybe you’ll be able to beat him to be the first in line to scoop up some of the new Malifaux products! You can find a list of the new Malifaux content that will be at the big event below (not including the Nightmare Crew, Faction Packs, Faction Decks, and Faction Books, which will also be there in limited quantities). If you’re interested in everything we’ll have at Gen Con (and online during the Gen Con sale), make sure to give tomorrow’s newsletter a read.

NEW Malifaux Releases

WYR23309 Rasputina Core Box* *online only
WYR23410 Euripides Core Box* *online only
WYR23101 Basse Core Box  
WYR23102 Lucius Core Box  
WYR23104 Lady Justice Core Box  
WYR23201 Von Schtook Core Box  
WYR23218 High Society (Bete Noire, Dead Doxy x2, Dead Dandy x3)  
WYR23301 Marcus Core Box  
WYR23302 Burning Bridges (Elijah, Firebranded x3, Fire Golem)  
WYR23303 Colette Core Box  
WYR23401 Dreamer Core Box  
WYR23402 Deep Sleep (Stitched Together x3, Daydream x3)  
WYR23501 Viktoria Core Box  
WYR23502 Loyalty to Coin (Big Jake, Taelor, Student of Conflict)  
WYR23601 Som'er Core Box  
WYR23602 Hootenany  (Georgy & Olaf, Banjonistas x 3)  
WYR23603 Deliverance (Spit Hog, Bayou Gremlin x 4)  
WYR23701 Youko Core Box  
WYR23713 One Born Every Minute (Huckster x3, Desper LaRaux)

Last, but certainly not least, here’s one more art preview before the Faction Books come out and reveal what every character and model will look like in Malifaux Third Edition. You might have already seen the brilliant (no, you’re brilliant!) update to his loyal Lynch-pin on our website, but here is the updated look for our favorite fervent monstrosity, the Hungering Darkness. Have a look!

 
 

That’s it from us. We’ll update you on how far Waldo gets next week.

Waldo's Weekly - Curse of the Dead Tide

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Ahoy, Wyrdos!

This week, we found Waldo feeling a little groggy. He awoke with a clap o’ thunder, then he told us of some nightmarish adventure he had where he pillaged the neighboring warehouse of their pieces of eight (doubtful), abandoned his ship nearly immediately after setting sail (we did find a cardboard box with a skull painted on it in the back, so… maybe?), and drank enough rum to fill a coffer (all right, that one’s possible). After he was done pulling our pegleg, we got him out of our hair by suggesting that a mutiny was stirring, and he’d have to protect his plunder.

So while he’s out battening down the hatches, we felt it was a good time to reveal some more special edition models that will be available at Gen Con!

Malifaux Third Edition’s first Nightmare Box just washed ashore, and it looks like quite a treasure, er, booty. Living landlubbers look elsewhere, because the Brine and Bones box was made for buccaneers who would give no quarter to dig up this bounty. You won’t have to swim down to Davy Jones’ Locker to get your hands on it, either!

Okay, that’s enough pirate-y talk. Let’s take a gander at what you’ll find in the Brine and Bones Nightmare box, starting with the alt-Molly, Mary “Blacktongue” Bonnet, scourge of the seas.

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But she’s not the only zombified seadog you’ll find. Here are (arrrr! – okay, really, that’s the last one, probably) the other Nightmare edition models you’ll find in Brine and Bones:

  • Nani and the Voice (which counts as Philip and the Nanny)

  • Wayward Mariner (which counts as the Necrotic Machine)

  • 3 Skellywags (which count as Rabble Risers)

  • …and a hat for Arrrchie!

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The only way to get your hornswagglin’ hands on them is to cough up yer doubloons and scoop it up at this year’s Gen Con or during our Gen Con web sale! Make sure to set sail to Indianapolis (or, you know, the world wide web) to be the first to add the Brine and Bones box to your Malifaux collection. And if you don’t, Waldo will make you walk the plank.

Check out what their models will look like below!

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Waldo's Weekly - They Couldn’t Miss The Chance

Hey Wyrdos,

This week we found Waldo digging a few graves in the back alleys behind our warehouse. He even made a friend to help him out with his human-sized pot-holes, though she didn’t really seem to be helping as much as gleefully enjoying the new spectacle. They both had so much fun with the whole ordeal he unceremoniously asked for her to join us at Gen Con. But that predicament isn’t for a few weeks. Today’s dilemma is finding our missing office cat, Mr. Fluffernutter, our warehouse staff is getting a touch nervous.

 
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At this year’s Gen Con we’ll be bringing with us some special edition models for you Wyrdos to pick up, including this year’s “Miss” model – Miss Feasance. As one of the few in Malifaux who can keep up with the wits of our favorite Haberdasher, Miss Feasance is able to take his place on the tabletop and lead the Redchapel crew through the seediest parts of the Quarantine Zone.

 
 

Miss Feasance will be provided with all purchases of $100 or more made during our Gen Con promotions*, so swing by our booth and give us a holler, or for those who cannot make it to Gen Con, she will be available online during that time as well.

We’re looking forward to the Best Four Days in Gaming™ and look forward to seeing you there.

*Offer only valid while supplies last.

 
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Waldo’s Weekly - Meaner Than a Junkyard Dog

Hey Wyrdos,

This past week, we’ve been frantically prepping for the retail release of Third Edition. In a huge miscommunication between us and Waldo, we found him stacking cans and jars full of pickled who-knows-what in the warehouse. Before he had the opportunity to dig up the floor to build a bomb shelter, we did our best to explain that what he was doing was a very different type of prepping. Releasing M3E won’t be the catalyst to the end of days. We hope.

So, to celebrate not having to prepare for Armageddon, we are taking a look into the creative ingenuity of Malifaux’s oldest engineer, Leveticus.

 
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This resourceful genius has worked in Malifaux since the re-opening of the Breach, bringing a variety of special services to the denizens of Malifaux. Whether a magical artifact or ancient text, Leveticus always has the goods needed within his storefront, available to anyone within the city walls. And if he doesn’t have it, he has the resources to find it.

While he may be seen as a having a calm demeanor and welcoming smile to his clientele, Leveticus ultimately hides his goals of immortality, choosing to work on his twisted abominations in secret, even coming as far as splitting fragments of his own soul into the waifs that have wandered into his shop.

With the crackdown on mercenaries within the confines of Malifaux City via orders from Governor-General Marlow, Leveticus has not only lost his best customers, but also the hunters he relied upon to procure his goods. Now, in order to keep up his wares, he must rely on the services of his most trusted assistant, Rusty Alyce, and the Quarantine Zone Scavengers that come to him for black market augmentations as his only means of finding enough equipment to continue his illicit experiments, lest he succumbs to the inevitability of death.

Check out what ol’ Levy and his Crew will look like in Malifaux Third Edition!

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Waldo's Weekly - Weapons Out

Hey Wyrdos,

This week, Waldo wasn’t acting like his typical devious self, so we took him to the Imp-itrician. We were a little worried that he might’ve eaten the wrong type of plastic or breathed in too many fumes. The good news is that the doctor said that everything was fine; he was just eating so much because of the upcoming Gaining Pounds document. Yes, we tried to explain the mistake, but now he’s eating dirt. We all have our days.

Gen Con is near! And with it looming overhead, we are shining a light on some of our upcoming Events. During the Best Four Days in Gaming™, we will have Events lined up for Malifaux Third Edition, The Other Side, Through The Breach, and more. In order to get everyone prepped and ready for what’s to come, let’s take a look at some of our new (or updated) Events.

With the release of M3E, we couldn’t be more excited for Gen Con 2019. For one, it’ll have the very first Wyrd-run M3E tournament. This two-day tournament will last 5 Rounds and will show the best of M3E*, with promos available for every player, and a hefty Tyrant Belt for the winner. More information on this event will be released in the future.

As a community favorite throughout Second Edition, Henchman Hardcore will be back in M3E with a new updated format, as well as official inclusion in our new Gaining Grounds documents. While it remains similar to its roots, because Malifaux has changed, so too has Henchman Hardcore. For this year’s Gen Con, we will be using a revamped format that focuses on the Plant Explosives Strategy. Players will be drawn into their opponent’s side of the table as they try to meet their objective. Thanks to Explosives Tokens, every model on the table will serve a valuable purpose: blowing stuff up.

Alongside their explosive goal, players will have two Schemes they can use to score points: Assassinate and Vendetta. Along with Wedge Deployment, this Encounter is designed to make every model have an impact in a game while getting to the combat quickly. Whether players are snagging points with murderous intent or deceptive trickery, there will be multiple paths to victory.

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In keeping up with the fast-paced Henchman Hardcore** format, we wanted to introduce another to the game that would allow for new synergies and tactics to develop while also being a little lighter in tone and complexity. With that, Double Rush was born. As a team event, players in Double Rush will work together with their partner to outwit their opponents. However, they will be limited, as each player only has 10 Soulstones to build their Crew. This format is in-your-face and brutal, utilizing two different Strategies: Reckoning and Plant Explosives. In Double Rush**, each team will rush for supremacy over the center of the table.

Along with Malifaux, The Other Side will also be a major focus for our events at Gen Con. We will be hosting two Fields of Glory tournaments(a Two Commander and One Commander, respectively). More information will be available for them in the future, but if you’re familiar with the Fields of Glory documents, the later details shouldn’t surprise you.

Along with these tournaments, we will be hosting our first ever Battle on Four Fronts Event. Teams of two players in a 2 Round Event will try to score the most VP in the new Operation: Split Forces**. This Event is all about embracing the chaos of The Other Side and managing through it with a buddy. Additionally, in order to add to the fun, before participating in the rounds, each player will have to take a single Two Commander Company and split it in two, creating their two forces for the event. Only one will be used in each game, so make your choices wisely!

In addition to our tournaments, we will also be hosting free learn to play Events at Gen Con for both M3E and The Other Side. If you just want to come by and get a hands-on walkthrough of either game, be sure to sign up before the spots are all filled up.

Hopefully, Waldo will be feeling better next week so we can get back to revealing more sneak peeks. We'll just have to wait and see. 

See you then!

*Dead Man’s Hand models will not be allowed for any Malifaux events at Gen Con.

**Because these formats are all still in testing, their rules are still subject to change.

Waldo's Weekly - Thunder, Lightning, And All Things Too Frightening

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Hey Wyrdos,

This week, we found Waldo eating all of our upcoming Faction books for Malifaux Third Edition. Before we had him spit it all out and rearrange the pages so that they could be shipped out (and rip out his impish horns as recompense), we needed to know why. With a confetti-filled burp, he responded that he was hungry for static poses.

In order to cool off, we’re doing something a little special and revealing the one page from the upcoming Ten Thunders Faction book that he didn’t eat, the Torakage!

Next week, we’ll be diving into a designer’s perspective on some upcoming M3E content!